Lake Elmo

Wed
23
Dec

One part Santa, one part toymaker

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 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.

Wed
16
Dec

Catherine Hearding wins statewide watercolor award

Catherine Hearding works on a still life watercolor inside her home studio in Lake Elmo. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
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.

Wed
25
Nov

Parliamentarian runs City Council meeting

Guest Parliamentarian Tammy Pust presides over the Nov. 17 Lake Elmo City Council meeting. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Guest Parliamentarian Tammy Pust presides over the Nov. 17 Lake Elmo City Council meeting. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

The Lake Elmo City Council has fallen into a rut.

Wed
21
Oct

Lake Elmo City Council approves hire of city planner

Stephen Wensman
Stephen Wensman

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.

 

Fri
16
Oct

Insurance carrier urges lawsuit avoidance for Lake Elmo

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.

Wed
14
Oct

Trees donated for entrance to Lake Elmo Park Reserve

The Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted the donation of trees Oct. 6, which will be planted at the entrance of the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Wed
14
Oct

Bloyer censured by LE council majority

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.

Wed
30
Sep

Woman charged with prostitution at Lake Elmo massage business

Yuanfen Liu
Yuanfen Liu

Business objects to city's request to revoke license

A massage therapist arrested on suspicion of prostitution has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution in a public place.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department took Yuanfen Liu, 51, of Stillwater into custody Thursday, Sept. 17, following an undercover investigation.

Wed
23
Sep

Lake Elmo City Council approves max levy

Bloyer resigns from finance committee

Lake Elmo City Council members met in another marathon meeting, this one lasting until 1 a.m.
There were lengthy, and at times heated, discussions on many agenda items up for a vote Tuesday, Sept. 15. When it came time to approve a preliminary property-tax levy for 2016, however, conversation on the matter was relatively brief.

Wed
09
Sep

Former LE Jaycees president charged with felony theft

Charitable gambling proceeds used to fund gambling habit
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has charged a former Lake Elmo Jaycees president with felony theft after it was discovered that over $31,000 of the volunteer organization's funds had vanished.
Sarah Kathleen Carlson of White Bear Lake made an initial appearance in Washington County District Court Thursday, Sept. 3.

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