Earlier this year, our readers’ choice online survey sought your input regarding which restaurants, retailers and service providers you like best in the White Bear Lake area. Your votes have been counted and the top three finalists in each category are listed here in alphabetical order.

A man strums a ukulele.

The White Bear Area Senior Program has a music program for elders starring the unique instrument that originated in Hawaii—the ukulele.

The sun shines on the Hill Farm Historical Society granary.

In this photo, Ken Klein captures the beauty of the Hill Farm Historical Society granary.

2019 Best of White Bear Lake finalists

The votes are in! Here are the top 3 finalists in each category of this year's Best of White Bear Lake.

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Writer and disability activist Tiffiny Carlson is the creator of the blog Beauty Ability and the podcast True Wheelchair Life: SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) Life Uncovered.

Cerenity seeks to create a community and care for the whole person.

Voting for the 2019 Best of White Bear Lake survey is now closed. The results of our annual readers’ choice survey will be printed in July, in our special Best of edition of White Bear Lake Magazine, and we'll need your help to fill it with the best White Bear Lake has to offer.


First Place: Keeping an eye on the neighborhood by Stephanie Herington
Second Place: Izzy by Larry Nelson
Third Place: Dreamer by Kora Dullea

No matter how many forms of entertainment that are available, there’s something unique about the satisfaction we get from reading a book. Kindles, Nooks and e-books are convenient and let you access thousands of titles just by touching your screen.

Looking at Fourth of July Fun in White Bear Lake, there is no shortage of happiness on the faces of Sami Herrick and her laughing son. This is exactly what photographer Jean Auger, Herrick’s mother, wanted to focus on.