August 2019

Our August issue annually features a sampling of graduating seniors from area high schools. Nominated by their schools and chosen by our team, this year’s Prep Elites come to us by way of their service to others. What that means to them is worthy of plenty of pomp and circumstance.

Runners participate in the District 279 Foundation's Reading is Fun 5K.

The District 279 Foundation's Reading is Fun 5K supports reading and benefits local school libraries.

 
Monica Rampetsreiter of Providence Academy, one of this year's Prep Elites

Providence Academy's Monica Rampetsreiter is on the National Honor Society, a varsity athlete and a mult-instrumentalist. And with all her free time, she volunteers.

 
Gavin Peterson, a member of this year's Prep Elite from Maple Grove Senior High.

Maple Grove Senior High wrestler Gavin Peterson applies lessons from the mat to the rest of his life.

 
Maria Paula Cadena Amortegui, a member of this year's Prep Elite.

Osseo Senior High student hopes to pursue a career in engineering and travel the world.

 
Alex Edstrom of Heritage Christian Academy, a member of this year's Prep Elite.

One of Heritage Christian Academy's top students is also a multi-sport athlete and youth mentor.

 
A hosta in Larry the Hosta Guy's garden.

Larry Welliver and his wife Kathy are growing an oasis of hostas at their Maple Grove home.

 
A shot of the Maple Grove Government Center reflected in a nearby body of water.

Local photographer captures the Maple Grove Government Center at sunset for our photo contest.

 
Signature healthy salads from Crisp & Green.

Former NBA talent backs new salad restaurant in Maple Grove.

 
Amber Olson looks at her homegrown fruits and vegetables in her Maple Grove garden.

What if getting the freshest and cleanest produce was as easy as walking out of your front door?

 
An SGI security guard provides secure transportation.

SGI provides "customer service-based security" in the Twin Cities.

 
A musician plays a guitar at the Maple Grove Concert on the Lawn in Central Park.

Maple Grove plans a day of live music in Central Park.

 
A collection of items from local brands which MN Brands for Good offers for fundraisers, including items from Triple Crown BBQ, Hip Pop Gourmet Popcorn, City Girl Coffee and more

MN Brands for Good offers locally-sourced goods for fundraisers.

 
Yellow flowers, an example of how to trim flowers.

How to keep plants healthy in the summer heat.

 
Two halves of a model brain.

After listening to "Invisibilia," your brain will never think about itself in the same way ever again.

 
A woman reads a parenting book about school.

"Wise Guy" by Guy Kawasaki and "Countdown to College" by Monique Rinere are two recently published books that help parents and caregivers navigate the school process–and life.

 
A painting by Dan McAvey, adult education director at the Maple Grove Arts Center.

Dan McAvey teaches several classes and serves as the adult education director and member of the Board of Directors at the Maple Grove Arts Center.

 
A summer cocktail featuring Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

Cool off with this breezy, easy summer cocktail recipe.