“Bacon Bits,” the Maplewood Police Department’s team, made their grand entrance on White Bear Lake for the Polar Plunge Jan. 31. The team came in above their goal, raising $4,880 for the Polar Plunge presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota. At the event, 1,600 participants raised $300,000. (Linda Baumeister photos/Review)
Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland. (file photo)
The flash of the brass instruments, the pounding of the drums, the trim green-and-white uniforms and precision stepping have made the Hill-Murray band a source of pride for alumni and neighbors for years at games and along parade routes.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.
Jalen Gisselquist, North St. Paul, gleefully plays the villain in “The Nutcracker.” (submitted photo)
Jalen Gisselquist, North St. Paul, will be a featured performer as the Rat King in Ballet Minnesota’s “The Classic Nutcracker.” The 20-year-old Gisselquist has literally made leaps and bounds during his four short years as a ballet dancer.
Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and his wife, Julie, at his July 2013 swearing-in ceremony in Maplewood. Schnell had previously served as Hastings police chief and as a communications officer and sergeant with St. Paul. (file photo)
The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association has certified Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell as a master practitioner, the highest certification level in the association’s new credentialing program.
After a seven-year absence, Melinda Coleman returned to Maplewood in August 2013 to the same job she’d left: community development director and assistant city manager. After former City Manager Chuck Ahl retired April 30, Coleman filled the gap on an interim basis. She’s now been named City Manager by a unanimous vote of the city council. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
After leaving Maplewood city administration during some rocky years in the mid-2000s, Melinda Coleman came back in 2013 for more.