Interior designer Mary McGuire Lynch feels a strong attachment to the history of Saint Paul. Her family has been part of the story of the city for generations, and that sense of place is always a factor in her work as she transforms homes and businesses in the city.

Saint Paul resident Carol Bergquist grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, with her family treated like local celebrities. Her dad was Dewey Bergquist, the weatherman for WDAY-TV in Fargo. He was also a pilot.

Surrounded by a huge collection of books devoted to all types of business knowledge, novice and experienced entrepreneurs gather regularly in the library of the James J. Hill Center to share business pitches, dispense wisdom and network around their shared desire for success.

Each year, the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) nominates community members for its Person of the Year honor, a recognition of an individual chamber member who has given back to the community.

Pippi Ardennia sings jazz straight—without runs, without the vocal “somersaults” they performed at her grandfather’s Pentecostal church on Chicago’s Southside, where Ardennia grew up. “I didn’t like doing all that stuff,” she says.

When Care Connelly worked in cosmetics at MAC, around 80 percent of her clients confided that their skin usually reacted adversely to beauty products. Connelly could relate.

Wayzata resident Heather Lambert loves her hometown. She also loves her career as a model. For 23 years, Lambert has worked steadily without having to move to New York or Los Angeles, as so many models do.

A year ago, we asked three local eligible bachelors to strike a pose as models for our spring men’s fashion feature.

Growing up on a dairy farm just outside of Green Bay, Wis., Minnetonka Middle School East language arts and drama teacher Brandon Becker was certain about two things. First, he wanted to be a teacher. Second, he craved a city lifestyle.

In the past nine years, Excelsior resident Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist has seen more of Lake Minnetonka than most people see in their lifetimes.

Her method? Open-water swimming.