Around Town

This 1930s-style postcard uses a collection of images from the Edina Historical Society.

According to legend, the naming of Edina in 1888 stopped just short of bloodshed. On one side were the Scots, who favored Edina, a nickname of the Scottish capital Edinburgh. On the other were the Irish, who argued for Killarney Lakes, to honor their native country.

A public library inside a movie theater seems an unlikely partnership, but Morningside residents found both types of entertainment at the Westgate Theater on Sunnyside Avenue from 1937 to 1973.
   

Countryside Park is on tap for a makeover. Late last year, the Edina City Council approved the purchase of playground equipment from Minnesota Wisconsin Playground/Gametime to the tune of $173,000. The entire makeover is estimated at just over $1 million and was slated to begin by June.

Edina native and former Tiger Oak Publications intern Mary McGuire won the prestigious 2013 David Kaplan Memorial Fellowship and recently enjoyed a four-month paid fellowship with ABC News’ Washington, D.C., bureau.

“Sometimes being uncomfortable is necessary,” says Anna Schmiel, whose documentary Others about homelessness in the Twin Cities is intended to do more than entertain audiences. A 2013 graduate of Edina High School, Schmiel began learning about poverty in Minnesota at a young age.

There was a time, not long ago, when the bells of the streetcar were a familiar sound amid the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities.

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