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Katrin Sigurdardottir

While they live thousands of miles from their native lands, Eden Prairie residents Katrin Sigurdardottir from Iceland and Teresa Olson from Chile continue to serve as honorary consuls to their respective countries.

The key to getting a great shot is all about timing. That’s why Eden Prairie native Chris Becklund, now a college student, often has his camera with him, for whenever that moment arises.

Shutterbugs, our 2014 Southwest Metro photo contest has come to a close, and we thank our faithful readers for their gorgeous photo submissions and their online votes for the readers’ choice award.

The contest includes two different awards:

We started a long good-bye to summer on August 6–10 at the Carver County Fair in Waconia.

Here's our handy guide to our Best of 2015 readers' choice surveys. Feel free to contact us with any further questions.

Why do I have to vote in so many categories?

Thanks to all who voted for the 2015 Best of the Southwest Metro! Tickets for our awards event go on sale December 10.

When the residents of Alton Senior Living in St. Paul first saw the new brown-and white-spotted visitor walk into their bedrooms, they weren’t quite sure what to make of him.

“Wow, that’s a big dog.”

Not quite.

“Is that a cow?”

No, but that’s a little closer.

Located in the Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, Tiger Oak Media publishes more than 30 regional print magazines, with corresponding digital media, including digital editions, e-newsletters and sophisticated websites.

Early last summer, Roman Merino Franco, fresh out of college and constantly looking for ways to build up his photography portfolio, was driving home from his “day job” and passed the

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UK trio GoGo Penguin (pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner) have been hailed as the “Radiohead of British Jazz”,