It was 2017. Woodbury’s Kate Swenson pulled into a parking spot at work, turned a camera on herself and hit the record button. She had to talk, she had to share and she had to cry.
The popular tune, "A Whole New World," from the movie Aladdin, generally features a male and a female singer. That is until Nick Pitera, formerly of Woodbury, stepped in.
Imagine flying an airplane in a rough Midwest snow storm with no heat, no defroster, no lights, no radio, no fuel gauge and no navigation system.
Woodbury Chamber members and guests attended the annual State of the City address presented by mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens at Eagle Valley Golf Course. All photos by Jeanne Berget.
Penny Shefland always knew she wanted to be a bus driver, despite her husband’s disbelief. When they first met, she mentioned, “One of these days, I am going to be driving a school bus.” He simply laughed.
“I like to go out during snowstorms and this was probably soon after one,” Steve Shor says. “I was driving around and yes, I had in the back of my mind that I might get some capture that could be used for the Focus on Woodbury photo contest.”
After going their separate ways, a handful of players from the Woodbury area are expanding their hockey careers.
It all started six years ago at the Woodbury Dance Center. That’s when Zach Manske fell in love with dancing. Recognize the name? 13-year-old Zach is one of the stars of the Tony Award-winning show, Billy Elliot the Musical, which opens October 9 at The Ordway Theater in St. Paul.
Eight years ago, as he was driving through Woodbury, Santa stumbled across the new Woodbury Lakes shopping center.
Although the number of Minnesotans who struggle to put food on the table remains lower than the national average—14.5 percent of households— local leaders at Woodbury’s Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (WCC) are fighting to help a