February 2015

In the February issue of Maple Grove Magazine you'll find fitness ideas for the entire family, a brief primer on hair removal for guys, and meet the MOMS Club.

Maple Grove-based business owners gathered to celebrate the season at the Yellow Tree Theatre production of A Hunting Shack Christmas.


The annual Sparkle Parade down Main Street Maple Grove kicked off the recent holiday season.


Perhaps it evokes roses, rubies, romance and heart-shaped boxes. Or perhaps it makes you think of ketchup. Whether guided by your passions or your palate, we’ve rounded up some red-inspired offerings from local restaurants—perfect for February.


Do you remember your first snow? Your first sight of a bird in a tree? Your first flash of lightning? Do you remember the world as viewed from your stroller, enormous and purely wonderful?


What’s February in Minnesota without hockey?


Virginia Hoppenrath was 10 years old the first time she saw her wedding dress. She and her sister were singing in their aunt’s wedding. The bride had paid less than fifty dollars for the dress at Powers department store in downtown Minneapolis.


With screen time at an all-time high for kids, and cold weather reinforcing the impulse to stay inside, finding activities to keep kids moving and having fun this winter can be challenging.


MOMS Club is a National organization with chapters around the world, including in Canada, Germany and Italy. Four of those chapters have a local vibe right here in Maple Grove: the Fish Lake, Rice Lake, Weaver Lake and Rush Creek chapters.


The couple was ready to complete their family. They had one son, and were hoping for a second child. The mother, after a successful and healthy pregnancy, suffered complications during the birth of their first son that left her unable to bear additional children.


For many folks, the prospect of hair removal can be a little intimidating. And even though more men are venturing into salons these days (traditionally thought of as ladies-only spaces), taking the plunge is scary and often a little painful.


Valerie Crickett brought Maple Grove Magazine with her while visiting Hitchcock’s Hideaway on Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Inspired by chemistry, but free from the hazards found in a science lab (not to mention those found in generically-processed froyo), this locally owned frozen yogurt franchise has a formula to please all tastes, with a rotating list of 16 flavors and 75 toppings, and policies and ingredient lists


Becky Boe, her two brothers, and her mother decided to open Bear Necessities thrift shop in Osseo, because they “really feel a niche here,” says Boe.


Christy Bishop, a professional educator and interpretive naturalist who runs the Eastman Nature Center program, along with Cristina Palmisano, highlights the class as an opportunity for 4- an


Minnesota High Tech Association’s annual Tekne Awards highlight innovations in everything from agricultural and educational technologies to cybersecurity and software.


Last August, several local librarians shared their favorite reads with us. This month, two more experts pin down some picks for the young and the not-so-young. Here are the latest librarians’ hits:

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos


Crimson basketball all-time-points leader Brycen Wojta reflects on a strong freshman season at Bethel University, where he became an indispensable member of the team’s starting lineup.