August 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the August issue experience a powwow in Chaska, help the city of Victoria celebrate 100 years of history and meet four high school seniors who are already shaping our community.

Photo Contest Winner: “Butterfly at the Arboretum,” by Christine Neff Kojetin


Grab your picnic basket, and take in some scenery. There’s no better way to enjoy the Minnesota summer than eating a meal al fresco—just don’t limit yourself to peanut butter and jelly. Put together an insta-picnic with help from local restaurants and breweries.


Residents of Chanhassen celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting on May 2 at Chanhassen Hills Park and an annual poster contest.


The Chaska BBQ Bash on May 1 at Hazeltine National Golf Club raised money for Chaska High School’s activities, athletics and academic programs.


Twelve years ago, the Chanhassen community gathered to help Steve Chepokas keep a promise of the most solemn kind: a pinky swear to his 9-year old son, Mitch, to help other kids with cancer and their families after he was gone.


The challenge of a corn maze and the fun of a corn pit might lure some people to spend a day at Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival in Shakopee, but not Christine Rasmusson’s family. “We actually love the pig races,” Rasmusson says. “It’s different, and it’s nice for kids because it’s quick.


Meet our Prep Elite Class of 2016: Four local students who are already changing the world through simple kindness, creativity and an abundant amount of energy.


Several generations have passed since the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Over time, some healing has occurred and with it, an increased interest by the non-native population to understand Native customs and traditions which were once off limits.


Waconia students are getting a little fresh—thanks to a grant, a garden and a gastronomically inspired director of nutritional services.


2015 is a busy year for the City of Victoria. Its calendar is jam-packed with events to celebrate and showcase 100 years of the city’s history.


“Are you sure these clothes are for us?” a young boy asked his mother. The bundle of new clothing, with the store tags still attached, cast doubt in the boy’s mind, since he could only remember wearing used or hand-me-down outfits.


Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
-Recommended by Lee Burkhalter


Cucumber Fizz Cocktail
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Hired in March, Sarah Cheesman may be the new kid at school, but she knows exactly where she’s going as the executive director at the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, a non-profit organization that supports public schools in Eden Prairie.


Every day, animals are abandoned or placed into kennels, dependent on charities and volunteers. These organizations are strained beyond coping and are desperate to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals.


The Wild Ones Prairie Edge, a local gardening group dedicated to creating environmentally friendly landscaping through native plants, is hosting its annual fundraiser this month.


Send your little one to preschool or kindergarten in style with Stephen Joseph backpacks from Tazzie Baby & Child in Victoria.


“I’m so sorry you haven’t been able to get a hold of me,” says Hailey Salden, a senior at Chaska High School. “I have track practice in the afternoons.”