June 2014

In the June issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine you'll meet Lake Minnetonka's own swashbuckling pirate, learn all about the extreme water sports taking off in the lake-area and see how one local designer has created a dream lakeshore home.

In February, the Minnetonka Foundation hosted its annual Dream Makers event, which raises funds to support innovative programs, materials and technology that benefit all Minnetonka students.


In March 2014, more than 500 community members gathered at International Market Square to celebrate the 25th anniversary of St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development’s executive director Julie Sjordal.


Chad McShane, Lake Minnetonka resident, dad to young kids, wakesurfer and amateur photographer, won first place in the activities category of the 2013 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest with his “Getting Sideways Behind My Malibu” photograph.

June brings the A-Scow national championships to Lake Minnetonka.

A boating sport that was popularized right here in Minnesota more than 115 years ago is getting a second look from dozens of local and international sailors.

LaDonna Hoy has helped numerous lake-area families overcome poverty in the last 35 years.

For the past 35 years, Wayzata resident LaDonna Hoy has worked day in and day out to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

Trendy coverups easily take you from poolside to happy hour.

Choosing the perfect swimsuit can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but thanks to two local boutiques’ recommendations, this year’s shopping can be painless.



If you’re looking to really experience the lake this summer, we have some great advice from local experts on their favorite rides.


In The Night Guest, author Fiona McFarlane depicts how dementia has begun in main character Ruth. She knows the tiger she hears snuffling in her living room isn’t real. But it is thrilling.

A summer evening in the lake-area is even better with live music.

To celebrate local talent, from country to jazz and everything in between, cities and their outdoor venues are welcoming small bands to serenade residents throughout the summer.


For parents short on ways to keep their young ones busy, Macaroni Kid is a newsletter and website that offers information on local events, kid-friendly recipes, articles written by community members, crafts and more.


A new experiment has been sprouting around the Twin Cities and across the country. Little Free Libraries are small book exchanges found in neighborhoods.


Buying fine jewelry can be a conundrum unless you have a trusted source to help you choose the best.

Stacia and Chris Bank love wakesurfing, but also love winter sports like snow shoeing.

Sit down with Stacia and Chris Bank and you’ll come away feeling inspired. The Lake Minnetonka duo has made a name for themselves on the local and international circuit as some of the best wakesurfers in the country. Take a peek at what keeps them going.

Steve and Lynne Fisher in the newly remodeled kitchen of one of their most recent house “flips.”

A dead cat in the garage. Standing water in the bathtubs. It was bad enough to make any homebuyer run out the front door. But to Steve and Lynne Fisher, the condemned home looked like an opportunity—and a potential profit.

Booms and Busts

The grilled pineapple, strawberry and spinach salad at Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille will make you glad summer is just beginning.

Come June, Mother Nature graciously bestows us with her dazzling jewels, the best of which are berries.

Captain Jack Sparrow after his more than two-hour transformation.

Aarr, me hearties. If you’re out sailing—or swashbuckling—on Lake Minnetonka this summer, keep a weather eye out for a familiar face.


Each summer, Lake Minnetonka overflows with speedboats, pontoons and people: The pull of the water can’t be denied. But for those of us who need a little more activity than sunbathing provides, two lake-area businesses offer extreme water sports that the likes of a non-coastal town rarely sees.

 The Musgjerd family in their living room: Scott and Melissa with Lucas (in green), Daniel (in stripes), Jake (in coral) and Tilley the dog.

Most people wouldn’t mention the table full of Legos, Star Wars posters on the wall or all-concrete sports room in the basement when highlighting the design features of their home. Maybe they should. The markings of a good home are that it’s a home—an extension of the family living there.