Outdoors

Johnny Range is on a mission to make sure Lake Minnetonka is stocked with walleye. Range heads the Westonka Walleye Program to counteract the dwindling walleye population by purchasing fish from farms and placing them in the lake.

Kyle Rooney never learned to ice fish. But that didn’t deter him from founding Lake Minnetonka’s first ice fishing tournament three years ago.

When brother and sister Rick Putnam and Jill McGary started SnowProfessor.com, a website featuring snowboard lesson videos, they had no idea what they were onto.

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that shouldn’t stop Minnesota families from getting outdoors to have fun in our winter wonderland. So, for those who find themselves still curled up on the couch, get up. Bundle up. And soak up some of these winter family fun activities.

In the middle of a long Minnesota winter, while most of us are pulling on our parkas and grumbling about the latest snowfall, a few lake-area residents are in their element. Can you guess who? With wet noses, shaggy coats and an Arctic appetite, we’re talking about reindeer, of course!

One winter’s day, a group of moms started downhill skiing together. Forty-three years later, Ski-Away alpine school offers weekly lessons to more than 100 students, with more than 25 certified instructors.

Cycling suffered a public relations blow when champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after being charged with doping. Luckily, the sport is resilient.

It’s time to bust out that yellow polka dot bikini and hit the beach. Whether you’re looking for sand and sun or entertainment and activities for the kiddos, this guide has you covered.

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The Commons Beach

The sun-speckled days of spring draw near, and many Minnesotans are giddy with delight. However, this infectious cheer can easily turn to fear of springtime woes. What if your toes get run over by a rogue rollerblader on one of Plymouth’s many walking paths?

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