May/June 2020

Crescent of colours
Arching high above our heads.
Sunshine brings us hope.
—Paul Holmes

Editor's note: This issue was finalized as our community, nation and world were in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. It was our editorial staff’s sincere hope that, by the time this issue landed in your mailbox, the virus would be contained, and we would have eased back into our daily routines, ever mindful of the lives lost and impact felt by so many around the world. However, due to the quickly evolving circumstances in our community during the creation of this issue, please note that some events/dates and even some business operations may have changed since these pages went to print. As your community magazine, we will continue to spotlight residents—the cornerstones of this area—and focus on the importance of local businesses in the Southwest Metro area.

Quinn Larson, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, donated his money from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to build an inclusive playground.


Last fall, local photographer Jim Douglas documented the Waconia Fire Department’s tribute to members of the Fire Department of the City of New York, who perished on 9/11 and in the months that followed the horrific event.

A bloody mary from the Garage Bar & Bowl.

Take a sip of some of the best bloody marys in the Southwest Metro and beyond.

Holy Family Catholic High School Principal Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown is retiring after 20 years as the Victoria school’s first and only principal.

Kelly Rodenberg, author of There's Something Going on Upstairs

Kelly Rodenberg chronicles her journey in a humorous and, at times, faith-filled book, There's Something Going on Upstairs.

Boating gear from local retailers.

We’ve culled a list of items from area retailers (local and across the Metro) that will help keep your day on the water “on an even keel.”

Duck and scallops from the Noble Lion

Three local restaurants, though varying in size, location and menu offerings, are connected by the common thread of sustainability and strive to reflect their commitment to the mission through their menus.

A custom embroidered bag from Hoops and Threads.

Hoops and Threads offers unique, custom gifts.

Vanilla rose meringues

While roses by the dozen or a single stem staged in a vase are naturally beautiful, would the essence of roses be just as stunning included in recipes, or would it be a thorny endeavor?

A person plants a plant in a raised bed garden.

This is a perfect option for beginners and seasoned gardeners, who aspire to find a beautiful photo opportunity in their own backyard.

A glass of champagne punch

Punch up any gathering with this sweet beverage.

Two women plank in a park

tudies show that outdoor workouts have multiple benefits, including boosting moods, releasing stress, improving self-esteem and increasing absorption of natural vitamin D, which takes a dive in the winter.