March/April 2021

“Our large dog coordinator had a 75 percent increase in the number of lives saved over the summer.” —Rachel Mairose, Secondhand Hounds in Minnetonka

Read the ditigal edition.

Wide open spaces. If 2020 gave us anything, it’s the appreciation (dare I say downright unbridled love?) of them and the physical and emotional freedom that they afford and inspire.

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Rod Smoliak took the photo on a baseball field at Cedar Island Elementary.

Ham Egg and Cheese Slab Pie

Pie–she’s often the underappreciated sister in the dessert family. Cake gets all the glory—candlelit entrances at birthdays and tiered seating at weddings, and all eyes are on her first slice at a host of gender reveal parties.

Dog wearing rainbow bandana from Loon & Beau’s Pride line

We’re not the only ones who could use a springtime fashion glow up.

Dog playing outdoors in the snow

With many Minnesotans sticking closer to home during the pandemic, folks have been looking for inspired ways to use their newfound time and engage in socially-distanced endeavors. For some, that meant welcoming pets into their homes.

Camping with a rooftop camper

There’s tent camping. Then there’s camper camping. How about a friend’s couch camping? Or is that surfing? Regardless, have you heard of rooftop camping?

polymer clay earrings

Lauren Sutton grew a creative hobby into a full-blown brand—Olive + Siena—all within the course of a year.

Women by Maple Grove signt

Face Foundrié is rooted in the idea that skin care should be accessible and efficient. “After having my third baby, my skin was all out of sorts,” says founder and CEO Michelle Henry.

Pregnant couple counting baby's kicks in utero

Since February 2019, Tausha Patterson has been advocating for the education of mothers and medical professionals about new ways to care for babies during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester.

vase of pink peonies

This is a time of renewal with plants emerging from the ground and shrubs and trees forming buds with the promise of a new season. What comes after that, is my favorite thing about spring—the sweet-smelling fragrances of early blooms.

eco-friendly grocery bag of produce

March is the month when we think shamrocks, leprechauns and all things green!