On a Saturday morning in late spring, the energy in the University of St. Thomas’ new Anderson Student Center was high.

For the Lee sisters, Taekwondo runs in the blood. Their grandfather, Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee, helped bring the art to the United States when he founded a Taekwondo school in 1969.

It’s Friday night. A brisk fall breeze is blowing through the crowd under bright field lights, and a group of spirited cheerleaders is leading the crowd in chants to motivate the football team to victory.

For teenage boys, a trip to Orlando might lead to shenanigans, but for Maple Grove residents Ben Pettingell and Frank Gates, it meant being crowned US Open Taekwondo gold medal champions last January.

Mike Kratochwill is the Pied Piper of kitesurfing.

Name: Brenner Hohenstein

Hometown: Maple Grove

Occupation: Student, graduating next month from Maple Grove Senior High; lifeguard at the Maple Grove Community Center

Tom Danielson, an experienced cyclist, recalls the initial invitation from a friend to ride 100 miles. “And then that I realized that it was almost exactly 100 miles from my front door to our cabin on Lake Florida in Spicer, Minn.,” says Danielson.

On January 25, girls reigned supreme as they participated in a cheerleading event at Maple Grove High School.

It’s hard to beat good old-fashioned nostalgia. Unless, of course, it is replaced by something newer, shinier, and more comprehensive like the Maple Grove skate plaza that opened in August 2013.