Arts & Culture

On New Year’s Day, chilly and brave divers hopped into the frigid waters of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior for ALARC’s 30th annual ice dive, which supports the Wounded Warrior Project and a couple of local organizations. 

A mixture of “selfishness and selfless attempts” decorates the walls of the Orchard Art House in Excelsior, paying homage to Minneapolis’ varied art scene. Opened in 2010 by Erin Kate Duininck, the house is her best effort to offer up a true and meaningful response to all she has experienced.

Lisa Persson and a friend were strolling around Lake Minnetonka near sunset when Persson noticed the lake was very still—so still, in fact, that a perfect reflection of the setting sun was mirrored in the calm lake water.

I credit William Kent Krueger for helping me to get out of one of the worst reading "ruts" of my life. He's helped locally, of course, by the fact that all of his books take place on Minnesota's North Shore—with plenty of regional flavor thrown in to make all of us feel instantly at home

The students at Hilltop Primary School in Minnetrista aren’t afraid of getting dirty. After breaking ground in October on an outdoor classroom funded by Hilltop Tree Trust, the students study science, math and language outdoors—even in the mud.

Interior designer Gayle Crummer knew the home had potential. Located in Orono, it had wonderful space, a charming villa exterior and elegant 11-foot ceilings. But the house was also limiting for the family of four who had just purchased it.

In some ways, Orono’s Matt Liebsch is just like many other young adults his age—energetic, overscheduled, and trying to balance a hectic work schedule with the thrills of an 8-year marriage and the spills of fathering two busy toddlers.  But when you throw in the tiny detail tha

The man cave. For many women, the term conjures up images of a dark basement hole-in-the-wall filled with cigar smoke, old sports trophies, bad movies, and a college buddy or two.

Andrew Johnson moved to the lake area last year and while getting accustomed to his new surroundings, began to enjoy the creek that runs behind his Orono home.

BETH NOVAK

Beth Novak loves metal—particularly copper and sterling silver. From necklaces and earrings to rings, Novak manipulates and ultimately marries these two elements in unique and creative ways.

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