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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The Woodbury Heritage Society has worked tirelessly to preserve Woodbury's roots with the preservation of Woodbury's oldest, and only, marker tree. "This is the last one we know of in Woodbury that was used as a marker tree -- most of the other ones either died or were cut down," said Wayne Schilling, vice president of the Woodbury Heritage Society.
An Afton resident who runs a business out of his home reported to police over the weekend that someone had spray painted words on his house that were intended to be used as slurs. The incident is believed to have occurred Saturday late or early Sunday on the 3000 block of St. Croix Trail S.
It was a day out at the bowling alley, virtually speaking, Wednesday, Aug. 12 for the residents at White Pine Senior Living center, in Cottage Grove, and a group of vacation bible school students from Memorial Lutheran Church, in Afton, without even leaving the couch. Memorial Lutheran Church donated a Nintendo Wii gaming system to the residents at White Pines as part of a grant, the Thrivent Finanical for Lutherans Care Abounds for Communities grant, the church had received. "We're here to teach the resident how to use the Wii system," Rev.
The lawsuit against Afton resident Jeffrey Walker and his allegedly illegal airstrip has finally landed. A jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 17 at the Washington County Court House. However, the jury trial never took place because the court decided to enforce a plea agreement that was originally reached between Afton's former city attorney Mitch Converse and Walker's former attorney. Current city attorney Fritz Knaak said he was prepared for the jury trial, but unfortunately the court decided to uphold the previous agreement.
How many kids dream of becoming treasure hunters? A group of youthful adventurers got a taste of the action last week when the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department put on a "Geocaching" program. Parks department staff said the program helps connect students with the outdoors. "We saw it as a great opportunity to connect kids with nature," said Michelle Okada, a recreation specialist for Woodbury Parks and Recreation.
Memories of the circus: Eating a lot of sweet and sticky cotton candy. Watching the aerial acrobatics fly over head. Pretty much just enjoying the "happiest place on earth." For Jillian Messina, though, memories about the circus are created from a different perspective. Messina is a contortionist for Circus Juventas, a St. Paul-based youth circus school. "Contortion is just so different from anything I'd ever done -- I just thought it would be fun to try," said Messina, a junior at Woodbury High School.
If you mention boundary changes, or the new East Ridge High School, anywhere within District 833, you may get some frustration and disapproving glances, but one change that is hoping to prove to be more beneficial than controversial is the new grade configurations -- particularly moving from the junior high system to the middle school system.
The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) brought a little fringe and flare to Stafford Library on July 22 with a Minnesota Fringe Festival kids showcase preview. The Fringe Festival, which runs from July 30 through Aug. 9 and includes more than 160 performances, allows people who dream of writing and producing plays and performances an outlet to bring their talents to the world at various venues, in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. During the July 22 kids showcase preview at the R.H. Stafford Library, visitors were able to see a taste of three different Fringe Festival performances.
A new, but familiar face, will be seen around Liberty Ridge Elementary this fall now that Mike Moore has taken his seat as the new principal. Moore started as the Liberty Ridge principal July 1. "Over this last month I've been moving in, learning everything about Liberty Ridge and how we do things here," he said. Moore is replacing former Liberty Ridge principal Kari Lopez who has moved on to become Woodbury Middle School principal. "I'm feeling really good about it and I'm looking forward to it," he said.
The newest member of the city of Afton, assistant city administrator Sara Irvine, comes with both gains and losses. Irvine will be bringing a wealth of experience in city administration and zoning and variance enforcement to her to position. Previously, Irvine was employed as a city administrator for the cities of Tonka Bay and Minnetonka Beach. Most recently, Irvine worked as a business administrator for a Lutheran church in the city of Mound. At the Tuesday, July 21 meeting of the Afton City Council, the council approved the job description for the assistant city administrator position.