December 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the December issue check out our annual gift guide to send holiday care packages from Minnesota with love.

When the driveway, street, cars and everything in sight is buried in snow, it’s sometimes difficult to remember why Minnesota is worth living in. “I’m a lifelong Minnesota kid,” says Mike Rusinko, who captured this photo with his iPhone.


It’s that special time of the year. The holidays are in full swing, there’s family in from out of town, and only the strongest cup of coffee will get you through it.


The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s second annual Prairie Brewfest on September 12 attracted about 370 beer drinkers to the Southwest Transit parking deck in Eden Prairie.


The holiday season is in full swing as Chanhassen Dinner Theatres brings you an eclectic mix of concerts fit for the entire family. The festivities begin with Rock n’ Roll Christmas Spectacular, Dec.


Her styles, linear and clean, belie the path that Eden Prairie’s Jeannine Cavallo took while launching her design career.


For Long-distance Cousins

Rubbabu’s soft rubber cars in fun shapes—like a fire truck and a cat—will have babies and preschoolers cruising through play time; $6-$7; Tazzie Baby & Child.


One can imagine no other career path for Jenn Bostic than the one she chose. Born into a musical family, Bostic moved to Waconia with her father, James; mother, Barbara; and older brother, Jeff, when she was a year old. Early on, music became a part of everyday life.


Mike Tibbetts grew up in the English countryside, on the edge of a forest, with his older brother, woodland creatures and a steady diet of Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter books to keep him company.


When the Luecke family of four posed for a family portrait with newborn brother Elliot, they made sure to include a green dinosaur right in the middle of the photo.


Santa at the Eden Prairie Center


Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson

Recommended by Laura Carlson


Waconia High School senior Carissa Dock’s accomplishments and accolades are far too many to count on one hand (not even on both hands and both feet).


In 2002, Steve and Becky Chepokas of Chanhassen helped their son Mitch, who was dying of cancer, give away his life savings—about $6,000—to other families in his hospital’s pediatric oncology unit. Mitch made his dad “pinky swear” that he’d continue helping children with cancer.


Try this winter warmer, perfect after a day spent outside.

Sugar Daddy

Rimming sugar
1 1/2 ounces of Courvoisier VS cognac
1 shot of espresso
2 tsp. sugar
Whipped cream


Tammy Brooks loves cooking and collecting recipes, and she’s found a way to use those passions to give back to the community.


When Meg Hamann opened her online shop, The Freezing Squirrel, in December 2013, it was out of necessity. “I kept having ideas and made so much and didn’t know what to do with it all,” she explains.