POSTED Wednesday, June 27

Even in the middle of a Minnesota summer, it’s easy to get into a workout rut. Sure, you can lace up those running shoes, but if that’s your go-to exercise and you’re looking to switch things up, consider strength training. 

Perhaps you’re new to exercise and looking for something easy on the joints, great for flexibility, balance and movement. Or maybe you want to combine exercise AND healthy eating habits.

POSTED Wednesday, June 20

On a sultry summer eve at BayView Event Center, finalists from the annual Best of Lake Minnetonka readers' choice survey gathered to hear for the first time the results of the 2012 contest. Check back here July 1 for the full story; in the meantime, without further ado, (drum roll, please):


Best Burger: Maynards

Best Outdoor Dining: Maynards

POSTED Wednesday, May 23

My dad always had a vegetable garden along the west side of our Maplewood yard. He grew tomatoes, beans, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and carrots. I remember the way he cut up the cucumbers into slices and put them in a bowl, added water, vinegar and a touch of sugar. Those little slices of heaven were the perfect snack food. Who needed chips when you could have cucumbers? Yum!! He had a penchant for vinegar—another fond memory of fresh produce revolves around leaf lettuce, cooked eggs, and, yes, you guessed it: vinegar.

POSTED Tuesday, May 22

Did you know that perfection can be achieved in 90 seconds? Well that’s if the perfection you are talking about involves pizza, and you add 800 degrees of wood-burning heat to the equation. That’s all a pizzaioli (or pizza chef) at Punch Pizza needs to create the mouth-watering Neapolitan pizza combinations that Minnesotans (and others—we’re talking to you, Meryl Streep) have grown to love since the first Punch was launched in 1996 in St. Paul.

POSTED Tuesday, May 22

On the heels of being named the seventh best public high school in Minnesota by U.S. News and World Report, Minnetonka High School (MHS) was honored Monday as the second best in the state by Newsweek, second to nearby Edina High School. Nationally, the school ranked 190th out of 1,000.

The rankings were based on six elements:

POSTED Tuesday, May 1

It’s baaaack!

Thursday, June 7, marks the return of Girls Night Out in Excelsior. It’s better than ever for the popular summertime event’s seventh season, and this year two nonprofits will benefit from the all the revelry on Water Street: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Call the babysitter, call your girlfriends and make sure to mark these Thursdays from 5–9 p.m. on your calendar:

POSTED Wednesday, April 25

One of our May stories is about Kailen Rosenberg, a certified marriage coach at Kai-len Love and Life Architects in downtown Wayzata.  She’s been coaching couples for six years and has seen it all. Read the full story starting May 1 at Until then, take some notes…

Kailen’s Tips for a Great Marriage

POSTED Monday, April 16

Beauty seekers in the Lake Minnetonka area have reason to celebrate: Sephora and JCPenney are opening a location in the JCPenney department store at Ridgedale Center Friday, April 20.


POSTED Thursday, April 12

Want to walk a mile in the shoes of a magazine writer or editor?

POSTED Tuesday, April 10

People usually exercise for the sake of self-improvement. There’s no shame in that. For some, exercise is one of the rare times of the day they can take solely for themselves. No work deadlines, no children screaming, no budget balancing; just you, some tunes and an increased heart rate.

But when you can work out to improve life for others in need as well as yourself, exercise takes on a whole new meaning, giving you that feel-good feeling that goes beyond the adrenaline and comes right from the soul.