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After digging out of a record snowfall, residents like Kris Heywood faced another challenge last month: clearing the yard of six months worth of dog poop. Heywood enlisted 10-year-old Cottage Grove resident Silas Ruprecht for his dog poop removal services. Two hours and a clean lawn later, she asked if he'd help pick up after Sadie and Diva on a weekly basis. "His eyes lit up," she said. "He's like, 'oh, yeah!'"
Mayor Bill Palmquist was joined by Miss Pre-teen North Star Rylee Van Houten and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, among others, for the ribbon-cutting Saturday. Jackie Renzetti / Rivertown Multimedia
By the time she moved into her Woodbury home, Barb Lau had met most of her neighbors — and even owned some of their furniture. Before closing on her house in early May 2011, she stopped by and discovered the Woodbury Lions Club garage sale. The annual event continues to strengthen bonds in her neighborhood, she said last weekend during its 42nd year. "It's the first time we see our neighbors in the spring," Lau said. "We get to catch up because we're outside for three days."
Three days a week, Eagle Point Elementary Principal Shawn Bromeland works from a desk in the school's hallway. "I've been just trying to be more present with the students out there. But it's been difficult getting tasks done there, like making phone calls or meeting with families," he said. He used to work in a former shower stall, but he placed the school's secretary there to free up a secure space for the behavior specialist two years ago.
WOODBURY — An ongoing fundraiser by area businesses has raised over $20,000 for Landen, the 5-year-old Woodbury boy who remains hospitalized after being thrown from a Mall of America balcony earlier this month. The April 12 crime drew national attention, as did a Gofundme page started by Woodbury resident and friend of the family, Noah Hanneman. Close to $1 million has been raised for the family as of Monday, and local businesses are seeking a boost.
Smiles spread across Woodbury High School's cafeteria Saturday as prom-goers mingled and posed for parents' pictures. Students helped each other with quick adjustments to their boutonnieres, hair and heels before the Grand March. Beaming parents squeezed in plenty of pictures and last-minute advice. Afterwards, the big dance, themed "Under the Stars," ran from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.
Whether it's someone writing from a church in Leesburg, Va., or a mayoral convention in Maryland, Bill Doherty says most of his weekly emails boil down to the same thing: "I think there's increasing fatigue with the polarization and a hunger to find some ways past it," he said. "There's just a lot of concern out there in the country."
WOODBURY — The Woodbury Fire Department is taking to the streets Sunday, April 7, to raise money for muscular dystrophy. Posted along Commerce and Hudson drives near Pet Evolution, Woodbury firefighters will be holding boots ready for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In front of the pet shop, families and children can tour fire trucks and try on firefighter gear.
As schools add more on-site resources, Washington County's longtime education program for juvenile offenders will close after this school year.
NEWPORT — The biggest housing development to come to Newport hit a new milestone last week. To mark its official opening to the public, Bailey Meadows hosted an open house with city staff and councilmembers on March 7. The new neighborhood will have about 185 homes ranging from $400,000-$600,000 — adding to a housing boom the city hasn't seen since the '80s, said city planner Sherri Buss.