April 2015 White Bear Lake Magazine

In the April issue of White Bear Lake Magazine you will find a community garden that cultivates fresh food and bushels of memories, a family business offerring dazzling bridal accessories, a profile on meteorologist Frank Watson, and more!

Grocery stores have evolved over the decades from small, very local shops found on nearly every block, in every neighborhood, to supermarkets offering products and services of all kinds. The White Bear area has had many stores come and go over the years.


It’s like a broken record: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet it seems to be the hardest one to achieve; we choose an extra hour of sleep, we’re too hurried to sit down to—much less prepare—a real meal, our sleepy appetites are sluggish.


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.


Love, and a slight chill, were in the air for the annual Sweetheart Run in Mahtomedi.


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.


In the 1920s, around the time Calvin Coolidge became president, a small group of businessmen in White Bear Lake decided to band together to help strengthen commerce in the area.


In 2007, Dave Stevens didn’t know he would be part of something that not only was prosperous, but also kept the community thriving and happy. It all started with a simple request from his neighbor.


Putting down roots is second nature to Dave Massey, or Farmer Dave, as folks in these parts have been known to call him. Funny thing is, it wasn’t always that way.


You could say Josh Stevenson was born to fish. Better yet, you might even say it was a natural calling.


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Weddings are steeped in tradition, marrying elements of the past with the present. In 2009, Ashley Brooke Adamson-Pratt was helping her sister Danielle shop for a dress for her upcoming nuptials.


When asked how they first become interested in studying weather, many meteorologists cite a major childhood event, such as a tornado or hurricane.


As the winter snows turn to April showers, the unfrozen world begins to peek through and come alive once more. This is the perfect month to celebrate taking care of the planet, as two holidays—Earth Day and Arbor Day—fall at the end of April.


Crafters everywhere know that it’s easy to let those once-inspired projects sit in the closet and gather dust. Set aside a day with your crafting friends at the quarterly Scrapbooking Crop, hosted by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.


“She’s the only dog we’ve ever had that I can say has a good sense of humor,” Maureen McCall says of Rosie, the 5-year-old golden retriever she and her husband Randy adopted from a rescue center in Des Moines, Iowa.


White Bear Lake Area High School fans know that a football game isn’t really a football game without the talented and enthusiastic White Bear Lake Varsity Cheer Team leading the crowd.


Preparing food for others runs in Long Vo’s blood. For 20 years his family has been in the business of opening and running restaurants.