Lake Elmo


2016-17 Community Guide

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Lake Elmo city council passes preliminary levy

Residents can expect a decrease in city taxes

On Sept. 20, the Lake Elmo City Council passed the community’s preliminary 2017 property-tax levy, which is $31,778 less than this year’s levy.


Community service for canines

(Top) Rasmussen College academic dean Christina Skoglund, instructor Jason Lowewn, program coordinator Maia Maiden and student Laura Loveless get ready to wash cars at Rasmussen College’s eighth annual Community Service Day.


Lake Area Bank holds school contest in honor of its anniversary

Lake Area Bank officials met recently with the Lake Elmo Elementary School third grade classrooms to present $500 for their school. (submitted photo)

In honor of Lake Area Bank’s 100th Anniversary last year, they launched a school contest encouraging service projects that support “making a difference in people’s lives” – the core passion of the bank.  Over the duration of three months, schools


Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society dissolves without enough volunteers

In 1913, the Eder School was still in use as a schoolhouse. It had no plumbing or electricity, and water had to be collected from the outdoor hand pump. Oil lamps were used to light the building, and a wood stove provided heat in the cold months of the year. (submitted photo)

One-room schoolhouse changes hands again

“There isn’t much interest in young people in history these days,” said Carol Houck, secretary and treasurer of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society.

Lack of interest seems to be a trend across all volunteer-dependent organizations, which have been unable to attract people from the working and youth populations. In the case of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society, it has been especially crippling. 

In response to its declining membership, the group merged with and recently transferred its collection to the Washington County Historical Society. 


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.


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.


Elderly residents relying on North St. Paul food shelf spikes

More and more elderly residents are turning to the North St. Paul Area Food Shelf every month to meet their nutritional needs, according to Linda Zick, food shelf director.


Cowern teacher nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Julie Swanson is among 113 other candidates nominated to be the 52nd Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

 Candidates for the award include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and adult basic education teachers from public and private schools.

To be eligible, a teacher must have at least a bachelor’s degree, a Minnesota teaching license, completed at least three years of teaching and the intention to continue teaching. 


High school students revamp a foreclosed duplex

Students from Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center transformed the duplex on Sixth Avenue in North St. Paul into a single-family home during the 2014-15 school year. Above is after, below is before. (file photo/Linda Baumeister)

North St. Paul now marketing ‘new’ single-family home near Webster School 

The transformation of a duplex into a single-family home located across the street from Webster Elementary School in North, St. Paul, is nothing short of amazing, and it is even more amazing that all the renovation work was done by high school students. 

After a prior resident had to be evacuated using teargas and arrested for criminal acts in 2013, the duplex at 2001 Sixth Street, North St. Paul, was boarded up and fell into foreclosure. The dwelling soon became a blight that the neighborhood was eager to change.


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