April 2013

Local Wedding Designer | Community Baseball | Best Bacon Dishes

Animals aren’t always the best subjects for a photo. They’re driven by instinct, always moving from one activity to the next without pause. Yet Miss Piper is no ordinary dog.  She is a diva who loves the spotlight, and loves being photographed by her owner Gary Stevens.


Bacon: It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Menus around the southwest metro are plush with bacon dishes, from breakfast frittatas to sweet maple bacon long johns, burgers, soups and salads.


Minnesota author Lorna Landvik never is afraid to take a chance.


Asked what he enjoys most about town baseball, Chaska Cubs catcher/outfielder Cory Poppitz reacts as quickly as he would to a fat pitch across home plate.

“What's not to like?”


Chaska native Tara LaTour knew that she wanted to pursue the creative life from a young age after watching her grandmother sew beautiful gowns.


This summer, the newly created Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Sculpture Garden officially opens to the public. This walkable garden, set on a hillside, includes more than 20 distinctive works of art that have been generously donated by Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison of Wayzata.


Bullying is not harmless teasing or adolescent banter. It’s the ongoing victimization of a person or group of people and it can lead to tragic consequences. That’s exactly why a group of local Girl Scouts decided to tackle this topic head-on.


Baby gifts

Products arranged in the order listed, from left to right.


Flowers have always been a part of Jan Sotebeer’s life. Growing up in southern California, Sotebeer had the luxury of sunny skies, warm weather, and a year-round garden right outside her door.


The folks at It’s Just Perfect in Chaska don’t joke around when it comes to ice cream treats. The candy/gift shop sells everything from fudge to hotdogs, but when the temperatures rise, it’s the malts that keep customers coming back.


The Chanhassen Rotary’s ninth annual Chanhassen Community Gala celebrates the city this month, and tickets are still available. The event, which includes silent and live auctions, also features the announcement of the Person of the Year and the rotary’s Charity Partner of the Year.


Eden Prairie’s MakeMusic has been trailblazing the music software industry for more than 20 years. The company’s Finale and SmartMusic software helps composers, arrangers, teachers, students, and musicians create masterpieces and receive feedback on their work.


American Grown : the Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
by Michelle Obama
Recommended by Laura Carlson


Bellbottoms, parachute pants, skinny jeans—trends are universally true of all buying practices.


Jennifer Senescall wanted to pick up a bottle of wine for a wedding reception last summer, but she was disappointed when she had a hard time finding a bottle with a fitting label, so the mother of two with a full-time job as a hair stylist decided to add one more thing to her hefty to-do list: in