Author: Brad Canham

Brad Canham

Prior to moving to Eden Prairie in 2000, Brad served as an newspaper editor and hard news reporter. In Eden Prairie he worked as an executive in high-tech firms, including ADC Telecommunications and Allot Communications. More recently he has worked in high-tech firms in Minnesota and in Silicon Valley while residing in Eden Prairie. Brad graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA, and has a Master of Business Communications degree from the University of St. Thomas (UST). Brad is currently researching high-tech entrepreneurial leadership for a doctorate from the UST-School of Education. “Brad the Dad” has three children, one grown, two in Eden Prairie schools, and especially enjoys exploring Eden Prairie’s trials and lakes with his wife Sandi.

Thanks to nearly $57,000 in funding from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation (EPCF) and one of its charitable fund holders, at-risk young people, older adults facing hardship, victims of domestic violence, and people with special needs are among Eden Prairie residents who will be helped this year. Recently, the EPCF approved direct grants totaling $22,650 that will: Assist victims of domestic violence by supporting the Sojourner Project shelter and community programs, including the Crisis/Help Line.Fund a MoveFwd effort to help local teens and young adults with transportation costs so they can get to school, work, shelter, housing, and resources.Provide fresh…

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Members of the Eden Prairie public are invited to participate in a virtual town hall regarding the Southwest LRT project, according to a Metropolitan Council announcement. The Southwest LRT Construction Virtual Town Hall on Monday, March 1, is from 4:30- 5:30 PM, and will address upcoming SWLRT construction activities in Eden Prairie. For more information and how to join, please visit visit the Metropolitan Council website here. A PowerPoint Presentation will be followed by questions and answers.

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Richard “Dick” “Emmy” Emahiser, 70, formerly of Eden Prairie, died suddenly Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home in Crosslake, MN. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held later this year, more details to follow as they become available. Currently, a video tribute in remembrance of Dick’s life is available for viewing courtesy of the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home here. Dick was born July 1, 1950 in Willmar, the son of Robert and Genevieve (Noel) Emahiser. After graduating from Mounds View High School, Dick earned a degree in Education from Hamline University. In 1972 he began his teaching career in…

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People are hungry and Vanessa and Krystal are hefting boxes of food. In wind, blizzard, and double digit below temperatures they heft boxes of food into car trunks, truck backends, and SUV rear rows most Wednesdays for anyone in need.According to Vanessa Nordstrom, The Food Pulse model is simple “Find the food in Abundance and share it across areas in high need,” she noted. In Eden Prairie that pulse of food has cars lining up around 3 pm on Wednesdays for a 3:30 pm distribution at 6233 Baker Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (specifically, the parking lot on the southside…

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A pilot project to build stronger relationships among Eden Prairie nonprofits and civic organizations has been launched by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation (EPCF), according to a EPCF press release. The pilot will test the theory that the EPCF, working more closely with charitable and service organizations serving Eden Prairie, can bring about more positive impact, better communication, and less duplication. It’s also a test of the EPCF’s new strategic plan which, among other things, calls for the organization to be more of a leader and a “hub” in the community. The pilot, overseen by a EPCF team, will have…

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The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools (FEPS) Virtual Red & Black Gala will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, according to a FEPS press release. Cocktail mixology, trivia and more The online event starts at 6:45 p.m. with Tom Butler, Fox9 News Anchor, sharing one of his favorite craft cocktail recipes. The evening proceeds with a virtual game night focused on local trivia, such as ‘Can you recall the name of the famous movie filmed at Eden Prairie Center?’ There will be three rounds and three chances to win a prize. Tickets are on sale now here. During the…

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At an Eden Prairie City Council meeting on February 2, 2021, Jim Alexander, the Acting Project Director for the Southwest LRT (SWLRT) project confirmed the timeline delay: “It is not going to happen in 2023.” Two stabilization projects discovered in the Minneapolis portion of the 14.5-mile extension to Eden Prairie are creating the delay, according to Alexander. The first is a corridor protection wall needed to minimize vibrations from the passing light rail trains. The one-mile long corridor protection wall also has a small right of way for construction limiting the work. The second is the addition of a secant…

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In February crews began repairs on a culvert carrying Purgatory Creek underneath the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail in Eden Prairie.  According to information provided by Hennepin County, the repair work will continue into the Spring of 2021. The trail has historically been operated by Three Rivers Park District via an interim use permit from the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA). Intermittent weekday trail closures The trail will intermittently close between Venture Lane and Valley View Road in Eden Prairie. These will be short-term, full closures, but they will be limited to working hours on weekdays. The trail will…

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The agenda is set for the 7 p.m., Feb. 2, 2021 meeting of the Eden Prairie City Council. City meetings are streamed live at edenprairie.org/CityTV and on Facebook. EPTV, the city’s access channel, is available to Comcast subscribers on HD channel 813 and SD channel 16; and CenturyLink subscribers on HD channel 1235 and SD channel 235. Construction status reports The agenda includes a second reading of an ordinance for planned unit development (PUD) District Amendment with waivers on 7.27 acres by Oppidan Investment Company. The proposal is part of a retail area involving Phase 3 of the Castle Ridge redevelopment project located at 615-635 Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. A status…

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PROP’s popular event, Empty Bowls returns for a ninth year as a virtual week long community event to raise awareness and funding to combat hunger in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. Proceeds from the virtual events go to PROP. To sign up for an activity or learn more, visit propfood.org “Every day, hundreds of our neighbors struggle to put food on their table. Food insecurity is one of the early indicators of family economic crisis and PROP’s Empty Bowls event has always epitomized neighbors helping neighbors,” says PROP’s Executive Director, Janet Palmer. “This year, we are bringing the spirit of Empty Bowls to the community.” Take…

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