Westonka alum trains for amateur MMA fight

Dylan Smerillo graduated from Mound Westonka High School in 2017, and has spent the last year taking some pretty interesting strides towards a degree in dietetics, and the opportunity to become an MMA fighter. He first became interested in MMA while he was still in high school, where he was on the wrestling and football …

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Person uses an umbrella to glide across frozen Lake Minnetonka in 50 MPH winds (Video)

A Minnesota resident was so surprised to spot a winter sports enthusiast truly skating on thin ice this week that she just had to capture the moment on video. LynDelle Vasey captured footage of a person sliding along the frozen Lake Minnetonka on Tuesday, seemingly without a care in the world. Armed with an umbrella, …

Study will look at controlling invasive plants in Lake Minnetonka

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) will create a master plan for handling aquatic invasive species in the lake and probably suspend, at least for this year, its program of mechanically harvesting Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed. The conservation district’s decision comes amid criticism from some lake-protection advocates who argue that harvesting the problematic weeds …

Funk Ford featured on 2019 Napa Auto Parts tractor calendar

The 2019 Napa Auto Parts tractor calendar features several rare and antique tractors, one of which happens to have local ties. The calendar’s January cover model is a Funk conversion Ford 8N tractor. The conversion kit was invented by Howard Funk and manufactured at the Funk Aircraft Company. George Funk, an Orono resident and son …

The Ice Castles in Excelsior are open (Video)

The popular winter experience that has become a Minnesota tradition for many families is ready for guests. Ice Castles in Excelsior opened Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Tickets are now available online. This is the first year Ice Castles has built in Excelsior. Previous locations in Minnesota include Stillwater, Eden Prairie, and Mall of America. Warm …

Intergenerational music classes at Harrison Bay

Families are always looking for new ways to strengthen their children mentally and socially. There are many great opportunities available in the Westonka area for families to take advantage of, but the latest is unique in that it combines the mental development of making music with the community oriented social development of the opportunity to …

Annual community food packing event at Hilltop Primary

Even after the holiday season there are still many opportunities to serve within the Westonka community, and a great one coming up will be the Many Hands Many Meals event at Hilltop Primary School. This will be the third year that Hilltop Primary School partners with the Mound Westonka Rotary to create an important event …