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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The Woodbury City Council raised the tax levy 4.8 percent at its annual Truth in Taxation meeting Dec. 12. The levy, which was approved 4-1, is up from the 3.8 percent increase approved in 2018.
“Animal Humane Society relies on the kindness of volunteers, not just during the holiday season but all year long. Each year we have about 2,000 people volunteer among our four shelters, including Woodbury. All of our volunteer opportunities are listed online at animalhumanesociety.org/volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and opportunities range from dog walkers to adoption support volunteers to even in-home foster volunteers. We have volunteer opportunities available on a rolling basis throughout the year.”
"How to Prepare for Santa's Arrival with Mrs. Claus" was held Dec. 8, 2018, at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Woodbury. Following along with an interactive story, kids also wrote a letter to Santa and mixed together food for his reindeer.
Woodbury police are asking for help in identifying a person seen Sunday, Dec. 9 taking packages from a porch. The thief was caught on camera in the Summerlin Drive area. Also captured was photo of a white truck that appeared to have obscured writing on the side. Police are asking people to call 651-439-9381 if they recognize the truck. The case number to reference is WB18034739.
LAKELAND — A Mahtomedi man was arrested on Nov. 25 after allegedly threatening another man with a gun. Brandon Gilbert Bacchus, 35, has been charged with a firearm violation after a previous felony conviction, as well as second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after a previous felony conviction. He faces up to 15 years in county jail and $30,000 in fines if convicted of the first count and up to seven years and $14,000 if convicted of the second.
The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle, and that was no exception at the Winter Wonderland Carnival and Rink Celebration. For two hours Sunday, Dec. 2, HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury was packed with families enjoying carnival games, choral performances from local schools and skating at the outdoor rink. Shannon Beard and Ava Huseboe, both 12, took a break from skating to warm up by the fire pit. Beard approved of the festivities. "So far I'm having a very good experience," she said.
A federal appellate court has ruled that a jury should decide a lawsuit brought against three Woodbury police officers who shot and killed a 19-year-old St. Paul man after he escaped a 2012 hostage situation, according to documents filed Nov. 28. The decision by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a previous ruling by a U.S. District Court judge and follows a February 2017 appeal filed by Mark Eric Henderson's mother, Tawana Henderson.
WOODBURY — A water main break has closed the eastbound lane of Victoria Road between Queens Drive and Courtly Road, according to a city notification that went out early Thursday afternoon. The road is expected to fully reopen the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 4, weather permitting. The westbound lane is open to traffic in both directions during repairs.
Michelle Okada is the new director with the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department. She fills the position left open by Bob Klatt, who retired this fall after a long tenure with the city. Okada had been the public information officer for Woodbury Public Safety for six and a half years. Before that, she served 16 years as the city's recreation specialist.
Starting in early October, Woodbury resident Grace Nester and her mother, Deona, began collecting donations for the Naomi Family Residence in St. Paul, the Union Gospel Mission's shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness due to things like domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness. Nester asked her community to donate essentials like toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, diapers and new or gently used winter clothing. "It was really fun seeing all the donations come in and the box being filled up and overflowing," she said.