Washington County


WA County reserve deputy looks back on storied career

Longtime Washington County Reserve Deputy Gary Glaeser, diagnosed with terminal cancer, was honored by colleagues at a gathering in September at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. (Linda Baumiester/Review)

The Washington County Sheriffs Department, including Sheriff Bill Hutton, second from left, shared greetings, stories, and well wishes with Gary Glaeser and his wife Terri, seated in the Nordic Center at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Gary Glaeser is fighting cancer General Patton style
A man who has devoted himself to not only protecting the residents of Washington County, but the nation as a whole, has refocused his efforts on fighting a battle with the disease.
To say Glaeser, 69, of Oakdale has lived an interesting life would be an understatement.


Ted Bearth, Jeremy Olson face off in county commissioner race

Candidates running for public office in Washington County are busy with their campaigns, with just a few weeks remaining before the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election.
County Attorney Pete Orput and Sheriff Bill Huton are running unopposed, while District 2 county commissioner Ted Bearth of Oakdale will face challenger Jeremy Olson of Woodbury.


Municipal and school board candidates file in Oakdale-Lake Elmo area

The filing period for offices in cities without a primary election closed on Tuesday, Aug. 12, as did filing for seats on local school boards. Candidates who filed by Tuesday's deadline had until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug.


County’s early budget proposal calls for levy hike

Homeowners in Washington County may pay a little bit more in property taxes next year.


The Washington County Fair is back for its 143rd run and it’s better than ever

Freshly groomed, the cattle are led in the beef judging arena during the Washington County Fair. All kinds of livestock – goats, pigs, hens, rabbits and more will be on exhibit or being judged. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Washington County Residents Horse Show features Intermediate Western Horsemanship, Senior Western Pleasure, and more. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carnival rides are just part of the fun at the Washington County Fair. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Purchasing the”Carnival Special” during certain hours allows fairgoers to go on as many ride as they like for $22. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s the peak of summer and the countdown to one of the area’s most highly anticipated annual events is nearly up. The 2014 Washington County Fair is back for its 143rd year and promises to be bigger and better than ever.


BizRecycling grants available

 If you’re a business owner, you may be throwing money away on your trash bill. So how do you know, and more importantly, how do you prevent wasting in the future?


Filing for Washington County elections closes

Candidates representing the Oakdale and Lake Elmo areas have all filed for the 2014 general election in November.  County Attorney Pete Orput and County Sheriff Bill Hutton are running uncontested, while District 2 County Commissioner Ted Bearth w


Washington County lawmakers to discuss 2014 legislative session

Another busy legislative session wrapped up last month.


New loan program launched to replace failing septic systems

In an effort to protect groundwater quality, and assist homeowners with the high cost of replacing septic systems, Washington County has unveiled a low-interest loan program.


Washington County 2014 budget

The county budget funds a diverse set of county services, from county roads and bridges to safety net services for elderly and disabled residents. We operate parks, libraries, administer elections, provide prosecution, protect public health and offer public safety protection to our communities. Much of what we do is required because of state and federal mandates. Not all mandates are bad, but if state and federal funding is not provided along with the mandates, the cost of providing that service is shifted to county property taxes.