Outdoors

baby farm animals

Local nonprofit 21 Roots Farm brings meaningful activities to people impacted by developmental disabilities. With programming for both youths and adults, activities on the farm are as fresh as each new season since the farm’s start in 2019.

Irina Shavlik and her horse, "Haylee."

While many of us might turn up our nose at the unmistakable smell of a horse barn, for equestrians like Colleen and Lyle Wick, it’s aromatherapy.

The notion of taking care of your planet so it can take care of you isn’t a new one, and the annual RITE of Spring event in Mahtomedi reinforces that idea.

In a community where life often seems to revolve around “the lake,” one of the most anticipated and talked about annual events is the spring ice-out.

For more than 25 years, White Bear Lake has been celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day by bringing together citizens to participate in community projects that help keep the area clean and green.

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.

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.

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

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.

White Bear Lake has always been a popular recreation area for visitors and residents alike. For decades, the summer brought train cars filled to capacity with eager city dwellers who wanted to enjoy the warm breezes and the healthful waters of the “northern lakes” region.

Hunting in our area has a long lineage. Native Americans prized these lands as an excellent source of small game and waterfowl; the forests were plentiful and the multitude of waterways created an abundance of opportunity. As European-Americans began to settle north of St.

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