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home : your life : your life April 16, 2014 

Jeff Fisher's world of imagination
As customers push their carts through Cub Foods at 4801 County Road 101 in Minnetonka, it may look like a run-of-the-mill grocery store, that is until the come face to face with an actual windmill.

Currently on display among the tulips is a 12-foot, handcrafted clay paper windmill. The experience gives customers a little taste of Holland in Minnetonka.

The brainchild behind the windmill is General Merchandise Manager Jeff Fisher. The modest Minnetonka man thought the windmill accompanying the tulips would be a nice way to welcome spring.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Film review: Despite quirks, 'Draft Day' is no bust
The movie "Draft Day" revolves around Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) and his struggle to rebuild the Cleveland Browns on draft day. He must make decisions and sacrifices that will affect the outcomes of hundreds of young football players, and the people closest to him.

The movie is different than most sports movies; it follows the management of sports - the men and women behind the scenes. Viewers will find this unique perspective to be interesting and insightful. The NFL rakes in billions of dollars every year, but so little is known about the dealings that go on to make it happen. "Draft Day" shows that being an NFL GM can be just as demanding being an NFL player.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Old Log ends season with 'Steel Magnolias'
Kent Knutson has learned plenty over the past year. In that time, he left his comfortable post as the head of Minnetonka High School's theater department to become the artistic director of the revamped Old Log Theater.

"I've learned that I have a lot to learn. It is like I'm starting over. I think I have a lot of growing to do and that's fun when you are 67 years old," he said.

"Steel Magnolias," the final show in the Old Log season, opens this week.

"It's a wonderfully written piece about the strength of women," Knutson said. "You don't often have that in American theater. You have a lot of guy plays, but not many about the strong bonds between women."

Monday, March 31, 2014
Film review: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' misses its humor quota
What would I do if I had a time machine? I would go back in time to when Excelsior had an amusement park, and then I would go forward in time to when all the snow is off the ground. That makes for a potentially boring movie, however when it comes to "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," their shenanigans in a time machine make for a pretty enjoyable one.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is a children's movie based off characters from the 1950s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.

Mr. Peabody, a beagle, is the smartest being in existence; he is a world-class thinker and inventor - plus he knows how to sit, shake and roll over.

Monday, March 17, 2014
Keeping old world art alive
At the precise moment Carey Netherton's molten bronze hit its ideal temperature of nearly 2,100 degrees, the outdoor temperature settled at 5 degrees, with a -13 degree windchill.

Needless to say, things were cooking in the sculpture studio at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Netherton and his team were working on the culmination of around 40 hours of preparation to create bronze pieces of art.

The process used by Netherton is estimated to be 1,000 years old, with its history dating back to the Greeks and Romans. Pieces of bronze are heated in a crucible until the molten liquid is ready to pour into casts, which are submerged into a pit of sand.

Monday, March 3, 2014
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Concert evolves into a show with a cause
Monday, February 17, 2014
A unique getaway on Spring Park Bay
It's a chilly Thursday afternoon on Spring Park Bay. Dustin Wenberg is combating the angry winds and deeps pockets of snow to show off his day's catch.

But there's something unusual about the place where Wenberg rests his tip-ups. In fact, his ice house looks more adept to fishing in the summer than it does standing up to winter's elements.

That's because Wenberg's winter getaway is a converted 1948 Larson fishing boat, equipped with everything he needs to survive the coldest of days on the lake.

Monday, February 17, 2014
Movie Review: 'RoboCop' is a fresh reboot
"RoboCop" takes place in the not-so distant future, 2028, in the city of Detroit - which seems to be in need of a few actual RoboCops at the moment.

The story is about Alex Murphy (Kinnaman); he's a cop and a loving husband and father. One day he is seriously injured while in the line of duty, and a robotics corporation, OmniCorp, sees the perfect opportunity to create a part-man, part-robotic police officer using the remnants of Alex Murphy.

Monday, February 17, 2014
'Ride Along' is predictable, but funny
I went into "Ride Along" anticipating a certain type of movie: Ice Cube is probably a stern bad-boy cop who drips intimidation, and Kevin Hart is most likely an annoyingly clumsy goofball who always says the wrong thing. Both of those predictions were correct.

That being said, the movie exceeded my expectations. "Ride Along" has a predictable plot and some suspect acting, but it also has a couple belly-laugh moments - that's all you can ask for in a comedy like this. Not to mention, it is pretty entertaining throughout.

Monday, January 20, 2014

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