February 2014

In the February issue of Maple Grove Magazine, you'll meet three Maple Grove families who have welcomed exchange students into their homes and communities. You'll also find the best unique pizzas in Maple Grove in our Restaurants section, follow an Osseo resident's complete makeover and get in touch with three accomplished high school athletes. Pick up a copy today!

Last summer, Mick Wragg was sitting on his back patio enjoying the nice afternoon, when he noticed an abundance of chipmunks. He and his wife decided to throw a few nuts at them for entertainment.


Look beyond pepperoni and you will see a world full of crust topped with unusual edibles. Maple Grove has its share of interesting culinary delights which harken to that original Italian triangle we call pizza. Sometimes it’s a spectacular topping, other times it’s a crust that’s cracker thin.


Osseo Senior High School performers took it day by day through the Gospel parables in a production of Godspell. All photos by Rich Moll.


Channel your inner super hero and gain some confidence along the way. World Taekwondo Academy is offering a self-defense class for women ages 13 and up on March 1st at 10 a.m. The class will teach practical defensive moves that can be useful in any risky situation.


Maple Grove is full of great salons and boutiques so we decided to capture some of that magic with a makeover.


Great achievements are often times marked by great victories. Three outstanding Maple Grove area young girl athletes added significant accomplishments to their resume last year. They prove that age is simply a number and that anything is possible.


When local families open their homes to international exchange students, everybody learns from the experience. Meet the Jones, Norby and Fjeldsted families as they share their unique experiences and what they enjoy most about hosting exchange students.


A scruffy puppy named Freddie, with floppy ears and wistful eyes, once lived in an Arkansas shelter. His fur, the color of Caribbean beach sand, was badly matted and balding in spots around his snout and belly. Freddie waited to be claimed. But he had no owner.


Gone are the days when kids wandered off to nearby parks, sans parental supervision, and played for hours on end. Father of three and Maple Grove resident Pat Ross noticed this and set out to create a new play-time destination: his own backyard.


That candle you bought at Bath and Body Works might have the word “aromatherapy” stamped on its label, but the actual practice of aromatherapy is far more nuanced than burning the wick in a jar of wax.


No improvement needed! J Brothers Home Improvement has once again won NARI’s Minnesota Chapter Achievement in Consumer Excellence Award (ACE).


Each year the Twin Cities Youth Choral hosts a youth choral festival during which area choirs share their voices and sing together  in a final mass number that captures a kind of pure sound that only young voices can produce and which elicits goose bumps and an inability to wipe the smile off you


Two Maple Grove businesses were recently awarded a prestigious honor. Number 390 Channel Partners LLC and Fitness On Request both made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Business List, and even rounded out the top 400.


Maple Grove charter school Beacon Academy has been recognized as a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Beacon ranks in the top 15 percent of Title I schools based on the The Multiple Measurements Rating.


Kate Maguire, the Osseo School District’s Superintendent, has been named the 2014 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year, a prestigious honor sponsored by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).


Leaving behind a half-day kindergarten program for a full-day one is a transition for students, teachers and parents alike. In the last legislative session, a bill was passed to create funding for kindergarten state-wide which opened the door for a longer school day.