Oakdale Fire Department Essay Contest winner announced

As part of the Oakdale Fire Department’s 50th anniversary celebration, an essay contest was held.  The winner of the “Why I want to be an Oakdale Firefighter when I grow up” contest is Benjamin Grubish, age 2.  His essay noted his fascination with


Craig Waldron leaving Oakdale for new digs

Oakdale City Administrator Craig Waldron is leaving the city after this summer to teach at Hamline University. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Longtime city administrator will teach at Hamline full-time starting this fall
When Craig Waldron took a job as Oakdale’s city administrator in 1993, he had no idea he would still be at the helm over 20 years later. But when he took the reigns, the city quickly blossomed into its growth heyday and Waldron became spellbound with his work in the community and never looked back.


Allina groundbreaking

Linda Baumeister/Review

Allina Health held an official groundbreaking near Hwy 5 and 694 for the new Oakdale clinic with doctors, Mayor Carmen Sarrack, and other officials May 9. The clinic, already framed and with its exterior mostly complete, will open in August.


Oakdale Rainbow will soon become a Cub

The Rainbow store in Oakdale will become a Cub Foods as Roundy’s, getting out of the Twin Cities market, sold some stores to Eden Prairie-based Supervalu. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Stiff competition from big box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target and a lagging economy has pushed Milwaukee-based Roundy’s out of the Twin Cities grocery market. The company, which owns Rainbow Foods stores, announced on May 7 it would be selling 18 of its 27 Rainbow stores.


Oakdale City Council says no to a twinhome development

The Oakdale City Council was one vote shy of reaching the four-fifths supermajority needed to change the city’s comprehensive plan to allow for the construction of a new twinhome development. Council members Paul Reinke and Lori Pulkrabek cast the dissenting votes.


Fire destroys Oakdale home

A home in Oakdale along Helmo and Upper 20th sustained major fire damage on Tuesady, April 22. The fire is believed to have started in the backyard where it breached into the home and quickly spread up the backside of the home and into the attic. (Linda Baumiester/Review)

Boy and dog escape burning structure
The Oakdale Fire Department responded to a report of flames along the outside of a house at the corner of Upper 20th Street North and Helmo Avenue North at 7:49 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.


Spring Cleaning: recycling, donating, and composting

It’s that time of year again, cabin fever is setting in and residents are getting the ‘spring cleaning’ itch. If you have the ‘throw it out’ mentality, please, instead, rethink possible ways to reuse or recycle unwanted items. Beside curbside recycling, drop-off recycling is an option for paper, metal, glass, plastic and other products at the Environmental Center in Woodbury, 4039 Cottage Grove Dr. Items accepted include:


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.


Oakdale names Ted Bearth 2013 Volunteer of the Year

If “Ted Bearth” isn’t already household name in most Oakdale homes, it should be. Bearth has lived in and served Oakdale in a multitude of ways over the years, and now the city council is making its recognition of his hard work official.


The Waters Senior Living celebrates groundbreaking

Left to right: Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects, Mindy Michael of Kaas Wilson Architects, Jason Ruppert of Bremer Bank, Oakdale city council member Lori Pulkrabek, President and COO of The Waters Senior Living Kyle Didier, CEO and Managing Principal of Shelter Corporation/The Waters Senior Living Lynn Carlson Schell, Senior Developer for The Waters Senior Living John Q. Hunsicker, Senior Vice President of The Waters Senior Living Jay Jensen, Lynn Hauger of Growth Resource Partners, Oakdale city council member Stan Karwoski and Oakdale Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Landis took part in The Waters Senior Living ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 6. (submitted photo)

On Nov. 6, The Waters Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the Tartan Crossing redevelopment site off of 11th Street and Hadley Avenue in Oakdale. Located on the northern portion of the former Oakdale Mall site, the new facility will include a 92-unit senior housing building on three acres. When completed, the building will offer 64 units of assisted living and 28 units of memory care housing with underground parking, as well as a variety of wellbeing-focused activities, programs and services.


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