Around Town

When you think of weddings, you usually think of the bride. Kellerman’s is thinking of the groom, and recently added a groom’s room at their event center.

Summer festivals are a tradition in many Minnesota communities, and Birchwood Village on the south shore of White Bear Lake is no exception. An early celebration that still continues is the Birchwood Fourth of July Parade.

If you’re looking for something fun to do on the Fourth of July, celebrate the 50th year of Manitou Days and attend its fireworks display. The fireworks “are shot off on a barge, which is anchored 900 feet from shore,” says Dick Galena, the chair of  the White Bear Lake Fireworks Committee.

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.

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.

There’s another new eatery around town.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to enjoy it than with Santa Claus himself? Winterfest has been a part of the White Bear Lake area holiday season for generations, and one of its crown jewels this year will be Breakfast with Santa.

In a recent study conducted by Olson Zaltman Associates, baby boomers revealed their true feelings about funeral homes: dark, claustrophobic and “tomblike,” they said.

White Bear Lake is home to a celebrity who has been featured in People, the Washington Post and several London news outlets, in addition to numerous local print outlets and national television spots. This White Bear resident boasts 14.4 thousand Instagram followers.

Brian McGoldrick, owner of Admiral D’s Waterfront Tavern, likens the effect music has on people walking, biking and boating past his restaurant to something like that of a pied piper.