September 2017 Edina Magazine

In this issue, we feature Mohamed Malim, Edina alum and rising senior at University of St Thomas, who co-founded Dream Refugee, a nonprofit aimed at helping young refugees find their own path to success, pursue their dreams and connect to the broader community.

Edina native Maureen Koets has received a Fulbright scholarship grant and will be using it to teach abroad.


National Family and Health Fitness day is observed annually on the last Saturday of September, this year on September 30. Experts from the YMCA and Southdale Pediatrics share some tips to celebrate this day by being healthy as a family. 


Quinn Lewis has been involved with scouting since around the first or second grade, starting as a Cub Scout. Now he is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. 


Summer Stieglbauer of Edina is the 2016-17 winner of the Youth Thrive Award, receiving $500 from the Southdale YMCA Service Clu


Alchemy is a medieval word for the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. In the Twin Cities, Alchemy is also a popular fitness studio with dedicated members who see a physical transformation through a special combination of exercise formats.


Joanne Attikossie, 18, went from knowing enough English to ask, “Do you speak English?” to receiving a full financial scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis, where she plans to study environmental policy.


Sitting in his office on a bright Thursday morning in May, new Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck has already been awake for hours. No coffee necessary—just his unmatchable energy and the tunes of country star Kelsea Balerini blaring in the background. 

The office supplies are lined up like the first day of school, but it’s just another day at the Reuse Store.
Looking at one of Bill Manske’s paintings is some of the best people-watching you’ll find in Minnesota. 
If you ask Mohamed Malim about his earliest memories, his response will take you all the way to Kenya, to the confines of a refugee camp where he lived with his mother and sibling.

From farm to mill to suburb, Edina has a proud history, and Frank R. Cardarelle saw much of it happen. As a lifelong Edina resident, community volunteer and local surveyor, history is a common thread in Cardarelle’s life.


In April, the Edina Chamber of Commerce recognized Michelle Norton as its volunteer of the year, an honor that’s been around for nearly half a century. Chamber president Lori Syverson noted Norton’s dedication to the issues she cares about, as well as chamber projects that benefit the community.

After working as a massage therapist for Minnesota Vikings players, Minnesota Twins players and local NHL players, Stephanie Tennessen is coming back to work with Edina locals.

The approach of winter invites wonderful after dark entertainment. Enjoy these photos from this past winter’s de"night"ful Edina neighborhood get-together with special thanks for the outstanding performance by Sheila Raye Charles who passed away in June.

“There’s something instinctually primal about eating smoky charred meat off a bone that sort of brings out everyone’s inner cave man.”