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Since opening the Woodbury location of Osaka Sushi and Hibachi five years ago, owner Rebecca Wang says she's heard a recurring request. "A lot of people come from Cottage Grove, and they're like, 'Oh, it's kind of sad that there's no sushi restaurant down here,'" she said. This week, she's set to fill the void with her new restaurant, Sushi Cafe. Located on Harkness Avenue, the restaurant's offerings include customizable sushi dishes, hibachi-style entrees, poke bowls, noodles and bubble tea made with real fruit.
In January, the Federal Transit Administration accepted the Gold Line project into its "New Starts" program, which meant the bus rapid transit project would be eligible to receive matched federal funding. The announcement drew attention from top policy makers in the state.
At the beginning of the year, the Washington County Sheriff's Department started a new task force dedicated to sex trafficking. A two-year grant of $313,000 from the Department of Justice Programs with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety funded a new sergeant position to lead the seven-member East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force. The coalition includes a detective from the Woodbury and Oakdale police departments.
Bill Hargis, the longest-serving mayor of Woodbury, died at 68 on April 10. During his service from 1993-2010, Hargis led a building boom as the city's population more than doubled to over 60,000. The Bielenberg Sports Center, the I-494/Tamarack Road interchange, Tamarack Village mall and Central Park were all constructed during this era.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners raised salaries for the first time since 2009 — a pay bump from $52,713 to $69,000. The board also increased salaries for Washington County Attorney Pete Orput from $171,580 to $180,159; Sheriff Dan Starry from $152,876 to $161,570; and administrator Molly O'Rourke from $176,344 to $185,161. Board requests speed studies from MnDOT
Ahead of the legislative session, state lawmakers are exploring proposals including creating an emergency supply of insulin and setting price controls on the drug.
The Washington County Board approved its 2019 budget Dec. 11, which includes a 5.47 percent increase in the property tax levy.
A new spa is coming to Woodbury Lakes. The national chain Woodhouse Day Spa opened its second Minnesota location this week. The spa will host an open house Wednesday, Dec. 12 featuring live holiday music, tours, free treat bags and discounts on services, boutique items and gift cards, said owner Amy Adams. Adams said Woodhouse differentiates itself from most salons by offering over 70 services, including nail and skin treatments, facials and massages. "Woodhouse is designed to be a resort quality spa, right in your backyard," Adams said.
Former commissioner appointed to Watershed District Board
With a 4-3 vote, the Stillwater school board has decided to expand Brookview Elementary School in Woodbury. After opening in 2017, the school is nearing its 450-student capacity as hundreds of single-family homes are likely to be built nearby within the next decade, according to Woodbury planning officials. The expansion will consist of adding eight classrooms, with an estimated cost of up to $5.5 million. The project will be funded through the district's lease levy.