March 2013

Cole DeVries Interview | Lake Waconia Dream Home

Last winter while checking out the views near the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Bill Moeger stumbled upon the scene this scene and created Chaska Snow, which won first place in the nature category of our annual photo contest. “I keep my camera, a Nikon Coolpix, with me at all t


When Traveled Ground steps on stage, stories come alive. For the past 22 years, this Waconia-based band has been bringing the sounds of American roots music to the Twin Cities and across the Midwest. Blues, folk and rockabilly are the heart and soul of this close-knit group.


One student who thinks math stinks has two parents who don’t want to limit their child’s options for competing in a $70 trillion global economy hungry for math-based skills. What’s the solution?

Providing that kid with a different way of looking at the numbers.


Eden Prairie resident Jennifer Martens was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 12 years ago. Ever the optimist, she says that “even though MS is a real drag, I’ve met amazing people and it’s changed my life.


Chanhassen resident and avid reader Pamela Klinger-Horn offers insight into launching a successful book club for tweens and teens. Horn has been an adult book club participant for more than 18 years and a middle-grade book club facilitator for more than eight years.


The End of Everything: A Novel

by Megan Abbott

recommended by Sarah Garbis


When planning my St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I always find myself honoring the same tradition of serving beer, Irish whiskey and Bailey’s. This is funny, because the rest of the year my friends and I are all wine drinkers.


Right now there are 27 children in the southwest metro in need of a mentor.


Uncle Sam’s New Deal is one of the Minnesota Historical Society’s traveling exhibits that will be at Carver County Historical Society from March 23 to May 27.  The New Deal was an enormous federal endeavor, which employed Americans across the country during the Great Depression.   


Turn your collection of marathon T-shirts into a stylish skirt at the new Juju Gear store in Eden Prairie. The store specializes in making skirts for women and girls, hooded scarves, headbands, doll clothes and more—all from recycled T-shirts.


The month of March is synonymous with Irish pride, St. Patrick’s Day revelry, images of leaping leprechauns and of course, the brilliant color green.  We’ve sound a bevy of green beverages for all ages to celebrate—after all, everyone’s Irish this month.  


Local artist Rhonda Tesch has definitely made her mark on Waconia. If you drop by the Mocha Monkey in downtown Waconia you can feast your eyes on many of Rhonda Tesch’s paintings. If you’re lucky, you can say hello to Tesch herself, who works behind the counter part-time.


When Eden Prairie’s Cole DeVries got called into the manager’s office in the spring of 2012, his mind was racing, trying to remember anything he might have done.


It was love at first sight when realtor Becky Larsen first visited Waconia. She had been living in Prior Lake and had never traveled farther west than Victoria. Then, in 2000, a friend asked to tour a house for sale on Lake Waconia. Her friend decided not to purchase the property.