Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Lake Elmo held an open house at Lake Elmo Elementary School Aug. 21 to discuss the plans for the state Highway 5 micro-surfacing project that begins in September.
Residents, business owners, commission members and teachers were present to ask questions and express concerns about the project, which will impact Lake Elmo’s Old Village area as a center left turn lane is installed.
Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,” by William Dietrich
There’s nothing new under the sun. Stories about ethnic unrest, political intrigue, romance and sexual tension between supposed enemies abound in today’s news, movies, and novels, but the themes are as old as human history.
Every August, Minnesotans from across the state travel to the Minnesota State Fair. People come from all 87 counties of the state to participate in this wonderful event. It brings Minnesotans together like no other activity.
This annual event has been going on for more than 150 years. It was first held in 1859, and since then there have only been five years without the annual get together. The fair was not held in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic. The fair has been in the same location since 1885.
For several hard-fought seasons, the North High Polars have been on the threshold of the top Classic Suburban Conference volleyball standings.
But the Polars have just been unable to take the final step into the championship role. But that could change this fall.
The Hill-Murray High School boys cross country fortunes will be hinged on a few strong, experienced runners. Among them is Max Lokrantz, who is returning as the 2013 captain.
Lokrantz is a two-time All-Conference performer. He finished ninth in the Classic Suburban Conference in 2011 and moved up to the No. 5 spot a year ago.
The Hill-Murray High School girls cross country team finished fourth in the Classic Suburban Conference a year ago and is looking at moving up in the standings this season.
There are a couple of very good reasons for optimism. Coach Tim Ryan cited a pair of seniors who will be leaders as captains.
Community members turned out in droves to honor David John Riggs, a 20-year-old Tartan High School graduate who died Aug. 17 following a scooter crash in Oakdale days earlier.
Riggs’ girlfriend, Ciara Falzone, noted a vigil was held Aug. 19 outside of his family’s Oakdale home, where hundreds of community members came to pay their final respects.
“It was such an incredible outpouring of support,” Falzone said, adding that she and the Riggs family were immensely grateful for the entire community’s response following Riggs’ death.