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


Wayzata residents mill about at Summer Splash, one of Lake Minnetonka's biggest summer events.
Wayzata’s summer community events are now under one splashy brand.
A black and white photo of a canoe set to launch on Gray's Bay on Lake Minnetonka.
"Summer in the Lake Minnetonka area for me is about color, beautiful sunsets, people out and about, and outdoor seating at restaurants."
A person fills out their bingo card at the Bingo & Burgers by the Bay event.
Excelsior Rotary hosts seventh annual Bingo & Burgers by the Bay event.
A football player holds a NoSweat liner for their helnet.
Tonka Bay native patents a moisture-wicking liner for hats and helmets.
A Minnetonka couple water skis in their wedding attire for their unique save-the-date photo.
A local couple puts a unique spin on their save-the-date photo.
Hannah and Natalie Van Ochten, two sisters and Minnetonka High School grads now pursuing medical careers.
Hannah and Natalie Van Ochten take parallel paths in their careers to help others.
Kate Meier, founder of BA Craftmade, a company that makes aprons for professional and home chefs, woodworkers, florists and more.
Minnetonka’s Kate Meier creates durable, beautiful aprons for professional chefs.