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


Excelsior Mayor Todd Carlson
A lightning round of questions with Excelsior mayor Todd Carlson.
A shop celebrating Small Business Saturday hangs a "Come in we're open" sign in the window.
Find out what local businesses have planned for Small Business Saturday.
The sunset over Lafayette Bay.
Nelson Hill's photo was a favorite in the City Landmarks category of our Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.
Two glasses of Back Channel Brewing's Soviet Slayer imperial stout stand next to a growler.
Back Channel Brewing wraps up Thanksgiving week with its Soviet Slayer release party.
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta
Editorial board member shares a favorite family weeknight dish.
Lake Minnetonka Magazine editor Jennifer Pitterle, post-haircut at Wayzata salon Sil'Vie Hair Studio
Tiny salon Sil'Vie helps Wayzata clients learn to love their hair.
The interior of a home built by BLVd Properties, an all-female property firm based in the Lake Minnetonka area.
Beth Ulrich and Lori Serum created BLVd Properties to help homebuyers find their perfect match in the Lake Minnetonka area.
A swallowtail butterfly rests on a garden phlox in this Lens on Lake Minnetonka winning photograph.
Al Whitaker tells us about “Swallowtail on Garden Phlox,” which received third place in the Wildlife & Nature category of our 2018 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.