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.

Once upon a time there were enchanted kingdoms inhabited by elves who overcame evil creatures during the night. Today these tales come to life in the elf houses lovingly handcrafted by long-time Maple Grove resident, “Grandpa Don.”

At 10 years of age, Trevor McGuire is representing the United States in the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission. With 36 countries participating, Trevor looks forward to all the aspects of his trip to Orlando, Florida, November 4-11.

Seventeen years after Mark Skipper’s first speech competition, he entered his second. Six months later he competed in the semifinals of the Toastmasters International Conference in Vancouver after winning his district, which includes most of Minnesota’s metro area and half of Ontario.

High-school-aged kids from Shriners Hospital for Children and Maple Grove Link Crew danced the night away at the Shriners prom in April.

For the Hitchcock family, it is a tradition to enter the various sweepstakes and giveaways at the Minnesota State Fair. When Mike Hitchcock received the call saying that his family actually won a barn, he didn’t believe it.

Many of us can get caught up in a tense episode of CSI or NCIS, but crime scenes are a reality of life. What the crime dramas don’t show is what happens after the medical examiners pack up and move out.

“Some tell me to take it easy—I say you might as well dig your grave then!” That’s the ethos that keeps Jonathan “Jonny” Hansen, 42, of Rogers motivated to keep up his grueling training schedule.

With the finish line in sight, Rogers resident Mary Graham couldn’t contain her excitement. Everything she had worked for during the past three months was finally within reach. She saw a sea of pink shirts cheering her on and noticed her friends in the crowd.

At 79 years of age, Ron Lucas has discovered a sport that allows him to be competitive and have fun too: Pickleball. Lucas was introduced to the game on an Arizona vacation in 2009.

Veronica Gagnelius