“Scows on White Bear Lake” garnered first place in the Activities and Events category.

White Bear Lake resident Sara Carlson of Sara Haley Photography was shooting a June wedding for couple Nikki and Josh Trulen. After the newlyweds finished their vows, they proposed a special stop before their reception.

Many artists have a muse; that sublime source of inspiration, in the flesh or otherwise, that helps them create. For Emily Gray Koehler, printmaker and artist, the muse shows up in a wholly different form.

Each year, White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) highlights and provides the opportunity for artists to participate in the Northern Lights juried art show, and, once again, the community can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

On a sunny spring day, Linda Christensen decided to step outside her Mahtomedi home and snap a picture of her beloved cockapoos, or “cockadoodles,” as she calls them. Taking out her Nikon digital camera, she told her pooches to sit and stay. However, 12-year-old Buster had a different idea.

There’s a distinct current running through our Minnesota culture; it’s one that is revered and best paired with a sunset: the “lake life.” We spend our days in and around its wake, reveling in the little time we have to wade in the water before winter appears.

“She’s the only dog we’ve ever had that I can say has a good sense of humor,” Maureen McCall says of Rosie, the 5-year-old golden retriever she and her husband Randy adopted from a rescue center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Peter Hurd and Logan Gion grew up on blood and gore—movies, that is.

Lakeshore Players Theatre has been rehearsing and performing in the former Swedish Lutheran Church in downtown White Bear Lake since 1971, and they’re long overdue for an upgrade, to say the least.

To most artists, the ability to create is as automatic as breathing, as second nature as eating and sleeping.