April 2011

Gardening, Parties, Derby Recipes

Boaters and sailors alike flock to Lake Minnetonka in droves each summer to enjoy life on the water, yet no one understands this better than the Minnetonka Power Squadron (MPS).


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!”


Want to shake up your fitness regimen? Look no further than your favorite athletic clothier, Maha Inspired Activewear in Wayzata.


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.


Be smart when it comes to protecting your skin this spring. Sun protection can be found as a cream or lotion that absorbs or reflects the sun’s rays by a chemical reaction or block.


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.”


Ensure that no senior goes hungry by volunteering your time—and your car or truck—as a driver for the Western Communities Action Network’s (WeCAN) Meals on Wheels program.


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.


The Hopkins Education Foundation writes oversized, lottery-style checks to grant recipients with the help of a locally-owned restaurant in Minnetonka.


It’s April and Minnesotans are ready to get outdoors. After five months of snow blowers, icy roads and winter storm warnings, we can almost taste burgers off the grill and hear the whir of boat motors on Lake Minnetonka.


Deb Revier’s back yard always has been centered around the idea of contrast. When she first moved into her home nearly 20 years ago, however, contrast wasn’t necessarily a good thing.


Honor your mother, grandmother or any female figure you’re proud to call yours with some fun and unique Mother’s Day activities available in our area. From bowling and cooking classes to digging in the dirt, set aside some time this month to treat the special ladies in your life.


Kathryn Dumas paints a picture of the 1920s not as a decade of parties with flapper-dress-clad young ladies but as an idyllic scene.


All across the lake area, green thumbs are itching. When the first crocuses, daffodils and tulips peek through the soil, gardeners start imagining their soggy, springtime yard full of green grasses and the flowering beauties of summer.


And they’re off! If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs on May 7, bring a little bit of the Kentucky Derby to the lake area with our party planning guide.


If you’d rather just be than be seen, kick back at one of these chill local dive bars.


This isn’t news to anyone, but our lovely state is smack in the middle of a giant landmass. While we are at least 1,000 miles from any ocean, nearly every day at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, planes arrive with stocks of fresh seafood ready for your lake-area consumption.


Retiring at 50 years old, Walter Donald Douglas, along with his wife Mahala, built their 27-room estate on Lake Minnetonka where the elegant Hotel St. Louis once stood.


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.