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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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.
WOODBURY — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Aug. 15 that Woodbury cannot charge a developer for future major roadway improvements outside the development. The ruling could potentially lower the cost of new housing statewide because such fees are common in Minnesota. It was hailed as "a landmark victory for housing affordability" by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
For some couples, becoming empty nesters means relaxing once children have grown up and left the house. But for Jeanne and John Segar, it was an excuse to raise even more babies. Fur babies, that is.
Like texting or talking during movies? A fan of crinkly candy wrappers? Can't ever make it to the theater on time? If so, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is not for you. But if you're someone who likes a sophisticated moviegoing experience, the new theater in Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center could ruin all others for you. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, at 9060 Hudson Road, opened to the public Sunday, July 22, kicking off with limited $5 showings plus 25 percent off concessions, excluding alcohol, through Thursday, July 26. Full programming begins Friday, July 27.