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Womaness

The secret is out. Menopause exists. And though it’s yet another taboo that women tend to keep to themselves—when 6,000 women enter a four-to-six-year relationship with menopause each day, it’s not a topic that should be kept in the shadows.

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.

Laura Fraser has turned her passion for pooches into a fun business.

After being a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years, Laura Fraser knew she
wanted to go back to work, but the thought of returning to a corporate desk job
wasn’t appealing. Fraser has always loved animals, so starting a dog-walking and

Mayor Jo Emerson with the vintage LaFrance fire truck she rides in the Manitou Days parade every year.

Like most things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Jo Emerson, mayor of White Bear Lake, puts a whole lot of herself into her job—and she loves every minute of it.

For as long as she can remember, 15-year-old Marlee Van Ostrand has dreamed of dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. This past December, her childhood dream became a reality when she performed the part in the 23rd annual production of the Stillwater Nutcracker.

“There is no basket large enough in which to carry my tune,” jokes 74-year-old Nick Nash of his lack of singing ability, as we sit in a local bakery sipping coffee.

Often, when people retire, their lives become busier doing the things they’ve dreamed about for years and finally have the time to do. And for many people in the White Bear Lake area, that dream comes in the form of singing and dancing with The Silver Harmony Singers.

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