Outdoors

Birds chirping, warm breezes and good smells mean spring is in the air.

When you think of golf, rolling green hills and warm temperatures come to mind. Ice, snow and thick, winter jackets aren’t a part of that image. But that is exactly what the Wayzata Chilly Open consists of.

Take the simple pleasure of ice skating, add hot chocolate at the concession stand, set the scene to music and you’ve got Skate Late, a Minnetonka community event February 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The air was warm. The evening was young. Lake Minnetonka fishing guide Kolt Ringer had his reasons for believing 11-year-old Ethan Bosacker’s line was caught on a weed.

Fletcher, an English cocker spaniel, knows how to embrace summer. Enjoying the breeze on Jennings Bay on Lake Minnetonka, this 35-pound, 4-year-old dog adores letting the lake wind blow in his face, as any good Minnesotan would—human or otherwise.

"Here come the Westies!" the parade announcer says enthusiastically as the two-block-long-procession of West Highland Terriers dressed as furry, four-legged versions of Uncle Sam--complete with red, white and blue handmade costumes and matching miniature top hats--comes into view on the downtown

In 2004, farmland in Independence was transformed into Windsong Farm Golf Club, a unique members-only prairie course. However, just four years later, the club was in financial trouble. Anticipated member quotas hadn’t been met and the loan was too large.

1. Wear lifejackets when the boat is moving. Children 10 and younger are required to wear one and there must be one for everyone on board.

Built in 1890 as a private estate for Frederick Noerenberg, founder of Grain Belt Brewery and his family, the 74 acres of the Noerenberg Gardens were willed to Three Rivers Park District when the last Noerenberg child died in 1972.

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