MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 7-foot-tall bear will be dropping from a White Bear Lake restaurant at midnight on the dot, ushering in 2019 with a new Minnesota tradition.

“Years ago, I was in New York and saw the ball drop, then I was in Flagstaff, Arizona, where they drop an acorn.  And I thought, ‘Why not White Bear Lake?’ And how appropriate to drop a bear, a white bear of course,” said Bill Foussard, owner of White Bear Country Inn.

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The bear sits atop Rudy’s Redeye Grill, located at 4940 Highway 61 North in White Bear Lake.

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Rudy’s Ice Bar will be open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., serving drinks on the rooftop. The bear drop can also be viewed from the hotel parking lot.

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More information is available on the White Bear Country Inn Facebook page.