Health & Wellness

Betsey Degree is a suburban wife and mother. She has four children, two dogs, and a tortoise. She is also a recovering addict and alcoholic who publicly shares her daily struggles and triumphs on her aptly titled blog, Mom off Meth.
   

With a wingspan of just less than 4 inches and weighing in at one-fifth of an ounce, the North American monarch butterfly’s 3,000-mile migration from Mexico to Minnesota is one of nature’s biggest marvels.

For the fifth year, the Mahtomedi Garden Club will be hosting the Mahtomedi Garden Tour.

Kids and teens can get their golf swing in gear by joining Oneka Ridge’s Junior Golf League. Meeting on Mondays starting June 10 and running for eight weeks, golfers ages 7 to 17 are invited to learn the ins and outs of golf. Clinic times are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon.

It was burger bliss in November at the Build a Burger for the Troops event, which takes place the second Monday of every month at the White Bear Lake VFW. All photos by Sharon Person.

Remember the days of eight-track cassettes? How about VHS tapes?

Boxer Flavio Becerra has been perfecting his craft even more since we checked in with him last March, and he’s got a one-two punch plan to make it to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But first he has to turn 19, which is the qualifying age.
   

The historic Erd-Geist Gazebo was designed and built in 1883 by summer visitor Thomas Erd for his daughter Annie and her husband Emil Geist. Erd built many grand structures, including downtown St. Paul’s Assumption Church.

Spectators watched as skaters from the White Bear Lake Skate School twirled, jumped and spun their way to victory in the White Bear Lake Holiday Open. All photos by Sharon Person.

Massage has skyrocketed in popularity in the past two decades. National Institutes of Health studies, among others, indicate massage can have a dramatic positive impact on physical and mental well-being. And in February, it’s more important than ever.

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