Arts & Culture

Artists Allen Christian and Mary Jane LaVigne

White Bear Lake is a sea of creatives. In this artistic community, two of my favorite artists are Allen Christian and Mary Jane LaVigne. Known around town as Mr. and Mrs. Lucky, this talented couple even has their own museum, House of Balls, in Minneapolis.

Purple Flowers in a Garden

It’s mid-summer in Minnesota, and that means two things: 1. Produce farms and home gardens are ready to drop an abundance of fresh produce; and 2. The first possible snowfall is only two-and-a-half months away. So, let’s focus on the goodness to come this summer.

Adorned Homes

A White Bear Lake boutique interior design company is taking a new approach to full-service home offerings. The passion project of longtime area resident Katie Kurtz, Adorned Homes encompasses all things real estate, remodeling and furnishings.


After a warm mid-summer afternoon spent picking dandelions in their yard, the two eldest Torrez boys, ages 3 and 5, raced through the backdoor, a bounty of blooms in hand.


The secret is out. Menopause exists. And though it’s yet another taboo that women tend to keep to themselves—when 6,000 women enter a four-to-six-year relationship with menopause each day, it’s not a topic that should be kept in the shadows.

Growing Little Gardeners

There are few things more heartwarming than watching a child engage with nature. And, at schools across the White Bear Lake area, teachers have incorporated learning gardens into curriculum, encouraging students to discover connections between food systems and nature in a digestible way.

Gardening and Getaways

When that final patch of snow melts on the north side of the house and brightly patterned pansy planters arrive at the supermarket, you know spring has arrived and it’s time to venture out to your local garden center.

New Possibilities

While the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) building was closed during the pandemic, its operations were definitely not.

Tommy, Ready to Play!

On a clear summer evening, Craig Drake, who placed first in our 2021 Lens on the Lake Photo Contest, captured this image of his grand-dog, sitting happily at the end of his family’s dock on White Bear Lake.

Kasey Johnson and Regan Nix

When one considers the term sustainability, odds are the images that come to mind are not stunning modern homes or commercial developments.