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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Afton Planning Commission came one step closer to regulating agritourism uses during its June 3 meeting. Planning commission has been discussing the topic of how to regulate agritourism businesses - such as wineries, event venues, farmers markets, apple orchards and other types of businesses - for the past several months. "In the (agricultural) zone, unless you're doing (agriculture), we don't really allow any commercial activities," City Administrator Ron Moorse said. City Council directed the panel to discuss agritourism as a way to keep large agricultural properties within the city viabl
Families at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center got a sneak peek at Woodbury's Puppet Wagon. The Puppet Wagon held a preview party Thursday, June 6, at the center. The party included a new puppet show and a puppet making craft. Woodbury's Puppet Wagon kicked off its 2013 season on June 10 and will run though Aug. 8. Visit http://ci.woodbury.mn.us for a full schedule of performances
Woodbury Parks and Recreation and KidCreate Studio offered a week-long "Princess Dress Up Art Camp" where participants created a number of wearable art projects that helped turn themselves into princesses - crowns, fair wings, gowns and masquerade masks.
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional summer series chronicling Woodbury teachers' summer activities.
The Jets and Sharks will be hitting the stage next week. Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's production of "West Side Story" will open June 14 at the school. "West Side Story" is set in the rundown area of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where two rival gangs - the Jets, led by Riff, and the Sharks, led by Bernardo - are dealing with racial issues and hatred toward each other, while trying to gain control of the streets. One day, Tony, a former Jet and best friend of Riff, meets Bernardo's sister Maria and they fall in love. Maria and Tony try to bring the two gangs together
If you like to trap live game, you might need to find somewhere else to go other than Afton. Afton City Council discussed the possibility of outlawing trapping within city limits during a workshop on May 23. Currently trapping for furs is allowed everywhere in Afton - including on private property. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, unless a property is marked with "no trespassing" signs annually, anyone can go on the property and set traps, which is why Council Member Bill Palmquist said he wanted to bring the issue to City Council.
Students can trade in their textbooks for video games, their backpacks for beach bags and math class for camp now that summer has officially started. Royal Oaks Elementary students celebrated the start of summer, June 5, by throwing confetti, signing yearbooks and saying goodbye to teachers and classmates.
New Life Academy held its third annual elementary talent show on May 30. A number of students performed icluding Midi Ogundare, who danced to the song "Shout to the Lord." Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.
Back in April 2011, Woodbury residents Jane and Pat Thiegs decided to get away for the afternoon, so they hopped in their car. "We just got in the car and drove," Jane said. "We let the car lead." The Thiegs eventually found themselves in Prescott, Wis., where they saw signs for Valley Vineyard. The couple stopped in, sampled some wine, talked to the owners and found a new life adventure. "We started driving, we were maybe couple a miles away, and we looked at each other and said 'We've got to do this," Jane said.
High school seniors weren't the only ones celebrating a milestone last week. Bailey Elementary kindergarteners celebrated graduations of their own May 31 at the school. The graduation ceremony included graduation-themed songs performed for parents. "The end of the year is always bittersweet," Bailey kindergarten teacher Megan Blake said.