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The Bielenberg Sports Center will operate under a new name following the Woodbury City Council’s approval of a sponsorship agreement with HealthEast on Wednesday. The $1.8 million naming rights deal will see the sports center become the HealthEast Sports Center and will net the city $126,000 annually for 14 years. As Woodbury’s largest private employer, HealthEast will also have the option to sign a $1.5 million extension for five years when the current contract expires.
The former manager of a Woodbury Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking is accused of embezzling several thousand dollars from the restaurant over the course of a year. Patrick James Langbein, 38, was charged for felony theft by swindle in Washington County after his former employer said he allegedly pocketed more than $250,000 from company accounts used primarily to pay wait staff's tips. Langbein was arrested April 24, according to county jail records.
When police officer Caitlin Jaworski starts her shift, she grabs one of eight cameras sitting on a recharging rack in the basement of the Woodbury Public Safety building and attaches it to her right shirt pocket. Because she wears 25 pounds in gear on her belt already, the camera doesn't interfere much with as she goes about her regular duties. "I don't even really notice it," Jaworski said. She's among the handful of Woodbury's police officers who recently began wearing body cameras as part of the pilot program.
For nearly four decades, Woodbury Days has been the city's annual get together. From food tastings, live entertainment, carnival rides and stretches upon stretches of local business booths and other activities, the event has grown over the years, both in size and in tradition. Behind the scenes, however, a group of volunteers offers much of their free time painstakingly making preparations to put on the annual event.
The City of Afton plans to create new habitats for an endangered bee species, amid concerns the city’s downtown construction project could have a negative impact on the bees’ environment. Earlier this month, Citizens For Valley Creek, a nonprofit environmental group, asked the city to halt construction on the city's sewer project after hiring a local wildlife biologist to survey the area for signs of the rusty patched bumblebee.
With significant renovations on the horizon for Woodbury’s Central Park, the city will be the park’s food provider starting this month. The city’s parks and recreation department will take over food service operations at Central Park, following the Woodbury City Council's approval April 19. The city considered finding a private vendor to operate the small restaurant, following Angelina’s in Park's departure this year.
The City of Woodbury has permanently closed an archery range at Carver Lake Park due to safety concerns. City staff said they found people were shooting arrows over a fence behind the range's target and into Bailey’s Nursery. The city closed the range April 18. Workers at the nursery have also begun planting seeds, which raised additional safety concerns, Woodbury spokesperson Jason Egerstrom said.
The Woodbury Figure Skating Club is turning 20 this year and will be celebrating the milestone with its annual Spring Ice Show. More than 90 skaters will take to the ice Friday and Saturday as they perform 'the Great Skate Together' as part of the annual spring event. The production will have three performance with the first starting at 4:30 p.m. and a second show at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Bielenberg Sports Center. A third showing will take place Saturday at 11 a.m.
Over the past few years, Woodbury Senior Living has been adding several holistic and traditional therapy options with the greater goal of helping to improve residents' lives. Located at the intersection of Lake Road and Woodlane Drive, the assisted living facility offers music and holistic therapies to accompany traditional physical rehabilitation. Though separate fields, staff at the facility said the therapies often work together, but the greater public doesn't always know how they work.
Bielenberg Sports Center may be known as the HealthEast Sports Center as early as next month, following the health care chain's offer to take over naming rights at the Woodbury sports facility. HealthEast announced Friday that it is proposing a $1.7 million marketing and sponsorship deal with the city of Woodbury that would give the east metro health system exclusive naming rights at the sports center for the next 14 years.