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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The opening of East Ridge High School is quickly becoming a reality, especially now that the first band parent meeting was held on Nov. 25 at Lake Junior High. During the meeting, the East Ridge principal, Aaron Harper, the assistant principal, Matt Kraft and the band director, Christopher Tank, expressed their visions for what they hope the band program will bring to East Ridge. "I want music to be fun, I want it to be energetic and I want it to have a lot of spirit," Tank said.
Everyone is familiar with the beloved children's fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling," but the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis brought a different take on the story to Woodbury High School on Nov. 26 with their performance of "The Deaf Duckling" when they performed for both Woodbury and Park High School students. "The Deaf Duckling" tells the story of Sam, a duckling who was born deaf to hearing parents.
"Big Brother" is always watching; and now he's even watching the car. American Family Insurance offers the Teen Safe Driver Program which is a camera that can be installed into a teenager's vehicle and records any erratic driving activity. Once the device records any erratic behavior it is sent to DriveCam's Event Analysis Center where it is analyzed and then the video is provided to the parents along with helpful tips to improve the driving habits of the teen.