Arts & Culture

Icy Situation

Stephanie Herington nabbed this shot by Manitou Island, near where the dinghy boats are stored in the summer. She says, “I really loved how the ice had piled up on shore and how the rugged ice contrasted against the smooth blue sky.

High-end wine cellars

Hearing “wine cellar” might conjure old movie images of a candlelit trip down dark, musty stairs to a crumbling stone cave. That was then; this is now. Hagstrom Builder has been building custom homes since 1962, and it’s seeing a fresh, new trend in wine cellars.

produce garden

“If you had told me 10 years ago that I would become a chicken lady with a 3,000-square-foot garden, I would have told you [that] you were crazy,” Emily Bretzel says. “When we bought our house, we were simply looking for a beautiful outdoor space.

movies in the park

Established as a way to showcase both White Bear Lake’s public amenities and its community, Polar Lakes Park’s final installment of this year’s “Movies in the Park” will take place on the second Saturday of September.

White Bear area kitchen remodel

Wanting to bring a late 1980s time capsule of a kitchen back to the future, this White Bear Lake area homeowner was able to achieve a space that is modern, homey and welcoming.

teen looking at college applications

Planning for college can be an exciting time for families. Touring your dream school, shopping for your dorm and filling out applications are all milestones in your college preparation process.

I’ve fallen in love with Fredrik Backman’s writing the same way he states in this book he wants his son to fall in love with words. “Like whirlwinds in your head. Like a punch to the gut.”

home front entryway

Walk through your front door and try to visualize it as a guest; what do you notice? Do your eyes land on a pretty focal point? A common mistake in foyers is a lack of artwork or interesting features.

Manitou Days

Join the town in a kickoff to summer.

cabin-friendly plants

Cabin owners know

Swirling, sun-kissed clouds make for a serene, award-winning photo.

Jean Auger considers herself a “photographer for fun.” She regularly gets up before the sunrise each morning to check if there are any photo-worthy sights. And nature photos are her expertise.

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