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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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.
Last November, it was an average day at work for Lakeland resident Dave Jarvis, who owns CURRENT Restaurant and Swirl Wine Bar in Afton. Jarvis busied himself taking care of his businesses in addition to helping out his family at the Afton House Inn, which they own. At one point during the evening Jarvis took a quick break to chat with a customer in the hallway. It wasn't a good decision. On the wall above Jarvis a relatively large plaque, between 3 and 5 pounds, came loose from the wall and fell straight onto the front of Jarvis' head.
It was in the summer of 1943 that Helen Miller, previously Helen Platten, boarded the Queen Mary, which was bound for Europe. Miller, 94, was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, as a private first class, and she was being shipped overseas. "As we were going out of the New York harbor, you could see the Statue of Liberty there, and this gal said 'Isn't that something, it's really beautiful to see that going away,'" Miller said, "but I said "I think it will be much more beautiful when we see it coming towards us.'"
What are your strengths? Where are your opportunities to improve? Why did you apply for this position? Those are just some of the questions that East Ridge High School students answered last week during the school's second-annual mock interview activity. Mock interviews were conducted March 2 in the school's media center by members of the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. "We want our students to go into an interview with confidence," East Ridge FACS teacher Louise Allen said.
Seeing the far off places of the world is a pipe dream for a lot of people, many of whom won't ever have a chance to have realized. Bailey Elementary students however had the chance to explore the world last week during a virtual field trip. Bailey Elementary was selected as one of the schools for the new Google Expeditions pilot program, a new product from Google that allows schools to explore the world through virtual viewfinders. Google Expeditions was at Bailey Elementary on March 10.
It was in the summer of 1943 that Helen Miller, previously Helen Platten, boarded the Queen Mary, which was bound for Europe. Miller, 94, was a member of the Women’s...
District 622 School Board began the process of trimming its budget during its Feb. 23 meeting. School Board approved a total of $1.7 million in budget adjustments last week, which is just the first step in a multi-year budgeting process. District 622 is faced with reducing its budget after a $900-per-student operating levy increase and a $3 million technology levy failed at the polls this past November.