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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A 21-year-old woman who died after being pulled from a Woodbury pool has been identified. Hannah Belle Wiese was a resident at Carver Lake Townhomes, where she was discovered the night of June 8. An obituary says she died June 9. Wiese's death was ruled an accidental drowning as a result of intoxication, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said. He said there was no evidence of any foul play, including no suspicious results in the toxicity report or in samples of what she had been drinking.
The second Woodbury Auto Show is set for Saturday, July 6, after an impressive debut earlier this summer. And its organizer isn't even old enough to drive. Wesley Ross, a rising sophomore, started the Woodbury High School Auto Enthusiast Club this past school year. As the club's president, he organized the first Woodbury Auto Show, which took place May 25. With little more than a week to put the show together, it was attended by more than 600 people, about 120 of them students, Ross said. Cars and motorcycles, 237 of them, filled the school's parking lot.
A flag-draped casket containing the remains of a U.S. Navy sailor killed in World War II made a stop in Woodbury before reaching its final resting place. U.S. Navy Fire Controlman First Class Edward J. Shelden was honored Thursday, June 20 at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home before a Friday morning ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, where he was buried. His remains were identified in July 2018.
WOODBURY — Three juveniles were arrested in connection with an alleged burglary early Friday morning. Woodbury Police were called just after 3 a.m. Friday to the 8900 block of Springwood Circle for a burglary that had just occurred, Commander John Altman said.
WOODBURY — Two Math and Science Academy students, one current and one recently graduated, earned Girl Scout Gold Awards this spring. Keagan Eng and Kate Yapp are both also being considered for the prestigious National Gold Award Girl Scout. Just 10 girls are chosen each year. Each regional council can nominate three girls, and Eng and Yapp were nominated by Girl Scouts River Valleys, which includes southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and a county in Iowa.
WOODBURY — When Natalie Rankins took her son, Brandon Evans, and his friends out for dinner or a movie, she noticed something that troubled her. Evans, 28, has special needs. Rankins began to realize her son's friends, who also had special needs, often couldn't afford to go out, so she would pay for their meals or admission when she could. But before long, her generosity became unsustainable, and she began to search for a solution. "So I was thinking, hm, what can we do to get everyone out, to be able to do something fun?" Rankins said.
AFTON — Behind the traditional farmhouse design of Mike and Barb Morehead's home is a complex system allowing them to use less than half the electricity of a Minnesota home that is simply up to code. The Moreheads built according to a set of criteria known as "passive building," a rigorous, difficult-to-achieve type of energy efficiency that also prioritizes the health and comfort of occupants.
Where should one turn to learn more about legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright? A Google search? The library? Perhaps visit one of Wright's iconic buildings? East Ridge High School senior Taylor Bannink took his curiosity a step further when he decided to reach out to Wright's great-grandson, Lloyd Natof, a woodworker with a studio just west of Chicago.
WOODBURY — Sitting in an armchair in her apartment at the Woodbury Senior Living villas, June Fremont flipped through a scrapbook, landing on a page that featured group photos of four young women. On the bottom left, the women stood in front of a backdrop of palm trees, all wearing grass skirts. In the photo above, they all held coconuts, one jokingly holding it up to her ear as if listening to it. "When we got off the train, they ... took us all over Hawaii doing publicity shots," Fremont said.
Two students at Math and Science Academy in Woodbury took first place at the recent Minnesota State History Day competition. Andrea Li and Naina Perumalachetty, both seventh graders, won a $100 prize in the "Quantitative History" category for their website "Birth of the First National Park." The "Quantitative History" award honors projects that use things like statistics, charts and graphics to make a historical argument. The prize has been sponsored by the Minnesota Population Center for more than 15 years, associate director Catherine Fitch said.