This community post was written by Carl McGrane, Store Manager of Settergren Hardware on Penn Ave S. Do you want to write a tribute to a local colleague, worker, or neighbor that deserves more recognition from the community? Email us at or write something in the "Add Context" box at the bottom of this page.

Today we announce the well-earned, and much deserved retirement of Paul Beckstrom.

We are so grateful for the 27 years of service Paul gave us. We are honored to call him one of our longest, dedicated employees. Paul is a Veteran and worked his early years for Daytons.  Later, he switched careers and opened his own hardware store in Hopkins. After selling his store, he joined the Settergren Hardware family in 1995. Paul has been a staple here at the Penn Avenue location for more than 27 years! We will miss him dearly!  

Please join us in congratulating Paul on his much deserved retirement! Please feel free to share a fun memory or a time Paul helped you with a project.  Paul doesn’t have social media, but we will make sure he gets to read all your comments/notes/memories.   Congratulations Paul on your retirement!