August 2011

Prep Elite | Fresh Food Picks

This stunning monarch was a regular visitor at the Russell residence in Eden Prairie before becoming the subject of this photo. “One spring I noticed this monarch butterfly spending quite a bit of time in my lilac shrub, just outside the door,” says Jody Russell.


Hey, carnivores, do you crave the slow-roasted goodness of baby back ribs or brisket, yet find yourself short on the time it takes for all that preparation – the seasoning, the smoking, the braising or grilling?  These local restaurants are more than willing to stand in when you need a night out


The Miracles of Mitch Foundation began with a pinky promise between father and son. Nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas was dying of cancer, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to help others.


Wondering what to do with the loads of corn, tomatoes, zucchinis and basil that’s piling up at farmers markets or spilling out of your garden? Chef Becky Windels, most recently of The Herb Box (755 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie;, has a few tasty ideas.


From saving the environment to studying politics and sports practice to play rehearsal—not to mention keeping up academically—this group of southwest metro teens has what it takes to succeed both in the classroom and in the future.


Kathryn Ravey


If you only knew Visanthe Shiancoe by his Twitter handle (@VShiancoe), you might be under the impression that the only thing the Minnesota Vikings tight end takes seriously is his off-season workouts.


“There are only two kinds of music,” American music icon Duke Ellington once decreed. “Good and bad.”


When Terri Myers brought her 6-year-old son, Eric, to the doctor in 2004, she had no idea how much her life was about to change. Eric, who had lost some weight and complained of fatigue, was diagnosed with Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.


When Rodney Golden, owner of Golden Technologies, started having problems finding reliable employees for his small business, he launched a program to teach potential employees both the technical and social skills that he was looking for i


The Dead Lie Down
By Sophie Hannah
Recommended by Ali Turner


Pioneer Ridge Middle School counselor Megan Gruis and history teacher Sarah Rother received a $5,000 grant from the National Education Association to implement a new program for incoming sixth-graders, Where Everybody Belongs (WEB).


Can’t find a yoga class that fits your crazy-busy schedule? That’s not a problem with the classes on demand available at the Anytime Fitness in Chaska.


Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup contain no alcohol, but they add a tasty punch to a glass of sparkling wine. Each jar, which is made in Sydney, Australia, is packed with 11 hibiscus flowers in a purplish red syrup.


How would you like to run a 196-mile relay—from Winona to Minneapolis—in just 30 hours? Still interested? The Ragnerds are. These 11 men from the southwest metro suit up every year to compete in this one-of-a-kind event.