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It's that time of year again: The Lens on the Lake photo contest has returned for its 8th year of beautiful photos of our community.

Light the sparklers, cue the orchestra and prep the parade, it’s time for our fifth annual Best of White Bear Lake!

Capturing moments has always been important for Darcie Lewandowski, who has been involved with photography since she was young. “Photos are like the snapshots in time. Those memories we might not always remember later on,” Lewandowski says.

The White Bear community welcomed another senior living center in April, bringing new amenities and a variety of care standards for seniors looking to make a transition.

Terry O’Loughlin’s photo captures Allen Christian’s bear sculpture perfectly. “I thought the sculpture was so interesting and tied to White Bear,” O’Loughlin says. “And Allen’s quite the sculptor.”

Career paths can be difficult to predict; recently retired White Bear Lake fire chief Tim Vadnais knows that well.

When Jassmin Anderson’s partially blind standard poodle, Roe, went missing on a cold December day, Anderson, who lives in White Bear Lake, was frantic. She left Roe’s crate, blanket, food and water out, in hopes the peripatetic pooch would find her way back home. But no luck.
 

Nick Blanco moved to Alaska for a different type of life. “It’s really satisfying to live off the land,” Blanco says. “You’re responsible for doing a lot of what you need on a daily basis, and I really enjoy that.”

“Peaceful” and “dreamy” are some of the words Alli Neuhaus uses to describe the moment she captured her photo, Early Morning Canoe on the Lake. “It almost didn’t feel like reality,” Neuhaus says. “It feels like a whole different world; you’re away from everyone.”

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