This feature brings our readers a story that ran in our newspaper 15 years ago this month, to celebrate our 15 years serving the Hugo community. 

June 2004

There is a lot of new news regarding local elementary schools. Oneka Elementary School’s name was finalized. There were over 100 entries for the “Name Our Schools” contest, and the naming Committee selected, and the board approved, “Oneka.” The plans are underway for the new Oneka Elementary School.

“The community sponsored an exhibit of the plans, and it was kind of informal. The plans were on easels, and the people walked around and looked at the exterior sketches and interior plans and gave us some ideas. I heard very strong support for the design as it has emerged, and there’s a good satisfaction level in terms of space. It reaffirms that we are on the right trac, I think,” said Steve McNeill, principal architect for the project.

Superintendent Ted Blaesing has enjoyed the process of creating this project. “This has been such a wonderful experience working with the City of Hugo. All of the elected officials and certainly the staff out at the City of Hugo have just been incredibly good to work with through this whole experience. I can’t say enough good things,” he said.

There is news to report from Hugo Elementary School as well. Ms. Teresa Dahlem will be the new principal. She was 

the principal at Vadnais Heights Elementary from 2000-2003. For the past year she has been at Oakdale Elementary (in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District) as the principal. Dahlem has also been an official for the WNBA and NCAA women’s basketball for almost 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Augsburg College and a graduate degree and educational administrative certification from Minnesota State University-Mankato. The City of Hugo welcomes you, Ms. Dahlem.

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