Here are five items to take note of today in Oakdale.
Highway 5 Construction
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Wednesday a plan to resurface an eight-mile section of Highway 5 between Highway 120 in Oakdale and Highway 36 in Oak Park Heights.
It is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 9.
Beginning at 6 p.m., motorists traveling on both directions of Highway 5 may encounter intermittent lane closures.
Lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. daily. Construction will begin at Highway 120/Highway 5.
Though a majority of the work will be done overnight, some construction may take place during off-peak, daytime hours.
Construction will be done under traffic and motorists should expect delays. Flagging and pilot car operations will direct motorists through the work zone.
Drivers are asked to navigate the work zone with care.
The project is expected to be complete by early November.
Sen. Wiger on First Day of School
Sen. Chuck Wiger posted a column about the first day of school on Patch:
This is a very exciting season. It is the yearly reminder of the importance of education and its role in our continuing prosperity. This past legislative session will be remembered for our commitment to improving education and supporting our children. Things like all-day kindergarten and emphasizing career and college readiness stand out as a few big accomplishments.
Looking for a new job?
Little Angels posted this on Patch:
Part-time position available at Little Angels Christian Preschool. Looking for an Assistant Teacher to join our staff. Please call or e-mail 651 730-7450 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find jobs on the Oakdale Patch Jobs board.
What’s in Your Wallet?
“Library Woman” Joey Halbach posted a blog urging people to get their free library card from Washington County.
I grew up in the 1950s when my Galesville Public Library was mainly a repository of books. I’m not complaining. For that time and place, it was great to have a city library. Mrs. Huss stocked the shelves with books for kids and teens and adults, and when the library didn’t have what I needed she got materials for me through Interlibrary Loan. Our Elementary School had no library, just some carefully guarded books the teacher kept in a cabinet in the classroom.
Warner Nature Center will lead a program on bees from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s outdoor amphitheater.
Pollinating insects, and in particular the honeybee, are responsible for one-third of the food people consume. The insects are currently under stress due to disease, pests, and agricultural chemicals, and food sources could be endangered if these problems are not addressed.
Warner Nature Center has begun a program to educate the general public about the importance of the honeybee.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 in Lake Elmo. (Programs are subject to cancellation due to rain and inclement weather.)
The program is free to park visitors with a valid park permit ($5/day or $25/annual). All are welcome. Permits may be purchased at the park contact station.