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.

Last December, captain of patrol Dan Wills graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia, a 10-week program known for its intense training in leadership, advanced communication and rigorous fitness.

Bethel University senior and defensive lineman Nathan Hultgren has had quite the football career.

In past years, Jarrod Peterson has taken the win in the Best Real Estate Agent category in Maple Grove Magazine’s annual readers’ survey. That sentiment has also been echoed by Mpls/St. Paul & Twin Cities Business magazines.

WCCO-TV anchor Kim Johnson knew what she wanted to do with her life from the time she sat her Barbie dolls behind news desks. In this she was influenced by her mother who adhered to a strict schedule of watching TV news during family dinners. “At the time I kind of hated it,” admits Johnson.

Brooke Hawley Edwards has worked for Pearle Vision since high school and throughout college when she served as a receptionist.

Sunny Choi has graced our pages in the past because she is an annual winner. Although she’s a busy sixth grader at Maple Grove Junior High, she also trains as a figure skater daily. Her activities include classical ballet, yoga, Pilates and strength training.

Name Mark Steffenson

Hometown Maple Grove

Occupation Mayor of Maple Grove, attorney

He cherishes his family. “When I’m not working, I love to spend time with them.”

Maple Grove’s Jiya Khatri (age 9) was selected as a runner up in for the National American Miss (NAM) contest held in June. She will be attending nationals in California this month. Congratulations!

Our annual Best of Maple Grove editor’s picks recognize the finest businesses and individuals for their exemplary service to the community. The 2015 Best Elementary Teacher undoubtedly maintains that standard. Barbara Weist first began as a fourth grade teacher more than 30 years ago.

What Jan Markell has to say isn’t for everybody. She knows that as well as anyone. Markell is the founder of Olive Tree Ministries and host of the Christian radio program, Understanding the Times.