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.

Sometimes giving back is a personal mantra. And sometimes, as is the case with Hallberg Engineering, it’s a company culture that starts at the top and filters down to all the employees.

“It was very fun to play at my daughter’s school,” says Katy Vernon about performing at the Matoska Music Festival, a fundraiser for the annual fourth-

Folks took to the White Bear Country Inn for an evening of merriment to raise funds for Lakeshore Players Theatre.

Asked why a golf tournament was chosen for the annual fundraiser, Nancy Roth of the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) says, “Golf is very popular around the area, so it seemed to be a good idea.” Proof she was on to something

Billy McLaughlin and Katy Vernon took the stage at this fun, music-filled event that raised funds for the fourth-grade students to attend camp free of charge this summer.

The frozen White Bear Lake was transformed into an icy golf course for the BEAR’ly Open golf tournament, which raises funds for the White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf. Visitors included St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty.

For the 29th year, the White Bear Lake Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) PTA is hosting a fundraising garage sale at Otter Lake Elementary on April 18. The sale features items such as kids’ clothing, toys, books and movies, as well as maternity clothing for moms-to-be.

Not everyone has a defining moment where they can pinpoint when their life changed, but Jeff Loeks can tell you that his was six years ago, when he had a brain hemorrhage. “I didn’t know what it was,” he recalls.

As the end of the school year draws closer, college-bound students shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity. Each year, the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce presents three $500 scholarships to students who are employed or have parents or guardians employed by chamber members.

Teenagers are fiddlers—fiddling with their phones, music devices, hand-held games, you name it. But three White Bear Lake 13-year-olds are keeping their hands busy to help others stay warm during winter’s bitter temperatures.