Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
15
Jul

Lake Elmo council blocks new development for 1 year

Members butt heads over growth rate, again
New development projects in Lake Elmo are being put on pause until next summer, following the approval of a one-year moratorium by the city council Tuesday, July 7.
The measure to stall growth was adopted in a 3-2 vote, with council members Julie Fliflet, Anne Smith and Jill Lundgren voting for approval, and Mayor Mike Pearson and council member Justin Bloyer voting against.
The interim ordinance was originally on the council’s agenda at the June 2 meeting, but was tabled for future discussion and placed on the July 7 agenda by Fliflet.

Wed
08
Jul

Mother-son team find Summerfest medallion near home

Winners after years of searching, Barbara Zitur and her son Reilly Page found the Oakdale Summerfest Medallion in the wood chips by the Tartan Crossing rock. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Winners after years of searching, Barbara Zitur and her son Reilly Page found the Oakdale Summerfest Medallion in the wood chips by the Tartan Crossing rock. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Good fortune continues after medallion hidden a second time

Wed
01
Jul

District 622 School Board adopts 2015-2016 budget

Superintendent Patty Phillips
Superintendent Patty Phillips

Superintendent Phillips says farewell
A final budget to fund a new school year was adopted by the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board last week. The board unanimously approved the district’s 2015-2016 revenue and expenditures budget at its Tuesday, June 23, meeting.
The $180,484,235 budget is about $3.7 million more than expected expenditures for next school year, bringing the district’s fund balance up to over $4 million.

Mon
29
Jun

Lake Elmo seeking interim city administrator

Two more city staffers resign
Employee turnover continues to plague the city of Lake Elmo.
Six city staffers have now resigned in the past three months; the most recent being city planner Nick Johnson and deputy clerk Beckie Gumatz, who both announced resignations last Friday.

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

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