August 2015 White Bear Lake Magazine

In the August issue gain insights from this year's prep elite, get to know the evocative music of percussionist Peter O'Gorman and fall in love with a little boy who summons superhero strench to fight Evans syndrome.

The Ramsey County Fair began with high expectations in August 1913 on the present site of Central Middle School. For a $2 membership, attendees received a pass, which allowed entering and leaving the fairgrounds throughout the four-day event.


August is the month to relish summer’s sultry side, the side that is sensual, slow moving and begs for an umbrella in your drink. Think tropicalia, from the Brazil of the 1960s that brought us the African-hued music of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.


It was a packed house at the annual Best of White Bear Lake event, which recognized readers’ choice winners in 50 categories, along with a few editor’s picks.


There was great food, fabulous drinks and lots of fun at the Ski Otter Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser.


Grab a lawn chair and your loved ones for these two outdoor, fun-filled concerts that offer great music and a chance to enjoy the warm weather. —Marissa Meagher

Summer Bash


When Erin and Paul Kvittem decided to start a family, they were aware of the remote possibility of having a child with medical issues, just like any other young couple.


If pressed, many of us could come up with words that define our lives, that drive and inspire us to be who we are—or who we aspire to be. We expect sage advice like this to flow like water from our elders, from people in high level careers or from life experience.


Job creation in today’s global economy is an ongoing battle in the survival-of-the-fittest game. Organizations with the highest skilled workforces most often win.


Peter O’Gorman first discovered his love for percussion while playing at the lunchroom table in elementary school at St. Mary’s of the Lake.


Hot diggity-dog, it’s the dog days of summer. It’s time to grab your pup and head to the Otter Lake off-leash dog park, where your canine companions can chase, run, jump and fetch on 10 acres of grass and trails.


How can an amazing legacy that someone has created throughout his or her lifetime be honored? This was the question that inspired the J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award. “The Hills, longtime residents of White Bear Lake, exemplified the spirit of community service throughout their lives.


Leah, Terese and Maya Mitchell took along an issue of White Bear Lake Magazine while visiting Venice, Florida.


“This picture to me is exactly how I picture my kids and hope how they remember growing up,” says Christy Wolgamot about her winning photo, which took second place in the People & Families category in the Lens on the Lake photo contest.


Tiny puppy Kip is no stranger to media. After receiving positive comments and “likes” on Facebook, Danielle Cézanne, program director at White Bear Center for the Arts, and Kip’s owner, had an idea.


Corinne Watson has seen admirable success in her high school career: The captain of White Bear Lake’s hockey team is also a pivotal member of the varsity lacrosse team and volunteer at the Autism Society of Minnesota.


In 1973, Jim Hansen graduated from Hill-Murray School and set out to conquer the business world. For a busy 30-year period, Hansen worked at multiple organizations and served on boards in both the profit and nonprofit sectors.