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Providing a special sense of home Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration Charles Dickens Welcome to Edina, I think you will find our community to be the kind of place where that Dickensian described near-magical sense of home can be found. Edina is a town where families and businesses thrive in an environment of mutual trust and respect. Most of all, however, it is a town where kids come first. They are loved, nurtured and carefully prepared for a globally influenced life through a public education system regarded as the best in Minnesota and one of the foremost in the country. We care about the future of each and every one of them and want them all to reach their full potential. We know they represent our future, too. Ninety-eight percent of our residents describe their quality of life in Edina as good or excellent – a Metro Area leading percentage. Contributing factors are not only our excellent schools but our highly regarded public facilities and services, safe neighborhoods, our extraordinarily responsive fire and emergency medical personnel, our stellar park and recreational facilities and programs and our premier retail shopping and dining establishments.

Edina has become a model for suburban development with high quality housing choices in beautiful neighborhoods for all stages of a person’s life. It is a city with a constant forward vision; whether enhancing the health and longevity of our citizens, becoming an ever greener community, developing more extensive systems of walkways and bikeways or improving our motorized transportation system, both internally and as part of the broader regional system, we know what it will take to be a successful 21st century community. Whether you live or work in Edina, or are simply visiting our city, we encourage everyone to use the Edina Community Guide to help make your Edina experience even more enjoyable. We think it is a special place and we trust you will, too. Best Regards, James B. Hovland Mayor of Edina

Inside this guide to Edina Edina is known in the region for its shopping districts, health care options, school system and its quality of life. More than 47,000 residents also call Edina home. Edina is a community with deep roots predating the 20th century. Irish and Scottish immigrants settled the area in the 1860s. The township was incorporated in 1888. From those early years it has grown to be one of the most economically stable cities in the state, offering a variety of commercial and residential options. People have migrated to this community for many reasons throughout the past 150 years. They have built homes, industry and created a lasting foundation for future generations. Inside this guide to Edina you will discover some aspects about the city that make it so desirable. We will offer information about Edina’s award-winning schools, its nationally acclaimed hospital and variety of community parks, churches and shopping districts. We’ll profile the police and fire departments, highlight the libraries, Edina History Museum and much more. We hope you find this guide to be a helpful tool in learning more about Edina and all it has to offer, even if you’ve lived here your entire life.

10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Editor ........................................................Daniel Callahan Writer ..............................................................Lisa Kaczke Photography ..............Christopher Dillmann, file photos Layout & Design ..............Keith Anderson, Dan Callahan Cover Design ....................................................Elli Martin Sales ........................................................Nicole Jorgenson Advertising Director..............................Jeremy Bradfield Executive Editor ..........................................Peggy Bakken Publisher ......................................................Jeff Coolman Special thanks to Edina Mayor James Hovland for his participation in this guidebook, providing the Welcome to Edina message. Our appreciation also goes to the city of Edina, the Hennepin County Library System, Three Rivers Park District and the many community organizations and local businesses that supported this publication.


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Live, learn and work in Edina Edina is home to award-winning schools, 3,000 businesses, 39 parks, 47,000 residents and is celebrated as a premier place to live, learn and work. The city is a first-ring suburb located nine miles southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. It’s easily accessible by a number of major highways, such as Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 which divide the city into four quadrants. About 95 percent of the 16-square-mile city is developed, largely as residential areas. Property values are some of the highest in the region. Residents have come to expect a high level of public service from the city’s full-time Fire Department, nationally recognized Police Department and Public Works Department, which cares for 230 miles of roadway. Though one of the Twin Cities’ oldest and most fully developed communities, the city of Edina boasts more than 1,550 acres of open space and eight miles of scenic pathways for bicycling, walking and cross-country skiing. Amenities at the city’s nearly 40 parks include baseball, softball, football and soccer fields, playground equipment and picnic shelters. The Park and Recreation Department also operates 10 special facilities providing fun year-round for residents of all ages: the

Edina Aquatic Center, Art Center, Braemar Ice Arena, Braemar Golf Courses, Centennial Lakes Park, Edinborough Park, Arneson Acres Park and the Edina Senior Center. Those who live in Edina also give back to the city by serving on numerous boards and commissions. Mayor James Hovland and Edina City Council members Ann Swenson, Joni Bennett, Mary Brindle and Josh Sprague are advised on planning and park matters, environmental issues, human rights, heritage preservation and more by a host of community volunteers. Incorporated in 1888 as a milling area on the banks of Minnehaha Creek, Edina is now home to a vibrant business community. Major employers are Jerry’s Enterprises, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Macy’s, Edina Public Schools, Nash Finch Co., International Dairy Queen, J.C. Penney Co. and Edina Realty. Still, Edina values its history. The Grange Hall and Cahill School, owned by the city and located across from City Hall in Tupa Park, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as two homes in the Country Club District. Arneson Acres Park holds the Edina History Museum and Edina Historical Society. Info:


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Edina Liquor supports parks and the arts Residents support parks, arenas and the arts when they pick up six-pack of pale ale or a bottle of Cabernet from one of three liquor stores operated by the city of Edina. Visitors to the Southdale location this year will also see a newly remodeled store. Renovations include a new entryway, floor plan, checkout counters, and ceiling and lights. A permanent tasting area was also constructed in the remodeled store. The Southdale location is one of three stores in the city. Director of Liquor Operations Steve Grausam said the three locations are best known for their wine selection. While wine sales outpace liquor and beer sales, Grausam said Edina Liquor also boasts a large selection of single malt Scotch and a growing variety of craft beers. More than 1,000 varieties of wine, 250 brands of beer and 400 brands of liquor are carried. Every year, about $1 million in net income from Edina’s three municipal stores support city facilities like the Edina Art Center, Braemer Ice Arena, Edinborough Park and neighborhood parks. “By supporting our stores it also supports the community,” said Steve Grausam, director of liquor operations for the city. “We give back 100 percent.”


The profits are also put toward street repairs, and in the past have helped purchase police and fire equipment. Between $400,000 and $600,000 goes into the city’s general fund. Altogether, the city estimates residents save about 4 percent annually on property taxes with liquor store income. “Whether they shop at our stores or not, they’re benefiting,” said Grausam. The liquor stores partner with local organizations for events throughout the year, including the Edina Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Edina each spring. In addition, in-store tasting events are offered most Fridays and Saturdays, often in conjunction with monthly liquor, beer and wine promotions. Edina is also working with the cities of Richfield and Bloomington to prevent underage drinking through the Tri-City Partners Coalition for Healthy Youth and Communities. The liquor stores will educate about effects of underage drinking and help deter underage possession with messages on shopping bags. Liquor store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Liquor stores are closed Sunday. Info:

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Edina protected by police, fire departments In Edina, residents and their homes are safe thanks to dedicated Police and Fire Departments. The city of Edina has one of the lowest crime rates in Hennepin County – a feat for a first-ring suburb bordering the state’s largest city. The Edina Police Department is led by Chief Jeff Long, an Edina native who first joined the force in 1987 as a community service officer. Long oversees a department of 73 people, two K-9 units and one animal control officer. Among them are 46 police officers, including the 34 men and women in the patrol division. The patrol division protects Edina’s 16-square-miles 24 hours a day. Each year the officers respond to thousands of calls for service ranging from suspicious noises to death investigations. The 25,000-square-foot police station at City Hall also features a state-of-the-art 911 communications center. The city’s nine full-time and two part-time dispatchers and their supervisor work around the clock at the Edina Communications Center to help keep Edina safe. In 2011 they handled more than 74,000 calls for police, fire and medical services in Edina and Golden Valley.

In Edina, firefighters do more than put out flames. Most of the 31 firefighters in the full-time Fire Department double as paramedics, providing the city with ambulance and emergency medical service. Firefighters also lead fire prevention and community health programs. Under Chief Marty Scheerer’s leadership, the Edina Fire Department boasts one of the fastest response times for medical calls in the metro area – four minutes and 19 seconds from call to door. In 2011, firefighters responded to just over 4,600 calls for service, about 80 percent of which were for emergency medical services. When possible, Edina firefighters like to stop fires before they start. Fire Marshal Tom Jenson leads the Fire Prevention Bureau, which includes two inspectors, a public educator and fire prevention clerk. Every year, the division of the Fire Department conducts close to 70 safety presentations, reaching nearly 2,500 children in Edina. In addition, the Bureau enforces the state Fire Code by regularly inspecting the city’s commercial buildings and multi-family housing units, checking for working fire alarms, sprinkler systems and more. Individual home inspections for fire safety are completed by request.


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Edina Art Fair draws thousands to city Edina is home to the Twin Cities’ first official art fair of the year and the second largest art fair in Minnesota. The 46th annual Edina Art Fair kicks off Friday, June 1, and runs through Sunday, June 3, at 50th Street and France Avenue. This year the Edina Art Fair will feature 340 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the United States and Canada, with a wide variety of artistic and creative works, including paintings, watercolors, photography, engravings, wood carvings, jewelry, glasswork and more. The event draws an estimated 90,000 visitors each year. It was recently ranked 48th best art fair in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and 69th in the top 100 fine art fairs for 2011 by the Art Fair Source Book. Beginning in 2009, the art fair has spotlighted green art that is created from recycled and/or reused material


and are made with 75 percent environmentally friendly materials. The stage at the art fair provides entertainment for all ages, includeing fashion shows, and demonstrations in cooking, floral arranging and spa technique. The “Foot in the Fair” exhibit will feature original artwork from Edina elementary, middle and high school students. About 50 juried pieces from the young artists will be on display. Other highlights will include a Kids Art Zone, large mural paintings, food vendors and local music acts. A free shuttle will run from Southdale Center to the Edina Art Fair, making a continuous loop beginning one hour before the fair and running one hour after the Art Fair closes. Edina Art Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Admission is free. Info:

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Edina is home to a multitude of shopping If you want it, you can find it in a bevy of shopping areas in Edina. Southdale Center opened in 1956 as the country’s first enclosed regional shopping center and still stands as the country’s oldest indoor mall. Renovations are planned for the public areas of the mall and plans are being made for more pedestrian-friendly access to the mall. Herberger’s is the latest installment at the mall, joining Macy’s, Marshalls and JCPenney. Southdale also has more than 120 specialty stores, including Aveda, Coach and H&M, as well as a state-of-the-art 16screen AMC Theatre and restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Regular Southdale Center hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Store hours may differ. Just across from Southdale at 69th and France Avenue are the Galleria Shops of Distinction. Local tenants in Galleria continually refine, update and edit their collections to provide the finest retail offerings. It is also conveniently located next to the Westin Edina Galleria for weekend shopping getaways. Locally owned retailers at Galleria include Ampersand, dugo, Melly, Trail Mark, Twill by Scott Dayton,

Scheherazade Jewelers, Whymsy and Fifth Avenue Optical. National and international luxury brands include Tumi, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Crate & Barrel, WilliamsSonoma, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Galleria shoppers can also stop at five restaurants that include Pittsburgh Blue, Good Earth Restaurant, CRAVE, People’s Organic Coffee & Wine Café and Big Bowl. Galleria hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Restaurants and some stores operate additional hours. For an outdoor shopping experience, 50th & France is the place. On Edina’s border with Minneapolis, the quaint streets feature more than 175 distinct shops and boutiques, over 20 restaurants, casual cafes and coffee shops. Long a dining and entertainment destination – attractions include the art house Edina Cinema – 50th & France has grown in popularity over the last year with the addition of four new restaurants: Raku Modern Japanese Cuisine, Rice Paper Contemporary Asian Restaurant, Mozza Mia and Cocina del Barrio. Other shopping spots in Edina include Yorktown, Centennial Lakes Plaza and numerous neighborhood centers to serve residents’ needs.


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Chamber of Commerce has a busy calendar Edina’s population doubles Monday to Friday with people coming to work at the Chamber of Commerce’s 435 member businesses. The Edina Chamber of Commerce members keep busy with frequent networking and community events. “We’re a very strong, connected business community,” said Chamber President Arrie Larsen Manti. “They’re aware of business topics and concerns. They really come to the table.” The Chamber was founded as a non-profit organization in 1971. It has 435 member businesses from around the Twin Cities region representing a wide array of industries. It seeks to make Edina the optimum place to do business with year-round opportunities for community involvement, personal and professional growth. One of its most popular events of the year is the annual Taste of Edina, to be held this year Thursday, May 17. The evening of food and wine tasting gives restaurant members the chance to showcase their businesses to the Edina community in the beautiful setting of Centennial Lakes Park. “It’s food, wine and community,” said Manti. “We have a lot of restaurants for a town this size and they are a huge part of the community.” At the Chamber Annual Meeting in May, members

announce the Teacher of the Year, based on nominations from parents and peers in Edina Public Schools. In recognition of their important work, the winner receives a $500 check from the Chamber’s sponsor Royal Credit Union. The Business Person of the Year is also announced. Next in annual events are the golf tournament in September, followed by the Emerald Gala in February – the largest annual social function for the Chamber. The Chamber also has frequent regular gatherings throughout the year. The general membership meeting held the fourth Wednesday of each month features informational and inspiring speakers. The At Your Business Break meetings on the first Friday of each month bring members to a local business for an open house and coffee break. On the second Friday of each month is W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success in Edina), a monthly meeting for women professionals to network within the Edina business community. One of the Chamber’s strongest networking groups is the Edina Emerging Leaders for young professionals under 40. They get together for fun-filled networking, including climbing steps in Minneapolis skyscrapers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb for Cures. Info:


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Edina Art Center offers creative outlet Artists and those who like to purchase art can visit the Edina Art Center to enjoy the visual arts. The center has operated programs and services for Edina residents since 1977. Art for All Ages allows anyone from children to the elderly to interact while taking art classes in a one-room schoolhouse effect. It’s a chance for children to take classes with their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. Kids and teens can learn about clay, painting and jewelry among a multitude of classes while those older than 15 years old can enjoy creating art in mediums from pottery and clay sculpture to drawing to watercolors. Children who show an aptitude for art can go further in their education at the Art Academy. The academy is offered in three sections, second through sixth grade, sixth grade through 10th grade and sixth grade through

12th grade. For parents looking for a creative outlet for their children, the Edina Art Center operates more than 70 one-, three- or five-day summer camps in clay, drawing, knitting, painting, paper mache, mask-making, theater games, clay mosaics, watercolor, portraits and pet portraits. For those who enjoy pondering artwork, the Edina Art Center hosts rotating exhibitions and programs of local and internationally known artists in the Margaret Foss Gallery. The Clark Gift Shop in the center also offers a unique selection of artist-created gifts that include cards, jewelry, pottery and sculpture, as well as art supplies. The hours of the Edina Art Center are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Info:


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Hospital offers award-winning care Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina is known for outstanding heart, stroke and cancer care. It can meet the needs of any patient with its 390-bed multi-specialty medical center and experienced primary care physicians. Fairview Southdale views itself as a vital part of the community and is proud of the medical care it provides Edina residents close to home. Led by President Brad Beard, who was named the Edina Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2010, Fairview Southdale Hospital sees approximately 45,000 visits to its emergency room, completes 23,000 surgeries and serves 22,500 inpatients each year. Fairview Southdale was recently named a 100 Best Hospital by national health care website Fairview Southdale includes the University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview, which recently installed a new wide-bore MRI machine to complete a new suite that includes Flash CT. In 2009, Thomson Reuters placed Fairview Southdale in the top 100 U.S. hospitals for cardiovascular care. It was selected from nearly 1,000 hospitals evaluated based on performance in treating heart failure, heart attacks, bypass surgery and angioplasties. Fairview Southdale also won the award in 2001, 2005 and

2008. Orthopedics is another area of note for Fairview Southdale. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has designated the hospital a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted the cancer program at Southdale Hospital a three-year accreditation with commendation. Accreditation by the Comission is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The hospital also received the 2011 Minnesota Cancer Alliance Spirit of Collaboration Award for a free colon cancer screening it conducted last year. Fairview Southdale remodeled its delivery and post-partum care rooms at The Birthplace, where staff deliver approximately 3,500 babies every year. They also opened a newly remodeled and reclassified III-A neonatal intensive care unit last month. Fairview Southdale can now care for babies starting at 30 weeks gestation in their 16 private NICU patient rooms.


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Libraries provide learning for all Edina Library

Tradition and technology mix well at this busy library. There are 132 computers with access to the Internet, the library catalog and Microsoft applications. Books abound in English, but also in Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Free programs for all ages are presented. Story times, children’s and teen book groups and job search assistance and small business programs are offered regularly. A conference room and three meeting rooms are available for reservation. The Friends of the Southdale Library are enthusiastic volunteers who hold very successful used book sales several times a year to support projects such as the Read and Relax Lounge. New Friends are always welcomed.

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Hennepin County Library includes 41 total libraries in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County and is recognized as one of the top library systems in the country. All together, it offers about 5 million books, CDs, DVDs, downloadables and other resources in more than 40 languages, plus access to almost 1,700 computers. Info:

Lovers of literature and learning are well covered in Edina with two Hennepin County libraries in the city that offer large collections and engaging events. Now visitors can access the library anywhere on their phones to check the library catalog and scan book barcodes to see if the library has the book. The Edina Library has a strong fiction collection including many books by new and local authors. It also features Chinese, French and Spanish (children’s materials only) language collections, 28 computers and two meeting rooms. The Edina Library has a supportive and active Friends of the Library group with nearly 200 members. The group supports the overall collection of Hennepin County Library and also many of the Edina Library’s wonderful programs including the “Great Decisions” programs, which highlight a different topic on world events each month. The Southdale Library has a vibrant children’s area with a whimsical animal sculpture menagerie created by local artist Chris Tully, as well as a children’s collection.


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Dozens sell wares at farmers market The seeds have been planted last two years, and did they grow. The Centennial Lakes Park farmers market is coming back bigger and better. Planning is underway for the farmer’s market and the annual summer entertainment events in the park, park manager Tom Shirley said. Events at the park this summer include community bands, storytelling and dance lessons. The market will be open Thursday afternoons 3-7 p.m. beginning June 14, and run through Sept. 27. Several dozen vendors will peddle a wide variety of items from fruits and vegetables to honey, chocolates and fresh flowers near the Hughes Pavilion. Visitors to the market can combine shopping with a number of recreation activities at the 24-acre park. Tucked between buildings in one of Edina’s core commercial areas, Centennial Lakes Parks is an urban oasis with more than 1.5 miles of paved pathways meandering around a 10-acre lake interspersed with landscaped grounds, formal and informal seating areas, swinging benches and fountains. During the summer months, visitors can rent paddleboats, fish in the ponds, watch Edina Model Yacht Club remote-controlled boat races or try their luck on the bent

grass putting course or croquet and lawn bowling courts. The park’s 18 manicured putting greens range in length from 57 to 125 feet and are surrounded by sand traps, ponds, boulders and planter beds. The par-51 course takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes to play. Championship-caliber bent grass croquet and lawn bowling courts can also be rented by the hour from the Pavilion building, with all equipment and written instructions included in the court fee. The park also hosts a variety of cultural performances in the 1,000-seat lakeside Maetzold Amphitheater. From June through August, free concerts are planned nearly every evening Sunday through Thursday. Noontime children’s concerts and performances are every Tuesday and Thursday. Movies in the Park play Thursday evenings at sunset. In the winter months, Centennial Lakes Park’s 10-acre pond turns into one of the Twin Cities’ finest outdoor skating venues. Inside the Hughes Pavilion guests can relax by one of three fireplaces while sipping a cup of hot chocolate from the concession stand. Hours vary by season. Info:


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Edinborough Park provides fun year-round When the snow begins to fly and the temperature begins to hover around zero, Edinborough Park’s 6,000 plants, trees and flowers are still lush. That’s because the one-acre facility – the only of its kind in Minnesota – is completely enclosed. From the huge indoor playground to the junior-Olympic size swimming pool and 250-seat amphitheater, Edinborough Park provides year round recreation for residents of all ages. Edinborough’s Adventure Peak is one of the largest indoor play structures in the country. The entire padded, netted and enclosed structure has over 45 tasks, including scaling the 30-foot-tall lookout tower or sliding down one of four giant tube slides, to keep kids challenged and entertained for hours. Edinborough is host to birthday parties throughout the year, where children can play at the Playpark, which includes Adventure Peak and the Great Hall multipurpose gym with inflatable jumpers, scooters, basketball

hoops and more. From September through May, free concerts are held at the Edinborough Park Amphitheater. Noon shows on Thursdays are geared toward young children. Sunday and Tuesday evening shows provide big band entertainment for all ages. Those fitness-minded can exercise at Edinborough when outdoor options are iced over. The indoor 1/16mile track at Edinborough has lanes for walking, jogging and running. There are also treadmills, bicycles and other workout equipment. The lap pool at Edinborough is kept at 84 degrees, making it enjoyable for children just learning to swim, seniors and seasoned lap swimmers. The pool and track open at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. General park hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Info:


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Walk the plank at the Edina Aquatic Center Water lovers can enter a pirate world while riding a tube down a water flume or gliding on a zip line over the water at the Edina Aquatic Center, one of the city’s most popular parks facilities. This year, visitors can also ride the waves in a new part of the park called the Flow Rider. The Flow Rider is a wave stimulator that is geared toward people aged 13 to 21, but children as young as six can use it, Aquatic Center Manager Susan Foss said. The pirate-themed aquatic park, conveniently located in Rosland Park, includes sitting areas, a dry playground and water features. Aquatic Center visitors can get excitement onboard the Shipwreck Express. From atop a 10-foot platform built to look like a pirate ship’s bow, participants can walk the plank then grab a trapeze bar, glide over the pool and drop into the water below. But they must watch out for an unexpected dousing. Two water cannons provide the optimal post for rival mateys. On Pirate’s Plunge, swimmers can rocket down the 207-foot body slide or fly down the 300-foot tube flume in single-, double- or triple-person tubes. For the 2012 season, which begins Saturday, June 9, and

ends Sunday, Aug. 26, main pool hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in June and July. In August, all pools close at 8 p.m. Another top draw at the Edina Aquatic Center is an Olympic-sized pool with step-in entry, three-meter and onemeter diving boards and lap swimming lanes. Lap swimming hours for the entire season are 6-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8-10 a.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.noon on Sunday. The zero-depth children’s pool and water playground features spiral and tunnel slides, a tire swing, fountains and more. Hours for the zero-depth pool are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday in June and July and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday in August. And for the landlubbers, there are roughly 400 chaise lounges parked around the pool and under giant shade umbrellas. The dry Oakwood Forest playground has a large tree with climb-through center, lookout tower, rope spider web and slide exit. A full-service concession area at the Edina Aquatic Center also offers light meals and snacks. Info:


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Find your home with the historical society Want to see the place where the decision to name Edina was made? The nonprofit Edina Historical Society can help. Executive Director Marci Matson said the Edina History Museum, operated by the society, assists nearly as many people with property research as it does genealogy. “People really want to know what their neighborhood looked like and why their street is named what it is,” said Matson, the only paid employee in the volunteer-supported organization. Lois Lane in southwest Edina, by the way, was not named for the famous “Superman” character. Both the surveyor and developer of that neighborhood had wives named Lois, she said. The museum holds assessor records for the city of Edina, including a photo of each house taken in 1959, as well as information on building updates and sales over the years. Homes built after 1959 typically have a photo on file from the year they were built. Copies of the photos are available. The museum also stores maps and aerial photos to give residents a snapshot of development over the years. A set of 1937 aerial photos predate much of the city’s suburban development, showing mostly farmland where houses now

stand. In addition to its research library, the museum features a new exhibit each year. This fall, its latest will be on growing up in Edina. The museum is also a popular destination for field trips and group tours, and hosts several annual events including antique appraisals in September and snow parties in the winter. The Edina Historical Society also operates the Edina Historical Center at Frank Tupa Park, home to the Minnehaha Grange Hall and Cahill School. The one-room schoolhouse, built in 1864, is the oldest standing building in Edina. It was relocated in 1969 from the Cahill neighborhood of Edina to its present location. The grange was built in 1879 as a meeting place for area farmers. The building also served as Edina Village Hall from its incorporation in 1888 to 1942 with many important events taking place inside, including the decision to name Edina. The Grange Hall was moved in 1970 to Frank Tupa Park, where it is used in conjunction with Cahill School for historical-themed field trips, birthday parties and special events. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and by appointment. Info:


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Finding faith communities in Edina Edina has many churches providing places of worship for people of various faith: Calvary Christian Reformed Church 5300 France Ave. S., Edina 952-831-6264 Calvary Lutheran Church 6817 Antrim Road, Edina 952-941-1251 Chapel Hills United Church of Christ 6512 Vernon Ave. S., Edina 952-935-3025 Church of St. Patrick 6820 St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane, Edina 952-941-3164 Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina 952-920-8515 Colonial Church 6200 Colonial Way, Edina 952-925-2711

Creek Valley Church 6400 Tracy Ave., Edina 952-941-2710 Cross View Lutheran Church 6645 McCauley Trail W., Edina 952-941-1094 Edina Community Lutheran Church 4113 W. 54th St., Edina 952-926-3808 Edina Covenant Church 4201 W. 50th St., Edina 952-920-9188 Edina Morningside Community Church 4201 Morningside Road, Edina 952-926-6555 Good Samaritan United Methodist Church 5730 Grove St., Edina 952-929-0049


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Edina faith communities, continued Jehovah’s Witness Edina Congregation 6305 Tracy Ave., Edina 952-922-2101

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 6716 Gleason Road, Edina 952-941-3065

Normandale Lutheran Church 6100 Normandale Road, Edina 952-929-1697

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 5421 France Ave. S., Edina 952-927-8400

Our Lady of Grace Church 5071 Eden Ave., Edina 952-929-3317

St. Stephen the Martyr Episcopal Church 4439 W. 50th St., Edina 952-920-0595

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 500 Blake Road S., Edina 952-935-3457

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Edina schools offer award-winning options The award-winning Edina School District is finding innovative ways to serve each of its 7,990 students. Led by Superintendent Ric Dressen, the district’s six elementary schools, two middle schools and high school offer a variety of learning choices for students of all abilities. Starting with kindergarten, parents can choose half- or full-day lessons. The six elementary schools – Concord, Cornelia, Countryside, Creek Valley, Highlands and Normandale – also include neighborhood schools, a French immersion program and multi-age Continuous Progress learning programs. At Edina High School, students can choose from a host of electives and Advanced Placement courses. In the 2009-2010 school year, more than 2,300 AP exams were administered in more than 20 subject areas. Through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, students can also take course work at Minnesota public and private colleges. Ninety-four percent of seniors go to college and a recent survey of alumni 10 years after high school graduation showed 45 percent completed graduate school degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees. Non-traditional learning experiences at Edina High School include Cyber School, May Term Project, Mentor

Connection, Technical Career Education and the STRIVE mentoring program. Through its work to educate students of all backgrounds Edina continues to rank at the top of state and national achievement lists. In 2010, Edina students placed first among Minnesota public school districts with combined reading and math scores on state comprehensive assessments. Edina is the only district in the country to be recognized by all five of the following national publications: Forbes, which named Edina among “America’s 25 Best Schools for Your Housing Buck” in 2010; US News and World Report, which named Edina High School a Silver Medalist School for high performance on state tests and college readiness scores in 2009 and 2008; Family Circle Magazine, which named Edina one of its top 10 towns in the nation for families in 2009; Newsweek, which included Edina High School in its list of “America’s Best High Schools,” basing the ranking on the number of AP tests taken per student in 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2003; and Sports Illustrated Magazine, which ranked Edina’s athletic program the eighth “Best High School Athletic Program in the Nation” in 2005. Info:


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Golfers tee off earlier in Edina this year Golf courses abound in Edina and this year’s early spring added five weeks to the normal playing season. The city of Edina operates 27-hole Braemar Golf Course, nine-hole Braemar Executive Course and ninehole Fred Richards Executive Golf Course. The clubhouse has undergone renovations, including a new healthier menu and a sales system that can track rounds of golf for rewards, General Manager Todd Anderson said. Located on 500-acres of rolling hills and scenic lakes surrounded by oak ridges, Braemar maintains a pristine, secluded setting just minutes from the city center. Braemar boasts a pro shop, outdoor driving range, practice putting green and banquet facilities. Golf lessons and etiquette clinics are offered on site, as well as men’s and women’s golf leagues at various times and for players of all abilities. The city’s Fred Richards Executive Course gives golfers the opportunity to decide between two different flagstick positions on each hole, making the course a destination for beginning and experienced golfers alike. The Braemar Golf Dome is closed for the year after a


fire damaged the dome in February. City staff is considering options to open a golf dome before the winter. Golfers at the private Edina Country Club can play 18-holes on a course that was updated by Minnesota native Tom Lehman, a former No. 1-ranked player who regularly competes on the PGA and Champions tours, and his design partner Chris Brands. “They touched every part of the golf course,” said Director of Golf Marty Lass. “Fairways, tees, greens and bunkers, all of the elements were really taken into consideration.” The return to a more classic design includes doubling the number of bunkers, adding more variety and challenge to the par-72 course. The 18-hole private course at Interlachen Country Club in Edina is also considered one of the finest in Minnesota and the nation. The Donald Ross design has delighted members since 1920. The par-73 course includes 14 bodies of water and is lined by more than 2,500 trees. Interlachen has also hosted a number of national golfing events including the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. Info:

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Parks near Edina offer outdoor fun Regional parks near Edina offer prairie landscapes, live raptors, boating and disc golf. Beyond municipal parks, Edina residents can find recreational spots at Three Rivers Park District sites including Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, where the Richardson Nature Center is located, and Bryant Lake Regional Park in Eden Prairie. The Three Rivers Park District is a special park district covering primarily suburban Hennepin County but also serving parts of Ramsey, Scott, Carver and Dakota counties. Three Rivers comes from the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geography, situated within the watersheds that flow into three significant rivers to the region: the Mississippi, the Minnesota and the Crow. There are facilities for every season, including picnicking, swimming, play areas, boating, fishing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, golfing, camping and sledding. Three Rivers also offers program sites for nature, recreation, historic and farm education. The Park District serves 7 million park guests per year. It is currently planning a regional wooded trail through Edina along Nine Mile Creek, that when constructed will link with trail segments in Richfield, Hopkins and beyond. For now, Edina residents are a short drive away from Hyland Lake Park, which offers breathtaking prairie land-

scapes, a major body of water, the Richardson Nature Center and the Hyland Ski and Snowboard area. The Richardson Nature Center is the largest of Three Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nature centers. Inside, visitors enjoy colorful clay mosaics by artist Chris Tully that cover the exhibit area walls, view interpretive displays, visit live animals and raptors or observe birds in the backyard wildlife viewing area. The interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats, including marshes, oak forests and restored prairie. Along the trails, visitors might spot some of the varied wildlife that live in the park, such as deer, fox, coyote, muskrats and turkeys. Cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs are available throughout the park. In another neighboring city is Bryant Lake Regional Park, nestled in 170 beautiful acres of rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands. Among the scenery parkgoers might spot deer, waterfowl or songbirds that have made the park home. Other activities include disc golf on an 18-hole course or swimming in sand-bottomed Bryant Lake. There is a 15-mph speed limit for watercrafts on Bryant Lake in effect noon to 6 p.m. Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Info:


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Edina Senior Center offers classes, events Seniors living in the city can take advantage of the Edina Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variety of programs. More than 1,500 members attend recreational, educational, health and social service events hosted by the Edina Senior Center Monday through Friday. Past trips have included watching a movie at the Imax Theater, taking a showboat ride and visiting cities such as Owatonna. The Edina Senior Center also offers programs such as book clubs, golf leagues, card parties, pool tournaments, free tax preparation and health screenings for seniors. Interest groups at the center also offer specific weekly groups such as computers, genealogy, quilting and knitting. Seniors can also attend Community Education classes and Elder Learning Center classes at the Edina Senior Center.


The center offers regular weekly programs at the center such as Mah Jongg, Cribbage, harmonicas, Bridge, tap dancing and yoga. The 17,000-square-foot Edina Senior Center opened in 2002 and includes a fireside room, a food-serving area, five classrooms, a billiards room, a large gathering area and a welcoming lobby. The Senior Center is on the lower level of the Edina Library. The building anchors the Grandview Square area that includes the library, an office building and residential units. It is located in the area south of Eden Avenue and west of Highway 100. Membership for the Senior Center is $17 per person or $27 per couple. Members receive a newsletter of events and priority registration for trips and tours hosted by the Senior Center.

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