July 2014

In the July issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you'll meet the local author challenging himself and others to live life to the fullest, get a bird's eye view with Kerfoot Canopy Tours, and find a guide to the best burgers in the southwest metro.

Photography is not always about having a perfect plan. No, sometimes it is
all up to moments of chance. Tracy Sarel of Eden Prairie was presented with such
a moment, and she seized it in order to capture her photo, “Raccoon Siblings.”


Don’t miss the fun when the rodeo, ribfest and Red Ribbon Ride hit Waconia on
July 18.

It all started with a simple request for a patio and fire pit, but the Stapletons’ Waconia backyard redesign ended up becoming so much more.

Once you hit a certain age, conventional wisdom says its time to give up on
the dreams of your youth. Being a professional athlete most likely isn’t in the
cards at this point. It turns out you didn’t end up a Hollywood movie star, and


Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
Recommended by Laura Carlson


With exposed Chaska brick, a long, rambling layout of rooms and a wooden bar,
the third floor of The Mill in downtown Chaska seemed to have potential, says
Krista Flemming, who bought the building with her husband and parents in May


Save your pennies for Chanhassen’s 9th annual penny
carnival. Carnival-goers can explore a mini-midway outside the Chanhassen
Recreation Center. Each of the 13 carnival games costs anywhere from a penny to


With three vineyards and wineries, Waconia is becoming a destination for
local wine, but there’s more brewing in town. Schram Vineyards Winery &
Brewery (schramvineyards.com) started brewing small batches of beer and serving


Nestled into the scenic Prairie Bluff Conservation Area in Eden Prairie is
the Frederick-Miller Spring, which has attracted thirsty Minnesotans to its
waters for more than 100 years.


Looking for a place to chill out with your dog? We found four local patios where your pup won’t be turned away.


Amanda Ficek had an idea for a business, but she needed a name, so she turned
to her husband for help. “I told him I didn’t know what the final product mix
would be,” she says. “But that I wanted it to be a place that made the women

 “Burger” can mean so much more than just a beef patty on a bun; burgers can get as wild as they are familiar.

When Matt Udermann of Chaska sets a goal, he means business: Read the Bible
cover to cover, visit all active Major League baseball stadiums, and publish a


Some people dream of flying above trees, and those people will undoubtedly love Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

Some people dread the thought of climbing a ladder, but I’d argue that they still might love Kerfoot Canopy Tour.