Arts & Culture

In A New York Minute book cover.

This Valentine’s Day, if you’re looking for a romantic read in the spirit of all the best New York rom-coms, check out In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer.

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.


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.