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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HUDSON — Liz Rohl knows most people wouldn't jump at the chance to have someone classified as "sexually violent" live in their area. "The reality is, nobody really wants one of these offenders moving into their city, their county, their neighborhood," she said.
WOODBURY — Brad and Richard Arkell grew up together, went to the same college and majored in the same subject. Both were investment advisors for seven years, and in 2010, they both quit their jobs to sell remote control vehicle parts full time. The identical twin brothers, originally from Lake Elmo, recently opened a storefront for their business, Dollar Hobbyz. Located at 380 Rivertown Drive, the 14,000-square-foot space contains a retail area, warehouse and carpeted race track.
Last week's subzero temperatures were bad for the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest is a major threat to ash trees, a common tree species in parks and neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metro area. And while people across the Midwest muddled through a polar vortex and the Twin Cities reached 28 degrees below zero, those in charge of battling the ash borer welcomed the possibility of relief.
County board asks state for more funding, better oversight of child protective services The St. Croix County Board passed a resolution at its Dec. 4 meeting asking the state to increase funding and improve its oversight of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services system.
After much discussion, the St. Croix County Board approved the 2019 County Budget at its Nov. 6 meeting with an amendment that lowered the 2019 property tax levy to 2.8 percent. The proposed levy increase had been 4.2 percent. The amendment was proposed by Supervisor Scott Nordstrand to transfer $2.5 million of the county's unassigned fund balance to its debt service fund in order to pay off a short-term loan. The amendment also allowed the county to set the 2019 levy at 2.8 percent, reducing the levy by $471,727.
When competing as a contestant on a TV show, it helps to stand out. Contestants will often craft a persona. When Woodbury native Bella Palmer, 9, an avid Minnesota Wild fan, was chosen to compete in the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior, she made a shirt that showcased her competition persona: "Wild Ninja." The show is a version of the popular obstacle course competition American Ninja Warrior, but for kids 9-14 years old. Bella competed against 64 kids in the 9-10 age bracket during the show's filming this past summer.
Land and water plan passed by county board The St. Croix County 2018-2028 Land & Water Resource Management Plan was approved by the county board at its Oct. 2 meeting. The plan lays out goals and activities for land and water management by the county's Community Development Committee and Community Development Department over the next 10 years. It had last been updated in 2013.
The St. Croix County Board's Administration Committee approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 17, to make the Hudson Star-Observer its official newspaper for legal notices. The Star-Observer was chosen because it had the largest circulation of the county's six newspapers in 2018. All six newspapers have decreased circulation since 2012, but some committee members expressed concern that few people would see notices in years they were printed in smaller circulation papers.
County Board postpones passage of "Just Fix It" resolution A resolution urging Gov. Scott Walker to provide more funding for transportation maintenance statewide was denied a vote during the St. Croix County Board's Sept. 4 meeting. The resolution was part of the "Just Fix It" campaign run by the Madison-based Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. In recent years, the campaign has pushed the state of Wisconsin to improve the quality of its roads.
Park, camping fee changes proposed St. Croix County's Community Development Committee meeting held Wednesday, July 25, included discussion of changes in the county fee schedule. Main changes to the plan included slight hikes in park and camping fees, which were raised to match state-level fees: • Daily park pass: $10 (up from $8) • Annual park pass: $30 (up from $28) • Camping (electric): $25 (up from $20) • Camping (non-electric): $20 (up from $15)