April 2017 Maple Grove Magazine

In the April issue get to know a local artisan who crafts stunning handmade bags with an urban bohemian style.

The Smith family had just placed their dock back into the water for the long awaited Minnesota spring, and 4-year-old Roman couldn’t wait to caste his line. His mother, Megan Smith, did not miss the opportunity to capture this precious moment that welcomed the coming season.


Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano stirs up the food pot. Chef-partner Fernando Abundez is at the helm of the Maple Grove location. Daily, he features a selection of new shining culinary stars from a recipe database culled over 18 years.


If you’re looking for creative inspiration, 100 quilts of all shapes and sizes made by members of the Maple Grove Quilters will be displayed during a two-day event this month at the Maple Grove Community Center.


On April 20-23 and 27-29, Osseo area schools will hold their annual Wastebasket Revue (WBR) at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park.


Christina Hankins began her career as a painter and pastel artist designing works for private and public clients that she exhibited throughout the Midwest. Fifteen years into her painting career, she began to think about art and function—joining two-dimensional ideas with utilitarian goals.


Here’s a recipe for a landscaping disaster this spring.


In the real estate business, finding homes for clients is the obvious goal. Keller Williams Classic Realty Northwest—based in Maple Grove for over a decade—improves the meaning of home by consistently giving back.


Students in the Maple Grove CorePower Yoga classroom sit facing a wall of mirrors. Instructor Kate Lunski tells them to turn around. Student Angie Ryden rises from her mat and repositions herself facing the back wall: no mirrors. She can’t check her posture, or others’ postures.


Like a hearty laugh or the sports page in the morning, it’s inevitable that some things will be passed down from a parent to child. For Maple Grove’s Leyse family, that trait was the art of coaching.


Superintendent of grounds at Rush Creek Golf Club, Dale Hiebert, took a photo Dec. 14 while the temperatures were below zero. Sun dogs are usually seen as two subtly colored patches of light to the left and right of the sun.


This year Osseo Senior High participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program, adopting a section of Jefferson Highway and ensuring it is well kept.


The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proud to provide scholarships toward higher education to students in the community. In 2016, the foundation awarded a total of $27,000 in scholarships to 25 deserving students.


Each year, the West Suburban Fire Academy in Maple Grove provides firefighter training to volunteers who are then certified in fewer than six months. After another successful term, the time for new participants to apply is right around the corner.


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.


Daniel Willing is a new addition to the Henningson & Snoxell law firm. His practice will focus on corporate, tax and employment law.
 “We are excited to expand our business and corporate law practice with Daniel’s addition to our team,” says president L. David Henningson.


A visit to Patio Town at the end of winter helps me pull through the last gasps of the season. Their Adirondack chairs in many colors make me happy for the remainder of the day.


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