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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Editor's note: This is the third is an occasional series chronicling teachers' summer vacations. During the school year, John Hoven spends his days teaching his students about slopes and angles; however, during the summer he is experiencing his teachings first hand. The Woodbury High School algebra teacher recently returned from a 10-day vacation to the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada mountain range where he climbed to the summit of Mount St. Helens in Washington, as well as Mount Shasta and Mount Whitney in California.
Being a girl scout is more than just selling cookies. That's the way Woodbury residents Laura Chandler and Sarah Mittelstadt see it. The teens, both juniors at Stillwater Area High School, have been involved with Girl Scouts of the USA for the past 11 years and have done everything from selling cookies to camping to helping others. Both said it was their mothers who really pushed them into Girl Scouts. Mittelstadt's mother, Tamara, is the counselor for the girls' troop. "We actually ended up having a lot of fun," Chandler said.
New Life Academy's new elementary principal has traded in California sun for Minnesota nice. Brian Goodbar, who is replacing retired principal Nancy Wetsel, officially started at New Life Academy this month. Goodbar comes to the Woodbury private Christian school after having lived in California for most of his life. "I wanted a new adventure," he said. "It was time for a change of pace." Goodbar has been an elementary teacher, a vice principal and a principal for the past 15 years.
After two weeks without a superintendent, the Stillwater Area School District has found one -- former District 833 superintendent Tom Nelson. Nelson was hired as the interim superintendent during the Aug. 12 District 834 School board meeting. "We're really impressed with (Nelson's) wealth of experience," said School Board Vice Chair Natasha Fleischman said. "(Nelson's) experience as a superintendent is something that you can't buy," School Board Chair George Hoeppner said. "He's lived through being a superintendent." Nelson served as superintendent of schools in the Buffalo, Minn.
A total of five candidates have filed for one of four seats on the District 834 School Board. Filing began Aug. 3 and closed on Tuesday. All four incumbents - Natalie Fedie, of Lake Elmo, Natasha Fleischman, of Lake Elmo, George Hoeppner, of Oak Park Heights, and Scott Papke, of Stillwater - have filed for re-election to the Stillwater Area School District School Board. Tom Lehmann, of Lake Elmo, has also thrown his hat into the ring. A candidate has until Thursday at 5 p.m. to withdraw their names from the ballot.
After two weeks of filing, nine have filed for the three open seats on the District 622 School Board. Incumbents Scott Duddeck, of North St. Paul, and Mark Wheeler, of Oakdale, filed for re-election to the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District School Board. Incumbent Cathy Miller did not file for re-election. Seven other candidates added their names to the ballot for the November election: Arnoldo Curiel, of Oakdale, Amy Coborn, of North St.
Well filing is finally closed and Afton has one candidate for mayor and four for city council. Afton Mayor Pat Snyder is running unopposed for her second term. Mayoral terms are two years. Council member Peg Nolz will face off against former Afton Planning Commissioner Don Holzmer for the Ward 3 council seat. Holzmer previously ran against Nolz for her council seat. Nolz is currently serving her second term on the council. Council terms are four years. Council member Joe Richter will face off against former Afton City Council member Kuchen Meyer for the Ward 2 seat.
Five candidates have filed for the four District 834 School Board seats up for election, as of this morning. Filing will closed today. Filing began Aug. 3. Four of the candidates are current School Board members: Natalie Fedie, of Lake Elmo, Natasha Fleischman, of Lake Elmo, George Hoeppner, of Oak Park Heights, and Scott Papke, of Stillwater. Tom Lehmann, of Lake Elmo, has also filed for election.
The Afton City Council race is finally heating up. "It's not uncommon for people here to wait until the last day and the last minute," Council member Joe Richter said. Mayor Pat Snyder, and council members Peg Nolz, Ward 3, and Richter, Ward 2, are up for re-election. Snyder and Richter both filed for re-election for a second terms on Monday. Nolz filed today for a third term. The filing period closed at 5 p.m.
Seven candidates have filed for the three District 622 School Board seats up for election, as of this morning. Filing closed today at 5 p.m. Filing began Aug. 3. The three school board seats, in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District, up for election are currently held by Scott Duddeck, Cathy Miller and Mark Wheeler. School board terms are four years. Wheeler, of Oakdale, filed for re-election Aug. 10. Duddeck, of North St. Paul, filed today. Arnoldo Curiel, of Oakdale, filed Aug. 3. Amy Coborn, of North St. Paul, filed Aug.