Lake Elmo City Council members met in another marathon meeting, this one lasting until 1 a.m.
There were lengthy, and at times heated, discussions on many agenda items up for a vote Tuesday, Sept. 15. When it came time to approve a preliminary property-tax levy for 2016, however, conversation on the matter was relatively brief.
Property owners predicted to see slight levy increase
Oakdale homeowners will likely pay a bit more in the city's portion of property taxes next year.
The city council met Sept. 8 and approved a preliminary $10,514,149 maximum property-tax levy for 2016, which represents a 2.37 percent, or $243,627 increase over 2015.
Charitable gambling proceeds used to fund gambling habit
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has charged a former Lake Elmo Jaycees president with felony theft after it was discovered that over $31,000 of the volunteer organization's funds had vanished.
Sarah Kathleen Carlson of White Bear Lake made an initial appearance in Washington County District Court Thursday, Sept. 3.
Parks commission to hold public hearing Sept. 21
Dog owners in Lake Elmo may soon have a place for their four-legged friends to play off-leash in Sunfish Lake Park.
The city’s parks commission has been working on a proposal to create a fenced-in dog park to be located near the west entrance of the park, off Jamaca Avenue, just east of fire station No. 2.
Property-tax increase would average $29 per month
At an Aug. 25 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board meeting, superintendent Christine Osorio said District 622 ranks dead last when it comes to per-pupil funding out of the 20 largest metro-area school districts.
District 622 needs to double its per-pupil spending, Osorio said, or risk falling even further behind.
Fifth grade students at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale helped their families conserve energy and save on utility bills this summer after participating in an in-school energy conservation program last school year.
Sleeping woman awakens to blows in Oakdale home
An Oakdale man who attacked his wife with a hammer while she was sleeping last fall pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder — the most serious charge against him — in Washington County District Court Monday, Aug. 17.
Prosecuting attorney Siv Yurichuk said it was a "straight plea," meaning there will be no sentencing agreement for 32-year-old Brian Thomas Henjum.
Restaurant receives Award of Excellence for 15th straight year
The Lake Elmo Inn has once again earned "Wine Spectator" magazine's prestigious "Award of Excellence" for its wine selection.
The publication honored a total of 2,563 restaurants worldwide this year with an Award of Excellence, including 21 in Minnesota. The Lake Elmo Inn has received the award for 15 consecutive years.
The Oakdale City Council presented the 2015 Acorn Awards to winners in two categories Aug. 11. Both properties were recognized for their curb appeal and pollinator-friendly landscape. Left,, Marc Cove accepted the Acorn Award in the commercial category on behalf of Platinum Bank. Pictured from left: council member Bill Rasmussen, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Marc Cove, council member Kristen Cici and council member Paul Reinke. (submitted photo)
There are a lot of beautifully landscaped and well-maintained properties in Oakdale, but there are a handful that really stand out.