“We’re the bank where people can pick up the phone and talk to the president or their banker, and not have to filter through a bureaucratic system.” Peter Dahl Kevin Howk, President Crown Bank, Edina Peter Dahl, CEO Crown Bank
CROWN BANK FOUNDERS KEEP EDINA COMMUNITY NEEDS A TOP PRIORITY
When local Edina residents Peter Dahl and Kevin Howk established Crown Bank, their focus was to deliver small bank, personalized service by highly experienced bankers, and large banking products and services to meet the ﬁnancial needs of its customers. As the bank approaches its 10 year anniversary, that delicate balance is still their primary focus. “We started the bank to re-establish the small community banking service that was getting lost in a wave of large bank acquisitions,” said Dahl, a lifelong resident of Edina. “We founded the bank in Edina because of our familiarity with the community. We wanted to incorporate a high level of service in a high-end environment.” Rather than teller lines, customers conduct transactions and discuss their banking needs in private banker ofﬁces. The bank serves a vibrant mix of small and mid-size business owners, business investors and high net worth individuals who like thepersonalized service and dependable communication with decision makers. “We try to be creative and look for ways to make a deal happen,” said Howk.“It doesn’t take us two weeks to ﬁgure out if a transaction is going to work for both the client and the bank. We take the time to understand a client’s business; that helps develop a long-term relationship that is important to the client and to us.” Connection to the community it serves is just as important. Howk, a resident of Edina since 1996, has two children in Edina schools and serves on the board of The Edina Education Fund. Dahl, whose family is rooted in Edina since 1951, has two children in Edina High School and serves on the board of the Edina Community Foundation. The privately-held independent bank has grown tremendously since 2000, from $4.5 million in assets to $276 million today. Dahl said they have no plans to become a multi-billion dollar organization. “We continue to stay on top of the modern technology and advanced banking products,” said Dahl. “Yet, we’re the bank where people can pick up the phone and talk to the president or their banker, and not have to ﬁlter through a bureaucratic system.”
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Heritage of Edina is proud of it’s almost 50 year history of taking care of the Elderly. Not only is there an unmatched blend of historic elegance in all of the antique (very user friendly) furnishings but the exceptional staff that has stayed with Heritage of Edina for many years and represents many different backgrounds. Just as the Residents make this their home, so have the staff found a home for their chosen career. Eighty-six employees have worked here for over 5 years for a combined total of 800 years of experience. A young man that has worked at Heritage of Edina for 20 years has said that with all of his family in another country, he loves coming to work because all of the Residents are like family and makes him feel at home. He also enjoys working with his co-workers who make him feel the same way. One thing that really stands out at Heritage of Edina is that every department has a specific uniform that they wear to insure professionalism, neatness and cleanliness. This is also a safety factor for the Residents, so that even if they cannot read the name tag, they know that particular person is a staff
member and what department they represent. One example is that all nurses are in white, which is something the elderly can relate to and have learned to trust. Some of the employees drive 80 to 100 miles every day round trip to work, and have been doing it for 20 to 30 years. The dedication they have to keep the buildings in good condition and the business office running smoothly is so that the Residents have a wonderful place to live. The nurses who have been here for 15 to 25 years love caring for the Residents and making sure they are all okay. In every department we have directors that have worked here for over 10 years, so they know and understand the Heritage of Edina Creed that was written by Wayne Field, Founder, and the philosophy of “Reverence for Life”. We have received so many letters of “Thanks” from families throughout these many years, complimenting the staff on the good care their loved one was given during the time they spent with us. This is what keeps us all working harder to make the lives of our Residents as happy as possible when they are here.
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The progressive city, Edina Edina is well known for its shopping districts, quality of life and tremendous health care options. But Edina is also home for nearly 50,000 residents. Although many see Edina as a city that benefitted from the post-war building boom in the 1950s and ‘60s, it is truly a community with deep roots that predate the 20th Century. It was actually settled in the 1860s by Irish and Scottish immigrants and founded 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 offerings. Inside this Guide to Edina you will discover some of the aspects to life here that make it so desirable. We will offer information about Edina’s award-winning schools, its nationally acclaimed hospital, Fairview Southdale, and its variety of community parks, churches and shopping districts. We’ll profile the police and fire departments; highlight the libraries, art center 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. 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. Edina-- a great place for living, learning, raising families and doing business. www.MinnLocal.com
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deserves to live in a place they can call home. Itâ€™s not just your family and the house you live in that creates that sense of comfort and security. It should also be a feeling created by both the neighborhood and community in which you live. Edina has that special sense of place, of well being, where kids and families are nurtured and there is an intangible richness in life. For those of us who live here, it is a place we are happy to call home. In Edina, you will find an entire community committed to excellence in living, learning, raising families and doing business. Our residents regard their quality of life as very high and the factors contributing to this common belief are our premier schools, exceptional neighborhoods and advantageous location in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The development and preparation of our children for a globally influenced life is reflected in a public educational system which is the best in Minnesota and, according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the 100 best school districts in the nation. A recently released study by Forbes magazine lists the Edina school district as one of the top 25 in the country. Our City services are highly valued as well with excellent public facilities and services, safe neighborhoods, an extraordinarily responsive fire and emergency medical system, clean and
adequate water supply and stellar park and recreational facilities and programs. Our constant attention to our public infrastructure has encouraged the development of private infrastructure, which in turn has lead to an enhancement of the sense of quality of life that Edina has and will enjoy in the future. Due to our effective balancing of land uses, Edina has become a model for suburban development with high quality housing choices in beautiful neigh5
borhoods for all stages of a personâ€™s life. Edina is a city on the move: whether it is enhancing the health and longevity of our citizens, becoming an ever greener community, developing more extensive systems of walkways and bikeways or improving our transportation system, both internally and as part of the broader regional system, we know what it takes to be a successful 21st Century community. Our vision for the advancement of Edina is being created by all of us who it call it home. Edina is a wonderful place to live and it keeps getting better with each passing year, thanks to the effort of all those who live in our town and care about its future. Edina is a welcoming city with a tremendously strong sense of community. I think it is a place you would also love to call home. So if you do not live here now, give us thoughtful consideration. If you do live in Edina, we encourage you to use the Edina Guide to make your life in our community even more pleasurable. If you are just visiting, we know you will enjoy your time with us. Regardless of your purpose, we say to everyone: Welcome Home to Edina. Best regards, James B. Hovland Mayor of Edina
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This package includes services of funeral director and staff; embalming; cosmetics, dressing and casketing; visitation; funeral service; removal of remains; transportation to our crematory; service vehicle; alternative minimum container; crematory fee. (Selection of rental casket, cremation casket and urn not included in price of package.)
C. MEMORIAL SERVICE CREMATION PACKAGE
This package includes services of funeral director and staff; memorial service at our chapel or another location; removal of remains; transportation to our crematory; crematory fee. (Selection of rental casket, cremation casket and urn not included in price of package.)
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Our fee of $1,395 includes basic services of funeral provider and staff; transfer of deceased from place of death within a 30-mile radius; crematory charges; handling and transporting deceased to the crematory; and alternative cremation container. (This does not include an urn.) No membership fee required. * Prices based upon payment in full prior to service. All of the above funeral and cremation plans do not include the price of a casket for burial or rental. Also not included is the price of an outer burial container. The above plans do not include other miscellaneous merchandise that could be requested such as a register book, acknowledgement cards, memory folders or flowers. Other merchandise could be required depending upon specific circumstances. Also not included are cash advance items such as cemetery expenses, police escort, clergy or musician fees, death certificates, newspaper notices or limousines. An additional fee will be added for evening, Sunday and holiday services. Payment of the basic service charge assures you there will be adequate funds for the standard services of the plan you select as long as the principal and interest accrued remain in the account. If you wish to select and pre-pay any or all other items, you may do so by calling for an appointment. PRICES EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 15, 2009, AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. If you desire to have a general price list showing compliance with the Federal Trade Commission Rule 16 CGR 453.2, 453.3 & 453.4, you may call or come in to any of our funeral chapels.
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A city of 47,000 that feels like home home to more than 47,000 E dina, residents, award-winning schools and 3,000 businesses, is celebrated as a premier place to live, learn and work. The first-ring suburb, located just nine miles southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, is easily accessible by number of major highways, like Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100, which divide the city into four quadrants. 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 39 parks include baseball, softball, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor skating rinks, playground equipment and picnic shelters. In addition, the Park and Recreation Department operates 10 facilities providing fun year-round for residents of all ages: the Edina Aquatic Center, Art Center, Braemar Ice Arena, Braemar Golf Courses and Golf Dome, Fred Richards Golf Course, Centennial
Lakes Park, Edinborough Park, Arneson Acres Park and the Edina Senior Center. Residential areas comprise the largest portion of the 16-square-mile city. 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. Those who live in Edina also give back to the city by serving on numerous boards and commissions. Volunteers advise the Edina City Council on planning and park matters, as well as environmental issues, human rights, heritage preservation and more. Incorporated in 1888 as a milling area on the banks of Minnehaha Creek, an estimated 51,000 people now work in Edina. 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 7
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. For more information visit www.cityofedina.org. Edina City Hall 4801 W. 50th St., Edina 952-927-8861 Edina Senior Center 5280 Grandview Square, Edina 952-833-9570 Braemar Ice Arena 7501 Ikola Way, Edina 952-941-1322 Arneson Acres Park & Greenhouse 4711 W. 70th St., Edina 612-915-6616
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A feast for your shopping appetite f you want it, you can find it in Edina. The city that features the country’s oldest indoor mall offers plenty of shopping options. Southdale Center, which opened in 1956, was the nation’s first enclosed regional shopping center. Today Southdale, at more than 1.3 million square feet, has 120 specialty stores, including Aveda, Coach, J. Crew and Apple, major department stores like Macy’s and JC Penney, as well as a state-of-the-art 16-screen AMC Theatre. In addition to the food court, the fourstory mall has sit-down restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. 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 are the Galleria Shops of Distinction. For more than 25 years, Galleria has offered a selection of fine shops and restaurants. Half of the approximately 50 high-end retailers are locally owned. National
Organizational meetings that led to Edina’s founding in 1888 were held in Minnehaha Grange No. 398, now located at Tupa Park in Edina. The building, which dates to 1879, is on the Natl. Register of Historic Places.
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stores include Tiffany & Co., J. Jill, Restoration Hardwear and beginning this spring, Loius Vuitton. Among dining options are CRAVE, Big Bowl and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant. 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 9
border with Minneapolis the eclectic area features more than 175 retailers and professional services from apparel stores like Anthropologie and Monique Lhuillier, specialty stores like Cooks of Crocus Hill, to spas and salons and arthouse movie theatre Edina Cinema. Twenty restaurants serve up fine, contemporary and casual fare including Salut Bar Americain, D’Amico & Sons and Raku Japanese Restaurant. Store and restaurant hours vary. Other shopping beyond the major hubs include Yorktown, Centennial Lakes Plaza and numerous neighborhood centers. Southdale Center 10 Southdale Center, Edina 952-925-7874 Galleria 3510 W. 70th St., Edina 952-925-4321 50th & France France Ave. S. & W. 50th St., Edina 952-922-1524
Police force takes pride in serving city Edina Police Chief Jeff Long W hen is on-duty, he’s protecting more than his place of employment. Long, who has worked for the department for more than 20 years, grew up in Edina and still lives in the city. He first joined the Edina Police Department in 1987 as a community service officer. Over the years he was promoted from patrol officer to detective and then lieutenant. He oversaw patrol and investigations before being named deputy chief in January 2008. Long took over as chief Jan. 1, 2009, following in a long series of chiefs to come from Edina’s ranks. Former Chief Michael Siitari, who was also promoted from within the department, retired after 31 years of service to the city. Long oversees a department of 73 people and two K-9 units. Among them are 51 police officers, including the 39 men and women in the patrol division. The patrol division protects Edina’s
•Cahill School, located in Tupa Park, is the oldest standing building in Edina. The school was constructed in 1864. •From 1861 to 1864, the Edina Mill ran night and day to meet Civil War demands for Ft. Snelling.
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16-square-miles 24 hours a day. Each year the officers respond to more than 29,000 calls for service ranging from suspicious noises to death investigations. The most frequent calls in the city include alarms, medical emergencies and traffic accidents. In 2009, police officers made 324 arrests for driving while intoxicated, and also responded to 148 burglaries 10
and 272 thefts from vehicles among many other calls. While the numbers look high, Edina has one of the lowest crime rates in Hennepin County. Of the 32 jurisdictions, Edina has never placed above 17 for crime incidence – a feat for a first-ring suburb bordering the state’s largest city. The 25,000-square-foot police station also features a state-of-the art 911 communications center. The city’s nine communications specialists and their supervisor work around the clock at the Edina Communications Center to support officers and help to keep Edina safe. In 2009 they handled more than 55,000 emergency and non-emergency calls. Edina Police Department 4801 W. 50th St., Edina 952-826-1610
Edina Fire Department always on alert I
n Edina, firefighters do more than put out flames. Most of the 30 firefighters in the fulltime 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 – less than four minutes from call to door. Responding to medical emergencies makes up 75 percent of firefighters’ work. The Fire Department also includes a special operations team trained in technical and structural collapse rescues. The team is regional asset for other departments in the area. Each year, Edina crews go on up to 40 mutual aid calls. 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
•In 1888, after lengthy debate on what the town should be called, “Edina” was finally chosen on a 47 to 42 vote. •Edina first became a city in 1974, 86 years after becoming incorporated as a village.
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prevention clerk. Every year, the division of the Fire Department conducts close to 70 safety presentations, reaching nearly 2,500 children in Edina preschools, childcare centers and kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. 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 inspec11
tions for fire safety are completed by request. Edina firefighters also facilitate several programs to improved quality of life in the community. Blood pressure readings are available at Fire Station No. 1 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vial of Life packets are also available to residents at Fire Station No. 1. The emergency medical form, when filled out by residents and hung on the refrigerator, provides paramedics/firefighters with health history and emergency contact telephone numbers when the resident cannot. The Fire Department also installs smoke alarms with 10-year batteries in single-family homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge. Edina Fire Station No. 1 6250 Tracy Ave., Edina 952-826-0330 Edina Fire Station No. 2 7335 York Ave., Edina
Staying active with sports programs here are many ways to get active in the city of Edina. There are sports leagues for adults and youth of all abilities. The Edina Park and Recreation Department has adult athletic programs in eight sports. Slow-pitch softball men’s, women’s and mixed leagues play from May to July of each year. An adult kick-ball league for co-recreational teams begins in June. Tennis instruction for beginning and intermediate players runs June through August. Adult co-recreational volleyball begins in October. In the winter, there are five-man basketball leagues and less competitive open gym play, a co-recreational broomball league in winter, as well as four-man hockey – one of Edina’s most popular programs. The hockey leagues play on local rinks and are divided by age and ability. For more than 25 years, Edina has also participated in the Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange with the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Richfield. Each has programs
hockey, lacrosse, softball, swimming and volleyball:
•Many of the street names in Edina are named after families whose farms once occupied that area, for example: Grimes Avenue, Code Avenue, Gleason (Gleeson) Road, Cooper Avenue and Wyman Avenue.
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specifically designed for people with disabilities of all ages. These programs include softball, bowling, swimming lessons, fitness programs, skiing and snowboarding, basketball, as well as a number of social activities. The city also helps facilitate more than a dozen independently incorporated youth athletic associations. Youth athletic associations are organized by volunteers and include opportunities in baseball, basketball, fast-pitch softball, figure skating, flag football, football, 12
• Edina Baseball Association (www.edinabaseball.com) • Edina Boys Flag Football (www.edinaboysflagfootball.com) • Edina Basketball Association (www.edinabasketball.com) • Edina Girls Athletic Association (www.egaa.org) • Edina Hockey Association (www.edinahockeyassociation.com) • Edina Soccer Association (www.edinasoccer.org) • Edina Soccer Club (www.edinasoccerclub.com) • Edina Football Association (www.edinafootball.org) • Edina Youth Softball Association (www.edinasoftball.com) • Edina Girls Fastpitch Softball Association (www.edinafastpitch.org) • Edina Lacrosse Association (www.edinalacrosse.com) • Braemar City of Lakes Figure Skating Club (www.braemarfsc.org) • Edina Swim Club (www.edinaswim.com) • Edina Volleyball Association (www.edinavolleyball.org) Edina Park & Recreation Department 4801 W. 50th St., Edina 952-826-0367
A summer of fun at the Aquatics Center he Edina Aquatic Center offers summer fun for water lovers and landlubbers alike. The pirate-themed aquatic park, conveniently located in Rosland Park, includes sitting areas, a playground and of course water features. Aboard Shipwreck Express, swimmers can walk the plank. From atop a 10-foot platform built to look like a pirate ship’s bow, participants 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. Another top draw at the Edina Aquatic Center is an Olympic-sized pool with a step-in entry, a three-meter
•Edina was called a “streetcar suburb” in the late 1800s to early 1900s when the lines ran from Minneapolis to Edina to Hopkins. •The first female election judge in Hennepin County came from Edina in 1920.
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and one-meter diving boards and lap swimming lanes. Water temperature in all pools is kept at 84-86 degrees Fahrenheit. The children’s pool and water playground features spiral and tunnel slides, a tire swing, fountains and more. For easy entry, water depth begins at zero 13
and gradually increases to 18 inches. And for the landlubbers, plentiful lounge chairs are parked around the pool and under giant shade umbrellas. The 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. The Edina Aquatic Center will open Saturday, June 12, and close Sunday, Aug. 29, for the 2010 season. Main pool hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For lap swim hours, admission rates and more visit www.edinaparks.com. Edina Aquatic Center 4300 W. 66th St., Edina 612-928-4582
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airview Southdale Hospital in Edina can meet the needs of any patient. Known for outstanding heart, stroke and cancer care, the 390-bed multi-specialty medical center also offers experienced primary care physicians and is a leader in general surgery. Fairview, led by President Brad Beard, views itself as a vital part of the community and is proud of the medical care it provides Edina residents close to home. In an average year, Fairview Southdale Hospital sees 45,000 visits to its emergency room, completes 23,000 surgeries and serves 22,500 inpatients. Fairview Southdale includes the Fairview Southdale Heart and Vascular Center. 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 angioplas-
•Edina High School has had National Merit semifinalists and finalists each year the National Merit Foundation has been in existence. In 2009, there were 21 semifinalists and 25 commended scholars.
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ties. 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. 15
Other specialties include bariatric surgery and breast imaging. Fairview Southdale’s Breast Center features molecular breast imaging – the latest technology providing advanced diagnostic capabilities for women with abnormal mammogram results, dense breast tissue or other risk factors. The new technology produces clear images while using 40 percent less radiation than similar older exams. Fairview Southdale has also recently remodeled its delivery and post-partum care rooms at The Birthplace, where staff deliver approximately 3,500 babies every year. Fairview Southdale, which opened in 1965, will celebrate its 45th anniversary in October 2010. Fairview Southdale Hospital 6401 France Ave. S., Edina 952-924-5000
Farmers market meets Centennial Lakes C
entennial Lakes Park in Edina can add another feature to its long list of attractions. This summer, Edina’s first farmers market is sprouting in the 24-acre park. On Thursday afternoons from 3-7 p.m. beginning July 1, vendors will pedal a wide variety of items from fruits and vegetables to honey, chocolates and fresh flowers near the Park Centrum building. The farmers market will run through the end of September. Tucked between buildings in one of Edina’s core commercial areas, Centennial Lakes Parks is an urban oasis. It features 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 remotecontrolled sailboat races or try their luck on the bent grass putting course or croquet and lawn bowling courts.
•Robert T. Jones Jr. completed a “grand slam” of golf by winning the U.S. Open at Interlachen Country Club in 1930. He carded a 287. •Edina police protection began in 1930, well after incorporation in 1888.
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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 an hour and 45 minutes to play. Championship-caliber bent grass croquet and lawn bowling courts can also be rented by the hour from the Centrum Building, with all equipment and written instructions included in the court fee. 16
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. Also Thursdays at sunset is the Movies in the Park series kicking off Thursday, June 3, with “Where the Wild Things Are.” In the winter months, Centennial Lakes Park’s 10-acre pond turns into one of the Twin Cities’ finest outdoor skating venues. Inside the Centrum building guests can relax by one of three fireplaces while sipping a cup of hot chocolate from the concession stand. Figure and hockey skates for children and adults are available for rent. For park hour and rates visit www.centenniallakespark.com. Centennial Lakes Park 7499 France Ave. S., Edina 952-833-9580
Edinborough Park an indoor wonder T
he 6,000 plants, trees and flowers at Edina’s Edinborough Park are still lush when other parks are blanketed in snow. That’s because the one-acre facility – the only of its kind in Minnesota – is completely enclosed. From the huge indoor playground to the juniorOlympic size swimming pool and 250seat 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. The Playpark at Edinborough, which also includes the Great Hall multipurpose gym, has become a popular destination for children’s birthday celebrations. Each year, more than 1,200 parties are held at the park. The city’s Park and Recreation Department offers birth-
•The Edina Mill was torn down to make room for the Country Club District development in 1932. The mill was first opened in the mid-1850s and had also been known as Waterville Mill, Buckwalter Mill and Red Creek Mill.
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day party packages with admission to Adventure Peak and reserved tables and chairs. From September through May, free concerts are held at the Edinborough Park Amphitheater. Noon shows on Thursdays are geared toward young children. Sunday evening shows provide entertainment for all ages. Those fitness-minded can exercise at Edinborough when outdoor options are iced over. The indoor 1/16-mile track at 17
Edinborough has lanes for walking, jogging and running. Around the inside of the track are two recumbent bicycles, two treadmills, elliptical trainer, ab board and multi-station gym for weight training. The 75-by-46-foot pool at Edinborough is kept at 84 degrees, making it enjoyable for children learning to swim, lap swimmers, seniors and anyone looking for fun. The pool has adultonly lap swim times as well as open swim hours. During open swim, one lane is reserved exclusively for lap swimming. The pool and track open at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. General park hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information on admission rates, season passes and punch cards visit www.edinboroughpark.com. Edinborough Park 7700 York Ave. S., Edina 952-833-9540
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or more than 30 years, Edina residents and neighbors of all ages and abilities have flocked to the Edina Art Center to create and enjoy the visual arts. Every year the center, a program of Edina’s Park and Recreation Department, has more than 7,200 students, some just months old and others only young at heart. Music classes are open to infants. Opportunities for youth and adults include painting, sculpting, jewelry making and more. Trained staff members lead classes for artists of all abilities. Some have never picked up a paintbrush, while professional artists use the space to work and collaborate with other advanced students. Classes range from basic crafts to Atelier-realistic drawing and painting. Highlights of the center include its premier pottery department with 15 potters’ wheels, a gas kiln, raku kiln and six electric kilns. The Peggy Kelly Media Studios also gives community members
•Edina’s population was less than 10,000 in 1950. By 1960 it reached 44,000 residents. The population has remained nearly flat over the past 50 years, and today remains steady at 47,000.
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access to technology and software to transfer their old home movies and slides to DVD or VHS, and audio records to CD. To create an environment that is open to all, the Edina Art Center offers scholarships through the Peggy Kelly Family Fund, Golden Kiwanis Club, Lions’ Club and the Pat VanValkenburg Children’s Fund for low-income families. 19
In addition to hands-on learning, the center hosts rotating exhibitions and programs from both local and internationally known artists in the Margaret Foss Gallery. Each September the Edina Art Center presents a Members’ Juried Art Exhibition. Another annual event is “Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!” in November and December. The Clark Gift Shop, which is open year-round for art supplies and artist-made gifts likes cards and jewelry, expands into the gallery where hundreds of handcrafted pieces of art are available just in time for the holidays. Every spring, Edina Art Center members also sell art made for the garden. The Edina Art Center is open 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. Edina Art Center 4701 W. 64th St., Edina 952-903-5780
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t the Cahill School, students learn grammar, penmanship and manners. There’s no computers, or even a white board. Operated by the Edina Historical Society, the one-room schoolhouse lets today’s elementary students experience life in a turn-of-the-century country school. Students come on field trips from all over the region, including Wisconsin, every day of the school year to learn about what school would have been like in 1900. The pupils sit at old wooden desks, use slate boards and look at textbooks of the day. They are led through historic lessons and old-fashioned games by the “schoolmarm” dressed in long skirt and other period-appropriate garb. The Old Cahill School also offers a summer day camp, history-themed birthday parties and meeting space. Built in 1864, it is the oldest standing building in Edina. It was relocated in 1969 from the Cahill neighborhood of Edina to its present location in Frank
•Southdale Center, located off France Ave., was constructed for $10 million and first opened in the fall of 1956. The shopping mall once had an aviary in its center court and a petting zoo.
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Tupa Park. The Edina Historical Center at Frank Tupa Park also includes the Minnehaha Grange Hall 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 21
for school field trips and related functions. The nonprofit Society founded in 1969 also operates a historic museum at Arneson Acres Park. Displays cover topics such as the Edina Mill and the history of Edina schools. The Edina History Museum includes a research library open to historians and those looking for information about their house, family, school, neighborhood or organization free of charge. The museum is staffed primarily by volunteers and a part-time director Museum hours are 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and by appointment. For more information visit www.edinahistoricalsociety.org. Edina History Museum 4711 W. 70th St., Edina 612-928-4577 Edina Historical Center 4918 Eden Ave., Edina
Libraries among the nation’s best he Edina and Southdale libraries are part of the Hennepin County Library system, nationally recognized as one of the top libraries in the United States. Hennepin County Library serves 1.2 million residents in Hennepin County and offers about five million books, CDs, DVDs, electronic resources, and other items in more than 40 languages, and 1,775 public computers. Last year, there were an estimated 5.6 million in-person visits to Hennepin County libraries and an estimated 15.6 million visits to Hennepin County Library’s website, www.hclib.org. Library customers checked out about 17 million items and asked more than 900,000 reference questions. More than 2,500 volunteers contributed more than 86,000 hours of service to Hennepin County Library in 2009. Job and small business resources are available at all libraries and online. Five libraries, including Southdale, have more extensive resources in their Jobs & Small Business Centers. Free programs for children, teen, and adults include storytimes, author programs and technology classes.
•The Edina Aquatic Center opened in 1958. Today there are six main attractions: Ship Wreck Express, Oakwood Forest, Pirate’s Plunge, water playground, diving boards and water cannons.
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All libraries offer free use of public access computers. Adaptive technology for people with low vision and other disabilities is available at many libraries. Hennepin County Library Outreach liaisons assist customers in Spanish, Hmong and Somali at several libraries, over the phone, and via the website. Outreach Service delivers library books and other materials free of charge to county residents who have barriers in getting to the library. The Museum Adventure Pass program available at all libraries offers free 22
admission to some area museums and other organizations, thanks to the participating museums, in collaboration with Macy’s and the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, an alliance of public libraries in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Residents who have a library card from any of those libraries (Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington county library systems and the St. Paul Public Library) may check out items from any of their 100plus libraries. For Hennepin County Library locations, hours, and other information, call your local library or go online to www.hclib.org/locations Library cards are free. Apply for a card at your local library or online at http://www.hclib.org/pub/info/library_c ards.cfm Henn. County Library – Edina 5280 Grandview Square, Edina 952-847-5425 Henn. County Library - Southdale 7001 York Ave. S., Edina 952-847-5900
Chamber making business better frequent networking and comW ith munity events, the Edina Chamber of Commerce is living up to its mission. Founded as a non-profit member organization in 1971, the Chamber seeks to make Edina the optimum place to do business by providing opportunities for business growth, community involvement and personal and professional growth. The Chamber has 435 member businesses from around the Twin Cities region representing a wide array of industries. Led by President Arrie Larsen Manti, the Chamber hosts the annual community Taste of Edina event in May. 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. 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 impor-
•A stone near the first tee at Braemar Golf Course was sent to the city in 1964 from the 17th century Braemar Castle in Scotland. •The Edina Art Fair at 50th & France has been a fixture for more than 40 years.
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tant work, the winner receives a $500 check from the Chamber and matching $500 gift from a business. 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. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales at the event go toward scholarships given to three high school seniors each year. The Chamber also has frequent regu23
lar 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 The Edina Emerging Leaders group for young professionals under 40 also gets together for fun-filled networking, including climbing steps in Minneapolis skyscrapers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb for Cures. After Hours Social, a chance for casual networking, happens three times a year. Edina Chamber of Commerce 7710 Computer Ave., Ste.134, Edina 952-806-9060
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Independence Day Parade has new date your calendars. The Edina M ark Independence Day Parade has a new date. To avoid parking conflicts with area churches, Edina’s biggest event will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, this year. But parade organizers said the 14th annual parade would be no less patriotic. The theme for the 2010 parade is “Celebrate Freedom!” More than 15,000 spectators are expected to line 50th Street between Willson Road and the US Bank parking lot near Halifax Avenue to see marching bands, clowns, jugglers, fire trucks and more. The grand marshals of the 2010 parade are Carolyn and Clint Schroeder. They were selected by the Edina Community Foundation in recognition of their 50 years of community leadership in the city. As grand marshals, the Schroeders will preside over the ribboncutting ceremony that officially starts
A massive tornado hit Edina Sunday, June 14, 1981, causing extensive damage. The tornado is remembered as one of the worst storms to hit the metropolitan area.
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the parade near Edina’s City Hall, and will lead the procession along its onemile route. The Schroeders first moved to Edina in 1959. Carolyn is an active member of the Edina Federated Women’s Club and a current member of the Edina Community Foundation Board of 25
Directors. Clint served on the Fairview Health Services Board of Directors from 1972 until 1996, and was chairman of the Southdale YMCA Board of Management when the branch was constructed. United States veterans are also recognized during the parade and are again being invited to participate. In previous years, up to 80 have been cheered on parade watchers for their service to the country. A volunteer committee puts on the Edina Independence Day Parade. Planning begins in winter for the community-favorite event. While the parade is July 3, the city of Edina fireworks display is still slated for 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, over Lake Cornelia at Rosland Park, 66th Street and Valley View Road. For more information, visit www.edinaparade.org.
School blazing a path of leadership n a recent survey, 95 percent of Edina residents ranked Edina Public Schools as “excellent” or “good.” They have a reason to be proud. The district’s award-winning six elementary schools, two middle schools and one senior high school consistently rank at the top of state and national lists for achievement. In reading, Edina has ranked as the number one district in Minnesota for five consecutive years based on standardized test scores. In math, Edina has garnered the number one ranking for the past three years. Edina High School has had National Merit semifinalists and finalists each year the National Merit Foundation has been in existence. In 2009, there were 21 semifinalists and 25 commended scholars. National business publication Forbes.com recently named Edina Public Schools one of “America’s 25 Best Schools for Your Housing Buck.” Edina placed at the top of its category, communities with median house prices valued at $400,000 or under. Family Circle Magazine ranked Edina one of its top 10 towns in the nation for families in its August 2009
edition. Edina Public Schools stood out in the survey, receiving the highest school ranking – 10 out of 10 – of any of the towns recognized. In December of 2008 and 2009, U.S. News & World Report declared Edina High School a Silver Medalist School due to its high performance on state assessment tests and its college readiness score. The honor places Edina High School in the top 2 percent in the nation. All three secondary schools, Valley View, South View and Edina High, as well as Creek Valley, Cornelia, Normandale and Highlands elementary schools, have received the National School of Excellence award from the U.S. Department of Education. Edina Public Schools serve approximately 7,800 students with 1,170 teachers and support staff.
Cornelia Elementary (K-5) 7000 Cornelia Drive, Edina 952-848-4600 Countryside Elementary (K-5) 5701 Benton Avenue S., Edina 952-848-4700 Creek Valley Elementary (K-5) 6401 Gleason Road, Edina 952-848-3200 Highlands Elementary (K-5) 5505 Doncaster Way, Edina 952-848-4500 Normandale Elementary (K-5) 5701 Normandale Road, Edina 952-848-4100 South View Middle School (6-9) 4725 South View Lane, Edina 952-848-3700
School Contacts District Office 5701 Normandale Road, Edina 952-848-3900
Valley View Middle School (6-9) 6750 Valley View Road, Edina 952-848-3500
Concord Elementary (K-5) 5900 Concord Avenue S., Edina 952-848-4300
Edina High School (10-12) 6754 Valley View Road, Edina 952-848-3800
Community Education enriching lives to learn how to roll your own W ant sushi or operate a table saw? Edina Community Education Services has a class for that. Adult Enrichment, one of Community Education’s many program areas, provides a wide variety of day, evening and weekend classes in fitness, food, languages, technology and more. A division of Edina Public Schools, Community Education aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities to all area residents. Involvement begins with Early Childhood Family Education at the Edina Family Center. For children and their parents from birth to age 5, the center provides parenting classes, preschool classes with licensed teachers, a school readiness program and childcare. As children reach school age, Community Education provides an opportunity for all day kindergarten. The K Plus program, offered at all six elementary schools, provides a full-day experience in the classroom with the regular kindergarten teacher for continuity.
•Police protection in Edina began in 1930, more than 40 years after its incorporation in 1888. Pat Redpath was hired as the first marshal.
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Before and after school, there’s Edina KIDS Club. The childcare programs offers a safe and stimulating environment for kids. Options include WISE Guys for grades 4 and 5, with lounge areas, game rooms and the Homework Zone, and SURGE for grades 6-9, with food, music, foosball, table tennis, computers and more. KIDS Club also has summer programs. In Youth Development, programs for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 offer a variety of options – 27
from digital comic book design and guitar, to ballet and tennis camp – before and after school and during the summer. The Learning Exchange includes a wide variety of customized classes for adults with disabilities. To serve teachers, the Curricular Resources and Programs area provides curriculum enrichment opportunities. The Business/Education Partnership promotes the exchange of resources between business and education for mutual benefit. And the Edina Resource Center connects people to community services and resources. Over 100 community members volunteer their time to serve on seven different community education advisory councils to ensure programs run smoothly and reflect and serve the entire community. For more information visit www.edinacommunityed.org. Edina Community Center 5701 Normandale Road, Edina 952-848-3950
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Places of worship in abundance here dina has many churches providing places of worship for people of various faith:
Creek Valley Church 6400 Tracy Ave., Edina 952-941-2710
Normandale Lutheran Church 6100 Normandale Road, Edina 952-929-1697
Calvary Christian Reformed Church 5300 France Ave. S., Edina 952-831-6264
Cross View Lutheran Church 6645 McCauley Trail, Edina 952-941-1094
Our Lady of Grace Church 5071 Eden Ave., Edina 952-929-3317
Calvary Lutheran Church 6817 Antrim Road, Edina 952-941-1251
Edina Community Lutheran Church 4113 W. 54th St., Edina 952-926-3808
Shepherd of the Hills Luth. Church 500 Blake Road S., Edina 952-935-3457
Chapel Hills United Church of Christ 6512 Vernon Ave. S., Edina 952-935-3025
Edina Covenant Church 4201 W. 50th St., Edina 952-920-9188
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 6716 Gleason Road, Edina 952-941-3065
Church of St. Patrick 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina 952-941-3164
Edina Morningside Comm. Church 4201 Morningside Road, Edina 952-926-6555
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 5421 France Ave. S., Edina 952-927-8400
Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road, Edina 952-920-8515
Good Samaritan Unit. Meth. Church 5730 Grove St., Edina 952-929-0049
St. Stephen the Martyr Episc. Church 4439 W. 50th St., Edina 952-920-0595
Colonial Church 6200 Colonial Way, Edina 952-925-2711
Jehovah’s Witness Edina Cong. 6305 Tracy Ave., Edina 952-922-2101
Wooddale Church Edina Campus 5532 Wooddale Ave. S., Edina 952-944-6300
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Volunteers make a difference in Edina ozens of community organizations help make Edina a great place to live. Volunteers help beautify parks, provide cultural and recreational opportunities and support schools. Edina’s two Rotary Clubs support both local and international programs. The Rotary Club of Edina was founded in 1957 and on a yearly basis provides more than $70,000 through its foundation. The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, which started in 1989, also gives financial support to initiatives and organizations including Junior Police programs and Edina High School scholarships. The Edina Community Foundation, incorporated in 1977, works to create a stronger community by supporting others who are doing good. Through some 55 separate funds it provides grants to city departments and community organizations for a wide variety of programs and activities. The Edina Education Fund has supported Edina Public Schools since 1995. In the 2008-2009 school year, it provided more than $450,000 to programs in
local schools, including district-wide technology initiatives and teacher innovation grants. Connecting With Kids is a city-wide initiative to support asset development in the youth of Edina. The group offers frequent educational forums for parents and opportunities for children to grow. The Edina Garden Council, comprised of eight neighborhood garden clubs and a youth club, plant and grow many of the flowers in Edina’s parks. Each club is responsible for one Edina public garden. The Council also maintains 28 garden beds in Arneson Acres Park and offers adult educational programs on gardening and horticultural trends. Edina Girl Scouts has about 95 troops, involving a total of 1,000 girls. The are seven Cub Scout packs in Edina and five Boy Scout troops. Among other community organizations in the city or serving its residents: • Bike Edina Task Force (www.bikeedina.org) • Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (www.capsh.org) • Conservation League of Edina 31
• Cornerstone (www.cornerstonemn.org) • Edina A Better Chance (www.edinaabc.org) • Edina Chorale (www.edinachorale.org) • Edina Crime Prevention Fund (www.edinacrimepreventionfund.org) • Edina Federated Women’s Club • Edina Women’s Club • Edina Housing Foundation (www.comehome2edina.org) • Edina Lions (edinalions.weebly.com) • Edina Newcomers & Friends (www.edinanewcomers.org) • Edina Partners for Early Education (www.edinapartnersearlyed.org) • 50th & France Business and Professional Association (www.50thandfrance.com) • Friends of the Edina Nature Center, • First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band (www.sousaband.net) • Kiwanis Golden K Club of Edina (www.kiwanisedinagoldenk.org) • League of Women Voters of Edina (www.lwvedina.org) • Southdale YMCA (www.ymcatwincities.org) • TreeHouse (www.treehouseyouth.org) • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (www.veapvolunteers.org)
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ou don’t have to go far to golf in Edina. Public and private courses abound. The city of Edina operates 27-hole Braemar Golf Course, nine-hole Braemar Executive Course and ninehole Fred Richards Executive Golf Course, as well as indoor Braemer Golf Dome. Located on 500-acres of rolling hills and scenic lakes, Braemar has been rated among the top 75 public golf courses in the nation by “Golf Digest.” Surrounded by untouched oak ridges, the regulation and executive courses maintain a pristine, secluded setting just minutes from the city center. Braemar also boasts a pro shop, outdoor driving range, practice putting green and banquet facilities. Golf lessons, etiquette clinics and leagues are offered on site. The Braemar Golf Dome practice facility is open November through midApril for cold-weather golfing. It is the largest and longest-hitting dome in the Twin Cities area with 46 tees on two levels. The city’s Fred Richards Executive Course gives golfers the opportunity to
•The Edina Theatre was built in 1934. The first movie shown was “On the Good Ship Lollipop” with Shirley Temple. •The city bought the Hay & Stenson liquor store for a municipal business in 1948 for $53,000.
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decide between two different flagstick positions on each hole, making the course a destination for beginning and experienced golfers alike. The 18-hole private course at Interlachen Country Club has hosted a number of national golfing events including the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. Considered one of the finest golf courses in the world, the Donald Ross design has delighted members since 1920. The 6,800-yard, par-73 course includes 14 bodies of water and is lined by 2,500 trees. 32
The 18-hole Tom Bendelowdesigned private golf course at Edina Country Club is also known as one of the finest in Minnesota. The 6,813-yard, par-72 course offers many amenities including a two-ended driving range, chipping and pitching practice green and two putting practice greens. Braemar Golf Course 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina 952-903-5750 Braemar Golf Dome 7420 Braemar Blvd., Edina 952-826-6744 Fred Richards Executive Golf Course 7640 Parklawn Ave., Edina 612-915-6606 Interlachen Country Club 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina 952-929-1661 Edina Country Club 5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina. 952-927-5775
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