Giving Back

Glass sculpture "The Wave" by artist David Wight

Going to the beach is one of this season’s finest luxuries, and enjoying Minnesota lakes tops my own “Best Way to Spend a Summer Day” list. When I visit one of the coasts—east, west or north—

While many of us can’t remember doing anything much more significant than getting a driver’s permit at age 15, two Edina teens are focused on saving lives. They are running to stop cancer.

Edina based TNFL founder Wayne Kostroski has created a 25+ year tradition of donating the net proceeds from all TNFL programs and events to affiliated food banks in Super Bowl host ci

26.2 miles, sore muscles, hard work, time commitment, training goals, perseverance and strength. To many, running a marathon might seem impossible, but with help from community, faith and a greater purpose, local runners from Team World Vision remind us that nothing is impossible.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

For just over a year now, Art of Edina has brought community art into public spaces, according to Jill Emmer, director of Art of Edina and owner of Shine On Photos.

In 2016 Mindy Ahler decided to raise awareness of climate change by riding her bike across the country.

She readied her bike, a 30-year-old Trek that her mom had given her. She would start in Seaside, Ore., and ride almost 4,000 miles to Washington, D.C.