Arts & Culture

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.

With two much larger brothers growing up, I scampered away from fights. I never could get up on water skis. We have a pool in my backyard and a cabin up north where swimming is recreational and relaxing.

Last summer, Mick Wragg was sitting on his back patio enjoying the nice afternoon, when he noticed an abundance of chipmunks. He and his wife decided to throw a few nuts at them for entertainment.

Osseo Senior High School performers took it day by day through the Gospel parables in a production of Godspell. All photos by Rich Moll.

Great achievements are often times marked by great victories. Three outstanding Maple Grove area young girl athletes added significant accomplishments to their resume last year. They prove that age is simply a number and that anything is possible.

When local families open their homes to international exchange students, everybody learns from the experience. Meet the Jones, Norby and Fjeldsted families as they share their unique experiences and what they enjoy most about hosting exchange students.

No improvement needed! J Brothers Home Improvement has once again won NARI’s Minnesota Chapter Achievement in Consumer Excellence Award (ACE).

Each year the Twin Cities Youth Choral hosts a youth choral festival during which area choirs share their voices and sing together  in a final mass number that captures a kind of pure sound that only young voices can produce and which elicits goose bumps and an inability to wipe the smile off you

Maple Grove charter school Beacon Academy has been recognized as a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Beacon ranks in the top 15 percent of Title I schools based on the The Multiple Measurements Rating.

Kate Maguire, the Osseo School District’s Superintendent, has been named the 2014 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year, a prestigious honor sponsored by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).

Leaving behind a half-day kindergarten program for a full-day one is a transition for students, teachers and parents alike. In the last legislative session, a bill was passed to create funding for kindergarten state-wide which opened the door for a longer school day.

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