Aundrea Kinney

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Mon
07
Mar

16-year-old stabbed after North-Tartan basketball game

A 16-year-old boy received multiple stab wounds when a fight broke out after a North versus Tartan high school boys basketball playoff game at East Ridge High School March 3.  

Wed
02
Mar

Minnesota’s first sign of spring


Cattail mosquitoes prefer deep wetlands where cattails float on vegetative mats. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Mosquito treatment began before the ice had melted

With all the recent news of the Zika virus, mosquitoes have unexpectedly become feared insects in the depths of winter.

Wed
02
Mar

Some Oakdale residents remain opposed new bus rapid transit

Homeowners skeptical of benefits of proposed Gold Line

Wed
02
Mar

Lake Elmo City Council may close one fire hall


Lake Elmo is considering going from two fire halls to one. Station No. 1, located on Laverne Avenue, is pictured near the downtown Lake Elmo area. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Fire department is struggling to fill its ranks

Despite a growing population, Lake Elmo city officials say a wise move might be to downsize to one fire station and change the suburb’s firefighting staffing model. 

The city council members plan to discuss the possibility of shuttering one of the community’s two aging fire halls at their next meeting on Wednesday, March 2. 

About four years ago, the city council was considering replacing an outdated fire engine, and before making that decision city staff began researching other volunteer fire departments in similar-sized suburbs. They eventually did replace the fire engine, but their research led them to an unexpected realization.

Wed
24
Feb

Elderly residents relying on North St. Paul food shelf spikes

More and more elderly residents are turning to the North St. Paul Area Food Shelf every month to meet their nutritional needs, according to Linda Zick, food shelf director.

Wed
24
Feb

Cowern teacher nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Julie Swanson is among 113 other candidates nominated to be the 52nd Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

 Candidates for the award include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and adult basic education teachers from public and private schools.

To be eligible, a teacher must have at least a bachelor’s degree, a Minnesota teaching license, completed at least three years of teaching and the intention to continue teaching. 

Wed
17
Feb

A makeover is in store for Olson Lake Trail

Washington County has proposed renovations for Olson Lake Trail/Ideal Avenue. (submitted graphic)
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.

Wed
17
Feb

Plans to upgrade Lake Elmo Airport rile nearby homeowners

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)
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.

Wed
10
Feb

Thin ice sinks Lake Elmo Lions ice fishing tournament

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)
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.

 

Wed
10
Feb

Details emerge in Oakdale police shooting

Additional information has been released about the man who was shot and later died after Oakdale police and an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension attempted to execute a drug-related search warrant on the morning of Thursday, Jan.

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