The joy of summer is a picnic in June. Splendid Minnesota weather and fine food make for a perfect day. Why limit your picnic basket to the usual potato salad, fruit and cold chicken? Pack some of these local specialties for your next spread.

People have traditionally looked to travel to find themselves. Summer Hills-Bonczyk reflects that travel takes many forms: It can be a vacation, a trip, even a journey.

Some studies show that walking can provide some of the same health benefits as running, without the intense stress on your joints and respiratory system. Check out this phone app and trail information that will keep walking in Edina fresh and exciting.

It takes a good deal of preparation and patience to create a garden that you can be really proud of. Larry Cipolla, Hennepin County master gardener, has provided some handy advice for prepping and starting your garden in May.

When he was 17, Mike Korman showed up at a Philadelphia flight school and said he wanted to learn to fly. An instructor told him he needed only two things: money and time. With neither resource in great supply, he had to walk away. “For 30 years I waited,” he says.

Minnesotans know there is no better way to get through these long frosty months than with some outdoor winter activities. However, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the fun of skating and sledding that before long, you realize your fingers feel frozen and your toes are numb.

Edina hockey is growing, says Susie Miller, general manager at Braemar Arena. The culture of playing hockey outdoors and braving the Minnesota weather is also popular again. Despite the bitter cold, Edina residents skate outdoors throughout winter at many of the city’s outdoor rinks.

Even better than watching Internet dog videos is seeing your dog(s) have playful outdoor experiences. Six years ago, Edina established its first off-leash dog park in Van Valkenburg Park. And the city’s four-legged friends aren’t the only ones that appreciate this outdoor freedom.

When Bruce and Tracy Mooty bought their home on Lake Cornelia, they were perfectly aware that the 1950s rambler needed to be razed. “The house was actually in pretty bad disrepair,” Bruce Mooty says. No one had lived in it for nearly a year, and some woodpeckers had decided to call it home.

The lake life is a life we love. We flock to lake shores in the summer to pass our days near them and in them, and in the winter we embrace the ice with skates and ice-fishing houses. The lakes have, and always will be, a part of our Minnesota identity.