March 2013

College Bound | Road to China

Sometimes referred to as meat candy, vegetarian’s kryptonite or the crack of the food world, bacon is ubiquitous, addictive and, regrettably, bad for you. But if the number of Wikipedia entries is any indication, bacon mania is here to stay.


If you step into Chloe Lu’s Chinese class at Edina High School, you will learn that red is the color for happiness and luck. You might discuss time zones and why a large country like China only has one. And come fall, you’ll discover the Ghost Festival and the history and tradition behind it.


Architectural styles are determined not only by tastes and trends but by lifestyles. Distinctive designs that have emerged in many Edina neighborhoods can be attributed to the evolution of transportation, convenience and cultural norms.


Meet Brianna Bellows, a motivated senior at Edina High School who is preparing to delve into dentistry or journalism at a Big 10 school next fall. Her confidence and enthusiasm for her chosen path are reassuring to her mother, Tracy, who just a few years ago was overwhelmed by the process ahead.


For most of the 20th century, Dayton’s and Donaldson’s battled each other for Minneapolis shoppers as they faced each other across Nicollet Avenue at Seventh Street.


Edina enjoyed last year’s inaugural Art Crawl so much that the town will dance to that tune again March 16. Billed as “where art meets 50th and France,” the event is an opportunity for local businesses to team up with local art students and art professionals.


Edina students interested in careers in communications would do well to sign up for the Communications Explorers Post 3411. Part of a long-running national program, the organization is a hands-on, site-based career education resource for kids high school through age 20.


After living for seven years in Washington, D.C., architectural historian Jane Hession and her husband Bill Oxley chose the Morningside neighborhood of Edina in which to build their modern dream home; they liked the proximity to the lakes, the easy access to the University of Minnesota and the ab


Edina High School teacher Brad Dahlman got his first cell phone when he was in the 11th grade, at a time when cell phones were mostly banned from classrooms. They were considered a distraction at best, a threat to education at worst.


It’s about achieving goals—not just scoring them.

From the seventh-grade girl yet to push the puck past the goalie to the senior boy who has lost count of goals scored, the aims of athletes overcoming cognitive and physical challenges are richer than statistics.


When the kids fly the coop, is it time to give up the nest? Al and Linda Maxson decided the answer is “Not just yet.” Instead, they updated and upgraded their 1980s brick colonial in the Dewey Hill neighborhood to suit their current empty-nest lifestyle.


Appropriately named the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters are stepping off the basketball court and into elementary school gymnasiums around the nation to deliver a community outreach program called “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention.” In coordination with the National Campaign to S


It’s almost time to spring ahead into warmer weather with renewed radiance.


“I was in a big hurry and I was rushing out my back door and I noticed (the heart-shaped leaf) on the driveway,” recalled Lori Anne Yang.


Five years after it opened, the Westin Edina Galleria has been named the 2012 Property of the Year by the Minnesota Lodging Association.


Piccadilly Prairie, located just outside of Edina at 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue, is recreating the weddings of yesteryear in its vintage products and refurbished furniture.


With all the activity that children do every day, it’s a wonder that it has taken so long for someone to create an accessory tailored to keep children’s pants on their waists rather than around their knees. Where flair meets function, the LivyBelt was created.


Celebrating more than 60 years of service, Jerry’s Foods has commenced a major remodeling project, to be complete by this fall.


When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast last fall, Creek Valley Elementary fourth-grader Lily McGurran didn’t despair. Instead, she found a creative way to help.


With inspiring fashion blogs infiltrating our daily lives, putting together a look that is both unique and comfortable can be overwhelming, especially for busy women. Enter CakeStyle, an online styling service for women.


The Dental Specialists, located on the third floor of Southdale Medical Center, is sporting an even brighter smile this winter. The clinic, which is celebrating its 15th year at Southdale, is moving into a larger space this month to better serve its clients’ dental needs.