Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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Policy changes to how the Woodbury charges different groups to use athletic fields in the city has drawn concern from parents and board members of a local soccer club, who say their classification could reduce access to youth soccer programs for residents. The changes, which were passed at a June 12 City Council meeting, grew from discussions following the merger of Woodbury Soccer Club with youth soccer club Salvo. The organization later requested clarification of the term "Woodbury-based" within the policy.
WOODBURY — When Natalie Rankins took her son, Brandon Evans, and his friends out for dinner or a movie, she noticed something that troubled her. Evans, 28, has special needs. Rankins began to realize her son's friends, who also had special needs, often couldn't afford to go out, so she would pay for their meals or admission when she could. But before long, her generosity became unsustainable, and she began to search for a solution. "So I was thinking, hm, what can we do to get everyone out, to be able to do something fun?" Rankins said.
Nine Scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony Monday, June 3, at Woodbury Baptist Church. The nine Eagle Scouts are: • Max Barnaby of Woodbury, who graduated from Math and Science Academy and plans to attend Minnesota State University-Moorhead • Sean Bearth of Maplewood, who graduated from Tartan High School and plans to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis • Kaleb Bloomquist of Woodbury, who will be a senior at East Ridge High School
Woodbury's Puppet Wagon began another summer of traveling performances Monday, June 10. The Puppet Wagon will be making regular stops in the city's parks and neighborhoods Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 15. After each show, children will be invited to play with the puppets. Performances will be cancelled in the event of bad weather. A full list of stops can be found on the city's website.
A 21-year-old woman has died after she was pulled from a Woodbury community pool Saturday morning. Woodbury police arrived at the Carver Lake Townhomes pool at 10:16 a.m. and observed that the woman was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officers performed CPR and then turned the patient over to Woodbury EMS upon their arrival. After EMS was able to regain a pulse, she was transported to Regions Hospital. Police learned Monday that the woman had died and are now awaiting information from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, Commander John Altman said Tuesday morning.
An eastbound section of Valley Creek Road between City Centre Drive and Radio Drive will be closed for "emergency" repairs this weekend. The closure will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, and is expected to end by 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, according to a Wednesday afternoon post on the Washington County Facebook page. The westbound section will be reduced to one lane during this time. The county is asking drivers to use a detour running from Radio Drive to Tamarack Road to Bielenberg Drive.
AFTON — Behind the traditional farmhouse design of Mike and Barb Morehead's home is a complex system allowing them to use less than half the electricity of a Minnesota home that is simply up to code. The Moreheads built according to a set of criteria known as "passive building," a rigorous, difficult-to-achieve type of energy efficiency that also prioritizes the health and comfort of occupants.
WOODBURY — About 450 students crossed the stage and became graduates at East Ridge High School's commencement ceremony, which took place Sunday, June 2, in "The Perch," the school's gymnasium. Student body president Evelyn Nadarliyska was one of two student speakers. Her address focused on the value of memories and lessons learned and how her fellow graduates could use them going forward.
It's not easy to start at a new school — it may be even harder as a high school student. But that's exactly what Ann Raihala did four years ago when she began attending New Life Academy in Woodbury. The senior grew up in Hammond, Wis., where she still lives. Every morning, her dad drives the nearly 40 miles to Woodbury while Raihala naps. The school has more than 700 students. The change felt sudden to Raihala, who had previously attended a school with about 120 kids, preschool through 12th grade, in Baldwin.
Where should one turn to learn more about legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright? A Google search? The library? Perhaps visit one of Wright's iconic buildings? East Ridge High School senior Taylor Bannink took his curiosity a step further when he decided to reach out to Wright's great-grandson, Lloyd Natof, a woodworker with a studio just west of Chicago.