Sending greetings of one form or another over the holiday season may seem commonplace today, but before printing was affordable and postal services were developed, it took much more effort to send those well-wishes.

Jim Brunzell, the White Bear Lake native and World Wrestling Entertainment alum, has written a book. MatLands: True Stories from the Wrestling Road covers 66 years of Jumpin’ Jim’s life journey, mostly pulled from his 25-year career as a pro wrestler. The book was published in June.

Carla Scholz didn’t have to travel far to capture this beautiful view; it was right outside her window where she spies many incredible sunsets. “At least once a week, when there’s a good sunset, I take a photo,” Scholz says.

“It is easy to lose track of time in the woods. After Arial returns to her cottage from a day in the high hills gathering herbs for her nana, she is horrified to discover her home ransacked by a trio of strangers, her grandmother unconscious, and her father missing.

Kelly McKusick was walking behind her son, Grady, and his friend, Aoife Hiniker, when she took this photo, “Young Love at Lakewood Hills Park,” which earned her third place in the People & Families category of our annual photo contest.

Peter O’Gorman first discovered his love for percussion while playing at the lunchroom table in elementary school at St. Mary’s of the Lake.

“This picture to me is exactly how I picture my kids and hope how they remember growing up,” says Christy Wolgamot about her winning photo, which took second place in the People & Families category in the Lens on the Lake photo contest.

Tiny puppy Kip is no stranger to media. After receiving positive comments and “likes” on Facebook, Danielle Cézanne, program director at White Bear Center for the Arts, and Kip’s owner, had an idea.

Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin took center stage at the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center.

Shakespeare & Co. was founded as an outdoor theater in 1976 by director George Franklin Wade, and can claim to be “the longest-running outdoor classical repertory theater” in Minnesota.