February 2018 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the February issue meet a Chaska native who is currently training to wrestle in the 2020 olympics.

To Deb Zeller, photography evokes emotional resonance with an intimate past. “My late mother was an avid hobbyist photographer,” Zeller says.

 

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but rosé wine can run from sweet to dry, light to dark, and most of us don’t have a clue what we’re buying. That’s where the wine experts in your neighborhood come in.
 

 

Tired of the buzzing rhythm of daily life and seek a relaxing and intimate retreat with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?

 

For Ben Husaby, the path to cross-country skiing in two Olympics began as a boy growing up in Eden Prairie. “I would go out near the old high school (now Central Middle School) and pack down trails,” says Husaby, now living in Bend, Ore.

 

Swedish immigrants have had a significant impact on Minnesota. Culturally and economically, the importance of Swedish immigration is almost impossible to overstate. In 1867, the state of Minnesota established an official State Board of Immigration.

 

To some people beyond our borders, Minnesota is known as the land of snow and ice—a land of hearty folks wearing flannel shirts, serving up hot dishes and befriending an affable oversized, blue ox. But anyone who lives here or has simply spent time in Minnesota, knows we are so, so much more.

 

Chalk it up to creativity! Krista McPherson's  business provides personalized touches to any type of party.

 

For many of us, our attention turns to the Olympics only after its advertisements start popping up on television. But for a select number of elite athletes, their focus on Olympic games is laser sharp. Always.

 

Flowers may be the go-to present for Valentine’s Day, but why not surprise and delight the green thumb in your life with thoughtful gifts to plant the seeds of gardening love?

What gardener would not be charmed by a crate or basket filled with garden treasures?

 

Readers who enjoy authors Luke McCallin, Ben Pastor, Joseph Kanon, Susan Elia MacNeal, Alan Furst and Philip Kerr should dive into James Benn’s series, featuring Billy Boyle.

 

Valentine’s Day is the day of all days to impress the one you’re with! Serve this perfect cocktail to someone special.  

 

The international Special Olympics was founded 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. A state-based version, Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN), was organized in 1973.

 

A seed was planted several years ago when the Waconia Lions Club organized a trip to Washington, D.C., in 2007 for 119 World War II veterans. “The experience was fantastic, phenomenal,” says Joe Gifford, public relations chair and former president of the Waconia Lions Club.