A variety of flowers rest on the concrete.

For this year's Best of Maple Grove issue, Maple Grove Magazine editor Renée Stewart-Hester selected some of her favorite quotes of the year.

Growing up in Liberia, Adja Kumba Kaba Ann developed a lifelong passion for literature in a region where books were few and far between. “I was lucky that my father introduced me to reading at a very young age,” Ann says of her father, a college professor who read to her.

Since the early 1990s, the church-based preschool at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove has been caring for kids. Karing Kingdom Preschool celebrated its 20th anniversary with the wrap-up of the 2014–2015 school year.

Ruff Start Rescue hosted a day-long adoption event at the PetSmart of Maple Grove.

As the mercury rises and air-conditioning units work double-time, there is no better way to beat the heat than by taking a dip in one of Maple Grove’s public lakes. Even with sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, it’s easy to take for granted our local lakes.

Tom and Mary Nelson stayed in Maroma Beach, Mexico, during February, and enjoyed the February issue of Maple Grove Magazine. 

(Photo courtesy of Lunn Brink)

Three years ago Maple Grove teen and musician Hunter Fraser hosted his first fundraising concert, "Haiti Fest" for a missions trip to Ha

“The vision for people to live, work and play in the community comes to greater fruition with the creation of Central Park,” says Tim Phenow, chair of the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board.

Last year, Maple Grove Magazine held its annual readers’ choice survey, and we asked members of the community to tell us their favorites in 50 categories. Check out this list of 2014’s winners and see how this year’s crop compares: You’ll find some repeat favorites and some newcomers.

Choosing Categories

Each year, the editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for the Best of Maple Grove survey, usually eliminating a few of the less popular ones—where fewer people voted—and adding new topics to keep things fresh.


Friday, July 19
[Benefits & Fundraisers]
Don’t miss this community event to attack cancer with a night of music, food, fundraising, and friends.
Thursday, August 15
[Arts & Performance], [Benefits & Fundraisers], [Food & Drink], [For the Kids]
A new event series powered by Covey. The Bright Side Charity fair was created to showcase and highlight local non profits, giving visibility to their brand and mission.

Event Galleries

Take a look at photos from events in your community.