Erik Fremstad might have been the only one disappointed with last year’s mild winter. He and his Nikon D800.

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler
-Recommended by Ali Turner

Photo Contest Winner: “Butterfly at the Arboretum,” by Christine Neff Kojetin

Author Cheryl Strayed spoke, answered audience questions and signed books as a part of the 2015 Eden Prairie Reads events surrounding her book Wild. More than 1,000 book lovers attended the event on April 7 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.

In 2007, Mark Miller—now the rhythm guitarist for the Mark Miller Band (MMB)—decided to start learning to play guitar. What followed was something he didn’t expect.

From race horses to black labs to soft kittens, there’s no critter that animal lover Mary Psihos won’t draw for pet owners wanting a portrait of their beloved animal.

Victoria sculptor Deb Zeller is no stranger to the seasonal magic of Parley Lake Winery, which she owns with her husband and another couple. In the spring, she watches as life awakens with the grapes and apples in full bloom. Summer brings constant change with the development of the fruit.

Fred Plocher knows a thing or two about risk and reward. As an entrepreneur, the Victoria resident successfully started five businesses. Last year, he took a chance and published his first novel, Stealing Watermelons, and it has created quite the buzz among book lovers.

While visiting his in-laws, who live on the Chaska Golf Course near the second hole, a series of lightning storms provided passionate Chaska photographer Carl Lacey with an opportunity.

When Rajashree Rao moved to the United States to pursue her engineering technology career in the late 1990s, she forgot to bring an important piece of her culture: a stringed instrument called the veena.