When it comes to family vacations, the paths not typically taken can lead to the most interesting and fulfilling excursions.
Health & Wellness
One of the satisfying aspects of any sport that involves striking a ball—golf ball, tennis ball, baseball—is the sound that results from solid contact. In the relatively new sport of pickleball, it’s the distinctive “pock” sound of a wooden paddle striking a plastic ball.
“Dragon boat” isn’t a term that is used often in daily conversation—unless you’re Lisa Banning Enders or Karen Anderson, who started the Off the Edge Dragon Boat racing team five years ago.
White Bear Lake resident Bob Peterson started collecting outboard motors when he was just a child. “I was 8 years old,” Peterson says. “That was when I got my first one.” The passion continued when he started picking up antique motors.
Advance Therapy, the pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy clinic that opened in White Bear Lake last fall, helps children and their families with a wide variety of challenges, using a number of evidence-based techniques.
Marie Smith created the Bullenbees skin care line because she had been struggling with skin issues. “My entire life I’ve had reactions to everything,” Smith says. “I get rashes from everything, and everything makes me break out.”
When Jess Miehe found out her 3-year-old daughter was too young for the soccer leagues in her area, she decided to start one of her own.
At one time, the area between today’s Highway 61 and Clark Avenue along Lake Avenue was dotted with American Indian burial mounds. At least 10 earthen formations were documented in archaeologist J.V. Brower’s 19th-century map of the area.
Anyone who has dined at the much-loved Four Seasons restaurant in Mahtomedi has seen classic black-and-white photos of an earlier time, when area residents enjoyed the Wildwood Amusement Park.
White Bear Lake spends the winter frozen, but when the ice cracks, you know spring can’t be too far away. Predicting the lake’s ice-out is a time-honored tradition, but with past years’ thaws happening anywhere from the end of March to the start of May, it’s anyone’s guess.