August/September 2019 Edition

CONTENTS


FEATURES

GROWTH
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.

ADVENTURE

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.

NATURE

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.

HOME

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.

DEPARTMENTS

IN EVERY ISSUE

4 Editor’s Journal
6 Contributors

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