Lake Elmo


Relay for Life ice fishing tournament to honor David Riggs

David Riggs (submitted photo)

The fifth annual Relay for Life Ice Fishing Tournament is doing double duty. Not only will participating anglers be having fun and raising money to fight cancer, but also will be celebrating the life of a former Tartan High School Relay for Life team member.


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Lake Elmo leaders rejoice; A decade later, Met Council lifts order to triple population
Lake Elmo leaders on Feb. 5 authorized staff to sign an agreement, dissolving a burdensome mandate to triple the city's population by 2030.
"It is a great day," Mayor Mike Pearson said at the Lake Elmo City Council meeting. "Words fail me in describing this act. I think it speaks for itself."


Northeast Metro district moves forward with Lake Elmo land purchase

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015.
Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015. The District 916 expects the building to look similar to its newest school, Karner Blue Education Center, in Blaine. The unique floor plan, pictured above, includes open quiet space areas where agitated students can go to calm down, Superintendent Connie Hayes said. (submitted graphic)

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District has entered into a purchase agreement for a $2.4 million plot of land within Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park along Interstate 94 at Inwood Avenue on the southern end of the city.
The nearly 20-acre parcel is zoned for commercial business park use and is currently a cornfield.
However, within the next couple years, those stalks of corn will be replaced by a public school for up to 150 kindergarten through 8th-grade students with autism and emotional behavioral disorders.


New Ideas for a New Year

It’s January in Minnesota. Winter sports enthusiasts are thrilled that it’s cold enough to ice skate, ski and snowmobile. Readers love the long, cozy sessions with a great novel or other entertaining book when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing and drifting. There is no reason to leave the house—or is there? While cocooning at home is fun, it is still important to get out and socialize with our fellow Minnesotans. The Lake Elmo Public Library is hosting some enticing programs this month, so mark your calendars.


Contractor set for early design of Lake Elmo Avenue improvements

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently awarded a contract for preliminary work on a street reconstruction project on Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) from 30th Street North to Stillwater Boulevard North. The goal is to address safety, mobility and flooding issues on the roadway that cuts through Lake Elmo’s downtown. (Map of project area courtesy of Washington County)

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved a consultant contract for preliminary work on a project to allay issues with safety, mobility and flooding by reconstructing a stretch of Lake Elmo Avenue North that cuts through the city’s main business district.


Tax base rebound helps Lake Elmo balance budget

More money coming in from property taxes helped Lake Elmo keep its tax levy flat in 2014.
With a 4-0 vote, the Lake Elmo City Council approved next year’s tax levy at its Dec. 3 meeting with no increase from 2013, while increasing debt service payments, which were covered by last year’s surplus, said city staff. Council member Anne Smith was absent.


Light Up Lake Elmo postponed due to weather

Community tree lighting, cocoa, Santa visit to take place Dec. 14 instead


County cuts Lake Elmo’s access to digital library

Even with $60 library cards, residents can’t check out e-books
The Lake Elmo Library Board is left with more questions than answers, after finding out through residents that cardholders who pay to access Washington County library resources are no longer able to check out anything but physical materials.


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