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It’s quiet on the shores of Lake Waconia. As every Minnesotan knows, March is notorious for its unpredictable weather patterns that facilitate blizzards, occasional early thaws, and one more month of quality indoor-time. For most people, that is.

Chanhassen's popular Breakfast with Santa attracted plenty of good little girls and boys to the Chanhassen Recreation Center in early December. All photos by Henry Hendricks.

A passion and talent for math has defined Sienna Ramos’ high school career and will probably influence her future. “I was thinking I want to be an electrical engineer,” Ramos says.

Distinctive histories, character and charm differentiate the neighboring communities of the southwest metro region. But one thing we all have in common is growth—this area has experienced remarkable expansion throughout the past several years, and the trend is expected to continue for decades.

Step inside the office of Marie Rizkalla, and you might wonder if you’re in a chemistry lab or an artist’s studio. Science gadgets can be found next to canvas paintings, while a stereomicroscope sits amid paintbrushes and a painter’s pallet.

At the International School of Minnesota, 30 to 40 percent of the high school is involved with its robotics team. “It’s really cool to put to use what we do in physics class,” senior Aparaajita Balaji says.

A love of nature sparks Victoria resident Deb Zeller’s creativity—and easy access to its full bounty is a bonus. The professional artist works in sculpture, oil painting, and glass fusion by trade, but counts photography as one of her many hobbies.

There aren’t many people who can say they published a book, let alone at the age of 77. But then again, not many people go back to earn their GED while raising four young children, graduate from Macalester College magna cum laude at 44, or obtain a law degree at age 52. Clearly, A.L.

John Veil has been sinking basketball shots for 12 years, and he doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

Southwest Christian High School's Maria Brands

Maria Brands knows one of her favorite memories of her time at Southwest Christian High School (SWCHS) will involve the annual talent show, Night of Stars.

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