Outdoors

A beekeeper from Ames Farm holds a bee frame

Brian Fredericksen, founder and owner of Ames Farm Ltd., has become a kind of bee advocate, running a sustainable apiary but also serving as a resource to others wanting to encourage healthy bee populations.

A two-acre sustainable farm in Minnetrista might not exist if Stephanie Stillman hadn’t enrolled in an anthropology course in college that focused on food in America.

Once upon a pre-settlement time, there were 2,000 square miles of “big woods” around Lake Minnetonka.

Glance up Heather and Brent Holm’s driveway, and you will spot three signs on the front wooden gate: “Monarch Way Station,” “Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes,” and an award for a first-place restoration project.

It took Katie Skinner only about five minutes to trust Tom Lecy, a then-19-year-old college kid pitching an idea to clean up the water off the dock of her lakeside home in Excelsior.

Whether you soak up a beautiful summer day at the Wayzata beach or take a walk near Lake Minnetonka when the first signs of spring appear, you can feel there’s something alluring about the water. The lake offers peace and serenity for some, excitement and recreation for others.

Lake Minnetonka is a summer paradise. People come from all over the metro to fish, boat, attend festivals, enjoy lakeside patio bars or just take a walk. Winter, on the other hand, is long, cold and dark.

ONLINE HED: The Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club Meets Needs for Canines and Humans Alike
Minnesota DNR wants to encourage kids to engage in outdoor play.

Children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago, according to recent studies.

A scenic byway in the lake area has been proposed in order to better direct people to the best route for viewing the lake.

In the rented corner of a St. Paul warehouse, Stefan Ronchetti and Alex Brost are doing what, at first glance, makes little sense to a lot of landlocked Midwesterners: building and shaping custom surfboards. In reality, they’re part of a growing surfing culture in Minnesota.

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