A house inside Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be removed or demolished, the County Board has decided.
Washington County acquired the house on Stillwater Boulevard more than 30 years ago. It has been used as a rental property but is currently vacant. A recent inspection of the property revealed several problems, the county said.
The house either will be sold to a building mover or demolished. An environmental inspection of the house will be done before bids are solicited, the county said.
Jeff Whisler, Mahtomedi High School activities director, is leaving the school to take the same position at Roseville Area High School.
Whisler started at Mahtomedi High School in 1983 as a special education teacher. During his tenure he also served as assistant principal and activities director since 1997.
"The passion and commitment to activities and athletics that Whis brought will be hard to match," said Superintendent Mark Larson. "He truly cares about the students, staff and community, and works hard to implement and improve on the already outstanding programs."
Whisler most recently oversaw the upgrading of Mahtomedi's athletic facilities.
The search for his successor will begin immediately, school officials said.
The Washington County Historical Society recently was presented with a school desk that was used at the Gille School, also known as the Woodbury School, District #27 in Woodbury.
The school, on old Afton Road, was built in 1873. The donation came from the Peck family, formerly of Woodbury. In August 1952 the school became a part of District 102, which is now School District 833.
The school later became a residence. The desk will go on display at the Hay Lake School museum in Scandia.
Leaders from the Stillwater Area Public School will hold two Education Conversations this month to collect ideas from the public on how to improve education in the district and set future goals. The sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Stillwater Area Junior High School, 528 W. Marsh St., and 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 at Oak-Land Junior High School.
The 3M Classic Car Show will be coming to Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. About 15 restored and original cars will be on display. Last year's cars ranged from a 2011 Corvette to a 1946 Willys Jeep, said Dick Raths, president of the 3M Rod & Custom Car Club.
Oak Meadows is at 8131 4th St. N.
The South Washington County School Board is expected to approve Jon Hinzman as the new activities director at East Ridge High School. The board will meet Thursday.
Hinzman was previously a principal in the Baldwin-Woodville School District and an athletic director for the Elmwood School District, both in Wisconsin. He also has served as an assistant principal, special education teacher, basketball and football coach and recently completed his superintendent licensure through the University of St. Thomas.
Hinzman will take over for Trent Hanson who has become an assistant principal.
St. Croix Preparatory Academy will hold its annual Lions Open Golf tournament on Aug. 13 to raise money for the school's athletic and co-curricular programs. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m., and a shotgun scramble will tee off at 1 p.m. A social hour, and live and silent auction will follow as will dinner and awards program.
The event is at the Stillwater Country Club. Cost is $125 for golf and dinner, or $30 for dinner and awards program. For information call 651-359-5900.
Two more schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District have earned accreditation from the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Project.
Lincoln and Vadnais Elementary schools recently lauded for the quality in their Extended Day programs. Matoska International and Otter Lake schools received the accreditation earlier in the 2011-12 academic year.Century waives app fee for veterans
Those who have served in any branch of the Armed Forces can apply to attend Century College without having to pay the $20 application fee.
Classes at the state's largest community college begin Aug. 27.
The college at 3300 Century Av. N. also has a Veterans Center and a veterans coordinator to help students. For information call 651-779-3218.
The youth program of the United Way of Washington County-East recently donated 89 books to community organizations. The agency teamed up with Stillwater's Valley Bookseller and community members to collect 56 children's books that were given to YoungLives of St. Croix Valley. That organization helps middle and high school students who are expecting or raising a child on their own.
The book drive also brought in 33 novels, which were given to the Stillwater Public Library.
KEVIN GILES, TIM HARLOW