POSTED Wednesday, October 30
Donna Pohlad's ColorBAR

POSTED Tuesday, August 20

Too many cupcakes can be bad for your body but nourishing for your soul; in Edina, too many cupcakes means money to help disabled adults and children in the Twin Cities. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, The Westin Edina Galleria is partnering with Fraser, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting people with disabilities, to raise money and awareness through that most delicious of treats: the cupcake. Each person who stops by The Westin Edina Galleria from 6—9 a.m. on Wednesday will receive a free cupcake courtesy of A Cupcake Social. For each cupcake given away, The Westin will donate $1 to Fraser.

POSTED Wednesday, August 29

Former students will approach Bud and Jinny Jensen and share how influential the former Edina High School teachers were in their lives.

One former student told Jinny at a recent graduation party about how Bud changed his life.

“I thought to myself, ‘40 years and you never told him?’” Jinny recalls.

The Jensens have made a point of communicating their sentiments to role models who have impacted them.

“We always made sure that whenever someone did something that impacted us, we told them before it was too late, and they were gone,” Jinny says.

POSTED Friday, August 24

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published 1798


 … Day after day, day after day,

We stuck, nor breath nor motion;

As idle as a painted ship

Upon a painted ocean.


Water, water, every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, every where,

Nor any drop to drink. …


POSTED Monday, July 30

In 2007, when a group of Edina parents learned that Art Adventure (formerly Art Masterpiece) might be in danger of cancellation in the elementary schools, they came together to make sure the program, which brings art into the classroom once a month for students in grades 1-4, continued not only to survive but to thrive. Launched in the mid-1970s, also by parent volunteers, the program became such a success that it served as a model for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) to develop a similar curriculum now used in schools statewide.

POSTED Friday, July 27

Because an ordinary life is extraordinary: This is the tagline for Lilja LifeStories, a company founded by Edina resident Mary Lilja to help people tell those extraordinary stories of either their lives or those of a beloved family member.

“In a world that is overly obsessed with celebrity stories, the ones that are truly the most profound are the stories of our own lives,” says Lilja.

POSTED Tuesday, July 24

I know a little bit about Edina football—my husband, David, was part of the team that won the 1978 state championship game against Fridley High School at the old Parade Stadium. He loved football; he still does. 

POSTED Friday, July 20

Davanni’s has a win-win—actually, more of an eat-eat—deal for you. Donate some food, and they’ll feed not only you and yours, but those who really need it.

For the third consecutive year, Davanni’s is helping families in need by stocking the Emergency Foodshelf Network’s food shelves. Just bring in three nonperishable food items to any Davanni’s July 23 & 24 and you’ll receive a Solo One-Item (thin or traditional crust) or $4.98 off another item on the menu.

POSTED Friday, July 6

Tiger Oak Publications is on the lookout for a web intern to help out with our eight community lifestyle magazine websites: Plymouth, Lake Minnetonka, Southwest Metro, Edina, Woodbury, Maple Grove,

POSTED Wednesday, June 27

Whap! That’s the sound of a 100-mile-per-hour fastball smacking the rubber backstop at the Batting Cages of Minnesota.

I was standing outside the batter’s box asking myself if I was really going to step in and attempt to hit the next wiz of a pitch coming from the Pro Batter Simulator.

I tightened my grip, tried to recall the modest success I had against the 70 mph offerings and waited. The pitcher wound up on the video screen and the ball zipped out of the hole in the screen.

I swung early, but was still woefully behind. Strike!