Washington County has proposed renovations for Olson Lake Trail/Ideal Avenue. (submitted graphic)
County Road 13 renovations will affect Oakdale/Lake Elmo residents
Olson Lake Trail/Ideal Avenue is in rough shape and needs attention. That’s the assessment of Washington County traffic engineers, who say patching the busy thoroughfare, also known as County State Aid Highway 13, is no longer cost-effective.
They’ve drawn up several options that they believe would address city, county and residents’ concerns. The plans call for resurfacing and possibly reconstructing about 1.7 miles of the road bordering Oakdale and Lake Elmo.
On the left is the original proposal for upgrading the primary runway at Lake Elmo Airport. On the right is the revised proposal. (submitted graphic)
Aging runway needs to be lengthened
Lake Elmo Airport’s primary runway must be lengthened to meet current Federal Aviation Administration criteria for the aircraft already using the airport. But even if there weren’t new standards, airport officials say the existing pavement is at the end of its useful life, and it needs to be reconstructed.
Lake Elmo Airport is located on Manning Avenue just south of the Washington County fairgrounds and serves personal, recreational and some business aviation users in the eastern portion of the metropolitan area. The Metropolitan Airports Commission owns and operates this airport along with five others.
The ice was thick enough on Saturday, Jan. 30, for students from Tartan’s Relay for Life Team Dr. Cure to host an ice fishing tournament. Team We Cure Because We Care took care of the concessions. For many years, Tartan has been a top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Contest cancelled second year in a row
Though Tartan High School Relay for Life students held their ice fishing tournament on Lake Jane the last weekend of January, the larger-scale Lake Elmo Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest planned for Super Bowl Sunday on Lake Jane was cancelled due to thin ice.
The Lions’ ice fishing event will not be rescheduled, but the cash drawings still took place.
Tom Bethke of Lake Elmo first jumped into the Santa role as a student at Hill-Murray High School 40 years ago. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tom Bethke knows holiday cheer best
Few know Santa Claus better than the white-beard-clad Lake Elmo resident Tom Bethke, who has dedicated the last 40 years to spreading holiday cheer while dressed in full costume. He’s a celebrity in downtown Hudson, Wisconsin, along with area hospitals, holiday parties and other events.
Catherine Hearding works on a still life watercolor inside her home studio in Lake Elmo. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
On vacation with her husband in Oregon, Catherine Hearding, 63, began snapping several photos near the ocean. She was fascinated with the shadows cast by sand dunes and the dynamic lighting cast by waves rolling in and out along the shore.
Stephen Wensman to start in November
The city of Lake Elmo will be welcoming its newest employee, Stephen Wensman, early next month.
City council members met in a special meeting Oct. 13 and unanimously approved his hiring as city planner.
Offers to help manage council meetings
The Lake Elmo City Council has received a bombardment of unwanted media attention in recent months over its inability to work as a cohesive group.
Now, the city's insurance carrier, the League of Minnesota Cites Insurance Trust, has stepped in to advise the council, citing the example of Maplewood politics in the last decade as a cautionary tale.