Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

Wed
20
Jan

Community Thread offers free tax filing assistance

Community Thread will be offering free tax-filing assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. 

Wed
20
Jan

New SuperAmerica open for business

Mayor Stan Karwoski, council members Lori Pulkrabek, Kristen Cici and Bill Rasmussen, along with members of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan.

Wed
20
Jan

A fresh voice for Maplewood

Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)
Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)

Bryan Smith is ready to tackle the big issues 
In high school, Bryan Smith was one of the theater kids. He spent his extra time rehearsing lines and putting on shows. Smith entered the University of Minnesota with a love for music, harboring hopes of becoming a musician as he enrolled as a voice major. 
Now, Smith will be taking on a new role as a city council member and use his voice on the part of Maplewood. Last November he was elected to the Maplewood City Council, along with Tou Xiong. The official swearing-in ceremony for them was Jan. 11.

Wed
20
Jan

Tea time

The Holiday Tea at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood included a heartwarming surprise visit for 90-year-old tea attendee Christeen Stone, center, when Tina Irvin, left, hid out in the kitchen before coming out to serve her tea Jan. 9.

Wed
20
Jan

A Millennial for Maplewood

Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)
Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)

Tou Xiong is the city's first Hmong council member 
Throughout its 59 years, the Maplewood City Council has seen many faces come and go. 
There have been retirees, corporate leaders, lawyers, community activists, homemakers and business owners on the council. Some of their tenures have stretched past the decade mark, while others served only briefly.
Despite this varied history, Maplewood attained a new first Jan. 11 with the swearing in of Tou Xiong. He is the city council's first Hmong member and its first Millenial. 

Wed
20
Jan

Is bus rapid transit the future of Oakdale?

One of the routes the Gateway Corridor Commission has proposed for the Gold Line. With the project rejection from Lake Elmo and rising concerns from Oakdale, the route is likely to change. (submitted graphic)
One of the routes the Gateway Corridor Commission has proposed for the Gold Line. With the project rejection from Lake Elmo and rising concerns from Oakdale, the route is likely to change. (submitted graphic)

Residents question the need for additional bus lanes 
"Lake Elmo said no; why can't we?" was the question repeated by many Oakdale residents during a heated town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The Lake Elmo City Council recently rejected a proposal for a bus rapid transit line to run along the town's southern border. It was an unexpected turn-around, as the council had previously voted unanimously in support of the proposed public transit line near Interstate 94.

Sun
17
Jan

Kitty saved from tree

A 10-year-old girl was reunited with her pet kitty on a frigid day last week, after St. Paul Firefighters came to the rescue to remove it from a tree. (photo courtesy of Lisa Andrews)
A 10-year-old girl was reunited with her pet kitty on a frigid day last week, after St. Paul Firefighters came to the rescue to remove it from a tree. (photo courtesy of Lisa Andrews)

Firefighters block Minnehaha to prevent cat-sicle

On a particularly frigid January day, a small, 6-month-old gray tabby cat named Foxy was inspired to escape out the front door of its home in the 900 block of Minnehaha Avenue.

Wed
13
Jan

It’s a dog’s life at Journey of Misfits

Strong and her dog Hendrix working their magic with a Marine at a Memorial Day service by the Vietnam Wall in 2015. (submitted photo)
Strong and her dog Hendrix working their magic with a Marine at a Memorial Day service by the Vietnam Wall in 2015. (submitted photo)

New business fetches the hearts of many through obedience classes, therapy visits
It is clear from the moment you step into the training room at Journey of Misfits exactly what are the priorities of owner Angela Strong.
Frames fill the wall behind the welcome desk featuring pictures of dogs she has owned and those she has worked with.

Wed
13
Jan

Washington Co. picnic pavilion & campsite reservations will begin March 1

With the introduction of a new online program on Tuesday, March 1, the Washington County Parks will start taking online, telephone and in-person campsite and picnic pavilion reservations for the 2016 season.

Wed
13
Jan

Sletten-Behrens and Petersen elected to executive board of Ramsey County League of Local Governments

New officers elected to the Ramsey County League of Local Governments are, from the left, Douglas Biehn, Stephanie McNamara, Margaret Sletten-Behrens and Candy Petersen. (submitted photo)
New officers elected to the Ramsey County League of Local Governments are, from the left, Douglas Biehn, Stephanie McNamara, Margaret Sletten-Behrens and Candy Petersen. (submitted photo)

The Ramsey County League of Local Governments has elected Margaret Sletten-Behrens as its president and Candy Petersen as its vice president.

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