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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Positioned away from nearby rivers and on upland between two valleys, Woodbury will likely avoid any flooding due to snow melt. But city staff is still on the lookout for localized ponding, especially at street intersections, Public Works Director Mary Hurliman said. Hurliman said residents should call Public Works if they notice ponding around a storm drain so staff can clear the drain and make sure water is flowing. Still, she said, the forecast is in the city's favor: relatively warm days with colder nights that allow for a refreeze, slowing down snow melt.
WOODBURY — For more than five years, Elena Lindemann has taken in dogs on their way to getting adopted. "The idea of just being a small part of a dog's journey to a forever home appealed to me," she said. As Lindemann talks, her most recent foster dog, Sung, curls up in a dog bed, head resting on the side. He is small with bright eyes, his curly brown fur shaved, a too-big collar around his neck. The 4-year-old poodle is a rescue from a dog meat farm and puppy mill in South Korea. His name is a shortening of a Korean word for "victorious."
Anytime Fitness will soon expand its reach to Antarctica. The fitness club company headquartered in Woodbury is partnering with Chilean-based travel agency Antarctica21 to put one of its gyms aboard a new cruise ship. The move will make Anytime Fitness "the first franchise of any type on all seven continents," said national media director Mark Daly. "Literally and symbolically, we'll soon be 'making healthy happen' around the world," Daly said.
OAKDALE — With the state legislative session at the halfway point, Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-District 53, and Rep. Tou Xiong, DFL-53A, appeared in front of a crowd of about 20 constituents Friday morning at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakdale to provide an update on key issues. Kent said the Legislature's "number one job" is coming up with a budget for the next two years. "We don't get to act like Congress — we have to balance our budget," she said. The budget would go into effect July 1.
Keys Cafe and Bakery is teaming up March 16 with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for this year's "Soup for the Homeless Soul" fundraiser. The restaurant will be providing 15 gallons of soup to bring awareness to homelessness and raise money for Union Gospel Mission, which supports people dealing with poverty, addiction and homelessness. The St. Paul Grill, Yarusso Bros. Italian Restaurant and Kane's Catering will also contribute food.
A barn that caught fire Friday morning in Woodbury is a total loss, Police Commander John Altman said. The cause of the fire is unknown and no one was hurt. A boat parked near the barn was also a total loss. The pole barn was located near Century Avenue and Military Road. This area lacks functional fire hydrants, which made it more difficult to fight the fire.
Student song leaders and musicians from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies performed March 3 in the Concert Orchestra Sing-Along Concert at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. The free "Kids Play for Kids" show was a collaboration with Music Together in the Valley and was geared toward young children, though the audience included children and families of all age groups. The concert included orchestral performances directed by Mark Gitch, storybook readings and sing-alongs to popular folk and children's songs. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia
WOODBURY — In her first State of the City address, Woodbury Mayor Anne Burt highlighted the city's additions: more residents, development and growth. Woodbury recently surpassed the population of Eagan, becoming the eighth-largest city in Minnesota with about 72,000 residents. The city approved permits for 675 new housing units in 2018. Of these, 258 were apartments, 133 were townhomes and 284 were single-family homes.
Plans to improve Bailey Road have the go-ahead. The Woodbury City Council approved a preliminary report for the Bailey Road Access Management Project. Construction is planned for April through November. The project would add left turn lanes to all intersections between Pioneer Drive and Wellington Lane and add shoulders to the section of road. It would also include repaving the trail along the north side of Bailey Road, pavement resurfacing, drainage system improvements and the addition of stormwater filtration basins.
WOODBURY — Brad and Richard Arkell grew up together, went to the same college and majored in the same subject. Both were investment advisors for seven years, and in 2010, they both quit their jobs to sell remote control vehicle parts full time. The identical twin brothers, originally from Lake Elmo, recently opened a storefront for their business, Dollar Hobbyz. Located at 380 Rivertown Drive, the 14,000-square-foot space contains a retail area, warehouse and carpeted race track.