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Lisa Tomassen, an Eden Prairie resident, loves snapping photos of her children. In October 2014, on an annual pumpkin picking trip to Marshall’s Farm Market and very pregnant with her second child, Tomassen captured a moment of her oldest helping her pick out pumpkins.

A few years ago, an editor presented me with an assignment that seemed somewhat insurmountable. Somewhere in the suburbs, there were groups of moms who gathered together to plan and exchange meals. Could I find one and write an article about it?

A napkin. The driver simply reached to retrieve a napkin. That seemingly innocuous action led to the death of 19-year-old Shreya Dixit, who was on her way home from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to celebrate Diwali, an important Hindu festival, with her Eden Prairie family.

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Voting for our annual readers’ choice poll will take place January 1-31, 2017 here on the site and finalists will be posted online in March.

Look for the winners in the July 2017 issue of Southwest Metro Magazine!

Eden Prairie photographer Christine Neff Kojetin captured this moment at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in fall of 2014. Kojetin says her family visits the arboretum frequently, enjoying what each season has to offer.

Minnesota is known for its wide array of delectable apples and Erica Bergmann has some of her own in her Victoria backyard. The apple trees bloom and produce the favorite fruits, sprouting plenty of autumn wonder for her 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn, to enjoy.

Spring and summer in Minnesota mean rain, thunderstorms and sometimes severe weather. One April day last year, Matthew Peyton knew a lightning storm was around the corner.

While Prince fans everywhere were stunned at the news of his death, the city of Chanhassen and local law enforcement had a different challenge: When your city suddenly becomes the epicenter of an international news story, how do you keep all your residents and your visitors safe?

In the days following Prince’s death, fans paid their respects and shared memories at Paisley Park and throughout the southwest metro.

If everyone in Minnesota has their own Prince story, most residents of Chanhassen have a handful. Whether they danced at Paisley Park or happened upon him during a late night grocery run at Cub Foods, Prince was around.

We just didn’t make a fuss about it.

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Wednesday, March 4
[Arts & Performance]
Howard Jones Acoustic Trio is an intimate, stripped-down trip through Howard’s 30-year music career.
Wednesday, March 11
[Arts & Performance]
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts.