The ice was thick enough on Saturday, Jan. 30, for students from Tartan’s Relay for Life Team Dr. Cure to host an ice fishing tournament. Team We Cure Because We Care took care of the concessions. For many years, Tartan has been a top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Contest cancelled second year in a row
Though Tartan High School Relay for Life students held their ice fishing tournament on Lake Jane the last weekend of January, the larger-scale Lake Elmo Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest planned for Super Bowl Sunday on Lake Jane was cancelled due to thin ice.
The Lions’ ice fishing event will not be rescheduled, but the cash drawings still took place.
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.
Stephen Wensman to start in November
The city of Lake Elmo will be welcoming its newest employee, Stephen Wensman, early next month.
City council members met in a special meeting Oct. 13 and unanimously approved his hiring as city planner.
Offers to help manage council meetings
The Lake Elmo City Council has received a bombardment of unwanted media attention in recent months over its inability to work as a cohesive group.
Now, the city's insurance carrier, the League of Minnesota Cites Insurance Trust, has stepped in to advise the council, citing the example of Maplewood politics in the last decade as a cautionary tale.
Council member says 'it's retribution' for prior restrictions on Smith
More political drama unfolded after midnight at last week's Lake Elmo City Council meeting, when the council bloc made up of longtime council member Anne Smith and first-year members Julie Fliflet and Jill Lundgren approved a motion to censure fellow member Justin Bloyer.