July 2013

Stunning Backyard Renovations | Best Beaches in the Southwest Metro | Pie in the Sky

Not all great pictures are the agonized, labored efforts of skilled photographers. Some are simply spontaneous. Julia Galler and her friends were just enjoying a summer day at Lake Riley Beach when she captured this shot.

 

With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to load up on seasonal fresh fruit. While we’re as big a fan as the next person when it comes to a slice of watermelon or a bowl of fresh raspberries, these beloved flavors can make any dessert into something special.

 

Whether you’re a lemon meringue lover or a tried and true pecan pie loyalist, there’s a seat waiting for you at the Egg & Pie Diner in Chaska.

 

The southwest metro is home to many beautiful beaches, from triathlon-friendly lakes and rustic, natural stretches of sand, to clay-hole swimming dives and chlorinated ponds. Here’s the scoop on where you can enjoy those lazy summer days this year. Chanhassen Lake Ann Beach on Lake Ann1456 W.

 

The creative eye of professional photographer Hans Petruska extends well beyond his camera lens. He designs and maintains park-like gardens on his two-acre lot that serve as a backdrop for much of his stunning photography.

 

Is there anything more serenity-inducing than gliding across the water on a sunny, summer day? Minnesotans have traditionally used boats, canoes or kayaks to achieve that state of summertime zen. But a new method is quickly gaining in popularity: stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

 

From ear infections and respiratory conditions to colic and bed wetting, local chiropractors offer a whole host of treatments that can ease childhood ailments. “Symptoms are a way for the body to alert us to an underlying cause,” says Dr. Chandra Miller of Chaska Family Chiropractic.

 

Overlooking the picturesque Reitz Lake, just adjacent to a quaint grass strip airport, you’ll find Waconia’s newest contribution to the ever-growing Minnesota wine-making industry: Schram Vineyards.

 

After years of driving miles to take and teach yoga classes, Jennifer Fahler, of Carver, decided to take matters into her own hands. The mother of two worked as a group fitness and a yoga instructor for fun in addition to her full-time job when she decided to stretch in a different direction.

 

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers horticultural therapy to groups of people with physical or learning differences to help them break out of their shells and garden outside. Dr. Jean Larson has been working with the program for over 20 years. (The program was a) “natural fit for me.

 

The microbrew craze that has Minneapolis all a Twitter (literally) is coming to Victoria.

 

Left for Dead: a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolisby Peter NelsonRecommended by John KnaussThe amazing, true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis near the end of WWII, a four day struggle for survival in shark infested waters, and the work done by one young man—50 ye

 

This year we’ve seen a surge of un-oaked chardonnays hit the liquor store shelves. Un-oaked chardonnays refer to chardonnay wines not barrel fermented, which taste only of the green apple, lemon, pineapple and similar varietal characteristics the wine is known for.

 

1. See the StarsDid you know that the Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park hosts weekend star parties? Come for the star party, or call in advance to reserve a campground, and stay as long as you like.