Area Briefs 10/3/13

Buy a good book
100313_HayLakebooksThe Washington County Historical Society holds a two-day book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. Books, magazines, maps, journals and movies are available for purchase at the museum located on the corner of County Road 3 and Old Marine Trail North one mile south of Scandia. The school and Johannes Erickson Log Home, both on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for tours. Call 651-435-4014 or visit for more information. (Photo courtesy of Washington County Historical Society)

Bank holds coat drive through Oct. 21

BAYPORT — St. Croix Valley residents can help less fortunate neighbors get ready for the cold months ahead by dropping off new or gently used coats this month at First State Bank and Trust in Bayport.
The bank is collecting coats now through Oct. 21 at any bank location during regular business hours. Visit for more information.

Lohmer attends drug abuse forum

ST. PAUL – Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Stillwater, attended a Sept. 25 community forum in Virginia, Minn., meeting with local leaders, law enforcement officials, emergency medical professionals, social services representatives and concerned citizens to discuss problems facing the community related to synthetic drug use.
“It was truly horrifying to hear about real life instances of synthetic drug abuse,”  Lohmer said. “The long-term and often permanent side effects of these drugs are devastating. From aggressive and violent psychosis, to grand mal seizures with the inability to drive a car or hold down a job, physical mutilation, lack of ability to care for children, the uncompensated costs to ambulance services and hospitals, we must find a way to make these synthetic drugs unavailable.”
Lohmer, as a member of Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs, has been working with legislators in a bipartisan way to examine drug abuse issues in Minnesota. Members of the committee plan to recommend policies to combat the spread of the sale of synthetic drugs across the state for the 2014 legislative session.

YA, Mallards hold fundraiser

BAYPORT — Mallards on The St. Croix is helping Youth Advantage now through Nov. 30 through a featured menu with a portion of the proceeds donated to Youth Advantage.
During the next two months, a special menu featuring a new appetizer, entrée and wine selection will be available. The hand-picked, chef’s choice items are available to customers during all business hours at Mallards on the St. Croix. Our goal is to expand the awareness about Youth Advantage while also providing the community an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal which generates a donation to the organization.
Mallards is located at 101 Fifth Ave. South in Bayport.
Youth Advantage’s mission is providing access to extracurricular arts, athletics, and educational-enrichment experiences for children of financially-challenged parents or guardians living in Independent School District 834 boundaries.
It educates clients on opportunities and provides scholarships and necessary equipment or instruments to participate in the activity of the child’s choice. Youth Advantage believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to find and pursue their passions. Youth Advantage relies solely on donations of athletic equipment and musical instruments as well as financial contributions to provide its services.
To contact Youth Advantage, visit, call 651-342-1266, or mail P.O. Box 11, Stillwater, MN 55082.

Bridge marathon winds down

The 30th summer session of the Lakeview Foundation’s bridge marathon is nearing an end as play was completed for the period ending Sept. 30. Leaders in their respective groups are:

Daytime Group, 10th round
Mary Jo Teed and Barb Dahlke, 31,890
Sharon Lammers and Janet Meisterling, 31,490
Mary Charpentier and Karen Charpentier, 26,990
Connie Arndt and Mary Meinecke, 25,130
Evening Group, fifth round
Mariam and John Calkins, 16,770
Mary and Ken Quickel, 15,000
Deb and Steve Johnson,14,820

Players are reminded of the end-of-the-season party at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Lake Elmo Inn.
The bridge marathon raises funds for the Lakeview Foundation scholarship fund. Entries are being taken for the fall-through-spring season that starts Oct. 15 and ends in mid-April. Call Dahlke at 651-439-4162 for information.

School holds electronics recycling

WHITE BEAR LAKE — Century College and 5R Processors of Ladysmith, Wis., host a free electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school’s West Campus parking lot.
Acceptable items include laptops, copy machines, fax machines, televisions, wire and cabling, AV equipment, consoles, appliances and DVD and VHS players.
In addition, 5R Processors will provide hard-drive cleansing for only $10 (hard drives will not be returned). Freon-containing units such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers will be accepted for a fee of $15.
For more information, please visit or email [email protected] or call 715.322.4480.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]