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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New Life Academy enrichment and gifted teacher Kathy Lutes has put her students’ education in their own hands. Earlier this school year Lutes allowed her students to design projects through...
Afton City Council is taking another look at its liquor license ordinance. Council members discussed possible amendments during its Jan. 19 meeting. The topic of Afton’s liquor license ordinance came up since it is unclear how many licenses the city actually allows since in 2005 the council amended its ordinance to read that the number of liquor licenses shall not exceed the number currently issued. However, the city’s records in regard to liquor licenses do not extend back to 2005, City Administrator Ron Moorse said, so it’s unclear how many licenses were issued in 2005.
Afton City Council approved funding contribution for the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire District during its Jan. 19 meeting. The city will contribute $1,404.51 to the LSCVFD for the purchase and installation of a digital informational sign at the fire station. The sign will provide emergency public safety information as well as other public safety information. The sign can also be used to provide city and event information. Afton’s funding contribution comes from a cable TV revenue that the Lower St. Croix Valley Cable Commission distributed among its member cities.
Afton City Council appointed a new member to the city’s Parks Committee last month. Afton resident Lynn Danz Kaye will serve on the city’s Parks Committee.
Completing an Eagle Scout project can be challenging enough on its own, but what if you factor in trips in and out of the hospital also? That’s exactly what Woodbury resident Charter Jacobson had to do. in April of 2010 Jacobson, a senior at Math and Science Academy, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 2, a disease that causes him to grow tumors on all of his nerve endings. “It was heartbreaking,” he said. “It was quite a lot to get used to.” However, Jacobson didn’t let his diagnosis stop him from continuing with Boy Scouts of America and eventually achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
In a rare move Afton City Council went against Afton Planning Commission’s recommendation last week. Afton City Council approved two variances for St. Croix SavATree, one for siding and one for a landscape buffer, during its Jan. 19 meeting despite the fact that planning commissioners recommended denial of the variances. The variances were approved on a 3-2 vote with Mayor Dick Bend and Council Member Joe Richter voting no. St. Croix SavATree, a professional tree, shrub and lawn company, intends to construct its new headquarters in the city’s industrial zone.
Afton City Council appointed a new office assistant last month. The new office assistant, Cottage Grove resident Deb Meade, replaces former office assistant Pat Joyce, who retired. Meade will work 20 hours per week at a rate of $14 per hour. Meade recently retired from the Minnesota Department of Education as a supervisor in fiscal services and was looking for some part-time work, City Administrator Ron Moorse said.
Afton City Council approved a number of upgrades to Afton City Hall during a meeting last month. The city will be moving forward with replacement of City Hall carpet, tiles and toilets in the near future. The work is expected to cost in the vein of $7,000, however the city is still seeking cost proposals.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ring true for Woodbury Elementary media specialist Marla Hall,...
Woodbury and East Ridge High School students are being brought together through books. The new Woodbury/East Ridge Book Club will holds its first meeting at the R.H. Stafford Branch Library in Woodbury on Jan. 31. “We all just love reading,” East Ridge freshman Emma Pfeifer said. The first two books to be discussed are “Slammed” by Colleen Hoover and “The Archived” by Victoria Schwab. Staying connected The Woodbury/East Ridge Club was started by a group of Lake Middle School students who liked to read.