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Whether piling into the car or hopping on a bike, the virtual Lake Minnetonka History Tour is a great way to spend a summer day. The tour features over 20 historical sites around Lake Minnetonka, according to Rachel Houck, executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society.

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The Bean family of Bean’s Greenwood Marina has a Fundly fundraiser where people can make a donation to help rebuild Lake Street in Minneapolis in the wake of protests in response to George Floyd’s death. The family will match donations up to $10,000.

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From 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays, the Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center will host yoga classes in the Excelsior Commons. The classes will go until the end of August. They will be taught by different teachers and will feature different yoga styles, according to Nicole Lovald, the owner of…

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As we enter into the early summer, things are changing. The biggest change is the beginning of the extensive weed growth that is starting to emerge on mid-lake flats. 

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Rachel Buelow has experienced change since reopening her skin clinic amid COVID-19. Buelow is the owner of Rachel’s Skin Care in downtown Excelsior, which reopened June 1.

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Restaurants and bars have reopened for patio and indoor seating at reduced capacity. This is just in time for people to enjoy the sun and breezes rolling off Lake Minnetonka in downtown Excelsior. 

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Bob Reith Jr. was inducted into the St. Louis Park High School Hall of Fame in 2007, not only for his success on the golf course and hockey rink.

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It was April 23, 2020. Students everywhere tuned in to Gov. Tim Walz’s press conference, dreading the predicted extension of distance learning for the remainder of the school year. The first 30 minutes of the press conference felt like three hours. And then our hearts dropped.

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For Wynne Reece, of Excelsior, the pandemic has not been a time to slow down. Reece is an attorney who runs her law firm, Reece Law. She is also the mother of two boys: Teddy is 18 months old and Charlie is 10 weeks old.

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The Excelsior Farmers’ Market will operate a bit differently this June and July. Customers must order ahead of time online and pickup will be no-contact, according to Christian Tietz, the board president of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce. 

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Bob Harris spent two years in the U.S. Air Force starting when he was 23 years old. Now, Harris, 91 is a resident at the Waters of Excelsior. His father was in the service during World War I, but no one else in the family had military experience, he said.

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Twin Orchards Nursery in Shorewood is busier this year by a considerable margin, owner Jerod Fehrenbach said. The business reopened in early May when nurseries, which are considered essential, were allowed to do so. 

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The Excelsior Morning Rotary Club launched the project Tonka Together to raise money for local organizations that serve food and shelter needs in the area, according to Jake Sturgis, the communications chair for the club.

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The Art on the Lake event in Excelsior is one of many large gatherings to be canceled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some artists who planned to participate in the event discussed how this cancellation impacts them.

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This year’s Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration is canceled, due to COVID-19 challenges. It would have been the 132nd year of the Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration, according to a release from the event organizers.

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As the weather improves, Excelsior city leaders are receiving questions about various aspects of the Excelsior Commons regarding COVID-19, Kristi Luger, the city manager said, at the council’s regular meeting on May 4. The council gave updates and took action on several public spaces at the …

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The leaders of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce wanted a way to engage the community during COVID-19, when no community events are happening, according to Laura Ivey, a volunteer for the chamber. Ivey is the executive producer of QTV, which does just that. It also raises awa…

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Lisa George and her mother, Nancy Guldberg, are both Excelsior residents. They have been creating Magic Gardens for a decade or two with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, George said.