JoAnn Ekwall, seated and creator of Fun at the Inn, checks in guests, including granddaughter Mackenzie Bennett and Dianne Thomae of the Red Hat Cuties of Burnsville, at the Lake Elmo Event Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Sick of being cooped up in her home during a winter season that seemed it would never end, JoAnn Ekwall vowed to create an event that would bring people together regardless of the weather.
The Oakdale Business and Professional Association held its annual Eggs 'n Issues breakfast last week at Oak Marsh Golf Course. This was the first year the OBPA has hosted a mayoral forum. City council members Paul Reinke, left, and Stan Karwoski took turns fielding questions -- each made his case as to why he should be Oakdale's next mayor. (Submitted photo)
Oakdale candidates talk issues with business community
Last week, the Oakdale Business and Professional Association hosted its annual Eggs 'n Issues breakfast at Oak Marsh Golf Course. The OBPA has hosted council and county board forums in the past, but this is the first year the OBPA has hosted a mayoral forum, moderator Marc Cove of Platinum Bank said.
Haley Jostes prepares an adult monarch butterfly she raised for release into the wild in a butterfly house her father built for her in the family’s Lake Elmo backyard. The tracking tag visible on the butterfly’s wing will allow researchers to learn about monarch migrating patterns after a recapture. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
On an August afternoon, 13-year-old Haley Jostes carefully places a recently hatched monarch butterfly on a nectar flower in her parents Lake Elmo backyard.
The Kmart in Oakdale’s Bergen Plaza would close Sept. 13 after months of a going-out of-business liquidation. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Last Sunday marked the end of an era in retail shopping at Oakdale’s Bergen Plaza.
The Kmart store that has been offering clothing, sporting goods, housewares, lawn and garden tools, seasonal items, bargains and “blue light specials” to shoppers for 35 years closed its doors for good following two months of liquidating its merchandise.
The Allina Health Clinic opened in Oakdale near Hwy 694 and Hwy 5. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Area residents accustomed to driving to neighboring communities for medical appointments now have a new local option. Allina Health has opened a clinic in Oakdale just off Highway 5 and Interstate 694 at 7400 33rd St. N., Suite 100.
HELLO Executive Director Ebenezer Flomo and his wife Janelle Voxland photographed on a 2013 trip to Liberia. The couple hope to return to the country to visit with family and friends as soon as the Ebola crisis has been eradicated. (submitted photo)
Donations needed as crisis continues to worsen It's hard to ignore the headlines coming out of West Africa announcing the latest death toll from what has become the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Most Americans first heard about it in July, when a U.S. doctor and another aid worker contracted the virus and later recovered on American soil with the help of an experimental drug known as ZMapp.