Arts & Culture

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opened its doors for Passport to Spring, including nine displays that each featured an international country; a French-inspired glass garden house and 26 pieces by sculptor Nick Legeros. 

The sense of community runs deep through the Southwest Metro area. Families build lives across generations and add to the fabric of our community in many ways. Two women who are weaving their particular pattern into that community fabric are Kristin Laurel and Courtney Miller Bellairs.

Every April, for one evening, Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) is transformed. Twinkling lights hang from pillars, streamers and balloons frame the space and lively music lights the mood ablaze.

Betsy Gall is quick to point at a furry source of inspiration and levity in her sometimes-crazy existence. “Liberty. She’s the light of my life!” says Gall of the golden retriever. “She reminds me to just live life, and that it doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.”

Seconds after meeting him, one has a feeling Steve Patterson is right at home anywhere.

Sisters Eileen O’Kane and Coleen Malloy have been dancing their entire lives. Born to Irish immigrant parents,  they are the two youngest of seven children. O’Kane and Malloy remember dancing as a way of life. “All seven of us girls and boys danced,” O’Kane says.

Lowell Campbell remembers driving around the “middle of nowhere” as a boy with his parents, looking for a bucolic spot for a cabin. After they bought some land in the 1950s, Campbell helped his parents build their northern Minnesota getaway. He’s been tinkering with it ever since.

Starting seeds indoors is fun and economical. Gardeners need seeds, cell trays, starting medium (some cells come filled), plant heating pads, a spray bottle and a grow light.  Start seeds in small, individual containers with a single seedling per container.

Luke Igel, an 18-year-old student at Providence Academy and the founder of the Advice for Your Device initiative, has always been the tech guy at his home. “My grandpa always comes over when there’s an issue with his iPad,” he says.

Swedish immigrants have had a significant impact on Minnesota. Culturally and economically, the importance of Swedish immigration is almost impossible to overstate. In 1867, the state of Minnesota established an official State Board of Immigration.

The international Special Olympics was founded 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. A state-based version, Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN), was organized in 1973.

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