Joel Beckman, Dakota County director of property taxation records, was recently recognized as “Recorder of the Year” during the annual Minnesota Association of County Officers Conference in Bloomington.
Vernon E. Jordan, a renowned civil rights leader, calls for renewed hope and meaningful action at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 19. The Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul hosted an official simultaneous breakfast and live broadcast of the celebration. (submitted photo)
Vera Wilson, 50, who has cerebral palsy, swings at a West St. Paul park with her longtime caregiver Deb Peterson, who sees her once a week. Vera's parents have taken care of her at home her entire life, and will soon move her into a group home. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Since her daughter Vera Wilson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months old, Jeanne Keenan has had to fight to keep her only child at home. Vera, 50, can't speak, though she communicates in ways those close to her understand. She can crawl, but is usually dependent on a wheelchair and other people to get around.
Sen. Jim Metzen stands inside the Minnesota Senate chamber, where he’ll be representing District 52 in the next legislative session, which begins this month. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Sen. Jim Metzen honored for decades of service at state Capitol
State Sen. James Metzen is notorious for assigning nicknames to his colleagues at the Minnesota Capitol, according to State Rep. Joe Atkins.
Atkins jokes it may simply be Metzen’s way of getting out of memorizing the names of all those who have rotated through the Capitol doors while he stayed put for the last 40 years. More likely, it’s indicative of his desire to connect with his colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — on a more personal level, using humor as his catalyst for facilitating healthy, productive conversation.
Jerry Brown cuts Deuane Roberts’ hair for the last time. Roberts, who just had a birthday, says, “I’m celebrating my 85th birthday in the barber shop!” (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
After 50 years, Jerry Brown retires, earns city honor
West St. Paul barber Jerry Brown learned his lesson early: don’t mess around with cutting women’s hair.
What’s more, he learned it from his wife.
The hairy tale: she asked him to take a quarter of an inch off the ends, then another quarter inch because she decided it wasn’t short enough.
Lights winding around a large conifer and strung on trees throughout Mendota Plaza are now brightening up Mendota Heights for the holiday season. Mendota Heights celebrated the season Dec. 6 near the corner of Highway 110 and Dodd Road with hayrides, reindeer and the lighting of the tree in the central square area. The Convent of the Visitation Choir sang holiday songs during the holiday event. Dickinson-era carolers, above, also joined the fun. Photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review