September/October 2019

It’s our education issue— always a favorite here at the magazine. We love highlighting our area’s rich offerings and talented residents. Meet some notable high school seniors, learn about ways to help keep our lakes clean and much more.

This year’s “Raise the Curtain” gala held on May 23 exceeded its goal by raising $65,000. Entertainment included Don Eidel on guitar and singers Quinn Shadko and Austin Lewis with Blake Brauer on piano.


The 79th Annual Baseball Old Timers' Hot Stove League of America Banquet was held on January 17 at Jimmy’s Event Center in Vadnais Heights.

Tom and Theresa Lendway in their communal makerspace in White Bear Lake.

Tom and Theresa Lendway built the White Bear Makerspace to give local artists a place to work and learn.

A performance of "Dirty Business" at History Theatre in St. Paul

There are more than 200 theater venues in the Twin Cities featuring plays, musicals, comedy, improv and more.

The American Museum of Asmat Art

The Twin Cities offer a broad stroke selection of art museums.

U.S. Bank Stadium, the home stadium of the Minnesota Vikings

Take your pick - Lynx, Timberwolves, Twins, United FC, Vikings and Wild. And that's just the pro sports teams in Minnesota.

An remodeled kitchen designed by Molly Howe Design.

Molly Howe of Molly Howe design shares an inspirational remodel of a Hugo kitchen, created with the needs of a busy family in mind.

A bottle of Pa's Sauce and Such Barbecue Sauce

It’s been more than seven years since Steve Trusten of White Bear Lake started a journey that would change his life. While caring for one of his grandchildren, Trusten began exploring avenues that would allow him to also work on other projects. He started making his own barbecue sauce.

Pizzas and other menu offerings from Pizzeria Pezzo in White Bear Lake

Pizzeria Pezzo’s artisanal creations keep fans coming back.

Caroline Yares, owner of Plnt BSD in White Bear Lake.

At Twin Cities Veg Fest, there will be cooking demonstrations, product samples, artists and more.

Hill-Murray School senior Elizabeth Sutherland

Hill-Murray School senior Elizabeth (Ella) Sutherland struggled in school until freshman year. Then she got herself into gear.

White Bear Lake Area High School senior Isaac Maruyama

"You have to get involved in things you find interesting," White Bear Lake Area High School senior Issac Maruyama says.

Mahtomedi High School senior Ruby Ales

Mahtomedi High School senior Ruby Ales has some advice for students just starting high school: get involved.

Liberty Classical Academy senior Jack Dobrotka

Liberty Classical Academy senior Jack Dobrotka knows about hard work - he's a multisport athlete and plans to join the Army.

A wall covered in blue mural paper.

While architectural elements and furniture are often the go-to focal points, a single wall can hold its own with bold color or statement wallpaper.

Lighting as functional art in home decor

Functional art brightens lighting options.

Bleached wood, a trendy Fall flooring option

Carpet remains a top seller in the flooring market, but there are plenty of other flooring options for homeowners.

A bioswale planted by the Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization.

The Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization (VLAWMO) works to protect and improve the quality of the water within our watershed area.

Mahtomedi couple Becky and Craig Markovitz, who are fundraising to build Aaron's Playground in honor of their late son.

Mahtomedi couple creates Aaron's Playground in memory of their son.

The aisles of a grocery store, shelves stocked with food

White Bear Lake residents Greg Bartz and Charles “Chip” Hooley, owners of the consulting firm Grand Strategies, know food.

"Time is Running Out," a painting by White Bear Lake Area High School student Lauren Martin

White Bear Lake Area High School student Lauren Martin created Time is Running Out in Shawn Gritzmacher’s art class.

The men of the White Bear Lake YMCA handball group.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the White Bear Lake YMCA, they meet to play the sport they love.