Arts & Culture

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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.

It’s silly to think that the career choice we all make at age 22, right out of college, is what we’re “stuck with” until retirement. It’s never too late to change lanes, and White Bear Lake native Tim McNiff has done just that.

Settling into fall means starting to enjoy the warmth of home and hearth. One local homeowner recently remodeled her formal living room to center on a newly installed fireplace, which offers special comfort to her family in more ways than one.

Mahtomedi High School students Jade Geiger, Calvin Condo, Duncan Charlesworth, Isaac Legred, Erick Shimnowski and Aaron Swanson began a project last October with the goal of designing a drone that would use precision pesticide spraying for crops.

Kelly McKusick was walking behind her son, Grady, and his friend, Aoife Hiniker, when she took this photo, “Young Love at Lakewood Hills Park,” which earned her third place in the People & Families category of our annual photo contest.

When Erin and Paul Kvittem decided to start a family, they were aware of the remote possibility of having a child with medical issues, just like any other young couple.

If pressed, many of us could come up with words that define our lives, that drive and inspire us to be who we are—or who we aspire to be. We expect sage advice like this to flow like water from our elders, from people in high level careers or from life experience.

Job creation in today’s global economy is an ongoing battle in the survival-of-the-fittest game. Organizations with the highest skilled workforces most often win.

Peter O’Gorman first discovered his love for percussion while playing at the lunchroom table in elementary school at St. Mary’s of the Lake.

How can an amazing legacy that someone has created throughout his or her lifetime be honored? This was the question that inspired the J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award. “The Hills, longtime residents of White Bear Lake, exemplified the spirit of community service throughout their lives.

“This picture to me is exactly how I picture my kids and hope how they remember growing up,” says Christy Wolgamot about her winning photo, which took second place in the People & Families category in the Lens on the Lake photo contest.