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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Crosswinds Arts and Science School held its first carnival at the school on Feb. 12. During the carnival visitors were treated to games, a bake sale, music and dancing, an auction and face painting.
Every high school girl dreams about their prom – the dress, the shoes, the hair, the date – but not every girl gets to see those dreams come true. “There...
Woodbury High School’s Winter Week, Feb. 8-12, culminated last Friday with a schoolwide pep fest.The pep fest featured the school band, the school’s cheerleaders and dance team and Roar, the...
Afton’s Sail Away Cafe has closed. In a post on its Facebook page on Feb. 8, Sail Away Cafe, located at 3121 St Croix Trail S in Afton’s Old Village, wrote: “Sail Away is permanently closed. Sadly we did not get enough business to sustain. Great efforts were made but the personal sacrifice for us became too great. It was time for us to move on to new beginnings. Thank you to those who supported Sail Away through the years.” Sail Away Cafe was owned by Afton resident Oliver Weir. The Woodbury Bulletin attempted to reach the restaurant for comment but was not successful.
Once again Afton residents Tom and Clare Hoelderle are hoping to find the perfect marriage between themselves, their proposed commercial wedding venue and the City of Afton. Afton Planning Commission discussed a zoning code amendment, presented by the Hoelderles, to allow for commercial wedding venues, in the rural residential zoning district, during its Feb. 1 meeting. A public hearing was also held last week on the proposal. This isn’t the first time that the Hoelderle’s approached Planning Commission about amending the zoning code to allow for commercial wedding venues.
There was a chill in the air at Woodbury Leadership Academy last week. WLA physical education teacher Tim Sheehan participated in a variation of the ice bucket challenge on Feb...
It’s been four years since East Ridge High School senior Brendan Finn and Woodbury High School senior Molly Roche appeared in a play together. They both appeared in Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Wizard of Oz.” The two young actors, both from Woodbury, are reuniting in this month’s production of “Shrek the Musical Jr.” at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisc. “We’ve come a long way since then,” Finn said. “It’s nice that we get to finish out our senior year together.” “Shrek the Musical Jr.” will open Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
Stonecrest Senior Living welcomed some pretty cool guests last week. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family, the Royal Guard, the Prime Minister and Klondike Kate made a stop at Stonecrest on Feb. 4 to perform a few songs. King Boreas also held a knighting ceremony for three lucky residents at Stonecrest, Mary Severson, Greg Celski and Don Neurauter for the time they have spent with the St. Paul Winter Carnival – Severson for her time as a Senior Queen, Celski for his time as the commander of the Royal Guard and Neurauter for years as an ice sculptor.
Area fathers and sons put their chef hats on last week. District 833 Community Education held Friday Night Chefs, a cooking class for fathers and sons, on Friday, Feb. 5, at the District Program Center in Cottage Grove. During Friday Night Chefs each father-son duo worked together to prepare some game-day snacks in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl. The snacks that were prepared included mini pizzas, rice krispie treats, a snack mix, a dip, a strawberry-banana smoothie, and a cookies-and-cream cheese ball.
Four District 833 teachers will be facing off for the title of Minnesota Teacher of the Year. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Education Minnesota released its list of nominations for thee...