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Ari Koehnen Sweeny, director of education for the Hennepin Theatre Trust, stands in front of a stage.

Some people explore a life in the theater because they fall in love with a particular show. For others, it’s because they dream of applause. For Minnetonka native Ari Koehnen Sweeney, it was a family matter.

A sketch of the USS Minnesota on which both George and Frank Halstead served during the Civil War.

The lives of the Halsted brothers ended sadly near the Lake Minnetonka bay that bears their name.

A Minnetonka couple water skis in their wedding attire for their unique save-the-date photo.

A local couple puts a unique spin on their save-the-date photo.

A honeycomb covered in honey from Ames Farm

The end of October is a big time of year for Brian Fredericksen of Ames Farm. That’s about the time he loads hundreds of beehives onto a truck headed for Texas.

Minnesota State Fair bee and honey superintendent Hannah Hallahan

Hannah Hallahan caught the bug for bees as a young girl growing up in Minnetonka, when her father took up beekeeping as a hobby.

Orono grad Guy Mohs, originally from Haiti, holds a soccer ball.

Guy Mohs shares his journey as an immigrant and soccer star.

Gretchen Fleener Mound face painting party

Gretchen Fleener’s love of face painting started early. When she was 15, the Mound resident began face painting at Valleyfair during her summer vacations.

Making It Lake Minnetonka Suzanne & Ryan Huggett

The word “maker” is one that gets tossed around a lot these days. It’s pretty trendy to say that you’re a maker, a word that allows for a vague definition of your job yet informs people that you’re creating something, whether it’s original music, organic eats or even Instagram stories.

True to Her School Amy Steiner Minnetonka High School

In her first year at Orono High School, principal Amy Steiner says she’s enjoying the process of getting to know the students and staff. The kids “have all been really welcoming and really fun to work with,” Steiner says. “I’ve also noticed that they’re very inclusive.

Olympic Figure Skater Janet Gerhauser Carpenter competitor coach team leader Minnetonka

Minnetonka resident and former Olympic figure skater Janet Gerhauser Carpenter hung up her figure skates about three years ago, but this 86-year-old still talks about the sport with a fierce love in her voice—recounting her years as an Olympic competitor, coach, judge and team leader.

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