Outdoors

Chanhassen, Prairie, Southwest Metro, Prairie Yields Photo Gold

Thomas Cook’s Chanhassen Prairie Plant placed third in the Nature & Wildlife category for the 2018 Southwest Metro Photo Contest.

Tabor. It’s pronounced tay-brr, and you’re going to need Google Maps to find it. The tiny northwestern Minnesota town—population 122—is where Jeff Gaffney spent lots of time as a kid. Visiting his grandparents’ farm in the burg shaped his work ethic and deep respect for the land.

Since 1970, the world sets one day aside to celebrate the Earth. San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisc. Sen. Gaylord Nelson asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 192 countries.

Kyle Wegner doesn’t have to trudge far to get to his favorite winter stomping ground. His family lives near the top of the Power Hill Park sledding hill in Chanhassen. The sophomore at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities has been gliding down it for most of his life.

In The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, journalist Michael Finkel’s biography chronicles the improbable tale of Christopher Knight who, compelled to follow some internal bearing, took to the woods to live out his life.  How is it possible to survive for deca

In The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, journalist Michael Finkel’s biography chronicles the improbable tale of Christopher Knight who, compelled to follow some internal bearing, took to the woods to live out his life.  How is it possible to survive for deca

The Staring Lake Outdoor Center has a long history that began with the State Emergency Relief Association (SERA) in 1935. SERA was an organization similar to the Works Progress Administration (WPA). However, it was state funded, instead of federally funded.

John Oman spends hours working in his Chaska yard—it doesn’t require a green thumb but a deft touch at toppling awkward-shaped wooden blocks. Winter or summer, Oman is outside by himself or with friends, perfecting his aim in the old Nordic lawn game with the peculiar-sounding name: Kubb.

Reeling in a whopper of a paddling opportunity is an easy catch. With its many waterways, the southwest metro abounds with padding possibilities for all ages and levels.  

Sonja Anderson enjoys hiking the natural wonderland in southwestern Eden Prairie that honors her late husband’s land preservation efforts.

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