Washington County news briefs: Woodbury road race to honor Danielle Jelinek

  • Updated: July 13, 2013 - 4:45 PM

The first annual “5K for Dani J,” a run around Woodbury’s Colby Lake to honor Danielle Jelinek and raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Project, will start at 9 a.m. on Aug. 17.

Registration is now open or can be completed starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the race. Fees are $15, or $20 on the day of the race.

Register at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2104302, or call 651-329-0269.

This event is being held to honor, celebrate and remember Jelinek’s life. A dedicated runner despite having asthma, she grew up in Cottage Grove and lived in Oakdale before she disappeared last December. Her body was found five months later.


County library gets child learning area

A new learning area known as “Smart Play Spot” will be built at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury.

The Washington County Board recently approved using $19,000 from library funds and a $1,000 grant from the Minnesota Library Foundation to help pay for the learning area, which will give children an interactive opportunity to practice what Patricia Conley, the county’s library director, described as the five basic building blocks of literacy: singing, talking, reading, writing and playing.

The money will match a Minnesota Children’s Museum grant.

The museum is working with Minnesota public libraries to encourage early literacy and prepare children to learn to read. The Woodbury play spot will have a park theme.


Construction to begin on blighted city streets

Hardrives, Inc., a Rogers company, has been selected to rebuild County Roads 23 and 24 in Stillwater and Oak Park Heights.

The County Board awarded the $382,131.41 contract on July 2.

The project includes replacing deteriorated pavement from S. 4th Street to 4th Avenue in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater. The county roads have different local street names, such as Orleans, Paris and Beach, as they wind through the cities.

The project includes the addition of a three-foot boulevard on the north side of the road from S. 3rd Street to 4th Avenue. Broken storm sewer pipes will be replaced and a safety bump-out will be installed at S. 3rd Street near Oak Park Elementary School. The project will widen the north sidewalk to five feet and add a three-foot boulevard. On-street parking will be maintained.

This is the second phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the county roadway, after improvement of Stillwater’s 3rd Street S. last year. The current work should be completed in September, said construction engineer Cory Slagle.

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