January/February 2022

For all the fuss we Minnesotans make about winter, there is something truly special about this season.

Icy Situation

Stephanie Herington nabbed this shot by Manitou Island, near where the dinghy boats are stored in the summer. She says, “I really loved how the ice had piled up on shore and how the rugged ice contrasted against the smooth blue sky.

bowls of oatmeal

When people think of oatmeal, they might typically imagine a bland, brown bowl of mush. But this hearty mixture doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Polar Plunge

Across the state, there are over 8,100 Special Olympics athletes, who put in hard work every year to better themselves and demonstrate their capabilities to their fellow Minnesotans. So what can we do to help support them?

Calvary Church

Historically, in times of crisis, people often turn to a church for help or support, whether it be for basics like food and shelter or for counsel and care.

Whole Grains

Why does pasta get so much of the culinary glory? Granted, it transforms dishes, comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it.

Haus Theory

After years spent hunting for and refining their own private collection of vintage home goods, Dan and Amanda Evans found a way to turn their passion for antiques into a business. Now, Haus Theory has a new location with a historic touch of its own.

medspa treatment

By now, the gifts have been given, the guests have been hosted and the holidays are coming to a joyful close. Some of us emerge from this entertaining season feeling a little less holly and jolly and a bit more frizzled and frazzled.

Zen Fitness

Who among us hasn’t made the New Year’s resolution to exercise and get in shape? It can be daunting to jumpstart this goal, so here are some fitness options to help you use those yoga pants for something other than Zoom meetings.

healthy smoothie

Whether you’re just waking up or wrapping up a stressful day, stop by Bear Nutrition for a deliciously healthy smoothie or flavored tea. With fitness and health in mind, the shakes boast a minimum of 24 grams of protein and just 220 calories.


Baking sourdough bread. Doing puzzles. Getting puppies. Add crafting to the list of trends we’ve seen uptick during the pandemic, and you get the appeal of Create Space. Not everyone has ample space at home to get creative, and that’s just what the shop provides.

Benny’s Barbershop

Benny’s Barbershop has been a staple in downtown White Bear Lake since 1936, making it one of the oldest businesses in town and the only shop of its kind remaining from that era.  The business was found