May 2014

In the May issue of Woodbury Magazine, you'll find a guide to perfect picnicking in Woodbury's many scenic parks, learn all about Minnesota's professional soccer team, and look back on the storied career of Woodbury High School teacher Scott Swansson.

The Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Gala, held at The Prom Center, featured a silent/live auction, dinner, entertainment and recognition of the educator, business, individual and nonprofit of the year.


After finishing his first soccer session last August, 5-year-old Max Thao wanted more time to practice on the field. “On our way home, we stopped at Evergreen West Park,” says Max’s mother, Ah Her.

The Valley Crossing 5K Run/Walk draws a big crowd to Colby Lake each spring.

Valley Crossing Community School’s Parent-Teacher Association has planned a great opportunity for Woodbury families to get their hearts pumping, their stomachs satisfied and their fun quotas filled, all while supporting a local school.

Children's is relocating its Rehab and Specialty Clinics from Woodwinds to this new facility in Tamarack Hills, set to open this fall

Thirty years ago, Woodbury had a Standard gas station, a PDQ and a pizza restaurant called Ronnally’s. The only stoplights flashed at Valley Creek Road and the overpass above Interstate 494. Now our once-rural suburb is all grown up and branding itself as a medical specialty hub.

Michael and Amy Lindahl spend some time with some local children as they help deliver fresh water with Healing Haiti.

In 2008, Michael Lindahl kissed his wife and six kids goodbye and boarded a plane to Haiti. The Woodbury dentist was traveling to Titanyen, a rural hillside town about 25 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince, with his friend and fellow Bible study member, Jeff Gacek.

Woodbury hip hop artist and entrepreneur Ryan Daniel.

Ryan Daniel chooses his words carefully. He’s thoughtful, articulate, and deliberate in a way that makes you feel as if he’s searching for an absolute truth.


The Partners in Praise Girls Choir is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month with PIPFest 2014, a youth choral festival featuring 11 choirs from the Twin Cities, Rochester and Appleton, Wis.


Last fall, a new fishing pier was built at Colby Lake in Edgewater Park at the south end of the lake. The project was the result of a joint effort between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the city of Woodbury and the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD).


Peace of Mind Early Education Center has offered care and instruction to Woodbury’s infants and children for 20 years.


The Woodbury Community Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with a spring gala offering more than the typical dinner and auction.


Heidi Martin’s parents both worked retail. “Retail is in my blood,” she says.
So it should come as no surprise that Martin is the proud owner of Sisu, a new
boutique in Eagle Valley Marketplace.

Gloria WahrenBrock

Upon her return from the Dominican Republic in 2013, Gloria WahrenBrock was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia, also known as Legionnaires’ disease. Miserable and dissatisfied with conventional treatments, WahrenBrock decided to try The Salt Room near Orlando.

The refreshing jumbo strawberry margarita from Las Margaritas.

A fruity drink calls to mind all sorts of pleasant associations: cocktails on the patio, refreshments on the lake, and nourishment after exercise. After all, a fruity drink epitomizes all that is treasured in a beverage; it’s thirst-quenching, delicious and celebratory.


The weather is warming and the outdoors is calling. Make a day of it by packing a picnic and relaxing in one of Woodbury’s many scenic parks. Here’s all you need to know for picnicking around town, from where to take your kids to cool off to what food to bring and how to transport it.


Big news, sports fans.Woodbury has long been a hot spot for youth soccer, and now a pro team is making the move to our great community.

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.