Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
08
Oct

Dave Schaps to leave city to practice law; hunt for new administrator continues


Assistant city administrator Dave Schaps is leaving his post to pursue a new legal career. (submitted photo)

Oakdale's assistant city administrator Dave Schaps recently announced he will be leaving his position to practice law full-time.

Wed
01
Oct

Fun at the Inn brings people together; supports medical research


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.

Wed
01
Oct

College in the schools continues to be hit in District 622

High school students at Tartan and North continue to enroll in free college courses through the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program at a higher rate than most metro districts.

Wed
24
Sep

Lake Elmo council approves concept for city's biggest development yet


The Lake Elmo city council approved a concept plan for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of 10th Street and and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)

The Lake Elmo City Council approved a concept plan for a planned unit development (PUD) for what may be the largest development in the city of 8,000's history.

Wed
24
Sep

OBPA hosts mayoral candidate forum


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.

Wed
17
Sep

Raising monarch butterflies from one generation to the next


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.

Wed
17
Sep

Lake Elmo council limits communications between staff and fellow council member

Lake Elmo City Council members took action Tuesday, Sept. 2, barring longtime council member Anne Smith from one-on-one, face-to-face communication with city staff. 

Wed
10
Sep

Oakdale Kmart closes after 35 years


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.

Wed
10
Sep

Allina Health Clinic opens in Oakdale


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.

Tue
09
Sep

Oakdale non-profit rallies to help with Ebola outbreak in Liberia


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. 

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