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Growing up, Woodbury resident Elizabeth Verdick always loved words and being around books.

Looking for a summer job? Maybe you should consider starting your own business instead. That’s exactly what Mik Bushinski did nine years ago, at age 16, with Mik Mart Ice Cream. What started as one ice cream truck has grown into five more trucks and two ice cream push carts.
 

Chris Shaffer, Kristine Zell and Amy Adamle

From breaking news to buying shoes –  Meet three television journalists who have made a career on helping their audiences stay informed.

Trivia question: What is the fastest-growing high school sport in Minnesota?

It's trapshooting, in which five shooters armed with shotguns, arranged in a semi-circle, take turns trying to hit clay pigeons thrown from a trap house.

Stepping out in front of a live audience can be intimidating—but not for 14-year-old Woodbury resident Mario Esteb. “I like how it’s live and there is an audience,” Mario says. “It goes differently every time you do it.”

Woodbury’s mayor since 2011, Mary Giuliani Stephens, has announced that she is running for governor of Minnesota on the Republican ticket.

As an avid soccer player, pageants were never on Isabel “Izzy” Peters’ radar. But one day during her sophomore year at East Ridge High School, the lifelong Woodbury resident received an invitation to compete in the Miss Minnesota Teen USA pageant.

One of Cole’s most popular bits is an annual “Preposterous Statement Tournament” ranking the most hyperbolic pronouncements made by sportscasters and athletes during the previous year.

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader at the helm, having hired Laurie Staiger as chamber president last fall.

More than its steeple and stained glass windows, a church is its people. Though a physical space in which to gather and worship is important, a congregation is the real heart and soul of a faith community.

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