Cable Commissioner: Les Dahm
The name “White Bear Lake” comes from the Native Americans who used the area for migratory hunting and harvesting grounds. Rich land, game and scenic lakes first attracted the early pioneers to the area. As word of its scenic landscape spread, it became a popular resort town, attracting visitors from along the Mississippi. Railroad service was established in 1868, and it provided new business and industry opportunities. By the turn of the century, the resort era faded and industries, including farming and lumbering, began to prosper.
White Bear Lake has continued to grow over the years. There are 24,000 residents today who enjoy being a part of a metropolitan area while residing in a small community with a charming, downtown district. Annual events like, Marketfest and Manitou Days, highlight the town’s beauty and charm. The city and its residents was host to the 2009 Governor’s Fishing Opener. It has its own police and fire departments-both of which have reached out to residents through social media, including Facebook and their very own public safety show, Lake Area Beat. GTN Channel 16 produces the monthly show, and it highlights the latest stories and information to keep residents informed.
Rambler Revolution Demonstration Project Showing the public creative and affordable possibilities for renovating a post-WWII rambler.