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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AFTON — Behind the traditional farmhouse design of Mike and Barb Morehead's home is a complex system allowing them to use less than half the electricity of a Minnesota home that is simply up to code. The Moreheads built according to a set of criteria known as "passive building," a rigorous, difficult-to-achieve type of energy efficiency that also prioritizes the health and comfort of occupants.
Libby Mehaffey always thought of herself as an entrepreneur. In 2016, the Inver Grove Heights resident convinced several of her friends and neighbors to pay her to cook for them and their families for six weeks. After that, they were hooked. "After the six weeks, people were like, 'Oh my gosh, what am I going to do without you?" Mehaffey said. So began Weeknight Kitchen, started to give busy families the opportunity to sit down and eat a home-cooked meal together — without actually having to cook.
WOODBURY — Brad and Richard Arkell grew up together, went to the same college and majored in the same subject. Both were investment advisors for seven years, and in 2010, they both quit their jobs to sell remote control vehicle parts full time. The identical twin brothers, originally from Lake Elmo, recently opened a storefront for their business, Dollar Hobbyz. Located at 380 Rivertown Drive, the 14,000-square-foot space contains a retail area, warehouse and carpeted race track.
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.
COTTAGE GROVE — About 43 percent of private east metro wells tested in 2018 led to well advisories, according to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency memo. In 2018, 351 well advisories were issued from a total 809 residential wells sampled through coordinated efforts by MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health.
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.
ST. PAUL — Changsha, China, and St. Paul may be distant in geography, but a space linking the two will soon open in Phalen Regional Park. Representatives from the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will host an open house for the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be guided tours of the garden in English, Chinese and Hmong. Visitors will also be treated to Chinese and Hmong music and hot tea.
A Hastings native's horror comedy short will come home with a showing at the Twin Cities Film Fest next week. Clarissa Jacobson's "Lunch Ladies" is a gory delight that carries the tagline, "Two burnt out high school lunch ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp's personal chefs." It will show during the 9:15 p.m. "Laugh 'Til You Die" shorts block on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the ShowPlace Icon theater in St. Louis Park.
When competing as a contestant on a TV show, it helps to stand out. Contestants will often craft a persona. When Woodbury native Bella Palmer, 9, an avid Minnesota Wild fan, was chosen to compete in the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior, she made a shirt that showcased her competition persona: "Wild Ninja." The show is a version of the popular obstacle course competition American Ninja Warrior, but for kids 9-14 years old. Bella competed against 64 kids in the 9-10 age bracket during the show's filming this past summer.