Briefs: Oak Park Heights frontage road detour opens, Beach Road closes

  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 4:12 PM

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering immunizations for school-age children without medical insurance for those whose insurance doesn’t cover immunizations.

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On Sunday, crews expect to open the new south frontage road extension between Phil’s Tara Hideaway restaurant and Stagecoach Trail on Hwy. 36 to detour traffic that otherwise would cross the Beach Road bridge. The bridge will close while crews build a new Beach Road bridge as part of the overall St. Croix River bridge project.

Motorists should expect traffic delays at the Osgood Av. intersection, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said.

Drivers and trucks traveling between Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 95 are encouraged to use the signed alternate routes to avoid congestion, MnDOT said. Local traffic to businesses and residences was advised to use the new south frontage road. The new Beach Road bridge will open later this fall.

Road construction this month in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater is unusually busy, leading to detours in both cities. In Oak Park Heights, portions of Hwy. 36 remain off limits to motorists. In Stillwater, the second phase of County Road 23 construction is beginning. That street, also known as Orleans, divides Stillwater and Oak Park Heights.

Another project, underway at the Washington County Government Center to replace crumbling pavement, has detoured heavy traffic at the complex.

Maps and other details of the bridge project are available at

Forest Lake

City launches new electronic news site

The city of Forest Lake has a new electronic news service that allows residents and anyone else interested in city matters to receive e-mail notifications of events and other developments.

A link to arrange notifications is available at Any of 17 categories can be selected, or all of them. Selections include the City Council; Airport, Planning and Human Rights commissions; arts, farmers market, park board and the city’s Economic Development Authority.

Anyone receiving notifications under the old e-mail system will have to do so again under the new one, said Chantal Doriott, the city’s deputy clerk.


Money assists college in low-income programs

Century College this month received the largest grant given to a Minnesota college by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. to help students overcome financial and other barriers to graduation.

Century’s $551,000 grant will provide 270 first-generation, low-income college students with academic services such as tutoring, mentoring and intensive advising, the college said. These services will help students learn skills to stay in college and achieve goals.

The one-year grant begins this fall.


Volunteer Expo set for Aug. 27

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