May 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the May issue see Peter Juhl's unique balancing rock sculptures, find out how to incorporate delicious baked goods into your gluten-free diet and meet the social director at Cuzzy's Brick House.

Victoria sculptor Deb Zeller is no stranger to the seasonal magic of Parley Lake Winery, which she owns with her husband and another couple. In the spring, she watches as life awakens with the grapes and apples in full bloom. Summer brings constant change with the development of the fruit.


Go gluten-free with no remorse. Yes, gluten-free foods can taste great. Try soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, cakes or something adventurous like Venezuelan arepas. Surprise your taste buds with the gamut of gluten-free eating available in the southwest metro.


The Victoria Library celebrated its grand opening on March 7 with a big party at its new location on the first floor of Victoria’s City Hall. The libary, which is part of the Carver County Library system, is open Mondays through Saturdays.


Not only is Vicki Eide a traditional naturopath, guiding people towards safe, natural ways to a healthier lifestyle, she’s also a self-described “cookie monster.” Eide’s cookie obsession, however, was hampered by her gluten sensitivity.


There’s no “magic” in Peter Juhl’s stone balancing, but he wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to believe there is. The Eagan artist has a knack for creating unbelievably balanced towers of rocks and then photographing them—sometimes just seconds before they topple.


Most of the boats coast slowly through the water. Some drift from side to side, proving that nature is always more powerful than man. Some move fluidly. One even sinks. And one zips past like a torpedo, much to the crowd’s delight.


Fred Plocher knows a thing or two about risk and reward. As an entrepreneur, the Victoria resident successfully started five businesses. Last year, he took a chance and published his first novel, Stealing Watermelons, and it has created quite the buzz among book lovers.


Another chapter of the Blessing House is written every day. Each guest adds to its story, a tale of hope or happiness, sometimes defeat and personal pain. Open since 2013, the 6,500-square-foot home serves as a community gathering space.


If you’re a kid, chances are you call her Grandma. If you’re an adult, you probably greet her like an old friend. With her gracious smile, genuine enthusiasm and heartfelt sincerity, Eden Prairie’s Elaine Cleveland just has a gift for connecting with people.


Like thousands of kids, Emma Snuggerud, 13, is counting the days until summer camp. Like thousands of camps, there will be swimming, archery, bonfires and night games—but unlike other camps, Snuggerud’s week-long fun fest won’t include gluten.


Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won -by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
Recommended by Andrea Smith


While no one wants to spend too much time thinking about worst-case scenarios, a little planning makes it easier to care for pets in an emergency, like a fire or natural disaster. Here are some important things you can do to set up your own Pet Disaster Plan.


Here’s the best gift you can give a mom of young children for Mother’s Day: Permission to go into the bathroom and close the door. There’s a classy way to do this, though: Wrap up a few bath bombs from Needful Things in Chaska.


Nothing says spring like a gin and tonic. Sometimes I get bored with the same old version, so here is my spin on the classic.

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
Serves 1


Whether she’s exploring Spain or serving people at a North Minneapolis church, Kathryn Secrest appreciates getting to see the world through different perspectives. The senior at Holy Family Catholic High School has spent her high school career connecting with people from all walks of life.


After its wildly popular debut at gardens, zoos and arboretums across North America, the award-winning, record-breaking, nature-inspired sculpture exhibit made entirely of LEGO is making an appearance this summer at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.