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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For the fourth year, Woodbury resident Mackenzy Koehn spread cheer to children hospitalized over the holidays. With help from family, friends, teachers and even strangers, 8-year-old Mackenzy raised $1,700 in cash and $1,500 worth of toys for her 2018 donation to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
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.
COTTAGE GROVE — Three possible solutions to remove chemical pollutants from water in the east metro were introduced Dec. 18 and 19 at the 3M settlement working group meetings at Cottage Grove City Hall. Karla Peterson from Minnesota Department of Health and Shalene Thomas from Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions Inc., presented the government, 3M working group, and the citizen and business group with information on technologies to treat water affected by PFAS, a chemical pollutant in the perfluorochemical (PFC) family. The three treatment options are:
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.
An expansion of the Woodwinds Health Campus is bringing a greater number of heart care services closer to Woodbury residents. On Dec. 3, HealthEast Heart Care added three new nurse practitioners and new patient rooms to accommodate patients five days a week, the only heart care clinic in the city to do so. The clinic offers numerous outpatient services like diagnostic tests and treatment for conditions like atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
LAKELAND — A Mahtomedi man was arrested on Nov. 25 after allegedly threatening another man with a gun. Brandon Gilbert Bacchus, 35, has been charged with a firearm violation after a previous felony conviction, as well as second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after a previous felony conviction. He faces up to 15 years in county jail and $30,000 in fines if convicted of the first count and up to seven years and $14,000 if convicted of the second.
A federal appellate court has ruled that a jury should decide a lawsuit brought against three Woodbury police officers who shot and killed a 19-year-old St. Paul man after he escaped a 2012 hostage situation, according to documents filed Nov. 28. The decision by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a previous ruling by a U.S. District Court judge and follows a February 2017 appeal filed by Mark Eric Henderson's mother, Tawana Henderson.
Starting in early October, Woodbury resident Grace Nester and her mother, Deona, began collecting donations for the Naomi Family Residence in St. Paul, the Union Gospel Mission's shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness due to things like domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness. Nester asked her community to donate essentials like toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, diapers and new or gently used winter clothing. "It was really fun seeing all the donations come in and the box being filled up and overflowing," she said.
WOODBURY — A St. Paul man was arrested Nov. 11 for allegedly strangling and assaulting his girlfriend in a Woodbury motel room. Jose Santos Barrios, 33, has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault and providing an officer with false identification. He faces up to three years in county jail and $5,000 if convicted, and up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 for each misdemeanor.
Heather Ditzler first met Chris in seventh grade. Even then, he was the love her life, she said. But they both moved onto other things, and it wasn't until several years later, after both of their first marriages had ended, that they caught up on Facebook and agreed to meet for drinks. As the meetup drew closer, Heather said she was surprised at how nervous she was. "This is an old friend, this is no big deal," she said she told her herself — but out of that meetup grew a relationship, and the blending together of their two families.