January 2014

In the January 2014 issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, you'll meet the mayors of the five southwest metro communities: Eden Prairie, Chaska, Waconia, Chanhassen and Victoria. Get to know your civic leaders at home and at work in our new feature, plus find the best kids' martial arts studios in the southwest metro. You'll also find recipes, profiles and events in the latest issue.

Let’s be honest: Finding the time and motivation to squeeze exercise into your life can be challenging.  There’s work, friends, family and other commitments that often come before even thinking about heading to the gym.


When Paulette Black was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, one of the things she felt unsure about was the idea of a prosthesis.  She attended a retreat in Buffalo in 2002 to meet other women struggling with the disease, and it was there that she met Cathy Rieckenberg and Lorraine Dressel, own


“Soup” is too stale a word to describe the following dishes we sampled for the first Restaurants section of 2014. “Soup” is a canned, microwaveable nightmare of a lazy meal that we scramble for when sick on a cold winter day. So we won’t be eating “soup” this month.


Distinctive histories, character and charm differentiate the neighboring communities of the southwest metro region. But one thing we all have in common is growth—this area has experienced remarkable expansion throughout the past several years, and the trend is expected to continue for decades.


Moms and dads, we hear you: This time of year, it can be tricky to keep your little ones entertained, let alone active. One of the best indoor wintertime adventures to burn off that excess energy might be martial arts.


Step inside the office of Marie Rizkalla, and you might wonder if you’re in a chemistry lab or an artist’s studio. Science gadgets can be found next to canvas paintings, while a stereomicroscope sits amid paintbrushes and a painter’s pallet.


There’s new music being made in Chanhassen, as the MacPhail Center for Music opens its fourth metro location this month.


Minnesota is a winter wonderland this month, so get some fresh air at the Lake Minnewashta walking paths.


Clutter stacks up over the winter, but Kristina Fortune Anderson from Vitality Organizing can help you stay organized and start the new year right.


Beergarita: Just like it sounds, part beer, part margarita, 100 percent deliciously refreshing to heat up any Super Bowl, Oscar or other mid-winter party.
2 12-oz. bottles of beer (preferably Corona)
8–12 oz. of tequila


At the International School of Minnesota, 30 to 40 percent of the high school is involved with its robotics team. “It’s really cool to put to use what we do in physics class,” senior Aparaajita Balaji says.


Cold weather is no excuse for spending countless hours on the couch. Golf Zone, Minnesota’s only all-season golf destination, keeps patrons active throughout the winter and stops golf games from growing rusty with indoor facilities and winter specials.