Tom Bethke of Lake Elmo first jumped into the Santa role as a student at Hill-Murray High School 40 years ago. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tom Bethke knows holiday cheer best
Few know Santa Claus better than the white-beard-clad Lake Elmo resident Tom Bethke, who has dedicated the last 40 years to spreading holiday cheer while dressed in full costume. He’s a celebrity in downtown Hudson, Wisconsin, along with area hospitals, holiday parties and other events.
Catherine Hearding works on a still life watercolor inside her home studio in Lake Elmo. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
On vacation with her husband in Oregon, Catherine Hearding, 63, began snapping several photos near the ocean. She was fascinated with the shadows cast by sand dunes and the dynamic lighting cast by waves rolling in and out along the shore.
This breakdown of Maplewood’s population is based on the 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. (submitted graphic)
Maplewood's new immigration law enforcement policy aims to enhance public safety
In the wake of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's statement on preventing Muslim immigration to the United States, as a matter of national security, a newly approved policing policy in Maplewood takes a far different approach to achieve a similar outcome.
Seeking to enhance public safety, Police Chief Paul Schnell, along with the support of the Maplewood Human Rights Commission, will be implementing the department's first official immigration law enforcement policy early in 2016.
Built in 1938 and re-decked in 1958, the Highway 36 bridge over Lexington Avenue in Roseville will be replaced by two spans the summer of 2016. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)
Highways 280 and 36 slated for work next year
As the metro ponders whether it will see a white Christmas this year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds everyone that it's never too soon to start thinking about next year's construction season.
MnDOT announced Dec. 3 a project that will resurface the north end of State Highway 280 in St. Paul, Lauderdale and Roseville that will also rebuild the exit from northbound 280 to northbound Interstate 35W.
The project is slated to happen over six or so weeks, May through July, 2016, according to MnDOT's project website.
The Schwartz Law Firm, of Oakdale, was recognized by Attorney at Law Magazine as “Law Firm of the Month”’ for November. Michael Schwartz, along with his wife Kathy, and sons Brandon and Tyler, make up the core team at Schwartz Law Firm.
Many local parks have seen improvements with updated playground equipment, including the newest colorful creatures- bugs at Playcrest Park in Maplewood and the work in progress fun features of a gigantic fish at Joy Park at Silver Lake.
Having served as a North St. Paul City Council member and president of the North St. Paul Historical Society, Harry A. Lyon Jr., 89, will forever be remembered for his love and commitment to the city he called home as a child, a father and a grandfather.
Lyon died Nov. 25, preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty, in 2012.