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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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.
Rachel Norman is sitting comfortably aboard the "Miss Mitchell II," a man-made and woman-piloted flying machine. She is gliding 30 feet above the ground. The only thing below Norman is the winding Mississippi River, and the only thing in front of her is the horizon. That was the site July 24 for the 90,000-plus spectators who came to watch the first ever Twin Cities Red Bull Flugtag on Harriet Island in St. Paul. In German flugtag means "flying day." Red Bull Flugtags debuted in Vienna, Austria in 1991. The St.
The Afton Planning Commission will be holding a joint work session with members of the Afton City Council tonight at Afton City Hall. Currently Mayor Pat Snyder and city council member Peg Nolz were scheduled to attend, as well as planning commission chair Barb Ronningen. On the agenda for the work session is discussion of the recently-approved Afton wind energy systems ordinance which regulates wind turbines within the city.
A two-week candidate filing period for local office begins today. Afton mayor Pat Snyder is up for re-election, as are city council members Joe Richter and Peg Nolz. Richter serves Ward 2, Nolz serves Ward 3. Mayor Pat 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 opened today, Aug. 3,and will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The filing fee is $2.00. All candidates must be at least 21 years of age when assuming office.
The goal for Nick George's eighth grade science students was to finish in the top spot on a state comprehensive assessment test. But second place isn't so bad, the Woodbury Middle School teacher admitted last week. In 2009 Woodbury Middle School ranked ninth out of all public middle schools in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) II science test, with nearly 65 percent of students testing as proficient. Charter schools and specialty schools were not included in the ranking.
Katie Rivard, of New Brighton, has battled cancer two different times, but each time she has three close friends by her side -- her dogs. Rivard owns three Australian Cattle Dogs -- Zander, Asa and Tattoo -- who have been by her side every step along the way helping her through treatment in Woodbury "My dogs were important through it all," she said. "They were great motivation to keep me going." All three of Rivard's dogs are rescues. "I rescued them and they rescued me right back," she said. Rivard was the honorary speaker during Saturday's Bark for Life event at Colby Lake Park.
Armed with two wheels and the open road, a Woodbury High School science teacher is making his way cross country on bike. Rick Light is hoping to travel across the entire country in four summers. So far he has traveled from St. Paul to Illinois, Washington to Montana and Illinois to Washington DC. "I couldn't finish it all in one summer," Light said. "I could have squeezed it in if I wanted to, but it takes so much time away from the family -- it wasn't practical." To date, Light has biked a total of 2,016 miles with about 1,000 remaining.
During the summer months, some may think that sitting out on the patio with a glass of wine may seem relaxing. But the idea is not so pleasant sounding for Afton officials. The new Swirl Wine Bar in Afton, owned by the Afton House Inn, has run into a roadblock regarding the business. At the end of last month, 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. The city ordered Jarvis to remove the concrete by July 15.