September 2016 Maple Grove Magazine

In the September issue get involved in the crossfit phenomenon and find out how local women are taking action to fight ovarian cancer.

In the 2015 Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, Kim Seeger won first place in the Pets category with this photo of her 3-year-old golden retriever, Levi.


Nothing satisfies the palate like a great cut of steak. It’s versatile enough to be paired with a rich red merlot or slathered in tangy southwestern ranch.


Cyber Advisors celebrated their new office space at Hwy. 169 and Elm Creek Blvd., with music from local artist Tim Mahoney, beer tasting with A Perfect Pint’s Michael Agnew, an office tour, bouncy house for the kids and food and beverages.


The Maple Grove Farmers Market dedicates the month of September to its loyal senior citizen shoppers. The month’s event includes gift basket drawings, prize giveaways and cooking demonstrations from the chefs at assisted living community Silvercreek on Main, a sponsor of the event.


Back in summer 2012, then-14-year-old Zach Tracy took a ride on the single track of Theo Wirth Park.


According to an online Mental Health Fact sheet published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI;, one in five adults—approximately 43.8 million Americans—and at least 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience mental illness in a given year.


The first and only time Chris Spah paddleboarded on Fish Lake was a one-of-a-kind experience. Venturing onto the lake at dusk, Spah paddled alongside a group of 15 people on a tour put on by the Three Rivers Park District.


We love our pets and who wouldn’t when they are so adorable, in person and in pictures? We spoke with two local experts, a painter and a photographer, for tips about how to capture our favorite best friends at a special moment in time.

An Artist’s View


You might have noticed something different about the 35W and Lowry Avenue bridges in Minneapolis this month. They are alight in teal, which is the official color for ovarian cancer.


CrossFit is all the rage in physical fitness. It appeals to both men and women alike. Back in 2000, the first CrossFit gym opened in California. From there, the movement slowly spread across the country, with approximately 13 gyms opened by 2005.


Perhaps you enjoyed the dog days of summer with your favorite four-legged furry friend at Woofstock 2016. The annual celebration was held in early August at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.


Has a friend or family member recently adopted a new pet? Chuck & Don’s has the perfect way to send your support and good wishes with a gift box. For a furry feline: a box of treats, toys and grow-your-own cat grass.


A healthy well-groomed dog is a happy dog.


Since opening last March, Apricot Lane Boutique has offered an ever-changing selection of on-trend, affordable clothing items and accessories.


After 18 weeks of intense training, Stephanie Firestone and Justin Siemieniewski successfully graduated from Fire Academy this summer.


LISTEN Chastity Brown, “Colorado”: With a blend of folk, country and soul, “Colorado” is a song that is easy to listen to and that will be a staple on your playlist.


What began as a small fundraiser for the Maple Grove high school dance team 14 years ago has grown into one of the most anticipated events for local restaurants, businesses and the rest of the community.


Eighteen years ago, Snickers chose the Paul family before they could pick him, when he waddled over to them out of a litter of Lhasa-Apso, Bichon Frise mix puppies. “Immediately, I knew he was the one for our family,” says Chris Paul.