Ice artisans begin crafting Ice Castles in Excelsior

It's finally gotten cold enough for artists to start creating, collecting and carving ice to build one of the coolest - get it? - winter attractions in Minnesota: the Ice Castles. The Ice Castles are annual acre-sized attraction made up of ice that's been carefully crafted to look like castles. The Minnesota location is in …


13th annual Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

The 13th annual Christkindlsmarkt is being celebrated this weekend. The three-day event brings people from all over the the Midwest and is fashioned after the traditional German, open-air markets. Christkindlsmarkt features German holiday foods, decor, gifts, a Biergarten and fun for the whole family. It is free and open to the public. Full Story:

The couple behind Excelsior’s The Makers Studio

Business owners Suzanne and Ryan Huggett rebelled against retail trends in their design of The Makers Studio. When the couple decided to open a brick and mortar, they quickly turned down the prospect of online sales. The studio carries woodworking, ceramics from around the metro and fair trade textiles from Suzanne’s company, Digo Goods. To …

Excelsior Elementary students honor local veterans

Excelsior Elementary fourth-graders and teachers hosted their annual tribute to veterans Nov. 8 in the school auditorium. A Veterans Day ceremony was Nov. 12 at Deephaven Elementary as the Sun Sailor was going to press. Full Story:

ICA Food Shelf’s annual Turkey and Holiday Meal Giveaway is Today

ICA Food Shelf is hosting its Turkey and Holiday Meal Giveaway for families in need again this year. The food shelf will provide turkeys and all the trimmings to local families in need on Thursday, Nov. 15. The organization estimates it will serve between 730 and 800 families that day. Full Story:

Minnetonka High pays tribute to local veterans

Minnetonka High School students and staff members honored local veterans Nov. 8. Veterans whose service spans over 75 years from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, attended the program. Many of the veterans are local residents or alumni or are related to students. Many are also members of the Clarence Cofer American …