With 155 state championships, Edina clearly knows how to win. This year's state boys hockey tournament showed that the Hornets also know how to lose -- with grace and good sportsmanship.
On the way to the tournament, fans on the many local Facebook groups I follow talked about a "three peat" as the Edina boys made it to the state tourney for the ninth year in a row with back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. The Edina supporters talked big -- and who could blame them? Most sportswriters also predicted Edina as the tournament favorite, which predictably made them the least favorite among hockey fans outside of our community.
When Edina fell to underdog Duluth East, others gloated while Hornet fans stood behind their team -- and their opponents. The diehard Edina supporters showed nothing but respect for Duluth East. Here's a sampling of comments from the Facebook page "You know you're from Edina when...":
Edina has a proud tradition of handling defeat well. Following its 1970 loss in the state championships to Southwest, Minneapolis Tribune columnist Jim Klobuchar noted Edina's ability to deal with disappointment as well as success:
"(*I)t took Olympic restraint and an unshakeable belief in their peewee futures to smile bravely on 50th Street.
Invariably, you expect Edina to strike the right tone philosophically. Its civic character has been tempered in the swirling vats of prosperity. It has developed a spirit of togetherness, the gift of shared struggles beneath the burdens of success.
"But there does have to be a breaking point, and I would have thought that somewhere in the Edina gymnasium yesterday somebody would have crossed the line separating the Proud-and-Indomitable from the Sore-and-Disagreeable.
"But NOBODY DID. I tell no untruths to say Edina rarely harvests many of the uncommitted votes around the state. .... In the face of this general state of unlove, the villagers have responded with their traditional resort to Earnestness, Reasonableness and another league in the peewee program."
Perhaps these Edina grads show a classy response to an upset because of good role models from Edina Schools when they were growing up.
In 1970, Edina High School Principal Rollie Ring even attended victory celebrations at Southwest HIgh School, which came out on top of the championship game against the Hornets. "If we have to be No. 2, better that it should be Southwest, our neighbor, that is No. 1," he said.
Athletic Director Howard Merriman struck the same tone: "I won't say were defeated. I will say we lost. We were a great team beaten by a great team."
Those words from 45 years ago were echoed this year. Win or lose, Edina is still a great team. As Klobuchar wrote back in 1970, Edina is "still a place for happy ever-aftering."
Some of the "Then and Now" photo pairings showcased in "EdinaScapes" exhibit, now on display at the Edina History Museum. Current scenes photographed by Chip Jones.
Photographer Chip Jones clearly remembers his first camera: a Minolta XG-1 purchased from Southdale Dayton's photo department when he was attending Edina East High School.
In his mind's eye, he still sees Southdale as it looked during his childhood, with a film counter at Dayton's and the bird cage in the Garden Court.
So when I asked him to shoot the present day scenes of historic photos in our collections, he willingly volunteered for the task. The resulting paired "Then and Now" photos are part of our current "EdinaScapes" exhibit on display at the Edina History Museum until Dec. 21.
We originally envisioned a short-term display, but we both liked the images so much that the photos are nicely framed and part of our permanent collection. You can have a piece of Edina history too: the framed pairs (see right) are available to order for $120 each.
As you can see, Chip shot the present day scenes from the same angle and distance as the historic photos. Linhoff Photo worked with us to print and crop the photos to the same scale to get the look just right..
I love the display. And so have our visitors, who immediately can see what has changed -- and what has stayed the same -- over time.
Chip tromped all over town to scout locations. Some scenes just didn't work, because trees or other buildings obscured the view. But we see the potential in doing more "Then and Now" projects with other photos in our collection.
I'm grateful that a professional photographer volunteered his time and talents, especially someone like Chip, who specializes in landscape photography from a fine arts perspective.
His passion for photography grew while working on his BFA in painting and drawing at the University of Minnesota, from where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He went on to receive his MFA in Film/Video from CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), a private art school founded by Walt Disney in Los Angeles, California with an advanced curriculum in Art, Dance, Film, Music and Theater.
Chip returned to Edina after college. He is married Megan Maloney, who also grew up in Ediina. He has been active on the Edina Public Art Committee, as well as the Crosstown Camera Club.
In addition to his business in internet marketing, he works with photography clients looking for artistic photos that fit a theme, such as a riverfront condominium wanting fine art photos of the river or a chamber of commerce requesting beautiful photos showing a strong business climate in their community.
His work can be seen locally at Jason's Deli at Centennial Lakes and the Town Planner calendar, as well as private offices. His website also has an Edina gallery.
Chip grew up wanting to paint and draw, but he found his art through the lens of his camera purchased from his hometown shopping mall.
Edina bought its first police car in 1930 -- all black (because that was the only option available.). After authorization from the Village Council, first police officer Percy Redpath spent extra money to have "Village of Edina" lettering on the doors.
Eighty-three years later, Edina's police squad design will feature a black car body with lettering on the door, a throwback to its origins after many years brighter colored accents and a white roof.. Edina Police Chief Jeff Long announced the change in the city's blog, noting, "From the mid-1940s all the way to 1990, our squad cars had only a patch or badge on the door. In keeping with history, we have chosen to return to our roots and place a simple patch on our car."
Long also showed photos of past car designs: "Department history is very important to those of us who work here. If you have ever taken a tour here you have noticed the incredible job that department historian Officer Kevin Rofidal has done to keep our history alive."
So true. We worked with Kevin a few years back in creating an exhibit about Edina Police and Fire Departments' history and put together this timeline of squad design and technology history. Besides some great old photos, it also contains some fun facts like:
The Edina History Museum is located in Arneson Acres, one of the most beautiful places in Edina.
I might be biased, since my office overlooks the Edina park, but I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Many professional photographers love our park's 28 gorgeous gardens, fountain and almost 14-acres of green space for their portraits of wedding parties, families, prom dates and engaged couples.
Doesn't the fountain make a great backdrop for this photo by Shelly Paulson Photography? "The wind inspired a great moment here!" she wrote on her blog. (I love the candid photo of the bridal party laughing at the flying veil.)
Here's the fountain from a different perspective for the bride and groom portrait. So pretty.
While some couples only stop in Arneson Acres for only a photo session, many also hold their ceremony here. This one, shot by Snowfrog Photography, was set up by the fountain. I've also seen weddings in the gazebo, on the terrace and under an archway of flowers.
The park offers a variety of settings for all kinds of photos. Sarah Syhakoun Photography took advantage of Arneson Acres' mall of flowers for this portrait.
While spring and summer are peak times for flowers -- and portraits -- I've seen groups pose for pictures during the fall and winter as well. Families often shoot their casual Christmas card photos here.
Photographer Teresa Hermes noted in her blog that the park was a perfect place for a two-year-old to run off excess energy -- just look at his happy face in his portrait session.
One of my favorite parts of the park is a simple little garden that greets me when I walk into work (photo at right). Bright moss roses and lilies line the steps to the museum's front door.
Tim Zimmerman, horticulturalist with the city, and his crew weed and water, mow and nurture the gardens.
A garden that I don't have to weed or water? Let me amend my first statement: Arneson Acres is not "one of" the most beautiful places in Edina. It ranks firmly at the top of the list.
What do you think is the most beautiful spot in Edina? What are other favorite spots for wedding and prom photos? Comment here and/oremail me your photos showing the locations and I'll post them here.
You couldn't open a newspaper in early April without seeing a story about the death of Jerry Paulsen, owner of several Edina businesses including Jerry's Foods, Jerry's Hardware and Jerry's Printing.
But unless you're one of Jerry's 3,700 employees, you probably missed one of the most in-depth looks at Jerry's long life and involvement in the Edina community: a full issue of the company newsletter was devoted to the man who gave his life and his name to so many businesses.
"I felt I couldn’t do him justice with just an article in the newsletter so decided to devote the entire edition to him," said Carol Jackson, Jerry's Foods Corporate Manager.
The newsletter is in our collection, but I've had so many requests to see more Jerry's photos that I asked Carol for a pdf for our online audience. See the photo pages below, and you can read the full newsletter here.
These are just a few of the stories written about Jerry Paulsen, who died April 5, 2013, at age 89.
Drive through the Grandview area of Edina and you'll see Jerry's Hardware, Jerry's Printing and Jerry's Foods. Owner Jerry Paulsen, who began his career behind the counter as a butcher, ended up as one of the largest employers in Edina. Beyond the businesses that bore his name, he also owned Cub Foods on France Avenue, and at one time, a women's clothing store.
And that's just in Edina. His "Jerry's Enterprises" now encompasses 37 stores including Cub, County Markets, Save-a-Lot, and Jerry's Foods, as well as various other commercial and real estate interests that include a Jerry's Foods on Sanibel Island, FL.
The man behind the name died April 5 at age 89. His funeral is April 10. For a complete obituary, see the Star Tribune.
I wrote a story about the history of Jerry's Foods a couple of years ago, when the company donated many photos and other artifacts that trace Jerry's history from his start as a butcher behind the counter at Grandview Market in 1947 to his thriving corporation today. See the story and some great photos here.
For being a man in charge of a large corporation, Jerry was just Jerry to his customers. They would find him sitting in the coffee shop or picking up a few items for the dishes he loved to cook at home. There's something so hometown about drinking coffee with the local grocery store owner. I know his many customers and employees will miss the man who has made his mark on Edina.
This is what the sky looked like yesterday when I drove to the museum.
Just before 9 a.m. the sky looked ominous. Bad weather doesn't scare me.on a regular museum day. Even if nobody braves the storms to research or see the exhibits, I can work on my backlog of archiving and head to the basement if the emergency siren sounds.
But yesterday was not a regular day. We had planned our first big fundraiser concert featuring the Peterson Family. I chewed my nails as I listened to meteorologists predict nickel-sized hail, potential tornadoes and severe thunderstorms moving through the area about the time we wanted a crowd of customers walking through the Edina Performing Arts Center door for the concert.
I fretted all afternoon. Just before the concert, predictions changed. The front had stalled south of us and we would have calm weather until after the concert ended. We still had a slightly smaller crowd than anticipated, but we enjoyed a fabulous performance. (And here I had envisioned spending the evening in the basement with the other ticket holders.)
The bottom line: we made money. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we had paid for all of our costs up front so every ticket sold meant another $20 for our operating budget. We haven't tallied the figures yet, but I think we did well for our first venture.
Will there be a second fundraiser concert? The planning committee will weigh the pros and cons and decide in the next few months. I personally think it was a great event.
Unless someone mistakenly thinks I'm much older than I am. Then all bets are off.
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I noticed something interesting when I checked our web site traffic numbers for April. See the three big spikes? Those those coincide with our blog posts on the Hornettes, Cougarettes and the Santrizos family of the Convention Grill.
(The blue line shows web traffic (number of visits) for April 15-29. To compare, the orange line shows traffic for the same period the previous month, March 15-29.)
We received the most comments about those three posts as well the most visitors. Usually, I post reader comments on Monday but you can easily go back and read them this week, as compared to other weeks when I get comments from posts that are several weeks or months past. Instead, I thought I'd give you a behind the scenes look at our web site.
A few museum visitors and board members have asked me how much information I know about our web visitors. To assure anyone with fears of "Big Brother" type tracking, I don't know anything about individuals. Google Analytics doesn't report any personal information; your name, email, location, and demographics remain private.
However, I do see information about our visitors as a whole, in terms of how they interact with our site. The numbers show how many are first-time visitors, what pages are visited the most, and how visitors access our site (through a search, by typing in our address or from a link on another web site).
This helps me see what kinds of posts attract the most traffic, and whether publicity efforts actually reach the public. Facebook is the top referring web site, by the way. Because of that, I figure updates to our Facebook site are worth my time.
I do see the number of visitors from each country, but not towns or even states. This data might be more important for multi-national companies, but not for us. As one would expect for an organization focused on a single Minnesota town, we attract visitors almost exclusively from the United States. I would love to know if they're all Edina folks but Google Analytics doesn't provide that detail.
A few other countries bring a handful of visitors per month (with the most from the English-speaking countries of Canada and Australia), but I imagine our foreign visitors as the ones who send us strangely worded spam emails. Or perhaps we have some Edina expats reading of home?
In any case, I don't spend a lot of time interpreting the numbers. I'm just glad we have visitors and that the numbers are growing. Otherwise, I'm just talking to myself here and what would be the point of that?
To give you an idea of the web site's growth, see the difference between April 2012 (blue line) vs. April 2011 (orange line). It looks pretty dramatic, doesn't it?
In reality, we're still pretty small. Even with a record number of visits last month, our web site had just 2,200 visits in April. I'm OK with that. We still reach a far bigger audience than we could with our limited hours at the Edina History Museum and our web site helps us achieve our mission of educating the public about the great history of Edina.
Thank you for being one of our 2,200-plus visitors this month!
What do you call this building, located at 5701 Normandale Road?
a. Edina-Morningside Junior and Senior High School, as it was called when it opened in 1949?
b. Edina High School, as it was called after the villages of Morningside and Edina merged in 1966?
c. Edina East, as it was called after Edina West (below) was built in 1972?
d. Edina Community Center, as it is now?
Careful, your answer will no doubt reveal your age -- or at least your longevity in Edina. People often tell me to go to the high school, when they mean the Community Center. Believe me, I was confused the first few months on the job here.
Here's a circa 1990s aerial of the original high school.
Looking south at Edina's first high school, built in 1949. The photo, taken in the 1990s, shows the building next to Highway 100 on the right. Lake Cornelia is visible on the upper left. Other large buildings are: Concord Elementary (upper center) and South View Middle School (lower left) Kuhlman Athletic Field is the oval in the center.
A recent Photo Friday featured the Ernie Davis farm, site of the new Edina West High School below. (Excuse me, that's now just "Edina High School." I guess I'm revealing my age a little.) So this week I thought I'd give you a closer look at the high schools, both old and new.
I should have noted in the original post that Edina West was the second school building constructed on the Davis farm. Valley View Middle School (square lighter building at left) was built in 1964. West was built in 1972. (See current map of buildings here.)
Happy Friday, everyone!
Free tours of Edina's historic buildings: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Minnehaha Grange and Cahill School on Tuesday, May 8. For more information, see our home page. Hope to see you there!
The City of Edina holds a volunteer recognition event every spring to give the community's many service groups an opportunity to publicly thank an outstanding volunteer from their organization. I love seeing what good people have done for this community. (I also dread my public speaking part of the evening.)
This was what I had written down to say about our honoree Frank McGoldrick. (What I actually said, I don't know. It's all a blur, thankfully.)
Every year, when I sit at this wonderful Volunteer Awards ceremony, someone comes up to me and says, "Next year, you should nominate Frank." A few years ago, Frank McGoldrick was our very deserved award winner from the Edina Historical Society, and the next year, people still came up to me and said, "Next year, you should nominate Frank."
Every year we could nominate Frank because does so much for the Edina Historical Society. He volunteers at the museum at least six hours per week, and works even more outside the office. Frank has served as membership chair for more than 7 years and has been instrumental in more than doubling our membership dollars in that time
This year Frank has gone above and beyond his usual level of above and beyond by taking on our first fundraiser concert. (featuring the Peterson Family on Thursday, June 14.)
We gratefully inherited the successful 10-year concert tradition started by the Golden K Kiwanis and their fearless leader Herb Telshaw who established a winning formula. Even so, we had some second thoughts about taking on this big project: we didn't want to be the ones to mess this one up.
Once Frank stepped up to chair the event, I never once worried about our concert being a success. He knows exactly what needs to be done and does it. Frank has sold ads, negotiated contracts, figured out logistics and is now selling tickets. (Talk to him after the ceremony and he'll be happy to sell you yours.)
That is on top of his usual membership chair duties, as well as pitching in and helping at everything from prepping mailings, running errands, helping researchers, answering phones… the list is too long to recount here. I can summarize his role by saying he is my right arm.
Moreover, Frank is perhaps the nicest man you'll ever meet. He somehow finds that line of being proactive without overstepping his role, of getting sponsorships without being pushy, of thinking creatively and still being practical.
He's a great guy. Everyone will tell you that. I'm even certain that next year, as I sit at the volunteer awards ceremony, more than one person will come up to me and say, "Next year, you should nominate Frank."
Thank you to all our volunteers!
We can honor only one volunteer at the city award ceremony, but I want to acknowledge the work of all our volunteers, who do everything from assisting with exhibits, helping researchers, selling merchandise, transcribing documents, painting and cleaning, conducting oral history interviews, and much more. I work 30 hours at the museum as the only staff person. We also have four part-time interpreters who present living history programs at the historic Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange Hall. We couldn't do nearly as much without the time and talents of our volunteers. Thank you!
Mayor's Award winners:
We were also proud of Edina Historical Society volunteers who were presented with awards from the City.
Marshall Schwartz won the Mayor's Award for Senior volunteers for his work on the city's Veterans' Memorial Committee. He spent more than 1,000 hours of research through records at the museum, other historical societies, area churches, online records and more to identify and document the lives of 32 veterans who died in service to their country. We got to know Marshall from his many hours at the museum and I am happy to say that he is now serving on the Edina Historical Society Board of Directors.
Elizabeth Montgomery won the Mayor's Award for Youth volunteers for her work with the Heritage Preservation Board, as well as her many other volunteer commitments including volunteering at our summer day camp at historic Cahill School. Elizabeth has been a joy for our school marms and we appreciate her finding time in her busy school and volunteer schedule to assist at camp.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Edina History Museum or at our living history programs at Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange, please contact me.
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