Briefs: Work on Woodbury retail development begins this week

  • Updated: June 21, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Linda Koslowski, left, and Robert and Linda Lennartson were recognized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners for providing foster care for 15 years.

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Groundbreaking for the Bielenberg Gardens retail development in Woodbury will be held June 25, city officials and developers announced.

Construction of the 65,000-square-foot grocery store that will anchor the 30-acre development is scheduled for completion in early 2015.

“The groundbreaking of the grocery store culminates years of work on the Urban Village master plan that began in 2008,” Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said. “It will serve as a catalyst for the remainder of the commercial development approved as part of Bielenberg Gardens and will also support the residential growth in southern Woodbury.”

Bielenberg Gardens, the retail component of the Urban Village master plan (which also encompasses the Bielenberg Sports Center and the 208-unit St. Therese senior housing complex) will also include a 6,200-square-foot liquor store, operated by Jerry’s Enterprises; a 12,300-square-foot multitenant retail building; and 10 additional retail out-lots that officials say could become retail shops, restaurants, a bank and a gas station.

Washington County

Board notes milestones for foster care providers

The Washington County Board recognized Amelia Matheson, of Hugo, and Kristen McClure, of Woodbury, as Family Child Care Providers of the Year for 2014. Both are licensed to care for up to 12 children. Matheson has a certification in early childhood from Pine Technical College. McClure has a child care program called Lil’ Critters Childcare.

Recognized for providing care for five years: Beth Coppock, Stillwater; Alaya and Jon Kish, May Township, and Ann and Larry Quigley, Oakdale.

Recognized for 10 years were Lynn and Steve Cozal of Cottage Grove.

Recognized for 15 years were Linda Koslowski, of Lake Elmo, and Linda and Robert Lennartson, of Cottage Grove.

Honored for their first year of service were Isabell Atem, Woodbury; David and Sally Framke, Stillwater; Joli and Jon Kohnen, Forest Lake; Jody Mogren, Forest Lake; Xong Moucheupao, Hugo; Bonnie Reinecke, Oakdale; Roxanne Smith and Robert Johnson, Woodbury, and Deirdre and Stacy Tschanz, Lake Elmo.

For more information, visit and search for “foster care.”

St. Croix Region

Tourist spending rises, employment rebounds

Traveler spending in St. Croix County, Wis., increased 8.48 percent to $87.85 million in 2013, according to an annual analysis released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. That spending resulted in total business sales of $148.66 million in the county, a 6.59 percent increase from 2012.

St. Croix County, situated across the St. Croix River from Washington County, is considered part of the expanded metro area.

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