July 2014

In the July issue of White Bear Lake Magazine you'll dive into a tour of the best pizzerias in town, meet three local pint-sized prodigies and find a guide to White Bear Lake's most refreshing summer drinks.

Summer is finally here. After a long, grueling winter that brought snow, snow and more snow, it’s time to bust out the flip-flops and slather on the sunscreen. And on a hot, sunny summer day, nothing beats a cool, refreshing beverage.


Students from the White Bear Lake Area High School-South Campus showed off their finery to family and friends at the much-anticipated prom grand march.


With terrific food, refreshing cocktails and live entertainment, folks celebrated the third anniversary of NewStudio Architecture.

Luminaria bags light the night with hope and inspiration at the annual Relay for Life of White Bear Lake event.

For 20 years, White Bear Lake residents have come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones, and raise funds to fight against cancer at the Relay for Life of White Bear Lake.


Many of the finest musicians have discovered their passion for music when they were very young. To them, music is as natural and familiar as breathing.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for … pizza. No, really! Just about everyone loves pizza. It is the perfect food: portable, versatile, ubiquitous and delicious—whether it’s at a swanky restaurant or from a no-frills by-the-slice counter.

This photo of a group of White Bear Lake sailors was taken in the 1920s.

For a century and a half, sailors have skimmed the water of White Bear and surrounding lakes. The earliest known “fleet” of boats belonged to William Markoe who, along with his five sons, had a collection of six sailboats they raced off their dock on Lake Avenue at the foot of Shady Lane.


In 1946, golf pro Sam Emerson rebelled and defied his parent’s wishes. He caddied for the first time in his hometown, the one job they told him he couldn’t seek out. That first day he brought home $8.50—more than his mom made in two days’ work—and they allowed him to continue.


Chuck & Don’s, the pet store mecca that welcomes four-legged creatures as much as the two-legged variety, didn’t, as it turns out, start as a store idea at all.


Joe Burton has always been looking for new horizons to explore. “I have seven degrees,” he laughs, and quickly runs through a list of his varied career paths—engineer, business manager, missions pastor, innkeeper, military chaplain, youth minister.


After years of chicken farming, Debbie Johnson-Hill, aka “the chicken
whisperer,” knew she needed a career change. “I loved raising chicken,” she
says. “But I realized the amount of time, effort and funds required for such a


To expand their outdoor learning areas, the White Bear Montessori School has
added a rain garden to the campus. The school, which serves students from


Many Minnesotans, including seniors, love to fish, but may not have the
necessary equipment to do so. “Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors,” a program with a
chapter in White Bear Lake, can solve that dilemma.

Laura Fraser has turned her passion for pooches into a fun business.

After being a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years, Laura Fraser knew she
wanted to go back to work, but the thought of returning to a corporate desk job
wasn’t appealing. Fraser has always loved animals, so starting a dog-walking and

Sherry Walker (left) and Lisa Swan make shopping easy and fun in their stylish boutique.

For many women, it is not only important to feel good about themselves, but it is also crucial to look good as well. Sherry Walker and Lisa Swan have devoted their lives to this, making sure women feel beautiful inside and out.