stumbling blocks into stepping stones

Sara Swan has over two decades of experience in special education. Swan found schools were very system-centered, emphasizing a collegiate-focused model that might not be right for everyone.

Meet the Best of White Bear Lake 2020 finalists

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

Sgt. John Vetter of the White Bear Lake Police Department

The citizens academy gives participants an inside view of the White Bear Lake Police Department.

A graphic announcing voting for the 2020 Best of White Bear Lake Magazine readers' choice survey

Voting is now closed. Finalists will be announced in March!

White Bear Lake Magazine Top 10 Stories of 2019

As we look back on 2019, we're reflecting on the stories you—our readers—loved most.

Members of the White Bear Lake Social Meetup enjoy drinks at happy hour.

Need a push to get out of your house and enjoy our community? White Bear Lake Social meetup may be just what you’re looking for.

Mahtomedi's Zephyr wind turbine

Mahtomedi’s Zephyr wind turbine has been generating power for eight years.

The sun sets over White Bear Lake

Meet the winners of the 2019 Lens on the Lake photo contest!

Mahtomedi couple Becky and Craig Markovitz, who are fundraising to build Aaron's Playground in honor of their late son.

Mahtomedi couple creates Aaron's Playground in memory of their son.

A graphic advertising voting for the 2019 Lens on the Lake photo contest

Voting is now closed. Stay tuned for the winners!

Craig and Becky Markovitz hold their son, Aaron, who died at seven weeks old of chronic lung disease.

Aaron's Playground, a space where kids of all ages can experience joy, will be located in Mahtomedi's Southwest Park.