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 — It's early Thursday morning and around 40 Woodbury High School students have piled into Room 116, some grabbing donuts as they take to their seats. The teenagers are there for Ignite, a weekly, student-led Bible study with the mission to bring together the school's Christians and serve the school through outreach.
For the fourth year, Woodbury resident Mackenzy Koehn spread cheer to children hospitalized over the holidays. With help from family, friends, teachers and even strangers, 8-year-old Mackenzy raised $1,700 in cash and $1,500 worth of toys for her 2018 donation to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
COTTAGE GROVE — Ahead of the start to the legislative session, legislators from Washington and Dakota counties joined the League of Women Voters of Woodbury, Cottage Grove Area on Jan. 5 for a panel discussion on goals and priorities for the upcoming session. In attendance were state Sens. Susan Kent (DFL-District 53) and Karla Bigham (DFL-54) and Reps. Tou Xiong (DFL-53A), Steve Sandell (DFL-53B) and Anne Claflin (DFL-54A). Rep. Tony Jurgens (R-54B) could not attend because of a scheduling conflict but answered questions during a conference call with League leadership.
With its yellow string lights, comfort food and a growing list of original brews, the 3rd Act Craft Brewery taproom is a cozy suburban haven. Doors officially opened in November, but beer lovers celebrated Woodbury's first brewery, located at 4120 Radio Drive, with a grand opening Sunday and Monday Dec. 16-17. Deb Long, who owns the brewery with her husband, Steve, said the most popular beer so far has been "There's no place like home," a pale ale made with Minnesota-sourced ingredients.
An expansion of the Woodwinds Health Campus is bringing a greater number of heart care services closer to Woodbury residents. On Dec. 3, HealthEast Heart Care added three new nurse practitioners and new patient rooms to accommodate patients five days a week, the only heart care clinic in the city to do so. The clinic offers numerous outpatient services like diagnostic tests and treatment for conditions like atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
County board asks state for more funding, better oversight of child protective services The St. Croix County Board passed a resolution at its Dec. 4 meeting asking the state to increase funding and improve its oversight of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services system.
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.
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.
WOODBURY — A St. Paul man was arrested Nov. 11 for allegedly strangling and assaulting his girlfriend in a Woodbury motel room. Jose Santos Barrios, 33, has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault and providing an officer with false identification. He faces up to three years in county jail and $5,000 if convicted, and up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 for each misdemeanor.
After much discussion, the St. Croix County Board approved the 2019 County Budget at its Nov. 6 meeting with an amendment that lowered the 2019 property tax levy to 2.8 percent. The proposed levy increase had been 4.2 percent. The amendment was proposed by Supervisor Scott Nordstrand to transfer $2.5 million of the county's unassigned fund balance to its debt service fund in order to pay off a short-term loan. The amendment also allowed the county to set the 2019 levy at 2.8 percent, reducing the levy by $471,727.