Arts & Culture

Annabelle plays soccer at the ballfields near Shirley Hills Primary School.

Put me in coach, I’m ready! placed second in the Activities and Events category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

If you ask Tyler Middleton what he loves about his new home, his thoughts barely make it past the front porch. “I think the porch reinforces the neighborhood culture of yesteryear. You sit on the porch and invite neighbors to stop by and have a seat,” Middleton says.

Whenever Ed Hewitt III is out for a self-described “mini adventure” walk or ride, he tries to remember to bring along his camera. “Every day I see something that would be a great picture, a wonderful image—and of course, no camera,” he says. But all that changed in mid-March last year.

If at first you don’t succeed, press the replay button.

Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.


For some kids, starting their first day of immersion school can be intimidating, but Susanne Aspley has remedied that problem with her I Know How to book series.

Sports and school happen to be the two passions of Randall McDaniel’s life. McDaniel, a former offensive guard for the Vikings, used to dedicate his days to the field but now commits his time to the classroom.

February is often only the midway point in a Minnesota winter. By now, bracing against frigid temperatures and scraping snow and ice from your frozen windshield may be wearing you down.

Jessica Langevin of Mound had been frustrated with traditional schooling for years. She felt that her grades didn’t reflect her efforts and she was constantly beset by obstacles.

She doesn't remember the day or month in which it was taken, but Anastasiya Bannie remembers how she felt when she photographed Calming Morning on Lake Minnetonka.

“It was so peaceful,” she says. “I had this beautiful feeling and I wanted to remember it.”

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