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Katrin Sigurdardottir

While they live thousands of miles from their native lands, Eden Prairie residents Katrin Sigurdardottir from Iceland and Teresa Olson from Chile continue to serve as honorary consuls to their respective countries.

Another chapter of the Blessing House is written every day. Each guest adds to its story, a tale of hope or happiness, sometimes defeat and personal pain. Open since 2013, the 6,500-square-foot home serves as a community gathering space.

With approximately 2,200 acres that stretch over two and a half square miles, the Jonathan Association in Chaska is more than just a community within a community; it’s a family.

There truly is a “month” for everything, and April is Animal Control Officer Appreciation Month. Animal control officers pick up stray cats and dogs, investigating animal bites and neglect, and helping residents deal with wild animals.

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.

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Saturday, April 25
[Benefits & Fundraisers]
Breanna’s Star is an evening of fun and festivity in support of Breanna’s Gift, an organization bringing smiles to seriously ill children through the magic of the arts.
Repeats every day until Sat May 30 2020.
Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30
[Arts & Performance], [For the Kids]
This opera for babies uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction.