August 2019

As summer winds down, we welcome stories about education—of all kinds—in our annual back-to-school issue. The cherry on top is our Senior Spotlight feature, a perennial favorite.

Yacht rentals from Paradise Charter Cruises on Lake Minnetonka.

Since 1985, Paradise Charter Cruises has offered yachting trips on Lake Minnetonka for special events.


The Orono Foundation for Education’s annual Red and Blue Bash was held at the Lafayette Club in April and raised $315,000 to benefit Orono schools.  The sold out Vegas-style event was attended by 450 guests for food, casino games, an auction and more.


The 2019 Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest was held in May at Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka. The event raised thousands of dollars for Fishing For Life, offered prizes to anglers, and promoted family-friendly fish fun in the sun. 

A shot of a tree in Freeman Park in Shorewood, which took 2nd place in the Wildlife & Nature category of our 2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

Each month, we feature one of the winning photos from our 2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

A cone of frozen custard from Adele's Frozen Custard in Excelsior.

Adele’s Frozen Custard in Excelsior has brought out smiles—and hilariously happy reactions—from its guests for 35 years.

A child watches an animal at Gale Woods Farm's Breakfast on the Farm event.

This month, pack up the kids and head out to Minnetrista for Gale Woods Farm’s annual breakfast on the farm event.

Justin Hammer, a self-taught artist based in the Twin Cities.

Justin Hammer discovered he had a gift for drawing in an art class senior year at Orono High. He’s been painting ever since.

Vincent Cao, a member of the 2019 Senior Spotlight, sits in front of a wall of art.

Wayzata High School student Vincent Cao began volunteering with his mom when he was young, and now he works with Club Y.E.S. and Second Harvest Heartland.

Anna Wander, member of the 2019 Senior Spotlight, stands in front of a wall of art.

Minnetonka High School student Anna Wander likes to travel—and she’s gone all over the world with her globetrotting family.

Jai Chadha, part of the 2019 Senior Spotlight, sits in front of a wall of art.

Jai Chadha is a rising senior at Minnetonka High School—and he’s already organized a TED talk.

Grace Hanson, part of the 2019 Senior Spotlight, poses in front of a wall of paintings.

The rising senior is involved in several sports, audition choir, a capella jazz group, Math League and more.


Minnesota's only two licensed marine archaeologists have made it their mission to study what’s at the bottom of local lakes—including Lake Minnetonka—in order to better understand our past.

The interior of a Lake Minnetonka home designed for both family and event hosting.

Building a home for public and private life with Studio M Interiors and Denali Custom Homes.

An overhead shot of North Shore Marina, which offers boat storage and maintenance on Lake Minnetonka.

The owner of North Shore Marina shares his Lake Minnetonka boating adventures.

Louis D. Gonzalez, the founder of Starting Point Academy, which helps students recovering from substance abuse.

New year-round academy helps students recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

Daniel Volovets, a doctor and guitarist from Minnetonka who just released his first album, "Masquerades"

Minnetonka physician Daniel Volovets is also an up-and-coming classical guitarist.

A stack of balanced rocks on a shoreline, a metaphor for achieving a balanced life.

Life coach Nicole Lovald often hears the question, "How do I live a more balanced life?"

An advertisement for the Big Boat Burning, when the ship Excelsior was lit on fire on Lake Minnetonka.

In 1901, Dr. George LaPaul had a stern-wheel steamboat built bearing his name at a cost of $10,000.

The George launched from the Excelsior docks with a large crowd of over 1,000 spectators. The boat held 800 passengers and was the largest boat on Lake Minnetonka at the time.

An edible mushroom found while foraging in Minnesota.

August is a month of mushroom magic in Minnesota.

"Easy Way" by The Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms play throwback country a la The Everly Brothers. The brothers cut their teeth at the Turf Club.

A bottle of La Crema 2015 chardonnay.

In recent years, Oregon has really been trying to prove that they can be known for things other than just world-class pinot noir. Their chardonnay is no exception.

"The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt

"The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics" is an in-depth, highly researched book that attempts to explain why and how people can so strongly differ from each other in their beliefs and actions.

A man and woman with their son at a destination music festival.

Jump on the destination festival bandwagon with a trip to Coachella, South by Southwest, Burning Man or one of many other music and entertainment festivals around the country.

A group of entrepreneurs meets at a Twin Cities networking group.

Go offline and connect with fellow business owners.

Melissa Drill, a Mound Westonka High School student and member of the 2019 Lake Minnetonka Magazine prep elite.

Mound Westonka High School senior Melissa Drill plans to study biology and chemistry in college, with her eyes on an eventual career as an orthodontist.