Giving Back

A couple of years ago, Excelsior resident Deb Rodgers was chatting with neighbors about the less-than-ideal state of the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior.

Voice, an online marketplace founded by Wayzata High School alumnus Mitch Reaume, aims to create a space for consumers who want to add a little oomph—in the form of charitable giving—to their dollars.

St. David’s Center, which provides early childhood education and resources for kids and adults with special needs, exceeded its $13.7 million capital campaign goal this past November. In fact, they’ve surpassed the $14 million mark.

Imagine you’re hunting for the perfect baby shower gift, something that speaks to you, the mother-to-be and the new little one. You search and come up with … nothing. This is precisely what happened to Nell Lindquist while she shopped at a big-box store for a friend’s new baby.

The final step to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank for a Boy Scout of America, is to plan and complete a service project. For his project, local Boy Scout Tony Lindholm, age 18, designed a mud kitchen for St.

The members of LeagueAires are all about spreading music. The women’s vocal group, sponsored by the Junior League of Minneapolis, brings the joy of music to older adults and people with special needs, performing at nursing homes, rehab centers and other venues.

There are times when the most dire and barren circumstances produce bountiful sources of inspiration. Dr. Merlin Antunez, a native Honduran, recalls the deaths of two of his siblings when they were barely toddlers.

In the 2005 novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 9-year-old protagonist Liesel Meminger turns to literature to cope with living in Nazi-occupied Germany during World War II. Liesel steals books from a local library, teaching herself to read amid the chaos and despair surrounding her.

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group promotes professional development and community engagement for the chamber’s younger members.

When you strip away all the consumerism and commercialism that make up a 21st-century holiday season, you can still find plenty of timeless kindness in the Lake Minnetonka area.

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