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 — More than 5,000 people came through the doors of East Ridge High School to visit the Woodbury Expo on Saturday, March 30. In its 10th year, the expo hosted more than 175 businesses and organizations, along with entertainment, food vendors, a kids play area and a vehicle fair.
WOODBURY — Lake Middle School students will bring the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" to the stage April 4, 5 and 6. Framed as the "true" story of "The Princess and the Pea," the musical centers around a prince looking for a princess to marry. The problem? No princess is good enough for his mother, the queen, who subjects his potential brides to impossible tests. Making matters worse, no one in the kingdom can get married until the prince does.
WOODBURY — A group of Woodbury High School students is inviting other students and members of the community to attend a TEDx event at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. A TEDx event is an independent, community-organized version of the now-ubiquitous TED conferences, where speakers give talks that are 18 minutes or less that cover a variety of topics meant to inspire new ideas.
WOODBURY — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-District 53, and Rep. Steve Sandell, DFL-53B, answered constituent questions during a listening session March 25 at Central Park. Ellison kicked off the evening by emphasizing the event was a chance to understand what concerns constituents, and he gave an answer to people asking why he would leave Congress to become attorney general.
Looking for a chicken fix? Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers will open at 730 Commons Drive on Tuesday, March 26, in Woodbury. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be held 9-10 a.m. The first 100 dine-in customers 13 years and older to purchase a combo meal will receive a voucher for a free box combo on their next visit and a Raising Cane's T-shirt. Grand opening attendees can enter a drawing for free Raising Cane's food for a year between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with 20 winners chosen during the celebration.
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.