Area briefs from 11/22/13

Diabetes support group 

Stillwater Medical Group’s Physical Therapist Nelson Coffey will talk about mind-body skills at the Lakeview Hospital Diabetes Support Group. The support group will be held on 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Specialty Clinic, 1500 Curve Crest Blvd. There is no fee or registration required.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can affect many aspects of a person’s life. According to the Sillwater Medical Group, mind-body skills are the single most important and best-documented way to deal with the stress that both contributes to and results from chronic illness. Nelson will discuss several techniques including meditation, guided imagery, breath work and mindful-movement. He will also discuss how to begin to explore these practices as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle in the spirit of “the heart of health care is self-care.”

For more information visit: or call (651) 430-8715.

Beach Road bridge and S. Frontage Road open early

The new Beach Road bridge over Highway 36 in Oak Park Heights and the S. Frontage Road have opened earlier than expected. Crews removed the barricades around 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

A portion of Beach Road and the bridge over Highway 36 had been closed since August, while crews construct the new Beach Road bridge.

The S. Frontage Road has been closed since Nov. 6, for about two-thirds mile between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail, while crews tied a water main and completed curb and gutter work. Access from Peller/Penrose avenues to the S. Frontage Road is also open.

“The Price of Sand”

The DVD documentary of “The Price of Sand” will be shown in the Town Hall of Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights on Mon. Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

In Wisconsin, there is a frac sand mining boom. Will the boom come across the river to Minnesota?

Due to demand increases, pure silica sand is now valuable. Some mines have operated for many years and new companies in the area have driven up the price of land suitable for mining silica deposits. A few lucky landowners are making a lot of money and the new mines promise new jobs in rural areas. But, is the frac sand mining worth it when air, water and land become polluted?

Bridge marathon leaders

Here are the leaders in the Lakeview Foundation’s bridge marathon:

Daytime Group A, 2nd round:

1st – Carolyn Leys and Mary Meinecke, 8,930

2nd – Kay Ehrhart and Barb Dahlke, 5,550

3rd – Eleanor Smith and Diane Stoetzel, 5,370

Daytime Group B, 2nd round:

1st – Sharon Lammers and Janet Meisterling, 8,160

2nd – Margaret Ammerman and Nina Leiser, 6,740

3rd – Angie Orff and Borge Risendal, 4,720

Evening Group I, 2nd round:

1st – Debbie and Steve Johnson, 6,690

2nd – Lynn and Tom Foster, 5,670

3rd – Karen and Jim Dahl, 4,790

Daytime Group II, 2nd round:

1st – Mary Meinecke and Carolyn Leys

2nd –Angie Orff and Sandy Brown

3rd – Diane Hawkins and Sidney Murphy

Homestead Application Deadline approaching

Property owners in Washington County whose property is eligible for homestead classification because of a change should contact a county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15.

Homestead classification will affect the amount of property tax paid in 2014, and it may affect eligibility for a property tax refund.

Contact the county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15 if one of the following applies:

•you purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2013; or

•you, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2013, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or of the spouse of the owner.

Once property owners have been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor.

Property owners must also contact the assessor by Dec. 15, 2013, if they are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year.

If property owners should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, they are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. If a property owner fails to notify the assessor within 30 days, the property may be assessed taxes due as if the property were non-homestead.

For additional information or questions, call the Washington County Assessment Division at 651-430-6175.

Local Students Study abroad

Three local students are studying abroad during the fall semester 2013 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

The students are Sarah de St. Aubin and Lonnica Johnson. They are studying in the Greco-Roman program. Another student is Laura Ricci who is studying in the London program.

The first program gives students the opportunity to explore classical subjects of history, religion, art history and literature while living in modern day Rome and Athens. While students are exposed to Italian and Greek language, courses are taught in English, both in the classroom and on historical and archaeological sites or in museums. The focus is based on a structured curriculum, always leaving room for the exploration of unique opportunities presented by the intellectual and cultural resources of Italy and Greece. While in London, the students study British history, literature, theater, music and art through lectures, readings, discussions and writing assignments. The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum are used as classrooms by the program professors. Students on this program may also choose to participate in an internship and gain international professional experience.

Chemists in Lake Elmo Library on Dec. 7

The Lake Elmo Public Library is pleased to host Chemists in the Library on Saturday, December 7th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for children ages 6 and up. The American Chemical Society sponsors these visits to libraries in the Twin cities area and helps kids with a variety of easy-to-do hands on chemistry activities. Yes, the students will get to be involved in the chemistry! The experiments will be individualized to meet the background and knowledge of the ages of those involved with each activity. The Chemists in the Library program is a volunteer effort of chemistry students, teachers, and professionals who want to bring the fun and wonder of chemistry to kids.  Children may stop in at any time during the free program to participate.