November 2013

In the November issue of White Bear Lake Magazine, you'll find the best holiday gifts in town in our annual gift guide. You'll meet several talented White Bear Lake authors and learn about their creative processes, plus the work local students are doing to meet and encourage their peers with disabilities. You'll also learn about the best wines for all occasions during the upcoming holiday season and more.

Community members showed up in droves to hear about the history of the Water Ski Company of White Bear Lake from Dennis Zerwas Jr., grandson of founder Tom Weinhagen. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.


The Rotary Club of White Bear carried on a tasty tradition with the second-ever Taste of White Bear Lake at Pine Tree Apple Orchard. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.


Thanksgiving has been celebrated in a number of ways throughout our area’s history. There are, of course, the traditional family gatherings with the customary turkey, cranberries and pie, and the anticipation in more recent years of Black Friday deals.


“Dessert” and “holiday” are practically synonymous; for many of us, this is one of the few times that we freely indulge in sweets. We look forward to the sugary treats as much as we do the other stuff.


Johnny Kass of Go Johnny Go Records has a serious love for vinyl. The passion that started after seeing his cousins’ collections in the mid-1960s has been growing ever since. How does he explain it?


There’s something about autumn that beckons to readers. As the leaves turn and the first flakes of snow start to fall, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot cocoa and, of course, a good book.


With the holidays just around the corner, we thought you could use a little jump-start to get you thinking about your holiday gift list. So, with the colors of the season as our guide, we compiled a many-hued collection of gifts that will have you crossing off items on that list in no time flat.


During a presentation on special-education students at Birch Lake Elementary School, one little second- or third-grade girl approached presenter and special education advocate Leslie Sieleni with a question.


No one wants a child to be hospitalized any day of the year, let alone on Christmas. But as part of one of the largest children’s health care organizations in the United States, the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of St. Paul is a home for the holidays for many Minnesota kids.


The holiday season is a time for kindness, and is often the inspiration for a selfless outpouring of generosity and charitable donations.


With holiday gatherings right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect wines to accompany your meal.


A chill is in the air, and so are the sounds of high school theaters getting ready for their fall productions. Check out Mahtomedi High School’s production of the female version of The Odd Couple, and follow mismatched divorcees Olive and Florence and their crazy antics.


As a veteran himself, Reverend Mark Kelm was disappointed when he first came to White Bear Lake and found there were no community Veteran’s Day events. So he immediately set out to create one.


Let Kowalski’s eliminate a little bit of this year’s holiday stress with Thanksgiving meals to go.


Whether you are looking for someone to care for your loved one for a few days, or you want to check out a facility before committing to a long-term care plan, the Stay by the Day program at Coventry of Mahtomedi Senior Living is a


The food at Black Sea Restaurant is authentic Turkish fare, mainly because husband-and-wife owners Tolga and Cigdem Ata hail from Turkey. The first Black Sea Restaurant opened in 2000 in St.


Frugal fashionistas in the White Bear Lake area can rejoice. This summer, Michele Henry Gudmundson and Wesley Uthus opened Primp in White Bear Lake—the third store this dynamic duo has opened since September 2010.