Back in summer 2004, an upstart publishing company identified the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth as the next community to get its very own magazine. Times were good, housing and real estate were booming, and with the additions of the Millennium Garden and other facilities, the city was primed for a piece of journalistic media that focused on celebrating everything we have to offer.
Wayne Davis broke both of his wrists in a grisly snowmobiling accident in 1980. What happened next changed his life.
At the time of his accident, Davis was a professional snowmobile, go-kart and motorcycle racer. He had major sponsors and was at the top of his racing career when his left hand slipped off the handlebars during a race in Ontario. His right hand jerked the handlebars into the track’s exterior wall (made of sawed-off telephone poles and plywood), knocking him unconscious and snapping both wrists.
“Kindergarten is so full of firsts—the first time for hot lunch, the first time they get to read a book on their own, the first time they tie their shoes. I see them come in as little preschoolers, but they leave as first-graders. And I get to experience that over and over again.” —Sara Quinn, kindergarten teacher, Providence Academy
When Ruth and Jim Buezis moved to Minnesota from California in 1991, the engineer by training with a degree from California Polytechnic State University discovered she needed a toy box for her young daughters (now ages 17 through 23). “So I got some books from the library and taught myself how to make one,” Ruth Buezis says matter of factly. “I had a baby monitor on in my workshop down the basement, and I’d go there to work during nap time.”