April 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the April issue get to know a sweet-minded sixth grader who donates her cake baking profits to charity.

When one looks out at a tree in a home’s yard, the eye may not immediately recognize the changes that develop in a year’s time. The leaves may have turned, or new buds may be sprouting, but the core of the tree appears to essentially stand firm. Look again.


Food lovers rejoice. The Noble Lion will pounce onto the Victoria food scene next month, and it’s time to roll out the red carpet. The restaurant offers solid crowd pleasers from steak to mussels to frites with pleasant surprises in store for everyone. The menu is focused yet inclusive.


Even during the cold winter, the Outdoor Center in Eden Prairie was open for families to hike through Staring Lake Park and view winter from more than just their backyards.


A large framed world map stretches across a wall in Bill Foudray’s office. The map hangs several feet directly across from his chair, perched behind two large computers on his desk.


When Chaska Middle School West teacher Sean Bloomfield was a seventh grader, his grandfather passed away. One of the items that Bloomfield’s father inherited was a copy of Canoeing with the Cree, written in 1935 by newsman and writer Eric Sevareid.


In 2012, Mike Pavelko was faced with a stack of wooden pallets and a request from his wife to create a unique piece of DIY art for their basement bar.


When most kids are bored, they watch TV or read a book. For Mary Margaret Mellen, a free summer afternoon was the perfect time to start her own charity. “I was like, ‘You know what? I am bored today. I really want to do something for others. I’m starting a cake business,’ ” she recalls thinking.


This spring, kidsWATER, a sugar-free beverage targeted toward kids, is hitting local grocery store shelves.


A handwritten note, scrawled in ink, adds a personal touch to each piece of jewelry that Jodi Henriksen sells. Tiny pieces of colorful glass are intricately assembled into miniature mosaics and fashioned by the artist into beautiful wall art, necklaces, bracelets, rings and belt buckles.


The good, old peanut butter and jelly sandwich—the workhorse of the lunch table. The team at Which Wich sandwich shop in Eden Prairie is taking the mealtime standard and spreading goodwill and generosity, one PB&J at a time.


When spirits and juices conspire, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a little taste of paradise.

April in Paradise


The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
by Diane Ackerman


It didn’t take Nate Shoemaker of Chanhassen long to realize baseball was his game. “My dad put a ball in my hand, told me to get out there,” he says, recalling he’s been a baseball player for as long as he can remember.


The day Prince died was cold and rainy, lending Minnesota the perfect air of sadness and grief over the loss of one of this country’s greatest modern musicians. First Avenue music venue held dance parties in the streets for days afterward in an act of celebration and mourning.