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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For Woodbury High School biology teacher Kaarin Schumacher being a teacher isn’t just about education, it’s about relationships and memories. “Biology is not the most important thing I want my...
Woodbury will officially be home to Brookview Elementary. District 834 School Board unanimously approved Brookview Elementary as the name of its new elementary school, which will be located in Woodbury,...
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All of Afton's residents will officially be online this fall. Afton City Council gave final approval to a citywide high-speed Internet buildout during its March 15 meeting. "Great job Stan," said Mayor Dick Bend, referring to Council Member Stan Ross, who not only founded the city's High-Speed Internet Committee but also worked tirelessly to move the project forward. Many of Afton's residents have poor, or no, Internet connectivity.
Afton City Council has decided to use Kim Swanson Linner, the deputy clerk, to her full expertise. City Council voted to restructure Swanson Linner's position from deputy clerk to city clerk during its March 15 meeting. In addition to a title change, the restructuring also includes increased duties and a pay increase. Swanson Linner will work 32 hours a week at a rate of $25.40 per hour, which is a pay increase of 7 percent. "With this her superior skills could be put to a better use," Mayor Dick Bend said.
Well it won't be happily ever after for Afton and the Hoelderles. Afton City Council denied an ordinance amendment, presented by Tom and Clare Hoelderle, to allow for commercial wedding venues as a conditional-use in the rural residential zone during its March 15 meeting. "I like the Hoelderles, I like the use, but I don't like the fact that it destroys the expectations of our residents to have a peaceful neighborhood," Mayor Dick Bend said. "I find it uncomfortable, but I'm looking out for the majority of residents." A lengthy saga
Afton Planning Commission decided it couldn't say "I do" to a resident's request. During its March 7 meeting Afton Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of a proposed zoning code amendment that would allow for commercial wedding venues, in the rural residential zoning district, as a conditional-use "We do so many things to keep the city quiet and preserve that atmosphere and that character," Planning Commission Chairwoman Barbara Ronningen said, "and this would disturb it in my opinion."
St. Croix SavATree is one step closer to calling Afton home. Afton Planning Commission gave the greenlight to SavATree's conditional-use permit (CUP) application during its March 7 meeting. SavATree, a tree, shrub and lawn company, is planning to build its new Minneapolis-St. Paul headquarters on a 5.9-acre site along Hudson Road in the city's industrial zone. SavATree's CUP application was scheduled to go to Afton City Council for discussion on Tuesday. The headquarters
Woodbury High School senior Nikos Stathopoulos is quickly becoming a citizen of the world. Not only is Stathopoulos of Greek and Italian descent, but he's also fluent in Spanish and German. "I just like to learn about different cultures in general and I think it's fun to learn the languages," he said. In fact, Stathopoulos is so well versed in German that he was awarded the gold medal and special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance on the 2016 National German Exam.