Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 makes offer to superintendent finalist

Stillwater administrator Laager is top pick

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board entered into contract negotiations last week with Ryan Laager to be the district’s next superintendent.

Wed
04
Mar

Maplewood gathering offers cheat sheet for cross-cultural business etiquette

Chue Vang, Mohamud Abdirahman, Hussein Khatib, Sia Lo and Ramon Leon presented on the do’s and don’ts for developing successful ethnic business connections. (submitted photo)
Chou Xiong, 27, Shirly Yang-Lor, 24, and Pang Lee, 31, visit with panelist Sia Lo. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

If you walked into someone's home to do some renovation work, would you be surprised to be invited to a meal first? Do a firm handshake and direct gaze convey warmth and confidence to everyone you meet?

Wed
04
Mar

District 622 budget cuts include 90 layoffs

Local schools grappling with $8 million deficit

District 622 school board members had to use their red pens last month as they slashed just over $8 million from the general fund budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

Thu
26
Feb

Licensing information for potential foster care providers in Washington County

An informational meeting for those interested in foster care in Washington County will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater, in the Lower Level, Room 16.

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

North High School’s Autumn Moder

Senior Autumn Moder, Homecoming Queen and a three-sport athlete, has competed in soccer, basketball and track at North High. A photo collage wall at her home displays the many highlights of her high school career. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Senior Autumn Moder, Homecoming Queen and a three-sport athlete, has competed in soccer, basketball and track at North High. A photo collage wall at her home displays the many highlights of her high school career. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Tri-sport athlete, homecoming queen, student rep, ASL advocate

Packed into North High School’s gymnasium for a homecoming pep fest, a bunch of students pay special tribute to their homecoming queen by erupting into silent applause. Enthusiastically waving their extended hands above their shoulders -- signing their applause -- they celebrate Autumn Moder’s achievement as the school’s first deaf royalty member.

Wed
25
Feb

DNR focuses on groundwater use

The DNR and White Bear Lake Conservation District have installed four evaporation monitoring stations in White Bear Lake to measure water loss from direct evaporation. (submitted image)
The DNR and White Bear Lake Conservation District have installed four evaporation monitoring stations in White Bear Lake to measure water loss from direct evaporation. (submitted image)

Where’s the water going?
That question, which has plagued White Bear Lake shoreline owners and boaters in recent years, is now a concern to neighboring cities and counties, as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources launches a plan to conserve groundwater.

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

Oakdale hires Bart Fischer as new city administrator

Bart Fischer
Bart Fischer

The Falcon Heights administrator got his start in Oakdale

After five months without a city administrator, Oakdale has hired Bart Fischer to fill the role. He replaces Craig Waldron, who left the city to teach at Hamline University last August after over 20 years on the job.

Wed
18
Feb

Hill-Murray’s “The Great Gatsby” rated a “starred performance”

Hill-Murray’s award-winning cast and crew of the “Great Gatsby” took top honors at the Minnesota State High School League’s One Act Play Festival. (submitted photo)
Hill-Murray’s award-winning cast and crew of the “Great Gatsby” took top honors at the Minnesota State High School League’s One Act Play Festival. (submitted photo)

A panel of judges, after watching, listening, and then individually critiquing eight Class AA dramatic productions, rated Hill-Murray School’s “The Great Gatsby” a “starred performance” on Friday, Feb.

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