Joshua Nielsen

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

Wed
23
Jul

Oakdale business owner convicted of fraud gets probation

Stephanie Lasch arrested at airport in April on plane bound for China
A former Oakdale business owner arrested on felony identity theft charges while trying to flee the country in April will not face any additional jail time. Stephanie Rae Lasch, 35, of East Bethel was sentenced in Anoka County Court earlier this month to 10 years’ probation.

Wed
16
Jul

Oakdale Fire Department celebrates 50 years


Oakdale firefighters leave Fire Station One to respond to a call for help in June. The department is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week with two open houses and a golf tournament at the Oak Marsh Golf Course. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

How’s the sauce? Harry Johnson has fellow firefighter Gary Jungmann try his marinara sauce at a spaghetti fundraiser in March 1985. (submitted photo)

The Oakdale Fire Department is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

The department will commemorate this special occasion by hosting open houses at Fire Station One and Fire Station Two this Saturday, July 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wed
16
Jul

Lake Elmo council on board with three new development projects

Lake Elmo’s evolution from a rural town dotted with farms to a more fully developed suburb quickened a bit earlier this month.

Wed
09
Jul

Rain garden at daycare halts flooding, prompts learning


Nelco Landscaping staff got the kids from Carol Matheys Center for Children & Families involved with planting native plants in the daycare’s recently completed rain garden in Oakdale. (submitted photo)

Carol Matheys Center for Children and Families has a new rain garden through a grant from the Washington County Conservation District. A rain garden, overflow gardens, and permeable pavers complete the project. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A project to correct drainage problems turned into a learning experience for some pint-sized kids at a daycare center in Oakdale.

Wed
09
Jul

Oakdale Kmart to close; hunt on for new tenant


Kmart is closing more stores, including the one located at Oakdale’s Bergen Plaza at Tenth Street and I-694. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Customers seeking bargains flooded the Oakdale Kmart on Wednesday, July 2 for the discount retailer’s going-out-of-business sale. The store will close for good at Bergen Plaza on September 26. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

After 35 years, store shuttering in September
The Kmart store at Oakdale’s Bergen Plaza, just south of 10th Street North and west of Interstate 694, will be shuttering its doors this fall.

Wed
02
Jul

Oakdale man accused of brutally assaulting 5-year-old daughter

De’Anthony Simpson could face 20 years in prison
An Oakdale man charged with assaulting his 5-year-old daughter and causing a traumatic brain injury -- leaving her in a vegetative state with little hope for recovery -- was taken into custody last week.

Wed
02
Jul

District 622 School Board adopts 2014-2015 budget

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board unanimously approved and adopted the district’s 2014-2015 revenue and expenditure budgets at its Tuesday, June 24 meeting.

Wed
25
Jun

New and improved teen center spurs community pride in Landfall


Aspiring musicians and soon-to-be seventh graders Kris (left) and Kevin work on some hip-hop beats in the Landfall Teen Center’s recording studio. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

Landfall Teen Center staff member Kunle Ajao demonstrates how to create and print a rhombus on the teen center’s new 3D printer. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

Family Means’ Teen Center in Landfall recently reopened after an extensive interior facelift.

Wed
25
Jun

Lake Elmo gets a bonding upgrade

Lake Elmo’s bond rating was raised to AA+ from AA earlier this month, allowing the city to borrow money for projects at a lower interest rate.

Wed
18
Jun

Lake Elmo holds quality of life discussion

The Lake Elmo City Council devoted last week’s council workshop meeting to a discussion on the quality of life in the city in 2014.

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