Arts & Culture

John Robinette was walking around the Maple Grove Days car show last summer when something caught his eye. “It was a flathead Ford [engine],” says Robinette, who was intrigued by the contrast between the chrome and red paint, and the old-fashioned acorn nuts.

Behind every outstanding student is someone influential—a person, key to that young scholars’ motivation to succeed. This year we feature three outstanding area students as well as the people who have “paid it forward” by investing in the success of someone else.  

When Maple Grove Junior High School opens its doors the first week of September there will be a new face greeting incoming students. Though new to the building, the new principal Lisa Hartman is far from a stranger to the district.          

Bob Simenson has seen a lot of firsts. After 20 years of training, Simenson has become the first student at USA Karate in Maple Grove to achieve Master rank.

The 2013 Best of Maple Grove and Plymouth party was a smashing success, as hundreds of local residents, leaders, businesspeople and luminaries came out to celebrate what makes our community great. Our staff photographer, Emily J. Davis, was on hand to document the night.

Serenity has a way of always being closer than you think. The small duck pond featured in Jon Kolbrek’s photograph is peacefully tucked behind a local Maple Grove neighborhood, surrounded by houses and trails.

Peruse glittering pieces of jewelry, scan the luxurious colors of paintings and glassware, create art yourself for free and meet real artists.

The Nobel Prize has nothing on the best elements of Maple Grove. Whether it be gas, liquid or solid, residents know what they like and they make their voices heard each year in our reader’s survey. These are places, things and people that have proven their true metal.

What does the top of this year’s Maple Grove Senior High graduating class plan on doing for the summer?

School might be out for the summer, but Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math and Technology School have much to celebrate. Birch Grove and Weaver Lake both received honors in May for their excellence in diverse and engaging instruction.