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.

For Chris Spah, daily work turned into a hobby. As a graphic designer, he is always using photos for the websites he creates. “I always need more photos than what is given to me, so I started [photography] in my free time and it turned into another type of art,” Spah says.

Sitting down for a conversation with WWII decorated war veteran Joe Kovar quickly becomes a lesson in world history. Kovar, a 1943 graduate of Anoka High School, joined the Army shortly after graduation and traveled to Georgia to receive infantry basic training.

“I always look for things,” Samantha Eyre explains of her photographic eye. “I don’t always have my camera, but I like to look for things everywhere I go.”

When it comes to choosing holiday gifts, sometimes you just have to pick the goods that catch your eye. This year, we let the colors guide us. We’ve selected items from local stores that pop with gold, red or green.

The McBride sisters, Meghan and Elizabeth, are no doubt wishing they were back in sunny Captiva, Florida, right about now. Perhaps another look at that July issue of Maple Grove Magazine will bring back memories of the summer of 2015.

They’ve turned the page on early life and know how to have fun. It’s Thursday night. They drink wine together. They read together. They venture into new experiences together, but mostly, they share their lives.

Each year we are delighted to receive amazing images of Maple Grove during our photo contest, and here are our winners for 2015.


1st place A Little Girl’s Love for Weaver Lake by Mindy Gallagher

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Best of Maple Grove survey is here! Don't miss your chance to vote for your favorite shops, restaurants, people, hot spots and more.

Mary Nelson and her husband, Tom, enjoyed time in the warm, sunny weather of Maroma Beach, Mexico, during the January cold spell back home.

The Marsden Family (Steve, Cindy, Matt and Mike) of Maple Grove, spent time in Maui, Hawaii, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Steve’s parents. Three-fourths of the family is camera shy!


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.