Health & Wellness

Fabulous food, great friends and a stunning backdrop were just a few of the high points at the low-country boil, put on by the Sailing Division of the White Bear Yacht Club.

Photos 2 & 7 by Jenn Barnett; All other photos by Debbie Johnson-Hill

It was fun on the water as folks took in a boat cruise organized by the Mahtomedi Liquor Barrel.

The Polar Plunge serves as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Special Olympics of Minnesota. There are 20 plunges across the state, and last year alone, 15,000 people raised nearly $4 million.

On the surface, the idea of racing a boat across frozen waters at up to 60 miles per hour in subzero temperatures sounds crazy. Dig a little deeper . . . and it still sounds pretty crazy.

As an All-American athlete, Brant Luehman, owner of 3:12 Fitness, knows a thing or two about sports. And as a personal trainer and coach, he knows how to motivate others to get the job done.

David Swanson, a certified consulting hypnotist and owner of Hypnotic Progressions, has had his business in White Bear Lake for over five years.

The Hippodrome, the ice arena built in 1926 and owned by the White Bear Lake school district, recently underwent updates altering the building’s flooring foundation. The school district went to Kyle Gillespie, co-owner of Rink-Tec International Inc., to do the work on the project.

At this annual event, attendees took to the lawn of the historic Fillebrown House to hear the magical sounds of the Moonlight Serenaders.

It was a veritable doggy-palooza at the first annual Dog Days Downtown event, where pups and their owners strolled the downtown streets, learned doggy manners and took in other pet-friendly activities.

Rick Dott has a passion for his main hobby—photography—and it translates to his photos, including “Dedicated Bookworms,” which won second place in the City Landmarks category. Every winter, locals dress up the “children” in the statue located a few steps outside the White Bear Lake library.