Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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Woodbury native Caleigh Proulx is a finalist in PBS' "Celebration of Music" talent competition. Caleigh, 11, will perform a lyrical contemporary dance solo to the song "What a Feeling." She began dancing at age two at Woodbury Dance Center and joined the competition team at age five. She said she's been working on this particular solo for two years and has performed it at competitions before. The talent competition seemed like a "great opportunity" to Caleigh because she said it seemed like something fun to try.
Woodbury police officers looked on as two 10-week-old Belgian Malinois puppies snuffled around in the grass. Though they were looking for hot dogs, the puppies were also learning important tracking techniques. Sgt. Jason Posel, the city's head K-9 trainer, calls it "putting meaning to odor." As Posel walked around in a small patch of grass, laying down hot dog pieces as he went, he had also flattened the grass with his feet.
The Allen S. King power plant, a coal power plant run by Xcel Energy, marked 50 years of operation on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Oak Park Heights. The celebration was attended by Xcel Energy leadership, including Chris Clark, president of Xcel Energy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, plant director Brian Behm, Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber, members of the Stillwater and Hudson chambers of commerce, and current and retired plant employees.
Performing in Italy was another step toward a dream for Anna Swanson. The Woodbury native, who is entering her junior year at Concordia College in Moorhead, participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 4-17 in Acqui Terme, a city in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. A flutist for 10 years, Swanson plays the instrument in her school's Concordia Band. She learned of the festival from her flute teacher, who attended as a professor.
Musician Billy McLaughlin will be the special guest at Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf's second-annual Connecting Community Breakfast on Sept. 20 in Oakdale. CCEFS is a non-profit that provides food to struggling people in Woodbury, Oakdale and neighboring communities. The food shelf will also celebrate its 35th anniversary at the breakfast, and attendees will be assembling 500 weekend meals for local children.
Evelyn Garbe, a lifelong resident of Woodbury known for her faith, died the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Woodbury Senior Living. She was 103. Born Evelyn Marie Caroline Warnke on June 12, 1915, to some of the first farmers to settle in Woodbury, she grew up on Bailey Road. She had three brothers: Alvin, Arthur and Lloyd. The future Bailey Elementary School would be built on her family's original land.
A Burnsville man faces a felony charge after allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. Eliseo Yanez, 23, was arrested on Aug. 1 and is being detained at the Washington County Jail awaiting further proceedings. Yanez faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted. According to the criminal complaint: The victim said Yanez purposefully exposed his penis to her on at least two separate occasions. Yanez then proceeded to rub the victim's shoulders in both instances.
WOODBURY — Dressed in a homemade white jumpsuit, gold aviator sunglasses and a coiffed black wig, Joe Hilyar paid tribute to legendary singer Elvis Presley with a performance for Woodbury Senior Living residents on Thursday, Aug. 16, the 41st anniversary of Presley's death. Hilyar swiveled his hips and curled his upper lip while singing some of Presley's classics, including "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Hound Dog" and "Burning Love." Even as a storm rolled in after the show, he posed for photos with adoring fans. "I'm shaking," one resident said, grinning.
A Woodbury man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated robbery with a firearm. Xavier Hasson Frazier, 27, was sentenced to 68 months in prison, minus the 242 days for time already served. Frazier was also ordered to pay a $50 fine. According to the criminal complaint:
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.