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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WOODBURY — Brad and Richard Arkell grew up together, went to the same college and majored in the same subject. Both were investment advisors for seven years, and in 2010, they both quit their jobs to sell remote control vehicle parts full time. The identical twin brothers, originally from Lake Elmo, recently opened a storefront for their business, Dollar Hobbyz. Located at 380 Rivertown Drive, the 14,000-square-foot space contains a retail area, warehouse and carpeted race track.
WOODBURY — If the snow was flaky, the cyclists sure weren't. About 120 racers plowed through elite, marathon and sport races during the 2019 Cold Catfish Cup on Feb. 17 at Carver Lake Park. The annual event was sponsored by Minneapolis-based Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and the city of Woodbury. Although skies were relatively clear and there was little wind, city recreation manager Reed Smidt said conditions for the race were less than ideal. "We needed snow, we got quite a bit of snow. The issue that we had is that the snow quality isn't the best," Smidt said.
WOODBURY — One suspect is in custody after a reported robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank location in Woodbury. At 11:55 a.m., a caller said the suspect, reportedly disguised, entered the bank at 9882 Norma Lane and implied they had a weapon, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said. The suspect left with an unknown amount of cash in a light colored SUV. Woodbury police received license plate information and the vehicle believed to belong to the suspect was located in St. Paul by St. Paul police.
WOODBURY — For 10 years, Lisa Peterson was afraid to leave the house. Two brain surgeries after a traumatic head injury had left her with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. At its worst, Peterson had more than 50 seizures in a month.
Last week's subzero temperatures were bad for the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest is a major threat to ash trees, a common tree species in parks and neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metro area. And while people across the Midwest muddled through a polar vortex and the Twin Cities reached 28 degrees below zero, those in charge of battling the ash borer welcomed the possibility of relief.
Updated 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, to include new information. WOODBURY — A Woodbury man who was on trial for alleged sexual assault of children was charged Friday with second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, according to a criminal complaint. Julie Kneifl, 72, was found dead Thursday morning of a deep laceration to her neck. Harvey Kneifl, 72, was found in the shower of one of the bathrooms with a neck wound. There were two knives on the floor next to him.
Foss Swim School in Woodbury has the OK to move to a larger location. Woodbury City Council approved a permit allowing the swim school to move to a vacant space in the Woodbury Commons Shopping Center, 10150 Hudson Road, Suite 114. The move will increase the amount of parking and ease overall space constraints for the school. The new location will include a larger pool, a greater number of changing stalls, shower rooms and bathrooms, and a larger viewing room and reception area.
OAKDALE — Often unseen, human trafficking can seem like a far away problem, something that rarely makes its way to the suburbs. Don't be fooled, said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. "A lot of people say, 'That's an awful problem, thank God it's not in my community," Orput said, calling himself "the bearer of bad news." In fact, he said, the people arrested for seeking out commercial sex are often neighbors and those being trafficked are, too.
National fundraiser Jump Rope for Heart has been a tradition at Woodbury's Middleton Elementary since at least 1995, when Joe Quintavalle began teaching physical education there. One day each year, students in first through fifth grades spend an hour competing in games, many which involve a jump rope. Prizes are also awarded for best team name, best individual jumpers and best team jumpers. "So we have lots of incentives and fun activities we do that make it a big event for us," said Quintavalle, who organizes the fundraiser alongside two other teachers.
In one morning, Woodbury Lions Club members Marty Borchardt and Jim Curnow checked the eyes of more than 30 kids for possible vision problems. The process was simple. A parent would approach the Lions Club's booth at the Woodbury Kids Expo on Jan. 12. The child, usually between 6 months and 6 years years old, would sit by themselves or with a parent on a folding chair across from one of the men. A handheld device, called the Plusoptix mobile vision screener, quickly scanned the child's eyes and let the operator know if it detected anything abnormal.