Erika James, Tattered Timber, woodworking, female woodworkers, artisan gifts

Woodworker Erika Jarnes builds handmade home décor, such as tables, serving trays and signs, out of reclaimed or recycled wood through her business, Tattered Timber.

Maple Grove councilman Phil Leith has been a resident for 30 years and this is his 11th year on the city council. He’s married with two adult sons and is a member and Jamaica missions team leader at Lord of Life Lutheran church as well as a member of the Maple Grove Lions Club.

“I want to go bigger.” That was the sentence that started it all. After their 17-year-old Dalmatian died, Jim Homuth told his wife Lora he’d like to try a new breed. Enter Odin, a rescued, black and white “harlequin” Great Dane whose previous owner had gone to jail for animal abuse.

A winter day would usually start with getting to the coffee machine as swiftly as possible. Now that he’s retired, former fire chief Scott Anderson can brew his coffee whenever he wants, and put his feet up in front of the fire instead of fighting it.

Sally and Jeff Gardner, vendors at the Maple Grove farmers market, have been making different pretzels for nearly 10 years. They offer samples with a side of honey mustard. However, they sell four to five other homemade varieties.

Joshua Borchardt grew up near Weaver Lake, exploring old farmhouses and abandoned buildings on walks with his dad and dog. When trails were added nearby, he’d grab his bike, a fishing pole and a walkie-talkie to venture to farther, more interesting spots.

Dr. Umbreen Hasan’s life changed in October 2016 after she was involved in a terrible car accident on her way to a conference. “I was unconscious and had head injuries that I didn’t know about at the time,” Hasan says. “I had suffered a severe concussion.”

Sterling Taylor has always had the ability to talk people into anything. In fact, the gregarious 72-year-old retired veteran landed his current job as pool attendant at Life Time Fitness by convincing general manager Theresa Ohme to let him fill in for a few shifts.

Two Maple Grove Senior High graduates play at the college level. Having graduated in 2013, Jordan Gross played hockey for Notre Dame. Jake Wienke graduated just a year after Gross and went on to become the receiving football captain for South Dakota State University.

Taylor Sieve graduated in the top ten percent of her class at Maple Grove Senior High in 2016 but didn’t spend much time at school because she practically lived at the dance studio.

After just one year of learning the Greek language, Pranav Rupireddy, currently a junior at Parnassus Preparatory Charter School, was one of two students worldwide who earned a perfect score on the National Greek Exam last year. Rupireddy enjoys the language because of its difficulty.