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Lake Elmo Library receives grant from Stillwater Elks

Funds will support early literacy program
The Stillwater Elks Lodge 179 recently awarded the Lake Elmo Public Library with a $1,500 grant that will be used to fund its “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” an early literacy program.


Obama fast-tracks Gateway Corridor project

Review and permitting processes to speed up
President Barack Obama has fast-tracked the review and permitting process of the Gateway Corridor Project, along with 10 others nationwide that he saw as necessary to “cutting bureaucratic red tape that stalls good projects from breaking ground.”


Allina groundbreaking

Linda Baumeister/Review

Allina Health held an official groundbreaking near Hwy 5 and 694 for the new Oakdale clinic with doctors, Mayor Carmen Sarrack, and other officials May 9. The clinic, already framed and with its exterior mostly complete, will open in August.


Lake Elmo may soon get a dog park

Submitted image

Would you like a park created for dogs to gather and play off-leash while under their owners’ supervision?
The Lake Elmo Parks Commission is considering a proposal to create a fenced dog park, and the commissioners are seeking public input. The proposed location is near the west entrance of Sunfish Lake Park, off Jamaca Avenue, just east of fire station No. 2. Dogs are currently allowed in much of the 284-acre, natural-area park, but must be leashed at all times.


Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closed through May 11

The $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project will replace the former signalized intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. MnDOT plans to finish the project by the end of summer. (submitted graphic)

Now that the snow has melted, construction crews are continuing work on the Minnesota Highway 36/Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs.
The ramp to eastbound Highway 36 from northbound Interstate 694 closed Monday morning and will not reopen until Monday, May 12, weather permitting.


Oakdale man convicted in bar owner’s shooting

Yia Her

A jury found an Oakdale man guilty last week in connection with the murder of a Frogtown bar owner in June 2013.


Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer

Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.


Lake Elmo library revises card rules

Lake Elmo library patrons can now be reimbursed for having purchased any Minnesota library card.


Lake Elmo advises residents to prevent frozen pipes

Lake Elmo is urging its residents, especially those living in the Old Village area, to let the water run from their faucets until further notice.
Due to dozens of extremely cold days this winter, frost has crept 8 to 10 feet down in paved areas that aren’t covered by snow, which acts as insulation. According to the city, that’s the depth at which the city’s main water pipes rest, likely leading to disruptive freeze-ups.


Furry friends

Photos courtesy of Rick Fisk

A pair of foxes has reportedly taken up residence in an Oakdale neighborhood for the past couple weeks. They spend their days sunning themselves outside their den and (apparently) posing for photos, residents say.