Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

Wed
23
Apr

Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closed through May 11


The $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project will replace the former signalized intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. MnDOT plans to finish the project by the end of summer. (submitted graphic)

Now that the snow has melted, construction crews are continuing work on the Minnesota Highway 36/Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs.
The ramp to eastbound Highway 36 from northbound Interstate 694 closed Monday morning and will not reopen until Monday, May 12, weather permitting.

Wed
16
Apr

Oakdale council approves CUP for assisted living center

Oakdale City Council members unanimously approved a conditional use permit to operate an assisted living facility at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake.  The AmericInn hotel currently occupies the property.
A representative from the hotel could not be reached for comment.

Wed
16
Apr

Residents outspoken in opposing Gateway Corridor transit proposals

“This is still America, I hope,” a visibly upset resident told the crowd at last week’s meeting with policy makers to discuss the Gateway Corridor Project’s light rail and bus rapid transit proposals
Unhappy residents and business owners arrived at Woodbury City Hall Thursday, April 10, most with prepared statements.

Wed
16
Apr

New youth center to be built in Cimarron Park


FamilyMeans will be expanding on site near the Cimarron Park Golf Course clubhouse. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

FamilyMeans new Cimarron Park youth center will be located just south of 10th Street N. and east of Lake Elmo Avenue N.

FamilyMeans will have a brand new building to house its after-school and summer youth programs at its Lake Elmo location next year.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Lake Elmo City Council approved an amendment to the conditional use permit for the Cimarron Manufactured Home Park, allowing for the construction of a new youth center.

Tue
15
Apr

Oakdale man captures the 'blood moon'

Rick Fisk of Oakdale captured these images of the rare "blood moon" total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning, April 15.

Mon
14
Apr

City golf course opens, with private management


Pat McCurdy gets in some practice on the driving range out at Phalen Golf Course April 9. The 18-hole par 70 golf course opened Thursday, April 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

So far, so good, city and Prom Catering report
After a drawn out public process, the city-owned Phalen Golf Course is now open for the season, under private management for the first time.
The 18-hole, 6,100-yard recreational course is located in Phalen Regional Park.

Fri
11
Apr

Lake Elmo, school district consider partnership to build new park

Lake Elmo and Stillwater Area Schools have been working on a possible partnership to add more amenities to the southeast corner of the city, including a new park.

Wed
09
Apr

More adjustments made to Stillwater area schools budget

In an effort to balance next year’s budget, the Stillwater Area School Board approved nearly $1.5 million in budget adjustments at its March 27 meeting.
Some of the largest adjustments include:

Wed
09
Apr

Oakdale woman takes a spin on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’


Jessica Kiefer of Oakdale, right and her friend Kristin Wasil from Michigan were contestants on the March 26 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” The show’s theme was “Girlfriend Getaways,” and the two took home just over $10,000 in winnings. (submitted photos)

The Wheel of Fortune set was decorated in a Southwest theme during “Girlfriend Getaways” week.

Local teacher appeared during ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ week
An Oakdale woman recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” the 31-year-old game show based on the popular game “Hangman,” in which contestants buy letters to solve word puzzles to win cash and fun prizes.

Wed
09
Apr

‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time


Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A variety of decorated cakes and cupcakes highlight the creativity of Becky Hunt’s mission of spreading hope and smiles. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The cake made to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday in heaven along with a picture of Gracie. (submitted photo)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.

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