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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If all should go as planned, the Afton 2008 Comprehensive Plan should be on its way to the Metropolitan Council by the end of the month. The Afton City Council held a special meeting on Aug.
Summer vacation is quickly winding down and the new school year is just around the corner. The Bulletin recently sat down with District 833 superintendent Mark Porter to discuss what's in store for the coming year. Woodbury Bulletin: Now that District 833 has a new assistant superintendent, former Stillwater Area School District superintendent Keith Ryskoski, what does that mean for the district? Mark Porter: I'm very excited about Mr. Ryskoski coming to South Washington County Schools.
Think back to some of your worst dates. Was it someone rude? Maybe someone weird. Do the memories of those dates make you want to cringe or even cry? Woodbury resident Jacquie Dutton hopes the memories make you laugh.
Incumbent Mark Wheeler, of Oakdale, has filed for re-election to the District 622 School Board. Wheeler filed on Tuesday. Filing began on Aug. 3. Wheeeler joins candidates Arnoldo Curiel, of Oakdale, and Amy Coborn, of North St. Paul, who have already file for the three school board seats up for grabs. The three school board seats, in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District, up for election are currently held by Wheeler, Scott Duddeck and Cathy Miller. School board terms are four years. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Aug.
It finally happened. Woodwinds Health Campus celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week. On Aug. 3-4, employees celebrated with a picnic, music and a few games. "It's amazing that it has been 10 years," public relations specialist Jodi Ritacca said. "How time flies." "It's been wonderful being a part of the community and watching the hospital grow from its infancy," Sara Bernstein, a nutrition and fitness specialist for Ways to Wellness, said.
After the first week of filing, the incumbents are still the only names on the ballot so far in the District 834 School Board race.
After the first week of filing, both the Afton mayor and city council race are still without candidates. Filing began last Tuesday. Mayor Pat Snyder, and council members Peg Nolz, Ward 3, and Joe Richter, Ward 2, are up for reelection. Snyder said she intends to file for re-election. The mayoral term is two years and the city council members terms are four years beginning the first Tuesday in January, 2011. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The filing fee is $2. All candidates must be at least 21 years of age when assuming office.
After the first week of filing, two candidates have filed for the three District 622 School Board seats up for election. Filing began last Tuesday. Arnoldo Curiel, of Oakdale, filed last Tuesday. Amy Coborn, of North St. Paul, filed last Thursday. 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. None of the incumbents have filed as of press time. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Aug.
Parents often preach to children on how to stay safe in a number of situations. Where's the fun in that? But throw in some police officers, fire fighters and outdoor activities and now you're talking. That was the theme during the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored Youth Safety Camp. "The parents like the safety message of it and the kids like the delivery of it," parks and recreation specialist Michelle Okada said.
Come November, Afton could see some significant changes to how it is governed now that the proposed Afton Charter has reached completion. The Afton Charter Commission approved the proposed charter at a special meeting on July 28. A charter city is one in which the governing system is defined by the city's own charter document rather than by state, provincial, regional or national laws. Currently there are about 107 charter cities throughout Minnesota.