November 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

This month meet your city administrators, learn how the Pinky Swear Foundation is helping children worldwide and check out the new exhibit that's lighting up the Arboretum gardens this winter.

Have you ever tried the cherry chicken pasta salad from the Lunds & Byerlys deli? If you have and you loved it—and that would make you part of a very large group—you can thank Tim Tesch.


While in her dining room one day, Christine Neff Kojetin did not expect to get so close to a buck. “This young buck had ventured to the point that he was literally 20 feet from me on the other side of a window and fence,” Kojetin says.


Skip the meal prep, but find plenty to be thankful for with this traditional Thanksgiving dinner from Axel’s in Chanhassen.

If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without the hassle of preparation, check out these southwest metro venues.


Managing a city does not always end at 5 p.m. Cities run 24 hours per day. The city manager oversees all of the city’s departments, making sure that they run smoothly.


Whether you’re a toddler taken in by the lights in motion or a book lover intrigued by the literary references, Bruce Munro’s art is for everyone. With influences ranging from cockatiels in Australia to clothes pins in Greece to C.S.


When you live in Minnesota, you just have to make the most of winter weather.


What began as a Chanhassen family’s commitment to their child has grown into a national organization. It comes as no surprise to the Chepokases. “I always believed in my heart of hearts it would [grow],” Becky Chepokas says.


By the time November arrives to the seasonal party, many gardeners have put their gardens to bed, but Meg Adams, owner of Divine Containers, says the festivities are still in full swing.


The best way to reach Jaque Bethke of PURE Design Environments is on her cellphone. “I never know where I’m going to be,” she says, and this is no exaggeration.


Carmen Chavez, a senior at the International School of Minnesota, loves to learn about world languages, theater and music. Fluent in Spanish, she has taken three trips to Ecuador and connected with the indigenous people living there.


Hasse Apple Pierita

2 oz. Travis Hasse Apple Pie Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Tierras Blanco Tequila
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ tsp. agave nectar
Ground cinnamon to taste


Dark Tides by Chris Ewan
recommended by Charlotte Johnson

This page-turning thriller had my heart thumping at times. The plot was great and had me thinking of the characters long after I finished the book.


Santa and Mrs. Claus (who get a little help from Les and Janine Hulke of Savage) will be at the Teddy Bear Tea at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center.


Lotus Lake Gifts & Home Décor in Chanhassen sells antiques, gifts and home décor made locally by several different artists. Co-owners Katie Nordby and Nancy Lund, Katie’s mother, always wanted to open a store together.