Then & Now

The wrecking ball may have tumbled Wooddale School into a pile of bricks in 1985, but the building lives on in many former students’ memories. “Every school I draw in my books is Wooddale School,” says former student Nancy Carlson, a children’s book author and illustrator.

In the summers of 1962 and ’63, Edina youngsters explored the wilderness in their city’s backyard during overnight camping trips sponsored by the parks and recreation department.

A rich harmony of voices leads Colonial Church in Edina through its traditional Sunday morning worship.

Before he achieved fame and fortune, John Denver performed at Edina High School gymnasium in 1969 (Edina High School yearbook photo).

Before he became famous for his songs about country roads and Colorado mountains, John Denver made his home in suburban Edina.

In the early 1960s, the New York Police Department and others throughout the country visited the Village of Edina to learn about its revolutionary “random patrol” method.

When Southdale Center opened its doors in 1956, its neighbors included a poultry operation, a dairy farm, a riding stable and gravel pits.

When she was only 6 years old, Mary Mader of Edina shook hands with the President of the United States.

While St. Paul held its annual Winter Carnival, the tiny Village of Morningside celebrated the cold and ice in its own way in the 1950s and 1960s.

“Moans from homeowners who find snowdrifts deposited by snowplows in newly shoveled driveways can be silenced,” Popular Mechanics wrote in November 1962, about an invention created in the village of Edina, Minnesota.

Between the scent of freshly baked bread and its tempting window display of cakes and cookies, Joyce’s Bakery lured customers inside its doors near 44th and France for almost five decades.

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