July 2013

The 2013 Best of Maple Grove | Small Business in Maple Grove

Serenity has a way of always being closer than you think. The small duck pond featured in Jon Kolbrek’s photograph is peacefully tucked behind a local Maple Grove neighborhood, surrounded by houses and trails.


We, as Americans, have a lot to celebrate and July is unquestionably one of the best times to do just that. We are a people who enjoy our rugged individualism, our right to pursue happiness, and a culinary culture that has brought the world a host of innovations.


Peruse glittering pieces of jewelry, scan the luxurious colors of paintings and glassware, create art yourself for free and meet real artists.


The Nobel Prize has nothing on the best elements of Maple Grove. Whether it be gas, liquid or solid, residents know what they like and they make their voices heard each year in our reader’s survey. These are places, things and people that have proven their true metal.


We all shop in Maple Grove, but what is it like on the other side of the counter? We talked with three Maple Grove business owners who, as it turns out, hold similar views on what it means to be entrepreneurial and to serve our community. 


Retired biologist Ron Refsnider introduces wide-eyed onlookers to the wonder of songbirds. He does this through educational bird banding demonstrations at Eastman Nature Center. Banding involves the safe capture of birds for identification, assessment and tracking.


Jim Deane remembers it clearly; he made it two blocks in the Pierre Bottineau Parade before an avalanche of rain came down.


What does the top of this year’s Maple Grove Senior High graduating class plan on doing for the summer?


If you’ve always wanted to start your own business but are wary about the legal twists and turns of being your own boss, Henningson & Snoxell Ltd. has a new lawyer who is close by and who may be able to help.


From supporting children with terminal illness to helping pack food at the C.R.O.S.S food shelf, Charitable Housewives knows how to be superwomen in the truest sense of the word.


Now a whole lot more restaurants in Maple Grove delivers. Foodsby has changed that! It is a new online network between consumers within office buildings and restaurants. Think of them as a virtual food truck.


School might be out for the summer, but Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math and Technology School have much to celebrate. Birch Grove and Weaver Lake both received honors in May for their excellence in diverse and engaging instruction.


Meet Landon Robert Wold. He was born May 7, 2013, at 6:59 p.m. and will forever be known as “baby 10,000” at Maple Grove Hospital. He is welcomed by parents Jessica and Nate Wold, who were surprised to find that they were part of this landmark birth.