Lake Elmo


Northeast Metro district moves forward with Lake Elmo land purchase

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015.
Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015. The District 916 expects the building to look similar to its newest school, Karner Blue Education Center, in Blaine. The unique floor plan, pictured above, includes open quiet space areas where agitated students can go to calm down, Superintendent Connie Hayes said. (submitted graphic)

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District has entered into a purchase agreement for a $2.4 million plot of land within Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park along Interstate 94 at Inwood Avenue on the southern end of the city.
The nearly 20-acre parcel is zoned for commercial business park use and is currently a cornfield.
However, within the next couple years, those stalks of corn will be replaced by a public school for up to 150 kindergarten through 8th-grade students with autism and emotional behavioral disorders.


New Ideas for a New Year

It’s January in Minnesota. Winter sports enthusiasts are thrilled that it’s cold enough to ice skate, ski and snowmobile. Readers love the long, cozy sessions with a great novel or other entertaining book when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing and drifting. There is no reason to leave the house—or is there? While cocooning at home is fun, it is still important to get out and socialize with our fellow Minnesotans. The Lake Elmo Public Library is hosting some enticing programs this month, so mark your calendars.


Contractor set for early design of Lake Elmo Avenue improvements

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently awarded a contract for preliminary work on a street reconstruction project on Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) from 30th Street North to Stillwater Boulevard North. The goal is to address safety, mobility and flooding issues on the roadway that cuts through Lake Elmo’s downtown. (Map of project area courtesy of Washington County)

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved a consultant contract for preliminary work on a project to allay issues with safety, mobility and flooding by reconstructing a stretch of Lake Elmo Avenue North that cuts through the city’s main business district.


Tax base rebound helps Lake Elmo balance budget

More money coming in from property taxes helped Lake Elmo keep its tax levy flat in 2014.
With a 4-0 vote, the Lake Elmo City Council approved next year’s tax levy at its Dec. 3 meeting with no increase from 2013, while increasing debt service payments, which were covered by last year’s surplus, said city staff. Council member Anne Smith was absent.


Light Up Lake Elmo postponed due to weather

Community tree lighting, cocoa, Santa visit to take place Dec. 14 instead


County cuts Lake Elmo’s access to digital library

Even with $60 library cards, residents can’t check out e-books
The Lake Elmo Library Board is left with more questions than answers, after finding out through residents that cardholders who pay to access Washington County library resources are no longer able to check out anything but physical materials.


Lake Elmo design manual focused on small-town charm

New developments must now be distinctly Lake Elmo.
The Lake Elmo City Council recently approved design standards to foster high-quality developments that encourage the quaintness of the Old Village and the open-space ambiance the rural city boasts.


NextGen to spruce up Lake Elmo with holiday tree lighting

Dana Bloyer will soon help her three children shop for Christmas ornaments that will hang on a community tree in downtown Lake Elmo this holiday season, and then be donated to a local youth program.
As a member of NextGen, a group of about a dozen twenty- to forty-somethings, she hopes to make downtown Lake Elmo sparkle with the city’s first community tree lighting event: Light Up Lake Elmo. It’s the new group’s first initiative.


Lake Elmo Market cultivates local fresh food movement

Lake Elmo Market manager Ramiz Saadeh ties off a bag of oranges in the store’s new section with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as green onions, acorn squash and potatoes. The convenience store adjacent to the Cimarron manufactured-home community is the only place within a few miles where nearby residents can buy groceries. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Alongside chips, candy and soda, Lake Elmo Market now offers acorn squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
The gas station and convenience store recently expanded its offerings, making it one of the first branches of the local fresh food movement in a city with practically no grocery store options.
Manager Ramiz Saadeh partnered with Our Community Food Projects in collaboration with Washington County’s Living Healthy initiative to make Lake Elmo Market, located at 11025 Tenth St. N., one of the only places to buy groceries within city limits.


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