Santa's summer home is historical display

The Anoka County Historical Society has created a free lobby exhibit for December about the old Santa Claus Town, a classic roadside attraction based on Santa's imagined summer home, that once was along Hwy. 10 about 3 miles west of Anoka.

The exhibit, a history of Santa Claus Town and a collection of Santa collectibles, is open during regular museum hours at 2135 3rd Av. N. in Anoka.


Informational meeting set for 610 extension

City, county and state officials are hosting a public informational meeting from 3:30 to 6 p.m. next Tuesday on plans for the final segment of Hwy. 610 from Elm Creek Boulevard to Interstate 94.

The project will complete the northwest link between the interstate and Hwy. 10. Officials will have a preliminary design available for public review.

The session will be held in the council chambers at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy., Maple Grove.


Assistant principal wins national award

Woodland Elementary School's Toni Beckler was chosen as Minnesota's second National Outstanding Assistant Principal by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and the National Association of Elementary School principals.

The entire Woodland staff signed Beckler's nomination letter, which called her "the epitome of servant leadership."

The national organization chooses 50 recipients, one from each state.


Firefighter Santas ready for their routes

The Spring Lake Park-Moundsview-Blaine Fire Department has embarked on another year of collecting groceries for local food shelves on board fire trucks decorated for the holidays.

The department already completed routes in Blaine, but on Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters will take on parade routes in Spring Lake Park and Mounds View. For a description of the parade routes, visit


Prostate cancer group to meet today

A prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale. This will be a combined November and December meeting.

Members and caregivers will review 2012, share their personal journeys with prostate cancer and plan for 2013. All ideas and suggestions are welcome.

The meeting is free, and wives and friends are welcome. For further information, call 612-388-3588.


Holiday concert: Bach, Brahms

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department will present two free choral masterworks December concerts featuring the music of J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and Randol Bass.

The Dec. 11 concert at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center and the Dec. 14 show at Cambridge-Isanti High School will combine the Cambridge Campus Concert Choir, the Coon Rapids Campus Concert Choir, and the Chorale on one stage.

The Chamber Singers Ensemble will open the concerts, and an orchestra of the college's faculty and other professional musicians from the Twin Cities will accompany the choirs.

Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to

Blaine woman's work featured on guide

Every two years, more than 122,000 households in Anoka County receive the Recyclopedia, a guide explaining how to reduce waste, recycle more and dispose of materials safely.

The cover of the 2013-2014 Recyclopedia will feature the photography of Blaine resident Nancy Wold, who has lived and gardened in Anoka County for 33 years.

Wold says her garden has provided the inspiration for many images as it has evolved into a habitat for birds and butterflies.

"I have raised many monarch and swallowtail butterflies from egg to caterpillar to butterfly and documented their growth with photos. This transformation still seems magical to me," she said.