March 2013

Lions Club Community Action | Hardworking Maple Grove Employees

Holidays are a great time for gathering with friends and family. Thanksgiving was the prime moment for Brianna Fortin to spend some quality time with her niece, Greta. “That face,” Fortin says. “When I see her, the camera automatically comes out. The closer the shot, the better.”


Admit it: You know the preamble of the United States Constitution solely because of a Saturday-morning cartoon series that set the words of this high-minded document to a clever song.


Minnesotans value education. It seems particularly important in this tight labor market for students to succeed in the classroom and be well prepared for college and career.


Karl Jaeger, 37, of Maple Grove recalls always being fascinated with fine arts. As a child Jaeger would sketch his favorite athletes. Drawings that, he says, weren’t bad for someone his age.


The Maple Grove Energy, a Minnesota Junior Hockey League team that plays right here at the Maple Grove Community Center, just wrapped up its second season.


What most locals know as Mainstream Boutique in Maple Grove undergoes a transformation Saturday night in preparation to host Sunday morning service for TruLife Church.


One of our very own Maple Grove residents, Elizabeth “Bert” Anderson, was picked from a pool of 1,200 applicants to be one of 10 finalists to compete in the first-ever Steele Fitness Challenge. The competition was a 90-day weight-loss challenge that ended in October.


Ben Havn and Curt Medina have been fond of the Maple Grove area for quite some time, but felt it was missing something: a café/coffee shop for neighbors and workers of Maple Grove to enjoy fresh food and drink.


Osseo’s April Tatur was helping design a showroom for her husband’s company, Advanced Home Improvement, when she found her niche for switch-plate design. In 2004 she started Turn It On Designs, a web-based business that creates handmade, one-of-a-kind switch plates for any room in your house.


MTS Minnesota Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school that personalizes curriculum to meet the needs of each student K–12.


Eight-year-old Sunny Choi was one of three Maple Grove girls to compete in the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition hosted last October in Green Bay, Wis.


Steve Laux, 35, of Maple Grove lives as a quadriplegic with a C5, C6 level spinal cord injury from a 1998 diving accident that occurred at Lake Superior. Despite his limitations in using a wheelchair, this dad of three has made a big impact on the community.


There’s no telling what the weather will bring every March in Minnesota. Will there be ample amounts of snow and ice on the ground, and lingering cravings for hot chocolate and soup?


Months of winter weather is no deterrent for active families who get their game on indoors. Creek Hill Custom Homes builds residential houses with uniquely designed features like bonus rooms and four-season porches.


The city of Maple Grove works. Chances are you can’t recall the last time—if ever— you have been snowed in or your mail wasn’t delivered. The men and women who plow our streets and bring our post are committed to excellent service and they get it done without fuss.


This month the Maple Grove Lions Club celebrates its 50th anniversary and we are all better for their long-time presence in the neighborhood.

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