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.

Lisa Swan and Sherry Walker combine fashion and philanthropy in a big way.

White Bear Lake’s nonprofits help our community run smoothly, but those nonprofits can’t make a difference without your help. The White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf and Solid Ground are two organizations that have undergone many changes over the last year, thanks to donations and support.

Proceeds from The BEAR’ly Open golf tournament have enabled the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf to purchase more than $700,000 worth of food since the first event eight years ago, and event coordinator Ken Galloway invites the communi

Carolyn Roberts has a knack for nurturing.

For decades, Bob McArdell didn’t like to talk about his experiences in World War II, a trait he shared with many other stoic vets from that war.

Master Tim Amacher shows some of his moves in his White Bear Lake studio.

Like many kids, Tim Amacher dreamed of fighting like legendary martial artist and film star Bruce Lee. He would watch the hero in action and think, "I want to be able to do that." This fascination with martial arts nagged at the 11-year-old, even as he struggled to cope with his father’s death.

With schoolwork, family obligations, jobs, friends and other activities, yes, high school can be a busy and trying time for students. And when you add in the importance of a good grade-point average (GPA) to get into college, it’s little wonder that some students feel stressed.

Joe Burton has always been looking for new horizons to explore. “I have seven degrees,” he laughs, and quickly runs through a list of his varied career paths—engineer, business manager, missions pastor, innkeeper, military chaplain, youth minister.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, probate judges across Minnesota routinely committed children and young adults suffering from severe mental and physical impairments to the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane in St. Peter. The edict more than likely meant a lifetime sentence.

Carol Letourneau, a 40-year hairstyling veteran and previous owner of Special Effects Salon in downtown White Bear Lake, constantly strives to make a difference in the community; she’s sponsored community sports teams and sold jewelry in her shop to benefit Haiti. And since St.