Joshua Nielsen

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

 

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.

Thu
22
Jan

3M keeps an eye on groundwater quality in Lake Elmo

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.

Wed
21
Jan

Tartan grad receives esteemed Leroy Apker Award

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)
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.

Wed
14
Jan

Lake Elmo Lions ice fishing contest a go for now

Folks gathered atop a frozen Lake Jane at last year’s Lake Elmo Lions Ice Fishing Contest. The event takes place Super Bowl Sunday every year.
Folks gathered atop a frozen Lake Jane at last year’s Lake Elmo Lions Ice Fishing Contest. The event takes place Super Bowl Sunday every year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Thin ice could put contest in jeopardy
Frozen Lake Jane may once again be a hot spot in the east metro for anglers on Super Bowl Sunday, that is if Mother Nature cooperates.

Wed
07
Jan

Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack says goodbye

Several presentations took place at the open house, including one by state legislators Chuck Wiger, JoAnn Ward and Leon Lillie, to honor retiring mayor Carmen Sarrack.
Several presentations took place at the open house, including one by state legislators Chuck Wiger, JoAnn Ward and Leon Lillie, to honor retiring mayor Carmen Sarrack. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Colleagues praise him for moving city forward, leading with integrity

Carmen Sarrack is known for always keeping a cool head, helping his city council colleagues reach a consensus on complicated issues, and getting things done.

Wed
24
Dec

Kent Dotas leaves council after 16 years

Kent Dotas
Kent Dotas

Longtime Oakdale City Council member Kent Dotas is stepping down from his role in municipal government at the end of the month after four terms.

Wed
24
Dec

Winter break bingo draws a crowd at Oakdale Elementary

Donna and Karen Och, along with a friend Emily, work on stringing beads in the Oakdale Elementary Library before the big event — bingo ­— started.
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.

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