Erin Hinrichs

Erin Hinrichs can be reached at 651-748-7814 and ehinrichs@lillienews.com. Follow her at twitter.com/EHinrichsNews.

Wed
23
Dec

City to host first Citizens Academy

Ever wonder how the budget and tax levy are determined or how the streets are plowed? Curious to know what it takes to serve as a firefighter or police officer?

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
16
Dec

Police to treat immigration status as a private matter

This breakdown of Maplewood’s population is based on the 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. (submitted graphic)
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.

Wed
09
Dec

Harry Lyon’s legacy of leadership and community

Harry Lyon
Harry Lyon

Former NSP councilman dies at age 89

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.

Wed
09
Dec

Fire Department proposes new service fees

Viability of two new ambulance fees up for debate

When fire stations were first established, they were intended to address two primary issues — to put out fires and investigate the cause the of fire, says Fire Chief Steve Lukin.

Wed
02
Dec

Parks and Recreation confronts accessibility issues

The Ramsey County Parks and Recreation department has invested in new handicap accessible playground structures over the years.

Wed
02
Dec

Richardson students deliver busload of gifts to Toy Shelf

Richardson Elementary fifth-grade leadership group students collected toys from all the classrooms Monday afternoon. The first year of the toy drive was very successful. Pictured from left are Gift Naador, Jayden Stein, teacher Marissa Jagger, and Tammy Liu. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Richardson Elementary fifth-grade leadership group students collected toys from all the classrooms Monday afternoon. The first year of the toy drive was very successful. Pictured from left are Gift Naador, Jayden Stein, teacher Marissa Jagger, and Tammy Liu. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Heading into holiday season, some might envision Santa's elves in the North Pole making shiny new toys for all the good little girls and boys.

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
18
Nov

Veterans Day event starts at 4,800 feet

Isaiah Maring and Larry Yatch of the Patriot Parachute Team land a 10-foot Old Glory across from the North St. Paul Veterans Park Nov. 11. They formerly served as active duty Navy SEALs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Isaiah Maring and Larry Yatch of the Patriot Parachute Team land a 10-foot Old Glory across from the North St. Paul Veterans Park Nov. 11. They formerly served as active duty Navy SEALs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Spectators gather at memorial to pay tribute

By 11 a.m., a large crowd gathered at the North St. Paul Veterans Park is fixated on a plane flying over the North High soccer field. Out jump two veteran Navy SEALS parachutists, holding an outstretched American flag.
It doesn’t take long for them to land safely on the ground. But the display leaves a lasting impression on many of those who showed up to pay their respects to veterans — including students from Christ Lutheran.

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