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Canoeing on Lake Phalen has been a popular pastime for generations. Here two women are enjoying a beautiful day on the water in 1915. (submitted photo)
Peter Boulay Maplewood Heritage Preservation Commissioner
Lake Phalen is named for Phalen Creek that flows out the south end of the lake. Edward Phalen was a former soldier that settled along a creek that flowed between Phalen Lake and the Mississippi River. In 1838, he was discharged from Fort Snelling. He took a series of claims around St. Paul and lived in a cabin about a mile away from the other settlers.
The certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Lake Elmo by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.
Rush Line Corridor officials recently met with several local business owners, developers and real estate experts to discuss ideas about how improved transit service could spur economic development in the corridor.
Lake Elmo is considering going from two fire halls to one. Station No. 1, located on Laverne Avenue, is pictured near the downtown Lake Elmo area. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Fire department is struggling to fill its ranks
Despite a growing population, Lake Elmo city officials say a wise move might be to downsize to one fire station and change the suburb’s firefighting staffing model.
The city council members plan to discuss the possibility of shuttering one of the community’s two aging fire halls at their next meeting on Wednesday, March 2.
About four years ago, the city council was considering replacing an outdated fire engine, and before making that decision city staff began researching other volunteer fire departments in similar-sized suburbs. They eventually did replace the fire engine, but their research led them to an unexpected realization.