November 2014

In the November issue of White Bear Lake Magazine Kowalski's Rachael Perron shares her favorite non-traditional holiday recipes, learn about the local business focused on living small, and find fresh takes on cranberry dishes around town.

Folks noshed on fabulous food from local eateries and enjoyed the beautiful day at the annual Taste of White Bear Lake event.


The movement to establish a library in White Bear Lake began with a series of reading rooms operating out of private homes in the 1880s.


See stunning homes revealed at the annual North Oaks Children’s Hospital Guild holiday home tour, boutique and luncheon.


For decades, Bob McArdell didn’t like to talk about his experiences in World War II, a trait he shared with many other stoic vets from that war.


Sometimes the passion for art is evident very early in life, and sometimes it takes a while to show itself.


Consume that festive fowl this Thanksgiving in more ways than one.


Need new books for fall? Here’s a book sale that’s cheap and easy, and you may just find a gem. Since 1991, Wildwood Branch Library has been hosting an annual book sale offering nonfiction, popular fiction, classics, DVDs and CDs that have been donated or withdrawn from the library collection.


This past June, six phenomenal seventh-grade students from Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake, under the instruction of history teacher Huy Nguyen, won national awards at National History Day in College Park, Maryland.


High school students have been dancing, singing and pretending to be other people onstage for months in rehearsal. This month, young actors from White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi High School are gearing up to perform their fall musicals.


Lakeshore Players Theatre has been rehearsing and performing in the former Swedish Lutheran Church in downtown White Bear Lake since 1971, and they’re long overdue for an upgrade, to say the least.


Cranberries are a familiar, even essential, part of a traditional American holiday meal, but they’ve been unfairly pigeonholed, relegated to the winter months to serve as a mere condiment to more “important” dishes. These tart little gems deserve year-round notice, if not reverence.


A feature story on homes usually involves a big home or elaborate remodel, because, let’s face it, we live in a culture where “bigger is better.” But there’s a growing movement that has people re-evaluating the idea of the American dream, and local expert Jim Wilkins is making dreams of an energy


By the time the holidays roll around, Rachael Perron, White Bear Lake resident and culinary director at Kowalski’s, has been sampling stuffing and cranberry sauce for six months.


A great book doesn’t come around every day. So when a literary gem does surface, it’s even better when shared with like-minded people. For bookworms in Mahtomedi and the surrounding area, an annual community reading event offers the perfect opportunity to congregate.