Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
Frank Femling was doing carpentry work when he came home one day in 1989 and asked his wife, Cindy, if she would like to own an apple orchard. She said she would and the couple bought a 119-acre orchard in Denmark Township that became Afton Apple. Their daughter, Sarah, 23, said she's seen pictures of the orchard when her parents first bought it. It was run down and needed a lot of work, she said. Twenty years, and with three kids, the orchard, one of six in the Lower St. Croix Valley, offers apples for picking. Sarah has many childhood memories around the orchard.