April 2014

In the April issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, you'll get a start on your gardening with our guide to local nurseries and garden centers. We got up close and personal with a Deephaven mother and daughter whose personal style will inspire your gift-giving this spring, and we take a look at two sisters whose tennis skills have attracted plenty of attention. Grab your copy today!

What better place to shake off the rain of spring and jump into summer than around Lake Minnetonka? Make the most of the area’s offerings this summer, whether you’re a longtime resident or lake-area newcomer.


It’s that time of year again when we stop our car on a busy highway to allow our feathered friends to waddle across the road: The geese are back.


Open your eyes! Shrug off the slug! Smell the breeze! Spring is here—the calendar says so—even if the weather won’t cooperate. It’s time to shake our plates and palates out of their winter stupor.


Erin Kate Duininck of eKate Designs and The Orchard Art House in Excelsior hosted a reception for her December-through-February pop-up shop. Featuring many local artists, the evening focused on Minneapolis-baed collage artist and designer Ashley Barlow.


The Three Rivers Park District offers introductory archery lessons for adults and families. Last spring, a few lake-area families met at Carver Archery Range to learn about archery equipment, range safety, proper shooting techniques and playing games. All photos by Jon Wright.


The unofficial season opener for cycling, the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride (MIBR), is just days away.


Springtime can be more exciting than deep cleaning and proper storage of all things winter. It can be a time of renewal and a reimagining of your wardrobe and interior design.


Dave Stearns is like the uncle you wish you saw more often. He’s warm, inviting and full of stories. As the Minnetonka High School girls’ tennis coach, his favorite tales revolve around the young women he’s mentored through his years on the court.


A glance outside the window brings an unfortunate realization: it’s raining cats and dogs. Despite the lack of sunshine, constant rain showers result in beautiful blooms come May.


What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “pizza farm”? Do you picture big pizza pies rising from a field, already topped with mozzarella and pepperoni? OK—a pizza farm isn’t quite so literal.


Step into David R. Smith’s home studio in Excelsior and a framed painting featuring a cluster of pumpkins arrests your gaze. The pumpkins are so vibrant and realistic, you wonder aloud if it isn’t a photograph.


Twenty-five years is an impressive length of time to do anything—let alone your dream job. That’s why we’re tipping our hats to Minnetonka’s Julie Sjordal, who’s celebrating 25 years of service, including four years as executive director, at St.


Making the most of local resources has always been a priority for Long Lake. From developing new kinds of produce to supporting local farming, the city makes an effort to embrace its community as a supply system.


Maynard’s Restaurant in Excelsior is known for its waterside views, magnificent setting and delicious food (why, hello there, walleye fingers with house-made tartar sauce). But this local joint also prides itself on giving back to the community it serves.


Like other small towns in Minnesota, Excelsior has built its image as a quaint throwback to the past. But that image is about to change. Development on a four-story boutique hotel at the end of Water Street will begin soon.


When Alexandra Riffle and Courtney Simonson launched the @MWHSPride Twitter handle and blog “170 Days of #MWHSPride,” the Mound Westonka High School seniors weren’t trying to make a statement.


When a loved one begins to show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can feel like a very foreign world. English Rose Suites is helping families navigate this territory.


Whether you’re planning a garden or just planning to shop your local farmers’ market, Deborah Madison’s beautiful new Vegetable Literacy will soon be your favorite reference book.


Are you ready to spruce up your garden, deck or porch for the spring? For the avid gardener, ferns make a great addition in shady areas where regular annuals won’t grow.


From her childhood spent in rural southwestern Minnesota to her current lakeside residence in Mound, Connie Claire Szarke has always been inspired by the outdoors. “The natural world means a great deal to me,” says Szarke.


Johnny Range is on a mission to make sure Lake Minnetonka is stocked with walleye. Range heads the Westonka Walleye Program to counteract the dwindling walleye population by purchasing fish from farms and placing them in the lake.


Excelsior chef Joan Angelis is whipping up food of all kinds for Minnesotans. Angelis is a personal chef, meaning she travels to people’s homes to make meals. Depending on the size of the family, she makes enough food to last up to a month. Many larger families she visits weekly.