April 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the April issue get a close look at some of local artist Mary Tuttle's gemstone statement jewelry, meet a Chaska graphic designer who beautifies everything from tea towels to cell phone cases and go wild with Marilynn Torkelson's native landscaping.

The Zoar Moravian Church was erected in 1863, east of Waconia in Laketown Township, and has since become a landmark in the community. Though it is without heat or plumbing, the Waconia Moravian Church congregation maintains the church’s rustic identity and still uses it to this day.


While a background in graphic design and photography might not seem like a natural pathway to winemaking, it makes perfect sense after chatting with Ben Banks, the award-winning winemaker at Sovereign Estate in Waconia.


Eden Prairie Women of Today rang in 2016 with the third annual Fresh Start 5K on New Year’s Day at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. Every year, proceeds from the event go to local youth scholarships.


The similarities between Eden Prairie and Welcome, a fictional town from Maud Hart Lovelace’s One Stayed at Welcome, are a bit uncanny.


When people walk or drive past Rae Ann Prasnicki’s former front yard in Victoria (she’s recently moved), she hopes they double back to take a second look. The garden has a new feature that will deliver an important punch. “I hope people stop and ask questions about rain gardens,” Prasnicki says.


If you sit outside on a warm, sunny day and listen carefully, you might hear the humming of insects busy at work. That’s because some residents of the southwest metro are returning their yards to a natural habitat where insects thrive and flowers bloom all summer long.


When Mary Tuttle of Eden Prairie goes to work, she is surrounded by beauty. Pearls, amethyst, agate and moonstone are just a few of the materials lying around her studio.


Chanhassen’s Brian Rodenz made the leap from high tech to low tech when he started his second business, Little Wooden Wonders toys.


Artist Katherine Lenius’ work doesn’t hang on a gallery wall. Instead you might find it on a cell phone cover or a kitchen towel. It lives in the everyday, experienced during daily moments.


Betty Sorensen’s Excelsior lease was up for Petunia’s, her vintage décor retail shop. What to do? What to do? Her query was answered, as are many of life’s questions and uncertainties, over a fortuitous cup of coffee.


Feed your garden at the second annual Plate to Garden fundraiser for Waconia Schools. In association with Carver County Environmental Services, the Waconia School District is selling 25-pound bags of compost for $5 each.


Completing 19 AP tests each, Eden Prairie High School seniors Crystal and Michelle Chang have both earned AP Scholar Awards. Crystal is recognized as a National AP Scholar, while Michelle is Minnesota’s female State AP Scholar.


Bichon Frise


Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Recommended by Laura Carlson


Author of the wildly popular The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein will speak April 19 in Eden Prairie as a part of the Eden Prairie Reads program.


These colorful water bottle carriers make staying hydrated a little more convenient. The bags are made by Victoria’s Melanie Rushton, who developed the pattern based on one she found in a sewing magazine about 15 years ago.


From the porous pavers in the parking lot to the rain gardens strategically placed throughout the site, the Nine Mile Creek Watershed’s new district headquarters showcases many ways that homeowners can manage storm water run-off.