December 2016 White Bear Lake Magazine

In the December issue find out how a local artist creates human connection through textiles and get a little taste of Scandinavia with sweet treats for your holiday party.

What is today North Oaks began as a vision belonging to James J. Hill, “The Empire Builder,” who was born in Ontario, Canada and arrived in St. Paul in 1856.


The original North Oaks restaurant was started in 1992 by Soile Anderson and has since expanded to Little Canada and Bloomington. Anderson also founded the Art Deco restaurant in St. Paul.


Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick Jr. shares the adventurous tale of The Happy Elf, which is set to delight audiences at Lakeshore Players Theatre this holiday season.


For Frank Zeller, immersing himself in his art is where he finds his bliss. But he also finds bliss in sharing that passion with others. “Everything he sees and touches has to do with art,” says Sheryl Struntz, the third of his four daughters.


Tomatoes, steeped tea bags, dehydrated sardines, postage stamps and human hair are just some of the materials artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen uses to fashion her one-of-a-kind creations.


When Caroline Burau became tired of chasing people around for the scoop as a reporter for the White Bear Press, she transitioned to a new role: an emergency dispatcher.


Piano teacher Elizabeth Evans Richter would not be the person nor musician she is today without her late grandmother Evelyn, who set up Richter’s first piano lesson with a kind-hearted neighborhood teacher when Richter was 9 years ol


It’s that time of year again—the decorations are up, the air is cheery and holiday shopping has commenced. So why not do something a little different this year and give loved ones a gift they can experience first-hand? Here are a few suggestions:


Wandering the shores of Bald Eagle Lake, it’s not difficult to spot a wood duck or two. But Andy Townshend says that trying to capture this bird on film gets a little tricky. “You kind of have to sneak up on them,” he explains.


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to enjoy it than with Santa Claus himself? Winterfest has been a part of the White Bear Lake area holiday season for generations, and one of its crown jewels this year will be Breakfast with Santa.


Since 2014, with the passing of the Paint Care Act, a small fee has been added to paint purchases, which allows folks to have their old paint recycled for free.


This June, in Benasque, Spain, piano students and faculty gathered—from Russia, Japan, China, Mongolia and Dellwood, Minnesota. “It’s a magical place,” says piano teacher Reid Smith as he describes the 13th- century mountain town.


In a recent study conducted by Olson Zaltman Associates, baby boomers revealed their true feelings about funeral homes: dark, claustrophobic and “tomblike,” they said.