Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
01
Apr

Mike Reeves appointed to county library board

Mike Reeves
Mike Reeves

Former Lake Elmo City Council member and retired business executive Mike Reeves has been appointed to represent District 3 on the Washington County Library Board.

Wed
25
Mar

Lake Elmo council votes to retain Zuleger, for now

Protesters lined the sidewalk 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 sidewalk 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)
Dean Zuleger
Dean Zuleger

Around 100 Lake Elmo residents outraged over a recent council decision to release city administrator Dean Zuleger packed the council chambers at City Hall Tuesday, March 24, for a special meeting, where council members voted unanimously to retain

Mon
23
Mar

Lake Elmo Park Commission protests ousting of Dean Zuleger

Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer. (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer. (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Dean Zuleger
Dean Zuleger

Residents pack impromptu meeting to express furor over city administrator's dismissal

What was scheduled to be a regular Lake Elmo Park Commission meeting on Monday, March 16 turned into a protest.

Wed
18
Mar

Lake Elmo development approved after spirited deliberation

An artist rendering shows what the home exteriors in the Easton Village neighborhood are expected to look like when construction is completed. (submitted graphic)
An artist rendering shows what the home exteriors in the Easton Village neighborhood are expected to look like when construction is completed. (submitted graphic)

The 217 housing units will be priced in $400,000 range

Following a lengthy, and at times heated debate, Lake Elmo City Council members approved a final plat for the first phase of the Easton Village residential development to be located within the Village Planning Area.

Wed
11
Mar

Lake Elmo city administrator Dean Zuleger to move on after contentious council vote

Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer.  (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Barry Weeks and Dick Wier of Lake Elmo created 40 handpainted “We Protest Council Vote” signs in response to the recent council decision to part ways with city administrator Dean Zuleger. With the demand high for their signs, they ordered an additional 200 from a screen printer. (Linda Baumeister / Review)
Dean Zuleger
Dean Zuleger
The Lake Elmo council chambers were packed Tuesday night, March 10, with residents, city commission members and local business owners who made impassioned pleas to the city council to retain city administrator Dean Zuleger. 
Wed
11
Mar

Two 622 teachers named semifinalists for state award

Julie Swanson
Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson, Stephen Dombrosk make the grade

Having one teacher chosen as a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year is enough to elicit praise for just about any medium-sized school district; having two is a huge honor.

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 makes offer to superintendent finalist

Stillwater administrator Laager is top pick

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board entered into contract negotiations last week with Ryan Laager to be the district’s next superintendent.

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 budget cuts include 90 layoffs

Local schools grappling with $8 million deficit

District 622 school board members had to use their red pens last month as they slashed just over $8 million from the general fund budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

Thu
26
Feb

Sen. Al Franken visits Tartan, praises STEM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken poses with Tartan seniors Barkot Berhanu, left, and Hannah Lee in the school’s student-run credit union Feb. 19. Lee and Berhanu told the senator what they had learned about finances through the school’s financial literacy program. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken poses with Tartan seniors Barkot Berhanu, left, and Hannah Lee in the school’s student-run credit union Feb. 19. Lee and Berhanu told the senator what they had learned about finances through the school’s financial literacy program. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

“Are you rich now? Are you up to some kind of pyramid scheme?” U.S. Sen. Al Franken asked the two girls at Tartan High School’s student-run credit union branch.

Wed
25
Feb

Former Oakdale Mayor Herb Vogel passes away

Former Oakdale mayor Herb Vogel passed away on Feb. 13. Family and friends will be gathering to honor him at a celebration of life ceremony March 1 at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. (Submitted photo)
Former Oakdale mayor Herb Vogel passed away on Feb. 13. Family and friends will be gathering to honor him at a celebration of life ceremony March 1 at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. (Submitted photo)

Memorial service to be held Sunday

Herward “Herb” Alfred Vogel passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 13, surrounded by family at the age of 82. Vogel spent several years on the city’s planning commission and city council, and was Oakdale’s mayor from 1972 to 1974.

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