Outdoors

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

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).

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

We can appreciate big, beautiful trees for providing leafy shade in the summer and colorful vistas in the fall. But when they block the view of the lake, or heavy winds rip through, leaving branches precariously hanging above your yard, those same trees can cause quite a headache.

On Saturdays during the summer months, around 15 skilled Minnetonka Yacht Club skippers and their crews set sail on Lake Minnetonka to race E-Scows, a sleek and sporty class of yacht that can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

Who hasn’t dreamed about quitting their job to spend more time with their family or to pursue a personal passion? Two local entrepreneurs did just that, leaving the office behind to start their own dog-walking services.

Since it began the first phase four years ago, the city of Wayzata has been working on plans for a lakefront revitalization, dubbed the Lake Effect Project, culminating in a new Signature Park.

Whether you’re entertaining guests from out of town or just want to know more about Saint Paul’s colorful past, Summit Avenue walking tours are a fun way to discover one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods.

The motto says it best: “A festival by the community, for the community.” The Spirit of the Lakes Festival has remained a community-supported, eagerly anticipated event in Mound for the past 12 years.

Who says playing in the park or frolicking in the water is just for kids? Lake Minnetonka and surrounding parkland areas provide the perfect venues for grown-ups to tap into their inner, summer child.

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