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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When students typically think of rockets, catapults and even parachutes its usually associated with a video game or movie. But for a group of District 833 students, those three inventions...
District 833 has its fair share of "Gleeks." District 833 Community Education held a high school show choir camp last week at East Ridge High School. "Show choirs have really been around for a long, long time," camp adviser Reid Larsen said. "It just sort of recently became really popular with shows like 'Glee.'" "Glee" is a popular television show centering on a high school show choir, or glee club. A show choir is unique from other school or concert choirs in that performers not only sing -- usually current songs -- but they also dance during performances.
Rick and Joan Meierotto moved to Afton in 1978, and according to the couple not much has changed. "It's still quiet and Selma's is still here," Rick said. "Afton has been a great place to have been." The Meierottos will be celebrating their legacy this Thursday during Afton's Fourth of July parade since Rick and Joan have been named the 2013 grand marshals. "We think it's a real honor to be asked to participate in this way," Joan said. The parade will begin at noon and traverses down both sides of St. Croix Trail South in downtown Afton.
Woodbury Community Theatre will be celebrating the power of music next week with its summer musical. "The Music Man," which opens July 12 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, tells the story of con-man Harold Hill who goes from town to town selling band instruments by convincing citizens that he can teach them to play in a magnificent marching band, but skips town before the instruments arrive. Well, this time around Hill didn't count on falling in love with the local librarian and the town.
This past spring, East Ridge High School brought William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the stage. For many students, that was their first introduction to Shakespeare. Well, earlier this month students were able to get a little bit more up-close and personal with the renowned playwright during a school trip to London. "London is so important to the history of theater and currently with what is happening with theater," East RIdge theater director Amanda Hestwood said. "It's the inspiration of walking Shakespeare's footsteps."
The District 833 School Board has set the stage for next year. The board approved the 2013-14 general fund budget, with no changes, during its June 20 meeting. The district...
District 833 students were able to connect with their inner Adam Savages and Jamie Hynemans last week. Students attended a District 833 Community Education camp June 17-20, called "Myth Busting 101," inspired by the popular Discovery Channel television show hosted by Savage and Hyneman. The camp functions similar to the television show in that participants performed various experiments to prove or disprove, or "bust," various science myths, legends and "old wives' tales."
License fee lowered for chickens Anyone who wishes to own chickens on less than five acres can now save a little a money. Afton City Council approved the lowering of the lifetime license fee from $50 to $20. The ordinance also increase the threshold from "more than three chickens" to "more than five chickens" for the requirement of a 25 foot setback for a chicken coop and run. "If you have them for 10 years $50 is not that much," Council Member Randy Nelson said, "but, if you have them for six months it's a lot."
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School board filing opens July 30 There could be new faces on the District 833 School Board next year. Four four-year seats, and one two-year seat, will be on the November ballot. The board approved filing dates for candidates during its June 20 meeting. Filing for candidacy will start July 30 and will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 13. The four-year seats held by incumbents Marsha Adou, Tracy Brunnette, David Kemper and Laurie Johnson will be on the November ballot.