August 2015 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the August issue find out how Minnetonka High School's online classes are opening doors to a fuller education, learn how Lake Minnetonka Prep Elites stay balanced and focused, and get ideas for fun and healthy packed lunches that kids will love.

Photographer Mark Slick embodies the notion of following your dream. “I’ve always thought you should follow your dreams and your passion,” says Slick, “and see where it takes you.


Turkey is good for you—we all know that. The white meat is a fine source of lean protein in a healthy diet and it’s full of the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates the production of serotonin. And serotonin, in highly scientific terms, makes you feel good.


In March, Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry opened its doors in Excelsior. Locals gathered to celebrate the state-of-the-art facility and the team that caters to kids.


Like many great ideas, the Excelsior Paddle Tap was a result of a lazy day on the lake.


Let’s be honest. It’s a tough gig to pack daily school lunches that are fun, look appealing and will give kids the boost they need to make it through afternoon classes.


long every road to success stands a parent, coach or teacher with words of wisdom and encouragement to supply support and guidance when the journey begins to be tiresome, frustrating or, at times, seemingly unending.


Minnetonka High School students can now turn in an assignment or discuss a lecture between Snapchats and tweets, thanks to online courses available through the district.


Sometimes the worst days have a happy ending. On one particularly tough day, Alexis Walsko, founder and CEO of Lola Red PR in Minneapolis, decided the best way to stay positive was to get out of the office and do a little shopping.


On a rainy April morning, Mari Jane Engebrit and I stand next to the mural on the side of the Artworks building in Excelsior. Engebrit, now in her 70s, helped coordinate the painting, and she loves to tell stories.


Thanks to one scary experience, Charles Anderson decided to make a life change—no more meat. He and his wife, Nikki, were on their first date eight years ago at a steakhouse. In the middle of eating, Anderson passed out and was taken away in an ambulance.


When Mound’s Jennifer Buse was 19 years old, she was told that she had cancer. Waiting for her test results to arrive was one of the most stressful periods of her life—so she made sure she was busy.


For children living in the Lake Minnetonka area, attending school primarily means freedom to learn.


Starting a running shop was something Derek Lindstrom always wanted to do. As a long-time running coach and an avid runner, opening Excelsior Running was a natural next step. “This is the place to be,” says Lindstrom, of Excelsior.


As summer moves lazily toward fall, bikers start to think about how to dress for cooler weather. Mark Schnorr of Excelsior’s South Lake Cycle has some great advice on the subject.


Men’s fashion is all in the details: From collar shapes to shoe color, dressing involves so many small decisions. And on the first day of school, with standards high, dressing well can be a source of stress.


The composition is beautiful, the light is warm and serene, and the effect is calming—who would have guessed that Salman Ikramuddin, with no background in photography, snapped this photo on his phone?


Western Suburbs Meet the Middle East (above)

In March, Eve Berg of Minnetonka took Lake Minnetonka Magazine on a Middle-Eastern adventure. Here, she’s at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


The well-loved Minnetonka Center for the Arts has an impressive new adult program director in Mara Miller—and she’s serious about shaking things up.


Sarah Bakkum likes to take her family out for dinner. Like many parents, she and her husband have always enjoyed going out to eat—no prep work, no dishes to wash and tasty food. But when she had kids, she found that going out became much more of an ordeal.


On August 15, grab your canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board and head to Excelsior Beach Park for the second annual Big Island and Back paddle event, presented by Excelsior Brewing Co.