Then & Now

The growth of our community has always been shaped and defined by the families who move here.  As Woodbury celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, it’s interesting to look back over the city’s growth through the lens of the local public school systems.

Every town has a history, and the Woodbury Heritage Society is working to protect what’s left of ours by preserving the Miller Barn in Valley Creek Park, located near Settler’s Ridge Parkway and Valley Creek Road.

Woodbury animal lovers hailed the opening of a new Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies in CityPlace shopping center this summer.

In 1943, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 18-year-old Jack Andrashko and his buddies walked into a recruitment office and enlisted in the military, knowing full well that if they didn’t volunteer now, they’d be drafted in a few months when they graduated from high school.

Mick and Marcella Mazur are the patriarch and matriarch of a family with deep roots in the Woodbury area. The couple has been married for almost 70 years, and have spent all those years living in the east Twin Cities suburbs.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you drive around the country in a car shaped like a nut. At least that’s the case if you’re part of the Planters Peanutter team.

One of the busiest and most utilized roads in Woodbury was nothing more than a gravel thoroughfare just three decades ago. But one man’s vision, a 275-acre Christmas tree farm and five intrepid houses paved the way—literally—for a new road and a booming suburb. 

Woodbury Magazine August 2004

In August 2004, the first issue of Woodbury Magazine arrived in local homes.

There is a renewed spark of interest in the railroad among Minnesotans, with the expanding light-rail line and President Barack Obama’s February speech at the restored St. Paul Union Depot.

Woodbury High School’s Scott Swansson with his collection of sweaters.

Graduation at Woodbury High School on June 1 will be a rite of passage for the class of 2014. It will also be a milestone for Scott Swansson, affectionately known as “Swanny,” who is retiring after 35 years of teaching and coaching.

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