Christmas with all of its traditions is a special time for many families. Whether baking, sledding, wrapping gifts or decorating your home to look like a high-voltage power plant is part of your family’s customs, it is quite likely they have taken on a special meaning over the years.
“I saw an ad in the [local newspaper] on September 11, 2001, that they were starting up a wood carving club over at the senior center, so I decided to check it out,” says Larry Carlson, member of the 9/11 Wood Carvers club, as he reminisces about how the 13-year-old organization got its start.
The lake might get all the headlines, but it’s downtown that tells the real story of White Bear Lake. For generations, the town’s merchants have enhanced the fabric of the community by opening their doors to residents and visitors alike.
That familiar building at 2222 Fourth St. was built in 1907 as a YMCA and has since gone on to act as White Bear Lake’s first movie theater, a knitting mill, a furniture factory, an antique shop and more.
It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. So when Todd Kendall realized both he and his four-legged friend became thirsty while on walks, he designed a water container that’s dog friendly, hygienic and convenient.