July 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the July issue find out our favorite people, places and things as we reveal the Best of Southwest Metro 2017 results!

Though Deb Zeller refers to herself as a hobbyist when it comes to photography, she has been passionate about photography since she was a little girl.

 

In the first month they opened a commercial kitchen for their catering business, Lance Hamlin and Laura Martinek had no idea they’d soon be providing a haven for Waconia residents pining for comforting, made-from-scratch breakfast, lunch and now dinner dishes.

 

Mackenthun’s market started with a dream and some tasty homemade sausage back in 1917, making this year its 100th anniversary.

 

Our communities/Our magazine—the faithful masthead companion to Southwest Metro Magazine says a lot, but it doesn’t say it all. The table of contents has something to say, too.

 

After years of traveling for their jobs, Scott Kaldenberg and Brandon Thornton were on the hunt for a new adventure, one near their Eden Prairie homes. “I traveled Monday through Friday for the majority of my career,” explains Kaldenberg, a retired management consultant.

 

John Oman spends hours working in his Chaska yard—it doesn’t require a green thumb but a deft touch at toppling awkward-shaped wooden blocks. Winter or summer, Oman is outside by himself or with friends, perfecting his aim in the old Nordic lawn game with the peculiar-sounding name: Kubb.

 

No one at Burn Boot Camp can deny feeling a burn while working out at the new group fitness studio in Eden Prairie. But then again, everyone who feels the burn agrees— it’s worth it.

 

Just shy of his 50th birthday, Kevin Kuhn’s budding midlife crisis suddenly compelled him to write a book. Previously, Kuhn’s writing had mostly been limited to journaling. “I just started writing,” he says. “I didn’t talk to a publisher or do any research. It was somewhat cathartic.”

 

Spearmint Mojito

1 ½ oz. Corralejo Blanco Tequila
½ oz. Marie Brizard Creme de Cassis
2 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
3–6 oz. lemon lime soda
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

 

Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier—how I wish this book had been written when my daughter was little. It is the best “parenting guide” I have ever read, and I have read a lot.

 

You’ve written a song or two and perfected your favorite pop tune in front of a mirror, but you have a crippling fear of performing on a real stage. To get up in front of an audience would be like jumping out of an airplane for the first time. Be encouraged—there is a safe place to land.

 

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany, taking the United States into World War I. Many Germans, attempting to flee from the horrors of the war, immigrated to the United States.

 

With the spirit of the Fourth of July flying strong this month, many will proudly wave the nation’s flag, but there are several important elements of the Flag Code.