Health & Wellness

In 2005, when Chris Lower was 35, he contracted a flu virus that landed in his heart and left him with congestive heart failure. Doctors gave him five years to live. Lower, newly married and months away from becoming a father, committed to doing everything possible to prolong his life.

Children’s memories of the New Year can stay with them for years to come. So for the past decade parents have carried on a tradition of going to the Family New Year’s Eve Party at the Maple Grove Community Center.

As the weather changes, so does your pet’s skin; dryness is a common side effect of winter. Here are a few tips courtesy of Keith Miller at Bubbly Paws to keep your pooch ready and safe for winter.

Last February, the Osseo High School Orioles beat out 10 to 15 other schools to win the inaugural Minnesota State High School Powerlifting Championship. The team, formed by weight room supervisor and coach Daniel Prody, started as an informal group of student athletes training in the off-season.

With a new group fitness class schedule, Pure Barre opened in Maple Grove last December.

Looking for fun on a Friday this month? Look no further than the Lookout Bar and Grill. It’s warm enough to be outside on the patio, but you will want to move inside on Fridays to hear the band. Come before 9 p.m.

Stand-up paddleboarding is a new fad perfect for a day out on the lake in Minnesota. Three Rivers Parks District hosts a lesson for those hoping to try the activity out at Fish Lake Regional Park.

Maple Grove is home to many walking paths, and therapist Jenny Reimann has decided to take advantage of that amenity.

For 43-year-old Dominican Republic native and former professional baseball player José Lara, exercise has always been a priority. Having recently opened Get It Done Fitness studio in Osseo, Lara now aims to help others get fit, too.

Since the first infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was reported in Michigan in 2002, the invasive Asian beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees nationwide. The pest was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009.

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