Aundrea Kinney

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Wed
23
Mar

Oakdale, Lake Elmo agree on reconstruction plans for Olson Lake Trail

After a few bumps along the way, there appears to be a somewhat smoother road forward for the Ideal Avenue/Olson Lake Trail reconstruction project.

Wed
23
Mar

3M’s Tartan Park is now in new hands


Hollis Cavner and his team, which includes retired Swedish professional golfer Annika Sorenstam, plan to redesign Tartan Park in Lake Elmo (submitted photo)

A redesigned King & Queen golf course will reopen summer 2017

The sale of 3M’s 477-acre Tartan Park golf complex in Lake Elmo to buyer Hollis Cavner, CEO of ProLinks Sports and his group HC Golf Course Development, LLC, was announced March 15. 

Cavner plans to reopen the golf course summer 2017 as an 18-hole course, scaling back from the current 27 holes. Golf legends Annika Sorenstam and Arnold Palmer will each design nine holes, which lends itself to the course’s new name, The King & The Queen.

Wed
23
Mar

Gold Line ridership meeting aggravates audience members

Oakdale residents say their concerns are being ignored

Oakdale residents grew increasingly frustrated at the Wednesday, March 9, meeting on the proposed Gateway Corridor bus rapid transit line. 

During the open question period, residents were not shy about voicing their concerns. 

Project manager Lyssa Leitner and presenters Beth Bartz and Steve Wilson tried to respond to resident concerns during the meeting at Oakdale City Hall, but they were often interrupted or ignored by audience members, who seemed more interested in talking bitterly amongst themselves than with project representatives. 

Wed
16
Mar

916 Career Tech takes shop class to the next level


The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

High school students learn hands-on while building a house

Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.

“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar. 

Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”

“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.

Mon
14
Mar

North St. Paul says goodbye to a local icon


In 1995 Ellsworth Erickson revisited photographs taken in Europe during World War II. While serving his country, Erickson developed film to be viewed in 3D. This early version of 3D required photos to be taken from slightly different vantage points. Once developed, the photos were viewed through plastic glasses. (file photo)
Ellsworth Erickson, 92, was World War II vet, popular teacher, civic leader 

North St. Paul lost one of its few remaining World War II veterans on March 3, 2016, when Ellsworth Erickson succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

He will be remembered by the public as a family man, a veteran, a teacher, an artist and a friend. His family members said they will remember him for his loyalty, honesty and optimism that permeated all aspects of his life.

“It was hard because even though he was 92, he acted young; he thought young,” said his daughter Sheryl Erickson in an interview last week.

Wed
09
Mar

Cowern teacher Julie Swanson makes Teacher of the Year semifinals

Julie Swanson
Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson was recently named one of the 34 semifinalists for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. 

Wed
09
Mar

Trash rates of neighboring cities cannot be compared equally


Trash containers line the streets in northern North St. Paul for the Thursday morning pick-up. (Linda Baumeister/Reivew)

Few things seem to get residents as riled up as city trash collection and the fees for those services. 

Wed
09
Mar

Lake Elmo City Council shuts down the proposal to close a fire hall

Trains blocking roads, possible increased response times and a growing population all played a role in the Lake Elmo City Council’s decision last week to keep the city’s two fire halls open, at least for now.

Mon
07
Mar

16-year-old stabbed after North-Tartan basketball game

A 16-year-old boy received multiple stab wounds when a fight broke out after a North versus Tartan high school boys basketball playoff game at East Ridge High School March 3.  

Wed
02
Mar

Some Oakdale residents remain opposed new bus rapid transit

Homeowners skeptical of benefits of proposed Gold Line

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