Around Town

“I’m so sorry you haven’t been able to get a hold of me,” says Hailey Salden, a senior at Chaska High School. “I have track practice in the afternoons.”

Many different country clubs claim to be the inventor of this easy-to-drink summer cocktail.  We have taken a hand-me-down version of the Somerset Country Club bootleg recipe and amped it up with premium gin for a refreshing summer treat.

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Recommended by Laura Carlson

From a vineyard to a summer camp, find a handful of untraditional wedding venues.

Sovereign Estate Winery

After its wildly popular debut at gardens, zoos and arboretums across North America, the award-winning, record-breaking, nature-inspired sculpture exhibit made entirely of LEGO is making an appearance this summer at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

We had a blast celebrating the winners and nominees in our annual Best of the Southwest Metro readers’ choice awards on February 5 at the Lafayette Club in Excelsior.

The Smiling Olive in Chaska
Oil & Vinegar

Most high school students don’t have to face their own mortality, but when Chaska High School senior Tommy Costello was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012, it changed his whole perspective.

Lock and Key
By Sarah Dessen
Recommended by Laura Carlson