New water line construction to begin this summer 3M Company will continue to monitor groundwater quality in the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently granted the Maplewood-based company access to the park reserve to conduct testing for perfluorochemicals in the groundwater.
Tartan and U of M graduate Michael Veit won the prestigious Leroy Apker Award in 2014. He is currently pursuing a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University. (submitted photo)
Oakdale-native and 2009 Tartan High School graduate Michael Veit made history by being named the University of Minnesota’s first recipient of the prestigious Leroy Apker Award for undergraduate work in physics.
Donna and Karen Och, along with a friend Emily, work on stringing beads in the Oakdale Elementary Library before the big event — bingo — started. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Event helps stock families’ cupboards over holidays
Families gathered en masse at Oakdale Elementary School last week for a night of mirth before the Christmas holiday. The school held its first-ever Winter Break Bingo Thursday, Dec. 18, and nearly 300 kids and parents attended the event.
Rebounding home values cause tax increase County’s levy up nearly 3.5 percent
Most homeowners in Oakdale and across Washington County will receive a higher tax bill in the mail soon thanks to climbing property values.
The county’s $90.7 million levy for 2015 will have a typical homeowner paying about $43 more in the county’s portion of property taxes next year. That amount is based on a countywide median home value of $232,600.
The Cardinal Place development in Oakdale will feature nine twinhomes on 6.3 acres east of the Stillwater Boulevard North and Century Avenue intersection. Pictured is a twinhome in the Cardinal Gardens neighborhood in North St. Paul. The developer of both projects, Tom Weiner, said homes at Cardinal Place would be of the same quality and would look similar. (Submitted photo)
It’s a project that has some excited about a new high-quality and low-maintenance housing option and others dismayed over the prospect of living next to two-family dwellings in a neighborhood of single-family homes.
City’s levy down slightly, county’s goes up
The Lake Elmo City Council approved the city’s final 2015 budget and property-tax levy at its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $3,798,334 was set along with a total levy of $3,137,663.
The resolution to adopt the proposed budget and levy passed unanimously. No one spoke during the public hearing prior to the vote.
House Republicans announce new leadership team
Minnesota’s Republican caucus announced its leaders for the 2015 legislative session last week. Among them is state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, who was elected as an assistant House majority leader.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to be elected from your own caucus,” Lohmer said Friday, Dec. 5. “I look back at my time in public service and have learned so much since my freshman term that will help in this leadership role.”