Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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With its yellow string lights, comfort food and a growing list of original brews, the 3rd Act Craft Brewery taproom is a cozy suburban haven. Doors officially opened in November, but beer lovers celebrated Woodbury's first brewery, located at 4120 Radio Drive, with a grand opening Sunday and Monday Dec. 16-17. Deb Long, who owns the brewery with her husband, Steve, said the most popular beer so far has been "There's no place like home," a pale ale made with Minnesota-sourced ingredients.
County board asks state for more funding, better oversight of child protective services The St. Croix County Board passed a resolution at its Dec. 4 meeting asking the state to increase funding and improve its oversight of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services system.
After much discussion, the St. Croix County Board approved the 2019 County Budget at its Nov. 6 meeting with an amendment that lowered the 2019 property tax levy to 2.8 percent. The proposed levy increase had been 4.2 percent. The amendment was proposed by Supervisor Scott Nordstrand to transfer $2.5 million of the county's unassigned fund balance to its debt service fund in order to pay off a short-term loan. The amendment also allowed the county to set the 2019 levy at 2.8 percent, reducing the levy by $471,727.
Heather Ditzler first met Chris in seventh grade. Even then, he was the love her life, she said. But they both moved onto other things, and it wasn't until several years later, after both of their first marriages had ended, that they caught up on Facebook and agreed to meet for drinks. As the meetup drew closer, Heather said she was surprised at how nervous she was. "This is an old friend, this is no big deal," she said she told her herself — but out of that meetup grew a relationship, and the blending together of their two families.
When competing as a contestant on a TV show, it helps to stand out. Contestants will often craft a persona. When Woodbury native Bella Palmer, 9, an avid Minnesota Wild fan, was chosen to compete in the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior, she made a shirt that showcased her competition persona: "Wild Ninja." The show is a version of the popular obstacle course competition American Ninja Warrior, but for kids 9-14 years old. Bella competed against 64 kids in the 9-10 age bracket during the show's filming this past summer.
Land and water plan passed by county board The St. Croix County 2018-2028 Land & Water Resource Management Plan was approved by the county board at its Oct. 2 meeting. The plan lays out goals and activities for land and water management by the county's Community Development Committee and Community Development Department over the next 10 years. It had last been updated in 2013.
The St. Croix County Board's Administration Committee approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 17, to make the Hudson Star-Observer its official newspaper for legal notices. The Star-Observer was chosen because it had the largest circulation of the county's six newspapers in 2018. All six newspapers have decreased circulation since 2012, but some committee members expressed concern that few people would see notices in years they were printed in smaller circulation papers.
The Allen S. King power plant, a coal power plant run by Xcel Energy, marked 50 years of operation on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Oak Park Heights. The celebration was attended by Xcel Energy leadership, including Chris Clark, president of Xcel Energy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, plant director Brian Behm, Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber, members of the Stillwater and Hudson chambers of commerce, and current and retired plant employees.
County Board postpones passage of "Just Fix It" resolution A resolution urging Gov. Scott Walker to provide more funding for transportation maintenance statewide was denied a vote during the St. Croix County Board's Sept. 4 meeting. The resolution was part of the "Just Fix It" campaign run by the Madison-based Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. In recent years, the campaign has pushed the state of Wisconsin to improve the quality of its roads.
Performing in Italy was another step toward a dream for Anna Swanson. The Woodbury native, who is entering her junior year at Concordia College in Moorhead, participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 4-17 in Acqui Terme, a city in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. A flutist for 10 years, Swanson plays the instrument in her school's Concordia Band. She learned of the festival from her flute teacher, who attended as a professor.