Lohmer Hosts Town Hall on Lily Lake

Update 9 a.m. 8/27: The town hall meeting has been moved to the Stillwater Public Library. It will still run from 7-8 p.m.


State Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, hosts a town hall meeting Monday at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater to discuss the closure of Lily Lake following the death of a young boy who contracted a parasitic amoeba after swimming in the lake earlier this month.

The meeting is from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the hospital’s Hulings Conference Room. State officials will join Lohmer with the latest information on the status of Lily Lake.

Officials at the meeting include Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki, Deputy Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Health Jim Koppel, Director of Washington County Public Health and Environment Lowell Johnson, president of Lakeview Hospital Curt Giessler and an epidemiologist from HealthPartners.

Information will be followed by a question and answer period.

City and county officials closed Lily Lake to swimming after 9-year-old Jack Ariola Erenberg died from complications after contracting a rare parasitic amoeba that MDH officials confirmed was in the lake, Erenberg’s death came two years after another Stillwater child, Anne Bahneman, died after contracting the same parasitic amoeba after swimming in Lily Lake.

The lake remains closed to swimming, but is open to boating and fishing, according to city officials.