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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.