Health & Wellness

Every day, Kelly Abernathy sends her third-grade son to Groveland Elementary with a healthy lunch that would make any mom proud and any kid eager for the lunch bell to ring.

Looking for a way to kick start your workout routine?  In the mood to try something new? Take a look at three unique lake-area fitness facilities offering  group classes, personal training and even nutritious meals that can help set you on a new path toward better health.


A hankering for lobster dinner at Lord Fletcher’s led Cameron Dahlin to Lake Minnetonka on a beautiful evening last August. On his way to dinner, Dahlin stopped by the Shorewood Yacht Club to borrow a friend’s boat to take to Lord Fletcher’s.

"Here come the Westies!" the parade announcer says enthusiastically as the two-block-long-procession of West Highland Terriers dressed as furry, four-legged versions of Uncle Sam--complete with red, white and blue handmade costumes and matching miniature top hats--comes into view on the downtown

I am a soccer neophyte. I have been swept into the vortex of the tsunami-like sub-culture of the country’s burgeoning preoccupation with soccer. Four of my nine grandchildren have joined the hordes of youngsters who genuflect at the altar of the soccer god.

In 2004, farmland in Independence was transformed into Windsong Farm Golf Club, a unique members-only prairie course. However, just four years later, the club was in financial trouble. Anticipated member quotas hadn’t been met and the loan was too large.

Couples across the country are planning alphabet dates as a way to escape the perpetual dinner-and-a-movie trap and instead date out-of-the-box.

“I do.” Well, until the money runs out. Or I get tired of picking up your socks. Or I find someone better. With a bigger house. And less emotional baggage.

Each May, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum makes it possible for you to travel back in time by way of two historical streetcar lines.

Last year, seven paved miles were added to the 13.5 miles of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, a multi-use recreation path connecting Hennepin and Carver counties.