1. Jan Riesberg story prompted a couple of comments about the Morningside neighborhood. Jay Magoffin wrote: "Although I did not live in Morningside I have an attachment to the Community. Our family went to the Morningside Church. I was a Cub Scout their and my father was a Boy Scout leader. Many of my class mates lived in Morningside and because our class was so large we went to 5th grade in the new addition of the Morningside school." Kate Genovese commented on Facebook: "I grew up in Morningside! but, I was even north of 42nd... was just back there to visit my folks over Thanksgiving! it's a cute 'hood... changing, but still cute!"
Kate's comment prompted me to correct the border to read 40th Street. John Dudley also pointed out that Morningside was in the northeast corner, not northwest as I had written. I have to admit that directions are my downfall. Even when I know exactly where something is, I am directionally impaired when describing it. (This leads to some interesting detours when I ride shotgun and am in charge of the map, but that is another story....)
Nancy Olmem thought she might be able to find contact information for the Riesbergs. Thank you, Nancy!
2. Highway 100 beehives: John Dudley also commented on a post about Lilac Way (Highway 100), "The Beehive was moved to its final location at the South East corner of Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 7. Right beside the tall cement silo on the property of Nordic Ware. The silo was the very first one made of cement, architects from around the country all agreed - it would collapse because of the weight. It still stands today. Check out this website (St. Louis Park Historical Society) for more details."
Take John's advice and read more about the beehives and Highway 100 (aka Lilac Way). In fact, check out the entire site (see below)....
3. St. Louis Park Historical Society web site: I am a big fan of the St. Louis Park Historical Society web site and webmaster Jeanne Anderson, a volunteer board member who spends an amazing amount of time adding content to the site. (I often tell Jeanne that I want our site to be as complete as hers when "it grows up.") Jeanne also wrote and continues to add to The Brookside Timeline web site about the neighborhood formed in 1907 around Brookside Avenue, which includes part of Edina. Check out both sites for great stories about our shared history, including Docken's store at 44th and Brookside, Park High School (attended by many Edina residents before our first high school was built in 1949), Bunny's bar (a favorite hangout of Edinans, who couldn't get liquor in their own town for many years) and much more.
Jeanne wrote about her memories about growing up on Highway 100 for our blog here, and has given me permission to use some of her material from time to time. I am happy that I am surrounded by so many great colleagues at the historical societies at our borders: Richfield Historical Society, Hopkins Historical Society, Linden Hills History Study Group, Eden Prairie Historical Society and the Bloomington Historical Society. Although we each focus on our particular communities, topics don't always fall neatly within city borders and we work together when possible.
4. CSI and Ralph's update: I wasn't the only one wondering about the CSI episode that mentioned Edina cake eaters. People searched for "csi edina" and "cake eater CSI" and other variations and landed on our site, making it our top blog post for the month of December. For those who missed the outcome of the Ralph's Shoe Repair story, see the Star Tribune story and the Sun newspaper story on its move from Southdale mall to Richfield.
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