Five children play in a pile of leaves in this Picture Plymouth photo contest winner.

Plymouth Magazine’s former editors Anna Nguyen took this photo, which took first place in the People & Families category of 2018’s “Picture Plymouth” photo contest.

One day last summer, Carrie Youngblood found what she had been searching for—and much more—14,000 feet above sea level on Mount Ranier.

Like most kids, Wayzata High School graduate Annika Halverson started playing sports as a kid. She tried out swimming, gymnastics, soccer—pretty much everything. And like many, she didn’t find her calling until her middle school years.

To think of a playground as simply a place where kids play is to shortchange its importance. Spending time with other kids is an important part of a child’s development, and the playground is one of the best places for children to learn valuable social skills.

Log rolling, or the favorite sport of the American lumberjack, is quickly becoming a favorite among locals. The unique activity is exactly what it sounds like—rolling (or running on) logs, until someone falls into the water.

The year was 1964, and Plymouth carpenter Rich Deziel was considering selling the farmland he grew up on near Holly Lane.

Mitch Petrie’s story is one of family. The Plymouth resident has built a successful career in the television industry with his company Muddy Boot Productions, but his greatest sense of pride comes from his wife and sons.

You’ve probably encountered buckthorn, even if you don’t know it. It’s a fairly innocuous plant. It’s green most of the year, often has berries, and can grow up to 25 feet tall. For years, people planted buckthorn as hedges because it resists disease and has no natural enemies in our region.

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Get ready for some water-spraying action on Parkers Lake this summer—and you
don’t even need to get wet. The city of Plymouth is again hosting two waterski
shows featuring the Shockwaves Shakopee Prior Lake Club.