January 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

Happy New Year! In the January issue we go behind the scenes at an Orono teen's literacy nonprofit, check out some street-wise fashion in Excelsior and offer some seasonal seafood picks for the chilly months ahead.

Last spring, my husband Bryan and I moved to a new house in a new neighborhood. I, who grew up in southwestern Wisconsin, was excited about our proximity to beautiful farm fields and hiking trails, and I couldn’t wait to host campfire parties in our backyard.


Deb Zeller’s cat Zoey is nothing if not photogenic. The feline, who’s been a member of Zeller’s family since last spring, loves to get “up close and in my face,” Zeller laughs. “Zoey loves my cameras.


Ice cream, ripe garden tomatoes, verdant salads, fresh fish —sounds like summer, right? Wait; reconsider that last one. January is a fine time to explore tasty cold-water swimmers.


More than 100 golfers walked the links at Hazeltine National Golf Club this summer for St. David’s Center’s third annual golf tournament, where they raised nearly $100,000.


Wayzata city staff, the development team, and neighbors gathered to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the new Garrison Landing condominiums downtown.


Cindy Berset and her daughters Kelsey and Ashley are busy businesswomen. After opening their successful sports bar, The Suburban, in Excelsior, they dreamed of opening a shop that offered women’s streetwear and sneakers.


On the surface, Prosperwell Financial might seem like any other financial agency. A team of agents can help clients build a portfolio, analyze assets or navigate seasons of life.


If you haven’t done so yet, we’ll wait while you google Hockey Moms.


In the 2005 novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 9-year-old protagonist Liesel Meminger turns to literature to cope with living in Nazi-occupied Germany during World War II. Liesel steals books from a local library, teaching herself to read amid the chaos and despair surrounding her.


At 17 years old, David Grams is in a class all his own. Quite literally, in one sense of the word: He was homeschooled, graduated when he was 16, and now spends his time pursuing his own personal studies. Chief among them: the art of classical and flamenco guitar.


Mitzi Overland considers gaps in knowledge to be opportunities rather than obstacles. The longtime educator seeks answers at the heart of education—the brain. “It’s fascinating how much [education professionals] are learning about brain development and kids,” she says.


For Mary Olson, art doesn’t end when the painting is done.


Salon Bellemar, which opened in October, offers a full range of high-quality services for men, women and children, including haircuts and color, Brazilian blowouts and facial waxing.


Learning to balance work and life outside of work is a struggle for most of us. Monarch Group, a local consulting firm owned by Mary Ament-Johnson and Jacqueline Dixson, is hoping to change that. “Many people who are trying to achieve that balance struggle,” says Dixson.


New Reflections Salon has been a Minnetonka mainstay for more than 11 years at its Ridgedale Center location.


The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group promotes professional development and community engagement for the chamber’s younger members.


Ice = hockey, right? Not so fast. At its dry-land hockey facility, the 10 Sports Centre in Long Lake offers indoor, ice-free practice space and programming for hockey players at all levels.


Amy Kohler says her family “never goes on a road trip without our Lake Minnetonka Magazine.” Last July, Amy Kohler and Brent, Robert and Riley Teele visited Badlands National Park in South Dakota.


Minnetonka’s Larry Norgren believes that a positive outlook is one of the best ways to live with a chronic illness. “I’m a rare duck,” he says. “I have a positive outlook and feel fortunate in all the things I’ve been able to do.”


When Kim Cassens stopped by Eden Prairie’s Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery in 2014 to buy a cake for her daughter-in-law’s bridal shower, she never imagined she would someday own her own franchise.


Like most college seniors, Amy Mathews has a plan: After graduating from Drake University this spring with a double major in graphic design and advertising and a minor in printmaking, the Minnetonka native plans to return to the Twin Cities and land a job at a creative design or advertising agenc