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After living in Las Vegas for 12 years, Minnesota natives Kristine McNamara and her husband, Steve, were thrilled to return to their home state last winter. But moving from the desert of Nevada to the frozen tundra of Minnesota in the dead of winter proved to be quite the transition.

Last year, Southwest Metro Magazine held its annual readers’ choice survey, and we asked members of the community to tell us their favorites in 50 categories.

Even for those of us with sharp memories, photographs can serve as an important spark, a portal to past feelings and experiences. Beyond freezing a moment of beauty, or allowing us to see with new eyes, photographs allow us to preserve our memories and revisit our lives.

Last May, Jaxon Tomassen of Eden Prairie was owning “Friday Tie Day”—a dress-up day that his dad made up for fun. The 19-month-old was playing in the yard with his parents, unwinding from his week, when his mom, Lisa Tomassen, was inspired to take this photo.

Voting has come and gone for the 2015 Best of the Southwest Metro.

Early one January morning, Lisa Tomassen was marveling at the freshly fallen snow on the trees in her backyard. As she looked out the porch window of her home in Eden Prairie, a male and female cardinal began flying around, just a couple of feet in front of her.

Growing up, Chaska resident Jan Dunlap never liked dogs. In fact, she was afraid of them for most of her life. So, if someone had told her five years ago that there was a rescue dog in her future, she wouldn’t have believed it.

The key to getting a great shot is all about timing. That’s why Eden Prairie native Chris Becklund, now a college student, often has his camera with him, for whenever that moment arises.

Shutterbugs, our 2014 Southwest Metro photo contest has come to a close, and we thank our faithful readers for their gorgeous photo submissions and their online votes for the readers’ choice award.

The contest includes two different awards:

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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.