August 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the August issue includes the annual Prep Elite feature which highlights four stellar studens from the Lake area.

Remember this lake dock from our June issue’s Last Glance page? Minnetonka photographer Tracie Bea Daum is at it again, and her fishing family is reeling ’em in.


There might be linen on the tables and a wine selection that takes up a whole room, but Victor’s on Water, a culinary favorite on Excelsior’s Water Street, is anything but stuffy.


In March, St. David’s Center’s annual Make Them Shine Gala raised a record-setting $377,000 to support programs for children. More than 500 community members filled McNamara Alumni Center for the sold-out event.


Since its inaugural ride in 2006, Tour de Tonka has remained a popular multi-distance biketacular, where cyclists cruise through 23 different west metro communities, all for the love of the ride, the camaraderie and the cau


The jocks, the geeks, the preppies and the teacher’s pets? Not so much. Today’s high school seniors are busting stereotypes with their diverse activities and achievements.


Ostrom Creative’s tongue-in-cheek tagline boasts that they are “quite possibly the best small ad agency in all of Excelsior, Minnesota.” This cheeky slogan gives us a pretty good picture of the shop’s personality: witty, humorous, confid


When Erin Hearst moved into her Minnetonka home in 2013, there was nothing in her backyard but an expanse of grass and a small 1970s hot tub.


For 42 years, Epitome Papers reigned as a premier gift and stationery shop in the Edina Galleria shopping center.


The room buzzes with excitement as students and parents take their seats in Wayzata Central Middle School’s auditorium. This evening’s lecture is led by Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota.


If the State Fair is “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” Lake Minnetonka’s new BBQ & Beer Fest might very well become the great Lake Minnetonka neighborhood cookout.


Early European settlers had big dreams for Lake Minnetonka. William F. Russell, a Civil War sharpshooter, proposed making the territorial capital of Minnesota in a community called Tazaska, on the northwest shores of Crystal Bay, where the Lafayette Club now sits.


When some people’s lives give them lemons, they make lemonade. Heather Smith makes salad—and lots of it. Over the last decade, she suffered the loss of her sister and mother, and after struggling to have children, Smith finally welcomed two healthy babies.


Amid the chorus of feet drumming through hallways and lunchroom conversations at full volume, there is a peaceful oasis within Minnetonka High School (MHS): For many students, the choir room offers respite. “One of the boys said, ‘This is a sanctuary,’ ” choir director Paula Holmberg says.


Have you ever crafted the perfect text but not found the best emoji to really make your point? Wayzata-based company Phoji has launched an app that can help you out.


Since it began the first phase four years ago, the city of Wayzata has been working on plans for a lakefront revitalization, dubbed the Lake Effect Project, culminating in a new Signature Park.


In December, Bayside Grille in Excelsior launched its new menu, highlighting grass-fed beef; antibiotic-, sodium nitrate-, and MSG-free poultry; and adhering to the USDA and FDA’s Clean 20, a list of the most pesticide-free foods.


Let’s start with some numbers. A study published by Hunger Solutions Minnesota says that 15.5 percent of seniors faced the threat of hunger in the United States in 2013. Hunger Solutions also found that in Minnesota in 2014, “there were 263,386 food-shelf visits by seniors.


Susanne Aspley published the third installment in her popular children’s bilingual book series, I Know How To, last October. The latest book, I Know How to Bonjour follows I Know How to Hola and I Know How to Ni Hao.


Orono’s Savannah Taylor and Sophia Giovanis brought their copies of Lake Minnetonka Magazine to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India.


Mound resident Laura Lloyd opened Our Place Boutique and Bakery in November 2015. It’s a space that celebrates local makers and their hand-crafted products.


Each August, lake-area youngsters entering third, fourth or fifth grades learn important safety information from local police officers, paramedics, firefighters and water patrol—all while having a great time—at South Lake Safety Camp.


Finding the time and money to donate to a good cause isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a preschooler. But the smallest students at Minnetonka’s St. David’s Center did just that. “The primary idea was, ‘How can we help our community?’ ” says preschool teacher Rose Rustad.