JoAnn Ekwall, seated and creator of Fun at the Inn, checks in guests, including granddaughter Mackenzie Bennett and Dianne Thomae of the Red Hat Cuties of Burnsville, at the Lake Elmo Event Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Fun at the Inn, meeting every third Wednesday of the month, includes buffet and entertainment. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Klondike Kate 2000 Judy Nelson, 2014 Kathy Rustin-Westphal, and 2013 Anita Mack entertained. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Sick of being cooped up in her home during a winter season that seemed it would never end, JoAnn Ekwall vowed to create an event that would bring people together regardless of the weather.
Haley Jostes prepares an adult monarch butterfly she raised for release into the wild in a butterfly house her father built for her in the family’s Lake Elmo backyard. The tracking tag visible on the butterfly’s wing will allow researchers to learn about monarch migrating patterns after a recapture. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
Haley Jostes, winged for the occasion, displayed the monarch butterfly progression at the Juran home during the "Evening in the Big Backyard." Visitors could tap the resources of the Washington Conservation District, Washington Watershed, and Master Gardeners. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Monarch butterfly-friendly gardens were showcased at Bonnie Juran’s yard in August. Information was made available on pollinators, monarch butterflies, native plants, and trees and shrubs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Haley Jostes carefully places a tracking tag on a recently hatched monarch butterfly. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
On an August afternoon, 13-year-old Haley Jostes carefully places a recently hatched monarch butterfly on a nectar flower in her parents Lake Elmo backyard.
The Flaming Cardinals won the girls’ championship: First row, from left: Nicole James and McKenna Jones. Second row: Haley Knoblauch, Stella Wright, Emily Knoblauch and Gracelyn Katchmark-Juhl. Third row: Katelyn Hackman, Madelena Nasby, Abby Murphy, Abby Nason, Alexis Radanke and Jayne Carvelli. Coaches not pictured: Jeremy Hackman, Mike James, Tom Knoblauch and Shane Nason.
The Twins won their league championship: Pictured from left: Nate Preiner, Sam Meyer, Mikey Jelinek, Aiden Grossklaus, Wyatt Lowe-Adams, Weston Kostichka, Jack Greenlee, Mason Marlow, Jonathon Bigwood, Marquivian Beasley, Max Henry and Tate Bertelsen. Standing in the back is Coach Grossklaus.
Recently the Oakdale boys’ first grade baseball, and girls’ first and second grade softball rookies held their year-end championships at Oakdale’s Walton Park.
Volunteers in shifts get to work building the new playground out at Castle Elementary July 26. The PTO has been fundraising for over two years to replace the 24-year-old playground that was in disrepair.
From left: Joyce Kisch, Barb Bjorkman, Abby Nabben, Geri Barthelmy, Ellen Wier and Sally Wacker. (Submitted photo)
Quilts of Comfort donated to St. Croix Valley Red Cross
Sally Wacker of Lake Elmo recently delivered an amazing gift to the St. Croix Valley Red Cross in Bayport. Sally and her quilters of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo created beautiful quilts that they donated to the Red Cross victims of local disasters. Our Red Cross volunteers who respond to local fires and other emergencies will be able to present Quilts of Comfort to people who are recent victims of a fire, flood or severe storm in the greater St. Croix Valley.
On June 28, Legacy Dance Studio held the grand opening for their new dance studio at 7157 10th Street in Oakdale. Legacy Dance has been located in Oakdale for over 15 years; previously located in the Oakdale Mall and then The Oaks Business Park.