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.

In George Bernard Shaw’s novel Immaturity, there’s a clever and ever-comprehensible conditional sentence: “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

Skyler DeGrote is the 22-year-old author of two books in the Soul Collection triology—and she’s working on another. A 2010 Maple Grove Senior High graduate, DeGrote recently finished a degree in advertising and graphic communications at the University of Minnesota-Moorhead.

One of our favorite local stage organizations, Yellow Tree Theatre, has been awarded the 2014 Star Tribune Best of Minnesota’s “Best unexpected place to find great theater” award, and is the 2014 winner of a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Achievement Award.

A kid’s bedtime is the worst. Trying to get little ones to go to sleep can be a nightly battle. So much so that Richard Dahlberg based an entire children’s story around a battle he had with his then 7-year-old daughter Allison.

Stained glass artist Mac McMillan in his Maple Grove studio.

How does a Marine Corps crew chief on F4 Phantoms get into creating stained-glass masterpieces? All it takes is one breathtaking experience with a church and a big window.

The month of April brings the notorious aspects of the spring season, such as
April Fool’s Day and rainy weather. But perhaps most important, it brings the
official start to baseball season. Baseball is truly America’s favorite pastime,

There’s nothing quite like attending the world premiere of a local play that you know you won’t see anywhere else— and Yellow Tree Theatre has had the privilege of helping the Maple Grove community experience this year after year.

“I like seeing the big transformations and how you can update someone’s home without making big renovations.”—Painterati Sales Supervisor Katy Slater

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

PlymouthREADS, now in its fifth year, is collecting entries for its “Six-Word Memoirs” anthology. The rules are simple: Share, in exactly six words, your story. For example: “Great career. Nearing retirement.