Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Volunteers from Kids Around the World removed the equipment Monday as the city makes way for the all-inclusive Madison’s Place playground.
One parcel. Two countries. Plenty of happy kids. Crews from Kids Around the World on Monday removed the playground at Bielenberg Sports Center. The equipment is headed to Central America. And the land will soon be home to Madison’s Place, a playground for kids of all abilities at the Bielenberg Sports Center set for construction this summer. Woodbury is the No. 1 city in Minnesota in terms of donating used playground equipment to Kids Around the World, said Paul Bierhaus, board member, who was at Bielenberg with several volunteers Monday. The equipment at the sports center marks the fourth donated playground for Woodbury, according to Jason Egerstrom, communications coordinator. The first was in 2010, when Woodbury donated equipment from …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A Wisconsin man thought he had accidentally donated it to the Woodbury or Hudson, Wis., Goodwill.
The case of the missing “Goodwill gun” has been solved. Bryan Kendall, the River Falls, Wis., man who told authorities he believed he accidentally donated a loaded pistol to either the Woodbury or Hudson, Wis., Goodwill late last month said his friend found the weapon in a hunting case. “It was a relief,” he told Woodbury Patch. “You go from one extreme—pure panic—to another.” Related: Man Tells Police He May Have Accidentally Donated Loaded Pistol to Woodbury Goodwill Man Who Accidentally Donated Gun to Goodwill: ‘Pure Panic’ Kendall said his friend found the .22-calliber Smith & Wesson late Wednesday night. The two went deer hunting together last fall. “He probably forgot that he had it,” Kendall said. Kendall said his friend had looked …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Goodwill officials say they have not found the pistol.
Updated: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. The weapon has been found. See: Man Finds Missing ‘Goodwill Gun’ Update: 11:55 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1 Bryan Kendall, the man who told police he may have accidentally left a gun in with recent donations to Goodwill, said it was “probably the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever done.” “Pure panic,” he said. Kendall, of River Falls, Wis., said he had the pistol tucked away in a closet with some items he donated to Goodwill on Jan. 26. He didn’t notice the .22-calliber Smith & Wesson was missing until later, when he went to collect his other weapons for safe storage before a trip. He contacted police about the missing handgun, and was worried he might be in trouble with the law, and was also concerned for …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Washington County Board on Tuesday accepted the donation.
A group of Washington County Library supporters were looking to raise $10,000 to buy 2,012 books for the library system in 2012. The campaign was a success, and Washington County Library Partners on Tuesday donated $14,700 to the Washington County Library. Ken Stone, president of the board of director of the foundation, presented to the gift to the Washinington County Board. Through his Woodbury Patch blog, Stone tracked the nonprofit’s progress: Washington County Library Partners’ goal was to raise enough money for the purchase of 2,012 large-print and children's books in 2012. For more information about the foundation, visit www.librarypartners.org. Like Patch on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free newsletter
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Peck family, formerly of Woodbury, donated an old desk from the Gille School.
The Washington County Historical Society was recently presented with a special donation from the Peck family, formerly of Woodbury. The family donated an old school desk that was used at the Gille School, also known as the Woodbury School, District #27 in Woodbury, according to a release from the Washington County Historical Society. The school, located on old Afton Road, was constructed in 1873. There was no pump for water in the school and, according to the Peck family, the students went across the road to get milk cans of water for use at the school. “One year I organized a harmonic band; all pupils who had mouth organs or who could buy or borrow one were invited to take part. They progressed enough that they were able to play ‘Sweet …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Luv On A Leash and Animal Ark were the recipients.
Pet Evolution on Saturday donated more than $2,500 in pet food to Luv On A Leash and Animal Ark. “This donation is part of our on-going commitment to local animal rescue organizations,” Michael Osborn, co-owner of Pet Evolution, said in a release. “Pet Evolution has been able to donate over $5,000 worth of product to local charities since we opened in February of this year.” Luv On A Leash—a donor-subsidized nonprofit animal rescue organization founded by Kimberly Quy—works to rescue dogs from harmful situations and place them in homes. “On behalf of Luv On A Leash, we thank Pet Evolution for this wonderful donation,” Quy said in the release. “The donated food will be distributed amongst many dogs as they await for their forever homes.” …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sharon Glasrud says she was inspired by the story of a boy who wanted donations to the Woodbury K-9 unit instead of birthday presents.
Woodbury resident Sharon Glasrud saw the story about a young boy who wanted friends and family to donate to the police department’s K-9 unit in lieu of birthday presents. “It touched my heart,” she said. She also saw that the Woodbury Police Department was $20,000 away from adding a third police dog. So she cut a check. “I just wanted to help out,” Glasrud said Thursday on the phone from Florida, where she has spent the past two winters. Glasrud, a retired District 199* schoolteacher who has lived in Woodbury for the past 14 years, said she’s always owned dogs and appreciates the work of service dogs in the community. Asked why she donated the money, Glasrud said, “First of all, I love living in Woodbury.” “And I think (the K-9 unit) is a …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Woodbury residents have been participating in a Christmas stocking stuffing drive to send personal supplies and treats to service members deployed in Afghanistan.
Ellen Ahlness, 16, wanted to do something for her father for Christmas. But when your dad is Col. Eric Ahlness, the commander of a 60-member Agribusiness Development Team deployed in Afghanistan, small gestures tend to grow into large ones. Ellen—who has funded her Norwegian-immersion summer camp by selling “katt hatts” she makes herself—decided to sew Christmas stockings for her father and a couple dozen members of his unit. Ellen’s mother, Lori, called the unit’s first sergeant, Ken Bauer, to tell him about her daughter’s initiative. “He said ‘That would be wonderful, but we want everyone to work together as a team, so would you please make 60 of them,’” Lori Ahlness said. At that point Lori was committed to putting together the unit’s …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Cole Shaback asked that family and friends donate to the Woodbury Police Department's K-9 unit for his seventh birthday.
It was Cole Shaback’s birthday, but the Woodbury Police Department got the gift. The Woodbury 7-year-old decided that instead of birthday presents this year, he wanted friends and family to donate money to the department’s K-9 unit. On Wednesday, he presented officers with a check for $250. His birthday is Nov. 18. Two years ago, Cole saw a K-9 demonstration at his school, Valley Crossing, and never forgot it, said his mother, Heidi Shaback. (Cole’s sister Maddy, 8, used her seventh birthday to donate kits for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.) “I was very proud,” Heidi said of her son’s decision. Woodbury K-9 officer Jeff Gottstein said he was impressed that Cole decided to forgo presents to help the department. The money will go into a fund that…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
City officials on Wednesday welcomed a pastor from Glogow, Poland, who thanked Woodbury for its donation of old playground equipment from Colby Lake Park.
The old playground equipment at Colby Lake Park is making a world of difference for one city across the globe. Woodbury last summer donated old swings, slides, tubes and teeter-totters to Kids Around the World, which in turn helped install the equipment at a public square in Glogow, Poland. City officials on Wednesday welcomed Zbigniew Wierzchowski, a pastor in Glogow, and Paul Bierhaus, a Kids Around the World board member. Wierzchowski presented Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens with a thank-you letter from her counterpart in Glogow, where the impact of the playground equipment has been immeasurable, the pastor said. “You don’t know how wonderful a project it is,” Wierzchowski said, adding that people often stop him on the street to …