November 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the November issue check out a fresh take on fall fashion with styles from Lake Minnetonka boutiques.

As Minnesotans, many of our rites of passage involve the water: First fish, first sunrise over the lake, first time on a boat, and so on. But for many lake-area folks, the first time jumping off the Arcola Bridge over Crystal Bay is a big one.


Richard and April Wysocki moved to Minnesota in 1989 with a tasty mission in mind. April Wysocki hails from Chicago, the couple had lived in New Jersey while April attended New York’s Culinary Institute of America, and they had even done a stint in Dallas.


In May, hundreds of music lovers (young and old) gathered at St. Therese Catholic parish in Deephaven to listen (and dance along) to the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers.


Erin Duininck, owner of Excelsior’s Golden Rule, recently acquired the apartment space above her shop to use as a small event space for public workshops and private events and parties.


What’s the secret to running an award-winning remodeling and design company? Have fun.


Susan Robinson had always been grateful for her upbringing in the Minnetonka area, but she had never considered how important the foundation laid in those early years would be throughout her life.


Helmut Lang baby blue wool coat ($1,195), Helmut Lang ivory satin crepe tank ($295), Kyi Kyi grey wool hat ($85) and Sam Edelman bordeaux velvet pumps ($120) from Nordstrom. Joe’s Jean’s “Billie” deconstructed denim ($198) from Meridian Boutique. Tess+Tricia antler necklace ($150) from Kisa.


Early this year Tarrah Palm took over direction of ResourceWest, a community-based nonprofit serving families in crisis in the western suburbs.


As the coming months put a hush over Minnetonka’s parkland plant life, the city is considering whether to rehire 22, ahem, staff members, who were charged this past summer with eliminating pesky garlic mustard, stubborn buckthorn and other invasive plants from


We all do it. Regardless of age, race, gender, weight, height or size. Everybody breathes. The question is, do we do it well?


The historic Clark home on Excelsior’s Water Street stands out from its neighbors—and it has quite a story. Built in 1858, it’s among the oldest homes in the area and is being considered for a spot on an Excelsior list of historic places.


For most of us, holiday food is imbued with emotion and memory—recipes handed down from generation to generation, images of cousins crowded around the kids’ table, and everything made with love.


Almost a year ago, Tiffany Winter, the Mound-based author of Lake Minnetonka Eats, submitted her book to be considered for an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY).


Mound author Connie Claire Szarke’s book series is a family saga that follows the main character, Callandra Mae Lindstrom, beginning at age 8.


Before heading to Thanksgiving dinner, get a little exercise and fresh air. Participants in the Tonka Turkey Trot 5K will meet at the Minnetonka High School dome for the run (designed for runners and walkers of all abilities).


Now in its 11th year, Excelsior’s Christkindlsmarkt, a weekend open-air market celebrating German holiday traditions, will take place November 25–27.


Welcome, November! Local cross-country ski fanatics have been staying in shape all summer and fall, and await the first snowfall of the year.


Excelsior’s Connie and Chuck Schrup enjoyed big waves in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after Hurricane Patricia made landfall across the country.


John J. Henry of Minnetonka invented, patented and is now selling his Heads-Up Braking (HUB) System, a multipurpose brake light for motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs.


Donna Duffy recommends a mild to slightly deeper exfoliation during the fall, once a week for five or six weeks. Organic Pharmacy, a London-based organic cosmetics line, offers an enzyme peel mask facial treatment, available in a lower retail strength ($79).


You might recognize the brand with just a glance: a bright pink serving tray here, a Tiffany-blue bud vase there.