State honors St. Paul Rodeo

State honors St. Paul Rodeo

The Oregon Tourism Commission (Travel Oregon) recently presented the St. Paul Rodeo Association...

Kennedy students meet Holocaust survivors, visit memorial in Portland

Kennedy students meet Holocaust survivors, visit memorial in Portland

A social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has continued a tradition of making her...

Building on North Front Street has seen fair share of history

Building on North Front Street has seen fair share of history

Last month, I wrote about a building on Front Street that stands empty, and looks lonesome. This...

North Marion blazes the way toward 21st century teaching

North Marion blazes the way toward 21st century teaching

The school district is moving toward putting an electronic device in almost every student's hands...

Hubbard church welcomes new pastor, invites community to discussions

Hubbard church welcomes new pastor, invites community to discussions

Hubbard United Church of Christ’s new pastor isn’t just a new face to the congregation,...


Woodburn's Area Features

April 22, 2015

Cabin relocation now complete

by Woodburn Independent
The relocation of the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, previously located on the Willamette River within the Champoeg State Heritage area, is now complete. The cabin has been reopened to the…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Woodburn resident Shawn Case is founder and director of Enterprise in Space, a nonprofit science and educational initiative with the goal of launching an 8-foot-long satellite into Earth's orbit by 2019.
March 25, 2015

Shooting for the stars

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn man gaining traction with dream of launching high-tech satellite into Earth's orbit One Woodburn resident is hoping to boldly go where no man has gone before. His name is Shawn Case,…
DAN PRED - The classic Italian dish arancini takes a little bit of time and effort, but it's well worth it.
March 25, 2015

Arancini is well worth the extra time and effort

by Kristy Kummer-Pred
A few years ago, I met a friend for happy hour at a Portland restaurant that served arancini. I had never had it or even heard of it, but I immediately fell in love with those little fried balls…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Leonardo's Barber + Style is run by Xavier Parra, the son of the man who founded the shop in 1979. Xavier Parra recently returned to the shop full-time after two and a half years teaching at the Paul Mitchell School in Portland.
March 25, 2015

After giving back to industry, local barber returns home

by Tyler Francke
After two and a half years teaching at the Paul Mitchell School in Portland, barber Xavier Parra has come home. In 2010, following the unexpected loss of his father to a heart attack, Parra —…
SUBMITTED - French Prairie and Valor middle schools honor band 2015.
March 25, 2015

Woodburn middle school students participate in honor band

by Woodburn Independent
Twenty-one seventh-grade and 20 eighth-grade Woodburn band students were nominated by their teachers to participate in the seventh annual Molalla Middle School Honor Band on March 5. The event,…
NORTH MARION SCHOOL DISTRICT - Justin Hanson performed his Eagle Scout project by working on the landscaping outside his school district's main office.
March 25, 2015

Eagle Scout earns badge by beautifying NM

by Lindsay Keefer
Justin Hanson, a student at North Marion High School, completed his Eagle Scout project by performing a beautification project outside the district office. Superintendent Boyd Keyser said Hanson…
LINDSAY KEEFER - Kylie Kahut takes part in one of the work stations.
March 18, 2015

No 'stemming' the tide of learning at Woodburn STEM Festival

by Lindsay Keefer
Event celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics The Woodburn School District’s annual STEM Festival was Thursday night at Heritage Elementary School. The event was complete…
March 18, 2015

Love INC launches project with free meal March 24

by Woodburn Independent
Project 1000 will enable Love In the Name of Christ, a local social services organization, to share their story with 1000 people in the greater Woodburn area through dozens of free breakfast and…
SUBMITTED - The Heritage Elementary team is (from left) fifth-graders Markel Piatkoff, Fivaya Chernishoff, Domnika Kusnetsov, Vasilie Zarkoff and David Tymko.
March 18, 2015

Lincoln hosts 73 teams at regional Battle of the Books event

by Lindsay Keefer
Teams from Lincoln and Heritage elementary schools represented Woodburn at regional tournament Seventy-three schools from six counties were represented at the regional Oregon Battle of the Books…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - On the North Marion High School culinary team is, from left, Emma Snyder, Isabel Hanberg, Kevin Bogarin, Jeff Henry and Tristan Haberstitch.
March 11, 2015

NM culinary team cooks up two wins at state contest

by John Baker
Wins were in knife skills and poultry categories at Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association event for high school students A group of North Marion High School students put their best knife and…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - The property at 263 N. Front St. in downtown Woodburn was originally a tire shop, which is pictured behind the man in the photo sometime in the early 1900s.
Mar 11, 2015

Exploring the history of a vacant building downtown

by Donna Gramse
Do you have a wool suit that you need cleaned? It used to be that you could take it down to Front Street to the Woodburn Cleaners. They are no more, the building at 263 N. Front Street awaits a…
Mar 11, 2015

Film series offered at Mount Angel Abbey

by Woodburn Independent
History comes alive in two free films at Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary. The movies will be shown this month in the Mount Angel Abbey Library auditorium. “The Mission” will be shown at 6:30 p.m.…
Mar 11, 2015

Abbey lecture series continues Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
Mount Angel Abbey’s winter/spring lecture series continues March 14 in the Mount Angel Abbey Library with “Christian Anthropology:?The?Human Condition.” Sister Gertrud Feick, Order of St.…
LINDSAY KEEFER - Actress Connie Lewis (right), played by Veronica Simmons, shows her disgust for co-stars Stacy Travers and Charlie Groves, played respectively by Isabel Hanberg and Scott Steele, during a rehearsal of 'Hit and Misdemeanor.'
Mar 11, 2015

Hit and Misdemeanor: North Marion presents mystery production

by Lindsay Keefer
The comedic mystery will be performed at North Marion High School at 7:30 p.m. March 13-14 The North Marion High School stage looks like the set of a crime TV show in preparations for the North…
SUBMITTED - Gianna Schnurbusch and Jacoby Torres work on a class auction project with first- and second-grade teacher Lucia Ries.
Mar 11, 2015

Sacred Heart to host 25th annual auction April 11

by Woodburn Independent
Sacred Heart Catholic School in Gervais will be holding its 25th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on April 11. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. There will be both a silent auction and oral auction.…
INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Brittany McConahay performs with Woodburn High School students Emmanuel Oropeza, left, and Julio Olmos, during the Mr. Bulldog competition Feb. 26.
Mar 11, 2015

Singing a new tune

by Tyler Francke
Local woman's performance in viral online video helps her regain confidence in her voice When local youth pastor T.J. McConahay first fell for his wife, Brittany, she was singing. She was 16 at…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Program mentor Jacqueline Gaytan, right, helps Valor Middle School seventh-graders Valentina Chubenko, center, and Anna Toran, left, with an essay assignment last week.
Mar 04, 2015

Building bridges

by Tyler Francke
New mentoring program pairs middle schoolers with college role models Adviser, tutor, role model — there are many hats a mentor might be called on to wear. But to Gianluigi Benvenutto, who…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Mr. Bulldog winners Emmanuel Oropeza, left, and Julio Olmos crack up at the conclusion of their cover of 'Riptide,' accompanied by Brittany McConahay
Mar 04, 2015

Success students crowned in 2015 Mr. Bulldog competition

by Tyler Francke
The 2015 Mr. Bulldog pageant was held at Woodburn High School Thursday night, with Julio Olmos and Emmanuel Oropeza, of Success High School, taking home the title. All 10 participants raised the…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Sisters (from left) Agatha Meissner, Antoinette Traeger and Regina Rausch of the Queen of Angels Monastery recently celebrated their 75th, 70th and 60th anniversaries, respectively, of joining the Benedictine Sisters.
Mar 04, 2015

Mount Angel sisters celebrate 60th, 70th and 75th anniversaries

by Woodburn Independent
Sister Regina Rausch, Sister Antoinette Traeger and Sister Agatha Meissner celebrated anniversaries of their monastic professions on Feb. 8 at Queen of Angels Monastery. Rausch celebrated her…
Mar 04, 2015

Old Aurora Colony Museum hosts spinning wheel showcase

by Woodburn Independent
The 33rd Annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase at the Old Aurora Colony Museum will be March 14-15. This regional favorite proves that handspinning is alive and well. People of all ages will…




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