Around Town

If you know me, you know I’m an animal-lover, and you know I’m partial to dogs. The mere site of a puppy will distract me from the most serious conversation.

Sgt. Mark Geyer of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) is modest about the origins of the Citizens Police Academy he helped start two years ago. “It’s nothing too unusual for a citizens’ academy,” he says. That, however, is deliberate.

“I know I sound like a broken record, but the word I always use is ‘profound,’ ” Colleen Haggar says. Haggar is referring to the Learn program at Cargill, where she is the work experience coordinator. The program pairs with the Hopkins, St.

To make Navarre a more walkable, bikeable community, a collection of neighbors founded the Navarre Community Initiative (NCI). The group meets monthly to address safety issues for walkers and bikers on county roads and suggests changes to city infrastructure to better accommodate these groups.

Minnetonka native Drew Steinke thinks of himself as different from many of his classmates. The Orono High School senior says he realized at any early age that he couldn’t sit back and wait for life to happen.

Minnetonka’s own PeopleNet—a provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management—was the winner of the Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2012 Tekne award in the Technology Service and Consulting category.

Professional photorealistic painter David Holmes says he’s always doing things to inspire his children. That’s why he created a chalk drawing of the Mona Lisa on his driveway last summer.

A hankering for lobster dinner at Lord Fletcher’s led Cameron Dahlin to Lake Minnetonka on a beautiful evening last August. On his way to dinner, Dahlin stopped by the Shorewood Yacht Club to borrow a friend’s boat to take to Lord Fletcher’s.

Best Weekend Brunch: Sunsets
Runner-up: Pairings Food & Wine Market
Third place: Maynard’s