Shops & Business

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.

Virginia Hoppenrath was 10 years old the first time she saw her wedding dress. She and her sister were singing in their aunt’s wedding. The bride had paid less than fifty dollars for the dress at Powers department store in downtown Minneapolis.

For many folks, the prospect of hair removal can be a little intimidating. And even though more men are venturing into salons these days (traditionally thought of as ladies-only spaces), taking the plunge is scary and often a little painful.

Inspired by chemistry, but free from the hazards found in a science lab (not to mention those found in generically-processed froyo), this locally owned frozen yogurt franchise has a formula to please all tastes, with a rotating list of 16 flavors and 75 toppings, and policies and ingredient lists

Becky Boe, her two brothers, and her mother decided to open Bear Necessities thrift shop in Osseo, because they “really feel a niche here,” says Boe.

Minnesota High Tech Association’s annual Tekne Awards highlight innovations in everything from agricultural and educational technologies to cybersecurity and software.

David Andersen has heard people say, “Your life story would make a great movie.” It’s a short way of saying that this Maple Grove resident and architect has had his fair share of globe-trotting adventures, and took the crooked path to get there.

Part of what makes our Maple Grove community so great is people’s willingness to give back. Every day, there are people around town donating their time to worthy causes and helping those around them.

Maple Grove’s Roger A. Seim was appointed the 2015 President of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation.

Every holiday season, there are a few people on the gift list with a question mark by their name—and more often than not, those people are parents, grandparents, or friends in their golden years. What do you get someone who seems to have everything?

This summer, Rush Creek Elementary Kidstop students collected more than 3,500 books and raised an additional $1,000 during a four-week community service project.

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