October 2013

In the October issue of Edina Magazine you'll get a sneak peek at Edina teenager Bella Kane's life and her journey into the world of high-fashion modeling. You'll also find beauty and style in our story about fall and winter weddings with tips from local experts on how to celebrate, and learn about an American classic, Dairy Queen. You'll also have a chance to learn more about a local business helping to keep tradition alive while building booms in Edina.

American Legion Baseball Tournament


Feeling altruistic this month? Here’s a great opportunity to make meals for the homeless, clear brush in the park or send care packages to the troops. Connecting with Kids, an initiative of the Edina Community Foundation, will hold its fifth annual Day of Service on October 26.


The large sign above the Grandview-area bowling alley featured a spinning bowling ball and pin that said “Biltmore Lanes,” but the Edina hotspot was more commonly known as Gus Young’s. And it’s no wonder.


What does the word “Halloween” conjure for you? Trick-or-treaters? Carving pumpkins? How about haunted houses? Do-it-yourself haunted houses (the kids-in-face-paint kind) are a mainstay of modern Halloween celebrations.


For the last 15 years, Edina residents have dominated the leadership of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA), increasing the organization’s efforts and impact throughout the Twin Cities metro community and making the University of Minnesota a better place to attend.  While Edina


Summer is traditionally wedding season, but among brides and grooms who want an extra-special day, winter weddings are growing more popular.


What’s the difference between a house and a home? Laura Orfield–Skrivseth, co-owner of Orfield Design & Construction, Inc., has the answer: It’s about bringing the personal together with the practical.


“During the past two years, photography has become a family hobby as we have enjoyed learning how to use our cameras and compose pictures. I was inspired to take this picture when our youngest child, Ava, took the initiative to try using the DSLR camera.


For Hayley Morrison, being a Girl Scout is about more than selling cookies.


Last winter, Edina government officials created the Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Fund (PACS) to increase the convenience, safety and route options for the city’s pedestrians and cyclists, especially for children who bike or walk to school.Now, with PACS as a supporting body, the City of Edina


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



For Edina resident Patrick Kelly, it was time to come home. The insurance agency owner and Richfield native recently moved his company, Wayzata Asset Management, to Edina.


According to U.S. Census data, Edina’s Indian population tripled from 2000 to 2010.


Bluemercury, a new beauty retailer in Edina, is taking high-end products from individual department store counters and selling them under one roof.


It’s time to take care of our ears. According to Sonus Health Care Professionals, 48 million Americans experience some form of hearing loss, and a percentage of these people will never seek treatment.


For 30 years, 50th and France’s annual Pumpkin Festival has been turning the shopper’s paradise into a popular pre-Halloween party.


The store’s black-and-white checkerboard floor might make you think you’ve stepped into Wonderland, but it’s a craving for fine chocolates, not a rabbit hole, that will bring you here.


It’s autumn, which means it’s time to hunker down, get cozy and eat comfort food. We find that advice depressing, especially when so much about the fall is energizing instead of sedating. Take the color orange: it’s a classic fall shade, associated with seasonal foliage, pumpkins and Halloween.


Homes are a-changin’ in Edina.  The city approved 101 permits for new home construction last year—more than 2011 and 2010 combined—and the pace didn’t slow in the first half of 2013, says Steve Kirchman, Edina’s chief building official. For some residents, however, the boom has not been a boon.


The simple act of pulling a lever to dispense gentle mounds of soft-serve ice cream topped with an iconic curl triggers fond memories in the hearts of Dairy Queen faithful across the country and around the world.


For many of us, the world of high-fashion modeling exists only in savvy city hubs such as New York, Chicago, Paris and Milan, but for 17-year-old Edina High School senior Bella Kane, the fast-paced lifestyle of the bold and beautiful couldn’t be closer to home.Bella  grew up like any average Mid