August 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the annual Prep Elite issue Southwest Metro Magazine shines the spotlight on three local high school seniors who are working to make the world a better place.

Minnesota is known for its wide array of delectable apples and Erica Bergmann has some of her own in her Victoria backyard. The apple trees bloom and produce the favorite fruits, sprouting plenty of autumn wonder for her 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn, to enjoy.


Growing up, George Zheng dreamed of pursuing a career as a lawyer. “I certainly never thought about becoming a restauranteur,” he says.


The Eden Prairie Community Foundation marked its 35th year at its annual EP Gives gathering on April 30 at the Green Acres Event Center.


On May 7 at the Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska, the Chanhassen Rotary Club’s 12th annual gala raised money for local and global service projects.


The Carver County Fair is back with all the summer favorites and new attractions in the mix. The five-day festivities include lots of animals, live music, food, contests and plenty of attractions for the whole family.


Kali O’Keeffe
Chanhassen High School

Chanhassen High School senior Kali O’Keeffe is not afraid to put herself out there, which her long list of involvements can vouch for.


A childhood illness that forced Bobby Mason to spend almost a year and a half at the Mayo Clinic inspired him to create a non-profit that helps children with life-threatening illness. He funds the non-profit (in part) with some of the proceeds of his landscaping business.


It all started with a dare. Kim Kimball had a story to tell and an author friend who encouraged her to write it down through the eyes of a fictional character. The encouraging push turned into a book series.


Half a billion people will watch the Ryder Cup this fall. The famed biennial match attracts teams of top golfers from Europe and the United States to some of the most prestigious courses in the world.


“Strong communities should care for those who are living invisibly or living in the shadows,” Matt Bersagel, pastor at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, says.


When Miranda and one of her sisters, Mariah, arrived at their foster family’s door, their load was heavy, despite carrying only the clothes on their backs. A little over a month before entering foster care, Miranda, then 12, went out for a day of fishing.


Margarita Wednesdays
- by Deborah Rodriguez

Recommended by Mary Severson


Recent Stanford University graduate Brandon Hill is working on an idea-sharing social media app he’s developing with friends. He hopes to run for office one day.


Explore artistic masterpieces at the fourth annual Arboretum Art Crawl.


Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Makes 1 serving


A popular children’s triathlon is returning to its home in Chanhassen. The 13th annual Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon (formerly the Miracles of Mitch Kids Triathlon) is a non-timed, non-competitive race for children ages 6-18.


Waconia High School senior Armando Corona-Armenta may not have much free time in his busy schedule, but with all his involvement he finds outlets for his varied interests.