** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 9-10 ** A large Cabela's signs greets customers at the store's entrance Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, in Lehi, Utah. In its first year of operation, retail store is apparently close to matching the LDS Church's venerable Temple Square as Utah's most visited location, drawing almost 5 million visitors. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac) ORG XMIT: SLC901
Woodbury’s new Cabela’s outdoors store, the fourth in Minnesota, will open soon.
The 85,000-square-foot store at 8400 Hudson Road, near the Tamarack Village Shopping Center, will have a grand opening on May 15, Cabela’s officials said Tuesday.
The Nebraska-based hunting-and-fishing-gear giant already has stores in Owatonna, Rogers and East Grand Forks. The Woodbury store will employ about 185 full- and part-time employees, the company said.
“The region’s natural resources and its many passionate hunters, anglers, campers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, as well as the many tourists it attracts from out of state, make the Woodbury area a perfect fit for Cabela’s,” said the new store’s general manager, Shelby Rockhold.
The store will feature hundreds of mounted animals, an indoor archery range, a deli, a fly-fishing shop and a two-story mountain (a Cabela’s hallmark) with wild game displays and an aquarium with freshwater fish native to the region.
Military families are focus of upcoming library events
During April, Washington County Library is celebrating the Month of the Military Child with Purple Up! events planned for branch libraries. People who attend are encouraged to wear purple, which symbolizes all branches of the military.
• The Oakdale Library is holding a Purple Up! Day on April 12 with no registration required. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m., story time at 11 a.m. Face painting follows at 11:30 a.m. Craft activities will be held from then until 5 p.m. From noon to 5 p.m., a Legos open house will be available.
• In Woodbury, the R.H. Stafford Library will offer Purple Up! story times at 10:30 a.m. April 14 and 10:30 a.m. April 17.
• Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi will present a Purple Up! story time 10:30 a.m. April 14. After the story time at 11 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that day, children of deployed service members can record a video of themselves reading a story or poem to share via YouTube with a parent anywhere in the world. Librarians will arrange the recording. Sign up at the Library’s Info Desk or call 651-426-2042 to arrange a time to record.
• In Forest Lake, at the Hardwood Creek Library, children of military families can sign up to “Film a Story.” Librarians will record a video of a child reading a story or a poem, upload the video to YouTube and share the link with the child so it can be accessed by a parent anywhere in the world. Recording times are 11 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. on April 15. Sign up at the Library’s Info Desk or call 651-275-7300 to arrange a time to record.
• Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove will host a “Celebrate Military Kids” family story time from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 30. Military personnel from the Cottage Grove area VFW and American Legion will read stories.
• Find a list of recommended books for military families on both the kids and teens Books and Reading pages at www.co.washington.mn.us/library. Call 651-731-1320 with questions.
Watch board meetings live on county website
Washington County now is webstreaming board meetings, which means that residents with access to the Internet can watch live through their computers.
Recordings of the meetings also will continue on cable access channels. The county’s website maintains an archive of videotaped board meetings. To watch meetings live, click on the “County Board” link on the front page of the county website at www.co.washington.mn.us, and then click on “County Board Meeting Webstream.”
The County Board meets the first four Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m. Residents can attend board meetings at the Government Center at 14949 N. 62nd St., Stillwater.