Around Town

In December 2012, Minnetonka resident Eric Raarup snapped the quintessential Minnesota winter shot: an almost iced-over lake. For Raarup and others, this sight signals the dawning of the winter season.

Gary Sinise, star of CSI:NY and Forrest Gump, appeared at a breakfast event hosted by Bill and Teri Popp and co-hosted by Warren Herreid and Jeannine Rivet, to rise funds for the Minnesota Military Tribute (MFT) and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

In 1974, Dr. Roger Satrang Hoel was searching for a way to bring music to Minnetonka. Hoel played the French horn and trumpet in college and hoped to find an association that would allow him to keep playing at a non-professional level.

Dave Bigham inspired his pals with his ambition to create the North American Pond Hockey Tournament. Two years ago, after his death from a heart attack at age 41, J. Lindsay, Steve Youngstedt and Justin Pagel took on the responsibility for continuing the event.

After a July trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Minnetonka Chamber Choir is ready to serenade Lake Minnetonka residents with holiday tunes.

Prepare for 2014 and browse Excelsior Bay Book’s selection of boxed and wall calendars. The store’s collection includes traditional Minnesota options, classic calendar photos and a few off–beat choices.

Thanks to all who voted for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka! Tickets for our awards event go on sale December 18. The event will be held on Thursday, February 13, 5:30-8 p.m., at BMW of Minnetonka.

Minnetonka Turkey Trot

For the past three years, community members and others have gathered on America’s hungriest holiday to support the Minnetonka High School track and field and cross country teams at the Tonka Turkey Trot.


Each holiday season, Excelsior celebrates the state’s heritage, hosting Christkindlsmarkt, a Christmas celebration that incorporates German customs.