Area briefs for 11-6-13

Lake Elmo seeks commission members

The city of Lake Elmo is seeking new members for its personnel and finance committees. The two administrative committees were formed earlier this year under the general provisions of the Lake Elmo city code to improve the operations of the Lake Elmo city government.

The finance committee assists city council in the administration of the city’s financial operations through the regular audit of financial statements, creation and maintenance of relevant/compliant financial policy, and the development of the annual operating budget.

The personnel committee aids the city council in the administration of personnel policies and staffing.

For more information or to apply, call 651-747-3900.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve closes for deer management

Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be closed Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17 for a controlled deer management harvest.

Only participants who have obtained a special lottery permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be allowed into the park for the deer harvest. All deer management participants are required to attend a safety and deer harvest orientation course prior to the management project.

The deer herd in the park reserve and the adjacent Sunfish Lake Park has grown to 120, based upon a 2013 aerial survey. Wildlife managers estimate that 30 percent of the deer population is missed through aerial surveys, which means there are possibly upwards of 156 deer in the park area. Officials say the high concentration of deer has caused much browsing destruction to the trees and shrubs in the park and poses a traffic hazard as deer cross the highways.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends keeping the deer population between 15 and 25 deer per square mile. The recommended herd size for Lake Elmo Park Reserve and surrounding areas is 45-75.

All other parks in Washington County will be open.

For more information about the Lake Elmo Park Reserve deer harvest, call 651-430-8370.

Lake St. Croix Beach hosts Thanksgiving food drive

The city of Lake St. Croix Beach invites the public to contribute to its Thanksgiving Food Drive. Participants can support individuals and families in need by dropping off nonperishable food items until Monday,

Nov. 25.

Bring items to Lake St. Croix Beach City Hall at 16455 20th Street S.

All items collected from the food drive will be donated to Valley Outreach in Stillwater. Valley Outreach works to provide food, clothing, and emergency assistance to eligible St. Croix Valley residents.

Register for poetry reading and artist talk

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station announces a poetry reading and artist talk Friday, Nov. 15, at the Research Station, 16910 152nd Street N., Marine on St. Croix.

Two of the 2013 Artists at Pine Needles, poet Su Smallen and artist Jessica Zeglin will present.

The event is at 7 p.m. It is open to the public but space is limited and registration is required by Nov. 12.

The workshop is presented by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station as part of its Artist at Pine Needles residency program. Each summer, the Artist at Pine Needles program invites natural history artists or writers to spend two to four weeks in residence to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.

During Smallen’s residency in the month of July, she wrote an entire book of new poems. She will read selections from that work.

Painter and sculptor Jessica Zeglin, in residence in September, collected images and objects on which she is basing a new body of work in her studio. Jessica will show and discuss both previous works and the new images she is developing based upon her residency.

To register call 651-433-5953 ext. 10, or email [email protected]

Open house on St. Croix Trail South project Nov. 13

Residents, businesses owners and other stakeholders are invited to attend a public open house for the St. Croix Trail South (County Road 21) Roadway Improvements in Downtown Afton 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, 1560 St. Croix Trail S., Lakeland.

Project updates, current schedule, and other project information will be provided at the open house. Public feedback on community needs and interests for the project are being sought. The meeting is an open house format, and no formal presentation will be given, but project staff will be available to answer questions.

The St. Croix Trail South project focuses on the reconstruction of County Road 21 from River Road South to the north split of County Road 18/County Road 21. The purpose of this two-mile roadway project is to rebuild roadway infrastructure, to provide improvements to the County Road 18/County Road 21 intersection, and to improve safety and accessibility for all roadway users.

More information is available at

Community Thread names new executive director

Community Thread, an independent nonprofit that promotes, supports and encourages volunteerism, has has named Sally Anderson as its new executive director.

“We are very pleased to have Sally Anderson as the new Executive Director,” said Al Godfrey, Chairman of the Community Thread Board of Directors, in announcing the appointment. “Her experience as a nonprofit leader and her knowledge of the community will benefit the organization as we continue to support volunteerism, help seniors stay connected and build a stronger community in collaboration with our partners. This is an exciting time in Community Thread’s continuing evolution.”

Anderson, formerly with Valley Outreach, serves on several community leadership teams. She has a masters degree in health administration from Indiana University and a certificate in nonprofit management from University of Wisconsin.

“I am very excited to be joining an outstanding organization such as Community Thread.” Anderson said. “I have a deep appreciation for the impact that volunteers can make and their value to this community in particular.”

Community Thread has operated in Washington County and western Wisconsin since 1967. Its programs include the Volunteer Center, medical appointment transportation, Medical Reserve Corps, Holiday Hope, Stillwater and Bayport Senior Centers, and special services to help seniors remain living independently.

Knights host camp fundraiser breakfast

The Knights of Columbus invite the public to a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

The Knights of Columbus are partnering with the Dunrovin Retreat Center to raise money to help with the cost of the youth retreats. The event is at KC Hall, 1910 South Greeley Street, Stillwater. Guests can enjoy “all-you-care-to-eat” pancakes, scrambled eggs with optional toppings, sausage links, coffee, milk, juice and fruit. Cost is $7 for adults, and children age 12 and under cost $4.

Nonperishable food items are also being collected for local St. Michael’s food shelf.

Panel discussion on helping seniors stay in their homes

FamilyMeans will host a panel discussion Tuesday, Nov. 19, that will focus on helping older adults remain in their homes. The event is 2:45-4:30 p.m. at Family Means, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S., Stillwater.

The discussion will emphasize:

• Community-based service options

• Trends in the aging population

• Challenges and opportunities to consider

• When to seek services

The event is specific to Washington County. Providers that will participate in the panel will represent the Buurtzorg model, Stillwater Medical Group Care Coordinators, HomeInstead Home Care, Parish Nurse, AARP and FamilyMeans.

For more information, call Jenny West at 651-789-4015 or email [email protected]

Local Real Estate agent honored 

Jonathan Lindstrom of RE/MAX Specialists in Stillwater was recently honored as a Super Real Estate Agent by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business following a review process by a panel of 20 real estate industry experts. Updated annually, the guide is a valuable resource for buyers and sellers seeking the best real estate agents in Minnesota.

Celebrating Veterans Day in Stillwater Area Public Schools

Students at several of Stillwater Area Public Schools will be honoring and recognizing current military personnel and veteran’s during special assemblies on Monday, November 11. Many of the assemblies will feature local color guards, along with special music and presentations by students and staff.

• Andersen Elementary, 10:30 a.m.

• Afton-Lakeland Elementary, 10:15 a.m.

• Marine Elementary, 10:30 a.m.

• Withrow Elementary, 2 p.m.

• Lake Elmo Elementary, 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Veterans are invited to attend so that our students may honor you for your service.

Compiled by Jonathan Young – [email protected]