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.

The hum of brain activity in lake-area students is practically audible.

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.

 

Ever passed a renovation Dumpster and wished you had one in your driveway? That’s what Minnetonka homeowner Cindy Oman wished when her neighbors were remodeling their kitchen.

Once a year, homes around the lake area transform into awe-inspiring displays of holiday pride.

Excelsior resident Michelle MacCormick had just weathered a storm in her personal life when she captured this shot of Lake Minnetonka after an early evening thunderstorm. A recent divorce had turned MacCormick’s life upside down.

From the front, 201 Mill St. in Excelsior looks just as it did more than 100 years ago.

It can be daunting to face that stack of books waiting on your nightstand or select a novel from the sea of titles at the store. But with book clubs all around the Lake Minnetonka area, and businesses like The Marsh and The Bookcase right out your door, there’s no need to fret.

Minnetonka’s Kathryn Holmes went from feeling lost, confused and angry to overcoming a devastating condition and writing about her remarkable recovery in her book I Stand with Courage: One Woman’s Journey to Conquer Paralysis.

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.

 

When the Excelsior Fire District formed in the late 1800s, a potential recruit got into the boxing ring to prove he was up to the job. Today, Excelsior firefighters emphasize the power of prevention. 

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