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Woodbury Days

A popular summer event held in Ojibway Park each year. Woodbury Days includes a parade, carnival, live music, fireworks, and many booths for the city's shops, churches, and services. Woodbury Days is also known for its Taste of Woodbury tent located in the parking lot behind Woodbury High School and overlooking the Ojibway Park Band Shell. This tent includes many restaurants in the city.

Woodbury Businesses

HealthEast/Woodwinds Health Campus

HealthEast Care System is the largest health care provider in the Twin Cities’ East Metro area. From prevention to cure, HealthEast meets the needs of the community with a blend of traditional medicine and integrative therapies.

Throughout their hospitals, clinics and outpatient services, HealthEast is dedicated to offering new technology and compassionate care. We’re guided by a rich, faith-based heritage and focused on the future. Rooted in Judeo-Christian values, their mission is high quality, compassionate, cost-effective health care for the communities we serve. HealthEast values originate in the traditions of its sponsor organizations, forming the foundation for the mission and vision of the HealthEast Care System.

Allina Health Clinic

With more than 60 clinics throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, we focus on your complete health and wellness at Allina Health clinic locations. These multi-specialty medical clinics provide primary care, specialty care and urgent care services to people in more than 40 communities. More than 750 health care practitioners help patients identify health risks, manage chronic illness and find their path to better health.
 

Assurant

Assurant, Inc. is a holding company with headquarters in New York City. Its businesses provide a diverse set of specialty, niche-market insurance products in the property, casualty, life and health insurance sectors. The company’s four operating segments are Assurant Employee Benefits, Assurant Health, Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property.

The company, formerly known as Fortis, Inc., was spun off from Dutch and Belgian financial-services company Fortis Insurance N.V. in 2004. The company’s initial public offering on Feb. 5, 2004 at $1.76 billion was the fourth largest that year. In connection with the public offering, the company changed its name to Assurant, Inc.

Assurant is 285 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States

Dean Foods

Dean Foods is an American food and beverage company that specializes in dairy products. The company maintains plants and distributors in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dean Foods has 100 facilities located in 35 American states as well as five manufacturing plants in the countries of Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
 

Globe University

Globe University and Minnesota School of Business is a for-profit school providing specialized career training programs in business, medical, legal, information technology and creative media fields. It has campuses in Minnesota,Wisconsin and South Dakota, USA. They are nationally accredited by the ACICS, which is a consortium of similar for-profit schools.
 

Summit Orthopedics

Summit Orthopedics was founded on our vision to bring comprehensive orthopedic care to our Twin Cities community. Our history as a group of physicians grounded in orthopedic expertise is one story, but we believe our story is most meaningful in the context of your stories. The care we provide matters most when we can come alongside you to help you reach your goals. We are here to treat the injuries and health conditions that may be holding you back, and support you in maintaining the active lifestyle you love. Our story as a committed orthopedic practice is inseparable from your stories as our patients.

At Summit, we are dedicated to the ways our intersecting stories improve your health. The story of Summit Orthopedics is a story of medical innovation, quality of care, and commitment to exceed your expectations. The best part of our story is the way we help you realize your story of a healthier and more active self.

Target.com

Target Corporation is an American retailer that operates large retail stores primarily across North America that offer a multitude of goods. It is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, behind Walmart, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Headquartered in Minneapolis,Minnesota, the company was founded as Goodfellow Dry Goods in 1902. The first Target store was opened in 1962; it became the largest division of the Dayton-Hudson Corporation, and was consequently renamed the Target Corporation in 2000.

As of 2015, Target operates 1,801 locations throughout the United States. Their retail formats include the discount store Target, the hypermarketSuperTarget, and small-format stores previously named CityTarget and TargetExpress before being consolidated under the Target branding. ItsCanadian subsidiary was established in March 2013, and operated 133 locations by the time it was shuttered in April 2015. Wesfarmers began operating an Australian version of Target in 1973, although aside from naming rights, the American and Australian companies are unaffiliated.

Woodbury Senior Living

Woodbury Senior Living is a senior living campus located in the friendly suburb of Woodbury, Minnesota. Located next door to Woodbury High School and just minutes from many local attractions, Woodbury Senior Living is the only full continuing care campus in Woodbury.

At Woodbury Senior Living, we serve seniors and their families by encouraging them to thrive – by offering a wide variety of wellness-focused services and activities while empowering them to live as independently as possible. Woodbury Senior Living provides a full spectrum of care options in a campus setting.

Three properties make up the Woodbury Senior Living campus; each offering specialized living options and a strong focus on customer service. The campus is designed so that all buildings are interconnected to create a vibrant community atmosphere.

South Washington County Schools (District 833) is a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district includes all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, and Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships, an area of 84 square miles. The population of the district is approximately 98,100 people, including the 17,700 students who attend district schools.

Fifteen elementary schools serve students in grades PreK-5, four middle schools serve students in grades 6-8, and three comprehensive high schools serve the district’s grade 9-12 students. In addition, an Alternative High School is in place for secondary students.

The district’s strategic plan, Pathway to Excellence, serves as a working document that will take the district to a heightened level of performance excellence. Six strategic objective areas will be a focus for all staff as they carry out their responsibilities as they relate to the primary objective of "success for lifelong learning for our students." 

A seven member School Board governs the district. Board members are elected at-large on Election Day in November of odd numbered years. The superintendent of schools is an ex-officio member of the School Board, and there are three non-voting student representatives.

Largest Employers of Woodbury, MN

# Employer # of Employees
1 South Washington County Schools 1,036
2 Woodwinds Health Campus 851
3 Woodbury Healthcare Center 340
4 Summit Orthopedics 300
5 Assurant 287
6 The Hartford 250
7 Target.com 250
8 Walmart 250
9 Sam's Club 235
10 Globe University

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History of Woodbury

History of Woodbury
Originally named Red Rock, after a sacred stone supposedly painted by the famous Dakota Chief Little Crow, the town was renamed in 1859 when the state legislature discovered another Red Rock Township in Minnesota. Woodbury was named after Judge Levi Woodbury of New Hampshire, a friend of the first town board chairman.

The first settlers came to Woodbury in 1844. Most of the area's early settlers migrated from the eastern states and from Germany. Immigrants also came from Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland and Denmark. Over the years the people of Woodbury have contributed in many ways to the rich heritage that the city enjoys today.

Land Development and Agriculture
In 1844 the town was largely covered with timber. Clearing the land for farming required considerable time and labor. Wheat was the principal crop grown, as well as barley, corn, and potatoes; and later soybeans became a crop of major importance. Generally the land was rolling and very fertile, which was particularly conducive to dairy farming.

The 1950s introduced a new phase in agriculture. Farming technology resulted in controlled acreage, more fertilization, improved crop rotation and chemicals for pest control, making agriculture an even greater contributor to the local economy. In 1955 the first housing development, Woodbury Heights, was started. The 1960s brought another outlook for the farmer. Urban development spread out into the community and began to replace the farm land.

Urban development has continued as the metropolitan area looks eastward for living space. The city values its open spaces and natural resources and is taking steps to acquire and conserve several hundred acres in the undeveloped areas.

Government
Woodbury was organized as a township in 1858. Town meetings were held in the homes of various residents until 1876, when the first town hall was built. Also in 1876, James Middleton was elected to represent the district in the state legislature. From the early years, Woodbury townspeople showed an interest in government.

With the increase in population and urban development in the 1960s, the residents felt a new form of government would best serve their needs. In 1967, voters approved village incorporation and chose the mayor-council form of government. With the new government came planning and park commissions, resulting in new steps to control the development and construction in the township.


The city's first comprehensive land use plan was developed in 1967. A new city hall was constructed to house the expanding administration and public services staff in 1975, approximately 100 years after the construction of the first town hall.

Education
Even before the area was organized as a township, the first school opened its doors in 1855 in a small house owned by William Middleton. Between 1852 and 1868 seven schools were organized in Woodbury. Excellent teaching took place in these little, one-room schools, which had an average of 35 pupils representing all eight grades. After elementary school, some pupils continued their education at the St. Paul College.

In the 1950s, Woodbury rural schools were gradually phased out as state law mandated consolidation of rural districts. Most of the Woodbury schools joined the newly formed South Washington County School District 833. Portions of the city are served by the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale District 622 and by the Stillwater School District 834. With consolidation, Woodbury had its first real high school.

As Woodbury has grown from the status of township and village to the present-day city, many new schools and educational facilities have been added. The schools, which the pioneers worked so hard to promote, laid the foundation for the excellent schools in Woodbury today.

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