February 2014

In the February issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, you'll learn all about the loves that bind our communities together. From a longtime resident and local historian to a newly married couple to the best Valentine's Day events in town, you'll be all about the romance. Plus, learn about immersion eduction, iceboating and more.

Twenty-six years ago, a 10th grade student in Montana approached retreat leader Joe Cavanaugh and said, “There are these kids at school who make fun of me every day. Can you do anything to stop them?”


Pam Guttman sees things others don’t. That’s probably why the photo she snapped last winter at the Freewheel Frozen Frolic bike race on Lake Minnetonka won second place in the Activities category of the Lens on Lake Minnetonka Photo Contest.


Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain once said, “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.” We’re sure the foodies of the world couldn’t agree more.


Barry and Carmen Nordstrand, Beth LaBreche and Eric Johnson recently hosted an event benefitting College Possible, which included an exclusive private performance from Nicholas David of The Voice. All photos by Molly Ladwig.


Kyle Rooney never learned to ice fish. But that didn’t deter him from founding Lake Minnetonka’s first ice fishing tournament three years ago.


High school and college sweethearts Sydney Middleton and Andy Gerten can drive around Lake Minnetonka, point out landmarks and reminisce about the places that define their six-year courtship.


Bill Allen speaks of his Olympic gold medal like you or I would speak of a high school football game. It’s fair to say that for most, winning Olympic gold would be an unbeatable moment.


Stylists at Bella on the Bay Spa Salon Invitante in Excelsior expertly updated the looks of three busy lake-area women. Follow their transformations and discover useful tips and tricks from Bella on the Bay stylists and makeup artist so you can recreate these great looks at home.


People who wear glasses know how daunting picking out new frames can be. There are endless places to buy glasses, but how do you choose where to go for such an important purchase? Most people wear their glasses every day, after all.


Last September, Excelsior’s Bob Williams received a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnetonka Alumni Association. “It was really very nice,” he says fondly. “It was really fun.” Williams exudes modesty, but his friends and family can’t say enough wonderful things about him.


Shayla Farmer opened children’s clothing boutique CC & Mays last fall.


Alice McDermott’s new novel, Someone, has just over two hundred pages, which means we can linger over its beautifully crafted words.  In them, this National Book Award winner packs the truth of life.  Marie, a child in pre-Depression Brooklyn, guides us through the treacheries of growing


Mound Westonka High School senior Alex Robbins was recently named a National Merit semifinalist, putting him in an elite national group in the running for scholarship funds.


As the Skippers Booster Club celebrates its 40th anniversary, current members reflect on the legacy the club has built.


Inconsistent February weather can cause already-parched skin to act up (think blemishes, flaking and itchiness).


The Wisconsin-based film production company My Town Pictures is taking the Midwest by storm, one small town at a time. The latest hotspot to move into the spotlight is right in our backyard: the quaint town of Excelsior.