March 2015

In the March issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you'll meet nationally ranked Eden Prairie snowboarder Alicia Tong, learn how chef Scott Pampuch is bringing local food to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and peek inside Bandy and Chad Dressen's Carver home.

An Ice Castle in Eden Prairie’s Miller Park provided a much-needed respite from cabin fever this winter.


Beer drinkers are serious about their beer. And these days more people seem to be beer drinkers. Local craft brews have amassed a passionate following. Enthusiasts cite beer descriptions with encyclopedia-like fastidiousness.


After living in Las Vegas for 12 years, Minnesota natives Kristine McNamara and her husband, Steve, were thrilled to return to their home state last winter. But moving from the desert of Nevada to the frozen tundra of Minnesota in the dead of winter proved to be quite the transition.


Even if you haven’t read the best-selling book or seen the movie, starring Reese Witherspoon, that’s based on the book, chances are you’ve at least heard the name Cheryl Strayed in the past few years.


When Eden Prairie residents Loren and Kristen Heeringa bought their Eden Prairie home in 1996, they never expected to live there for almost two decades. “The house wasn’t to our taste at the time we bought it,” explains Kristen. “It was odd that we ended up staying there for 17 years.”


Chef Scott Pampuch has spent his career connecting eaters with food producers in as few steps as possible, and in his role as district executive chef for the University of Minnesota, he’s continuing that work on an institutional scale.


It took only one trip to the Hyland ski area for Eden Prairie native Alicia Tong to unlock her potential as a world-class competitive snowboarder.


At first glance, it might appear that charitable giving, a freezer full of meat and happy hour have nothing to do with each other.

But that’s only if you’ve never been to a Minnesota meat raffle.


From Carver to Eden Prairie, and all points in between, residents love a little one-stop shopping, where they can find everything from diaper deals to a dose of daily drama.


Looking around the Carver Junk Company is like meeting up with old friends—who have undergone dramatic makeovers.


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by Hugh Howey

Recommended by Emily Lloyd

A brilliant dystopian novel that feels like a new science fiction classic, in a world where everyone lives underground due to a poisoned environment.


The Carver-Scott Humane Society typically sees a 50 percent increase in its kitten population each spring and fosters 24 adult cats and 30 kittens per month at this time of year, according to Bruce Kranig, executive director. Here are some ways to help:


Can we all agree that “the tea lady”, Kris James, makes our culinary landscape that much richer?


Athletics and community service are two separate spheres for many people, but for Eden Prairie senior Blake Cashman, the two go hand in hand.


Bryan Dunn has been interested in design for as long as he can remember, so adding illustrations to his son’s paper lunch bag came naturally. “I’ve always drawn,” he says.