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 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.
Last week's subzero temperatures were bad for the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest is a major threat to ash trees, a common tree species in parks and neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metro area. And while people across the Midwest muddled through a polar vortex and the Twin Cities reached 28 degrees below zero, those in charge of battling the ash borer welcomed the possibility of relief.
Updated 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, to include new information. WOODBURY — A Woodbury man who was on trial for alleged sexual assault of children was charged Friday with second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, according to a criminal complaint. Julie Kneifl, 72, was found dead Thursday morning of a deep laceration to her neck. Harvey Kneifl, 72, was found in the shower of one of the bathrooms with a neck wound. There were two knives on the floor next to him.
Foss Swim School in Woodbury has the OK to move to a larger location. Woodbury City Council approved a permit allowing the swim school to move to a vacant space in the Woodbury Commons Shopping Center, 10150 Hudson Road, Suite 114. The move will increase the amount of parking and ease overall space constraints for the school. The new location will include a larger pool, a greater number of changing stalls, shower rooms and bathrooms, and a larger viewing room and reception area.
OAKDALE — Often unseen, human trafficking can seem like a far away problem, something that rarely makes its way to the suburbs. Don't be fooled, said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. "A lot of people say, 'That's an awful problem, thank God it's not in my community," Orput said, calling himself "the bearer of bad news." In fact, he said, the people arrested for seeking out commercial sex are often neighbors and those being trafficked are, too.
National fundraiser Jump Rope for Heart has been a tradition at Woodbury's Middleton Elementary since at least 1995, when Joe Quintavalle began teaching physical education there. One day each year, students in first through fifth grades spend an hour competing in games, many which involve a jump rope. Prizes are also awarded for best team name, best individual jumpers and best team jumpers. "So we have lots of incentives and fun activities we do that make it a big event for us," said Quintavalle, who organizes the fundraiser alongside two other teachers.
In one morning, Woodbury Lions Club members Marty Borchardt and Jim Curnow checked the eyes of more than 30 kids for possible vision problems. The process was simple. A parent would approach the Lions Club's booth at the Woodbury Kids Expo on Jan. 12. The child, usually between 6 months and 6 years years old, would sit by themselves or with a parent on a folding chair across from one of the men. A handheld device, called the Plusoptix mobile vision screener, quickly scanned the child's eyes and let the operator know if it detected anything abnormal.