January 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the January issue we go behind the byline with some questions for two local reporters, take a tour of inventor Scott Olson's creative Waconia home and navigate early childhood education wtih the ABCs of Pre-K.

Eden Prairie’s Christine Neff Kojetin captures a fiery performance at last year’s Ice Castle in Miller Park in Eden Prairie.


When you picture a sushi chef from Japan coming to the United States to seek opportunity, Minnesota – and specifically Chanhassen – doesn’t necessarily seem like the most logical place for that chef to end up.


The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted an expo in October at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.


Tempting play stations for burgeoning chefs, mail carriers or market owners. Bouquets of art supplies. Stories cloaked in bright-colored jackets, ready for young hands to pluck them from the shelf.


Two hundred years from now, when historians want to find out about the everyday life of people living in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis, they will search through the archives of local papers like the Eden Prairie News and the Chanhassen Villager.


If you ever wondered where the inventor of rollerblades lives, you probably wouldn’t look in Waconia, in a barn at the end of a long gravel road. But if you stepped inside the barn, you would quickly realize that there is no mistaking it is home to the inventor, Scott Olson.


It’s pretty easy to love winter when it’s all about snow pants and snow days. But sometime around the legal driving age, winter becomes shovels, white-knuckle drives and dry skin. Winter loses its novelty.


In the years his children were growing up, Eden Prairie resident Mike Thomas was a hands-on dad, involved in everything from youth sports to church activities. As his kids moved toward independence, Thomas found he missed the opportunity to participate and grow his community.


Back in 2008, Dan Malina was minding his own business one day when a young child got in harm’s way. Without thinking, he bent over to scoop the youngster to safety—and in so doing, did severe damage to his neck and back.


Even though it’s too late to get tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup in Chaska through the Ryder Cup’s public lottery, there’s still a chance to see all four days of play. Premier Golf is offering travel packages to the popular event starting at $2,895 per person (for a double occupancy room).


Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
-by Andrew Beahrs


Bourbon Lift


The silo at the entrance to Jonathan in Chaska is getting a new look, and local artists are invited to submit their designs by Jan. 15. The Jonathan Association will pay $1,500 for the winning design. The silo is 36 feet high and 46 feet around.


Clean, simple scents paired with minimalist packaging make Nest of Sparrow Soaps a delightful addition to any sink. Owner Katie D’Amour of New Auburn makes the soaps in her own kitchen—usually late at night when the house is finally quiet, she says.


True Minnesotans embrace lake life even in the deep of winter. Make the most out of frozen lakes at a local ice fishing competition.