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J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 The heat is on! This summer issue is chockfull of ideas on how to celebrate these carefree days, including yard games and sailing with the White Bear Sailing School. And a big hooray for the Best of White Bear Lake winners! IN EVERY ISSUE
Editor’s Letter 8 Noteworthy 11 On the Town 33 Tastemakers 36 Last Glance 40
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Have a Ball
Enjoy summer with family style yard games. Outdoors 18
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Anchors Aweigh! A nautical nod to the 2021 Best of White Bear Lake.
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ummer is in full swing. The weather is warm and the ice cream is cold. We’ve traded our boots for sandals, our parkas for T-shirts and find every excuse to spend time out of doors. This issue is chockfull of summer fun … from the legacy and triumphs of the White Bear Sailing School to a lawn game primer to cabin-friendly plants and a quick hooray about the return of the stalwart Manitou Days—yep, we’re celebrating the long and carefree days of our favorite season. Speaking of celebrating, this issue also announces and honors our annual Best of White Bear Lake finalists and winners. Congratulations to one and all! On a personal note, this issue will be my last as guest editor. I have enjoyed immensely my return to the editor’s chair … even if it was during a once-in-acentury pandemic. You welcomed me back with open arms, and for that I am eternally grateful! I, like everyone else, missed special moments with loved ones this past year, and am looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with my grandchildren, Emmiline and Woodrow; they already have a very long list of fun activities they want to share with Nani and Papa. You’ll be in great hands going forward. I wish you much health and happiness! And cheers to summer!!
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1. One entry allowed per person; each ballot needed to include an email address. 2. Ballots must have been completed by 5 p.m. on January 31, 2021. 3. Voters needed to vote in at least five categories to ensure their ballot was counted. *Any rule not adhered to may have resulted in entire surveys being discarded, and all results were subject to editorial discretion. WANT TO KNOW MORE? HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do you choose the categories? Each year, our editorial and management teams evaluate survey categories to include topics our readers find most relevant. We always take into account feedback from our readers and appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or eliminated.
How does voting work? From January 1–31, we invited readers to go online and vote for their favorite local businesses and service providers in each category. How did businesses get nominated/listed on the ballot? Top vote-getters from the previous year, along with some editor’s picks, were listed on the survey ballot. A write-in option was also provided. My favorite business wasn’t on the ballot. Each category includes a write-in field. If a preferred choice didn’t appear on the ballot, voters could simply write it in. Businesses with a significant number of write-in votes are often added to the following year’s ballot even if there were not enough votes to become a finalist in the current year’s contest. What’s a “finalist” vs. a “winner”? The top three vote-getters in each category become finalists and are announced in the spring, and the top vote-getter is the winner and is announced in the summer. When votes are tabulated, our editorial team fact-checks the address and contact information for each finalist. If a finalist is no longer a valid selection due to a closed business, etc., the next highest vote-getter(s) moves up to become a finalist.
Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area? In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, each business or organization must be located in the community and/or provide services to local residents. I’m a business owner. How can I get on next year’s ballot? We rely solely on readers to select or write in their pick for each category. If your business wasn’t a top vote-getter in last year’s contest, it may not have been listed on this year’s ballot. But if voters wrote in your business this year and it received a significant number of votes, your business could be listed on next year’s ballot, even if your business wasn’t a finalist in the current year’s contest. I’m a winner! How do I purchase a framed cover? Winners can request a free digital copy of the Best of 2021 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a printed and framed magazine cover design (size is 14 x 17 inches and features a black wood frame). The cost is $95 each and includes shipping and handling. A link for ordering will be available online beginning July 1.
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Preserving the Harvest
Hello, fresh and local Minnesotagrown produce! The sheer number and proximity to so many fabulous farmers add to the reasons I love calling White Bear Lake home. To make the most of local abundance this summer, frequent farmers markets, visit pick-your-own farms or harvest the rewards from your own garden. Eating with the seasons ensures the freshest flavors. Harvesting local food at its peak ripeness and bringing it home to preserve for a winter’s day extends that flavor for months. From taste to nutrition, environmental impact to local economy-preserving, local food now pays immeasurable dividends long into the future.
Here are some of my favorite methods for preserving the best of our local summer bounty.
Freezing: Fast and easy. Produce to freeze: all the berries, shredded zucchini, corn on the cob or sliced off, green beans, peas. Either raw or roasted bell pepper slices, whole or sliced tomatoes. Frozen produce lasts a solid six months and locks in vitamins.
Canning: Longest lasting summer-in-a-jar flavor. Produce to *Hot Water Bath* can: Tomatoes (whole, sauce, roasted), salsa, dilly beans, applesauce, jams/jellies, pie fillings. These are all safe for a hot water bath process. *Vegetables need a pressure canner.
Fermenting: Added nutrients + depth of flavor. Produce to ferment: cabbage as sauerkraut or kimchi, beans, beets, zucchini, carrots and cucumbers as ‘pickles.’ This is really easy: prep and add salt, then patience, with delicious results.
If you are ready to dive in but want more specifics, I recommend the National Center for Home Food Preservation website and my own Forks in the Dirt ‘recipes’ tab for tried and trusted recipes. Dig In!
Dehydrating: Set it and forget it. Produce to dehydrate: Apple slices, zucchini slices, herbs. Peppers, garlic and onion (sliced or pulverize for powders). You can air dry many herbs without a dehydrator.
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Simply the Best The annual Best Of issue of White Bear Lake Magazine is always one of my favorites. I spend a lot of time searching for “bests”—the best local products, the best of Minnesota Grown, the best natural and organic meats and produce and so on. And of course, I also deal in recipes—lots and lots of recipes. Of all the many hundreds of recipes I’ve written in just the last 10 years with Kowalski’s, I’ve only ever named two of them “Bests.” One is an outstanding pot roast, the other is a phenomenal grilled chicken. While I’d like to take all of the credit for just how superb these dishes are, they win mostly on the basis of ingredients. The roast is made with the very best beef, Akaushi, and the chicken is from Gerber’s Amish Farm. But that’s often the case with recipes: More ingredients and more complicated techniques don’t make for better food. The secret to better food is simple: Start with the best ingredients.
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Have a Ball Enjoy summer with some family style yard games. BY AVA DIAZ
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Spaced 15 feet apart, opponents on each side toss three bolas (two golf balls attached by a nylon rope) toward the opposing threestep ladder. Each step is worth a number of points (the lowest is one, the middle is two and the top is three) and the last bolas to remain on the ladder after each round is added to the total. The first person to get to 21 wins.
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A game that intertwines the skill of frisbee golf with the rules of horseshoe, two players will take turns throwing a frisbee into the designated bin to get to a total of 21 points. If you are a more advanced thrower, try throwing the disc in the slit of the container for an instant and automatic win. Create
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This active game is similar to a game of volleyball without the standing net. Two teams gather in a circle around the hula hoop-sized net that stands at ankle level. The first player serves the ball into the net so that it ricochets up toward the opponents. With up to three hits to return the ball, the volley will continue until one team fails to return the ball back to the net. The first team to get to 21 wins! With a portable and adjustable net, players can create their ideal conditions for the game whether it is on grass, the driveway or the beach. Players can also adjust the degree of bounce that the ball will endure (more bounce for newer players and less bounce for more advanced players). BUCKET BALL
It is like your classic pong game but bigger! Set up six buckets in the shape of a triangle for each team and take turns throwing the ball into the opposing bins. The team with no buckets left standing wins. Create your own homemade version using 12 buckets and a medium-sized ball that fits inside.
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On a Roll Lake Links Association continues efforts to connect communities. BY MADELINE KOPIECKI
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE LAKE LINKS TRAIL continues after approval of $3.6 million in funds provided by the Minnesota State Legislature in October 2020. With 80 percent of the non-motorized trail surrounding White Bear Lake completed, the nonprofit Lake Links Association turns its attention to completing the around-the-lake trail, and considers broader-ranging goals for the future. Lake Links Association board member
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Mary Hoff has lived with her husband and children in the White Bear Lake community for more than 30 years. Like many local families, the Hoffs discovered a great resource in the lake as both a scenic and recreational destination, but the path around it didn’t always feel safe. “To this day, I still bike around the lake and recognize that making a safer way to travel, it would just mean so much to our community,” Mary Hoff says. The mission of the Lake Links Association is to
promote safe routes and active mobility through the communities surrounding White Bear Lake and beyond, but although the association didn’t form until 2017, a plan has been in place for the past two decades. The Lake Links Trail Network Master Plan was a 2001 regional plan that envisioned a network of non-motorized trails connecting Washington and Ramsey counties. “The circuit around White Bear Lake stands out as the focal point of the
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entire plan,” explains the association’s Ramsey County co-chair Mike Brooks. “That’s why it became Lake Links Association’s primary objective.” Beyond this focus on the White Bear Lake area, the master plan also outlines objectives to connect the local community to larger regional trails like the Bruce Vento Regional Trail and Bald Eagle Lake. Brooks says that building these links translates to numerous positives, from providing safer routes for kids walking or biking to school to encouraging commerce downtown and exercise for community members. Locally, a large portion of the White Bear Lake trails have already been completed thanks in part to funding from the state legislature in 2018. “The next big steps are going to be completing South Shore,” Hoff says. “That will be a separated trail from the road with a buffer zone in between.” The around-the-lake trail ultimately will connect the communities in White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Birchwood, Mahtomedi and Dellwood, with different stretches of the trail reflecting the different personalities of each of the five different communities. “We’re customizing the trails to match the different communities, and as part of that, a big driver for us is to make sure that we have minimal environmental impact,” Hoff explains. “We want to make sure that we respect the nature of the area too; to have an enhancement to the beauty of the area, and not just pavement.” The South Shore portion of the trail is scheduled to be completed by Ramsey County for 2022. Next, Hoffman says the association will turn its attention to the Northern Mahtomedi and Dellwood stretch off Highway 244 and Highway 96.
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Green Acres A quick guide to cabin-friendly plants and shrubs. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER
Annuals: Consider spiny succulents (agave, aloe, crown-of-thorn, echeveria and sedum), herbs (basil, borage, cilantro, dill, lavender, parsley, rosemary and sage) and typical annuals (marigold, petunia, salvia and verbena). Perennials: Think herbs (thyme, hardy oregano, mint in containers and hyssop), wildflowers (anise-hyssop, coreopsis, baptisia/wild indigo, aromatic aster and showy goldenrod). Ferns (maidenhair, Christmas and wood-fern) are left alone. Traditional perennials (alliums/orna-
mental onions, bleeding heart, catmint, daffodils, meadow sage, iris and beloved peonies) are options, too. Shrubs: Most evergreens are favorite browse in winter, and the only exception is false cypress, which is not hardy in northern Minnesota’s zone 3. Northern bush-honeysuckle, potentilla, snowberry and coralberry are among the few shrubs deer leave alone. DROUGHT TOLERANT AND NO DEADHEADING
Try succulents and most herbs (listed above). Marigolds seem to re-bloom,
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CABIN OWNERS KNOW THE DRILL. Head up (or over) to the lake in springtime for opening, plant the garden beds and flower boxes, return home and hope for the best. Either at the next visit or any other time during the summer, arrive to find death-by-thirst plants or a florae crime scene, thanks to the local rabbits and/ or deer populations. With the help of Alan Branhagen, director of operations for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, he offers ways to increase the odds of having healthy plant life for your cabin life. Here’s the down and (garden) dirty of it all:
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regardless of deadheading. Petunias (select Wave series) don’t require deadheading, and geraniums are drought tolerant. Don’t forget colorful foliage plants (coleus, dusty miller, helichrysum and silver falls vine) and Swedish ivy. The pendant blue succulent burro’s tail is making a comeback in popularity, too.
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It is best to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the fall so they require less watering, as they are going into dormancy and focusing on root growth. In general, watering protocol for new elements varies based on the plant, soil and weather. The equivalent of an inch of rainfall is what is said for turf, but spring-planted trees and shrubs will need more, especially if they are in sandy soils. Clay soil is better at holding moisture.
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Fall-planted evergreens can benefit from burlap protection against the winter sun and wind. Deer and rabbit-excluding fencing, even if temporary, can be critical in the winter. Hardware cloth wrapped around the base of fruit and ornamental crabapple trees can protect from winter voles, which may eat the bark from their runs under the snow. —arb.umn.edu
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Follow the directions on the label, and more is NOT better. Lake-friendly fertilizers are those with no or very little phosphorous—the middle number in their NPK. The (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) rating should be zero or very low. Most of our natural soils do not require added phosphorous, so it simply runs off and creates algal blooms in waterways. Embrace your inner weeds! Target specific weeds, and don’t blanket spray. Follow directions, and read about the impact to pollinators and aquatic life.
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A nautical nod to the 2021 Best of White Bear Lake.
Ahoy, mateys! It’s time to celebrate. Once again, we asked, and you weighed in on your favorite restaurants, shops, doctors, salons, designers, builders and much more in our annual Readers’ Choice Best of White Bear Lake contest. And because, for us in the White Bear Lake-area, it’s all about the lake—we relax around it, we gaze at it, we fish in it, and we sail on it—we thought we’d give a little nautical nod to the water, sun and wind. So, raise the jib, hoist the sail and let the wind guide your way because it’s time to see your picks for the 2021 Best of White Bear Lake.
Best Takeout / Curbside
1. Pizzeria Pezzo 2. Washington Square Bar & Grill 3. Brickhouse Food & Drink
Best Outdoor Dining 1. Washington Square Bar & Grill 2. Rudy’s Redeye Grill 3. Acqua
1. Brickhouse Food & Drink 2. Acqua 3. Rudy’s Redeye Grill
Best Tavern / Bar / Brewery
1. Washington Square Bar & Grill 2. Big Wood Brewery 3. Cabin 61
1. Keys Café and Bakery 2. Cobblestone Cafe 3. Cafe Cravings
1. Pratt Homes 2. Bald Eagle Construction 3. Cox Contracting
1. Cox Contracting 2. Pratt Homes 3. Bald Eagle Construction
Best Interior Designer 1. Christina Lynn Interiors 2. Abbott Paint & Carpet, White Bear Lake 3. Fluidesign Studio
Best Senior Living Residence
1. Waverly Gardens, North Oaks 2. The Arbors of White Bear Lake 3. St. Andrew’s Village, Mahtomedi
Best Landscape Designer
1. Letourneau Landscaping 2. Landscape Design Studios 3. Manley Gardening
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Best Nursery / Garden Center
1. White Bear Floral 2. Costa Produce Farm & Greenhouse 3. Bachman’s, Maplewood
Best Home Furnishings / Décor Store
Best Dental Practice
Best Orthodontic Practice
1. The Carlson Clinic of White Bear Lake 2. Wildwood Chiropractic Center 3. Bear Town Chiropractic Clinic
1. Sunbear Salon & Medspa 2. LifeSpa at Life Time 3. Advanced Esthetics
Best Salon / Spa
1. Sunbear Salon & Medspa 2. Indulge Salon & Spa 3. Revive Salon
Best Apparel Boutique 1. Primp 2. GoodStyle 3. Mainstream Boutique
Best Gift Shop
1. GoodThings 2. The Farmer’s Daughter 3. Upsy-Daisy
1. White Bear Floral Shop & Greenhouse 2. Lakeside Floral, Willernie 3. Kowalski’s Market
Best Doggy Daycare / Kennel 1. Goldwood Kennels 2. Birch Lake Animal Hospital 3. Oneka Pet Resort
Best Veterinary Practice
1. White Bear Animal Hospital 2. Birch Lake Animal Hospital 3. Lake Animal Hospital
Best Learning / Tutoring Center 1. Mathnasium 2. LearningRx
Best Private Preschool / Childcare
1. Frassati Catholic Academy 2. The Preschools of St. Andrews, Mahtomedi 3. White Bear Montessori School
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Best Chiropractic Practice
1. Dermatology Consultants, Vadnais Heights 2. Advanced Dermatology Care 3. Tareen Dermatology
1. Sheila J. Kelly Law Firm, LLC 2. Galena Law Firm, P.A. 3. GDO Law
L A K E
1. Signature Orthodontics 2. Kent C. Gulden D.D.S. 3. Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics
Best Dermatology Practice
Best Law Firm
B E A R
1. White Bear Smiles 2. Orchard Dental Group 3. White Bear Lake Dental
1. White Bear Eye Clinic & Optical 2. Associated Eye Care, Hugo 3. Birch Lake Eye Clinic
1. Eat! Kitchen and Pantry Store 2. The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company 3. SweetLife Lane
W H I T E
1. White Bear Area YMCA 2. Life Time 3. Summit Pilates and Training
Best Eye Practice
Best Specialty Foods / Kitchen Store
Best Fitness Studio / Yoga Studio / Gym
1. HealthPartners White Bear Lake Clinic 2. Children’s Minnesota Hugo Clinic 3. Entira Family Clinics, White Bear Lake – Banning Avenue
B E S T
1. GoodThings 2. Upsy-Daisy 3. That Old Blue Door
Best Pediatric Practice
Best Place for Kids’ Activities
1. Tamarack Nature Center 2. White Bear Area YMCA 3. 4th Street Dance Centre
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The White Bear Sailing School celebrates 65 years of accomplished athletes.
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GLIDING THROUGH THE FRESH-WATER WAVES IN THE MIDST OF WHITE BEAR LAKE ARE THE SAILORS OF WHITE BEAR SAILING SCHOOL. Celebrating its 65th anniversary, the school is
known for developing dedicated life-long athletes in the heart of this historic sailing city. “We just want to provide people with the opportunity to get on White Bear Lake and see it in a different perspective,” says Kate Cox, waterfront director of White Bear Sailing School. Even though it is located on the grounds of White Bear Yacht Club, the sailing school is not affiliated and welcomes all who are eager to learn about the sport. With the intent to get more people out on the water, the school eventually became a nonprofit in 1980 to reach more individuals which allowed for an expansion in classes, investment in its own boats for students to use and the creation of a pavilion. Growing rapidly as an organization throughout the years, the school has assisted up to 300 students in a given season. Welcoming sailors as young as 5 years old, classes are offered for beginners all the way to advanced-level racing from U.S. Sailing certified instructors. With education and competition at its core, the school ensures that individuals will walk out of training equipped with effective techniques and a strong sense of confidence. In addition to the physical development, White Bear Sailing School instructor and former student Cole Barre says the relationships created along the way are what make the organization so special. As a close-knit community, the school serves as a network for like-minded individuals who share the same passion. “I just want people to enjoy it as much as I did,” Barre says. “It is awesome to be out on the water and learning how to sail and make new friends.” Developing accomplished athletes, the school’s past and present rosters are nothing short of impressive. With a history of students becoming instructors, high school athletes, collegiate athletes, Ivy League coaches and even Olympic competitors; the talent that comes from this humble city is truly remarkable. “It is pretty cool to be a part of it and get to know people doing great things,” Barre says. Seeing others who have gone through the program succeed in and beyond the school is inspiring and encourages others to want to do great things, too, Cox says. “You do your time as a sailor and become an instructor because you really can’t get away from it,” she says about the typical path of students at the school. “We are passionate, and it is our favorite thing to do, so why not coach others and get them to enjoy it too.” For Lara Dallman-Weiss, a former sailor and instructor, and now Olympic athlete, it was the drive of her fellow sailors that inspired her to keep going. Qualifying in March for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics for the doublehanded women’s 470 (4.7-meter-long boat), DallmanWeiss says that she would have never reached this point without the training she received at the school. “I am so proud to be from White Bear Lake, I love my upbringing; I would send any child through the program,” she says. Inspired at a young age by her father’s newfound hobby, Dallman-Weiss says she joined the school at
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6 years old for a fun summer activity. Developing her competitive side through basketball, dance and running during the school year, she says that she soon realized that she could translate that same mindset to sailing. Seeing what she could make of this hobby after watching one of her former instructors thrive doing the sport in college, she decided she wanted to do the same. Trading in her track spikes and athletic scholarship, DallmanWeiss made her way to Eckerd College in Florida where she could practice and compete sailing year-round. Upon graduating she met her Olympic teammate, Nikki Barnes, and together they began their voyage to achieve every athlete’s dream. “The love of the sport and the love of life, that is something that I have really learned to enjoy,” Dallman-Weiss says. SAIL AS OLD AS TIME
The prominence of sailing in White Bear goes beyond the success of its students today. Anchored in rich history, the sport of sailing dates as far back as the mid-1800s in this community. With the addition of railways to and from the Twin Cities in the mid-1800s, the ability to transport became more readily available, thus creating a resort boom along the shorelines of the lakes. Encouraging the growth of water sports and sailing, these interests made room for new businesses in the industry and enhanced the growth of the city. Taking advantage of what the land had to offer, Norwegian immigrant J.O. Johnson began building rowboats and traditional sailboats for Gus Admundson of Admundson Boats. After striking interest in the art of boat making, he soon discovered that he loved designing them rather than physically constructing them. Combining logistics with tasteful design, Johnson created a flat bottom model that glided on top of the water instead of slicing through it. This boat is what we know today as the scow. Founding Johnson Boat Works in 1896, his company transformed the sport of sailing through innovative and strategic designs. After finishing and racing the first scow in 1900, his company gained notoriety due to the boat’s success with winning competitions. Primarily
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centering his business around the creation of scows, he would eventually develop his most famous model the A Scow (a 38-foot-long boat). Creating such a large impact in the sailing world, Johnson’s work also worked to put Minnesota on the map. “It makes people more appreciative of it because they [scows] were started here, manufactured here and designed here,” Cox says. “Our sailing school tries to protect and preserve that in some way.” White Bear Sailing School, 56 Dellwood Ave., Dellwood, 651.429.8395; email@example.com White Bear Sailing School
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Offering classes to four age groups, lessons focus on elements from basic boat parts, how boats are rigged and how to sail with others. Each program runs from two-to-three weeks and provides newbies and seasoned sailors with an
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THEY’RE BACK! Manitou Days and Marketfest make it feel like summer again. BY MEGHAN BISHOP
PHOTOS BY LISA BEECROFT
J O I N TH E TOW N I N A K I CKO FF TO S U M M E R . Manitou Days is back
on this year with all of your favorites, including the Grande Parade, the Beach Dance, the 4th of July Fireworks, the Medallion Hunt and the Children’s Fishing Contest. The celebration will take place July 1-11. This year’s Grande Parade is on July 2 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Beach Dance from 8-11 p.m. at Memorial Beach. Grooving on the beach that evening will be local music group, Free & Easy Band. The celebration’s annual Medallion Hunt is every mystery book fanatics piece of cake. The treasure hunt for the medallion commences as a new clue is revealed each evening of the Manitou celebration; whomever can successfully uncover the medallion hiding spot will be crowned the winner. Manitou Days fireworks bring a bang to the week. There’s nothing like sparklers in the park and laying down the picnic blanket to watch the fireworks light up the sky. And Marketfest roars back to life on July 1 from 6-9 p.m., continuing every Thursday evening through August 5, where there will be music in the park when Minnesota bands Funktion Junction and Bare Bones Band take the stage under the Gazebo. There will also be food trucks, original art for sale and local merchants. There’s something for everyone during White Bear Lake’s favorite summer festivals!
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Compiled by Meghan Bishop
White Bear Lake – Best Events of the Year
June – Manitou Days Join the town in White Bear Lake’s summer kick-off celebration. Watch the Grande Parade, cha cha at the Beach Dance, walk around the Marketfest and get cozy with the family while watching the 4th of July Fireworks! Other events include the Medallion Hunt and Children’s Fishing Contest. manitoudays.com
July – August Marketfest Make your way downtown and grab a bite to eat from one of the market’s food trucks, then head on over to the park and listen to one of the performing bands. Each Thursday
evening, two stages offer live concerts showcasing local bands from diverse musical genres including jazz, blues, rock, folk, country and funk. The festival also features a classic car show and local vendors offering a wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise. marketfestwbl.com
September – Taste of White Bear Lake Grab a drink passport and explore the tastes of White Bear Lake. Hosted at Pine Tree Apple Orchard, the event invites more than 30 vendors to share their specialties from food vendors, breweries and distilleries. The Rotary Club donates all proceeds toward local and international service projects. tasteofwhitebearlake.com
September – Township Day In celebration of White Bear Township and its flourishing community, Township Day gathers more than 4,000 people at Polar Lakes Park for its festivities. There’s fun to be had for all with live music, food and beer garden, a classic car show, kids’ activities and fireworks. ci.white-bear-township.mn.us
October – Tamarack Trick or Treat
Drink some warm, hand-pressed cider, play some outdoor yard games and pet a barn animal in the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area. The event is filled with
friendly, costumed characters and lot of candy, all along the prairie loop trail. ramseycounty.us
October – PunkinMania Held each year by the Wildwood Lions Club at Triangle Park in downtown Mahtomedi. The annual event features a petting zoo, large inflatables and games for kids, including free trick-or-treat bags, and mounds of pumpkins and gourds to choose from. ci.mahtomedi.mn.us
November – Veterans Day Honoring our veterans of the United States Armed Forces, White Bear Lake celebrates this day every November 11 with a vigil. In the past, The Pillars of White Bear Lake has hosted a Veterans Day breakfast in the morning. This day also coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. whitebearlake.org
December – Tree of Light and Remembrance Mahtomedi’s festive annual tree lighting event lets people donate $10 to buy a light in honor of a loved one and help decorate Mahtomedi while supporting a good cause. The names of those being honored are read at the lighting, and proceeds from the event go to the Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf. stjudeofthelake.org
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February – BEAR’ly Open Grab your golf clubs and head out to the course—the ice course, that is. Ice golf on frozen White Bear Lake during the peak of winter, making it a must-experience winter sport. Feel like you’re putting on the green with real pine trees, challenging holes and official course flags. The event’s mission is to raise money for the White Bear Area Food Shelf. bearlyopen.org
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May – Bouquet Day The ladies of White Bear Lake unite for the excursion of getting out to the downtown White Bear Lake shops to collect free cuts of fresh flowers, which they can then use to create their own bouquet. downtownwhitebearlake.com
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Famous Foods EAT LIKE A MINNESOTAN WITH THESE NORTH STAR STATE FAVORITES. BY HAILEY ALMSTED
The North Star State, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State, the Bread-and-Butter State—though Minnesota has numerous trademarks, its culinary scene is also unlike any other. We’re no stranger to comfort foods (I’m talking about you, tater tot hotdish!) and easy-to-make meals, but Minnesota also offers unexpected discoveries, such as Indigenous and Asian foods, and crave-worthy dishes. So, though our favorite foods may be off the beaten path, these tried-and-true favorites are tasty, homecooked and quintessentially Minnesotan.
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this three-ingredient dish—a starch, a meat and a vegetable, to name the three. Shepherd’s pie, tater tot hotdish, hamburger hot dish. The options are endless. Typically served at the major holidays—and whenever you need some comfort food—it’s the easiest (and tastiest!) homemade dish.
Traditional lefse can also be served with lingonberry sauce—another Norwegian favorite—or topped with salty foods, including smoked salmon, spiced meat, cheese, onions or mustard. Sweet or savory, the choice is yours. However you choose to serve lefse, always be sure to include the most important topping: Butter.
Even if you have favorite recipes, you
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Cut like a brownie with ingredients like a cookie, dessert bars are something special to Minnesota. They can be fruity, like lemon and cherry pie bars, or salty, such as salted caramel bars. They can be cereal-based or peanut-butter based, like the beloved “Scotcheroos” or “Special K Bars.” Find dessert bars at the high school cafeteria, small group or around the dinner table. The options are truly endless.
First place prize for the most controversial Minnesota staple goes to the Juicy Lucy. There are debates about who first invented the delicious cheese-stuffed burger—was it Matt’s Bar or the 5-8 Club? Both bars, each located on Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis, say it was their claim to fame. Though we will not choose a side, Juicy Lucys are a must-try for any visitor or locale, just try not to scorch your mouth on the first bite!
Minnesota is home to a large Hmong and Vietnamese community, which has made our great state a hot spot for pho (pronounced “fuh”). Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, is filled with rice noodles, vegetables, spices and meats, similar to the popular Japanese ramen dish. It is a national obsession and Minnesota is lucky to have several delicious pho spots and varieties around the Twin cities. Whether you are craving traditional pho or a modern variation, there’s a bowl for it all.
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Casserole, stew, meat pie. This traditional dish has a hundred different names, but true Minnesotans only call it by one: Hotdish. From church gatherings to family reunion, you betcha you will see
Potatoes, flour, cream and butter. The simple ingredients make up lefse, a traditional Norwegian flatbread often served with butter, sugar (white or brown—the latter is traditional) and cinnamon during the holiday season.
Eastern Europeans have been settling in Minnesota since the 1800s, and those immigrants brought over an abundance of delicious foods and recipes—including polish sausage. You have probably dug into a
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REC I P E S BEER BREAD (halfbakedharvest.com) This no-fail recipe pairs well with hearty soup, salad or entrées. It also makes a great slice of toast—with a generous swipe of soft butter! —Renée Stewart-Hester • 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 Tbsp. baking powder • Kosher salt • 12 oz. beer (Try Hamm’s, and Harp Lager works well, too.) • ¼ cup honey • 6 Tbsp. cold salted butter (sliced into 8 pieces) Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan
with butter. Add flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl. Pour in the beer and add honey. Mix until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the butter slices on top of the dough. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the top of the bread is lightly browned.
HEALTHY SCOTCHEROOS (thisfarmgirlcooks.com) This easy-to-make and addictive scotcheroo recipe is delicious marriage of peanut butter and
Rice Krispies. It makes for a great dessert or a weekend treat. —Hailey Almsted Scotcheroo bars: • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup light corn syrup • 1 cup creamy peanut butter • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal Topping: • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips • 1 cup butterscotch chips To make the scotcheroo bars: In a large saucepan, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Remove from heat and, while still
warm, add peanut butter. Stir to incorporate. Add Rice Krispies and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a well-greased 9x13 pan. Spread mix evenly throughout the pan. To make topping: In a small bowl, combine the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring occasionally, until chips are melted and smooth. Spread over scotcheroo bars evenly. Allow topping to set before cutting into squares and serving.
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Kramarczuk polish sausage at a Twins game, but their Northeast Minneapolis establishment has been serving polish sausage for over 60 years. Looking for a bite of warmth a little closer to home? Check your local deli or butcher for delicious polish sausage. Find polish sausage at Flicker Meat Company, 2002 E. County Road E, White Bear Lake; 651.777.2455.
We are the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and we have just the dish to prove it: Walleye. It is the official state fish— and the most popular fish dish. It is also the perfect complement to many traditional dishes, including wild rice (see below) or served between two artisan buns as a burger. Head up to the North Shore for a fresh catch of the day or head to local restaurants (and grocers!) to grab a meal that’s just a bit closer to home.
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Find pan-fried walleye at Rudy’s Redeye Grill, 4940 Highway 61 N., White Bear Lake; 651.653.6718; rudysredeye.com.
WILD RICE SOUP
Wild rice has been a staple in Minnesota for hundreds of years, dating back to the traditions of the Anishinaabe (Indigenous tribes including the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree and Algonquin peoples). Though wild rice, “good berry,” is a nutritious grain, it was originally gathered during the wild rice moon and has since been a crucial ingredient in Indigenous and Minnesotan foods. From chicken wild rice soup to wild rice pilaf, there are endless ways to use this wholesome grain. Find a cup of chicken wild rice soup at Cafe Cravings, 1600 E. County Road E, White Bear Lake; 651.482.7742; cafecravingsmn.com.
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A Family Affair, by Ellen Maas Pratt, garnered our Readers’ Choice award for the 2020 Lens on the Lake photo contest.
Picture This! We want to see your best photographs.
great community by sharing your experiences which includes your photos. If you’ve snapped photos in the area over the past year, consider entering them into our Lens on the Lake photo contest in August. Whether it’s a picture of your family or furry friends, a White Bear Lake landmark or a beautiful landscape you saw while on a walk, we want to see it. White Bear Lake Magazine accepts photo submissions from August 1–31 for its annual Lens on the Lake photo contest. Submitted photos are reviewed by our editorial and art departments to determine winners for potential publication in a future issue of White Bear Lake Magazine or online. Readers can also vote online for their favorite photo submissions in the Readers’ Choice category during the month of September.
Winners in the following categories receive consideration for photo placement in an upcoming issue of White Bear Lake Magazine and on our website and social media pages. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
People & Families Wildlife & Nature Activities & Events City Landmarks Pets
We select runners-up and honorable mentions as the number and quality of photos allow. Winning photos are decided by consensus, so each submission is carefully considered. Though we certainly take into account subject and photo quality, our favorite photos are the ones that convey the community we live in through the perspective of the photographer. So, next time
you’re out and about, bring your camera or camera phone along. We’d love to see the beauty of the White Bear Lake area through your lens. Photo Contest Rules & Details
»» Submissions are accepted at whitebearlakemag.com between August 1 and August 31. »» Entrants must live, work or attend school in the White Bear Lake area. »» Readers’ Choice voting takes place at whitebearlakemag.com in September. »» Entrants may submit up to five photos, with no more than three in any category. »» Photos should be taken in the White Bear Lake area. »» Generally, photos should have been taken within a year of the submission date.
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