Arts & Culture

On New Year’s Day, chilly and brave divers hopped into the frigid waters of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior for ALARC’s 30th annual ice dive, which supports the Wounded Warrior Project and a couple of local organizations. 

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.”

You might have noticed the five women building friendships and discussing work during monthly meetings at area restaurants, as they’re more than mere lunch companions.

Spring seems to be the time when family and friends can come together, catch up on recent events, and inevitably, commiserate over their many to-do lists. But some people have come to appreciate—even revel in—the “unfinished project.” Jerry Kennedy is one such person.

Four Girls from Berlin: A True Story of a Friendship that Defied the Holocaust by Marianne Meyerhoff; recommended by Mary Severson

Only a few of the homes that line Lake Minnetonka have stood the test of time. Many are properties that came to be by tearing down a bit of our olden days to make way for something new. Here, we uncover the history behind four of these storied structures.

Minnetonka High School tenth grade Calleigh King has always loved horses. A rider since age four, King thought she had found her niche when she began barrel racing at age 14.

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