August 2017 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the August issue meet the standout on this year's Prep Elite roll call.

Local photographer Anna Williams perfectly captured Lake Minnetonka’s summer bliss in her photo “Peaceful Moment.” She took the snap in 2016 on Lafayette Bay, with Big Island in the distance.


For lake-area chef Drew Cohen, the phrase mise en place—French for “everything in its place”—is a cooking philosophy he shares with everyone he can. It’s also become a life mantra.


St. George Catholic Church has been bringing Corn Days to life for 47 years. With food from a long list of vendors, entertainment, games and—of course—corn, it’s no wonder Long Lake’s Corn Days festival is such a big hit.


Thanks to new knees, the spring in Howard Young’s tennis game has returned. His days of holding court are far from over, even at age 88.


For months before the gates open for throngs of Minnesota State Fair-goers, some local residents are planning their foray to the fair. But mapping out food stands, scoping exhibition sites and plotting prime parking spots are not on their to-do lists.


High school can be all about fitting in and keeping your cool, especially in today’s fast-paced, Snapchatty world. In this year’s Prep Elite feature, we shine the spotlight on a handful of students who simply aren’t buying the allure of blending in. They excel at sports and in the classroom.


It’s fertile ground in this part of the country—even musically speaking. “Minnesota is the choral capital of the country; some say the world,” says Jere Lantz, director of the Minnetonka Choral Society (MCS) since 1993.


On a typical day at Minnetonka High School, the Writing Center is abuzz with activity well before classes even start. As early as 7 a.m., students flock to the room to discuss their latest written work with trained coaches.


The most important skill that Roxanne Heaton has developed in her 18 years as executive director of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts is flexibility.


Youngsters who dream of wowing crowds with their musical prowess are in luck—Minnetonka Music is here to teach them how to rock. The Deephaven store is home to the Excelsior Rock Club, which is specifically geared toward kids ages 8 to18.


The average couple has trouble in their relationship for six years before seeking help, says Jen Elmquist, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Excelsior.


Board-gamers and coffee lovers alike have a new haven at the recently opened Lodestone Coffee and Games in Minnetonka.


This past spring break, I had the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime: a 10-day trip to Spain. I had been preparing for a trip like this since I started Spanish Immersion in kindergarten.


Fishing is nothing new to residents around Lake Minnetonka, but now you can do it for a cause. The Partners Group of Wayzata is hosting its annual fishing tournament this month.


John Knopf Gallery opened in Las Vegas in 2012 and features photography by the international award-winning fine art photographer John Knopf.


Nothing says summer quite like juicy barbecue with a side of ice-cold beer on the shores of our beloved Lake Minnetonka. Come out to Manitou Park in Tonka Bay on August 12 from noon to 8 p.m. for the annual Lake Minnetonka BBQ & Beer Fest.


Teachers play one of the most important roles in the lives of our children. They’re role models, supervisors, instructors and supporters.