August 2011

Prep All-Stars | Summer Food | Private Schools

The last battle of the Civil War happened in Minnesota 11 years after the south surrendered. During the war, William Quantrill raised a band of guerrilla fighters to attack Union sympathizers in Kansas and recruited a couple of promising young Missourians, Frank and Jesse James.


On a hot summer evening, we’re all looking to cool down. Make that happen at any one of these local spots with some cool plates. Because these dishes are served mostly uncooked, the ingredients must be of the highest quality. Think heirloom tomatoes, high-quality seafood and artisan cheeses.


For the first time in a decade, the Minnetonka Yacht Club will host one of the region’s most prestigious regattas.


Private schools carry a certain mystique along with a raft of stereotypes. But the truth is that old assumptions no longer apply. Today’s private schools are diverse and engaging arenas that encourage individual growth, learning and support.


When the end of summer nears, we begin to recount all of the things we didn’t do this year. Stop yourself right there and end the season right by downing the quintessential warm-weather indulgence: hot dogs.


There are many ways to define success—and just as many ways to measure it. No matter what your gauge, however, it’s obvious that these three high school students are well on their way to lives full of unique experiences and extraordinary achievements.


The sixth-graders thought of it themselves. The class had been studying world history through the lens of current events such as the global water crisis. After the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, they wanted to help.


Poblano Pepper

500–2,500 SHU

The Poblano is a large, green, heart-shaped pepper with an amazing smoky flavor. It rates fairly low on the heat index even at its hottest. The Poblano is most commonly roasted and used in Chile Rellenos.


It’s power to the people at the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC).


“I captured this photo during one of the last sails of the season this past summer. With the waves reflecting off the hull of the boat and the glow of the sun peeking out from behind the sail, I leaned over the side to take this picture right at water level.


Head back to school and learn a new skill without ever leaving your living room. Minnetonka Community Education is now offering Ed2Go classes, online courses in a wide array of areas.


Help area school-age children prepare for the upcoming year with a backpack of new school supplies. The Western Communities Action Network’s (WeCAN) annual Ready to Learn distribution is August 24–25, and the group needs your help.


Ninety years and $2.5 million later, Wayzata Community Church’s (WCC) annual rummage sale is back and bigger than ever. The sale began in 1921 with a few women from the Ladies’ Aid Society and has since grown into a community-wide event.


Get sweaty on your way to service. Minnetonka United Methodist Church invites the community to bike, walk, run or carpool to the August 7 service for the fourth annual Blessing of the Bicycles.


Now that retirement is at the top of former WCCO anchor Don Shelby’s to-do list, he and wife Barbara are opting for new digs near the lake.


If you have to leave the dogs behind this summer vacation, look no further than pet sitter and expert dog trainer Lisa Rydell.