Angelina Amerigo

As the Miss Minnesota competition gears up for the week of June 20–26, there will be a familiar local face vying for the crown—Angelina Amerigo, 20 (otherwise known as Miss Heart of the Lakes).

After earning a master of fine arts in vocal performance in 1979, Teresa Elsbernd, a Shorewood resident, planned to teach singing at the college level. Due to a shortage of jobs, however, she decided to pursue music as a hobby and entered the world of sales instead.

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District works to protect and preserve our beloved lake. The woman behind it all is Vickie Schleuning, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District’s new executive director.

I am Irish. Catholic. Born in Minnesota. I have written since I was in high school. So at a young age, I had to come to terms with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

As a young boxer in Oklahoma, Willie Carter knew that if he wanted to make his mark in the boxing world, he needed to align himself with the best. Or in this case, the greatest.

Karen Huntington is retiring after 55 years of providing childcare to the families of Excelsior. In January 1962, Huntington first began to care for children in her home.

Inside SubText Books in downtown Saint Paul, literary quotes travel along the walls just under the ceiling. Someone handwrote them—in blocky, bubbly or arabesque fonts—reaching up and pressing chalk to the ribbon-like chalkboard, one stick at a time.

How long does it take to make leather shoes from scratch? “Everyone tries to calculate the steps—250, maybe 287,” says shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber with a laugh. At her studio in Frogtown, Hark-Weber spends between 40 and 60 hours crafting one pair.

On a summer day in 1977, a girl named Beth Burns roamed the library in Austin, Minnesota, before picking up Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Burns got a sticker for reading it, part of a summer literacy program.

Last fall, Anita Kordonowy of Minnetonka decided to take a long walk—a 500-mile long walk, in fact, that took her from France’s St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.