July/August 2022

“There’s never an end to the stories we can tell.” —Sara Markoe Hanson, executive director at the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

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Meet the Best of White Bear Lake 2022

Readers reveal their hometown favorites that make White Bear Lake such a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

Steve Wolgamot

Passion, resilience, creativity: this is the spirit of White Bear Lake.

Fresh produce from the farmer's market

Local garden expert shares tips for your next farmers market excursion.

Hand flipping porkchops on the grill

What’s the word on your grilling skills?

Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative

Area sustainability group works toward a safer, eco-friendly future.

Clip art of people playing in the park

Launch into summer fun with these local activities.

Planes flying over the lake at sunset

White Bear Lake Magazine enjoys showcasing the lake community in a number of ways, and that includes sharing readers’ points of view through what they see, appreciate and capture with their cameras.

Bottle of Mixly mixer

It’s the weekend. You have friends coming over, and they are bringing their kids. You have the food and cocktails planned, but what are you giving the kids? How about something other than pop? 

Homemade Pizza

I think pizza is by far one of the best things you can make on an outdoor grill. During the summer, I grill pizza at least once a week. Our bakery makes the best fresh pizza dough—which is the hardest part about homemade pizza.

Artists Allen Christian and Mary Jane LaVigne

White Bear Lake is a sea of creatives. In this artistic community, two of my favorite artists are Allen Christian and Mary Jane LaVigne. Known around town as Mr. and Mrs. Lucky, this talented couple even has their own museum, House of Balls, in Minneapolis.

Purple Flowers in a Garden

It’s mid-summer in Minnesota, and that means two things: 1. Produce farms and home gardens are ready to drop an abundance of fresh produce; and 2. The first possible snowfall is only two-and-a-half months away. So, let’s focus on the goodness to come this summer.

White Bear Lake Magazine July/August 2022

Welcome to our most beloved issue of the year—the annual Best of White Bear Lake Reader’s Choice Poll, where we recognize your favorite businesses and services in the communities around the lake. Each and every issue of White Bear Lake Magazine is a celebration of this community and the people who call it home. But there’s something special about this issue— and that’s you!