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“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.

Inspiration Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 10th season this year. Offering an uplifting space for students to be inspired by the arts, its focus is as creative as it is encouraging.

Maple syrup. It tastes great on pancakes, waffles and bacon, not to mention it is a delicious ingredient in many recipes.

Among the many frequent strollers around White Bear Lake, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera and his wife, Aurora, enjoy the lake for a unique reason: looking at the water evokes pleasant memories of their Cuban homeland.

When Mark Olson was in seventh grade, he told his parents he was going to be a carpenter. “Everything I did from that point on, through school and classes, it was kind of my focus,” he says.

At a kitchen table in White Bear Township 22 years ago, Roseann Kermes created her business.

Directed by Gorden Hedahl, Noises Off, a comical play staged at Lakeshore Players Theatre, is a fun, backstage farce.

Katy Vernon, a London-born singer/songwriter who has been a White Bear Lake resident for eight years, always dreamed of being a musician. “Even as a little kid I would make up songs,” she says. As she grew, she wrote about life, love and loss.

When Robert Bergstrom began teaching, computers were the size of whole rooms, and cell phones were a mere idea in science fiction movies. Fifty-plus years later in the field, technology has changed, but he’s still there.

In 1990, Ellen Bruner, president of the Wildwood Artist Series, set out to use Mahtomedi’s fine arts center as a space to share the performing arts with the entire community.

Sending greetings of one form or another over the holiday season may seem commonplace today, but before printing was affordable and postal services were developed, it took much more effort to send those well-wishes.