July 2013

A Taste of Honey | Minnetonka Mysteries

Al Whitaker is not new to photography, and he has participated in every Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, mostly within the historical category. “[I] like the historical category because it forces me to seek out destinations in the area I might not otherwise visit,” Whitaker says.


August 3, will mark yet another iteration of the annual Tour de Tonka bicycling event. “It’s a ride, not a race,” says Tim Liftin, executive director for Minnetonka Community Education. Whether you’ve just shed the training wheels or have Greg Le Mond on speed dial, there’s a ride for you.


Bacio | 1571 Plymouth Rd., Minnetonka; 952.544.7000; baciomn.com Find a convenient oasis on your way home from work or shopping on Bacio’s secluded patio. Located near Ridgedale Mall, Bacio offers happy hour specials, free parking and a great atmosphere.


Homebuyers Tom and Cheryl Lesser discovered an Excelsior home  that is exceptionally suited to their lifestyle and their mid-century modern furniture collection.


Mary Farr has been a writer for all of her professional life, in one manner or another. As a chaplain, values of justice, passion, fairness and integrity have played a prominent role in much of her writing.


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.



School lunch is often bland, but one local woman is doing her part to spice it up. Pamela Klinger-Horn’s girls’ book club, now in its eighth year, meets during lunch at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Minnetonka.


Primp Hair Salon, now open in Minnetonka, specializes in hair extensions and hair-loss solutions for women. But there’s a twist: Owner Michele Rae is an Evolve Hair System-certified stylist. She is one of only four certified stylists in Minnesota (and she trained the other three).


The annual Spirit of the Lakes festival is for anyone and everyone who gets a spring in their step and a smile on their face when it’s time to celebrate Lake Minnetonka and its community.Taking place in the City of Mound, the three-day event kicks off on July 18 with a multi-city mayors’ welcome,


It’s appropriate that lake-area residents Kathy and Bill Tomlinson are now making fashionable bags out of recycled sails since they met as competitors in the Yngling Fleet at the Minnetonka Yacht Club.


Many ancient civilizations were onto the pleasures of super-cold food. The Chinese served frozen milk and rice around 200 BC. The Roman emperor Nero (37–68 BC) topped mountain ice with fruit.


As Lin Ecklund describes her rescue organization, NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue, it’s evident she loves her role. “It’s the best feeling in the world to help save a life” she says. A long-time volunteer with other dog rescue organizations, Ecklund decided in 2012 to establish her own.


What are the questions that have been nagging you about Lake Minnetonka’s past that you’ve never quite been able to answer? We gathered a few of the stumpers and turned to the local historical societies around the lake for some clarification.


“It’s a labor of love. It’s a puzzle you can’t figure out.