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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With the increasingly warm temperatures, many Minnesotans have begun thinking about barbeques, picnics, bike rides and springtime. The city of Afton, however, has only one springtime activity on its mind -- flooding. Last week Afton's Community Health Emergency Preparedness Committee (CHEP) met to discuss flood preparations. "You always prepare for the worst," Afton Public Works Director Ken Johnson said.
Woodbury resident Mary Swenson was crowned Miss Minnesota International Sunday March 13. Swenson competes for national honors this July in Chicago. This year marked Swenson's fourth run at the crown. Swenson's platform is "From Bullied to Beauty Queen: Building Unshakable Self-Esteem." The pageant was held in St. Cloud. Fellow Woodbury resident Gabby Taylor, 17, was crowned the first runner-up in the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant. Taylor's platform was sports safety.
Grab your green, your shamrock and get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Woodbury Community Theatre in St. Paul. The Woodbury Community Theatre will present the Irish-music revue "An Irish Journey" March 18 to March 19 at the James J. Jill House. "There's a strong Irish ethnicity in St. Paul - there's a big hunk of Irish immigrants who settled here," director Lenore Weir said. "But it doesn't matter if you're not Irish because everybody's Irish that weekend." A partnership in St. Paul The Woodbury Community Theatre began performing at the James J.
In the fall of 2009 Gabby Taylor was on top of the world. She was a sophomore at East Ridge High School and she was cheerleading captain. She was in total control of her life. Then, came the day that would change the rest of her life. It was an average cheerleading practice and the squad was practicing a new stunt. But something went wrong when a fellow cheerleader landed on Taylor's neck. Taylor worked through the pain twice, but that would be the last time she would ever cheer. Taylor received significant nerve damage causing her right arm to be paralyzed.
Bailey Elementary second grader Garret Bertram sits in the classroom reading with his tutor, Alyce Turgon. "I love being able to see their progress," Turgon said. "They learn to read with expression, you see them more excited about a story." However the Woodbury resident isn't your typical tutor. She is considered "Grandma Aly." Turgon, 64, is part of the Foster Grandparent Program offered through Minnesota Senior Corps.
Court. It's a place that most people hope they never have to see the inside of. However, for a group of Woodbury and East Ridge high school students, it's exactly where they want to be. This week the Woodbury and East Ridge high school Mock Trial team competed in the state championship at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth. A total of 12 teams throughout Minnesota faced off in the courtroom.
Science prodigy Prithwis Mukhopadhyay has competed in science fairs and performed scientific research since junior high. Now, the Woodbury High School senior is coming to the end of his high school career and the end of his science fair journey. Mukhopadhyay will finish out his science fair experiences by competing in one of the nation's most prestigious competitions: the Intel Science Talent Search. For Mukhopadhyay, the Intel Science Talent Search has brought his science fair career full circle. "When I was in eighth grade, I was selected for the Young Scientists Challenge.
Minnesota's oldest ice cream parlor, located in Afton, is officially up for sale. Selma's Ice Cream Parlour has sat vacant since the winter of 2009. The restaurant closed up shop for the winter and never reopened. Selma's eventually went into foreclosure when owner Chet Kurtz filed for bankruptcy, and was bought by CorTrust Bank at a sheriff's sale for $746,612. CorTrust Bank, based in Mitchell, S.D., has a branch in Woodbury. NorthMarq Real Estate Services is handling the sale.
Woodbury High School held its 10th annual All School Art Show Tuesday evening in the school cafetorium. Here is a photo gallery of some of the artwork. See the March 16 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for more on the event.
Woodbury High School senior Ian Wesley Taylor has won the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud competition. Taylor competed in the state Poetry Out Loud competition Monday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition where students perform poems aloud and are judged on a variety of criteria -- including dramatization, understanding of the poem, physical presence, voice and articulation, level of difficulty, accuracy and overall performance.