April 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the April issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you will find a local entrepreneur with a passion for style, learn about the Carver County Historical Society's 75th anniversary, meet the owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes, and much more!

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.


Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, eggs rank not only as nutritional powerhouses, but as terrific tasting meal makers, too. Loaded with protein and low in carbs, eggs are filling.


Young readers celebrated literacy at the annual Hooked on Books... And the Arts, Too! event on February 21 at Chanhassen High School.


We had a blast celebrating the winners and nominees in our annual Best of the Southwest Metro readers’ choice awards on February 5 at the Lafayette Club in Excelsior.


For the past 34 years, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation has supported local nonprofit organizations by giving away more than $1.5 million in grants.


Every spring, as the ground thaws and the soil becomes workable, Waconia’s Ginny Karki listens to the siren call heard by all gardeners and leaves her home to start digging in the dirt. She likes to experiment each year with different and challenging plants.


Stitch together cake, cellphones and a host of other electronic devices, and you end up with three local business owners running national franchise stores that feature embroidery and printing services, tasty cakes, and cell phone and personal electronics repair.


With passion for geography and history, a love for his community and a work ethic that never quit, the late Otto Diedrich (O.D.) Sell was more than just a resident of Mayer; he was a pioneer.


With approximately 2,200 acres that stretch over two and a half square miles, the Jonathan Association in Chaska is more than just a community within a community; it’s a family.


There truly is a “month” for everything, and April is Animal Control Officer Appreciation Month. Animal control officers pick up stray cats and dogs, investigating animal bites and neglect, and helping residents deal with wild animals.


As the name suggests, Tinkly Winklers wind chimes make a delicate, tinkling sound when caught in a gentle breeze. Made from driftwood and colored glass pieces, each piece is unique. Tinkly Winklers come in a variety of sizes; prices range from $24.95 to $52.95.


Robinson Alone
By Kathleen Rooney

Recommended by Lee Burkhalter


The Gozio Gold Esprit is a rich, orangey-almond masterpiece made from Gozio Amaretto, vodka, rum, orange liqueur, and sweet and sour mix, and served over ice in a rocks glass. A perfect way to swing into spring.



Chanhassen High School senior Jack Schnettler is no stranger to teamwork. His passion for working with others shines through on the baseball diamond, as well as in his other extracurricular activities.


Not sure where to start to get your dusty bike from the garage to the trail this spring? The first thing you can do is perform a quick and basic evaluation.