June 2014

In the June issue of White Bear Lake Magazine, you'll find expert fishing advice from learned locals, meet White Bear Lake's dedicated mayor Jo Emerson and learn which local hotspots serve the best barbecue.

The iconic Manitou Island bridge.

Manitou Island has always been something of a magical place in the hearts and minds of the people of the area. Manitou means “spirit” in several Native American languages, and the island got the name when the legend of the white bear was popularized during the 1880s.


It was an egg-stravaganza at the Tamarack Nature Center, where kids made art
projects and learned about the many animals that hatch from eggs. 


It was a full house at Manitou Station, where winners were announced for the Best of White Bear Lake 2014.

Jaime Tegdesch serves up a cone full of Superman hard-serve ice cream at Ozzie’s. Yum!

With summer finally here, it’s time to chill down during the hot weather with some delicious frozen treats. Cup and Cone and Ozzie’s, both locally owned and operated in White Bear Lake, offer a plethora of ice cream and soft-serve flavors that will keep you cool all summer long.

Jason McEwen and his wife, Rachel Greene, in their White Bear Lake clinic.

In a time of short attention spans and countless distractions, Jason McEwen is preaching a unique message: slow down and live intentionally. In other words, put down your iPhone or other device and live fully—even the painful or uncomfortable parts.

 Folks enjoying the warm weather and great music at Tally’s Dockside.

Nothing says summer quite like a scoop or two of rocky road, musicians playing against the backdrop of a setting sun and an old-fashioned barbecue.


After a revival on the coasts, rosé wine is making a comeback in Minnesota. Eric Hendrickson, owner of Mahtomedi Liquor Barrel, has seen an increase in requests for rosé over the past year, and he is fond of the trend.

 Head to Sail la Vie for nifty nautical items.

Sail la Vie, a business that is known for their sail repair and specialty recycled sail items, has found smooth sailing since moving into their new space a little over a year ago.


After a successful first summer, the “Willow Walkers” will be taking another lap.


Our pets love summer vacation as much as we do, so it’s important to make sure we have the necessary equipment when heading out on our next adventure. Laura Bednarczyk, owner of Lulu & Luigi, offers some helpful advice to make the trip fun for the whole crew.


Dads are typically the hardest to buy gifts for because they insist that they don’t want anything. So, instead of giving Dad another tie to add to his collection, wrap up these interesting books by two White Bear Lake authors.

Enjoy the sunshine with these summer-ready shades for guys and gals.

With the bright days of summer approaching, we all will need a little extra protection for our eyes—and a little bit of style. “This season is all about being bold and fun,” says Priscilla Priebe, an optician at Birch Lake Eye Clinic.

Tantalize your taste buds with Memphis-style ribs, coleslaw and baked beans from CG Hooks Eatery.

When you think about it, ribs are an intimidating prospect—stacked with bones, awkward to maneuver and skimpy on meat. But what other food lets us indulge our inner Neanderthal, has a built-in handle and leaves a good gnaw for the dog?

Mayor Jo Emerson with the vintage LaFrance fire truck she rides in the Manitou Days parade every year.

Like most things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Jo Emerson, mayor of White Bear Lake, puts a whole lot of herself into her job—and she loves every minute of it.

Brian Fowler

For aspiring anglers, there is no Fishing University. Learning to catch fish is an experiential skill, requiring countless hours on the water gaining an understanding of weather patterns, schooling tendencies, eating habits and a myriad of other variables.

Christina Miller from Christina Lynn Interiors created a vignette in her White Bear Lake store of all items listed in this story.

Orange you glad it’s summertime? We sure are! As Mother Nature puts on her cheerful best in your garden—perhaps in a row of tulips or a cloud of daffodils—we encourage you to bring some color indoors, too.