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Urban legend or big sturgeon?

Some have claimed to have seen Sasquatch. Some have claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster.
In Lake Minnetonka, a giant fish is staking a claim as the next legendary creature. Around the lake community, the fish is known as “Lou.” 

“Lou” swimming in Gray’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka in May.

Mark Gjengdahl is among those who believe they’ve seen Lou. At first glance, he didn’t recognize the type of fish swimming right in front of him. But the fish itself was hard to miss.

It was about five feet long and 80 pounds. And he says it was a sturgeon. Others aren't so sure.

TC Summer Jam

Here’s a map for Twin Cities Summer Jam at Canterbury Park.

Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Aerosmith are among the biggest acts that will perform at Canterbury Park’s first Twin Cities Summer Jam July 18-20.
In addition to the headliners, the concert will feature Pitbull, REO Speedwagon, Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers, Buckcherry, Chris Hawkey, Soul Asylum, Christina Taylor, Elvie Shane and Hopkins band Quietdrive.

While this is the first Twin Cities Summer Jam, famed artists have played the Canterbury grounds for decades. In 1997, Lilith Fair drew 25,000 people to the all-female artist concert series.

Caribbean on Lake Minnetonka 1

A group of friends recently bought the Caribbean Marina in Tonka Bay.

Three couples with a passion for boating came together to buy the Caribbean Marina and Restaurant in Tonka Bay earlier this summer.

The group bought The Caribbean, at 135 Lakeview Ave., from the Koch family, who had owned it since the 1960s. 

The new owners have big plans for the business. From offering concierge-level service for boat owners to improving the marina’s layout, they hope to make the marina and restaurant a family-friendly destination for boaters on Lake Minnetonka.

North Coop bar

North Coop is at the corner of Highways 7 and 41.

Recently opened restaurant North Coop offers Southern food in Chanhassen

Southern food is being plated at the other end of the Mississippi thanks to a new restaurant in Chanhassen.

Roger and Shannon Burks opened North Coop this May. The pair also have history running Lagos Tacos and Charlie’s On Prior. 

Roger’s father was from Kentucky. He grew up eating his grandmother’s cooking on her tobacco farm.

Po boys, collard greens and grits are well-recognized Southern options printed on the menu. However, Executive Chef Cyle Hahka said there are Northern touches, such as Maple Bacon Southern Fried Chicken and Catfish Po Boy.



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