Giving Back

A laptop donated to the White Bear Lake Rotary Club Technology Drive rests against some books.

The White Bear Lake Rotary Club is collecting computers (PC and Mac), laptops, flat-screen monitors, tablets (Android, Microsoft Surface, Chromebooks) and accessories, such as mice and keyboards, cables, SD cards and laptop batteries.

Where do families go in White Bear Lake who are experiencing difficulties taking care of their most basic needs? The answer is Solid Ground, the nonprofit that has been serving families experiencing homelessness since the late 1980s.

For just over two years, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church has been serving their Community Meal every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

As a mom, White Bear Lake High School alum Tanya Rodriques understands the importance of loving and believing in kids.

Feeling connected to the local schools can be easy when you have a child or grandchild going through the school system. But without the familial link, the connection between the schools and the community becomes more tenuous.

Childhood friends Isabel Birkeland and Sydney Peterson, who attend Mahtomedi High School and White Bear Lake Area High School-North Campus, respectively, have been volunteering since they were 10 years old and have raised $500 for Haiti earthquake and tsunami relief; they’ve also sent money to th

Propped in her chair at the Minnesota Hair salon in Maplewood, 7-year-old Clara Degneau watches stylist Stacey Johnson put the finishing touches on her new bob haircut. With her hair 12 inches shorter, Clara is all smiles knowing it will be going to help kids in need.

Mary MacCarthy grew up in a family that loved the arts. She studied psychology in college and worked in a variety of areas, including business and marketing, and with Minnesota Public Radio.

We all know it’s January, but you might want to get your golf clubs out of storage and start warming up your swing. Why? Because the first weekend in February will mark the ninth year of White Bear Lake’s Bear’ly Open, a charity golf event—on the ice.

Solid Ground, the nonprofit organization that aims to reduce homelessness in the area, is once again hosting its annual Santa Shop.

When the second of Brenda Farrell’s four children left for college in 2013, Farrell struggled with how best to fill the void.