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.
Tartan senior Tia Elbert signed her college letter of intent, making her dream of playing college basketball official. Elbert plans to major in business administration and minor in communications at Marquette University in Milwuakee, Wisc. Having averaged 30 points per game the last two years and over 2,500 career points, she gave a shout-out thanking her coaches, mom, teammates and friends.
Oakdale resident Relindis Moffor and 10 staff members operate Angel of Mercy USA, a nonprofit she founded in 2005. Through three offices located in Cameroon, the organization serves about 750 people, many of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Their clients live in about 10 villages in the west central African country. (submitted photos)
Some days, Relindis Oyebog Moffor, a registered nurse at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, works a 16-hour shift in the dead of night caring for ailing patients. Then she comes home, makes a phone call to Cameroon and provides care for several hundred people living nearly 7,000 miles away.
Local authors Meg Corrigan and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt are included in a recently released collection of stories entitled “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams.” (photo and video by Johanna Holub/Review staff)
One woman’s dream is another’s nightmare. But through it all, the Minnesota women featured in the recently released collection “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams” have persevered.
Joan Kennedy, 91, of New Brighton gathered the stories of 40 women working in a variety of professions to create a collection of success stories, ranging from tales of professional success to personal triumphs.
I am a storyteller.
Whether it’s a hard-hitting investigative piece or a feature article on a local, I aim to tell a story accurately, fairly and well.
The story that is my least favorite to tell is my own. So, when my boss told me I had to write an article on myself, my cheeks got hot and I felt a familiar urge to hide under my desk or run away.
Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.
Eighth graders Paula Alihonou, Eva O’Phelan and Justine Finken, along with AVID teacher Jeanette Landin with her son Liam, collected food Halloween night for We Scare Hunger, an initiative through Free the Children. (submitted photos)
This Halloween, Skyview Middle School students trick-or-treated for an unlikely kind of “treat”—non-perishable food items for a local food bank.
On Friday, Oct. 25, Lake Elmo city council member Mike Reeves and communications coordinator Alyssa MacLeod talked to Lake Elmo Elementary sixth graders about civility and the Speak Your Peace project.