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Lake Elmo resident George Crocker honored by Center for Energy and Environment

Lake Elmo resident George Crocker was honored by the Center for Energy and Environment on Feb. 11 for his steadfast clean energy commitment and courage.


Titans sign letters of intent - photo

Linda Baumeister/Review

Four Tartan student athletes signed college letters of intent to play football for the school they will attend next year.


Byron Anderson receives prestigious Heritage Award

Byron Anderson

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) recently awarded Washington County resident Byron Anderson with its prestigious Heritage Award at its annual convention in Las Vegas. The award is given for outstanding, long-term service to fairs and related organizations.


Hill-Murray senior has jazz hands

John Blanda is shown at the baby grand piano in Hill-Murray High School’s choir room. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

John Blanda, in a sense, has the world at his fingertips.
Blanda, a 17-year-old kid from Maplewood, is quiet, laid back and comes off a bit spacey, but still sharp.
And sharp quickly comes to the fore when he sits at the piano.


Paul Prescott, of Oakdale, named Player of the Week

Nichols College sophomore Paul Prescott, of Oakdale, was recently named Northeast Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. This is the first time he has been honored with the award. Nichols College is a private four-year college located in Dudley, Mass.


Washington County Board of Commissioner appointments

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Oakdale city council member Stan Karwoski to represent District 2 on the county’s Parks and Open Space Commission, and Lake Elmo resident Bob Fossum was appointed as an at-large member of the Groundwater Advisory Committee.


Her heart’s in the effort

Not long after a chunk of metal was embedded beneath her skin and wires became a part of her heart, Sara Meslow quit her job.
She found a more pressing mission: starting a camp for kids with heart disease.
Now, about 13 years later, the Lake Elmo resident is among 10 people worldwide who recently received a Bakken Invitation award, along with a $20,000 grant, from Medtronic, which named it for company co-founder Earl Bakken.


What a difference a portrait makes

Kendra Stone, one of two high school seniors who take photos for their graduating peers for free as KP Photography, shows an image to a client, Gao Thor, during a shoot at Minnehaha Falls. (Photo by Phillipe Thao)

Two Mounds Park Academy students are sometimes compensated for taking senior photos for Twin Cities high-schoolers who can’t afford a professional photographer, but usually not with money.
“We’ve been paid in hugs, candy and donations,” said Kendra Stone, who lives in Lake Elmo.
That’s payment enough for the 18-year-old and Phillipe Thao of Hudson, Wis., who teamed up in May to take portraits of teens nearing graduation for free.


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