August 2013

In the August 2013 issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, you will meet four academic and athletic all-stars, learn about citizen involvement in our local police department and find some of the best food delivery in the Lake Minnetonka area.

In 2005, after retiring and building a new home, Dave McKown found himself in an odd predicament. Sitting at the kitchen table, drinking coffee and reading a magazine, he felt out of place.


Last year’s Tour de Tonka race brought more than 2,700 cyclists of all ages out to ride across Lake Minnetonka communities in the seventh annual multi-distance bicycle ride. Lake-area resident Carl Rosen snapped this shot of the cyclists cruising by much-loved annual event.


We know Minnesota isn’t Hawaii, but we do have something in common with the Aloha State. In addition to lots of water, Minnesotans have taken up a surf sport that’s growing in popularity around the world.


At first glance, the sport of trampoline may seem like child’s play: a big bounce, a front flip and a twist mid-air. But Pat Henderson, owner and head coach of the Minnesota Twisters, says that trampoline is so much more accessible and beneficial than that.


Four-year-old Olive Shelso loves music, playing with her family’s two Chihuahuas—Ammo and Tank—and giving hugs and kisses to everyone she meets.


Interact, entering its fifth year at Minnetonka High School (MHS), is a service club for young people ages 14 to 18 and is essentially the youth arm of Rotary International, one of the largest nonprofit humanitarian service organizations.


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.



This August, families will hit the stores for back-to-school shopping—which these days is not an inexpensive outing. “Even though the lake area is fairly affluent, there are still families in need,” says Lisa Floeter, family advocate for the Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN).


Along Excelsior’s Lake Linden Drive, a beautiful log home is nestled on the hillside. In a fun twist, the building isn’t a home anymore: It’s a health campus, including Kelly Bosworth’s dental practice.


Rajiv Garg worked in the corporate world for nearly 20 years, but something was missing. “I wanted to do something wholesome that would touch the lives of our community,” Garg says.


Summer is winding down, as people shift from lazy mode to back-to-work and back-to-school mode. Frankly, this mass transition gets kind of stressful—and before we know it, we’ll be shivering in the snowdrifts.


Cycling suffered a public relations blow when champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after being charged with doping. Luckily, the sport is resilient.


Sgt. Mark Geyer of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) is modest about the origins of the Citizens Police Academy he helped start two years ago. “It’s nothing too unusual for a citizens’ academy,” he says. That, however, is deliberate.


High-achieving students are often referred to as smart, gifted or talented. In other parts of the world, the highest achievers are more likely referred to as hard-working.