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.
Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, announced Dec. 9 that she will not seek reelection to the state Senate for District 42 in 2016.
“I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, especially my two granddaughters who live in Florida,” Scalze said in a statement. “I am also eager to focus more time and energy on my wildlife art.”
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.
St. Anthony Village resident, Linh Ngyen, spent some time on Dec. 5 in the warm temperatures putting up Christmas lights in her front yard on the 29th block of Silver Lake Road. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)