Arts & Culture

The eighth annual Wayzata Art Experience has all you need for a crafty kick-off to summer. Lake Street will be transformed May 21–22 as vendors, exhibits and entertainment fill the downtown boulevard.

How do you transform a house but preserve it at the same time? How do you take an old-fashioned, endlessly subdivided space and turn it into something sweeping, open and modern, all without compromising its essential character? Just ask architecture-slash-design team of Jon and Mary Monson.

Lisa Meritt of Victoria spends many summer days on Lake Minnetonka. She’s passionate about kayaking and fishing, and likes how the channel “has both natural beauty combined with people enjoying the lake,” she says.

You might have seen her walking her dog through the woodlands of Wayzata, but what you might not know is that she is a nationally acclaimed author.

When Rhonda Lundgren began reading to her own children, she was appalled at the lack of meter in the stories. “I couldn’t find the right rhythm to read it,” says Lundgren, who eventually realized, “Hey, I can do better than that!”

Kids’ fitness is a hot-button issue these days, so what are local schools doing about it? Minnetonka’s International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA) is tackling the issue with help from the National Football League’s (NFL) Play 60 program.

John Haug’s property backs up to Saunders Lake in Minnetrista, affording breathtaking views of the changing seasons all year long. On a particularly nice autumn day, Haug had just finished taking photos of the fall foliage along the lakeshore.

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Jennifer Egan, the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus and Emerald City, returns with a new novel that was named one of the five best novels of 2010 by The New York Times.

 

For Bill Miles, it was his calling. Now in his 35th year of coaching record-breaking boys distance runners at Wayzata High School, Miles insists, “The kids do all the work, and I get all the credit—not a bad gig.”

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