August 2014

In the August issue of Edina Magazine, you'll find top reading picks from the Friends of the Edina Library, the perfect recipe for a late-summer salad and learn about the local camp helping to mold young entrepreneurs. In this month's Prep Elite issue, you'l also meet some of Edina's most promising students and learn what they love most about their hometown. 

Growing Edina exhibition helped celebrate over 60 years of community service by local gardeners.


Titled “OlymPOPS”, this year’s pops concert served up an Olympic themed performance.


Ah, the sweet days of summer. A dessert splurge coupled with a splash of coffee or tea can put the grand finish on a perfect August afternoon. The combination of carbs and caffeine adds some spark for enjoying what’s left of our summer days.


Edina’s student population grew rapidly in the 1960s, and overcrowding forced the district to open a second high school in 1972.


The newly opened Nakamori Japanese Bistro adds vibrant culture and flavors to the culinary landscape of 50th and France.


Ah, camp retreats. There’s nothing better than spending a few days in a cabin, enjoying the outdoors and bonding with friends. Who doesn’t have a story to tell about summer camps, class trips or church outings? This rite of passage is so quintessentially Americana.


Success comes in many different forms, as demonstrated by these five Edina-based students. Not only do they participate in a diverse array of activities, they attend different schools and have unique academic interests.


A vibrant, well-organized and active library doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Indeed, it’s no magic trick—for a library to thrive, it requires the careful and passionate care of dedicated volunteer support.

Roseanne Cheng is an educator, wife, mother, and now a published author.

A self-proclaimed bookworm, Roseanne Cheng has always loved to read, yet she never saw herself as an author. “Writing has always been my dream,” Cheng says.


Chef Mike Shannon at Cooks of Crocus Hill originally hails from South Carolina. Eight years ago, he shifted his creative focus to cooking when he left the engineering world to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School.


The days are getting shorter, but many Minnesotans dream of hanging onto summer. You can, with these fragrant and gorgeous floral finds.

Rebekah Moir, left, gives stage direction to Jeremiah Players Club members Libby Strittmater, Lorelai Nelson, Ellison Salyards, Lily Salyards and Eiledon Moir at Calvary Lutheran Church in Edina.

You don’t often find a second-grader and a high school sophomore collaborating creatively and logging hours of theater rehearsal together.


When sitting on a roller coaster, you probably don’t marvel at the feat of engineering you’re experiencing. However, without a very smart person behind the scenes focusing on every twist and turn, your safety would be at risk.

From left, Caitlyn Merzbacher, Kelly Reger and Mackenzie Marinovich hope to help score another state title for the girls tennis team.

Tennis is a game of perpetual motion. The Edina High School varsity girls tennis team winning streak— 17 consecutive Class AA Minnesota State Championship titles so far—packs a powerful swing all its own.


Last year, Friends of the Edina Library raised more than $14,000 through private donations and book sales to improve the Edina Library children’s area.


Food is a universal language. No matter where you live, people appreciate food for both sustenance and pleasure. Americans can learn about good eating habits from attitudes expressed toward food in other regions of the world.


Summer porch parties call for a few key ingredients: fun people, delicious food, cozy furniture and a beautiful setting. Oh, and classy serving pieces.

On trend bracelet from MINQ: $115

Three years after selling her previous retail business, Stacey Finnegan heeded the call of clients who missed her well-edited clothing collections, and returned to 50th and France with MINQ, another stylish fashion boutique.


Erik’s Ranch and Retreats celebrated the grand opening of its Edina location this past April. Over 150 guests and community members, including Edina’s mayor Jim Hoveland, attended the event.


In August, school systems throughout Minnesota send out supply lists for their incoming students. Library cards are often among these required items.


Edina Rotary Club member John Flynn was honored with a 2014 Connecting with Kids Leadership Award for his outstanding volunteer work with Camp Enterprise, a leadership camp for high school students.


Partnerships between school districts and city government aren’t unusual. In Edina, however, the relationship is “unusually positive and productive,” says city manager Scott Neal.

An Edina gardener makes peace with the Minnesota rabbit population.

Edina gardener Rosanne Malevich adds interest to her landscape with a collection of rabbit sculptures. Beginning with one statue, a gift from her husband 10 years ago, the Malevichs’ collection has grown to more than 15 bunnies in various spots around their yard.


To kick off our annual Prep Elite issue, in which we highlight accomplished high school students, let us introduce you to Edina High School seniors Tanner Sparrow and Ben Foley, a pair of friends and teammates who have been tearing up the football field together since eighth grade.