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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District 833 officials asked an incumbent school board candidate to stop sending campaign e-mails to district staff today, a day before the election, and called the actions inappropriate. District officials said school board member Marsha Adou sent election-related e-mails, from a private e-mail account, to teachers and staff at Woodbury High School. That is against district policy, said Barb Brown, District 833 communications director. Adou said she wasn't aware that she couldn't e-mail teachers or staff members. After being told on Monday, Nov.
Zillah is a young orphan girl living in ancient Persia who has a birth mark on her face that causes her to be tormented by those around her. Zillah's future doesn't look bright until the three shining Magi come into the story and Zillah embarks on a long journey and adventure with the three wise men. A young girl named Zillah may not sound familiar for those who know the biblical story of the Magi because Zillah is a product of Afton resident Lois West Duffy's imagination.
Teens have a new Tuesday night destination -- the R.H. Stafford Library. The Stafford Library is offering a new teen program called "Teen Third Tuesday." Every third Tuesday of the month the library will be offering two different evening programs for teens -- a poetry slam and game night. Stafford librarian, Julia Carlis started the program last month because she felt that the library needed to offer more programs for teens, not just for children and adults.
To be or not to be? That is a legitimate question Woodbury High School students have to tackle in Phil Bratnober's Shakespeare class. "Shakespeare is the apotheosis of music, poetry and drama," Bratnober said. "Shakespeare really pulls you." Bratnober said he brought the work of the Bard of Avon to WHS last fall because he wanted students to see the importance of Shakespeare's works beyond the one or two plays that high school classes traditionally read. "The kids love the poetry...it's provocative, eye opening and revelatory," Bratnober said.
Mike Thissen Age: 39 Residence: Woodbury Family: Married with three sons and one daughter Occupation: Health inspector Why he's running: He wants to be more involved with the decisions the school board makes involving his kids. Mike Thissen is clear on why he believes he would make a good school board member. "What separates me is that I kind of tell it how it is, I respond to people and I listen to people," said Thissen, a Woodbury resident.
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During the Oct. 20 meeting of the Afton city council, the city council discussed how to replace retiring office manager Connie Slaten. Slaten gave her resignation Oct. 8. The personnel committee, made up of council members Peg Nolz and Joe Richter, suggested to the council advertising for a part-time "deputy clerk," rather than a 30-hours per week office manager position. Depending on what applications they receive, the city may also look at either a second deputy clerk or an office assistant position.
By this time next month, the Cedar Bluff saga will be at an end, maybe. During the Oct. 20 meeting, the Afton City Council received at update on the current status of the project in terms of where it stands with the Minnesota Land Trust. The Minnesota Land Trust gave their conditional approval of the amended development on Oct. 8. "This is hopefully very near to the end of the Cedar bluff saga," said city attorney Fritz Knaak.
The controversy surrounding the infamous stealth tower in Afton could finally be put to sleep now that the tower as been certified to meet all of the conditions of its conditional use permit. The mono-pine was approved in May of 2008 and was erected last winter in the Afton Hills neighborhood. During the Oct. 20 Afton City Council meeting, council members received a presentation from staff, and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, that the public safety radio communications tower has passed final review by staff and the city's building inspector.
The Afton City Council was set to discuss a revised ordinance and contracts for animal control at its Oct. 20, but decided to move the item to work session so council members could have more time to review the materials. The issue surrounding animal control in Afton was first raised back in June by several concerned residents who have had bad experiences with their family cats being euthanized because they were deemed to be feral by the Animal Humane Society.