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J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 2 “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” —Maya Angelou

DEPARTMENTS 10 — Step into Shape Revitalize your workout routine with these local options.

12 — Ringing in Radiance Refresh, renew and rejuvenate yourself in the new year.

14 — Haus Theory Husband-and-wife team brings new life to vintage home décor treasures.

FEATURES 18 — Grain Elevators Add a touch of history and new flavor profiles to your menu.

22 — Caring during COVID-19 How three area churches have helped the hurting during the pandemic.


TASTEMAKERS 30 — From Bowl to Soul


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4 — Editor’s Letter 7 — Noteworthy 27 — On the Town 32 — Last Glance


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FROM THE EDITOR Zoe Deal, zoe.deal@tigeroak.com



or all the fuss we Minnesotans make about winter, there is something truly special about this season. Even after the holidays wind down and the air becomes colder, that sense of renewal, of a slate wiped clean and new beginnings, is something I’ll always look forward to. In that same spirit, I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor of this extraordinary community lifestyle magazine. What an honor it is to step in at such an important moment, as this community looks to heal following a period of great change and difficulty. I am indebted to departing guest editor​s Nancy Eike and Cheryl Brunkow, under whose helm this magazine flourished, and managing editor Hailey Almsted as well as managing creative director Renée Stewart-Hester, whose guidance has been invaluable. White Bear Lake is a community all its own, with a unique character that magnetizes visitors and residents alike. As a kid growing up just north of White Bear Lake, I often came here with loved ones to enjoy the area’s stunning beaches and restaurants. This town has always been a home away from home, and I’m overjoyed to now have the privilege to immerse myself in this community in a meaningful way. When I’m not wearing my editor’s hat, I can often be found with a camera or book in my hand, wandering the trails of the St. Croix Valley with my partner or baking pies/making a mess of my kitchen. I am beyond delighted to begin sharing stories of heart from this remarkable community, but I can’t do it without the help of you, reader! Send me an email, give me a call, or ntroduce yourself when you see me wandering around town. I’m here to serve. This magazine is, and always will be, for you.

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On the Cover Dan and Amanda Evans, photo by Chris Emeott

Correction: In our November/December issue, an incorrect version of the Wine of the Times story was printed. We regret this error.


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VOL. 11 NO. 1 whitebearlakemag.com

publisher SUSAN ISAY

editor ZOE DEAL

managing creative director RENÉE STEWART-HESTER

managing editor HAILEY ALMSTED

copy editor KELLIE DOHERTY




editorial advisory board Ken Galloway, Galloway Culinary Ashley Filipp Harness, White Bear Area YMCA Lauren Robbins, Wild Tree Psychotherapy Elishia Robson, Lakeside Floral

senior managing art director SARAH DOVOLOS

art director ALLISON NOLDEN

lead staff photographer CHRIS EMEOTT

print production director BRITTNI DYE

digital production director DEIDRA ANDERSON

project coordinators ADRIANNA BLACK BULL, LISA STONE


circulation and marketing KATIE RINGHAND

credit manager APRIL MCCAULEY

chief operating officer SUSAN ISAY

chief financial officer BILL NELSON

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NOTEWORTHY local tips, tidbits & insights

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BENN Y’S BA R BER SHOP has been a staple in downtown White Bear Lake since 1936, making it one of the oldest businesses in town and the only shop of its kind remaining from that era. The business was founded by barber Benny Schmalzbaue, and the current owners, Earl and Tania Poyerd, have carried on the tradition of clean cuts with minimal chit chat. In honor of Schmalzbaue and barbers everywhere, the shop has what is claimed to be the world’s larg-

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est rooftop barber pole mural. (Can you prove them wrong?) Prices range from $15 for a beard trim to $28 for “Benny’s Buff and Shine (to the wood),” with senior cuts (65+) ringing up at $22. —B RYC E H E L M B R E C H T- LO MM E L

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Going Green A few months ago, I happened across a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report stating that only one in 10 adults meet the recommended federal guidelines of one-and-a-half to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables per day. Considering how I typically eat, that didn’t come as a shock to me. Rather than wait until the new year, I decided (some might say resolved) to start eating more fruits and vegetables. My goal was specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based (SMART): to appreciably up the number of “green” foods I consume on a daily basis. Fortunately, my office is located directly above the produce department. Using my appetite as my guide, I began a practice of keeping fresh snacks on my desk all day—some days mangoes, other days grapes, bell peppers or cucumbers—whatever looked good at the time. I naturally found that one of the great things about adding more produce to my diet is that it doesn’t leave room for less beneficial foods. Even though that wasn’t my intention, these days I find myself organically eating less processed food, sweet treats and meat. And I’m okay with that. At home, Buddha Bowls, chockful of healthy choices, are now a recurring dinnertime player. Not only are they nutritious and tasty, the components are really easy to make in advance (great for weekly meal preppers!) and simple to customize. I load up on mushrooms, peppers, onions and sweet potatoes. My son prefers broccoli, but no tomatoes. My husband actually started eating beets! I love that what started as a personal goal has become a delicious, not to mention colorful, way to benefit my whole household, bringing us all a little closer to meeting that elusive “five a day.” Find Perron’s recipe for Easy Buddha Bowls at whitebearlakemag.com.


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Whether you’re just waking up or wrapping up a stressful day, stop by Bear Nutrition for a deliciously healthy smoothie or flavored tea. With fitness and health in mind, the shakes boast a minimum of 24 grams of protein and just 220 calories. Relax and sip at the shop in White Bear Lake or text ahead for quick driveup, low-contact orders. You can also connect with one of the fitness coaches to create a customized fitness plan or join a class at their workout studio next door, Zen Fitness. —BRYCE HELMBRECHT-







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Step Into Shape Revitalize your workout routine with these local options. WHO AMONG US hasn’t made the

New Year’s resolution to exercise and get in shape? It can be daunting to jumpstart this goal, so here are some fitness options to help you use those yoga pants for something other than Zoom meetings.

Brittany Tobin opened Zen Fitness in July 2020, and as other businesses struggled to stay afloat amidst the pandemic, she was able to build a thriving business. “Our wedding actually had to get pushed back because of COVID-19,” Tobin says. “If that wouldn’t have been delayed, I wouldn’t have been able to open the studio.” A common misconception about yoga is that it’s just stretching and increasing flexibility. While those are core aspects of yoga, there’s more to it than doing the downward dog. Tobin says yoga can also strengthen smaller muscles that support large muscles and can even lower cholesterol. “It also helps you focus your breathing,” she says. “Being able to focus your breathing is a key tool for managing stressful situations.” Tobin encourages everyone to try yoga. She’s had people in her classes ranging from as young as 4 years old up to 80. “It will absolutely improve your golf swing,” quips Tobin. “That’s the number one thing I tell men to get them to try it.” While starting a new exercise like yoga can be scary, Zen employees make every effort to remove the fear factor. Instructors encourage verbally and hands-on (with permission), ensuring everyone gets into each pose correctly, so they reap the most benefits from the exercise. “I encourage everyone to try yoga at least three times before quitting,” Tobin says. Zen offers a wide variety of classes that range from a relaxed candlelight yoga where poses are held longer, to a more intense yoga sculpt class that combines


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yoga poses with small weights to help tone bodies. Zen Fitness also has an aerial yoga class. This involves doing various poses while suspended in the air. “It really feels like going to the chiropractor,” she says. Zen Fitness offers new members an unlimited month for only $65, allowing access to every class as many times as desired all month long. Club Pilates

Another studio option for getting some exercise is Club Pilates. With seven different formats of Pilates, there is something for every level and ability. “We have regular slow Pilates and other fusion classes,” senior sales representative Frances Lewenstein says. “There’s beginning, intermediate and advanced classes.” The small studio and class sizes allow for more personal attention and correction, something a bigger studio can’t always offer. Because classes have no more than 12 people at a time, “Trainers can really tailor to specific needs,” Lewenstein says. “The studio is unique with how small it is and gives it a small-town feel.” Pilates is a great workout for strengthening your core, increasing balance and elongating muscles. It also helps to build your mind-body connection. She says, “You just feel good afterward.” People can sign up for classes by calling the studio or visiting the Facebook or Instagram pages, where they’ll find a link to create a profile. Club Pilates will then reach out and get connected. Lewenstein recommends people take advantage of the free intro class to figure out if Pilates is a fitness fit for them. Regardless of what type of exercise floats your boat, the White Bear Lake area has options to help keep those resolutions intact. Zen Fitness and Wellness zenfitmn.com Zen Fitness and Wellness @zenfitnessandwellness

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Ringing in Radiance Refresh, renew, rejuvenate yourself in the new year.

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the holidays are coming to a joyful close. Some of us emerge from this entertaining season feeling a little less holly and jolly and a bit more frizzled and frazzled. Self-care was one of the oft-spoken terms of 2021, and we vote for another year of taking care of ourselves in a host of areas, including visits to a spa. As the world of spa treatments continues to evolve, we turned to the team at Sunbear Salon & Medical Spa to illustrate what clients should consider when looking for ways to refresh, renew and rejuvenate themselves in the new year. Sunbear’s general manager Debbie Swenson breaks down some of the treatments and even highlights products that can create spa-like treatments right at home.


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Haus Theory Husband-and-wife team brings new life to vintage home décor treasures.


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the ones who started Evans music in the late '70s,” Dan says. The building itself was built in the late 1800s, and since the music shop’s closure during the pandemic, Amanda and Dan have been restoring the historic charm of the space. The opening was on October 2, and they still look forward to sharing a mix of their own finds along with Minnesota-made home goods and personal care items. Amanda explains that their focus is on try-


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ing to repurpose well-designed pieces, from Japanese antiques to midcentury modern designs, to get more life out of things. “We always have this quote in our mind by Vivienne Westwood, ‘Buy less, choose well and make it last,’” she says. The same applies to their contemporary products, as well. “We’re looking for things that are of high quality, not disposable items,” Dan says. “Not things that are going to be fast fashion; things

that will stand the test of time.” Dan and Amanda hope that Haus Theory will encourage others to collect home décor items that excite them. “You have limited space in your home,” Dan says. “And if you just surround yourself with clutter, it becomes stuff at that point. But if you have a few select pieces that you absolutely love, you’ll cherish them, you’ll care for them and you don’t need to fill your house up with stuff.”

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By Renée Stewart-Hester Photos by Chris Emeott

W HY DOES PASTA G ET SO M UC H OF TH E CULIN A RY G LORY? Granted, it transforms dishes,

comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it. As we’re in the midst of hygge cooking season (think all things cozy, comfy and warm), let’s take a closer look at grains—including some emerging trend-makers and recipes to keep you ahead of the grain game. Who better than Caroline Sluyter, the Oldways Whole Grains Council program director, to clear up some grainy questions? *Reader tip: Stick with the article until the end. We’ve got a kernel of info for you that might just turn everything you know about a certain homegrown grain right on its head! What constitutes a whole grain? A grain that is whole contains all three edible components (bran, germ and endosperm) in their original proportions. What are refined grains? Grains that are missing some portion of their original kernel are considered refined grains. Typically, when grains are refined, some or all of their bran and germ are removed. Since most of a grain’s nutrients and flavor are found in the bran and germ, refined grains are both less nutritious and less flavorful than whole grains. Is there such a thing as “faux grains,” meaning not from the Gramineae family? Quinoa, amaranth and buck-

wheat are pseudocereals. While they are not in the Poaceae (or Gramineae) botanical family, they are generally considered grains alongside true cereal grains because their nutritional profile, preparation and use are so similar. Is there an emerging grain trend we should know about? … There are five clear frontrunners when it comes

to growing popularity. Perhaps the most illustrious of all is quinoa … [It] is now included in more than 10 percent of all [Whole Grain] Stamped products. Sorghum has also made impressive gains with its prevalence increasing more than threefold in 10 years. The other top contenders are millet, amaranth and teff. What are the top five grains that offer the most nutritional benefits? There is no “healthiest” grain, just as

there is no healthiest vegetable. You’ll never hear a doctor tell you to stick to carrots and spinach, even though they both have great nutritional attributes. Just as variety is key when eating fruits and vegetables, the best way to take advantage of the health benefits of whole grains is to eat a wide variety. Every grain has a little something different to offer. Which grains serve as protein and fiber powerhouses?

... Most whole grains qualify as a good source of protein (providing at least 10 percent of the Daily Value for protein per serving). The pseudo-cereals (quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth) are all “complete” protein sources, which means they contain significant amounts of all nine essential amino acids. Whole grains are somewhat famous for their fiber content. Again, you’ll find that almost every grain variety qualifies as either a good source of fiber (providing at least 10 percent of the Daily Value for fiber per serving)

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or excellent source of fiber (providing at least 20 percent of the Daily Value for fiber per serving). How can we incorporate more grains into our diets?

Making easy swaps, by substituting in whole grain versions of foods you already eat is certainly one of the easiest ways to increase your whole grain intake without having to think too hard about it. Use whole grain bread instead of white bread, brown rice (or farro and quinoa) instead of white rice, and whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. When baking, try substituting half of the all-purpose flour in your recipe with whole grain flour. Many consumers new to whole grains are quite pleasantly surprised at the wonderful depth of flavor you get by using whole wheat or whole spelt in place of white flour. FO U R TO K N OW Information is provided by the Oldways Whole Grains Council. Recipes can be found at wholegrainscouncil.org. Amaranth: Technically a pseudo-grain, it’s a staple of the Aztecs, with a long history in Mexican and Peruvian cuisine (later becoming popular in Nepal, India and other countries). It’s typically served as breakfast porridge throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia. In Mexico, it’s also served popped with honey as a sweet snack called allegria.

Flavor Profile: Peppery with a sweet, grassy aroma and pairs well with squash, corn, sesame, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Gluten-free Millet: This is one of the leading staple grains of India and was also used in ancient Chinese noodles before wheat was domesticated. Nutritious millet is also important to the cuisines of South America, Russia, the Himalayas and Africa.

Flavor Profile: Buttery and pairs well with mushrooms, herbs, warm spices, scallions and squash. Gluten-free Sorghum: Also called milo, it is believed to have originated in Africa, where it remains an important cereal grain. It is naturally drought-tolerant, making it a good choice when keeping in mind one’s environmental footprint.

Flavor Profile: Sweet with hints of corn or wheat flavor and pairs well with Southern ingredients (bananas, berries, bourbon, dates, figs, ham, peanuts, pecans and warm spices). Gluten-free Teff: This tiny (less than 1mm) grain is native to the Horn of Africa, where nomads could carry enough teff seed in their pockets to sow an entire field. Its name may come from the Amharic word for “lost” because the seed is so tiny.

Flavor Profile: Slightly sweet taste with undertones of cocoa and hazelnut and pairs well with chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, pumpkin and seeds. Gluten-free Wild Rice: You’ve had it in hotdishes. You’ve eaten it in salad or as a pilaf, but have you ever in your wildest rice dreams ever considered—popping it? Yes, you can pop wild rice like popcorn. Just heat it in a little oil, and shake it until it pops. Salt to taste. Movie time? (thespruceeats.com)


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Food blogger Michele Phillips offers a recipe to help expand your grain repertoire. See more of her recipes and kitchen exploits at baconfatte.com. @baconfatte HONEY MAPLE AMARANTH BARS WITH ALMONDS AND BERRIES ½ ½ ½ ½ ½

cup cup cup cup cup

amaranth honey pure maple syrup almonds, chopped dried cranberries, golden

raisins, cherries, etc., chopped Heat a small, deep, covered pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Test with a few drops of water, which should “dance” and disperse quickly when the pan is ready. Add 1 teaspoon of amaranth grains at a time to the hot pan, and place the cover on top. Within a few seconds, the grains will begin to pop. Shake the covered pan constantly, making sure to keep it over the heat source. (If the grains don’t start popping within 3–5 seconds, heat the pan more thoroughly for the next around.) Pop as many of the grains as possible, but do not let them burn. Each batch takes approximately 30–40 seconds to pop. As soon as the popping slows, pour the popped grains into a large mixing bowl. Repeat the process, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the ½ cup of amaranth grains is popped. (About ¼ of the grains in each batch might remain un-popped.) Mix chopped almonds and berries to the bowl of popped amaranth; set aside. In a small saucepan, heat honey and maple syrup over medium-low heat until it thins and becomes more fluid. Do not allow the mixture to bubble/boil. Remove from heat, and immediately pour into amaranth/almond/ berry mixture. Using a flexible spatula, stir the mixture until combined. Pour the mixture into a 9x13-inch parchment-lined pan. Place in the refrigerator, and allow chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Store covered and refrigerated for five to seven days.


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it’s not just soup, it’s

liquid love

Soup is the perfect choice for these chilly Minnesota days – and nights! Made locally from only all natural, premiumquality ingredients, Kowalski’s Soup Bar in the Deli Department features soups ranging from traditional to trendy. Our exclusive recipes for Chicken Noodle and Chicken Wild Rice are bestsellers year-round and beloved by customers with a taste for the classics. They’re available every day, in every store, both on

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the Hot Soup Bar as well as in the Grab & Go Case in the deli, so you can have your favorite flavors anytime you want them. In addition to these daily choices, we offer a rotating menu of delicious soups like Split Pea with Ham, Roasted Tomato Bisque, White Chicken Chili, Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs, Lasagna and Beer Cheese, and we proudly feature vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soups and other unique recipes you won’t find just anywhere.

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CARING DURING COVID-19 By Cheryl Brunkow

How three area churches have helped the hurting during the pandemic. Historically, in times of crisis, people often turn to a church for help or support, whether it be for basics like food and shelter or for counsel and care. So that begs the question, with the COVID-19 job upheaval affecting financial security for many and isolation creating mental health issues, were the churches in our area called on for help? Leaders at three local churches answered some questions about how they’ve responded to their communities during this crisis: Calvary Church, St. Mary of the Lake and St. John in the Wilderness.

our older adults, who were in community living, fared well because they had the most embedded support. And as St. Mary’s staff wasn’t allowed in the residences to minister to them, our parishioners, who lived in those buildings, were able to distribute Communion to their neighbors, so they weren’t as isolated as many of our families and young, single adults. Over time, we learned that our young people were hurting most in terms of mental health. —Mary Beth Jambor, director of sacraments and worship

What was your initial response to the pandemic?

ST. JOHN IN THE WILDERNESS (SJW): All churches are struggling with


proactive approach. We realized early on our senior adults were most isolated and therefore most at risk. Our senior adults pastor organized a calling tree to contact 500+ seniors and check in on them regularly—weekly at first when isolation was at its worst. The plus side of this is that friendships were formed across age groups that might not have happened organically. —Pastor Mike Graham, White Bear Lake campus pastor


We started calling campaigns to check in with our people, starting with the senior adults and then getting to everyone in our parish eventually. We actually found that

trying to keep people safe yet give them the community they crave. We started doing outdoor services when we returned to meeting in person in the fall of 2020 and continued into December with outdoor fire pits, etc. People wanted to be in community so bad they came no matter how cold it was! That’s one thing we’ve really seen during COVID, is people’s desire to be in community. —Father Art Hancock, rector

St. Mary of the Lake performing a confirmation ceremony. Masks were implemented to follow safe COVID protocols.

Have you seen increased needs for assistance? If so, how have you responded to it? CC: We put together an online form with ways people could give, so when requests came in, we would be ready. Then we


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Photo: St. Mary of the Lake

mobilized our benevolence funds by giving to organizations in our community that are already set up to assist instantly, like Every Meal and Urban Homeworks. We also gave to the White Bear Area Food Shelf multiple times. Requests for assistance were up 15–20 percent for help with rent, car repairs, food … and we’ve been able to meet the needs because of giving within our congregation. Then in December 2020, we put togeth-

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er “Boxes for Hope” with a Target gift card, coffee, a handmade mug and some cookies, all sourced from local businesses to support them. It was a simple way for people in our congregation to encourage someone who might need it, and we had a really positive response. We ended up giving boxes to the entire staff at The Tavern Grill in Arden Hills, as the waitstaff was hit hard (like everyone in the hospitality industry). We also brought boxes to 75


police officers in the city of Roseville, and they were really encouraged by the gesture. It was received so well that we will do Boxes for Hope again in 2022. —Pastor Ben Tyvoll, engagement pastor SML: We always have a need for finan-

cial assistance from people in our parish, and we were prepared for and expecting an increase in requests, but there wasn’t the increase we thought there would be.


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Calvary Church, photo by Josh Stokes.

We anticipate an increase in assistance requests due to the change in unemployment (in September), but we are more than ready for it. —Mary Beth Jambor SJW: One of the struggles we had was

how to be the hands and heart of Christ in the community with all these social distancing limitations. We continue to support the White Bear Area Food Shelf, give to the Red Cross and we give to organizations that are already set up to support people in the community. We were prepared to ask staff to reduce hours if we needed to, but our giving has remained strong, so we have not needed to adjust staff hours. —Father Art Hancock

What has surprised you over the last two years? CC: Our ability to pivot to meet socialization needs while social distancing. We were blown away by the response to a drive-thru Christmas event we did with two other area churches in December of 2020. We had over 600 cars (1,200–1,500 people) drive through the three parking lots to view live actors in scenes telling the Christmas story. People were able to be in community yet safely interact. Another surprise is that we’ve not seen an increase in requests for mental health counseling—that’s always a need and hasn’t been any higher during the pandemic. —Pastor Mike Graham SML: Right in the very beginning when everything shut down, people couldn’t


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gather, people craved opportunities for prayer. Since the Blessed Sacrament Chapel was closed, we displayed the Blessed Sacrament all day at a window where anyone could come and pray. Some people would even bring a lawn chair to sit in while they prayed. It was a surprising sign of hope! Usually, praying before the Blessed Sacrament is a private prayer time. Now everyone could see and know others were praying. It was a visible sign of our communal faith and hope. —Mary Beth Jambor SJW: We’ve all missed doing things

like baptisms. We couldn’t do these at all when COVID first hit, and it was such a loss for everyone in our congregation. Then in July of 2021 during our very first baptism, a woman snapped a picture of her 2-year-old nephew that is just precious. He has such joy on his face! For me, it encapsulates the church coming alive again. —Father Art Hancock

Calvary Church; 4604 Greenhaven Drive; 651.487.2855; calvarychurch.us calvarychurchtwincities @calvarychurchus St. Mary of the Lake; 4741 Bald Eagle Ave.; 651.429.7771 stmarys-wbl.org stmaryofthelake St. John in the Wilderness 2175 First St.; 651.429.5351 stjohnwilderness.org stjohninthewilderness

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Get More Hair. Get More Life!

The Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota provides multi-therapeutic treatments.


ounded in the Twin Cities in 1995 and attracting a nation-wide clientele, the Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota (HRI), is clear in its mission: to alleviate the suffering caused by hair loss and help people to “get more hair and get more life.” The bottom line is this: People don’t have to accept hair loss, especially when HRI’s multitherapeutic treatments are available. “Our difference is that we are not a single-therapy clinic offering only one kind of treatment. As one of the only multi-therapeutic clinics in the country, we customize treatments to patients and solve their hair loss using every means available,” says Nate Bruschi, HRI’s care coordinator. One of the most popular treatments for male and female pattern baldness is a medical hair transplant—a one-day treatment with permanent results that HRI backs up with a clinical guarantee. HRI is the only clinic within 100 miles of the Twin Cities that uses Neograft minimally-invasive technology to complete transplants without leaving the traditional linear scar from older methods. Led by senior physician Gary M. Petrus, M.D., a hair transplant surgeon with over 25 years of experience in his field, the HRI medical team adopts a holistic approach when it comes to tending to clients’ needs—before, during

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and after treatment. Each surgical procedure includes free laser treatments to promote healing, and every patient is provided with HRI’s own medically-formulated shampoo and conditioner to give them the best long-term result. In addition to hair transplants, HRI also offers non-surgical options, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy, laser hair therapy and dermal lens hair replacement technology. “People want to look as vibrant, beautiful and fit as they feel, but life can get in the way,” says Laura Reed, manager of the Hair Replacement Department. “COVID-19 has been such a stressful time for so many people, and stress is linked to hair loss. We help people get their lives back— with hair!” HRI’s future includes a new state-of-the art facility with calming views over natural vistas, where staff can continue providing a superior experience to patients from the Twin Cities and beyond.

HAIR RESTORATION INSTITUTE OF MN 8009 34th Ave S #1225; Bloomington, MN 55425 612.588.HAIR (4247) • myhairlossclinic.com

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ON THE TOWN things to see and do in and around White Bear Lake

ICY DIVES FOR GOOD DEEDS Supporting the Special Olympics with a splash. BY BRYCE HELMBRECHT-LOMMEL

Photos: Special Olympics Minnesota

ACR OSS THE STATE, there are over 8,100 Special Olympics athletes, who put in hard work every year to better themselves and demonstrate their capabilities to their fellow Minnesotans. So what can we do to help support them? The Polar Plunge is a yearly fundraising event in which all proceeds go to the Minnesota Special Olympics. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $50–$75 for participation, but individual donations of as little as $2.50 can make a big difference. In White Bear Lake, the date of the plunge is January 29. There are both in-person and virtual options for the plunge this year. The inperson event meets at Ramsey Beach where plungers will be able to cheer each other on and offer support before and after they take the plunge. The Polar Plunge also respects those who decide to stay at home and take the plunge. They even provide some ideas to help figure out what that may look like. After plunging, each participant’s fundraising page will remain open for donations until the end of the plunge season. Whatever is raised from this event helps provide year-round training and services to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state. Anyone can help support these athletes either by plunging or making a donation.


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Compiled by Bryce Helmbrecht-Lommel and Grace Masuda

Bear’ly Open Golf

team. All ages. $125 for a team of four.

11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Ave.; 651.983.5202; bearlyopen.org


Yoga + Beer at Utepils 01/02 Start your Sunday morning with a yoga flow class to re-energize your mind and body, so you are ready to take on the day. Make sure to bring a mat. Ages 21 and over. $10. 10–11 a.m. Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N. Suite 700, Mpls.; 612.249.7800; utepilsbrewing.com

MLK Now 2022 01/15 Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, legacy and discuss issues that are disproportionately affecting Black Americans in Minnesota. The event includes vendors, notable speakers, live music, a community forum and more. Free admission. Registration is required. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.400.9500; mlknow2022.com

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend 01/15–01/17 LOCAL EVENTS

White Bear Lake Winter Farmers Market

cult fans and newcomers in stitches as

For one weekend, anyone is able to fish

they try to solve the mystery for them-

for free if they are accompanied by a

selves. All ages. $23–$28. Times vary.

child under the age of 15, at lakes all

Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave.; 651.478.7427; lakeshoreplayers.org

01/08 Take a bit of time to go shopping at

Virtual Auction

the winter farmers market, where more


than 20 vendors will present local foods

Help support the White Bear Area

and wares. Whether it is just browsing

Emergency Food Shelf by participat-

or a dedicated produce stop, every-

ing in the online auction hosted by the

one is bound to find something to take

White Bear Lake Rotary Club. Free to

home. Free entry. All ages. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road; 651.429.8526; forksinthedirt.com

submit a bid. Bidding opens on February 1 at 1 p.m. and closes on February 4 at 8 p.m. 651.983.5202; bearlyopen.org

across the state. No fishing license is required for this weekend of family fun.

All ages. Free. January 15–17 at any lake in Minn.; 751.781.0651; dnr.state.mn.us

To have your event considered: email whitebearlakemag@tigeroak.com by the 10th of the month three months

Bear’ly Open Golf 02/05

Due to the fluidity being experienced in


Players will play a round of golf while

the current environment, please note that

Based off of the movie Clue, this play

raising money for the White Bear Area

some events/dates and even some busi-

stars the popular characters from the

Food Shelf. Playing as teams of four,

ness operations may have changed since

board game of the same name. This

dressing up is highly encouraged and an

these pages went to print. Please visit

comedy whodunit play promises to leave

award is presented to the best dressed

affiliated websites for updates.


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Photo: Ken Galloway

prior to publication.

Clue at Lakeshore Players Theater


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From Bowl to Soul Minneoats serves up specialty oatmeal bowls and homemade granola for the early birds.


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imagine a bland, brown bowl of mush. But this hearty mixture doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Slow roasted to perfection and topped with a variety of natural toppings, White Bear Lake specialty oatmeal bowl and granola business Minneoats takes this basic breakfast bowl from drab to fab. As former roommates and best friends, Allie Billeadeau, Annie Harwell and Maria Bentson bonded over their passion for faith, food and fun recipes. Starting a majority of their mornings with a bowl of fresh oats, this breakfast item soon became a staple in their University of Minnesota apartment. Fusing food fads with their personal palate preferences, they began to experiment with their own unique variations of oatmeal using many of the flavors that nature has to offer. Sourcing the bowls from wholesome, nutritious elements (fresh and dried fruit, nuts, organic spreads and yogurts) and natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar), they were able to create a variety of show-stopping concoctions. Onto something delicious, the women soon realized that they could take this hobby even further. Opening up shop in their apartment kitchen in December of 2017, they began to regularly serve warm oats to friends and family. “We love bringing people to the table, and we love bringing people into the community and connecting with one another,” Harwell says. “Oatmeal has been one of the ways that we can do that.” Upon graduating and moving out of the apartment where it all started, the owners transplanted the operations to the White Bear Lake commercial kitchen of Stonehouse Catering. Working out of a larger space, they have the ability to produce higher quantities for their monthly drive-thru events, for catering clients and to prepackage granola for local markets and coffee shops. With a desire to continue to serve others, Minneoats hopes to expand its

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dates and pop up events, sign up for the Minneoats Monthly email newsletter on the website.

HOT AND FRESH Though Minneoats uses common flavors and simple ingredients, it’s the way the ingredients are combined that makes it so special. Playing with classic flavor combinations, such as banana and nut butter or cinnamon apple, it’s able to stay true to popular combos consumers want while adding unique twists.

SIGNATURE BOWLS As the original flavors that started the brand, the signature bowls represent what Minneoats is all about. Using slowcooked oats as the base for each bowl (signature and specialty bowls), every flavor is also topped with homemade granola, lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and cinnamon-infused maple syrup.

This Bowl is Bananas The bowl that started it all, this consists of sliced banana, organic lightly-salted peanut butter and maple almond granola.

menu and eventually open up an oatmeal café in the Twin Cities. “Seeing the work, time and dedication that has gone into Minneoats growth is so fun, and it’s so evident that this is a gift we’ve been given,” Harwell says. Though they have paved a new way for oats, Harwell says they haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on the development and innovation with their menu offerings. “We want to continue building relationships and offer different products and flavors.”


Oh Hot Jammm As a tribute to PB&J sandwiches, this

Once a month, Minneoats hosts a drive-

bowl features a homemade triple berry

thru event outside of its commercial

compote, bananas, a dollop of Greek

kitchen where customers can come pur-

yogurt, maple almond granola and an

chase warm oat bowls. Using an order

organic peanut butter drizzle.

form through the website, individuals can schedule their time for pick-up and


preorder goods from a selection of five

A hot take on warm apple pie and an

different oatmeal bowls, prepackaged

ode to Minneapolis, this bowl combines

granola, hot coffee, cold brew, a mixed

the sweet taste of sauteed cinnamon

berry parfait and one-of-a-kind Minneoats

apples with honey maple Greek yogurt,

merchandise (mugs, stickers and can-

maple almond granola and a vegan

vas bags). To be notified of drive-thru

caramel drizzle.

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Photo by Stephanie Herington

F I R S T P L A C E : W I L D L I F E & N AT U R E

Ice, Ice, Baby Winning photo captures frozen beauty of the lake. STEP H A N IE HER IN GTON N A BBED TH I S S H OT by Manitou Island, near where the dinghy boats are stored in the summer. She says, “I really loved how the ice had piled up on shore and how the rugged ice contrasted against the smooth blue sky. I like to shoot from atypical angles, especially a low and wide angle. Pro tip: If you have the wide angle feature on your phone, flip it upside down and shoot down low, it makes for a dramatic image!”


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Photographer: Stephanie Herington

Title: Icy Situation

Equipment: iPhone 11 ProMax

To view other Lens on White Bear Lake photo contest winners, visit whitebearlakemagazine.com.

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Shoveling can be a real pain.

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