Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.
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Adoption trends in Washington County show increased permanency with relatives and more children finding their birth parents through social media.
A recent survey ranked Washington County in the top 50 healthiest counties for children in the country.
Washington County continues to see all-time high requests for permits to carry handguns, according to county officials.
Washington County law enforcement is among area agencies implementing a separate court for military veterans.
A Washington County program aims to combat public assistance fraud by partnering with law enforcement and conducting ongoing investigations.
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