Area briefs: Lake Elmo seeks input on community needs

How connected do you feel in your community? In your opinion, what is the city of Lake Elmo lacking? How would you rate the quality of life in Lake Elmo?

Initiated by the City’s NextGen committee, Lake Elmo is seeking feedback from residents regarding their level of engagement in the community, and desires for the future. Survey results will be posted on the city webpage and used in the planning of future community events and initiatives.

A hard copy of the survey will be included in the next issue of “The Source,” which will be delivered to homes in early April. The survey is also available to complete online at Respondents who complete and return the survey before April 30 will eligible to win a gift package from one of Lake Elmo’s newest businesses, establish salon. Prize includes a haircut and Moroccan oil Treatment. Stop in at the salon any time and mention the Community Survey and receive 20percent off your first service.

Curious about plans for downtown Lake Elmo?

Many residents and downtown business owners gathered for the March 11 City Council workshop, to take part in a discussion regarding plans for the Old Village Development in downtown Lake Elmo. With road reconstruction scheduled to occur on Lake Elmo Avenue, city officials are being proactive in considering other improvements to the downtown area as well. The agenda for the workshop addressed concerns including construction details, financing, overhead power, drainage, and a potential village green. The workshop is available for viewing online, by clicking here:

DeGree and Lohmer get party endorsements

Two candidates for Minnesota House District 39B have received party endorsements.

Tom DeGree, of Lake Elmo, was unanimously endorsed by delegates at the DFL Senate District 39 convention March 1.

Incumbent Kathy Lohmer, of Stillwater, was unanimously endorsed by delegates at the Republican Senate District 39 convention March 15.

District 39B includes all or part of many communities in the St. Croix River Valley, including Lake Elmo, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Baytown Township and more.

Free CFL lightbulbs for Lake Elmo residents

The city of Lake Elmo has recently acquired 500 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), which were funded through a Washington County recycling grant. These light bulbs will be provided to residents at no cost to help them become more energy efficient.

Compared to incandescent light bulbs, ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs:

• Use about one-quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light.

• Last about 10 times longer.

• Produce about 75 percent less heat, which reduces cooling costs.

• Saves about $30 or more in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb.

• Meet strict energy efficiency and performance requirements.

According to ENERGY STAR, “If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.”

Stop in to Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. N., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. while supplies last and pick up free bulbs. Limit two per household.

Lakeview class: Common foot problems

The toe bone connected to the heel bone, the heel bone connected to the foot bone…When our feet hurt, it can affect our entire body. Stillwater Medical Group Dr. Michael Bourne will talk about common forefoot ailments including bunions and hammertoes and treatment options. This class takes place April 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi. The class is free but registration is required. Call 651-430-4697 to sign up.

Pet clinic accepting pet food donations

Ceder Pet Clinic in Lake Elmo is accepting pet food donations in conjunction with the March campaign by Minnesota FoodShare. All kinds of pet food for any type of pet will be accepted at the clinic through April 1. The donations will be given to Valley Outreach in Stillwater.

Cedar Pet Clinic is at 11051 Stillwater Blvd. N.


Bring the World to Washington County

Denise Muske is bringing the world to the Washington County Area — one international teenager at a time.

Muske is an Area Representative for ASSE International Student Exchange programs whose primary goal is to contribute to international understanding by enabling foreign students to learn about the United States through active participation in family, school and community life. These high school students are from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Each of the students are well screened, proficient in English, and are high academic achievers. Students, ages 15-18, arrive with excellent health insurance, spending money and expect to bear their share of household responsibilities. The exchange is from just prior to the beginning of the academic year to shortly after school lets out.

Interested host individuals, couples or families will be able to select a male or female from the country of their choice, read their biographies, introduction letter, see their picture collage and correspond prior to arrival. The students’ interests and talents are as diverse as the countries they come from, which can be an additional assistance in the matching process. Host families responsibilities include involving the student in family activities, providing three meals a day (assumes a bag lunch — student is on his or her own if they opt to buy school lunch), a place to study (dining room table is fine) and a place to sleep (can share a bedroom).

ASSE also offers qualified local students the opportunity to spend a school year, semester, shorter term or a summer with a host family in another country. Ask about the “twinning” program where an exchange student spends three months with you and your family, and then you spend three months with them and their family in their country.

Those interested in applying to be a host family, or a high school aged students who would like to apply to study abroad, please contact Muske no later than June 1st at 651-324-7237, email: or visit ASSE’s website at