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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.

Maria Marzitelli's love for her son Patrick helped her pen three books.

Scarred by tragedy, Maria Marzitelli sat down in 2010 to pen a book about her 17-year-old son Patrick, who had passed away as the result of accidental aviation fuel inhalation while working at the Anoka County–Blaine airport.

We often hear stories of those fleeting marriages that last a few years, or in a rather well publicized case, 63 days. But what of the couples who made their commitments and stuck to them? Meet three couples that have each been married more than 60 years.

It takes more than a great defensive line for a high school football team to succeed; it also takes resources.

Eighteen stops along a channel-surfing tour offer a variety of locally produced programming. All of it originates from television production studios tucked inside an ordinary strip mall in White Bear Lake.

Suzanne Worthley has always felt very connected to metaphysical studies. With a mortician as a father, Worthley grew up in a family that embraced the topics of death, dying, energies and spirits. She has vivid memories of experiencing energies in her room at night, as young as the age of five.

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