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.

With a great number of seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is more important than ever they receive quality care, and White Bear Heights Senior Living works hard to meet that need.

Kerri Fee enjoys capturing the special moments in life—anything that captures beauty, joy and fun. Her award-winning photo, Cup and Cone, is no exception as it captures her two grandsons’ first experience at Cup and Cone. “I wanted to capture the joy on their faces,” Fee says.

Just as flower-lovers have their favorite blooms—whether it’s elegant roses, whimsical daisies, fragrant peonies or awe-inspiring hydrangeas—so, too, do you have your own cherished people, places and businesses in the White Bear Lake area.

The E.B. Gibbs Post of the Grand Army of the Republic was formed in late 1883 and officially chartered the following May. The group chose the name Eugene B. Gibbs to honor the Civil War veteran who served as the captain of a regiment out of California and made his post-war home in White Bear.

On April 11, 1881, the council of the newly formed Village of White Bear met for the first time. That initial meeting was held at the office of local shopkeeper Daniel Getty, “to organize said council,” which had been elected the previous week.

While winning first place in the Activities and Events category for 2017 Lens on the Lake was a wonderful surprise and achievement, Jean Auger takes photos for a simpler purpose.

For the first time, Community of Grace Lutheran Church held a day in which its members aided their neighbors in White Bear Lake and the surrounding areas.

Readers, you voted for your favorite businesses in a bunch of fun categories this year, from restaurants to doggy daycares to fitness spots.