June 2012

Date Guide | Pets

Scholar: David Cook

Hometown: Independence

High School: Orono High School

College: Dartmouth (Hanover, New Hampshire)


A hankering for lobster dinner at Lord Fletcher’s led Cameron Dahlin to Lake Minnetonka on a beautiful evening last August. On his way to dinner, Dahlin stopped by the Shorewood Yacht Club to borrow a friend’s boat to take to Lord Fletcher’s.


Decades ago, the Ladies of the Lake organization was formed by lake-area women interested in art and art education. The women held classes in their basements on a rotating basis but eventually needed a bigger home as the organization grew.



There is almost nothing that compares to the taste of fresh, locally grown sweet corn drizzled with butter and kissed with salt, or that delicious tang of a ripe tomato in just about anything or with nothing at all.


Ninety seconds at 800 degrees. That’s how long it takes to create a perfect wood-fired pizza at Punch in Wayzata.


"Here come the Westies!" the parade announcer says enthusiastically as the two-block-long-procession of West Highland Terriers dressed as furry, four-legged versions of Uncle Sam--complete with red, white and blue handmade costumes and matching miniature top hats--comes into view on the downtown


I am a soccer neophyte. I have been swept into the vortex of the tsunami-like sub-culture of the country’s burgeoning preoccupation with soccer. Four of my nine grandchildren have joined the hordes of youngsters who genuflect at the altar of the soccer god.


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



Whatever will be, will be… The Lauer family couldn’t agree more as they shuttered their space in Edina’s Galleria earlier this year and opened for business in the former Cynthia Rae spot on Water Street.


In seventh grade, Mike Bialick did something that arguably changed his life: He joined the cross-country running team.


Finally, a hair salon that caters to men, not women. Tonic Barbers, found just down the street from sister salon Lili, offers cut, color and brow services for men of all ages. Not convinced this is actually a man zone?


In 2004, farmland in Independence was transformed into Windsong Farm Golf Club, a unique members-only prairie course. However, just four years later, the club was in financial trouble. Anticipated member quotas hadn’t been met and the loan was too large.


Woody, a sweet 1-year-old French Bulldog, is all ears as he waits for a ride on the lake. Owner, Mary Kay Mohs is unabashed in telling anyone Woody is "pretty cute."


From insurance sales to the Paleo diet, cavemen are hip these days, and their appeal makes sense: Who doesn’t crave a return to simple pleasures in these harried times? When summer rolls around, we are even more keen for the human ritual of cooking over an open flame.


Couples across the country are planning alphabet dates as a way to escape the perpetual dinner-and-a-movie trap and instead date out-of-the-box.