Tuesday, April 16, 2013
“All of a sudden I heard two huge blasts—and everything went silent," Chris Hess-Withbroe said from her Boston hotel room Monday evening. "Next thing I knew I saw people running hysterically through the streets."
Chris Hess-Withbroe was just blocks away from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when two bomb blasts went off Monday. “Everything was going normal, I had just finished the race, got my participant bag and was heading toward the family reunion section to meet up with my son,” said Hess-Withbroe, a Lake Elmo resident. “All of a sudden I heard two huge blasts—and everything went silent. Next thing I knew I saw people running hysterically through the streets. Then the sirens started.” Hess-Withbroe immediately found her son Bailey, a member of the Stillwater Area High School varsity cross-country team. They checked Twitter to learn what was going on and tried to figure out where to go and what to do next. “We’re staying downtown at the …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Anthony John Carlson, 20, of Lake Elmo, died after losing control of his motorcycle Thursday evening near Minnemishinona Falls. Carlson was a 2010 graduate of Stillwater Area High School.
A 20-year-old Lake Elmo man died after losing control of his motorcycle Thursday evening near Minnemishinona Falls. Anthony John Carlson was traveling westbound on a curve of County Road 41 when he crossed over into the eastbound lane and struck a guardrail, the Associated Press reports. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he later died. Carlson was a 2010 graduate of Stillwater Area High School. Visitation is set for 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center in Stillwater, and also one hour prior to the service at church. Click here to read the full obituary. A celebration of Carlson's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Christ Lutheran Church, 11194 36th St. N., in Lake Elmo. Interment at…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The fourth annual event is planned at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
The fourth annual Women’s Down and Dirty 8K—a trail run at the at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve—will take place on Saturday, May 4. The event, meant to celebrate women’s running, will also include a two-mile fun run this year sponsored by Healthy Hearts and Happy Heads of Stillwater, a program for fourth- through sixth-grade girls focusing on body image, self esteem, fitness and nutrition. The shorter run was inspired by a mom who wanted to run with her daughter but felt the 8K was too long, according to a release from race director Kim Maxwell, who lives in Woodbury. “Don’t let the idea of trail running intimidate you. The race is 100 percent on trails and Lake Elmo Park Reserve is the perfect place to see if you like it,” reads the release…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Minnesota persuaded Valley Cartage to move their headquarters across the river with a $940,000 economic development package that includes a tax abatement, a sizable forgivable loan, job-training funds and energy credits.
Valley Cartage is planning to move its headquarters from St. Croix Business Park in Hudson to Lake Elmo, as the result of a $940,000 economic development package. The growing trucking and shipping company will move it’s headquarters about 10 miles west on I-94 to a 26,000 square-foot building located in the Eagle Point Business Park in Lake Elmo. RELATED: After 76 Years, Valley Cartage Keeps on Truckin' Valley Cartage President and CEO Todd Gilbert told Finance & Commerce that the company will continue to occupy its building at the St. Croix Business Park, but needed more room to grow. “I’m third generation running this business. I’m fifth generation in the Hudson community. We’re not leaving Hudson,” Gilbert said. “We’re in a growth …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wildwood Lodge in Lake Elmo is now a Holiday Inn & Suites.
The Wildwood Lodge in Lake Elmo is now a Holiday Inn & Suites. The name change was spurred by the Heart of America Group, which still owns the hotel, as part of an effort to take advantage of a points system for guests, better name recognition and a centralized registration platform. The change went into effect Nov. 19 at the 99-room hotel, which was built in 2003, said Lori Rapach, sales executive. “We’re really excited,” she said. There have been some updates associated with the change—signage, bedding, fixtures, etc.—but the décor of the hotel will otherwise remain the same. “That’s what (guests) always come here for,” said Katherine Minks, director of catering. The hotel is popular with business travelers and those attending weddings …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
For more than half a decade, Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm has been selling evergreens to families looking for an authentic touch during the holiday season. People can cut their own trees at the farm, located at
4452 Lake Elmo Ave. N., in Lake Elmo. (Hand saws are available for use.) Krueger's will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday. It’s also open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday though Saturday (until Christmas). The tree farm—which sells a wide variety of evergreens—also has Santa on the grounds to greet guests, and, in honor of its history as an American Indian village, has a “teepee historian” on hand, as well. For more information, visit its website. Like Patch on Facebook | Follow…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The homeowner told deputies he heard loud crashes early Wednesday morning but was able to put the fire out himself.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible arson incident at a Lake Elmo home early Wednesday morning. At about 4:15 a.m. authorities received a 911 call about a fire at the 5300 block of Lake Elmo Avenue, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The homeowner told police he heard several loud crashes and a vehicle sped away from the home as he was calling 911. He was able to put the fire out himself, and there was minor damage to the home, the release says. The incident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
A 20-year-old Stillwater woman, a 15-year-old passenger in her vehicle and a 46-year-old St. Paul man are all in "critical condition" after a head-on crash on Highway 5 in Lake Elmo Tuesday night.
Three people were transported to Regions Hospital in critical condition Tuesday night after a head-on crash near Highway 5 and Stillwater Lane in Lake Elmo. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: Marah F. Sobczak, 20, of Stillwater, was driving her Buick westbound on Highway 5 just after 9 p.m. when she collided with a 2004 Honda Civic driven by Jon R. Wentz, 46, of St. Paul, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The two drivers, and a passenger in the Stillwater woman’s vehicle, Kalley A Sobczak, 15, of Stillwater, were each transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. According to the State Patrol, all three people are in “critical condition.” Details of the crash have not yet been released. The State Patrol is reconstructing the …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified the Oak Park Heights man involved in a fatal crash in Lake Elmo Wednesday morning. Details of the crash remain under investigation.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified the Oak Park Heights man involved in a fatal crash in Lake Elmo Wednesday morning as Nicholas Joseph Taube. Taube, 22, died in a single-car crash at the 3000 block of Lake Elmo Avenue North early Wednesday morning. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office got the call about the crash at about 3:12 a.m. Taube was thrown from the vehicle, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The crash remains under investigation. This post will be updated as more information is available. Taube’s funeral is planned for Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Stillwater. Visitation is at 10 a.m., and mass will follow at 11 a.m.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
A 22-year-old Minneapolis man was transported to Regions Hospital Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old Oakdale man on County Road 5 near Manning Avenue in Lake Elmo.
A bicyclist was transported to Regions Hospital Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 5 near Manning Avenue in Lake Elmo. The bicyclist’s injuries were not life threatening, according to a Washington County dispatch. No arrests were made. David Bartel, 46, of Oakdale was driving a 2000 Chevy Silverado on County Road 5 at about 10:37 p.m. Saturday when he struck a bicyclist, Michael Geving, 22, of Minneapolis, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Curtis Mowers said. Geving was taken to Regions Hospital by Lakeview Ambulance with back and side pain, Mowers said. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, non-serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation, Mowers said. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, …