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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Tom Lehmann Age: 49 Occupation: Attorney Residence: West Lakeland Township Family: Married, one son, one daughter Civic Involvement: Involved with St. Croix Valley Athletic Association, serves as the city attorney for the cities of Lilydale, Mendota and Dakota and has served as a lobbyist for the American Legion. Reasons for running for School Board: Lehmann said he decided to run for election to the District 834 School Board because of the effect the School Board has on his two children.
George Hoeppner Age: 62 Occupation: Retired high school teacher for District 834 Residence: Oak Park Heights Family: Married, adult son, adult daughter, six grandchildren. Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2007-2010 Reasons for running for School Board: Hoeppner said he made the decision to run for re-election because of his experience in education and the School Board's ability to work well together. Hoeppner also said stability is important now that the School Board is working on some big issues.
Natasha Fleischman Age: 42 Occupation: Program manager Residence: Lake Elmo Family: Married with two sons Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2006-2010, member of the Washington County Health Improvement Plan committee and a member of the Washington County Workforce Investment Board. Reasons for running for school board: Fleischman said she is running for re-election to the District 834 School Board because she wants to continue to help the district move forward. "We're in a really exciting place right now," she said.
Natalie Fedie Age: 42 Occupation: Senior implementation manager at Govdelivery Residence: West Lakeland Township Family: Married, two sons Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2007-2010, District 834 Policy Committee, District 834 Personnel and Negotiations Committee, representative to Association of Metropolitan School Districts Reasons for running for School Board: Fedie said she decided to run for her second term on the District 834 School Board because the amount of work that still remains to be completed within the sch
A man-eating plant? No, this isn't something out of science fiction; it's the central character for Woodbury High School's fall musical. Woodbury High School will be producing "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens Nov. 4. The musical's plot centers on Seymour Krelborn, a flower shop worker, who comes into contact with a man-eating plant from outer space. The plant promises to make Seymour famous, as long as it is fed. The more blood the plant eats, the larger it grows. WHS first performed the musical 21 years ago. "The show is just a lot of fun," co-director Karen Seashore said.
Theresa Moran says her German class at Woodbury High School is flourishing. The evidence was on display on Friday, Oct. 15 as WHS German students hosted an Oktoberfest celebration during all lunches. "We wanted German to be visible," Moran said. "We want people to realize that German is also a choice." A different language WHS has been offering students the option of taking German since the school opened. This year about 200 students are enrolled in German.
District 833 schools are currently open, despite several incorrect media reports. The only school currently closed is Pullman Elementary which experienced a power outage this morning. Evidently, the KSTP-TV text message news alerts were incorrectly identified all schools. Pullman will be closed for the remainder of the day. All other District 833 schools will have classes as usual.
High school rivalries can get heated at times. But for one project, three rival high schools will be coming together for a good cause -- a public service announcement.
Afton City Council members appear to have reached a consensus on a proposed conservation design ordinance. The City Council discussed the ordinance during an Oct. 19 meeting The idea of adopting a conservation design ordinance developed out of the city's 2008 Comprehensive Plan. The city is looking at a model which will allow for four dwellings for every 40 acres. However, each property would only receive 2 1/2 acres for development and the remaining 30 acres would be put into a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust.
Discussions over Afton's wind energy ordinance came blowing back into the city recently. The Afton Planning Commission made revisions to the ordinance at its Oct. 4 meeting and presented those changes to the Afton City Council during its Oct. 19 meeting last week. "I think we cleaned the ordinance up I believe," Planning Commission chair Barb Ronningen said. "Hopefully it will meet with everyone's approval." The Afton City Council approved the wind energy ordinance, which regulates wind turbines, in June.