Arts & Culture

As Katherine Spicuzza will tell you, there’s no rest for the weary. The East Ridge High School senior spent her summer performing in theater productions and competitions, and her accolades are steadily rising, even at age 17.

When browsing the stacks for your next good read, consider works by local authors. Woodbury is home to many successful writers in a variety of genres. We’ve profiled a novelist, a poet and a children’s book author to give you a taste of some of the talent that resides next door.

Six-year-old Nolan Davis peers out from under a firefighter’s helmet at last summer’s National Night Out block party in his Woodbury neighborhood. “Nolan was very excited for the fire trucks to come to our block party,” says his mother, Colleen Davis.

Lace up your sneakers: The 32nd annual Woodbury Country Mile runs into town August 25. The much-loved event features a half-marathon option, a 5K walk/run and various races for kids.

As graduates cross the stage to grasp their certificates and diplomas, teachers stand in the rear wiping away tears.

For Woodbury’s Irvine family, the Minnesota State Fair is a family tradition. “My husband Jim and I met on a blind date at the State Fair,” says Kathy Irvine with a laugh.

The Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial Council broke ground in 2007 for what has since become a community treasure: the Woodbury Veterans Memorial. “It’s very important for our local folks to maintain a connection to their lost veterans.

Margie Hafer gives herself extra time to run errands around Woodbury; she always needs a few minutes to chat with families around town.

This fall, nine years after the introduction of Spanish Immersion kindergarten in South Washington County Schools/District 833, the program’s first freshman class will enter Woodbury High School.

Jake Knupp East Ridge High School   Jake Knupp knows that hard work pays off over time. It’s one of the many lessons he’s earned from basketball. “Ever since I started playing basketball, I work on my skills,” Knupp says.

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