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Katy Vernon, a London-born singer/songwriter who has been a White Bear Lake resident for eight years, always dreamed of being a musician. “Even as a little kid I would make up songs,” she says. As she grew, she wrote about life, love and loss.

When Robert Bergstrom began teaching, computers were the size of whole rooms, and cell phones were a mere idea in science fiction movies. Fifty-plus years later in the field, technology has changed, but he’s still there.

It’s silly to think that the career choice we all make at age 22, right out of college, is what we’re “stuck with” until retirement. It’s never too late to change lanes, and White Bear Lake native Tim McNiff has done just that.

When Erin and Paul Kvittem decided to start a family, they were aware of the remote possibility of having a child with medical issues, just like any other young couple.

How can an amazing legacy that someone has created throughout his or her lifetime be honored? This was the question that inspired the J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award. “The Hills, longtime residents of White Bear Lake, exemplified the spirit of community service throughout their lives.

Corinne Watson has seen admirable success in her high school career: The captain of White Bear Lake’s hockey team is also a pivotal member of the varsity lacrosse team and volunteer at the Autism Society of Minnesota.

With a hearty dose of Minnesotan modesty, Melissa Gacek refuses to refer to herself as an elite runner.

Jessica Bernier is beautiful and introverted. She’s intelligent, understated and works as a model when time permits. Calm and competent, she runs an office of 60 realtors for the company she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

After nearly 27 years, Joey Halbach is saying goodbye to the Washington County library system. Retiring from her position as the public relations librarian, she looks back fondly on her time spent helping the patrons of our local libraries.

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. So when Todd Kendall realized both he and his four-legged friend became thirsty while on walks, he designed a water container that’s dog friendly, hygienic and convenient.

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