The votes are in! Here are the top 3 finalists in each category of this year's Best of Southwest Metro.
FOOD & RESTAURANTS
Best Patio Dining
Redstone American Grill
Suzi Stephenson is a full-time Carver County library technology assistant, and she’s what library director Heidi Hoks calls “the keeper of knowledge.”
Eden Prairie art teacher Thor Hansen, who captured this shot in his backyard last winter, has been sharing his passion for photography with the students at Eden Lake Elementary for 27 years. He began taking photos when he was in third grade with his Kodak Instamatic.
The best ‘thank you’ Cam-Tu N. Dalluge receives from her patients is a hug. As the owner of Radiance Dental in Chanhassen, Victoria resident Dalluge receives them often from grateful patients.
Thor Hansen was out for a walk with his son and daughter-in-law and their Corgi, Turing, at the Cummins Grill farmhouse in Eden Prairie when he took this photo.
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While working in his yard one day, David Schmidt took a snapshot of his cat, Roxy. Schmidt and his family, who live in Chaska, adopted Roxy 10 years ago. “We found her at the Humane Society and it was immediately obvious that she was the right kitten for us,” Schmidt says.
While in her dining room one day, Christine Neff Kojetin did not expect to get so close to a buck. “This young buck had ventured to the point that he was literally 20 feet from me on the other side of a window and fence,” Kojetin says.
Every year we look forward to the flood of images that appear on our submission site as we launch our annual photo contest. This year was no different and we received countless beautiful photos from many talented members of our community.
Lisa Tomassen, an Eden Prairie resident, loves snapping photos of her children. In October 2014, on an annual pumpkin picking trip to Marshall’s Farm Market and very pregnant with her second child, Tomassen captured a moment of her oldest helping her pick out pumpkins.