August 2016 Edina Magazine

In the August issue we explore the path to excellence by highlighting six exemplary Edina students who live and lead by example.

When Will Hayden was 4 years old, his father Tim began to show him everything he knew about golf. Fast-forward, when Tim takes Will on a golf excursion to Doral, Florida, after Will didn’t make the varsity golf team.


Call them starters, call them appetizers, call them shareables, but whatever you do, don’t pass over them on the menu. Fun, shareable food encourages lively conversation among family and friends. These dishes are easily split into bite-sized tidbits.


Friends and neighbors gather at Edina Morningside Church for an evening of music, stories and poetry.


The Westin Edina Galleria has livened up its lobby with a new bar and lounge. The original lobby vibe was relaxed and serene; the updated space, called Prelude, is sophisticated and clean, but also inspiring and energizing.


Minnesota State Fair-goers love the Great Minnesota Get-Together. They especially love leaving with goodie bags and bellies full. Some Edina residents leave the Minnesota State Fair with ribbons in hand, thanks to their contest-placing baked goods and arts and crafts.


Driven, self-aware, composed, inspiring.


Don’t let back-to-school shopping be a burden. We’ve enlisted the expertise of three Edina moms to help you navigate the racks in search of on-trend and mom-approved kids’ fashion.


It was 1976. Judith Guest had recently moved to Edina and looked to the Newcomers’ Club for opportunities to become connected. Guest and other new-on-the-block book lovers were encouraged to sign up for Newcomers’ “alternate” book club that met at night.


An ethereal sound floats from the choir loft weekly at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul. The sound has an interesting Edina connection. Dr.


Edina pickleball players finally have home-court advantage. Thanks to a generous donation from Edina’s Mooty family, Rosland Park will now feature five side-by-side pickleball courts. In July, there was a grand opening celebration to officially present the courts to the community.


In the five years between college and becoming a school counselor at South View Middle School, Paul Andress held just about every odd job imaginable.


This story begins with a tweet in January by Edina High School student Emma Bonthius, now a senior. Her message: “Today Katie Dickey’s amazing super-mom is entering brain surgery. Please pray for her and her family to give her the strength to fight this battle.


For the past 10 years, the Edina Chamber of Commerce has recognized exceptional educators with an annual Teacher of the Year award.


High school students everywhere are gearing up to take the ACT. Breakaway Test Prep and the peer tutors at Genesis Test Prep provide some pointers on how to best prepare.


With a little patience and guidance, you can become a nurturing resource for a child in need. Born Chea, adoptions and foster care licensing supervisor of Hennepin County Foster Care, helps map out the step-by-step process.


In January, local pastry chefs Erika Youngdahl and Jaime VanderWoude partnered up to compete at the Upper Midwest Bakery Association’s annual convention.


The Clarkowski, Svenningsen, Kalgreen and Hamilton families, all from Edina, have a blast in the British Virgin Islands.

Cake by the Ocean


Sarah Jarret, a teacher at Edina High School, saw a lack of racially diverse groups at Edina High School, but she had no idea how to bring it up or how to start one.


Michael Tang, an Edina High School senior, was selected as a featured artist for Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity Showcase.


High school senior Carson Knoer seems to have his future all mapped out. With an interest in engineering and a religious upbringing, he decided to attend Benilde-St. Margaret’s Catholic school in St. Louis Park.