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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Woodbury City Council approved plans for the Ojibway Park building renovation Wednesday, June 27, and released updated renderings showing two outside views of the planned park building. The Parks and Natural Resources Commission also revealed several playground renderings earlier in the month. City Council plans to receive construction bids in the middle of August. Construction on the park building is expected to begin in September 2018 and be completed around August 2019. The project budget is $1.5 million.
Time travel, sky pirates and Renaissance icons are all elements in this year's Circus Juventas summer show, "STEAM." Two of the 71 students performing are Émilie Davidson and Kate Schullo, both from Woodbury. Circus Juventas is a performing arts circus school for youth meant to inspire self-expression and build confidence through things like acting, acrobatics and dance. "STEAM" is an original show that draws on true-to-life events and characters and adds in steampunk surrealism.
Children ages 3 through 11 are invited to participate in the 2018 Woodbury Days Coloring Contest. The Woodbury Days Council, a group of volunteers that organizes the annual festival, has partnered with the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America for the contest. There are three age brackets for judging: three to five years old, six to eight years old, and nine to 11 years old. Prizes are identical for each age group: • First place: Four-pack of annual Crayola Experience admission passes
Like texting or talking during movies? A fan of crinkly candy wrappers? Can't ever make it to the theater on time? If so, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is not for you. But if you're someone who likes a sophisticated moviegoing experience, the new theater in Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center could ruin all others for you. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, at 9060 Hudson Road, opened to the public Sunday, July 22, kicking off with limited $5 showings plus 25 percent off concessions, excluding alcohol, through Thursday, July 26. Full programming begins Friday, July 27.
The filing period for Woodbury City Council begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 31. Voters will elect two new council members and a new mayor this November. Both positions serve four-year terms. Candidates must file paperwork with the city clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. within the Administration Department in Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. Candidates will receive financial and campaign information at this time. The fee for filing is $40.
Under a canopy of trees in Woodbury resident Danae Bruning's backyard, a variety of green plants provide ground cover. But Bruning didn't plant them herself. Much of the groundcover is considered weeds, and two of the most prevalent in Bruning's yard are buckthorn and garlic mustard. Both are recognized as "noxious weeds," a category of invasive plants, by the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources.
An overabundance of mulch led to an outpouring of assistance for one Woodbury family involved in a car crash in late-May.
A section of the Woodbury Public Works building was demolished Wednesday, July 11, as part of the city's Public Works Expansion Project. The building at 2301 Tower Drive was removed to make way for a new 25,000-square-foot building and an 18,800-square-foot unheated building where city vehicles and maintenance equipment will be stored. Immediately after the demolition, Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and other city officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new facility.
Nearly a year after the first evidence of emerald ash borer appeared in a Woodbury movie theater parking lot, the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department is asking for more money to deal with the invasive insect in 2019. Assistant Park and Recreation Director Mike Adams told City Council at a June 27 workshop meeting the department needs $100,000 to combat the pest next year. Adams said the department could work with the $50,000 already allotted for 2018, but it will need a larger budget going forward.
Helen Miller had a life with many chapters, and she wasn't hesitant to write them herself. The chapter that took her furthest from home was her military service during World War II. At 21, she joined the Women's Army Corps and was shipped off to England, becoming one of the first women to serve in a non-nursing position in the U.S. Army.