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 East Metro Symphony Orchestra closed out its 10th season with anniversary concert "10 Years and Still Celebrating!" May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Special guests, including a nyckelharpa, or key fiddle, player and traditional Swedish dancers graced the stage alongside the orchestra, playing in the occasion. But the past 10 years aren't the whole story. The group was formed in the summer of 1956 as the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra, one in a series of amateur music programs funded by 3M Corp. for its employees, retirees and their friends and family.
Each May, the St. Croix Swim Club hosts a meet at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. This year, 16 international swimmers from Ecuador joined the competition. The swimmers are students at Academia Cotopaxi American International School, located Ecuador's capital city, Quito. Greta Stacy, a former Woodbury resident, teaches chemistry and coaches the swim team. Stacy, who used to compete with the St. Croix Swim Club, said the team had been looking for another chance to travel internationally and was lucky her former club could offer the opportunity.
When Negin Arazm moved to Woodbury 18 years ago from Iran, it was hard for her to make friends. In 2011, she discovered the International Group of Woodbury, a collection of women who had come together to make sure people from other countries would feel welcome and have support. "This group really helped me a lot," Arazm said. "I have very close friends now ... so it's a blessing that we met Lisa and that we came to this group."
Léa Richer smiled as she pulled up a video on her laptop. "You asked me why I wanted to be a prosthetist," she began. The man in the video had one of his legs amputated and was walking with a newly-fitted prosthetic leg. Upon crossing to the other side of the room, the man broke into a smile. "That face? That is why I do what I do," Richer said. "Because making people smile like that and giving them that independence to be able to walk out the door — there's nothing like it."
WOODBURY — A group of Woodbury High School students is inviting other students and members of the community to attend a TEDx event at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. A TEDx event is an independent, community-organized version of the now-ubiquitous TED conferences, where speakers give talks that are 18 minutes or less that cover a variety of topics meant to inspire new ideas.
Looking for a chicken fix? Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers will open at 730 Commons Drive on Tuesday, March 26, in Woodbury. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be held 9-10 a.m. The first 100 dine-in customers 13 years and older to purchase a combo meal will receive a voucher for a free box combo on their next visit and a Raising Cane's T-shirt. Grand opening attendees can enter a drawing for free Raising Cane's food for a year between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with 20 winners chosen during the celebration.
WOODBURY — For more than five years, Elena Lindemann has taken in dogs on their way to getting adopted. "The idea of just being a small part of a dog's journey to a forever home appealed to me," she said. As Lindemann talks, her most recent foster dog, Sung, curls up in a dog bed, head resting on the side. He is small with bright eyes, his curly brown fur shaved, a too-big collar around his neck. The 4-year-old poodle is a rescue from a dog meat farm and puppy mill in South Korea. His name is a shortening of a Korean word for "victorious."
HUDSON — Liz Rohl knows most people wouldn't jump at the chance to have someone classified as "sexually violent" live in their area. "The reality is, nobody really wants one of these offenders moving into their city, their county, their neighborhood," she said.
Anytime Fitness will soon expand its reach to Antarctica. The fitness club company headquartered in Woodbury is partnering with Chilean-based travel agency Antarctica21 to put one of its gyms aboard a new cruise ship. The move will make Anytime Fitness "the first franchise of any type on all seven continents," said national media director Mark Daly. "Literally and symbolically, we'll soon be 'making healthy happen' around the world," Daly said.
Keys Cafe and Bakery is teaming up March 16 with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for this year's "Soup for the Homeless Soul" fundraiser. The restaurant will be providing 15 gallons of soup to bring awareness to homelessness and raise money for Union Gospel Mission, which supports people dealing with poverty, addiction and homelessness. The St. Paul Grill, Yarusso Bros. Italian Restaurant and Kane's Catering will also contribute food.