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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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra closed out its 10th season with anniversary concert "10 Years and Still Celebrating!" May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Special guests, including a nyckelharpa, or key fiddle, player and traditional Swedish dancers graced the stage alongside the orchestra, playing in the occasion. But the past 10 years aren't the whole story. The group was formed in the summer of 1956 as the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra, one in a series of amateur music programs funded by 3M Corp. for its employees, retirees and their friends and family.
When Negin Arazm moved to Woodbury 18 years ago from Iran, it was hard for her to make friends. In 2011, she discovered the International Group of Woodbury, a collection of women who had come together to make sure people from other countries would feel welcome and have support. "This group really helped me a lot," Arazm said. "I have very close friends now ... so it's a blessing that we met Lisa and that we came to this group."
WOODBURY — Before and after East Ridge High School's grand march, students, family members and friends excitedly snapped photos and chatted in the school's atrium. The grand march began at 2 p.m. in the Perch, the school's gymnasium. The dance, titled "Endless Elegance," took place 7:30-11 p.m. at the JX Event Venue in Stillwater.
COTTAGE GROVE — Concern about local control ruled the conversation during an update for local governments on the progress of 3M settlement working groups. The presentation, given by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency assistant commissioner Kirk Koudelka, was part of an April 30 joint workshop meeting between Cottage Grove and Woodbury city councils.
At just 16, Carter Bannwarth is set to take the stage at Carnegie Hall for the third time. The Woodbury resident will perform at The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala on Monday, April 29 with Camp Broadway. The 60-member ensemble will pay tribute to Cyndi Lauper with a performance directed by Steven Reineke.
Léa Richer smiled as she pulled up a video on her laptop. "You asked me why I wanted to be a prosthetist," she began. The man in the video had one of his legs amputated and was walking with a newly-fitted prosthetic leg. Upon crossing to the other side of the room, the man broke into a smile. "That face? That is why I do what I do," Richer said. "Because making people smile like that and giving them that independence to be able to walk out the door — there's nothing like it."
The Excellent Egg Frenzy brought hundreds of people to the softball fields at HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury on April 13. Toy-filled eggs were scattered around as well as special eggs with golden tickets for each age group. The Easter Bunny was also present for photo opportunities. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia
Libby Mehaffey always thought of herself as an entrepreneur. In 2016, the Inver Grove Heights resident convinced several of her friends and neighbors to pay her to cook for them and their families for six weeks. After that, they were hooked. "After the six weeks, people were like, 'Oh my gosh, what am I going to do without you?" Mehaffey said. So began Weeknight Kitchen, started to give busy families the opportunity to sit down and eat a home-cooked meal together — without actually having to cook.
The city of Woodbury has agreed to settlement terms in a civil lawsuit brought by Tawana Henderson, the mother of a St. Paul man shot and killed by three Woodbury police officers in 2012. Although the city has agreed to the terms of settlement, it has yet to be finalized. At an April 10 Woodbury City Council meeting, city attorney Mary Tietjen reported on a March 27 closed session during which the city accepted the terms of the settlement.
As members of the Woodbury High School Environmental Club filed into a lecture hall the morning of April 5, they could tell something was up. Gathered were some of their parents, District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus, Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik and other county staff. They were there to surprise the group of nearly 20 students with a Public Health Achievement Award.