December 2016 Maple Grove Magazine

In the December issue we're breaking down 10 different ways to indulge your cocoa craving, highlighting some talented local weavers and sharing an adventurers gift guide.

Last January, the recently opened Central Park of Maple Grove gave residents the chance to enjoy the thrill of the holiday season outdoors. One popular wintertime activity is skating at Central Park’s ice-skating loop.


The holidays are the season of indulgence and celebration, a time for comfort foods and rich, flavorful delights before New Year’s resolutions send everyone back to the gym. The gingerbread houses and tree-shaped cookies are at-home staples, but dining out is a time to up the ante.


Have you ever taken a staycation? What? Not that trendy new idea that means you stay close to home and pretend you’re on vacation? Yes, that’s exactly what we mean.


Who doesn’t enjoy Christmas lights when the nights are dark and the sun sets early in December? The Grinch?


Judy Stowe’s basement is a weaver’s paradise. When she begins creating a new piece, her fingers move gracefully along the design and she pushes the pedals to lift different sets of strings as if she is playing a melody on the piano.


They’re elite female athletes in their early 20s to mid-40s. They are restaurant cooks, military personnel, police officers, medical-field workers, teachers, personal trainers and stay-at-home moms.


A decade ago, Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, wanted to make a difference. Specifically, she wanted to assist an organization in her area, the Center for Family Health, with their need for mattresses, blankets and beds.


It all happened in very short order. In early June, on the Today show, an announcement was made about a contest to find the funniest dad in America in celebration of Father’s Day. “Apply online,” they said, “if you’re a dad with a funny story to tell.” Maple Grove resident M.


Doug and Patricia Birklands visited Denali National Park during the best of weather.

Winter Wonder

Maple Grove resident Sue Salo (on left) saw an entirely differnent side of Denali National Park with brother-in-law Steve and sister Dr. LeAnn Salo via bush plane.


As a nationally ranked skier with a 4.0+ GPA at Heritage Academy and offers to play soccer and ski at college, Madison Lee sets herself apart as an outstanding high school student with big plans for the future.


After 20 years in advertising and content marketing, Amy Adams was looking to get into a business she believed in and could regain balance in her life.


This Christmas break, step away from the temptation of buying something new and trendy, and try acquiring something classic and vintage.


Mindy Gallagher is the second-place winner of the 2016 Maple Grove Magazine photo contest in the Landmarks category.


Since May, Chuck Stifter has been the director of Maple Grove Parks and Recreation; a familiar face in a new role.