28 The Starfish Effect
By Tracy Rittmueller
In Crosby, Minnesota, “Quality of Life” is not only a marketing catch phrase, it is the lifeblood of a community’s growth and development.
32 Kayaking in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
By Cara Lanz
When it’s time to tune out the noise and tune in to nature, some say there is no better way than with a paddle in your hand and a kayak under your keister.
38 Raising Monarchs
By Dan Nelson
Dan Nelson shares how he and his wife, Deb, a University of Minnesota Extension Service’s Master Gardener, are helping to save the monarchs. You can make a difference, too.
42 Home Sweet Home
By Jodie Tweed
A South Cross Lake home offers a gathering place for an entire family, including two active duty military families.
IN EVERY ISSUE
4 Editor’s Journal
ECHOES OFF THE LAKE
8 Front Porch | Laurel Street Bridge Railings Discovery, Books for your Staycation, Nisswa Vikings Festival
16 Arts | Artist John Wgeishofski
20 Hobby | Classic Cars and Hot Rods
24 Profile | Erin Twambley
48 Outdoors | National Loon Center
50 Business | S. Thomas Estate Sales & Design Cosign
55 Pets | Carol Manley, Canine Tutor
58 Lake of the Month | Wabedo Lake
60 Authenticity | Author/Speaker Kelly Radi
64 Education | Back to Nature
68 Design | Down on the Farm, Up at the Lake
70 Food | Ugly Cheesecake Company
72 Poem | Bill Meissner
75 Lake Country Events
78 Lake Country Contests
80 Before You Go