POSTED Wednesday, June 27

With today’s tight municipal budgets and parallel focus on sustainability, the Elm Creek Park Reserve melds both concepts in the Elm Creek Singletrack Trail.

POSTED Thursday, May 24

Full disclosure: I couldn’t even wait to leave the parking lot of The Fountains at Arbor Lakes before sampling one of the cupcakes Abby Jimenez, owner of Nadia Cakes and past winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, brought to our interview. While ostensibly “checking my notes” in my car after we had said goodbye, I was actually enjoying a delicious strawberry cupcake, pink and sweet, that was like a delicate burst of summer.

POSTED Wednesday, May 23

I have always loved to decorate. In fact, I was kind of considering interior design as a major before I stumbled upon writing. So I have a love for folks who can take ordinary spaces and turn them into magical places that make you feel cozy, comfortable, and, well, at home.

POSTED Tuesday, May 22

When I first met Geena, the raven-haired black lab pup with the sweetest face ever, and Captain, the 2-year-old golden retriever who showed me how he could open doors with a handle and pick up items off the floor, I was instantly smitten. I was head over heels. I was enamored.

POSTED Tuesday, May 15

DWI and DUI are widely-known driving offenses that need little explanation. DWD, on the other hand, is still in the back seat of common traffic lingo. If you’re struggling to come up with the words behind the acronym, here’s a hint: don’t look it up on your phone while driving. As a matter of fact, if you’re reading this behind the wheel, PUT THE PHONE DOWN! Here’s why…

POSTED Friday, April 27

One of our local newspapers has a nomination process for companies that represent our best workplaces, and I would like to informally put Henningson & Snoxell on my ballot.

The Maple Grove law firm has an ethos of service. Besides practicing law, Henningson & Snoxell attorneys are members of Rotary, Lions, chambers of commerce, professional organizations and sports booster clubs. It’s who they are.

POSTED Wednesday, April 25

Chatting with all the fabulous folks at these wonderful dining establishments in Maple Grove kind of makes me want to kick up my heels and bust out the rut I’ve carved out for myself; which, truthfully, rather pathetically, consists of pretty much the same place every Friday night for dinner and another place on Saturday night. Yawn!

POSTED Thursday, April 12

Want to walk a mile in the shoes of a magazine writer or editor?

POSTED Tuesday, April 3

We're looking for someone with a magic eye, creative mind and a vision that goes beyond the enticing images that grace our magazines and websites. Interested in joining our team at Tiger Oak Media? Check out the job description below and send a resume, cover letter with salary requirements and up to three samples of your creative work to Tamara Prato at by April 17th. No phone calls, please.


Art Director

Tiger Oak Media

POSTED Thursday, March 29

I haven’t hit 30 yet, but when I check in with my old school district, I feel old.

Since I walked out with diploma in hand in 2001, Osseo Area Schools has made amazing strides when it comes to incorporating technology into the learning environment.

When I was a whippersnapper, teachers wrote on white boards. At the time, that was progress. Now, teachers are using Google Voice, Moodle, Twitter and other digital tools and devices to improve learning.