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


A customer models a pair of eyeglasses from Eyebobs at Ridgedale Mall
Twin Cities eyewear shop expands to Ridgedale with customized specs.
Bread and peppers covered in dips from Darling Pickle Dips
Darling Pickle Dips are all made with pickled vegetables, cream cheese and white beans.
Yacht rentals from Paradise Charter Cruises on Lake Minnetonka.
Paradise Charter Cruises offers party boats for a fall-color tour.
A child watches an animal at Gale Woods Farm's Breakfast on the Farm event.
Gale Woods Farm’s annual breakfast on the farm event features live music, a chance to meet the farm animals and explore the gardens and more.
A long exposure photograph shows a summer sunset on Lake Minnetonka
A long exposure captures the stillness of a summer sunset on Lake Minnetonka.
A girl enjoys an ice cream cone at the Excelsior Fire District dance.
Excelsior Fire District hosts its annual community dance.
Laura Hotvet, executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce
Chamber director Laura Hotvet shares her lifelong passion for the Excelsior area.
A hat made by Excelsior company Summit Creek Hat Co.
Local biz makes stylish outdoor apparel and gives back.