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We reveal your top picks for the people, places and things that make the Southwest Metro such a great place to live, work and visit.

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.

With the snap of her camera, Lisa Tomassen caught a fleeting sunny scene outside her Eden Prairie home. On a May day, playing outside with her two children, she noticed the two bright red birds, a cardinal and the rarer scarlet tanager, having a splash in the pond outside her home.

The Zoar Moravian Church was erected in 1863, east of Waconia in Laketown Township, and has since become a landmark in the community. Though it is without heat or plumbing, the Waconia Moravian Church congregation maintains the church’s rustic identity and still uses it to this day.

Last year, More than 50,000 spectators witnessed 16,000 participants brave the icy waters and take The Polar Plunge during events throughout Minnesota.

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