Oakdale council members, former mayor Carmen Sarrack, current mayor Stan Karwoski, and city staff pose with the Redevelopment Project of the Year Award in the council chambers Jan. 27. The city was presented the award at the Economic Development of Minnesota’s annual winter conference Jan. 22. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
Former Oakdale mayor Carmen Sarrack said city council members took a large, but calculated risk when they approved the purchase of the empty Oakdale Outlet Mall property in 2010.
This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvements Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (Submitted graphic)
City council to vote on first phase of downtown improvement Whether or not to approve phase I of the downtown street and utility project will be decided a special city council meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Lake Elmo City Hall. City administrator Dean Zuleger said the council would need to vote to "approve municipal consent" in order to move forward with preliminary design plans and on to the final design phase. Municipal consent is required under Minnesota state law, because the project is a joint effort with Washington County.
New water line construction to begin this summer 3M Company will continue to monitor groundwater quality in the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently granted the Maplewood-based company access to the park reserve to conduct testing for perfluorochemicals in the groundwater.
Tartan and U of M graduate Michael Veit won the prestigious Leroy Apker Award in 2014. He is currently pursuing a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University. (submitted photo)
Oakdale-native and 2009 Tartan High School graduate Michael Veit made history by being named the University of Minnesota’s first recipient of the prestigious Leroy Apker Award for undergraduate work in physics.
Donna and Karen Och, along with a friend Emily, work on stringing beads in the Oakdale Elementary Library before the big event — bingo — started. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Event helps stock families’ cupboards over holidays
Families gathered en masse at Oakdale Elementary School last week for a night of mirth before the Christmas holiday. The school held its first-ever Winter Break Bingo Thursday, Dec. 18, and nearly 300 kids and parents attended the event.