Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
04
Jun

Lake Elmo to control its own growth

Met Council backs off  mandate to triple population
A contentious relationship between the Metropolitan Council and Lake Elmo that began in 2005 has officially come to an end.
 

Wed
28
May

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.

Wed
28
May

Lake Elmo’s water line supported through state bonding bill

Last week local and state officials celebrated the passage of legislation that will award the city of Lake Elmo $3.5 million in state bonding to build a 2 1/2-mile water main line down Inwood Avenue to the Interstate 94 corridor. 

Tue
20
May

Lake Elmo neighborhood parks meetings scheduled

Elected officials will be bringing local government to the people in four different neighborhoods on four separate days this summer. The city of Lake Elmo has scheduled a series of outdoor community meetings at city parks in June and July.

Tue
20
May

Cell tower to be built at Oak-Land Junior High

A new 125-foot telecommunications tower will soon loom over Oak-Land Junior High School, located at 820 Manning Ave. N. in Lake Elmo.

Wed
14
May

Lake Elmo says ‘I do’ to commercial wedding venues, with strings attached

The Lake Elmo City Council approved an ordinance that will allow homeowners to rent out their properties for marriage ceremonies at its May 6 council meeting. The council’s approval of the ordinance follows a unanimous vote by the city’s planning commission last month to recommend passage of the ordinance. It will allow residents to use their properties as commercial wedding venues, but just for the exchange of wedding vows, not to host receptions.

Wed
14
May

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.

Mon
12
May

Beecroft sentencing delayed until August

Sentencing for Nicole Beecroft has been moved a second time and is now scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 in Washington County Court. Washington County Judge John Hoffman convicted Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn daughter in September 2013.
“I apologize. We have had some complications as to if we can proceed with sentencing today,” Hoffman said at the scheduled sentencing Monday, May 14.

Wed
07
May

Lake Elmo, Stillwater Area Schools partner for park project


The area highlighted in green, just north of Oak-Land Junior High School, is the future sight of 3.7-acre park. The park will not be developed this year, however, three new tennis courts will be built there this summer. (submitted image)

Three new tennis courts will be built on school grounds this summer
Stillwater Area Schools and Lake Elmo are partnering to create more park amenities in the southeast quadrant of the city just north of Oak-Land Junior High School.  
At its April 23 meeting, the city council approved a joint powers agreement between Lake Elmo and the school district. As part of the agreement, the city will pay $64,000 to District 834 to build three new tennis courts, and the district will make 3.7 acres of land it owns on the corner of Manning Avenue and 10th Street N. available to the city for use as a public park.

Wed
07
May

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.

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