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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:

We started a long good-bye to summer on August 6–10 at the Carver County Fair in Waconia.

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Tuesday, March 17
[Arts & Performance]
SMA presents An Evening with Gaelic Storm at 7:30PM on Tuesday, March 17 at The Fitzgerald Theater!
Tuesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 9
[Arts & Performance]
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.