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All About Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Edina has a population of 47,941.

Many major highways run through or are close to the city of Edina, making it readily accessible to all within the metropolitan area. Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 divide the City into four sections. Minnesota Highway 169 and Minnesota Highway 100 extend north and south. Interstate Highway 494 and Minnesota Highway 62 extend east and west. Minnesota Highway 7 is within three miles of the City. Interstate Highway 394 is within five miles.

Major employers in the City include Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina Public Schools, City of Edina, BI Worldwide, Regis Corporation, Barr Engineering, Lund Food Holdings, International Dairy Queen, Edina Realty and FilmTec Corporation, among others.

Edina has numerous retail shopping centers, including Southdale Center, the first climate-controlled, fully enclosed mall in the United States. Other shopping centers include Galleria, Yorktown and Centennial Lakes Plaza. The City also boasts a thriving downtown area at 50th & France.

There are two hotels in Edina: Westin Galleria Edina and Marriott Residence Inn, adjacent to Edinborough Park. One of Edina’s crown jewels, Edinborough is a multi-use development that also includes an indoor park.

Edina values its history. The Baird and Grimes homes and Country Club District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grange Hall and Cahill School, owned by the City and located across from City Hall in Tupa Park, are also listed on the Register. (source: http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=about-edina)

Things To Do In Edina:

Come Spend A Day In Edina!

Edinborough Park
This is an indoor park with jungle gym, pool, mini basketball courts, jumping castle, slide, and a climbing area. The padded floor for the scooters and bikes is a good place for kids to play.

Southdale Center
Southdale Center is the first covered shopping mall in the United States. But it has changed so much since it opened in 1956. There are new stores now which are of the higher end, plus several good restaurants and a theater.

Edina Country Club
Edina Country Club features an 18-hole golf course and a pro shop for visitors’ golfing needs. In addition, it offers a swimming pool, several different kinds of tennis courts, and other amenities.

Air Maxx Trampoline Park
An entertainment center, Air Maxx Trampoline Park features two trampoline courts with open jump, dodgeball and foam pit activities. The park has an arcade and can also be used for miniature golf, mini bowling and laser tag.

Winter Park
Holding games for the Minnesota Vikings football team, Winter Park holds seating for over 64,000 people.

Lake Harriet
Minneapolis is home to Lake Harriet, which covers almost 350 acres, plus a 67-acre coastal region. The lake features hiking trails, bike paths and two beaches. Professional lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours.

Flying Cloud Dog Park
Flying Cloud Dog Park is a large outdoor park that gives dog owners a place to play with their companions. It contains agility course equipment that dogs can freely use, as well as a large dog water fountain.

Bryant Lake Regional Park
Featuring terrain including grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, Bryant Lake Regional Park is home to wildlife like deer and waterfowl. It offers hiking trails, picnic and play areas, a disc golf course and lake access for swimming, fishing and boating

The Museum of Russian Art
The only museum in North America dedicated to the preservation and display of all forms of Russian art and artifacts is The Museum of Russian Art.

Big Thrill Factory
Big Thrill Factory is a family entertainment center and arcade. Visitors will find an 18-hole miniature golf course, bowling, a laser tag arena, bumper cars, climbing walls, arcade games, and an in-house pizzeria. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/edina-mn)

Education in Edina

About Edina Educational System

Edina Public Schools is the public school district (ISD 273) that serves Edina families. There are approximately 8,500 K-12 students  served by 1139 teachers and support staff.

Edina has only one high school, Edina High School. As of 2015 it is listed as U.S. News and World Reports highest ranked school in Minnesota and #197 nationally. Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools also ranked Edina highest in the state, #121 nationally. According to Newsweek, the graduate rate is 99% and 96% go on to attend college.

The area is served by two middle schools (South View Middle School and Valley View Middle School) and six elementary schools (Concord, Creek Valley, Cornelia, Highlands, Countryside, and Normandale).

The Edina School District is the public school system for the city of Edina, Minnesota. It is also referred to as the Independent School District (ISD) 273. There are approximately 8,500 students, K-12, served by 1139 teachers and support staff in six elementary schools (Grades K-5), two middle schools (Grades 6-9) and one senior high school (Grades 10-12).

In November 2003, residents of the city of Edina passed a $85.8 million bond referendum to renovate some of the school facilities in the district. Construction began in the spring of 2004 and finished up in 2007.

There are six elementary schools throughout the district of Edina that serve students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. In 1987 all the kindergarten classes were consolidated at the Edina Kindergarten Center, the former Edina East High School Building (Today the Edina Community Center, District Office and Normandale Elementary). However, by 1993, the kindergarten classes had been moved back to the neighborhood elementary schools. The space occupied by the Edina Kindergarten Center became the Normandale Elementary French Immersion School.

Edina has two middle schools for students in 6th to 9th grade. This is unusual in that most other school districts in Minnesota include 9th grade students in their high school buildings. Generally, 6th to 9th grade students who live west of Minnesota Highway 100 attend Valley View Middle School and students who live east of Highway 100 attend South View Middle School. Minnesota Highway 100 approximately divides the City of Edina in half in the north south direction. Many students continuing in the French Immersion program opt to attend the Extended French Program at Valley View Middle School. Valley View was awarded Blue Ribbon School status in 1986-87

Private schools

There are four private schools in Edina: Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, St. Peters Lutheran School, Chesterton Academy and Calvin Christian School. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edina,_Minnesota#Education)

History of Edina:

Edina is rich in history!

Edina began as part of Richfield Township, Minnesota. By the 1870s, 17 families, most of them immigrating as a result of the potato famine in Ireland, had come to Minnesota and claimed land in the southwest section of what was then Richfield Township. They were followed by settlers from New England and Germany, who claimed additional land near Minnehaha Creek. The Baird and Grimes neighborhoods (which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the Country Club District (then known as Waterville Mills) are located in the northeast part of Edina, and were among the first areas to be established. The area then known as the Cahill Settlement, at West 70th Street and Cahill Road, was also an early community center and the home of Cahill School.

The first suburban development in Edina occurred during the early 1900s in Morningside, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the village. As Morningside grew, conflict arose between its residents who wanted more city services, and the residents of the rest of the village who wanted to maintain Edina’s rural character. As a result of that conflict, Morningside seceded from Edina in 1920 and became a separate village. In 1966, however, the Village of Morningside once again became part of Edina.

According to historian Deborah Morse-Kahn, the Quaker village that existed where Edina would be built included African Americans who “became very involved in community life—especially as leaders.” At the November 1898 general election, J. Frank Wheaton, a Republican African-American, was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 42, which included all of Edina. Wheaton beat his white Democratic opponent in every city of Minneapolis ward and in every village within the legislative district, including Edina, even though the legislative district had only approximately 100 African Americans residents out of a total of 40,000 residents.

Other developments, like that built by N. P. Dodge Corporation just a mile away, followed suit in attempting to protect land values through racial policies. Though the Supreme Court ruled these kinds of discriminatory housing clauses unenforceable in its Shelley v. Kraemer decision of 1948, reports of discrimination persisted through the 1950s and 1960s. According to the Edina Historical Society’s story about the first black family in Morningside (then a separate village) in 1960, attempts to keep them out included tactics like trying “to get [their] lot condemned for drainage.” In response, then-mayor Ken Joyce wrote a note dismissing the drainage concern and challenging citizens “to live the Golden Rule”. Shortly thereafter the village voted in favor of inclusion (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edina,_Minnesota#History)

Edina’s Neighborhood

Check out Edina’s Neighborhood

Edina is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 50,138 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Edina is the 19th largest community in Minnesota.

Edina home prices are not only among the most expensive in Minnesota, but Edina real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Edina is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edina is a city of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edina who work in management occupations (17.72%), sales jobs (12.51%) and business and financial occupations.

Also of interest is that Edina has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Edina is also a city of artists. Edina has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Edina’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Edina telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.01% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Edina is home to many people who could be described as “urban sophisticates”. Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. “Urban sophisticates” is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call ‘urbaneness’. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Edina is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Edina home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edina residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Edina include German, Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, English and French. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mn/edina/)

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