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VIEWPOINT: Goodbye Woodbury

When I started at the Woodbury Bulletin in November 2008, if you would have told me I'd be sitting at my same desk nearly eight years later I wouldn't have believed it.

But here I am, seven years, six months and one week later sitting at my same desk, although this time it's not to write up an article, it's to say goodbye.

By the time this column gets to your eyes I will be gone, my last day was May 27, but I wanted to take a chance to reflect on the many wonderful memories I've had over the years.

I had only been out of college for a mere six months when I first entered the Woodbury Bulletin offices, so as you can imagine I had some nerves — What will I write about? Who will I talk to?

I quickly learned that the Woodbury and Afton communities were eager and willing to let me tell their stories.

Some of my favorite stories that I've done over the years have been the ones that allowed me to delve into a person's personality and share who they are.

A few such stories were: a man who wanted to go to Mars; an insurance agent who served as a security guard from the British royal family; a teacher who traveled around the world experiencing different cultures; and a duo of casting directors from Hollywood.

Even though I had my fair share of busy weeks, working for the Woodbury Bulletin never really felt like work to me.

How could spending the day taking pictures outside be work? How could having a conversation with an interesting person be work?

In addition to the countless stories I've enjoyed writing over the years, there have also been countless people in the community that became more than just sources for me, they basically became friends.

Since making the decision to part ways with the Woodbury Bulletin, it's been an emotional couple of weeks thinking about the wonderful community and people I will be leaving behind.

As hard as it is to say goodbye, I am extremely excited for what the future holds.

In closing, I'd like to say thank you to you, the readers, and to the Woodbury and Afton communities for allowing me to be a part of your lives.

So long, wonderful Woodbury, I'll miss you.

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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