Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

Thu
08
Jan

Frank Asenbrenner, legendary Hill-Murray band director, dies

Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland.
Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland. (file photo)

The flash of the brass instruments, the pounding of the drums, the trim green-and-white uniforms and precision stepping have made the Hill-Murray band a source of pride for alumni and neighbors for years at games and along parade routes.

Wed
07
Jan

A Year in Review - Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review 2014

Another busy year has concluded in the Review’s coverage area. Here is a look back at some of the top local stories from our pages in 2014.

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.

Mon
29
Dec

Gateway Corridor asks for $3 million for BRT

Gateway Corridor Commission members at the their December meeting voted unanimously to support a request for $3 million from the 2015 Minnesota State Legislature to fulfill the state’s share of the next phase of work on the proposed bus rapid tran

Wed
24
Dec

District 622 approves tax levy

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved District 622’s final 2015 property-tax levy at its December 16 meeting. 

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.

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Wed
17
Dec

2015 tax levy, budget approved in Oakdale

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.

Wed
17
Dec

Oakdale council OK’s twinhome development

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.
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.

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