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. 

Solveig Brown was in graduate school in 2008 when she started interviewing mothers about their experiences.

Out of a devastating loss rose a song of hope and healing. No child should have to endure what Jenn Bostic went through as a 10-year-old girl—being in a fatal car accident that took her father’s life.

It's time for our annual Prep Elite, featuring some of the area’s standout high school seniors. We received a host of worthy nominations from their schools, which, frankly, could ably fill the pages of Southwest Metro Magazine for months to come.

Patrick Smith has led an intriguing life. In fact, he’s experienced (and seen) more in his lifetime than most. Conversations with the Chaska resident provide interesting recollections and unexpected revelations.
 

The beginning of a new academic year can bring excitement and anticipation. For students and staff, gearing up for classes in September, it is likely that new experiences and challenges await discovery.

Alex Tyson, a senior at Chanhassen High School, is one of this year’s Southwest Metro Magazine’s Prep Elites, chosen from a group of area students who were nominated by their high schools. (Read about other Prep Elites on page 18.)

Mackenthun’s market started with a dream and some tasty homemade sausage back in 1917, making this year its 100th anniversary.

Just shy of his 50th birthday, Kevin Kuhn’s budding midlife crisis suddenly compelled him to write a book. Previously, Kuhn’s writing had mostly been limited to journaling. “I just started writing,” he says. “I didn’t talk to a publisher or do any research. It was somewhat cathartic.”

You’ve written a song or two and perfected your favorite pop tune in front of a mirror, but you have a crippling fear of performing on a real stage. To get up in front of an audience would be like jumping out of an airplane for the first time. Be encouraged—there is a safe place to land.

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany, taking the United States into World War I. Many Germans, attempting to flee from the horrors of the war, immigrated to the United States.

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