June 2013

Learn how water features can transform your busy backyard into a peaceful oasis, plus take a look inside the history of the White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi Fire Departments. We round up the best pizzas in town and learn about Just Two Bikes, Jim Muellner's successful cycling business.

Fishing has always been able to pull visitors and residents to the waters of White Bear and Bald Eagle lakes. If we reach back to the days of the woodland Indians, we find references to the bounty of fish found in the lakes of our area.


Pizza has been called the “perfect food” for many reasons: it represents several food groups, it’s portable, versatile, easy to find, adored by all and just plain delicious.


All year long, residents and visitors alike anticipate the summer festivals that bring thousands to the streets of downtown White Bear Lake.


The soothing sounds of babbling brooks and trickling waterfalls are a natural source of relaxation. But you need not travel far to enjoy such splendor; a beautiful and relaxing water oasis can be created in your own backyard.


White Bear Lake Fire Department
The Department


Jim Muellner wasn’t just a child riding his bike on St. Paul streets in the 1940s; he was an American frontiersman from the 1770s. “As I child, I loved biking,” says Muellner, now 77. “It made me feel like Daniel Boone. It made me feel like an adventurer.


Betsey Degree is a suburban wife and mother. She has four children, two dogs, and a tortoise. She is also a recovering addict and alcoholic who publicly shares her daily struggles and triumphs on her aptly titled blog, Mom off Meth.


With a wingspan of just less than 4 inches and weighing in at one-fifth of an ounce, the North American monarch butterfly’s 3,000-mile migration from Mexico to Minnesota is one of nature’s biggest marvels.


Whether you’re an artist, engineer, or just interested in cool gadgets, now you can tinker with 3D printers, vinyl cutters and the ShopBot—a machine that can cut, carve or drill metal or wood-- at Mahtomedi High School’s FABLab.


For the fifth year, the Mahtomedi Garden Club will be hosting the Mahtomedi Garden Tour.


Though food shelves often take the spotlight during winter holidays, keeping them full is a year-round job. No one knows this better than Kellie Cardinal, community resource center director for St.


Kids and teens can get their golf swing in gear by joining Oneka Ridge’s Junior Golf League. Meeting on Mondays starting June 10 and running for eight weeks, golfers ages 7 to 17 are invited to learn the ins and outs of golf. Clinic times are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon.


Named after an elderly farmer from owner Greg Tegdesch’s childhood, Ozzie’s Ice Cream is open for summer scooping and is celebrating its first anniversary this month.


Billy Pilacinski, a sixth-grader at St. Mary of the Lake, wasn’t surprised when his schoolmates opted to shave their heads at Indulge Salon to show their support for him this past winter.