Finding your perfect summer spot is no easy task. Ideally, you want an outdoor setting that can please all the senses. Such a paradise isn’t far away.

In the land of 10,000 lakes, there are also hundreds of golf courses. This summer, explore these five courses right here in our own backyard. Whether you’re a novice or experienced golfer, there’s a lake area course for you to enjoy.

Boaters and sailors alike flock to Lake Minnetonka in droves each summer to enjoy life on the water, yet no one understands this better than the Minnetonka Power Squadron (MPS).

As the old saying goes, “A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money.” So what does that make the person in the boat? Who cares! It is our birthright as Minnesotans to enjoy our lakes. And what better way to appreciate our aquatic splendor than by boat?

As many runners, golfers and children can attest, there's something different about playing outside. And for others with health ailments, being in nature benefits their well-being, as noted through studies on horticulture therapy.

It’s April and Minnesotans are ready to get outdoors. After five months of snow blowers, icy roads and winter storm warnings, we can almost taste burgers off the grill and hear the whir of boat motors on Lake Minnetonka.

Deb Revier’s back yard always has been centered around the idea of contrast. When she first moved into her home nearly 20 years ago, however, contrast wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

With summer on the horizon, kids have started their paper-chain countdown to the end of school and you’re running out of days to figure out how on earth you’re going to occupy them for two and a half months. Well, fear not!

Do you love the Excelsior streetcars as much as we do? Here’s your chance to be a part of the action. Sign up now to learn how to operate the historic streetcars for the 2011 summer season.

The Minnesota High Tech Association recognized outstanding innovators and developers last November during the 11th annual Tekne Awards. The following winners all hail from Minnetonka: