Lake Elmo


Lake Elmo neighborhood parks meetings scheduled

Elected officials will be bringing local government to the people in four different neighborhoods on four separate days this summer. The city of Lake Elmo has scheduled a series of outdoor community meetings at city parks in June and July.


Lake Elmo says ‘I do’ to commercial wedding venues, with strings attached

The Lake Elmo City Council approved an ordinance that will allow homeowners to rent out their properties for marriage ceremonies at its May 6 council meeting. The council’s approval of the ordinance follows a unanimous vote by the city’s planning commission last month to recommend passage of the ordinance. It will allow residents to use their properties as commercial wedding venues, but just for the exchange of wedding vows, not to host receptions.


Lake Elmo, Stillwater Area Schools partner for park project

The area highlighted in green, just north of Oak-Land Junior High School, is the future sight of 3.7-acre park. The park will not be developed this year, however, three new tennis courts will be built there this summer. (submitted image)

Three new tennis courts will be built on school grounds this summer
Stillwater Area Schools and Lake Elmo are partnering to create more park amenities in the southeast quadrant of the city just north of Oak-Land Junior High School.  
At its April 23 meeting, the city council approved a joint powers agreement between Lake Elmo and the school district. As part of the agreement, the city will pay $64,000 to District 834 to build three new tennis courts, and the district will make 3.7 acres of land it owns on the corner of Manning Avenue and 10th Street N. available to the city for use as a public park.


Lake Elmo may soon get a dog park

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Would you like a park created for dogs to gather and play off-leash while under their owners’ supervision?
The Lake Elmo Parks Commission is considering a proposal to create a fenced dog park, and the commissioners are seeking public input. The proposed location is near the west entrance of Sunfish Lake Park, off Jamaca Avenue, just east of fire station No. 2. Dogs are currently allowed in much of the 284-acre, natural-area park, but must be leashed at all times.


Lake Elmo mulls commercial wedding venues

If the Lake Elmo City Council approves a new ordinance next month, residents with 10-acre lots will be able to rent out their properties for marriage ceremonies.
The Lake Elmo Planning Commission voted last week to recommend passage of an ordinance that would allow commercial venues for the exchanging of wedding vows, but not for hosting receptions.


Lake Elmo, school district consider partnership to build new park

Lake Elmo and Stillwater Area Schools have been working on a possible partnership to add more amenities to the southeast corner of the city, including a new park.


Contractor to help Lake Elmo’s downtown evolve

The University of Minnesota Extension Service will help Lake Elmo get a better picture of its downtown market, and how its business community could grow.
The Lake Elmo City Council March 18 approved a $750 contract with the Extension Service, which offers “Community Economics” analysis and research on business retention and expansion, to help tailor a plan for the downtown’s future. Extension specialists will gather input from city staff, businesses and community leaders to identify who spends money in the city’s downtown and how the city could attract more businesses to set up shop there.


Hwy. 5 traffic signals at Lake Elmo Avenue move forward

Slowly, but surely, the intersections of Lake Elmo Avenue and Highway 5 are becoming more pedestrian-friendly.
Washington County, with help from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Lake Elmo, is developing a project to add traffic signals and dedicated right-turn lanes to the two intersections of Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) and Minnesota Trunk Highway 5.


Lake Elmo allows chickens, bees in smaller yards

Chickens move about their Oakdale coop. Lake Elmo residents with at least half an acre can now raise chickens of their own. Bees are also permitted. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Horses in Lake Elmo stand out among the setting sun. They used to be the only livestock allowed on less than 10 acres. Other livestock including chickens and bees are now permitted. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Natasha Fleischman took in a brood of chickens when a friend was forced to get rid of the fowl.  
“I really thought they were fun to have around,” the Lake Elmo resident said. “They come running when you call them. They’re fun to watch.
“There’s something so fulfilling about going out and getting your own eggs. For three years, I didn’t buy eggs at a grocery store, ever.”


East metro previews Gateway Corridor transit project

Gateway Corridor planners helped residents and community leaders brainstorm ideas for bus or light-rail stops in Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury at an open house Feb. 6 at Globe University in Woodbury. A formal feedback period on the project starts March 3. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

East metro residents and leaders recently previewed a project that would add 12 miles of a light-rail train line or designated bus lanes, linking St. Paul with neighboring suburbs, including Maplewood, Oakdale and Lake Elmo.