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"Come join Santa Claus, and experience an evening of fun-filled skating from 5–8 p.m. December 9 at Central Park, 1200 C...
12/05/2023

"Come join Santa Claus, and experience an evening of fun-filled skating from 5–8 p.m. December 9 at Central Park, 1200 Central Park Way in Maple Grove. This all-ages, free event opens with the Maple Grove Rotary light display and a countdown led by Santa Claus ... " Follow the link for more event information.

A night filled with holiday festivity on the rink. Come join Santa Claus, and experience an evening of fun-filled skating from 5–8 p.m.

“I enjoy wildlife photography and especially enjoy the challenge of finding owls during the winter. It’s an added bonus ...
12/01/2023

“I enjoy wildlife photography and especially enjoy the challenge of finding owls during the winter. It’s an added bonus when you come across one in such a beautiful setting,” photographer Rod Smoliak says.

Rod Smoliak captures the beauty of wildlife in the winter. “I enjoy wildlife photography and especially enjoy the challenge of finding owls during the winter. It’s an added bonus when […]

Think out of the (gift) box when planning holiday experiences. Our West Metro winter fun guide is a great way to connect...
11/29/2023

Think out of the (gift) box when planning holiday experiences. Our West Metro winter fun guide is a great way to connect with visiting family this holiday season. Follow the link to read more!

Think out of the (gift) box when planning holiday experiences. When visitors come to town over the holidays, hosts can be hard-pressed when

Happy Thanksgiving, Maple Grove Magazine readers! We're so thankful to have spent another year sharing local stories wit...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving, Maple Grove Magazine readers! We're so thankful to have spent another year sharing local stories with the community. We wish everyone a joyous holiday weekend spent around the table with loved ones.

Cranberries bring a whole lot more to the table than their sweet, tart taste. Learn more about the Thanksgiving superfru...
11/21/2023

Cranberries bring a whole lot more to the table than their sweet, tart taste. Learn more about the Thanksgiving superfruit and get a few festive recipes to boot. Follow the link to read the story.

Welcome the powers of a Thanksgiving super fruit. Cranberries for Thanksgiving sounds like a sequel to the children’s book Blueberries for

Soup's on! Once the temperatures start to drop, there's nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup. Hy-Vee registered die...
11/16/2023

Soup's on! Once the temperatures start to drop, there's nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup. Hy-Vee registered dietitian Melissa Jaeger shares some thoughts on how to make sure your soups aren't just hearty, but healthy, this winter.

Looking for an easy weeknight meal? Try a cozy bowl of homemade soup! If you’re new to making homemade soup, the process is quicker than you might think. Here are […]

"Celebrating 65 years in business this past May, The Lookout Bar and Grill serves a slice of Minnesota’s Northwoods char...
11/14/2023

"Celebrating 65 years in business this past May, The Lookout Bar and Grill serves a slice of Minnesota’s Northwoods charm with every order. From its mouthwatering house wings to its juicy burgers, all of the handcrafted eats are among the best in the Metro ... " Follow the link to continue reading.

The Lookout Bar and Grill continues to serve the community. Celebrating 65 years in business this past May, The Lookout Bar and Grill serves

Cozy up with poem "The Fire" by 11 year old Maple Grove resident Imogen Van Zee. Follow the link to read the poem.
11/09/2023

Cozy up with poem "The Fire" by 11 year old Maple Grove resident Imogen Van Zee. Follow the link to read the poem.

The Fire The fire warms my toes The heat still continually grows The fire warms my tired self The heat creeps up the shelf The fire slowly dies And the […]

Kira Vanderlan of Zestful Design shares some thoughts on preparing your home for the holiday season. Follow the link to ...
11/07/2023

Kira Vanderlan of Zestful Design shares some thoughts on preparing your home for the holiday season. Follow the link to learn more.

The invitations have been sent, and the menu is planned, so now it is time to think about your entertaining design. First, consider seating. Do you have enough space for […]

NEW ISSUE: Cozy up with our last issue of 2023! This November and December, we're gearing up for the holiday season with...
11/01/2023

NEW ISSUE: Cozy up with our last issue of 2023! This November and December, we're gearing up for the holiday season with entertaining guides, winter activity highlights, festive recipes and more. Follow the link to start exploring our new issue.

In the magazine industry, writers and editors tend to work months in advance to get issues to print. In this case, I’m writing this note to

"If you’re a kid and want to have the best Halloween party ever, 'The Gross Cookbook: Awesome Recipes for (Deceptively) ...
10/31/2023

"If you’re a kid and want to have the best Halloween party ever, 'The Gross Cookbook: Awesome Recipes for (Deceptively) Disgusting Treats Kids Can Make' by Susanna Tee is for you. Prank friends and family with tasty creations like severed fingers, bloody intestines and more ... " Follow the link to learn more about "The Gross Cookbook."

This fun and colorful cookbook has 15 recipes for food that looks repulsive but is actually delicious. If you’re a kid and want to have the best Halloween party ever, The […]

Young author shares insightful thoughts about kindness and friendship. Follow the link to meet eight-year-old author and...
10/26/2023

Young author shares insightful thoughts about kindness and friendship. Follow the link to meet eight-year-old author and illustrator Eloise Zylka and learn about her first book.

Young author shares insightful thoughts about kindness and friendship. Eight-year-old author and illustrator Eloise Zylka isn’t like every other young writer: She wants to be a dentist when she grows […]

A 1974 Eagle Lake home received an updated look to match its new family's outdoor tastes. Visit maplegrovemag.com to rea...
10/24/2023

A 1974 Eagle Lake home received an updated look to match its new family's outdoor tastes. Visit maplegrovemag.com to read more about how homeowner Brianna collaborated with J Brothers Design- Build- Remodel, Inc. to make her home renovation goals come to life.

Meet Heritage Christian Academy's Kailyn Stocke:What’s next for you after high school?"My plan is to go to college (so f...
10/19/2023

Meet Heritage Christian Academy's Kailyn Stocke:
What’s next for you after high school?
"My plan is to go to college (so far, still undecided where) and my hope is to go into the medical field; specifically I want to be a nurse in the NICU. I’ve wanted to be a nurse for a very long time, so I’m excited to be getting closer to achieving this dream."

Halloween festivities in Maple Grove kick off with the MGCO Halloween Family Fun Day on October 21. Follow the link for ...
10/17/2023

Halloween festivities in Maple Grove kick off with the MGCO Halloween Family Fun Day on October 21. Follow the link for more event information on this event plus what's in store for this year's Trunk or Treat.

Celebrate the month of October with these local events. MGCO Halloween Family Fun Day, October 21. Maple Grove Community Organization

"When you’re ready to sell your home, staging ensures you show off your space in the best possible way and offers higher...
10/14/2023

"When you’re ready to sell your home, staging ensures you show off your space in the best possible way and offers higher value for your property and less time on the market ... " We turned to interior designer Kira Vanderlan for tips on staging 101.

A professionally staged home can take the stress out of selling. When you’re ready to sell your home, staging ensures you show off your space

Heat things up in the kitchen with our pepper glossary, provided by Kowalski's Rachael Perron. Follow the link to learn ...
10/13/2023

Heat things up in the kitchen with our pepper glossary, provided by Kowalski's Rachael Perron. Follow the link to learn where different peppers lie on the Scoville scale and put your new knowledge to use with a recipe for Thai Mango Salad.

The spiciness of a pepper is measured according to the Scoville Heat Unit Scale (listed as SHU). Sweet bell peppers are rated a zero on the scale, while the hottest varieties can […]

"Crisp gin and bitter Campari are perfectly balanced with tangy grapefruit juice and rich Concord grape juice in this su...
10/05/2023

"Crisp gin and bitter Campari are perfectly balanced with tangy grapefruit juice and rich Concord grape juice in this supremely sippable cocktail." Follow the link for Katie Tomsche's recipe for a Royal Sour.

Crisp gin and bitter Campari are perfectly balanced with tangy grapefruit juice and rich Concord grape juice in this supremely sippable cocktail. Royal Sour ½ oz. Campari ½ oz. Hendrick’s […]

Over the summer we asked Maple Grove residents to submit their shots of the community for our 13th annual Focus on Maple...
10/03/2023

Over the summer we asked Maple Grove residents to submit their shots of the community for our 13th annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Now, we’re excited to announce our winners! Follow the link to explore the winning shots.

A look at Maple Grove through your lens. Over the summer we asked Maple Grove residents to submit their shots of the community for our 13th annual Focus on Maple […]

"Every time Maple Grove resident Brianna and her family take a trip, they hire a photographer to capture their adventure...
09/28/2023

"Every time Maple Grove resident Brianna and her family take a trip, they hire a photographer to capture their adventures. They have made these memory-making moments a tradition. Now, all of their favorite images adorn the walls of their newly renovated Eagle Lake home ... " Follow the link to continue reading.

An Eagle Lake home is remodeled for a nature-loving family. Every time Maple Grove resident Brianna and her family take a trip, they hire a

A large part of what makes Maple Grove so special is the students in our community: They are our next thinkers and leade...
09/26/2023

A large part of what makes Maple Grove so special is the students in our community: They are our next thinkers and leaders, inventors and workers. In this year's Senior Spotlight feature, we're pleased to have the opportunity to highlight a few of these outstanding students.

Introducing the next generation of leaders. A large part of what makes Maple Grove so special is the students in our community: They are our

Local photographer captures the fun of fall with her photograph "Little Pumpkin." Follow the link to read more about Deb...
09/22/2023

Local photographer captures the fun of fall with her photograph "Little Pumpkin." Follow the link to read more about Debra Bernard and her photogenic four-legged friend.

Local photographer captures the fun of fall. “I often use my front door as a backdrop for my dog’s Instagram photos. I have fun with different themes and decorations for […]

A Twin Cities service focuses on delivering groceries in an eco-friendly and affordable way. Follow the link to learn mo...
09/21/2023

A Twin Cities service focuses on delivering groceries in an eco-friendly and affordable way. Follow the link to learn more about Maple Grove local Bharat Pulgam and his delivery service Buncha.

A Twin Cities service focuses on delivering groceries in an eco-friendly and affordable way. Bharat Pulgam believes there’s a better way to

In July and August, we invited you to submit your photos of the Maple Grove community. From backyard wildlife to scenic ...
09/15/2023

In July and August, we invited you to submit your photos of the Maple Grove community. From backyard wildlife to scenic views around town, Maple Grove residents understood the assignment! Now, we’re excited to open the poll to determine our Readers’ Choice winner.

In July and August, we invited you to submit your photos of the Maple Grove community. From backyard wildlife to scenic views around town

"It’s well documented that a good and well-rounded education leads to personal growth, emotional well-being and the deve...
09/14/2023

"It’s well documented that a good and well-rounded education leads to personal growth, emotional well-being and the development of important life skills. Educational opportunities can provide individuals with opportunities for self-expression, learning and a deeper understanding of oneself and the world ... " Follow the link to continue reading Maple Grove Arts Center president Lise Spence-Parsons' newest Noteworthy.

It’s well documented that a good and well-rounded education leads to personal growth, emotional well-being and the development of important life skills. Educational opportunities can provide individuals with opportunities for […]

Maple Grove resident and founder of From the Diner, Dawn Cleveland, focuses on charcuterie boards and educational experi...
09/08/2023

Maple Grove resident and founder of From the Diner, Dawn Cleveland, focuses on charcuterie boards and educational experiences. Follow the link to continue reading and get a few tips on how to design your own charcuterie board at home.

From the Diner focuses on charcuterie boards and educational experiences. From the Diner founder and Maple Grove resident Dawn Cleveland

NEW ISSUE: Welcome to our Senior Spotlight issue, Maple Grove Magazine readers! We're excited to introduce you to a few ...
09/05/2023

NEW ISSUE: Welcome to our Senior Spotlight issue, Maple Grove Magazine readers! We're excited to introduce you to a few of the many incredible high school seniors that call Maple Grove home.

“Decide what is yours to hold, and let the rest go. Oftentimes, the good things in your life are lighter anyway—so there’s more room for them … You get to […]

"Minnesota’s first not-for-profit electric cooperative, Great River Energy (GRE), hosts its campus in Maple Grove. The c...
08/29/2023

"Minnesota’s first not-for-profit electric cooperative, Great River Energy (GRE), hosts its campus in Maple Grove. The co-op, which is owned by 27 organizations across the state, works to provide affordable, reliable and cleaner energy to power people’s lives ... " Visit maplegrovemag.com to continue learning about Great River Energy and the sustainability efforts of the City of Maple Grove.

There's always something going on in Maple Grove! Follow the link to check out our year-long community calendar of annua...
08/24/2023

There's always something going on in Maple Grove! Follow the link to check out our year-long community calendar of annual events.

Get into the community spirit with these annual events. February In its 15 year history, the Maple Grove Polar Plunge has raised more than $2.1 million dollars for Special Olympics […]

World Coconut Day is September 2. In honor of the day, create your own coconut cocktail. How about a coco light martini?...
08/22/2023

World Coconut Day is September 2. In honor of the day, create your own coconut cocktail. How about a coco light martini? Follow the link for the recipe.

World Coconut Day is September 2. In honor of the day, create your own coconut cocktail. How about a coco light martini? 1 1/2 oz. Coconut water (unsweetened) 1 1/2 […]

Calling all college students! Local is looking for editorial interns for the fall term. If you want to explore a career ...
08/22/2023

Calling all college students! Local is looking for editorial interns for the fall term. If you want to explore a career in magazine writing and editing, this might be the place for you! Interested applicants can email Hailey Almsted ([email protected]) with their resumes and writing samples.
If this sounds like you, visit our job posting on LinkedIn: Local or Indeed: local.

“… We have a great legacy of preservation in the community, and it is wonderful to see that continuing,” says City of Ma...
08/17/2023

“… We have a great legacy of preservation in the community, and it is wonderful to see that continuing,” says City of Maple Grove planning manager Peter Vickerman. We sat down with Vickerman to talk more about city initiatives, as well as how residents can practice a more sustainable lifestyle. Follow the link to continue reading.

The City of Maple Grove increases efforts to conserve natural resources. Residents of Maple Grove know just how beautiful our community is

Twin Cities entrepreneurs Michelle Horan and Melissa Seeley are putting their passion to work with new company Good To G...
08/15/2023

Twin Cities entrepreneurs Michelle Horan and Melissa Seeley are putting their passion to work with new company Good To Go Cups. Follow the link to learn more about the duo's commitment to sustainability and the local coffee shops they're partnering with.

Kingdom Coffee utilizes a sustainable alternative to single-use coffee cups. They say if you want to help future generations, model good behavior. And if you have passion, put it to […]

"Entertainment-based dining is coming to Maple Grove. Paulie’s, the casual-upscale restaurant and craft bar formerly kno...
08/10/2023

"Entertainment-based dining is coming to Maple Grove. Paulie’s, the casual-upscale restaurant and craft bar formerly known as Rock Elm at The Grove, is under new ownership, with an expansion, new menu and multi-sport simulators breathing new life into the spot ... " Follow the link to learn more about Paulie's.

Maple Grove restaurant offers entertainment-based dining. Entertainment-based dining is coming to Maple Grove. Paulie’s, the casual-upscale

Pickleball, softball and baseball are on the menu for Maple Grove Parks and Recreation. Follow the link to read more.
08/08/2023

Pickleball, softball and baseball are on the menu for Maple Grove Parks and Recreation. Follow the link to read more.

Pickleball, softball and baseball are on the menu for Maple Grove Parks and Recreation. Maple Grove is having a ball with the city’s new

Focus on Maple Grove is open for submissions until August 31! Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invite...
08/04/2023

Focus on Maple Grove is open for submissions until August 31! Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to share their images of Maple Grove in our annual photo contest. Visit maplegrovemag.com for additional information and to submit your photos today.
📸: Rod Smoliak

In our Best of Maple Grove issue, interior designer Kira Vanderlan of Zestful Design shares some creative tips for how t...
08/03/2023

In our Best of Maple Grove issue, interior designer Kira Vanderlan of Zestful Design shares some creative tips for how to bring out your personality through your home. Follow the link to learn more.

Interior design is all about transforming spaces and creating an atmosphere of beauty, tranquility or inspiration. But what if you incorporated your best in the design? Think about what you […]

Stylist Nikki Steele Style shares some of her best style tips for summer. Her number one tip? Repeat, repeat, repeat. It...
07/27/2023

Stylist Nikki Steele Style shares some of her best style tips for summer. Her number one tip? Repeat, repeat, repeat. It might seem counterintuitive, so follow the link to learn more about why repeating your favorite outfits is a good idea.

Looking stylish and put together can be a challenge, but with these best of the best styling tips, you can elevate your wardrobe and feel confident every day. Repeat, Repeat, […]

You showed up online this January and wrote in your top picks in a host of categories. Now, it's time to celebrate your ...
07/25/2023

You showed up online this January and wrote in your top picks in a host of categories. Now, it's time to celebrate your Best of Maple Grove 2023 Readers’ Choice Poll winners and finalists!

Celebrate your Best of Maple Grove 2023 Readers’ Choice Poll winners and finalists! Maple Grove Magazine readers, welcome to your annual

Lunds & Byerlys' Katie Tomsche shares a summertime recipe that will make a great addition to any backyard BBQ or picnic ...
07/20/2023

Lunds & Byerlys' Katie Tomsche shares a summertime recipe that will make a great addition to any backyard BBQ or picnic plans.

Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad (6 to 8 servings) 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for frying 2 ¼ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts 16 oz. dry gnocchi or shell pasta ¾ cup […]

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