Area Briefs 6/12/13

Bayport hydrant flushing continues through June 21

The Bayport Public Works Department continues fire hydrant flushing through June 21, weather permitting, city officials said.
Residents might experience some water discoloration resulting from the flushing. If residents notice discolored water, let water run until it clears.
If the problem persists, call City Hall at 651-275-4404.

HOPE golf tournment  has openings for players

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — HOPE Adoption and Family Services International, Inc., has opened registration for its annual Families FORE Kids Golf Tournament July 22 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls, Wis.
Registration includes lunch, practice range, 10-hole tournament, golf games, silent auction and dinner. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit HOPE programs, in particular the non-profit’s work with Minnesota foster care adoption.
To register, sponsor or learn more, contact Nancy Lyner at 651-449-2446 or [email protected]

City honored for sustainability efforts

The city of Lake Elmo was recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City and will receive an award this month for becoming a Step 2 city by completing seven best practices.
The city will be recognized at the June 20 League of Minnesota Cities 2013 annual conference. The award recognizes steps Lake Elmo is taking in energy and resource conservation and innovation.
As one of 56 participating cities, Lake Elmo is helping to lead sustainability across the state of Minnesota. Actions taken focus on cost savings, reduced energy use and encouraging of civic innovation.

Bike club selling Zephyr railroad line spikes

The Chilkoot Velo club is selling Minnesota Zephyr rail line spikes to raise $5,000 to provide 350 bikes for children.
Each spike sold includes a free drink coupon from Chillkoot Cafe. Spikes cost $5 and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit
The club received, refurbished and donated 5,000 bikes last year alone. Chilkoot Velo club members will sell the spikes at the Nature Valley Grand Prix Sunday in their tent at location 46 in the Expo/FanZone. For more information go to

PowerUp Bucks fuel wellness in schools

Lakeview Health’s PowerUp initiative is fueling student wellness by investing more than $6,600 in PowerUp bucks through St. Croix Valley schools participation in the PowerUp School Challenge on Facebook and the schools’ participation in the initiative’s community kick-off.
Salem Lutheran School earned $1,175 PowerUp bucks placing first with 94 percent participating in the school challenge and lots of involvement in events and promotions.
PowerUp bucks can only be used for wellness supplies and materials, equipment that helps promote better eating and physical activity in children during and after the school day.
Money was also given to Stillwater Area Public Schools, St. Anne’s School in Somerset, Wis., St. Croix Preparatory Academy, Somerset Elementary School and St. Croix Catholic School.

Arcola Mills class focuses on St. Croix River

A new Arcola Mills class shows people there is much more to the St. Croix River than water. The “Run River Run: Discoveries Along the River” session focuses on large and small things that can be found in the river.
The class is 10 a.m. to noon June 22, costs $25 per family and is sponsored in coordination with PowerUp. The session features a naturalist  who is also an artist and uses inspiration from the St. Croix River to create a book using objects found during the river adventure.