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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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra closed out its 10th season with anniversary concert "10 Years and Still Celebrating!" May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Special guests, including a nyckelharpa, or key fiddle, player and traditional Swedish dancers graced the stage alongside the orchestra, playing in the occasion. But the past 10 years aren't the whole story. The group was formed in the summer of 1956 as the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra, one in a series of amateur music programs funded by 3M Corp. for its employees, retirees and their friends and family.
The Woodbury City Council has approved special assessment amounts for construction set to take place this summer along Bailey Road. Assessments were approved at a May 8 meeting for the Bailey Frontage Road portion of the city's 2019 Roadway Rehabilitation Project and the Bailey Road Access Management Project — a partnership between the city and Washington County. The projects were bid together. Special assessments are charges issued to property owners that help pay for projects, like roads, that directly benefit those owners.
Each May, the St. Croix Swim Club hosts a meet at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. This year, 16 international swimmers from Ecuador joined the competition. The swimmers are students at Academia Cotopaxi American International School, located Ecuador's capital city, Quito. Greta Stacy, a former Woodbury resident, teaches chemistry and coaches the swim team. Stacy, who used to compete with the St. Croix Swim Club, said the team had been looking for another chance to travel internationally and was lucky her former club could offer the opportunity.
WOODBURY — Volunteers helped clear dead plants, leaves and debris from one of Woodbury's rain gardens Saturday, May 4, in preparation for new plantings. The rain garden is one of several located at Trinity Presbyterian Church, considered a "green congregation" by the Washington Conservation District. Gardens are positioned to absorb water flowing down the hill toward the church on Tower Drive.
When Negin Arazm moved to Woodbury 18 years ago from Iran, it was hard for her to make friends. In 2011, she discovered the International Group of Woodbury, a collection of women who had come together to make sure people from other countries would feel welcome and have support. "This group really helped me a lot," Arazm said. "I have very close friends now ... so it's a blessing that we met Lisa and that we came to this group."
WOODBURY — Before and after East Ridge High School's grand march, students, family members and friends excitedly snapped photos and chatted in the school's atrium. The grand march began at 2 p.m. in the Perch, the school's gymnasium. The dance, titled "Endless Elegance," took place 7:30-11 p.m. at the JX Event Venue in Stillwater.
COTTAGE GROVE — Concern about local control ruled the conversation during an update for local governments on the progress of 3M settlement working groups. The presentation, given by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency assistant commissioner Kirk Koudelka, was part of an April 30 joint workshop meeting between Cottage Grove and Woodbury city councils.
At just 16, Carter Bannwarth is set to take the stage at Carnegie Hall for the third time. The Woodbury resident will perform at The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala on Monday, April 29 with Camp Broadway. The 60-member ensemble will pay tribute to Cyndi Lauper with a performance directed by Steven Reineke.
Léa Richer smiled as she pulled up a video on her laptop. "You asked me why I wanted to be a prosthetist," she began. The man in the video had one of his legs amputated and was walking with a newly-fitted prosthetic leg. Upon crossing to the other side of the room, the man broke into a smile. "That face? That is why I do what I do," Richer said. "Because making people smile like that and giving them that independence to be able to walk out the door — there's nothing like it."
The Excellent Egg Frenzy brought hundreds of people to the softball fields at HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury on April 13. Toy-filled eggs were scattered around as well as special eggs with golden tickets for each age group. The Easter Bunny was also present for photo opportunities. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia