When Mark Olson was in seventh grade, he told his parents he was going to be a carpenter. “Everything I did from that point on, through school and classes, it was kind of my focus,” he says.

In 2000, a group of citizens and civic leaders met to begin what would become a decade-long discussion about a new vision for the site of the renowned boat manufacturer Johnson Boatworks.

Settling into fall means starting to enjoy the warmth of home and hearth. One local homeowner recently remodeled her formal living room to center on a newly installed fireplace, which offers special comfort to her family in more ways than one.

Carol Huso’s Mahtomedi home, built in 1995, has been through a lot. Huso, an interior designer, and her husband raised three sons, now 27, 24 and 21, in the home and didn’t have much time, or the money, to make updates.

For years, Sandy Law walked her dog along a block of historic homes lined by 100-year-old oak trees just steps from the picturesque lakeside. Her favorite house? The one on the corner with a white picket fence.

’Tis the season for twinkle lights!

A feature story on homes usually involves a big home or elaborate remodel, because, let’s face it, we live in a culture where “bigger is better.” But there’s a growing movement that has people re-evaluating the idea of the American dream, and local expert Jim Wilkins is making dreams of an energy

For most people, moats are the things of fairy tales or medieval times long, long ago. Filled with crocodiles and accessible only by drawbridge, they surround grand castles and protect the kings and queens that live within. But that’s just for most people.

Christina Miller from Christina Lynn Interiors created a vignette in her White Bear Lake store of all items listed in this story.

Orange you glad it’s summertime? We sure are! As Mother Nature puts on her cheerful best in your garden—perhaps in a row of tulips or a cloud of daffodils—we encourage you to bring some color indoors, too.

The soothing sounds of babbling brooks and trickling waterfalls are a natural source of relaxation. But you need not travel far to enjoy such splendor; a beautiful and relaxing water oasis can be created in your own backyard.