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—

Sometimes you choose service, and sometimes service chooses you. Ann Deshler of Edina knows both sides of this story. She’s been an oncology nurse her entire career, currently working in cancer research for HealthPartners.

Helping high school youth succeed in different aspects of life is something Becky Briggs truly loves. Last spring, Briggs received a Connecting with Kids leadership award. This is an honor given in recognition of a significant commitment on behalf of youth.

The Polar Plunge will take place in Minnesota in late winter and early spring. These events, which raise money for the Special Olympics, are a great way to have fun while helping a great cause.

People in Edina work to help their neighbors every day. We’d like to introduce you to just a few of them.

Edina resident Cathy Cella has been active in the community for 33 years and she isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. Because of this, she was awarded a Connecting with Kids Leadership Award last spring.

Erica Campbell believes in roots—creating them and tending to their growth. When she moved in July 2015 to Edina from the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Ian, and their two children, she didn’t waste time.

In the five years between college and becoming a school counselor at South View Middle School, Paul Andress held just about every odd job imaginable.

Dan Hoedeman is a natural goalkeeper. He guarded the real estate around soccer goals up through his collegiate career, and Hoedeman continues to tend goals—greater ones—as a cofounder of the Minneapolis City Soccer Club (MCSC).

A little over a year ago, Edina Magazine featured the artwork of local Instagram photographer Jill Emmer of Shine On Photos. But we weren’t the only folks to take notice of Emmer’s whimsical photography and social media know-how.