Then & Now

Not all roads to redemption lead home. “Ignatius Aloysius O’Shaughnessy had a big decision to make,” Doug Hennes writes in That Great Heart: The Life of I.A. O’Shaughnessy, Oilman and Philanthropist. “He and two classmates had skipped Sunday vespers at St.

While you’ve likely heard of the nine-time Grammy-winning singer Bonnie Raitt, what isn’t as public is that she started her blues career on Lake Minnetonka.

Highway 101, or Bushaway Road, as many locals know it, is one of the oldest stretches of road in the state. Its early days can be traced back to the Dakota Indian tribe, who used it as a fur-trapping trail from Shakopee to Dayton.

Few people are aware that within the walls of the John Nasseff Heart Center, part of United Hospital, there is a room of human hearts that dates back to 1945. But the Jesse E.

When Peter and Linda Quinn decided to open Café Latte in 1984, they were told it wasn’t going to work. They wanted to serve gourmet quality food in a cafeteria setting, according to Peter Quinn.

Chris Faust entered the field of photography in college working in a dark room. He worked in medical and scientific photography before transitioning to artistic photography in the late 1980s.

On the second Monday of each month, a crowd of lake-area residents gathers at the Excelsior Brewing Co.’s taproom to learn about local history over a pint.

More than 150 years ago, the Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, began along the Minnesota River. It spread into southwest Minnesota, touching a few of our lake-area suburbs and leaving deep scars in our history.

HED: The Warden Next Door
Steve and Lynne Fisher in the newly remodeled kitchen of one of their most recent house “flips.”

A dead cat in the garage. Standing water in the bathtubs. It was bad enough to make any homebuyer run out the front door. But to Steve and Lynne Fisher, the condemned home looked like an opportunity—and a potential profit.

Booms and Busts