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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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.
WOODBURY — If the snow was flaky, the cyclists sure weren't. About 120 racers plowed through elite, marathon and sport races during the 2019 Cold Catfish Cup on Feb. 17 at Carver Lake Park. The annual event was sponsored by Minneapolis-based Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and the city of Woodbury. Although skies were relatively clear and there was little wind, city recreation manager Reed Smidt said conditions for the race were less than ideal. "We needed snow, we got quite a bit of snow. The issue that we had is that the snow quality isn't the best," Smidt said.
Woodbury has another new department head. Mary Hurliman is now the director of public works, which recently separated from the Woodbury Engineering Department. Hurliman began working for the city in 2012 as an assistant to the city administrator and became the streets superintendent in 2015. Hurliman then left Woodbury in 2017 to become the deputy public works director in Bloomington. Being back in Woodbury "kind of feels like coming home," she said.
WOODBURY — One suspect is in custody after a reported robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank location in Woodbury. At 11:55 a.m., a caller said the suspect, reportedly disguised, entered the bank at 9882 Norma Lane and implied they had a weapon, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said. The suspect left with an unknown amount of cash in a light colored SUV. Woodbury police received license plate information and the vehicle believed to belong to the suspect was located in St. Paul by St. Paul police.
WOODBURY — For 10 years, Lisa Peterson was afraid to leave the house. Two brain surgeries after a traumatic head injury had left her with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. At its worst, Peterson had more than 50 seizures in a month.
The air wouldn't get warmer than 9 degrees and the water was even colder. But that didn't stop Minnesotans from taking a quick dip for a good cause. More than 380 people signed up to jump into an icy Carver Lake on Feb. 9 as part of the Polar Plunge, an event to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. The celebration lasted less than an hour and a half, but nearly $67,000 was raised by jumpers and their supporters. Community organizations, businesses and individuals alike participated, dressing up in costumes or stripping down to swimsuits.