Arts & Culture

Looking for Alaskaby John Greenrecommended by Laura CarlsonWhile this is considered a teen book, adults will become fully engrossed as well by the story of “Pudge” Halter and his time at Culver Creek boarding school, where he goes to find a more fulfilling life, and discovers love, loss and frien

In an effort to expose high school students to the challenges and rewards of real life situations, the Eastern Carver County School District started the Capstone Program.

Calling all photographers: Now is the time for recognition. Southwest Metro Magazine is collecting entries August 1-31 for our third annual photo contest, and your picture could be the one to take the prize.

Not all great pictures are the agonized, labored efforts of skilled photographers. Some are simply spontaneous. Julia Galler and her friends were just enjoying a summer day at Lake Riley Beach when she captured this shot.

The creative eye of professional photographer Hans Petruska extends well beyond his camera lens. He designs and maintains park-like gardens on his two-acre lot that serve as a backdrop for much of his stunning photography.

Left for Dead: a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolisby Peter NelsonRecommended by John KnaussThe amazing, true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis near the end of WWII, a four day struggle for survival in shark infested waters, and the work done by one young man—50 ye

1. See the StarsDid you know that the Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park hosts weekend star parties? Come for the star party, or call in advance to reserve a campground, and stay as long as you like.

The 2013 Best of Lake Minnetonka and Southwest Metro party was a smashing success, as hundreds of local residents, leaders, businesspeople and luminaries came out to celebrate what makes our communities great. Our staff photographer, Amanda Gahler, was on hand to document the night.

Just as good writers keep notebooks on hand for capturing key details, so do good photographers with their cameras. Eden Prairie’s Linda McCormick keeps a pocket-size Lumix with her at all times to capture the best moments of the day.

Celebrating its fifth year, Kinderberry Hill’s popular Berry Special Bedtime Stories series at Dunn Bros. in Eden Prairie will feature the work of Mercer Mayer this summer. “We chose Mr.

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