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Morningside, Minnesota

Morningside is an old streetcar suburb adjoining the Linden Hills neighborhood of the U.S. city of Minneapolis. Morningside was once a separate village, but is now a geographically and architecturally distinct neighborhood in the city of Edina.

Morningside is situated along the old Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and developed more quickly than the mostly rural village of Edina. In 1920, Morningsiders voted to secede from Edina and form their own village to provide amenities more suitable to a professional streetcar suburb.

Morningside’s residential landscape reflects several of the important broad themes in the pattern of suburban development in the Twin Cities area: the relatively high-density of people per square mile within the platted subdivisions, the architectural similarly of the houses and the dependence upon mass-transit. Between about 1905 and 1936, Morningside developers built several hundred new single–family homes, including many bungalows, on standard-sized suburban lots along straight-line streets, replacing land previously occupied by farm fields and orchards. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morningside,_Minnesota)

Things To Do In Morningside:

Come Spend A Day In Morningside!

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 Morningside

About Morningside 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 Morningside:

Morningside is rich in history!

Between about 1905 and 1936, Morningside developers built several hundred new single–family homes, including many bungalows, on standard-sized suburban lots along straight-line streets. Because it was situated along the old Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Morningside developed more quickly than what was then the mostly rural village of Edina. The neighborhood’s efforts to improve its infrastructure were sometimes met with resistance by the larger city. In 1920, one resident wrote, “It is time that Morningside emerged from its chrysalis stage and became a recognized entity instead of being a revenue appendix of 8,500 acres of pasture, woodland and cornfield.”

Later that year, Morningsiders voted to secede from Edina and form their own village to provide amenities more suitable to a professional streetcar suburb.

One of the early familiar figures in the village was George Weber. In 1929, Morningside’s mayor asked the school janitor, 55-year-old George Weber, if he would serve as the village marshal. He initially declined the job offer, but the council voted him in anyway. Weber served Morningside for the next 27 years. Police headquarters for Morningside was at Weber’s home, 4400 Branson Street, and run by his wife. In addition to his duties as marshal he acted as the water-meter reader and census-taker. Court was held in the Edina Grange Hall on the first and third Monday evenings. The neighborhood’s large park is named after Weber; the undeveloped green space north of the park is commonly known as Weber Woods.

In 1956, with Weber’s retirement, the Edina Village Police began providing police protection to the Village of Morningside.

Morningside remained a separate village for 46 years. In 1966, in response to state prompting, voters decide to rejoin the city of Edina. This decision was based, in part, on the impracticality of building a sewage infrastructure for such a small municipality. Vestiges of Morningside’s previous autonomy are still evident in the water system, which is connected to the Minneapolis water system instead of Edina’s. (source: http://www.edinamorningside.org/history/)

Morningside’s Neighborhood

Check out Morningside’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.

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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