Given newspaper stories over the last year, I have been drawn into watching the Lake Elmo Council meetings. In my opinion, and in the opinion of many I talk to, the council majority made up of Smith, Fliflet and Lundgren have shown themselves incapable of reaching sound decisions. I assume they are reasonably intelligent, but it appears their contempt for either Mayor Pearson, council member Bloyer and/or previous members of staff is impacting their ability to make sound decisions. They have caused a mass exodus of staff with their overbearing behavior and anyone who has paid even a modest interest in these proceedings understands this. Unfortunately, when council member Bloyer makes a few curt comments at a midnight council meeting, they seize on this episode as a way to explain those same staff departures on anyone but themselves. Continue Reading →
Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be closed Nov. 7-8 and again on Nov. 14-15 for a controlled deer management harvest. Only hunters who have obtained a special lottery permit from the Minnesota DNR will be allowed into the park for the deer harvest. All participants will be required to attend a safety and deer harvest orientation course. Continue Reading →
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The Lake Elmo Park Commission on Monday night tabled their agenda and staged a walkout in protest of the City Council’s decision to part ways with City Administrator Dean Zuleger. In a 3-2 vote on March 10, the Lake Elmo City Council dismissed Zuleger despite the pleas of dozens of residents, business owners and staff members. No reason was given. Lake Elmo City Council members Julie Fliflet, Jill Lundgren and Anne Smith voted to dismiss Zuleger from his position. “We were all upset by the way the city council voted, and the commission decided to do this as a protest to the council vote,” Lake Elmo Park Commissioner Pam Hartley told Lillie News. Continue Reading →
The 38th annual Huff ‘n Puff Days will get underway Thursday, Aug. 7 and run through the weekend. The 96-team softball tournament begins Thursday. The majority of this tournament happens at Lions Park in Lake Elmo, but several other ball fields are used during the 4-day event. New to this year’s Huff ‘n Puff Days is the St. Continue Reading →
The Lake Elmo City Council recently approved plans for a new, 24-hour Kwik-Trip convenience store, carwash and gas station at the southeast quadrant of Hudson Boulevard and Keats Avenue North. Construction is expected to begin mid- to late-August.
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The St. Croix Battle of the Bands is back and will take place during the 38th annual Huff’n Puff softball tournament in Lake Elmo. The city of Lake Elmo is looking for 6 to 8 bands to compete by playing a 15-minute, 3-song set of covers or originals tunes. The bands will be judged on overall performance, technique, stage presence and crowd interaction and appearance/image. Submit a demo here or mail MP3 or CD format to City of Lake Elmo, Battle of the Bands, 3800 Laverne Ave. Continue Reading →
After 11 months of meetings with legislators, agency officials, and Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation that would award the city of Lake Elmo $3.5 million dollars in state bonding for a new water main line that will be installed along Inwood Avenue to the I-94 corridor. The line will allow the city to provide clean, potable water to residents affected by PFC contamination in the southwest quadrant of the city. The bill was the result of a bipartisan effort with Sens. Karin Housley (R – St. Marys Point) and Susan Kent (D – Woodbury) and Reps. Continue Reading →
The city of Lake Elmo has declared a no-wake emergency for Olsen Lake and Lake DeMontreville. The no-wake restriction is based on current conditions that include high water levels, wind, storage capacity of upstream lakes, and forecasted rains. Boat landings will be posted today and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department has been notified. A no-wake restriction is also in place on the St. Croix River. Continue Reading →
Thanks to a Washington County recycling grant, the city of Lake Elmo will be giving away 500 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs to help residents offset the cost of making their homes more energy efficient. Compared to
incandescent light bulbs, ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs reportedly use about 25 percent of the energy to produce the same amount of light, last about 10 times longer and saves more than $30 in electricity costs over the lifespan of a bulb. According to ENERGY STAR:
“If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.” If you’re a Lake Elmo residents, you can stop in to City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday while supplies last to pick up a complementary Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb. The limit is two per household. Continue Reading →
Construction on the Highway 36 and Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs will resume on Tuesday, March 25. As a result, motorists should be aware of a ramp closure and detour on southbound Hilton Trail as the ramp to westbound Highway 36 closes at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 25. MnDOT is closing the ramp to allow crews complete work on the new interchange. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour of 60th Street North/Frontage Road, DeMontreville Trail, back to westbound Highway 36. The ramp is expected to re-open by Tuesday, April 29, weather permitting. Continue Reading →
Washington County is planning a new intersection for County Road 17 and Highway 5 in Lake Elmo. The Washington County Board of Commissioners this week approved a $120,000 contract with SRF Consulting Group for design engineering of the intersection. Washington County will construct two traffic signals and dedicated right-turn lanes on Highway 5 at the north and south portions of County Road 17 in Lake Elmo. The project also includes a dedicated right-turn lane at Laverne Avenue North on the north side of Highway 5. County officials say the proposed improvements are needed to reduce crashes, mitigate sight distance issues and improve mobility on the roadways. Continue Reading →