Joshua Nielsen

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

 

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.

Wed
18
Feb

District 622 to get $3 million for its share of Valley Crossing School

Woodbury elementary building will go to South Washington County Schools

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District will receive approximately $3 million from South Washington County Schools for its 15 percent share of Valley Crossing Community School.

Thu
12
Feb

Rat poison kills unintended victims

Experienced volunteer Terry Headley came to Ramona Price’s Oakdale home last month to bring this bald eagle in for treatment at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The bird later died of suspected secondary-rodenticide poisoning. (submitted photo)
Experienced volunteer Terry Headley came to Ramona Price’s Oakdale home last month to bring this bald eagle in for treatment at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The bird later died of suspected secondary-rodenticide poisoning. (submitted photo)

Ramona Price says she's used to seeing wild critters in her back yard.

Her Oakdale home on Heath Avenue is next to a wooded area and wetlands, and she's watched deer browsing in the mornings and coyotes passing by at dusk.

Thu
12
Feb

L.E. Council approves preliminary design for downtown improvements

This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvement Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (submitted graphic)
This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvement Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (submitted graphic)

The Lake Elmo City Council is on board with preliminary design plans for phase I of the downtown street and utility improvements project and wants to see the project move forward to its final design stage.

Wed
11
Feb

District 622 must cut budget by $8 million

Deficit spending, decreasing revenues have district over budget

Facing an $8 million budget shortfall, School District 622 administrators and school board members will have to make some tough decisions in the coming weeks.

Sat
07
Feb

Oakdale wins EDAM award for Tartan Crossing redevelopment

Oakdale council members, former mayor Carmen Sarrack, current mayor Stan Karwoski, and city staff pose with the Redevelopment Project of the Year Award in the council chambers Jan. 27. The city was presented the award at the Economic Development of Minnesota’s annual winter conference Jan. 22. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
Oakdale council members, former mayor Carmen Sarrack, current mayor Stan Karwoski, and city staff pose with the Redevelopment Project of the Year Award in the council chambers Jan. 27. The city was presented the award at the Economic Development of Minnesota’s annual winter conference Jan. 22. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)

Former Oakdale mayor Carmen Sarrack said city council members took a large, but calculated risk when they approved the purchase of the empty Oakdale Outlet Mall property in 2010.

Thu
05
Feb

Special meeting scheduled in Lake Elmo Thursday


This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvements Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (Submitted graphic)

City council to vote on first phase of downtown improvement   Whether or not to approve phase I of the downtown street and utility project will be decided a special city council meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Lake Elmo City Hall.  City administrator Dean Zuleger said the council would need to vote to "approve municipal consent" in order to move forward with preliminary design plans and on to the final design phase. Municipal consent is required under Minnesota state law, because the project is a joint effort with Washington County. 

Tue
03
Feb

District 622 must cut budget by $8 million

School District 622 administrators and school board members will have to make some tough decisions in the coming days on how to close an $8 million budget shortfall.
 
Wed
28
Jan

L.E. council lifts communication restrictions on Smith

Council members say it’s time to move forward

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Lake Elmo City Council voted to lift restrictions placed on council member Anne Smith, which barred her from one-on-one communications with city staff.

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