February 2016 Maple Grove Magazine

In the February issue we feature two trendy toddlers, take a closer look at the ritual and form of Japanese bento boxed lunches and we meet two Maple Grove families who set the course for Alpine racing.

As one of the first white settlers in Maple Grove, Pierre Bottineau (1817–1895) stands out as one of the most prominent figures in the history of the area. In fact, before claiming its current name, Maple Grove was referred to as Bottineau’s Prairie.


If you’re looking for a nutritional powerhouse in a small package, a handful of nuts might be your best option for a healthy snack.


Edina Realty clients of Jarrod Peterson and Elizabeth Tanner enjoyed a party and performance of the Christmas show at Yellow Tree Theatre.


“There are a lot of hurting people. How can we raise some funds?” thought CROSS Services board member Pam Hanson 11 years ago. Hanson has since become the chairperson for a very successful annual gathering called Empty Bowls.


Maple Grove Hospital has served as the birthplace of many healthy babies since its opening in 2009. Four baby girls were recognized in a spring 2012 issue of Maple Grove Magazine. Since then, these stylish girls have grown up and started to flex their fashion muscles.


What did your childhood lunch box look like? Did you eat a PB&J while glancing for the 100th time at images of the Partridge Family? Maybe you grew up in the age of soft-sided, zippable bags that carried Lunchables and a juice box.


Pipe organ work is not a particularly visible profession these days. Maple Grove resident and organ restoration expert David Engen attributes this to the fact that nowadays, organ repair and restoration is done almost exclusively within churches and colleges and not in private homes.


“Parents simply don’t know what they don’t know when it comes to protecting their kids in the event [that] something were to happen to them.” It’s one of the early wake-up calls found in a book full of wake-up calls entitled, What Ha


A few years ago, Osseo resident Elie Bengston and her husband where traveling in Door County, Wisconsin when she saw a mosaic that inspired her to start a similar project in her own community.


In 2009, the ski-loving Koch and Wangen families of Maple Grove shared a dream: a high school downhill ski racing team. But the course to the now-thriving Northwest Alpine Ski Team (NWAST), a multi-school varsity team sanctioned by their home district, was far from easy.


February 11 holds its place in history as the birthday of Thomas Edison.


Last November, Maple Grove Magazine featured local book club Read Winers. This month, they invite readers to participate online in their latest book discussion of the novel A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.


Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse for a night out with your special someone. This year, The Lookout Bar and Grill is offering specials sure to have you swooning.


Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, was the backdrop of this vacation shot with sisters Sarah and Katie Masich. They moved to Maple Grove only recently, but wouldn’t leave the country without a piece of home.


Women of Words, otherwise known as WOW, was started in 1994 by five women writers. There are now four chapters of WOW throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Author Kate Shannon joined the group in 2013, and has found great success. “It’s a community for all literary efforts,” she says.


Local folk trio Family Three had no intention of performing at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. According to member Taylor Bongard, a friend secretly signed the group up for an audition, which they successfully passed.


This season, the accessories at Christopher & Banks feature an array of colors in the purple, blue and green families. They also carry a complement of coral-colored items.