Outdoors

Three boys hold a walleye they caught from Lake Minnetonka, thanks to the help of the Westonka Walleye Program.

The Westonka Walleye Program has added thousands of the state’s official fish to Lake Minnetonka since 2012.

Sun-safe bracelets made by Excelsior tanning salon The Glow Lounge.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and Excelsior resident Mollie Michura, owner of The Glow Lounge, wants to make it easier for you to practice sun safety—not just in May, but all year round.

A painted turtle sits in the grass on a sunny day.

This is the season Minnesota turtles are on the move, making their way up from wetlands to lay eggs.

A couple on vacation with their child walks through a river.

You’ve heard it, and maybe even said it: “A trip with kids is not a vacation.” Well, we dare to propose a different mindset.

A beekeeper from Ames Farm holds a bee frame

Brian Fredericksen, founder and owner of Ames Farm Ltd., has become a kind of bee advocate, running a sustainable apiary but also serving as a resource to others wanting to encourage healthy bee populations.

Mike Picciolo, owner of Take the Bait fishing guide service on Lake Minnetonka

As the owner of Take the Bait Guide Service LLC, Mike Piccioli has been teaching anglers to find and catch fish in Lake Minnetonka for nearly a decade.

A splash of color from a spring ephemeral

For a brief time, while bare branches allow sunlight to reach the forest floor, a few spring woodland flowers will appear.

2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka honorable mention Snowy Cardinal

Each month, we feature one of the winning photos from our 2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

In August, the fifth annual Big Island & Back 10K paddle event benefitted the Freshwater Society and ICA Food Shelf. This month, check out the Big Island & Back bike, ski or snowshoe event on February 9.

A jar of sap for making syrup.

A writer’s observations about the arrival of spring.

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