Joshua Nielsen

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

 

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11
Mar

Lake Elmo city administrator Dean Zuleger to move on after contentious council vote

Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer.  (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer. (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Dean Zuleger
Dean Zuleger
The Lake Elmo council chambers were packed Tuesday night, March 10, with residents, city commission members and local business owners who made impassioned pleas to the city council to retain city administrator Dean Zuleger. 
Wed
11
Mar

Two 622 teachers named semifinalists for state award

Julie Swanson
Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson, Stephen Dombrosk make the grade

Having one teacher chosen as a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year is enough to elicit praise for just about any medium-sized school district; having two is a huge honor.

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 makes offer to superintendent finalist

Stillwater administrator Laager is top pick

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board entered into contract negotiations last week with Ryan Laager to be the district’s next superintendent.

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 budget cuts include 90 layoffs

Local schools grappling with $8 million deficit

District 622 school board members had to use their red pens last month as they slashed just over $8 million from the general fund budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

Thu
26
Feb

Sen. Al Franken visits Tartan, praises STEM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken poses with Tartan seniors Barkot Berhanu, left, and Hannah Lee in the school’s student-run credit union Feb. 19. Lee and Berhanu told the senator what they had learned about finances through the school’s financial literacy program. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken poses with Tartan seniors Barkot Berhanu, left, and Hannah Lee in the school’s student-run credit union Feb. 19. Lee and Berhanu told the senator what they had learned about finances through the school’s financial literacy program. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

“Are you rich now? Are you up to some kind of pyramid scheme?” U.S. Sen. Al Franken asked the two girls at Tartan High School’s student-run credit union branch.

Wed
25
Feb

Former Oakdale Mayor Herb Vogel passes away

Former Oakdale mayor Herb Vogel passed away on Feb. 13. Family and friends will be gathering to honor him at a celebration of life ceremony March 1 at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. (Submitted photo)
Former Oakdale mayor Herb Vogel passed away on Feb. 13. Family and friends will be gathering to honor him at a celebration of life ceremony March 1 at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. (Submitted photo)

Memorial service to be held Sunday

Herward “Herb” Alfred Vogel passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 13, surrounded by family at the age of 82. Vogel spent several years on the city’s planning commission and city council, and was Oakdale’s mayor from 1972 to 1974.

Wed
18
Feb

District 622 to get $3 million for its share of Valley Crossing School

Woodbury elementary building will go to South Washington County Schools

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District will receive approximately $3 million from South Washington County Schools for its 15 percent share of Valley Crossing Community School.

Thu
12
Feb

Rat poison kills unintended victims

Experienced volunteer Terry Headley came to Ramona Price’s Oakdale home last month to bring this bald eagle in for treatment at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The bird later died of suspected secondary-rodenticide poisoning. (submitted photo)
Experienced volunteer Terry Headley came to Ramona Price’s Oakdale home last month to bring this bald eagle in for treatment at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The bird later died of suspected secondary-rodenticide poisoning. (submitted photo)

Ramona Price says she's used to seeing wild critters in her back yard.

Her Oakdale home on Heath Avenue is next to a wooded area and wetlands, and she's watched deer browsing in the mornings and coyotes passing by at dusk.

Thu
12
Feb

L.E. Council approves preliminary design for downtown improvements

This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvement Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (submitted graphic)
This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvement Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (submitted graphic)

The Lake Elmo City Council is on board with preliminary design plans for phase I of the downtown street and utility improvements project and wants to see the project move forward to its final design stage.

Wed
11
Feb

District 622 must cut budget by $8 million

Deficit spending, decreasing revenues have district over budget

Facing an $8 million budget shortfall, School District 622 administrators and school board members will have to make some tough decisions in the coming weeks.

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