Arts & Culture

The Gold Award is the highest award that a girl can achieve in Girls Scouts and requires a significant time commitment for an 11th- or 12th-grader. More than 100 River Valleys Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award this year.

Carol Brendal was a student patrol in sixth grade. All grown up, Brendal still helps kids cross the street. She’s been a crossing guard for seven years, guiding students through the intersection of 101 and 89th on their way to and from Rush Creek Elementary School.

Your last chance to see a movie on the Green this year! Hotel Transylvania was released at this same time last year and set a new record for the highest-grossing September opening weekend ever.

Watching Wren was awarded first place in Maple Grove Magazine’s Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. It is also the first photograph amateur photographer, Brigid Gress, captured with her Nikon P510. Gress loves taking wildlife pictures and purchased the camera for its extended zoom.

John Robinette was walking around the Maple Grove Days car show last summer when something caught his eye. “It was a flathead Ford [engine],” says Robinette, who was intrigued by the contrast between the chrome and red paint, and the old-fashioned acorn nuts.

Behind every outstanding student is someone influential—a person, key to that young scholars’ motivation to succeed. This year we feature three outstanding area students as well as the people who have “paid it forward” by investing in the success of someone else.  

When Maple Grove Junior High School opens its doors the first week of September there will be a new face greeting incoming students. Though new to the building, the new principal Lisa Hartman is far from a stranger to the district.          

Bob Simenson has seen a lot of firsts. After 20 years of training, Simenson has become the first student at USA Karate in Maple Grove to achieve Master rank.

The 2013 Best of Maple Grove and Plymouth party was a smashing success, as hundreds of local residents, leaders, businesspeople and luminaries came out to celebrate what makes our community great. Our staff photographer, Emily J. Davis, was on hand to document the night.

Serenity has a way of always being closer than you think. The small duck pond featured in Jon Kolbrek’s photograph is peacefully tucked behind a local Maple Grove neighborhood, surrounded by houses and trails.