Lake Elmo


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.


Lake Elmo design manual focused on small-town charm

New developments must now be distinctly Lake Elmo.
The Lake Elmo City Council recently approved design standards to foster high-quality developments that encourage the quaintness of the Old Village and the open-space ambiance the rural city boasts.


NextGen to spruce up Lake Elmo with holiday tree lighting

Dana Bloyer will soon help her three children shop for Christmas ornaments that will hang on a community tree in downtown Lake Elmo this holiday season, and then be donated to a local youth program.
As a member of NextGen, a group of about a dozen twenty- to forty-somethings, she hopes to make downtown Lake Elmo sparkle with the city’s first community tree lighting event: Light Up Lake Elmo. It’s the new group’s first initiative.


Lake Elmo Market cultivates local fresh food movement

Lake Elmo Market manager Ramiz Saadeh ties off a bag of oranges in the store’s new section with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as green onions, acorn squash and potatoes. The convenience store adjacent to the Cimarron manufactured-home community is the only place within a few miles where nearby residents can buy groceries. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Alongside chips, candy and soda, Lake Elmo Market now offers acorn squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
The gas station and convenience store recently expanded its offerings, making it one of the first branches of the local fresh food movement in a city with practically no grocery store options.
Manager Ramiz Saadeh partnered with Our Community Food Projects in collaboration with Washington County’s Living Healthy initiative to make Lake Elmo Market, located at 11025 Tenth St. N., one of the only places to buy groceries within city limits.


Lake Elmo Park Reserve to close for deer hunts

Those who frequently use Lake Elmo Park Reserve, located at 1515 Keats Avenue, should be aware that the park will be closed on two different weekends in November: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17. The reason for the closures? An overabundance of hungry, antlered plant-eaters.
Two deer management harvests have been scheduled at the popular Washington County park, with just over 50 hunters having obtained special lottery permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources setting up camp within the reserve.
The participating hunters attended a mandatory safety orientation in October.


Lake Elmo adopts transition policy for Old Village septic systems

A cooperative project with Washington County will bring sanitary sewer service to Lake Elmo’s downtown area from 30th Street North to Trunk Highway 5 beginning in 2015. While this is encouraging news to property owners in the area, many are questioning how to deal with failing septic systems in the interim.


New traffic signals to be installed on Trunk Highway 5 in Lake Elmo

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Thanks to a sizeable grant received by Washington County, two new signalized intersections will be coming to the Village area in downtown Lake Elmo.
The county was awarded a $462,000 grant from the Metro Municipal Agreement Program to “aid in the cost of safety improvements” along Trunk Highway 5. The funds will be used to install signals on Highway 5 at both spots where Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) intersects the highway. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be constructed as part of the project, which is slated to begin in September 2014.


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