Lake Elmo


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.


Minneapolis residents charged in Lake Elmo prostitution bust

Washington County prosecutors have charged two Minneapolis residents, a woman and a man, with prostitution-related charges following a bust at a hotel in Lake Elmo.Washington County prosecutors have charged two Minneapolis residents, a woman and a man, with prostitution-related charges following a bust at a hotel in Lake Elmo.


Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,”

Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,” by William Dietrich
There’s nothing new under the sun. Stories about ethnic unrest, political intrigue, romance and sexual tension between supposed enemies abound in today’s news, movies, and novels, but the themes are as old as human history.


2013 Huff n’ Puff Medallion Hunt winners announced

The first medallion was found in Reid Park. (submitted photos)

This year, two lucky pairs of searchers found separately hidden medallions as part of the Lake Elmo Jaycees’ 37th annual Huff n’ Puff Days softball tournament.
Adventurous medallion hunters were given a series of clues from Aug. 4-11 to help them find the hidden treasure — a decorated Huff n’ Puff Days button — somewhere on Lake Elmo public property.


Oakdale Business of the Year announced

Alex Holmquist/Review

The 2013 Business of the Year Award was presented to Jack Burke from Burke, Wheeler and Associates, P.A..


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