Du Fresne Manufacturing and the White Bear Lake Area Schools were the recipient of the 2016 VHEDC Partnership Award. The Community Partnership Award proudly recognizes our outstanding partners for their exemplary commitment and accomplishments. As collaborative partners, these organizations help the VHEDC advance its mission of ensuring a thriving local business economy in Vadnais Heights and the surrounding areas. Du Fresne Manufacturing is a precision sheet metal design, production and assembly company in Vadnais Heights. The White Bear Lake Area School District serves all or parts of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maplewood, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. The school district, with a total population of approximately 50,000 residents, serves nearly 9,000 students PreK-12.