March 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the March issue meet two sisters who have launched a family-friendly clothing business, learn about new Italian eatery Primo Plates & Pours, plus we share our famorite things to do (and drink) on St. Patrick's Day!

It was around 10 a.m. on a Sunday that this “Sunday-Morning Bird” made its appearance.


There is almost nothing as comforting as made-from-scratch pizza—but, to be frank, there aren’t a bevy of local eateries where from-scratch pies can be found.


Community members gathered at Wayzata’s Heritage Park on Veterans’ Day to plant “flags for freedom” and post veterans’ names on an Honor Board.


Luxury real estate brokerage firm Engel & Völkers celebrated the grand opening of its Minneapolis location (owned by a team of Minnetonka natives) in October.


Admit it—we’re all looking for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day party where we can show off our “Kiss me, I’m Irish” T-shirts. Here in the Lake Minnetonka area, no one does St.


“Meet them where they live” is an adage that Jeff Erickson, principal of Minnetonka High School, subscribes to—140 characters at a time, connecting with students in the Twittersphere.

March Madness party food and decorations

For some, March means celebration—for others, it’s a time of sports-fandom despair. And it all hinges on the fate of “March Madness,” the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s springtime men’s Division I basketball tournament.


When professional organizer Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick bought a 1904 home on Maple Street in Excelsior in 2010, she hoped she’d one day downsize and retire there. At the time, she had no idea she’d marry—and share the home with—her husband Jim Agre, a physician at the University of Minnesota.


Shorewood’s Dave Bigham was many things to many people. Depending on whom you ask, you’ll hear that he was one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Mankato, and someone whose career credentials include being drafted by the Minnesota Twins, playing for the St.


If you live near Lake Minnetonka, cast on and spend a day cozied up by the fireplace at Excelsior’s Lakeside Yarn.


Jennifer Severson’s daughter, Leah, loves slides and climbing. Leah has spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the development of the spinal cord. Jennifer Severson describes her daughter as playful and fun—a typical 4-year-old. She just needs a little help getting around.


Imagine you’re hunting for the perfect baby shower gift, something that speaks to you, the mother-to-be and the new little one. You search and come up with … nothing. This is precisely what happened to Nell Lindquist while she shopped at a big-box store for a friend’s new baby.


Wayzata’s Bette Hammel is a highly respected Twin Cities author, with a career that spans topics and decades—and it all started in a St. Paul newsroom. Bette’s dad, Whitey Jones, was a likeable guy. Working in the St.


The final step to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank for a Boy Scout of America, is to plan and complete a service project. For his project, local Boy Scout Tony Lindholm, age 18, designed a mud kitchen for St.


The fourth annual Luck o’ the Lake 5K run on March 12 has it all: a kid-friendly, celebratory run along Lake Minnetonka, with community members dressed up in costumes, as well as a serenade by bagpipers.


Have you ever wondered what we mean when we say “the Lake Minnetonka area”? Lake Minnetonka Magazine includes stories about businesses, schools, charitable organizations, neighborhoods, arts groups and individuals from, well, all around the lake.


With spring in the air, what’s better than sitting on the porch with a good book or a glass of wine? Harvest Home in Wayzata takes pride in helping its customers enjoy the ambiance of their outdoor spaces.


If beer isn’t your thing—or if you’re just tired of hearing about it at this time of year—we’ve got seasonal wine picks from John Farrell, vice president of sales and merchandising for Haskell’s.


Rose Zhao, left, poses in front of her high school in Lanzhou, China. Zhao was an exchange student at Orono High School, where she lived with her host family in Minnetrista.


Engel & Völkers, founded in Germany in 1977, is an internationally recognized real estate firm that opened its first Midwest location in downtown Minneapolis last August—and the office is full of Minnetonka High School gra


Primo Plates and Pours opened for business in Long Lake in August, in the space formerly occupied by Birch’s.