May 2013

Canoe the Creek | Ready, Set, Grill

Deb Zeller was not always a photographer. What started as a desire to provide reference material for her paintings turned into a hobby. Now Zeller takes her camera with her everywhere. “If I don’t, I almost always regret it,” says the artist, whose primary medium is bronze sculpture.


There isn’t room in all our garages for historic autos, but who says we can’t drool a little? Admire—and avoid salivating on—immaculately waxed hoods and hear antique engines roar at the inaugural 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance in historic Excelsior.


“I know I sound like a broken record, but the word I always use is ‘profound,’ ” Colleen Haggar says. Haggar is referring to the Learn program at Cargill, where she is the work experience coordinator. The program pairs with the Hopkins, St.


You’ve probably heard the phrase “street food” bandied about; it’s one of the latest buzzwords on the food scene. No, it’s not food that is picked up off the streets (phew!). The term refers to the style of food that is made and sold by open-air vendors from a cart or a truck.


Imagine you’re writing a shopping list. You drop your pen. Now imagine you can’t pick it up. Simple tasks like retrieving an object from the floor, opening doors or calling for help can be impossible feats for some people with physical disabilities.


To make Navarre a more walkable, bikeable community, a collection of neighbors founded the Navarre Community Initiative (NCI). The group meets monthly to address safety issues for walkers and bikers on county roads and suggests changes to city infrastructure to better accommodate these groups.


Minnetonka native Drew Steinke thinks of himself as different from many of his classmates. The Orono High School senior says he realized at any early age that he couldn’t sit back and wait for life to happen.


Instead of the cliché Father’s Day gift of a new necktie, pick up a copy of From Fields to Fairways for the father in your life.


The sun-speckled days of spring draw near, and many Minnesotans are giddy with delight. However, this infectious cheer can easily turn to fear of springtime woes. What if your toes get run over by a rogue rollerblader on one of Plymouth’s many walking paths?


It’s a widely known fact that a cup of chamomile tea calms your nerves in a hurry. It’s perhaps a lesser-known fact that those of the canine variety are also huge fans of chamomile, but the folks at Bedtime4Dogs know it and have used it to create Bedtime Bones, the organic bedtime dog treats.


Tie your shoelaces and do your squats in preparation for the 10th annual Lake Minnetonka Triathlon. The path to victory will include a half-mile swim along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a 15-mile bike ride through Carver County and a final run across Three Rivers’ light rail trail.


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.



Minnetonka’s own PeopleNet—a provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management—was the winner of the Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2012 Tekne award in the Technology Service and Consulting category.


The arrival of spring brings flowers peeking out of the warming ground, green buds sprouting on oak and aspen trees and—at Minnetonka Public Schools—mallard ducklings.


“Summer is short,” says Todd Leyse, president of Adam’s Pest Control, “so make the most of it.” In other words, don’t let mosquitos prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Call in some backup in the form of the company’s mosquito misting service.


After years of tolerating Minnesota’s mosquito-ridden summers, the Bly family decided to make a change. In February 2011 they embarked on a bold home renovation project, converting their upper- and lower-level screen porches into one large, luxurious feature.


Standing in front of Andrea and Dan DeMuth’s Long Lake home, it’s impossible to guess what lies behind their abode. It’s not a pool or a garden but their very own golf course.


The origin of the clubhouse sandwich is apocryphal. What was the club? Whose clubhouse was it? Rumors abound but there is no definitive answer other than it was sighted on menus as early as 1899.


Move over Fido and Fluffy: There are a few new pets in town. Lake Minnetonka owners show creativity and practicality picking out pets that complement their taste and lifestyle.


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summertime, as well as a time to remember the service men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.


As seasons change here in the heartland, so do the outdoor activities of active Minnesotans. Frozen-water sports like skating, skiing and ice fishing give way to running-water sports like canoeing.