Arts & Culture

Memorial Day Celebration

For veterans like Maple Grove legionnaire Kristy Ann Janigo, Memorial Day has always held a special meaning. From a young age, she attended Memorial Day commemorations with her grandfather, a World War II veteran. “It was always very impactful for me,” she says.

Another Miracle on Christmas Lake

When there’s lutefisk, true love and tater tots, how can a show be nothing but a hit?

Pamela Mercado, Daniela y Mateo Viajan a Puerto Rico

Pamela Mercado Michelli’s daughter, Daniela, 5, loves to read. “I always took my daughter to storytime at the … Maple Grove Public Library,” Michelli says.

Maple Grove Sun Light by Rod Smoliak

Maple Grove Sun Light, by Rod Smoliak, received first place in the City Landmarks category in our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

homegrown canned produce

“If you had told me 10 years ago that I would become a chicken lady with a 3,000-square-foot garden, I would have told you [that] you were crazy,” Emily Bretzel says. “When we bought our house, we were simply looking for a beautiful outdoor space.

Concert on the Lawn

Pack your blankets and lawn chairs for Maple Grove’s Concert on the Lawn. After being canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, the concert returns to the city’s Central Park on September 17–18 with gates opening around 4 p.m. 

Studio M Interiors dining room

When it comes to feathering our nests, decisions abound. While major elements might take the front seat, it’s important to tend to the smaller details, which can make or break a design story.

Smokin’ Henways

By dropping the curtain on live entertainment, the pandemic took a toll on the music scene.

The Big Four

If your idea of a good read is a story to help you your mind unwind, then try The Big Four by one of the world’s greatest mystery authors, Agatha Christie.

Emily Frank, The Secret

“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see.” These song lyrics by [Irving Berlin] feel so appropriate as we soak in these last days of summer sunshine.


Maple Grove Days and the Arbor Lakes Art Fair make their anticipated return, making the middle of July an especially fun and family-friendly time in the city. (Events will follow COVID guidelines.)