Anyone who has dined at the much-loved Four Seasons restaurant in Mahtomedi has seen classic black-and-white photos of an earlier time, when area residents enjoyed the Wildwood Amusement Park.

White Bear Lake spends the winter frozen, but when the ice cracks, you know spring can’t be too far away. Predicting the lake’s ice-out is a time-honored tradition, but with past years’ thaws happening anywhere from the end of March to the start of May, it’s anyone’s guess.

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Winter in the White Bear area has generally been a busy time. Whether you like to ice skate, cross-country ski or play a pick-up game of hockey, outdoor activities have been a popular way to spend those chilly days.

When the Minnesota High School Cycling League (MHSCL) launched in 2012, one of the first people contacted as a potential coach was White Bear Lake Area High School teacher, Fred Feirn.

Through a window overlooking Wildwood Elementary’s outdoor play area, principal Mark Hamre reveals the spots where the kids play at recess. There is a hard surface area, pavement where kids play basketball and foursquare.

The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride, a local cycling classic, kicks off the biking season with challenge and bravado. This year’s ride will mark the event’s 50th anniversary.

What happens when you place 14 modern men on a remote island for four weeks with nothing but some video equipment? You get NBC’s reality show, The Island, hosted by Bear Grylls, and local boy Jud Nichols was one of the contestants.

In July, a group of local White Bear Lake enthusiasts banded together to form the group Friends of White Bear Lake.

The World’s Original Ice Fishing Contest was first held in 1947 and quickly became one of White Bear Lake’s most popular winter traditions. Each year, the White Bear Rod and Gun Club would coordinate the event—some years with co-sponsors.