June 2014

In this issue of Maple Grove Magazine you'll find a guide to summer dining in the Grove, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Milbrandt Gardens, and see how executive chef Rolando Diaz fed a crowd at the Maple Grove Farmers Market using only local ingredients.

Each year, more than 300 teachers and staff at District 279 hold a variety show that raises scholarship money for high school seniors. This year, Wastebasket Revue awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships.


Summertime in Minnesota offers plenty of opportunity to be outside; Mindy Gallagher of Maple Grove captured the essence of summer activity in her family’s backyard pool.

The Maple Grove Arts Council hosts its annual daylong KidStock event for children of all ages at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.
Brandon and Mackenzie Barta demonstrate their ball handling skills on the Minnesota Lynx practice court at Target Center.

If you’ve ever been to a Minnesota Lynx basketball game, there’s a good
chance you’ve seen one of them.

Erin Monasterio, left, and Becca Scott hang handmade ombre canvas art made of paint chip color samples in the shape of tiny butterflies.

College students have plenty to balance: classes, homework, part-time jobs,
friends…and the list goes on. But for two Maple Grove High School (MGHS) grads,

Three seniors from Maple Grove area high schools have been named finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Lee Salz, a Maple Grove author, sales management strategist and motivational speaker has published another book focused on methodologies that he developed over the past 25 years of hi
The expression on this little one's face made this entry a stand-out.
When Bryan Anderson of Maple Grove snapped this photo, titled “It’s Hot Outside” last July, he never expected that it would take honorable mention in a photo contest.
Homeowner Michael Ysbrand picked luxury vinyl plank flooring called Matterhorn Bleached Torched Pine for his remodeled kitchen and dining room.
In July, Floors of Distinction is celebrating its 25th year of providing flooring to Maple Grove area homes.
A cucumber pear margarita and a fresh spinach salad on the patio at 3 Squares Restaurant means summer is finally here to stay.

Admit it, we’re all ready for a little sunshine. Add to that a glass of crisp white wine, a scrumptious summer salad and an enchanting atmosphere and you’ll feel those wet mornings and mid-week blizzards slowly fade to distant memories.

Stained glass artist Mac McMillan in his Maple Grove studio.

How does a Marine Corps crew chief on F4 Phantoms get into creating stained-glass masterpieces? All it takes is one breathtaking experience with a church and a big window.

The storybook playhouse, with its mini golf course, is a grandchild magnet; Roz Milbrandt; a statue sits among the petunias in the children’s garden; planning for the Milbrandt garden began in 1996.

The Rules at Grandma Roz Milbrandt’s place are: clothes will absolutely be worn to play in the water, dinosaur eggs exist if you hunt hard enough and fairies are ever-watchful.

Marna's Catering executive chef Rolando Diaz.

AGENT: Executive Chef Rolando Diaz

MISSION: Create a meal made entirely from ingredients found at the Maple Grove Farmers Market

Extended Mission: Feed a crowd.