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The Woodbury Community Foundation has come a long way from its humble roots when it first started in 2003 under the name Friends of Woodbury. Now the nonprofit is seeking a full-time executive director to continue its growth. Claudia Millington, the foundation's governing board chairwoman, said in a recent statement that hiring a full-time director will allow the non-profit to continue to grow.
With a three-volley gun salute, a somber re-telling of history and a prayer for veterans who died serving the country, hundred gathered Monday at Veterans Memorial in Woodbury for the annual Memorial Day service. The Woodbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501 hosted the service, which included Civil War re-enactors, World War II vehicles, a bagpipe-led march and a somber moment of reflection.
The Woodbury Sam's Club has kicked off a major renovation to its 15-year-old store located near Hudson Road and Woodbury Drive. The wholesaler will remain open during the construction period, which will wrap up before the holiday season. The company said the project will have little disruption to customers. A similar renovation also began at the White Bear Lake store, according to a news release. New features to the stores include:
Before a historic Woodbury home opens for tours next month, the Woodbury Heritage Society is looking for volunteers to maintain its gardens and flowers. The society, whose mission is to preserve the city's history, is seeking a volunteers to plant and maintain the flowers around the Woodbury Heritage House. Woodbury Heritage Society President Wayne Schilling said the garden and flowers offer an educational experience for elementary school students and other visitors who tour the Heritage House.
The Woodbury Whole Foods is officially open. The organic and natural foods grocer held an opening day event Wednesday that drew more than a thousand of eager shoppers who lined the building in anticipation for the store's 9 a.m. at CityPlace. The event included food samplings, gift card giveaways and other entertainment. Located south of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive, Whole Foods is among the final stores capping off the 100-acre CityPlace's retail stage.
Local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion posts are hosting Woodbury's Memorial Day Ceremony later this month. The Woodbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501 will host the annual event at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial in Woodbury. The event aims to honor service men and women. This year's ceremony will include a Civil War re-enactment that will render a three-volley salute using mid-19th-century muskets.
On sunny weekend afternoons, residents along Afton Boulevard have had to contend with the thundering sound of motorcycle groups, which they say is excessively loud. Now city leaders are considering new ordinances or upping enforcement in light of ongoing complaints. City Council member Stan Ross said residents in his ward have observed an increase in loud motorcycles in recent weeks mainly due to construction detours from the city's downtown.
Fairview and HealthEast have approved a merger deal that will finalize June 1, leaders from both organizations announced Tuesday. The merger, which was first announced in March, will create one of the largest hospital systems in the state. "Bringing Fairview and HealthEast together gives us the opportunity to create a world-class health system committed to serving our communities and the region," Fairview CEO James Hereford said in a statement. In addition to the entire Twin Cities metro area, the combined system will also cover parts of greater Minnesota.
Renovations to the Woodbury City Council chambers are nearing completion. Despite the project being set back from its fall 2016 start date, city leaders anticipate the $514,000 project will wrap up before the council's June meeting. "Even though it's a small space, there's a lot of details that go into it," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt. His department, in addition to Woodbury's parks, also oversees municipal buildings.
As the May 24 opening date approaches for Woodbury Whole Foods, the company revealed Thursday what will be going inside. Anchoring the 100-acre CityPlace development near Interstate 94 and Radio Drive, the natural foods grocer will be equipped with a taproom, cold brew coffee served on tap and a mochi ice cream bar, among others, according to a company announcement Thursday.