October 2015 White Bear Lake Magazine

In the October issue find out which local mayor pens award-winning books, get the inside scoop on Valhalla Nordic Smoke & Ale House and see how an area artist uses his craft to preserve Native American Heritage.

Roger Benson began flying as a young man out of Tom North’s field on Highway 96 east of White Bear Lake on the way to Stillwater. In the 1930s, he plowed an airstrip on his family’s farm just east of Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Township.


Autumn is here in all her glory; ignore winter’s approach and celebrate the crisp air and glowing colors with sausages and beer, Oktoberfest-style. The16-day festival originated in Munich and attracts 6 million people annually with beer, jollity and hearty eats.


The White Bear Center for the Arts sponsored an exhibition of Edna Imm’s artwork, which Imm created over an illustrious 80-year career.


White Bear Lake’s Gary LaRue seems to be able to do it all. After switching careers and finding his niche as an entertainer and disc jockey, LaRue has had more success than ever.


The first thing you notice at Doug Limón’s house is the turtles. Adorning a wall above the couch is a piece of art that features several images of large stingrays and turtles. There are beaded turtle images on wampum belts.


From the brothers who brought you Roma and Patriots Tavern comes a new restaurant inspired by the ancestors of many Minnesotans.


“It is easy to lose track of time in the woods. After Arial returns to her cottage from a day in the high hills gathering herbs for her nana, she is horrified to discover her home ransacked by a trio of strangers, her grandmother unconscious, and her father missing.


Mention the words “barbershop quartet” and several images come to mind: harmony, men, The Music Man. But every Tuesday night, a group of 30 women define a new standard for barbershop in 2015. This group comes together to rehearse, share fellowship, and devote time to perfecting their craft.


There’s no denying the allure of a frozen yogurt shop; piling a cup high with your favorite flavors and topping it off with your own unique concoction of candies and crunchy toppings is heavenly. But what happens when you couple that with savory meal options and alcoholic beverages, too?


Seventy years ago, Mike Abbott was working with his father, a painting contractor, and recognized the need for good customer service at paint shops.


On Easter morning a few years back, fog filled the air and the sun was peeking through. And next to the lake was the perfect scene for Daniel Bosscher to capture his winning photo, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” for Lens on the Lake’s Wildlife and Nature category.


On October 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the White Bear Lake Fire Department will be hosting its annual Firefighter Open House at Fire Station No. 2.


The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation’s ninth annual fundraiser, Beyond the Shores, will be held October 23 at the White Bear Yacht Club from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a buffet-style dinner, entertainment and an auction.


The sixth annual Trunks ‘N’ Treats event at St. Stephen Lutheran Church will once again put a fun spin on trick-or-treating.


Scott Sims, once a pre-architecture major at the University of Minnesota, has always had an interest in the aesthetics and functionality of buildings, and is now putting those skills to the test by creating construction plans for tiny spaces.