Owl perched in tree branches.

We’re pleased to greet 2021 with a fresh round of photos from our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, which was held in August. To start off, Rod Smoliak’s Eagle Lake Great Horned Owl, placed second in our Wildlife and Nature category.

Staying home alone for the first time can be scary, so it’s important to make the transition as painless and safe as possible.

This issue’s featured app is an anti-recommendation: Tinder.

2015 Minnesota Wedding Stats

• 32,794: Number of weddings

• 27-29 years: Median age of couple

• $8,853: Average cost of engagement ring

• $29,000: Average cost of a wedding