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.

Before the classic black-and-white squad cars began protecting the streets of Edina, Percy Redpath was the city’s one-man police department.

George Millam, a founding father of Edina, came to Minnesota as a 21-year-old immigrant from Balnamoon, Scotland. After a short time working at the Richfield mill, he was hired by fellow Scotsman Andrew Craik to run the Edina mill.

Fans of Minnesota history, rejoice. Last December saw the publication of Dakota Child, Governor’s Daughter, an engaging new book by Edina resident Bruce Kohn, an amateur historian who retired from his job as an attorney in 2005.

What does the word “Halloween” conjure for you? Trick-or-treaters? Carving pumpkins? How about haunted houses? Do-it-yourself haunted houses (the kids-in-face-paint kind) are a mainstay of modern Halloween celebrations.

Drive around Edina and you’ll notice many streets with names of the families whose farms once graced that land: Grimes, Code, Gleason, Cooper.

On their 20th wedding anniversary, sheep farmer George Baird promised to give his wife, Sarah, a new house, and the house still stands 127 years later as an Edina landmark.Building such a grand home in 1886 was no easy task, as Sarah documented in her diary.

It’s no secret that the city of Edina is a shopper’s paradise: From 50th and France to the Galleria and the Container Store, shopping opportunities abound. But in this town, shopping is about more than just designer clothes or catching a sale.

From his home on Thielen Avenue in Edina, Jay Magoffin grew up watching yellow streetcars travel along the rails on 44th Street en route to downtown Minneapolis and beyond.

While teenagers are notorious for pressing the snooze alarm to gain extra sleep in the mornings, the high school students involved in St. Stephen’s Episcopal youth group don’t have that luxury. Every Wednesday morning, youth group director Gary Dietz opens up his home for a 6 a.m.