Nearly 200 youngsters, accompanied by family, hike the trail at the Oakdale Nature Preserve during the annual Mystery Egg Hunt held March 19. Among the colorful hidden eggs, there were also two special golden eggs to search for.
Hannah Brandt said she couldn’t imagine closing out her college career anywhere but at the Frozen Four. She and her University of Minnesota women’s hockey teammates made the trip to New Hampshire worthwhile.
In 1913, the Eder School was still in use as a schoolhouse. It had no plumbing or electricity, and water had to be collected from the outdoor hand pump. Oil lamps were used to light the building, and a wood stove provided heat in the cold months of the year. (submitted photo)
One-room schoolhouse changes hands again
“There isn’t much interest in young people in history these days,” said Carol Houck, secretary and treasurer of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society.
Lack of interest seems to be a trend across all volunteer-dependent organizations, which have been unable to attract people from the working and youth populations. In the case of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society, it has been especially crippling.
In response to its declining membership, the group merged with and recently transferred its collection to the Washington County Historical Society.