Outdoors

Deephaven resident Beth Allen might know everything there is to know about monarch butterflies.

The return of spring also means the return of migrating songbirds. Carol Chenault, a Minnetonka resident and manager at All Seasons Wild Bird Store in Minnetonka, shares some of her favorite spring birds.

The Wayzata Chilly Open is celebrating its 34th birthday. In 1984, community members partnered with the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce to create the event to celebrate quintessential Minnesota winters.

Ring in 2018 with a charitable (and freezing) start. The 28th annual Lake Minnetonka Ice Dive is on New Year’s Day. Organized by fitness club ALARC, the event benefits disabled and wounded veterans.

The Minnetonka Farmers Market gives us a reason to look forward to every Tuesday between June 13 and September 26.

Tom Palm takes a lot of photos—during his busiest season, as many as 3,000 a day. But he insists that he’s not actually a professional photographer. Don’t ask him to shoot photos of your wedding or your high schooler’s graduation—he’ll politely turn you down.

Joseph Martin cruises Lake Minnetonka to help keep boaters safe. Equipped with binoculars and a hand-held radar gun, Martin motors through the lake’s maze of channels and bays in one of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Unit boats.

Excelsior Commons is a lakeside treasure for local fun and entertainment. The annual Concerts in the Commons series is returning for a summer of good times and even better music.

A Minnetonka summer is unlike any other. Long days spent at the beach, nights spent fishing on the lake and endless local entertainment, Minnetonka has it all. But these summer memories wouldn’t be possible without one special group of people: local lifeguards.

The sun is shining and the ground has finally dried after the spring rains. Spring cleaning is in full force but put “picnic in the park” on your schedule and deal with the dust bunnies later.

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