Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota.
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Washington County residents expressed concerns about public transit and road safety in a recently released county survey. County residents are still happy with the overall quality of life, the park system and government services, according to the survey done every five years. The survey was mailed to 1,500 randomly selected households in February with 572 adults, or 40 percent responding. Switching from phone to mail surveys helped garner more responses, said Erin Caldwell, of the National Research Center, which conducted the survey. "Response rates for all surveys are dropping, but they'r
It's scary enough for a bystander to witness a stranger going into cardiac arrest. Now imagine it's a son watching his father. A Cottage Grove family was just getting home from a softball game between Park and Woodbury high schools when Tim Galloway began feeling chest pain. In the midst of him ranting about his home team's loss, he didn't think anything of the chest pain.
A District 833 attorney told a judge Friday that Woodbury High School Principal Linda Plante's argument about pay disparities is "ludicrous, frankly." Trevor Helmers argued that arbitration is not necessary to move forward with the case, citing the collective bargaining agreement and the fact that the Principals Association wasn't involved in the grievance process. "The union is not challenging this," he said. Plante is requesting a judge order mandatory arbitration after district officials rejected multiple petitions she filed in which she expressed concerns over pay and gender discriminat
By now, all Washington County taxpayers have received their tax statements. And some may have been pleased with the 0.2 percent reduction from the proposed amount sent last fall. In total, Washington County billed $374.8 million, an increase of 1.5 percent over 2012. The 2012 amount of $369.3 million was a 3.7 percent jump from the year before, according to data released by the Department of Property Records and Taxpayer Services. Taxes aren't always the same across the board though. Tax Division Manager Joanne Helm said while about 66 percent of residential homestead properties saw a dec
The majority of new housing starts taking place last year came from Woodbury, but Cottage Grove and other Washington County communities saw some positive housing numbers during the year as well. The Washington County Assessor Division released the annual assessment report last week, where market trends from October 2011 through September 2012 were analyzed. Although not quite back to the housing boom of 2008, traditional sales saw more activity compared to foreclosures that were the focus at the height of the recession. In Woodbury, foreclosure and short sale transactions declined from 373
It's a big misconception that county child protection services take young victims of neglect and abuse out of their homes. "We cannot place children involuntarily, only police and a judge can do that," said Rick Backman, division manager of Washington County Children Services.
Woodbury High School's principal is taking District 833 to court after dealing with a situation internally didn't yield her any results. Linda Plante, who's been the principal at WHS for 18 years, is concerned over pay disparities she discovered when former Park High School Principal Craig Paul was hired in 2011, according to court documents filed in Washington County District Court in February. All principals in the district are hired under a contract that lists a pay schedule with set amounts for senior high principals that advance depending on their tenure. Plante alleges Paul received a
Plans for a shopping center at a new southern development in Woodbury are expected to become reality this August. United Properties, along with project partner Jerry's Enterprises, Inc., announced Thursday, Feb. 7, that it will develop Bielenberg Gardens, a grocery-anchored shopping center located at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road. Bielenberg Gardens will feature 90,000 square feet of retail space on a 30-acre site. The shopping center will be anchored by a 68,000-square-foot grocery store, operated by Jerry's.
The 25-year-old man who allegedly held 11 people hostage at gunpoint in a Red Roof Inn motel room Friday made his first court appearance Tuesday where bail was set at $1 million. Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, of Stillwater, was charged with 27 felony counts including second-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting one of the hostages inside the room. Woodbury police officers opened fire on the man, identified as Mark E. Henderson - who was unarmed - after he burst from the motel room toward them, authorities said last week.
One construction worker was hurt Monday when part of the roof at the new Liberty Ridge Elementary School site collapsed. Woodbury police were called to the accident around 3 p.m., but the injured worker was already pulled out from underneath the structure by the time they arrived, officer Tony Ofstead said. Mike Vogel, District 833 assistant to the superintendent for operations, said the man sustained non-life threatening injuries. The worker was transported to Regions Hospital in St.