Area briefs: Mondale to speak historical society meeting

The Washington County Historical Society has announced former Vice President of the United States, U.S. Senator and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale, will be the featured speaker at the Washington County Historical Society Annual meeting Thursday, March 27,at the Water Street Inn, 101 Water St. S., Stillwater.

Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War before earning a law degree in 1956. He married Joan Adams in 1955.

Working as a lawyer in Minneapolis, Mondale was elected to the position of attorney general in 1960. He was appointed U.S. Senator in late 1964 as a member of the Democratic Party upon the resignation of Hubert Humphrey, and held that post until 1976.

In working with Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Mondale helped to draft legislation to protect and preserve the wild and scenic rivers in the U.S. Among those first protected rivers is the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The event is open to the public and the cost is $25 for WCHS members and $35 for nonmembers.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner will be  at 6:30 p.m., and the business meeting will be at 7:30. . Mondale’s program will begin around 8 p.m.

Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information about the event call 651-439-5956.

Bayport waste hauler changes name

The waste hauler for the city of Bayport, Allied Waste, has officially updated its name to Republic Services to be consistent with the company name used nationally.

There will be no changes to services or scheduled pickup. Residents can expect to see the new name on the trucks, invoices and customer service correspondence.

The city has not yet received confirmation whether the current Allied Waste residential refuse and recycling carts will be exchanged, but residents should use their existing carts until otherwise notified.

Empty Bowls time change for the big game

Youth United Way is excited to support their peers going to the State Hockey Tournament on March 6. They decided to open up their Empty Bowls fundraiser at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 so that students attending the game can still participate in the fundraiser. Youth United Way is a group of 8th-12th grade students that work to raise money for different youth and hunger programs in our community.

“We are so excited that our friends and classmates made it to state,” said Lillyan Pan, co-President of Youth United Way. “Opening the soup supper early means that students can stop in for a cup of soup before they head off to the BIG game.”

“For anyone that didn’t get tickets to the hockey game, they can still watch it on the TV screen during Empty Bowls,” said Sydney Kuball, co-President of Youth United Way. “We’ve decided to have it running during the event because it’s such an exciting time for our school!”

“Everyone going to the game is encouraged to stop in for soup on their way,” said Angie Lien, Executive Director of United Way of Washington County-East. “It makes it easy to not have to worry about making dinner. We’re also keeping the soup supper open until 7 p.m. for those coming after work. Our Youth United Way students have been working for months to have a successful fund raiser and we hope to see a great turnout again this year.”

Empty Bowls is the group’s largest, most substantial fundraiser during the year. With the time change it will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. this year at Stillwater Area High School. Tickets cost $20 (for soup and a pottery bowl) or $10 (soup only), students and children cost $5.

The group works for months to find local artists and restaurants to donate pottery bowls, soup, and bread. The soup and bread serve as a simple meal to enjoy at the event, and the pottery bowls go home with the guests as a continual reminder of the empty bowls in our community. It helps to remind our guests that hunger exists everywhere, even here in our Stillwater area community.

Last year the group allocated funds to Valley Outreach, Young Lives, Canvas Health, Youth Advantage, and Youth Services Bureau. These organizations and programs help youth who are hungry, teen parents, homeless youth, and students who can’t afford to join clubs and school teams. To purchase tickets, visit

Who Was Adolf Hitler? program repeat

Historian David Steele will present his lecture, Who Was Hitler? for a second time at the Lake Elmo Public Library on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Because of limited seating, pre-registration is required. Call the library at (651) 773-4926 to sign up.

Benefit Breakfast helps St. Mary’s Piano Fund 

Come to a delicious benefit breakfast on Sunday, March 16 at the KC Hall in Stillwater.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 1:00.  Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Piano Fund.  Adults are $8 each; Children age 12 and under are $4 each.  This partnership breakfast is sponsored by the Solanus Casey Council 1632, Stillwater Knights of Columbus.  Donations for the St. Michael’s Food Shelf are also being accepted.

Securing your retirement

As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security

benefits can and should play in your overall retirement income plan. Join Edward Jones for an overview of:

• How Social Security benefits work for you and your spouse

• When and how to start receiving Social Security benefits

• Opportunities to increase your benefits throughout retirement

The evening, which takes place on March 13 at 5:30 p.m. is hosted by Bonnie Bakke of Edward Jones in Stillwater and features Michael Graci, of BlackRock, who is their director and retirement education specialist. The free event takes place at The Water Street Inn, 101 Water Street South. RSVP to Jamie Smetana to reserve as sport at the event by March 7. She can be reached at 651-439-9062.

Blind Date with a Book winners announced

The Lake Elmo Public Library’s “Blind Date with a Book” contest ended on February 28th. On Monday, March 3rd, two winners were drawn from the “Rate Your Date” book reviews that were entered for the drawing. Winners were Cheryl Emerson and Donna Harstad. The prizes were delicious donations from Candyland in Stillwater.

When the library is closed, the catalog and information about library services and programs are always available on the website,  Library hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 10 to 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 to 8, Fridays and Saturdays 10 to 2. Story time for preschoolers is every Friday at 10:30; the East Metro Writers meet on Mondays from 10 to noon; Café Philo meets on Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11:45 to discuss current topics. For more information call 651-773-4926.