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


Captain Jack Sparrow after his more than two-hour transformation.
Lake Minnetonka’s own Captain Jack Sparrow gives us a glimpse into his adventures on the high seas.
Spoil Mom (or Grandma) with a homemade wild rice quiche.
Chef Scott Hill shares the story of Crossroads Deli—and a few of his favorite Mother’s Day brunch recipes.
At Long Lake’s Two Pony Gardens, explore life on the farm in a new and delicious way.
St. David’s Center executive director Julie Sjordal celebrates 25 years of serving lake-area kids and families.
Every spring, Beth Allen cooks up homemade maple syrup in her Deephaven backyard.
Excelsior’s Bob Williams has spent most of his 92 years serving and preserving the city he loves.
Minnetonka schools offer a unique immersion program where students are learning Spanish and Chinese—and a whole lot more about their big, wide world.