Arts & Culture

Terry O’Loughlin, a passionate photographer for the last few decades, received second place in the Lens on the Lake contest for his photo illustrating water-ski course markers on a serene White Bear Lake. One day last summer, he awoke before 7 a.m. to capture the tranquility of the moment.

Century College gained a new president in July. Angelia Millender began her journey in education in Chicago public schools, but her start in higher education began at Robert Morris University in Chicago.

With advanced coursework, jobs, sports, extracurricular activities, friends, family and more, high-achieving students are busier than ever. Lucky for us, we were able to get these star students to slow down for a moment to share a bit of insight.

Mahtomedi resident Kristie Sward has been growing tomatoes for as long as she can remember. For her, it’s a joy. Since retiring in 2013, the former nurse practitioner has made tomato growing a full-time effort. “I’ve had a garden since I was 8,” she says.

Since it was opened in 2015, Level Up Academy has stayed true to its mission of empowering students and teachers to create a classroom environment that fosters curiosity, innovation and problem solving.

Amy Bachmeier got an opportunity that not many others get. “I’ve been watching The Price Is Right for a long time. So for me, it was kind of like a bucket list item to go,” Bachmeier says.

From captain of the Nordic skiing team to proud member of the National Honor Society, Justin Blank, who has his sights set on a career as a doctor, is one high-achieving student. So take a moment and get to know one of our Prep Elite students.

Two local authors have recently published books, and we talked to each of them about their inspirations and process. Sarah Ahiers’ first book, Assassin’s Heart, came out last year and was a 2017 Minnesota Book Award finalist. The sequel, Thief’s Cunning, was released in June.

Getting a fresh start can mean a variety of things: moving to a new place, getting all the house chores done before the start of a new week, getting a fresh haircut before starting a new job, or redecorating the house.

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