White Bear Lake
Lori Christiansen, whom some call the “neighbor from hell,” did not comment Wednesday as she left the courtroom. Christiansen, formerly of White Bear Lake, got national attention for tormenting her neighbors. Over the years, she has been accused of hanging demeaning signs on her garage targeting her neighbors and their children. She also violated a harassment restraining order.
One of Minnesota’s premier lakes has been disappearing before our very eyes. White Bear Lake is now down more than five feet to the lowest level ever seen. And some homeowners and businesses say the DNR is to blame.
The Ontario Provincial Police say that Jim Kowalski died Thursday after falling into a rotating plane propeller while on a fishing trip in Canada. The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in Red Lake, Ontario.
Minnesota knows its apples. The U of M developed the Sweet Tango, the Zestar and the state fruit — The Honey Crisp. Orchards are brimming with people, trying to get their hands on those apples this time of year.
Jim Kowalski died Thursday in a plane accident while fishing in Canada, according to family member Deb Kowalski. Deb Kowalski said Jim suffered a head injury in the incident, and an autopsy is being performed. She said he was with a friend on the trip. Jim Kowalski, 67, founded Kowalski’s Markets back in 1986 in White Bear Lake.
When Niagara Falls was illuminated blue on Monday to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, there was no doubt what color would be used to mark the birth of the little boy.
Authorities said a police standoff with a potentially suicidal man in White Bear Lake Monday night ended with the man suffering a non-life threatening self-inflicted gunshot wound. White Bear Lake Police responded to a home on the 3500 block of Glen Oaks Avenue at about 7:02 p.m. Monday on a report of a despondent 40-year-old male family member who was inside the home and not welcome.
Five employees of an Italian cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy have been convicted of manslaughter. The cruiseliner sank near the shore of Tuscany in January 2012. Among the 32 who died were Barb and Jerry Heil, who lived in White Bear Lake. Under the plea deal, the five employees were sentenced to prison time, but only two will likely serve time.
A White Bear Lake woman who was banned from her home for harassing her neighbors will not spend any more time behind bars for now. Lori Christensen, 49, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge for violating a harassment restraining order back in May 2012. The order was issued to keep her from bothering Greg and Kim Hoffman, who lived across the street. She was caught videotaping the family later that month. Two other felony charges were dropped Monday as part of a plea deal that includes community service, fines, and 10 years of probation.
Friday was a perfect day to go sailing. A few clouds in the sky and windy conditions helped competitors at the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Days Regatta on White Bear Lake.
Despite a wet summer that’s virtually wiped out Minnesota’s drought, White Bear Lake still has a problem. The water level has been low for years.
When it comes to youth sports in Minnesota, most of us think of the one that takes place on a lake when it’s frozen, seeing this is the “State of Hockey.” But on White Bear Lake plenty of kids are finding an interest in sailing.
Hundreds of people headed to White Bear Lake this week for a chance at breaking a world record. Their goal was to make the longest ice cream sundae in the world, while raising money for cancer research.
A Minnesota native is among NASA’s new class of eight astronauts. Thirty-nine-year-old Josh Cassada is originally from White Bear Lake. Cassada is a former naval aviator who currently serves as co-founder and chief technology officer for Quantum Opus. Four of the eight new astronauts are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA.
The MS-150 bike ride will end Sunday in White Bear Lake without three cyclists who were hurt during a bad crash on Saturday. It happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Sandstone, shortly after the cyclists left Hinckley on day two of the ride.