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Local roots run deep for new Afton mayor

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It’s only been two weeks since Dick Bend was appointed to serve as Afton’s mayor, but he’s already settling in nicely.

Bend, 65, took the oath of office during a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 2.


He was appointed by Afton City Council last month to carry out former mayor Pat Snyder’s remaining term following her resignation in December. Snyder had one year left on her term.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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