Writer Bios


Growing up in the beautiful Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin, senior editor Jennifer Pitterle learned to speak Norwegian, to cross-country ski, and—best of all—to love reading and writing. She fell in love with magazine writing during college, and is delighted to return to it at Tiger Oak after stints in technical writing and public broadcasting. She loves getting to know a community from the inside out, through its schools, businesses, arts scene and interesting characters. When she’s not at her desk, you might find Jennifer penning her Scandinavian-American culture blog or hiking in Minnesota’s prairies and woods. Have a great story idea (or just want to chat in Norsk)? Say hello at


Members of the Hoang Anh dance group celebrate Vietnamese New Year.
Celebrate Vietnamese New Year at the Excelsior Library.
Players from the North American Pond Hockey Championship gather on the ice.
Pond hockey returns to the lake this month.
Excelsior Fire District chief Curt Mackey
A lightning round of questions with Excelsior fire chief Curt Mackey.
A red barn is surrounded by snow in this Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest winning photo.
A colorful barn stands out against the snow in this shot from our Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.
A woman models heels from Julieta Shoes
Julie Thompson and her husband, Fernando Pena, launched their company Julieta Shoes in 2016.
A woman and her dog walk through snowy woods near Lake Minnetonka
Emily Joslin's "A Snowy Day" took second place in the People & Families category of our 2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka contest.
Kids meet the Excelsior Fire District mascot Sparky at a free family movie event.
Find a reason to celebrate winter with a free family movie courtesy of Excelsior Fire District.
Fresh local chain MyBurger now has restaurants in Minnetonka and Wayzata.