Arts & Culture

Samantha Specks

Samantha Specks brings Minnesota history to life through her first novel, Dovetails in Tall Grass. Published in August 2021, the historical fiction book is a tale of two women, one Dakota Sioux and one settler, during the U.S. Dakota War.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

After spending the holidays eating delicious food and, possibly, considering a fresh start in the new year, Lucy Knisley’s graphic food memoir is the perfect book to kick off 2022.

front entryway

Many people launch into the new year awash in hopes of change—a new exercise regimen, improved sleep routines or a break from social media—only to return to their old habits months later.

 Judy Voigt Englund, Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning, which placed third in the Wildlife and Nature category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, was taken along Birch Bluff Road (Tonka Bay) by Judy Voigt Englund of Excelsior.

trolley in the snow at Christmas

This year’s 16th annual Christkindlsmarkt is moving into the Excelsior Commons for two full weekends.

Christmas decor

Adorning your home with seasonal colors, trimming the tree and wrapping gifts is certainly enjoyable, but putting it all away is another story.  

In 2018, Andy Greene commemorated the 10th anniversary of one of The Office’s (TV series 2005–2013) most iconic episodes—Dinner Party—by publishing an oral history of the episode in Rolling Stone magazine.

Gena Cohen, Emergence

“I love the sunrises that occur in the winter months of our state,” says Hollie Blanchard of The Art Girls. “There is nothing more energizing to the soul than bearing witness to the vivid shades of red, pink and purple to name only a few colors that light up the horizon.