Briefs October 2021


Lyngblomsten expands
Lyngblomsten, a Minnesota senior services organization, will begin preparing a 20-acre site in mid-October 2021 for a senior living campus in Lino Lakes. This is a significant moment in history, as it is the first time in more than 100 years that Lyngblomsten is building a continuum-of-care campus beyond its St. Paul location in the Como neighborhood.
Lyngblomsten’s campus in Lino Lakes will consist of 20 detached rental townhomes and a multi-level senior living building that will include 96 independent living apartments, 34 assisted living apartments, 17 memory care units, and an array of amenities. A second phase will add a skilled nursing wing.

Rush Line now Purple Line
The Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit Project is now the METRO Purple Line. The 15-mile route will connect communities in Saint Paul, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Township and White Bear Lake. Construction may begin in early 2024, leading to the start of service in late 2026. The overall capital cost of the project is currently estimated to be between $457 million and $474 million.

Reading, math tutors needed
The 2021-22 school year is underway, and Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps are still hoping to place 94 tutors in St. Paul schools. To help attract more tutors, Reading & Math, Inc., has announced it is increasing the stipend it pays tutors to the equivalent of $15 per hour. To learn more and to apply, visit: or

Old National packs meals
Old National is proud to announce that over 200 Minnesota team members packed over 100,000 meals with Meals from the Heart, an Oak Park Heights-based nonprofit, in celebration of Community Impact Month. Old National has been an active participant in Community Impact Month for several years. This year, the bank partnered with Meals from the Heart, an organization that brings people together to serve their neighbors through energized and fun meal-packing events that provide flavorful, fortified meals to local food shelves.
The beneficiaries of the meals packed by Old National were: Big Lake Food Shelf, Buffalo Food Shelf, CAPI USA in Brooklyn Center, ECHO Food Shelf in Mankato, Keystone Community Services in St. Paul, Madison Food Shelf, Prairie Five Community Action in Montevideo, VEAP in Bloomington, and Waconia Food Shelf.

Wolves return to Como Zoo
Leading up to Wolf Awareness Week (October 17-23), Como is excited to welcome two new resident wolves into Como’s Wolf Woods habitat, and announce the opening of a new wolf traveling exhibit. The eerie and distinctive call of the gray wolf will echo again at Como Zoo with the arrival of Nicky (above left) and Cerberus (right), two-and-a-half-year-old littermates born at the Wildlife Science Center in Stacy, Minn. Since 17-year-old gray wolf Shy-Anne passed away in 2020, Como’s Critical Infrastructure Team has cleaned up and updated the Wolf Woods habitat, removing buckthorn and other shrubs, and adding a new fence in the interior of the habitat that will make it easier for keepers to access the wolf woods while the wolves are outdoors.

Employee ownership
The new Employee Ownership Equals campaign (“EO Equals”) has launched to help American small business owners understand the broad business benefits of employee ownership (“EO”) and get the support they need to transition to the EO model that is right for them. EO is a business model in which the employees have an equity stake as full or part owners, which builds dignified opportunities for business owners to sustain their companies, empower their workers, and strengthen their communities. For more information, visit


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