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.

Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove, made me irritated, confused, sad and surprised. I laughed out loud, covered my mouth and stopped reading to let the moment sink in.

Originally from El Salvador, Rosa Ridderbusch is a painter whose colorful artwork has made quite the impact in the Maple Grove community.

This month we have a rare opportunity to see the work of art teachers from our area at the Maple Grove Arts Center.

Being selected for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir is deemed the highest honor a high school singer can receive in the United States. This year, not one but four students from Providence Academy have been chosen.

Tracy Walsh is a professional photographer and resident of Maple Grove. Looking at her portfolio, you will find that she captures fantastic photographs of people—babies, as well as couples at weddings and engagements.

Meet Grayson Majkozak. His birthday suit serves as perfect attire for his first real photo shoot, with the addition of a little bit of winter warmth.

A restaurant is expensive to build. Purchasing commercial kitchen equipment and topping it off with aesthetically pleasing decor that holds up to the wear and tear of customers often exceeds a half million dollars.

We love our pets and who wouldn’t when they are so adorable, in person and in pictures? We spoke with two local experts, a painter and a photographer, for tips about how to capture our favorite best friends at a special moment in time.

An Artist’s View

Michael Morgan is a pretty typical (if accomplished) 18-year-old high school senior. His strongest subjects at Maple Grove Senior High School were math and science, and he is planning to study mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

Megan Bearce, a Maple Grove resident and member of the Women of Words writing group, is the author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart.