Then & Now

The stained glass wall at Edina City Hall.

The stained glass wall on the east side of Edina City Hall is exactly where it should be: close to the site of Edina Mill.

Just months after Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933, the Edina Village Council approved Liquor License No. 1 for the first liquor store within city limits. Hay & Stenson opened at 50th and France in March 1934 as the village’s only off-sale liquor establishment.

The name might be new, but Lunds & Byerly’s grocery store dates back to 1941 in Edina.

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.