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Ukasha Daka

Ukasha Dakane has been an Edina resident for seven years.

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

Emma Lind Rovick was an average suburban housewife in the 1940s, when she and her husband, Odd, were busy raising two sons and a daughter. But in the early 1950s, when daughter Janice wanted a piano, Rovick went to work as a secretary in a real estate office to earn a little pin money.

In the wee hours of Friday, April 19, with New England in shock from the Boston Marathon bombings the previous Monday, Edina native Andrew Kitzenberg suddenly had a bird’s-eye view of the events that riveted the nation.At 12:46 a.m., on the street below his Watertown, Mass., apartment, the Tsarn

Some kids struggle to find their way, but Alex Conrad, an eighth grader at Valley View Middle School, knows exactly where he is all the time. That’s because Alex has a mind for maps and geography.

A sister duo from Edina, known as Chasing Lovely, may just shatter conventional images of Nashville country music makers. Taylor and Chloe Turner ventured to Nashville in 2010 to make their mark on the country music scene.

Three-year-old Harper Christopherson from Edina was born deaf; hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects in America. But technological advances are allowing some children with profound hearing loss to perceive sound.

Abbey Taylor, a 6-year-old Edina native, died in 2008 as a result of a faulty pool drain. But before she passed away, she said, “I hope this never happens to another child,” according to Alan Korn, executive director of Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation.

Jerry’s Foods is a beloved local institution, and the community lost an icon when the founder, Edina resident Jerry Paulsen, died in April at age 89.

Click here to open a full-size version of Tom Pepper's crossword puzzle.If you’ve spent any time with crossword puzzles, you’ve no doubt seen clues like “ritzy Minneapolis suburb” or “Minneapolis neighbor” and immediately known the answer: Edina.

You might take your kidneys for granted. But if you heard the story of Edinans Kathleen Carter and Kim Pendergast, you might give thanks to those fist-sized body purifiers that work hard for you every day. Carter and Pendergast graduated from Edina High School together in 1979.

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