January 2014

In the January issue of White Bear Lake Magazine, you'll learn all about winter activities taking place around the White Bear area. The Polar Bear Plunge enters its 17th year of icy fun and fundraising for the Minnesota Special Olympics, Tamarack Nature Center has nordic activities for everyone to enjoy and we round up the best lighter meals to help cleanse the palate and please the stomach after a holiday season of serious eats. Pick up a copy today!

White Bear Lake has always been a popular recreation area for visitors and residents alike. For decades, the summer brought train cars filled to capacity with eager city dwellers who wanted to enjoy the warm breezes and the healthful waters of the “northern lakes” region.


Folks gathered for the annual fundraising event, which is sponsored by the North Oaks Children's Hospital Guild. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.


Rather than putting their game on ice for the winter, golfers can take it to the ice at the White Bear Lake BEAR’ly Open, an official event of the St. Paul Winter Carnival that celebrates the sport with a few fun winter twists.


Life can change instantly. A bone-breaking fall, a stroke or complications from chronic diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are game-changers. Suddenly, one is rendered helpless and becomes dependent on others, most often family members.


Quilting is one of those magical crafts: a perfect blend of practical—keeping your bed toasty during those long Minnesota winters—and beautiful.


It wouldn’t be a Minnesota winter without plenty of ice skating, and the annual Mahtomedi Winter Skating Party is a great way for the entire family to celebrate the cold-weather season.


It’s not often that stores are filled with items that are not just unusual but unique, and Catherine Wimmer, owner of the Ruby Slipper in the White Bear Mall, thinks that’s a shame.


Jackie Baker loves to share idyllic New England scenery with Minnesota.


If you’re feeling a little post-holiday tension in your neck, you’re certainly not alone. “Everyone walks around with a certain amount of discomfort in their bodies,” explains Teri Faison.


White Bear Lake resident Charles Fritz awoke early on January 26 last year and drove to Ramsey Beach to photograph the hot-air balloon race, which hadn’t happened for many years. “The picture is taken as the last of the 11 balloons that participated were about to lift off,” he says.


Ever been bored by the cheddar cheese/bacon or lettuce/tomato/onion combinations that appear on every burger menu? Not a problem at BYO Burger, a recent addition to the White Bear Lake dining scene.


If attempting something adventurous and wacky is on your bucket list, then you should take the Polar Bear Plunge.This January, Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota prese


Matthew and Alex Weinberger grew up in Tamarack Nature Center. The kids were stuffed in aBaby Bjorn and strapped to their father Mark as he set out hiking on the kilometers of trails.


Volunteers often toil behind the scenes for the benefit of others, yet never seek recognition. Their dedication is focused on helping the needy, healing the sick and lending a hand to the disadvantaged.


Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And for many, that means kicking their New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds into high gear. But watching what you eat doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor.