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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Trying to keep students in school is a job that has suffered from the economic downturn. Truant 16- and 17-year-olds no longer receive intervention services from a Washington County Community Services program that saw budget cuts in the last couple of years. The Washington County Attorney's Office is working to kick-start a new program that would allow prosecutors to intervene and keep kids out of the court system.
Although levels of 3M-manufactured chemicals have been consistent in wells on the south end of a former disposal site in Woodbury, recent testing showed an increase in perfluorochemicals (PFCs) to the north. Testing at monitoring wells near the site this fall showed a slight increase in chemicals that prompted a round of sampling in private wells in all compass directions. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sampled three nearby residential wells located north of the site starting Nov.
No matter how often Anita Dittman talks about her Holocaust days, she breaks down in tears every time she shares the story. As a little girl, she was told she had a wonderful future as a ballerina. She came from a wealthy family, lived in a nice, suburban home with her parents and sister. "Then Adolf Hitler came to power and things began to change," she said. She was tortured, sexually harassed, starved and forced to work for the Nazis. The 84-year-old Brainerd woman will visit East Ridge High School Monday, Oct.
Would you rather be on Normandy beach on June 6, 1944, or face today's financial challenges? That was a question asked by former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson Monday night in Woodbury. Carlson spoke to a room full of community members at the League of Women Voters' annual meeting.
A popular catering business has closed its doors in Woodbury. Tinucci's Eagle Lake Lane location is no longer open but is still operating at its original location in Newport. Owner Greg Tinucci said one of the three partners -- his brother John Tinucci -- decided to retire, which was the reason behind the closure. "We can't run two restaurants with two people," he added, referring to himself and his other brother Mark Tinucci. The family-owned business served Woodbury for more than eight years.
A field for children with disabilities to play baseball was one step closer to reality when it hit a bump in the long road it's been on for the past four years. The Jeff Hanson Miracle Field was scheduled to be ready for the new East Metro Miracle League by July, but contractors who committed time, material and labor have backed out and others are no longer in business, Rotary Club president Cork Wicker said. The club took on the task of raising money to help cover the costs of the field, while partnering with the Miracle League of Minnesota.
Eager shoppers stormed into the new Super Target Tuesday night for a special look at the new store following a ribbon cutting ceremony by Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens. The 175,000 square foot store officially opened Wednesday morning, but shoppers had the chance to eat some cake, celebrate the opening and experience the new store smell until 11 p.m.
A passionate and devoted leader in the community of Woodbury died during heart surgery Thursday morning, leaving behind numerous organizations and programs that he founded and a library that carries his name. Dick Stafford died at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, according to family and friends. He was 81 years old. Stafford spent many years of his life working for Washington County as auditor-treasurer and county commissioner since moving to Woodbury 40 years ago. As auditor-treasurer, he created the first county license bureau with offices in Woodbury, Stillwater and Forest Lake.
Two months after the state filed a civil suit against 3M Co. to pay for environmental damages caused by chemical pollution in the area, the city of Woodbury was asked to intervene. On Wednesday, Woodbury City Council decided it was not necessary. "We are not a party to the matter," City Attorney Mark Vierling said.