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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Clare Odin and Jessica Schrimp are proud Girl Scouts. Both have been involved with the organization most of their young lives. "Girl scouts is just a great opportunity for girls to get together," said Odin, a senior at the Perpich Center for the Arts. The teens have climbed their way to the top of the Girl Scouts ranks and recently received their Gold Award for a project they completed with Woodbury Senior Living. Their project, "Generation Jam," bring young musicians into the nursing home to volunteer and perform for the residents.
The concrete controversy that has plagued one downtown Afton business has ceased. The Afton City Council approved a proposal from Swirl Wine Bar in regards to its impervious surface area. In July, the city sent a letter to Dave Jarvis, who manages Swirl, and mandated that the newly poured concrete be removed because it exceeds the allowable impervious surface area. Back in July, the city had issued an order to Swirl Wine Bar, which is owned by the Afton House Inn, that it must take out its newly pour patio since it exceeded the allowable amount of impervious surface area.
The issues surrounding Afton's 2008 Comprehensive Plan just keep multiplying. During a Sept. 20 work session, the Afton City Council discussed the status of the comp plan and how to proceed.
Many recent college students make the decision to travel the world after graduation, but Woodbury native Addie Weaver will be taking that idea even further. Weaver, 24, will be traveling to 11 countries, in 11 months, with the World Race. The World Race is a mission trip with Adventures in Missions. "I just really felt a call to do something more," Weaver said. "I want to travel and I want to help people." Weaver will be leaving for her 11-month adventure, with 65 other missionaries, on Oct.
Afton Art in the Park is back again for another year. Organizers hope this year's event will be bigger than the previous. The 32nd annual fall season event, put together by the Afton Area Business Association, will be held Sept. 25-26 in Afton Town Square Park. This year's festival will be a little different than previous years in that the event has joined forces with a variety of different art fairs in the area. Stillwater-based non-profit organization, ArtReach St.
It's a dog eat dog world. But all Mille Porsild wants is a home for her dogs. Porsild, an Afton resident, has applied for a conditional-use permit to construct a private dog kennel to house 19 sled dogs. Porsild's application was discussed during the Sept. 13 Afton Planning Commission meeting.
Friction between the Afton City Council and the Afton Planning Commission over the last several months led to the two bodies taking steps to remedy tensions during two separate work sessions -- one earlier last month and one last Tuesday.
The Afton City Council approved the 2011 preliminary budget and tax levy at a special council meeting on Sept. 7. The 2011 preliminary budget was approved at $1,078,623, which is a decrease of $4,471, or .04 percent, from the 2010 budget. The 2011 tax levy was approved at $1,556,814, which is a 2.94 percent increase over the 2010 tax levy. The tax levy can still be lowered prior to the final budget approval, however it cannot be raised once the preliminary levy is approved.
Quilting is like piecing together some of your best memories. At least that's how the members of the River Valley Quilt Guild feel about the pastime. "Quilting is kind of an emotional thing for people," Woodbury resident Pat DuBois said. "It's a family thing that's passed down." Even though quilting is a traditional craft activity, the quilts that you may be used to aren't what you see today. The River Valley Quilt Guild, which meets twice a month at the Woodbury Public Works Building, currently has an assortment of quilts on display at the R.H.
Afton Art in the Park is back again for another year. Organizers hope this year's event will be bigger than all the rest. The 32nd annual Afton Art in the Park, put together by the Afton Area Business Association, will be held Sept. 25-26 in Afton Town Square Park. This year's annual art festival will be a little different than previous years in that the event has joined forces with a variety of different art fairs in the area. Stillwater-based non-profit organization, ArtReach St.