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WOODBURY — It's early Thursday morning and around 40 Woodbury High School students have piled into Room 116, some grabbing donuts as they take to their seats. The teenagers are there for Ignite, a weekly, student-led Bible study with the mission to bring together the school's Christians and serve the school through outreach.
Woodbury Kids held its sixth annual expo Jan. 12, bringing numerous community organizations and activities for kids together under one roof. The event's goal is to make a lot of information easily accessible to parents while providing entertainment for their children, the group said. This year's expo was attended by 1,100 people, Stacey Robertson of Woodbury Kids said. Booths set up at Lake Middle School were occupied by 26 schools and 67 businesses and organizations.
New mayor, City Council members sworn in The city of Woodbury officially has new leadership. Mayor Anne Burt and council members Steve Morris and Jennifer Santini were sworn in Jan. 9. Their terms are set to end Dec. 31, 2022. City accepts 3M settlement money City Council passed a resolution accepting $25,000 from the 3M Settlement Community Grant.
Families got a jump on the new year with a celebration hosted by the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department on Dec. 31 at HealthEast Sports Center. Children were invited to play on inflatable obstacle courses and moonwalks, dance, enter a raffle, and ice skate. There was also a countdown to 2019. Paint and sip company Cheers Pablo led a painting project for those in attendance. Everbrook Academy sponsored the event.
For the fourth year, Woodbury resident Mackenzy Koehn spread cheer to children hospitalized over the holidays. With help from family, friends, teachers and even strangers, 8-year-old Mackenzy raised $1,700 in cash and $1,500 worth of toys for her 2018 donation to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
COTTAGE GROVE — Ahead of the start to the legislative session, legislators from Washington and Dakota counties joined the League of Women Voters of Woodbury, Cottage Grove Area on Jan. 5 for a panel discussion on goals and priorities for the upcoming session. In attendance were state Sens. Susan Kent (DFL-District 53) and Karla Bigham (DFL-54) and Reps. Tou Xiong (DFL-53A), Steve Sandell (DFL-53B) and Anne Claflin (DFL-54A). Rep. Tony Jurgens (R-54B) could not attend because of a scheduling conflict but answered questions during a conference call with League leadership.
Before her time as mayor, Mary Giuliani Stephens was elected in 2006 to the Woodbury City Council. At the time, she didn't plan to run for a higher office. When she won the council seat, she wasn't even aware it was a paid position. But it was a position, she said, that readily prepared her to serve as mayor four years later.
Anne Burt was elected mayor with 48 percent of the vote in a five-way race Nov. 6. Burt announced her candidacy on June 15, the same day Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens announced she would not seek a third term. Giuliani Stephens' announcement came shortly after she ended her campaign for governor.
In a packed nine-person race, Steve Morris and Jennifer Santini won the two open Woodbury City Council seats Nov. 6. With terms beginning Jan. 1, they fill positions vacated by Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs. Burns and Ohs announced their departures earlier this year.
Three city leaders bid a public farewell to Woodbury residents Dec. 19 at Central Park. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and City Council members Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs leave office Dec. 31. Family, friends and community members gathered to pay tribute to their service, with former City Council member Paul Rebholz as master of ceremonies.