January 2015

In the January issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine you'll find tips from  local wellness experts for easy, healthy eating, the best fine dining establishments in the lake area, and more!

In July, Hammer Residences hosted its annual Reach for Ralph fundraiser at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. The night celebrated more than 90 years of serving the lake area with services for adults and children with developmental disabilities.


Fine dining isn’t what it used to be, and thank heavens for that. It’s shed its uptight reputation and rigid rules in favor of something lighter and more fun. New upscale eateries are swanky instead of snobby, elegant rather than stuffy.


Rich Hall, an amateur photographer, has a lot of experience shooting people in action. From weddings to girls’ high school hockey, he knows how to take the excitement of human life and freeze it. Yet it is this shot of quiet, empty downtown Excelsior that caught his eye.


The annual Polar Bear Picnic is just around the corner, and there are activities at the Lowry Nature Center for every winter lover out there.


Lake Minnetonka is a summer paradise. People come from all over the metro to fish, boat, attend festivals, enjoy lakeside patio bars or just take a walk. Winter, on the other hand, is long, cold and dark.


With the sparkle and excitement of the holidays behind us, it’s time to buckle down and stick to those New Year’s resolutions.


There’s a new band in town: The Mama’s Boys—a vocalist, two guitarists and a drummer—play classic rock at shows around the lake area. Nothing too special, right?


More than 150 years ago, the Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, began along the Minnesota River. It spread into southwest Minnesota, touching a few of our lake-area suburbs and leaving deep scars in our history.


Greg Fast and Marisa Leighton routinely help men reach their fitness goals. Fast is group fitness instructor at the Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka, and at Calhoun Beach Club in Minneapolis.


During a long daily commute, Valerie Newman looked around and felt a strong desire to bring peace to the people in the cars honking and speeding by. “I would be sitting in traffic, seeing people sitting in cars around me, and looking miserable and stressed,” says Newman.


Thanks to Cōv Restaurant, located on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata, you no longer have to hop on a plane to experience an East Coast-inspired night on the town.


Beverly Gillen knows the difficulties of navigating college prep. She has two adult daughters whom she helped through the planning process.


African Adventure


In The Road Back to Sweetgrass, first-time novelist Linda LeGarde Grover weaves a captivating story, of three American Indian women living in northern Minnesota on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation.


In less than a year of planning, a simple idea sparked by a newspaper article led St. Luke Presbyterian Church to install 96 solar panels on its roof in October. This story begins with Lane Ayres, a member of the Sustainability Task Force of the church.


Staying warm in a Minnesota winter is something we’re always trying to master, so we asked Bill Damberg, the owner of Brightwater Clothing & Gear, to share his picks for combating this season’s cold.


The Partners Group, an insurance and investment firm, has recently found a home in Wayzata, a move that David Foster, a partner in the group, says lines up with their philosophy. “We’re committed to taking a personal interest in clients.


During a period when racism was prominent and Jim Crow laws were at their peak, Marshall “Major” Taylor, a black cyclist, rose above it all to become one of the most popular athletes in the world during the late 1800s and early 1900s.


In the New Year’s resolution frenzy of January, Dana Ketter of Wayzata’s Steele Fitness shares with us five quick and easy exercises you can do anytime, in the comfort of your own home.


Whether it’s a hot drink warming the hands, or a cocktail warming the soul, we appreciate delicious beverages in January.