The headline on Mary Fenlason's obituary in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune said it all: "Mary Ann Fenlason dug into Edina history." When I first started as director of the Edina Historical Society, Mary handled the membership database and mailings for our organization. She and fellow charter member Donna Skagerberg kept the files up to date -- often because they personally knew many of our then 200 or so members. "They're in Florida for the winter" or "she moved to a condo" Mary would say, updating the address without needing a notice from members. Both she and Donna would write personal notes on membership renewal notices.
On March 27, 1859, residents of what would become northern Edina formed Independent School District No. 17 and decided to build a school at Code's Corner, the important intersection of Highway 100 and Valley View Road. They decided not to commence classes until each family had donated three-fourths of a cord of wood.
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