March 2015

In the March issue of White Bear Lake Magazine  you'll go behind the scenes of a local filmmaker's independent flick, get a taste of Thailand with local caterer Pibul Pratumwon and take a peek at the impressive renovation of a local historic home.

Folks donned sneakers and snowshoes and braved the chilly weather at the annual Yukon Days Run and Snowshoe PIck-Your-Distance Race.


Liberty Classical Academy celebrated the 2014-2015 school year and its new campus with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Before he was Pete, he called himself Pom Pom or Barry. And before that, his Thai mother named him Pibul. “I’m a man of many names,” he says.


For years, Sandy Law walked her dog along a block of historic homes lined by 100-year-old oak trees just steps from the picturesque lakeside. Her favorite house? The one on the corner with a white picket fence.


How we love to celebrate what is arguably the most boisterous holiday of the year. It’s the one that honors St. Patrick, the fifth-century Christian missionary and patron saint of Ireland. In tribute, we don green clothes and ingest green things.


The community of White Bear has been committed to a variety of cultural offerings and entertainment over the decades. A band shell or gazebo has been present in Railroad Park in downtown White Bear Lake since the earliest days of the village.


Kevin Kling‒playwright, storyteller, author and National Public Radio (NPR) commentator‒ will take the stage of the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center as part of the Wildwood Artist Series.


Maybe it’s the seasonally decorated book tree in the window, or the staff’s ability to find hard-to-locate books. Or, perhaps, the comforting scent of paper, ink and undiscovered stories.


At age 17, Davin Brandt caught his first steelhead trout, and, along with the fish, was hooked. The catch-and-release fish is unique in the trout family because it migrates—in Minnesota’s case, from Lake Superior to rivers and streams—to spawn.


Not everyone has a defining moment where they can pinpoint when their life changed, but Jeff Loeks can tell you that his was six years ago, when he had a brain hemorrhage. “I didn’t know what it was,” he recalls.


Peter Hurd and Logan Gion grew up on blood and gore—movies, that is.


Pine Tree Apple Orchard has the best apples around, but now the folks at the orchard are being recognized for the best apple pie in Minnesota. Pie lovers from all over the state voted in a local television station’s online contest.


Eighth-grader Maren Viker’s journey with National History Day is evidence of the extraordinary talent and dedication at Central Middle School. Her project, a website on the Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court case, took Viker all the way to the national competition in Washington, D.C.


One February day, White Bear Lake resident Pamela Moulton was playing around with her brand-new Olympus camera. As soon as it was out of the box, she began to search the room for the perfect subject for the first photograph; Moulton happened to be babysitting her sister’s cat, Baxter.


As the end of the school year draws closer, college-bound students shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity. Each year, the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce presents three $500 scholarships to students who are employed or have parents or guardians employed by chamber members.


“You know how your mom buys you paints when you’re young? I just never stopped painting,” says award-winning artist and instructor Heidi Nelson of her lifelong journey in art.