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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Two students at Math and Science Academy in Woodbury took first place at the recent Minnesota State History Day competition. Andrea Li and Naina Perumalachetty, both seventh graders, won a $100 prize in the "Quantitative History" category for their website "Birth of the First National Park." The "Quantitative History" award honors projects that use things like statistics, charts and graphics to make a historical argument. The prize has been sponsored by the Minnesota Population Center for more than 15 years, associate director Catherine Fitch said.
Heavy rain fell throughout Woodbury's Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, held to honor fallen service members. The ceremony was moved indoors to City Hall from the Woodbury Veterans Memorial because of weather, making it a standing room-only event. Jeremy King, lead pastor at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton, gave the invocation and a blessing. Mayor Anne Burt, American Legion Post 501 Commander Tom Grezek and VFW Post 9024 Commander Paul Lindahl provided welcome remarks.
The city of Woodbury has four new police officers. Robert Boleen, Michael Carlson, Karla Hernandez and Kyle Myers were sworn in by Mayor Anne Burt at the May 22 City Council meeting. The four appointments filled vacancies within the department, according to a council letter.
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.