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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Woodbury fifth grader Vince Owen is well on his way to catching them all. Owen is the Minnesota Pokémon champion after winning the state Pokemon Trading Card Game tournament on March 26. "It was really fun," he said. Vince will next compete at the Midwest Regional Tournament and the Kansas City Regionals in May before competing in the National Championships in July. If Vince wins at the national tournament, he can advance to the World Championship, where he has the chance to win $25,000 and a trophy. Playing Pokémon
Park fee waived Afton City Council approved waiver its park reservation fee for the Afton Area Business Association during the April 19 council meeting. The Afton Area Business Association requested the park fee waived in order to hold its weekly Afton Farmers Market in Town Square Park. The park reservation fee is normally $100. The Afton Farmer's Market is held every Thursday evening. Temporary liquor license granted
People may say you can never go home again, but that's not the case for Woodbury Leadership Academy's Director Darlah Krug. Krug returned to WLA in February as the new director after having helped found WLA in 2012 when the school received approval from the Minnesota Department of Education. "The decision to come back for me was an easy decision to make because my heart is in this school," she said. "It's exciting to be able to return to where I started, it's like coming home." A passion for education
When Woodbury Leadership Academy opened its doors in 2014 the plan was alway to become a kindergarten through eighth-grade school. However, the plan is on hold in order to guarantee that it has the students to fill its classrooms. During its April 26 meeting, the WLA Board of Directors approved an enrollment and grade configuration plan that would delay the addition of eighth grade but instead add an additional kindergarten class. "We want to have strong foundation," WLA Director Darlah Krug said. "We're looking to grow the school every year after this."
Afton City Council approved three temporary liquor licenses for the Afton Historical Museum during its April 19 meeting. The museum requested the temporary liquor licenses in order to be able...
Afton's Mount Hope Cemetery, a Victorian-era cemetery, first became a dedicated cemetery in 1855 and some gravestones date back to 1854. Additionally, the 5-acre cemetery site also has an unmarked historic burial area that pre-dates the Victorian era. Mount Hope could potentially have as many as 100 gravesites. However, only about 40 are marked. Many of the gravesites at Mount Hope are for young children who died during a whooping cough outbreak in the late 1800s. Over the years Mount Hope has become victim to overgrown vegetation, moss and toppled markers.
In front of a packed house, Afton City Council approved a conditional-use permit for a new Islamic center during its April 19 meeting. The Islamic Society of Woodbury-East Metro plans to build a 10,800-square-foot Islamic center, which will include a 4,200-square-foot multipurpose hall, which will be used for religious services, educational events, youth activities and social services. Services are typically attended by 150 to 200 people and weekend events typically serve the same size crowd, but not all the same people.
Woodbury will be saying "Hakuna Matata" this weekend. Woodbury Middle School's spring musical, "The Lion King," will open Friday at the school. "There will be lots of excitement and enthusiasm," director Lori Sager said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
Afton City Council made a number of appointments during its April 19 meeting. City Council appointed Afton resident Annie Perkins to serve on the Middle St. Croix Water Management Organization;...
Students entered Woodbury High School in grand fashion last weekend. The school’s grand march took place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. During the annual event students had a chance...