Former Lake Elmo mayor Dean Johnston was recently re-appointed as the at-large chair of the Metropolitan Council Parks and Open Space Commission, and Lake Elmo Park Commission member Sarah Hietpas was appointed to serve District F, which encompasses the northeast and east metro.
Oakdale residents Mary Ann Thelen and Sarah Thelen participated in the Minnesota “Make It With Wool” contest held Nov. 16. Mary Ann Thelen was awarded 1st runner-up in the Adult (25 and over) category, and Sarah Thelen won the Exemplary Construction Award.
From left, Maplewood Human Rights Commissioners Julie Xiong, Nate Danielson and Jon Brandt pose with the winners of the commission’s essay contest, Maplewood Middle School student Nate Kong and Skyview Middle School students Julian Yang and Jaitel Vang. (submitted photo)
Three District 622 eighth graders have been named the winners of the city of Maplewood’s Human Rights Commission essay contest.
Nathaniel Kong, an eighth grader at Maplewood Middle School, earned first place for his essay and will be entered into the statewide essay contest. Two Skyview Middle School eighth graders also placed in the Top 3. Jaitel Vang earned second place and Julian Yang earned third place.
The first official piece of Eternal Ware was made with the ashes of Carole’s mother, Helen Gurnon, who passed away last year. Her name is inscribed on the bottom of the memorial. (Linda Baumiester/Review)
Carole and Ron Javner work with nationally-known artists through Eternal Ware, creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind memorials using loved ones’ cremains. (Linda Baumiester/Review)
When people make preparations for what happens after they die, the big questions are burial or cremation. From there, they’ll have to debate: monument or marker? Urn or scattered ashes?
Becoming a piece of art may not be the first thought to come to mind.
However, cremains art is a growing trend among those looking for a non-traditional burial method.
Oakdale-based American Family Insurance agent Jim Trevis presented East Ridge High School senior football player J.C. Hassenauer with his honorary game jersey Nov. 20 as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jan. 2. Trevis coached Hassenauer in baseball and was honored to present him the jersey.
Hassenauer is one of 90 top high school senior football players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, which will be televised on ESPN.
U.S. Bank deposit and payments solution banker Lisa Odom Winczewski of Lake Elmo was recently named one of the “Top Women in Finance” by Finance & Commerce, a daily business publication based in Minneapolis. Odom Winczewski was awarded the prestigious “Vanguard” award for the fourth time for her leadership and community engagement as a classroom instructor for Junior Achievement where she provides financial education to students, the Special Olympics Minnesota Games, Minnesota Downs Syndrome Foundation and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness.”
Samuel Berg of Oakdale recently completed an eight-month service term with Conservation Corps Minnesota, a nonprofit that engages young people in hands-on service managing natural resources and responding to disasters. Berg served on a crew with five other AmeriCorps members in Fergus Falls. He completed habitat restoration projects in Itasca State Park, Lake Bemidji State Park, Paul Bunyan State Forest, Chippewa National Forest and other public lands in the area. During the 2013 service term, AmeriCorps members conducted prescribed burns to restore 7255 acres of prairie, planted 6495 trees, suppressed 25,570 acres of wildfire, removed 3430 acres of invasive species and constructed or improved 83 miles of trail in northwest Minnesota.
Left to right: Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects, Mindy Michael of Kaas Wilson Architects, Jason Ruppert of Bremer Bank, Oakdale city council member Lori Pulkrabek, President and COO of The Waters Senior Living Kyle Didier, CEO and Managing Principal of Shelter Corporation/The Waters Senior Living Lynn Carlson Schell, Senior Developer for The Waters Senior Living John Q. Hunsicker, Senior Vice President of The Waters Senior Living Jay Jensen, Lynn Hauger of Growth Resource Partners, Oakdale city council member Stan Karwoski and Oakdale Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Landis took part in The Waters Senior Living ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 6. (submitted photo)
On Nov. 6, The Waters Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the Tartan Crossing redevelopment site off of 11th Street and Hadley Avenue in Oakdale. Located on the northern portion of the former Oakdale Mall site, the new facility will include a 92-unit senior housing building on three acres. When completed, the building will offer 64 units of assisted living and 28 units of memory care housing with underground parking, as well as a variety of wellbeing-focused activities, programs and services.