While many of her peers pursued college, Eden Prairie High School graduate (2009) Alex Baumhardt took off for New Zealand and worked on an organic farm.

Anne Hayes is an accomplished artist who lives in her own home on a quiet Eden Prairie cul-de-sac with her dog, T-Bone, a black lab/St. Bernard mix. “Much better than a husband,” she quips. “He doesn’t talk back.”

Chanhassen High School senior Sam Buisman is always up for a spirited conversation, and he’s using his activities in high school to help position himself for a career as a lawyer.

Some of life’s seminal moments transpire in the most unexpected ways.

In her 50s, Barb Greenberg’s marriage of 33 years ended in a painful divorce.

Chanhassen’s Lindsey Dobbins, senior at Minnetonka High School, is recognized nationally for her academics and artwork.

Josh Mohling, a senior at Holy Family Catholic School in Victoria, focuses his time on athletic, academic and community excellence. This year, Mohling is captain of the varsity soccer team. He is also on the varsity tennis team.

Have you ever tried the cherry chicken pasta salad from the Lunds & Byerlys deli? If you have and you loved it—and that would make you part of a very large group—you can thank Tim Tesch.

Managing a city does not always end at 5 p.m. Cities run 24 hours per day. The city manager oversees all of the city’s departments, making sure that they run smoothly.

Carmen Chavez, a senior at the International School of Minnesota, loves to learn about world languages, theater and music. Fluent in Spanish, she has taken three trips to Ecuador and connected with the indigenous people living there.