Area briefs: Lake Elmo Public Library revises paid card reimbursement policy

The Lake Elmo Public Library board has voted to reimburse Lake Elmo residents for one paid library card from any Minnesota library per household. This is a change from the previous policy, which authorized reimbursement only for a paid Washington County Library card per household.

There is still a limit of one card per household per year, but now residents may purchase a card at the library they find most convenient to use. Residents must bring their original receipt and reimbursement form (available on the library’s website) to the library or the Lake Elmo City Hall. MELSA libraries restrict access to some electronic resources for paid card users, so the Lake Elmo Public Library board encourages residents to obtain a free Lake Elmo Public Library card to gain access to ebooks on the library’s website.

Library hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p .m. When the library is closed, the catalog, ebooks, online resources, and information about library services and programs are always available at

Train your brain at the library

What to do, what to do? Spring Break often finds kids and their parents looking for fun daytime activities while school is out. The Lake Elmo Public Library will offer afternoon fun Monday through Friday, March 17th through 21st including Wii games, movie matinees, Karaoke fun, jigsaw puzzles, board games, Power Up activities, and lots of reading opportunities. The events will take place in the library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday. All activities will be appropriate for grade school children. For more information, or to register, call the library at 651-773-4926.

Texas Hold’em Tournament to support local baseball team

The St. Croix Valley Baseball Association will be hosting a Texas Hold’em Tournament as a fundraiser for their 14 AAA team. The team was invited to participate in the SlumpBuster Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series. “We haven’t started practices yet and the boys have already been working hard to raise money for this trip,” says their coach, Bryan Venske. “The community businesses have been very generous with their donations and now we just need poker players to fill the tables.”

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Stillwater VFW. A donation of $50 will get you a seat at that table with a cash prize awarded to the eventual winner. Non-players are also welcome to join the event with donation of only $10. Appetizers, silent auction and door prizes are included, along with a cash bar. If you are interested in supporting this team, participants are encouraged to sign-up in advance at the Association’s website:

“We can’t wait for Omaha,” said player Matthew Crowell. “There will be tough competition at the tournament and we’re excited to show them how good we are.”

For event details, visit the website ( or contact Ann Venske at 651-283-3980 or [email protected]

Stonebridge fundraiser

This month there are also two other easy ways to raise money for Stonebridge while having fun with family and friends at dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday March 26 and Monday, March 31. There is a flyer associated with these events.

Live streaming of county board now available 

Washington County has added the capability of webstreaming County Board meetings, which means that residents with access to the Internet may watch weekly County Board meetings live through their computers.

Recordings of the meetings will continue to be shown on cable access channels throughout the county, as well.

The county’s website will also maintain an archive of videotaped board meetings which may be accessed at any time through the Internet.

Residents may find the live webstreaming by searching for “webstreaming” on the front page of the county website at, or clicking on the County Board link from the front page. A direct link to the webstreaming page will also be available from the front page of the county’s homepage during an introductory period.

The County Board meets the first four Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m. Residents are also welcome to attend the board meetings at the Government Center at 14949 N. 62nd St., Stillwater.

Diggins comes to Lions

Olympic cross country skier Jessie Diggins is coming to the Scandia Marine Lions Thursday, April 10.

The Afton native’s accomplishments on and off the ski trails will be honored and celebrated at the meeting. This breakfast meeting is open to the public and is free.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N. Reservations are requested and can be made at [email protected] or by calling Denny Seefeldt at 651-433-5999.

Diggins was a star skier at Stillwater Area High School, winning three individual championships while leading the team to two championships and a runner-up finish. She won the Korteloppet (sister race of the American Birkiebeiner) twice. At the World Cup level she was a winner in the team sprints and on the podium in the 4 x 5 relay where she skied the anchor leg. At the Sochi Olympics she placed eighth in the skiathlon, 13th in the individual sprints and 40th in the 30 kilometer freestyle race. She also anchored the 9th place 4 x 5 relay team.

Olympic biathlete Leif Nordgren of Marine on St Croix will be a guest speaker at a future date.

Community education classes start soon

Watch for our summer catalog which will be delivered to homes the week after spring break. Online registration will open on Tuesday, March 25.

Adult enrichment classes:

• Drawing and Painting Studio, Saturday, March 29.

• Step Express, starts Tuesday, March 25

• Bronze Beginner Ballroom starts Tue March 25

• Bronze Senior Ballroom, starts Tuesday, March 25

• Sculpt & Step, starts Thursday, Marc 27

• Microsoft PowerPoint, Friday, March 28

Early childhood classes

• Preschool Spanish —  Going Places for 3-4 year olds with parent, offered by Concordia Language Villages. Fridays, May 2- June 6, 12:30-2 p.m. Early Childhood Family Center. Cost: $105 per parent/child pair.