Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
30
Apr

New loan program launched to replace failing septic systems

In an effort to protect groundwater quality, and assist homeowners with the high cost of replacing septic systems, Washington County has unveiled a low-interest loan program.

Wed
23
Apr

Oakdale business owner arrested while trying to flee to China


Stephanie Lasch was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the morning of April 10, while trying to flee the country to China. She was charged with felony identity theft the folowing day. (submitted photo)

The owner of BARE The Spa and Soap Bar Company located at 1077 Helmo Ave. No. Suite 100 in Oakdale has been detained by authorities for alleged fraudulent activity. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The space formerly occupied by BARE remains vacant nearly three months after Lasch cleared out her belongings. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Stephanie Rae Lasch, 35, of East Bethel was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at approximately 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 10, just minutes before a plane she and her husband were on departed for China.
She was transported by police to the Anoka County Jail and charged with felony identity theft the following day.

Wed
23
Apr

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.

Wed
16
Apr

Oakdale council approves CUP for assisted living center

Oakdale City Council members unanimously approved a conditional use permit to operate an assisted living facility at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake.  The AmericInn hotel currently occupies the property.
A representative from the hotel could not be reached for comment.

Wed
16
Apr

New youth center to be built in Cimarron Park


FamilyMeans will be expanding on site near the Cimarron Park Golf Course clubhouse. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

FamilyMeans new Cimarron Park youth center will be located just south of 10th Street N. and east of Lake Elmo Avenue N.

FamilyMeans will have a brand new building to house its after-school and summer youth programs at its Lake Elmo location next year.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Lake Elmo City Council approved an amendment to the conditional use permit for the Cimarron Manufactured Home Park, allowing for the construction of a new youth center.

Wed
09
Apr

More adjustments made to Stillwater area schools budget

In an effort to balance next year’s budget, the Stillwater Area School Board approved nearly $1.5 million in budget adjustments at its March 27 meeting.
Some of the largest adjustments include:

Wed
09
Apr

‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time


Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A variety of decorated cakes and cupcakes highlight the creativity of Becky Hunt’s mission of spreading hope and smiles. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The cake made to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday in heaven along with a picture of Gracie. (submitted photo)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.

Wed
02
Apr

SAVHS students “sleep out” for homeless youth


Around 50 St. Anthony Village High School students slept outside the school in tents and cardboard boxes last Friday night to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise money for the Bridge for Youth organization, which helps homeless teens through a variety of programs. (Submitted photo)

Nearly 50 St. Anthony Village High School students participated in a “sleep out” Friday, March 28, to raise awareness of homelessness in the local area and to raise money for the cause.

Tue
01
Apr

Dayton appoints Roseville lawyer to Minnesota Court of Appeals


Peter Reyes, Jr. will start his judgeship on the Minnesota Court of Appeals next week. Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on any appellate court in Minnesota. (submitted photo)

Peter M. Reyes, Jr. speaks at the MHBA Presidential Fiesta in 2012; a highlight was celebrating his becoming the first Minnesota member to become president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. (submitted photo)

Reyes had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama in 2012. (submitted photo)

Peter Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on the court
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Peter Reyes, Jr. as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals last month. Reyes, along with District Court Judge Denise Reilly of Long Lake, Minn., were appointed to fill two at-large seats on the court following the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri Stoneburner on April 1.

Wed
26
Mar

District 621 School Board approves contract with paraprofessional union

The Mounds View School Board approved the proposed contract between the district and the Paraprofessional Union of School Services Employees, Local 282 at its Tuesday, March 11 board meeting.
Amy Jo Johnson, District 621 employee relations and benefits manager, said the district had met with union members on seven separate occasions and she recommended that the board approve the contract as ratified by the paraprofessional union on Feb. 27.

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