Local officials share New Year’s resolutionsThe Bulletin reached out last week to some public figures around Woodbury and Afton, and asked them to share their new year’s resolutions. Some kept it light, while others were more reflective. Here are the responses we got.
More cheeseburgers? Win the Indy 500? Woodbury folks sure seem to have unique goals for 2013.
The Bulletin reached out last week to some public figures around Woodbury and Afton, and asked them to share their new year’s resolutions.
Some kept it light, while others were more reflective. Here are the responses we got.
Rep. Andrea Kieffer
”My top 3 New Year’s goals: Eat more cheeseburgers, find a cure for cancer, and get my dog to listen to me. I think these are all self-explanatory. Happy New Year Woodbury!”
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput
”I want to smoke more cigars, put on more weight and get less sleep. I chose these resolutions because I am pretty certain I will attain these goals unlike past ones!”
Woodbury Community Foundation Executive Director Alisa Rabin Bell
”My New Year’s resolution is to not make any more New Year’s resolutions!”
Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague
”Eat healthier, exercise more, win the Indianapolis 500. I guess I would be satisfied with two out of three. I can always eat healthier next year.”
Lisa Weik, Washington County Dist. 5 Commissioner
“Making New Year’s resolutions is a habit for me; I like trying new ideas each year and usually complete the tasks or continue with good habits (like better nutrition and exercise).
I just completed running three political campaigns in four years, so my 2013 resolutions are related to better feng shui in my life, specifically:
-Downsize the clutter from every corner of our house, including improved electronic file management (iTunes too!) and taking control of my email accounts, instead of the other way around.
-My husband is starting a new job next week that should free-up his mornings and weekends, so we’ve resolved as a couple to try golfing activities or adopting a dog in the new year.
-Lastly, I hope the community will join me in reading more library books this year, including borrowing from our electronic library collection and experiencing reading on an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook.”
Christopher Burns, Woodbury City Council Member
“I resolved to spend more time with my family, eat healthier, exercise more, do a ride along with a Woodbury police officer, to bike home from work (in downtown Minneapolis) more often and to complete a Warrior Dash (or similar race).”
Clint Gridley, Woodbury City Administrator
“I like this New Year’s prayer/resolution (author unknown): ‘Dear God, my prayer for 2013 is a fat bank account and a thin body. Please don’t mix these up like you did last year.’”
Michelle Witte, executive director of Arts Connection
She said her New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to write more hand-written thank you notes to the volunteers she has worked with various capacities.
“I’m so thankful for all the time, talent and treasures that people contribute and often wish I had thanked people more for their generosity,” she said. “For 2013, I have my notecards and stamps ready and hope to better acknowledge all the people I’m thankful for in my life.”
Pat Snyder, Afton mayor
Snyder has a three-part New Year’s resolution.
Snyder’s first resolution is to master a beginning yoga DVD.
Secondly, Snyder said she would like to get outside more and exercise.
“Afton State Park is just down the road and it’s such a wonderful place to walk and cross country ski,” she said.
Her final resolution related to her role as mayor. She said she would to like focus on protecting the natural resources within the city.
“The more knowledgeable we can become on land use and its environmental impacts, the better decisions we can all make,” she said.
Bill Palmquist, Afton City Council member
Palmquist said he has three New Year’s resolutions including going to the gym, reading good books and make spending time and having fun with family and friends a priority.
David Kemper, District 833 School Board member
Kemper said his New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to eat healthier.
“I have too many weaknesses for eating processed and sugary food,” he said.
Kemper said he plans to accomplish his goal by watching his sugar and fat intake, eating more fruits and vegetables and watching his cholesterol intake.