Writer Bios


Growing up in the beautiful Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin, senior editor Jennifer Pitterle learned to speak Norwegian, to cross-country ski, and—best of all—to love reading and writing. She fell in love with magazine writing during college, and is delighted to return to it at Tiger Oak after stints in technical writing and public broadcasting. She loves getting to know a community from the inside out, through its schools, businesses, arts scene and interesting characters. When she’s not at her desk, you might find Jennifer penning her Scandinavian-American culture blog or hiking in Minnesota’s prairies and woods. Have a great story idea (or just want to chat in Norsk)? Say hello at


Al Shams and wife Debra stand in front of a renovated 1880 Woodbury farmhouse.
As the renovation gets underway, we talked with the current owners and the granddaughter of the original owners to learn about the home’s past, present and future.
Best Flights Home Travel Bill Routt Woodbury
Stories and travel tips from a veteran globetrotter.
Woodbury graduates make music together in the University of Minnesota Marching Band.
A Woodbury couple celebrates music and theater with three generations of their talented family.
Brian Bomgren
Two Woodbury brothers play pro volleyball together—and take their talents to the beach.
Minnesota’s pro soccer team, Minnesota United FC, puts down roots in Woodbury.
Woodbury’s Division I baseball stars share their love of the game.
Local eateries and caterers share their crowd-pleasing suggestions for graduation party fare.