May/June 2020

We’ve been inside for a while, so now it’s time to get outdoors! Read about a local biz that creates outdoor adventures, how to be ecologically friendly, and much more.

Editor's note: This issue was finalized as our community, nation and world were in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. It was our editorial staff’s sincere hope that, by the time this issue landed in your mailbox, the virus would be contained, and we would have eased back into our daily routines, ever mindful of the lives lost and impact felt by so many around the world. However, due to the quickly evolving circumstances in our community during the creation of this issue, please note that some events/dates and even some business operations may have changed since these pages went to print. As your community magazine, we will continue to spotlight residents—the cornerstones of this area—and focus on the importance of local businesses around White Bear Lake.

Filled with laughs, heart and a whole lot of fun, this Children’s Performing Arts production, staged at the Hanafli Performing Arts Center in February and early March,  was one for the books.  

A boat on White Bear Lake in the aftermath of a storm.

Throughout the year, we feature some of the photos from our 2019 Lens on the Lake photo contest.

A bloody mary from Washington Square in White Bear Lake

Take a sip of some of the best bloody marys in White Bear Lake and beyond.

Muffins from Brody's 579

White Bear Lake gluten-free bakery sets off on new adventure.

An out of focus shot of plants.

Environmentalists say local advocacy is key to combating climate change.

Bull Moose Patrol founder Scott Oeth

Lino Lakes local hosts the camping trips of a lifetime.

A fridge full of groceries

Bag your old grocery shopping habits with these fresh tips.

Wool + Timber founder Nathalie Carrigan

Fiber artist pursues an unintended business venture.


Imagined Life paints an intimate picture of the lives of well-known figures by placing listeners in their shoes.

A woman makes a flower crown.

Learn about global traditions that celebrate the beginning of spring.

Daisy Vanderwood

Art student Lily Vanderwood used her photography skills—and a digital camera—to capture this image of her sister.