Joshua Nielsen

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

Thu
25
Jun

Oakdale Summerfest Medallion has been found

The city of Oakdale has announced the 2015 Summerfest Medallion was found this morning, Thursday, June 25, by Barb Zitur and her son.

Wed
24
Jun

Summerfest memories: The great cow debacle of 2001

It’s the cows: respected businessmen and civic leaders Larry Eberhard and Terry Furlong saw gallons of comic potential in reminding 2001 paradegoers of that year’s media “get” for Oakdale. As a group of escaped beef cattle roamed the suburb the previous winter, with residents and officials alike wondering where they’d turn up next, media coverage of the roundup became so intense it actually hampered efforts to corral the cows. (submitted photo)
It’s the cows: respected businessmen and civic leaders Larry Eberhard and Terry Furlong saw gallons of comic potential in reminding 2001 paradegoers of that year’s media “get” for Oakdale. As a group of escaped beef cattle roamed the suburb the previous winter, with residents and officials alike wondering where they’d turn up next, media coverage of the roundup became so intense it actually hampered efforts to corral the cows. (submitted photo)

Event organizers and dozens of vendors are gearing up to take over Richard Walton Park in the coming days for Oakdale's Summerfest.

Thu
18
Jun

Oakdale man gets 14 years for egregious assault on daughter

An Oakdale man who assaulted his 5-year-old daughter in May 2014, which left her in a permanent vegetative state, has received a prison sentence of more than 14 years.

Wed
17
Jun

Oakdale resident to give away playhouse in sweepstakes

Larry Eberhard, left, and his parents, Rose and Martin Eberhard, show off a playhouse Larry will be giving away to one lucky family at the end of the summer. Sprucing up an old hay wagon for the annual Summerfest parade turned into an enjoyable father-son project.  (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
Larry Eberhard, left, and his parents, Rose and Martin Eberhard, show off a playhouse Larry will be giving away to one lucky family at the end of the summer. Sprucing up an old hay wagon for the annual Summerfest parade turned into an enjoyable father-son project. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)

Playhouse will tour city on hay wagon this summer

Wed
10
Jun

Separation agreement with Dean Zuleger approved by Lake Elmo council

Dean Zuleger
Dean Zuleger

Administrator says, 'It's what's best for me and city'
The tally of Lake Elmo employees heading for the City Hall exits in recent weeks is now up to four.
The departures started a couple months ago with the resignations of receptionist Stacy Bodsberg and taxpayer relations manager-communications coordinator Alyssa MacLeod. Assistant city administrator and city clerk Adam Bell soon followed, when he turned in his resignation letter May 29.
Then Tuesday, June 9, the suburb's top employee, city administrator Dean Zuleger, joined the ranks of departing municipal staffers, following a separation agreement unanimously approved by the council.

Wed
10
Jun

Oakdale, MN Summerfest 2015

Gold Star Carnival rides at Oakdale’s Richard Walton Park will run until midnight at this year’s Summerfest.  (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Gold Star Carnival rides at Oakdale’s Richard Walton Park will run until midnight at this year’s Summerfest. (Linda Baumeister / Review)

Warm weather and summer breezes have returned, schools are out until September, and Richard Walton Park, located at 15th Street and Hadley Avenue next to City Hall, will once again play host to Oakdale's biggest celebration of the year: Summerfest

Wed
10
Jun

1-year expulsions for Tartan students with loaded handgun at school

Students will not serve time in correctional facility
Two 16-year-old Tartan High School students who were charged with felony possession of a dangerous weapon on school property have been expelled for the 2015-2016 school year.
The District 622 School Board followed administrative recommendations and approved a 12-month expulsion for both boys at its regular board meeting, May 26.

Wed
10
Jun

Mayor Stan Karwoski lays out his vision for Oakdale’s future

Stan Karwoski
Stan Karwoski

When longtime city council member Stan Karwoski took the reins as Oakdale mayor in January, he knew he would have big shoes to fill.

Tue
09
Jun

Three Lake Elmo employees resign, city administrator Dean Zuleger said to be next

Protesters lined the sidewalks leading into Lake Elmo City Hall Tuesday, March 24. A crowd of nearly 200 people opposing a contentious council vote on March 10 to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger showed up that evening. At the March 24 meeting, the council voted unanimously to retain Zuleger through at least Jan. 31, 2016. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
Protesters lined the sidewalks leading into Lake Elmo City Hall Tuesday, March 24. A crowd of nearly 200 people opposing a contentious council vote on March 10 to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger showed up that evening. At the March 24 meeting, the council voted unanimously to retain Zuleger through at least Jan. 31, 2016. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

After a short reprieve from controversy among elected officials and Lake Elmo city staffers, things appear to be heating up once again.
Assistant City Administrator and City Clerk Adam Bell handed in his resignation letter May 29, citing a "hostile work environment" created by the city council.
Bell could not be reached for comment, but in his letter he said he wanted to spend more time with his family and take time to repair the toll his job has taken on his physical and mental health.

Wed
03
Jun

End of an era — 3M to close Tartan Park

Tartan Park Golf Course and facility in Lake Elmo will be closing Dec. 18. The 452-acre scenic property has been owned by 3M since 1958. The now 27-hole golf course opened in 1963 to its employees and to the public in 2012. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan Park Golf Course and facility in Lake Elmo will be closing Dec. 18. The 452-acre scenic property has been owned by 3M since 1958. The now 27-hole golf course opened in 1963 to its employees and to the public in 2012. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Former employees reminisce about the park’s good ol’ days
An end of an era looms for the 452-acre Tartan Park recreational area in Lake Elmo.
3M Co. has owned the scenic property since 1958 and first opened the golf course to its employees in 1963.
To help bring in more revenue 3M decided to expand the private golf course’s admission to the public in 2012, but it appears the plan fell short of expectations.

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