Increasing public concern over low water levels on White Bear Lake will be discussed Nov. 15 by U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist Perry M. Jones.

He will present the results of a one-year study of the problem at an open meeting hosted by the Jaques Chapter of the Izaak Walton League that will be held at the Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road in Mahtomedi. The session is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

"In the past, periods of low lake levels in White Bear Lake have correlated with periods of lower precipitation," Jones said. "However, recent urban expansion and increased groundwater withdrawals from the Prairie du Chien and Jordan Aquifers have put into question whether the recent decline in precipitation is the sole cause for the current water-level decline in White Bear Lake."


Panel will discuss returning veterans

Century College will observe Veterans Appreciation Week this week with a talk by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the West Campus Nest.

Ritchie will be part of a panel discussion about veterans returning home after military service. Century counselor Michele Jersak and Prof. Ernie Boswell will participate, along with other Century staff and veteran students.

The National Eagle Center will present a session about the bald eagle from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday on the Lincoln Mall, East Campus. It will be followed by a presentation on suicide prevention by intervention specialist Jessie Rayle from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on the Lincoln Mall. A Wellness Expo featuring military fitness will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the West Campus gym.

For more information, call Lynn LaVerdiere at 651-779-3218.


Civil and family cases converted to e-filings

Washington County District Court will be offering attorneys and government agencies the opportunity to participate in eFiling and eService with civil and family cases effective Nov. 26, said Court Administrator Annette Fritz.

eFiling is the use of an online application, which requires no special hardware or software, to electronically file cases through the Judicial Branch case management system. Benefits of eFiling include not having to go to a courthouse to file, around-the-clock access to eFiling, and elimination of faxing.

eService provides the opportunity to electronically serve registered parties and eliminate U.S. mail costs.

eFiling and eService also will allow judges and court staff to view and work with the most up-to-date case documents from anywhere, even when someone else is viewing the case file, Fritz said.

For more information, see


Seniors can learn about using computer

The Stillwater Public Library is offering a computer class geared for senior residents on "Senior Surf Day" on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.

The class is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota's Computer Education Center and the Metropolitan Library Service Agency. It is geared to those who have little or no experience in computer basics and Internet searching.

The library requests that participants register ahead of time by calling the library at 651-275-4338, ext. 111. Additional library information is available at

Church coalition plans Thanksgiving dinner

A sit-down Thanksgiving dinner is being offered through a coalition of local groups including Trinity Lutheran Church, the Unseen Angels, the United Way and the Valley Outreach.

The family-style dinner will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church of Stillwater starting at noon and running until 2 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Space is limited to 200 people. More information is available at Reserve a seat by calling 651-439-7400 by Nov. 19.

Pedal bike business opens in Stillwater

A new business, BierCycle Adventures, has opened with the newest attraction to Stillwater -- a pedal bike called the Joseph Wolf BierCycle.

The bike accommodates up to 10 pedalers and three non-pedalers and is used for guided public and private tours in downtown Stillwater. Tours last 35 minutes and include a trained tour guide.

Rental fees are $12 per adult and $10 per child age 6-11. Children younger than 5 can ride free. For adults of legal age, beer and wine are permitted on the bike. For more information, see or call 651-300-2202.


Ski club helps pay for more park lights

The Washington County Board has received a $3,000 donation from the Ride and Glide Ski Club to pay for four more light fixtures on the Lake Elmo Park Reserve ski trails.

Lights on the ski trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve were first used last year. Additional lighting was needed on some of the steeper downhill sections.


City seeks proposals for Bielenberg work

The city of Woodbury is seeking proposals to lease, build and operate a food service and concession area at Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC) as part of a 2013 expansion plan. The request for proposal is available on the city's website at

The BSC complex, at 4125 Radio Drive, opened in December 1995 and now houses two ice rinks and a domed fieldhouse. The city is planning to replace the domed fieldhouse with a permanent structure that would nearly double the size of BSC.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Submittals should be mailed or delivered in person to Robert Klatt, the city's parks and recreation director, who is available at 651-714-3583 or