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.

Mask mandate lifted in Minnesota In an announcement on Friday, May 14, the city of Eden Prairie signalled it was following the executive order by Governor Tim Walz ending the Minnesota statewide mask mandate. Walz’s order follows a May 13, 2021 notice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcing new mask guidance. As noted in the May 14 City of Eden Prairie announcement: The City of Eden Prairie does not have a mask mandate in place and will continue to follow executive orders issued by the governor and COVID-19 guidance provided by the CDCEffective today, residents visiting…

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Terry L. Hutchins, 72, a long-time Eden Prairie resident and community participant passed away on January 31, 2020. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 8th at Grace Church Chapel, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, 55347. (Door 2). Visitation prior to service.

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April 30, is Arbor Day, a tree planting holiday first recognized in the United States on January 4, 1872. Trees suffuse the landscape of Eden Prairie and are constantly, if quietly, a matter of news. Currently in Eden Prairie, the removal of trees is an aspect of potential legal action and debate between development and conservation efforts at the Noble Hills project, under threat from insect pests, symbols of community hope, subjects of a devastating diminishment of the planet’s wild places, an outdoor escape from the day after day slog and homebound pandemic blur, and a blanket of life covering…

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Brown, Jane Carol (nee Rudsenske), of Eden Prairie passed away at the age of 91 on January 8, 2021. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Carol was born on July 4, 1929 in Madelia, MN to George and Grace Rudsenske. She received her education degree from Macalester College.  She married her husband Jim in 1951. They were married for 49 years and raised four children together. Carol spent thirty-five plus years teaching, starting in Hopkins and moving to Eden Prairie to teach spring primary then 1st grade. She guided and inspired many young minds. Carol…

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At 5:39 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, a pedestrian walking in the crosswalk at the intersection of Valley View Rd. and Prairie Center Dr. (near Lake Smetana) was struck by a dark-colored sedan. The pedestrian suffered several broken bones. The driver of the vehicle left the scene without stopping or calling for help. The EPPD would like to speak to each driver of the two vehicles pictured. Eden Prairie Police Department (EPPD) Investigators would like to speak to each driver of the two vehicles pictured, who may have witnessed this incident. Individuals with information related to this case may contact…

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Photo credit- Brad Canham Coordinated globally by the EarthDay organization, Earth Day is an annual event which began on April 22, 1970. Among others who were pushing for environmental action during the time, United States Sensor Gaylord Nelson from Clear Lake Wisconsin (about 80 to the northeast of Eden Prairie) was instrumental in founding Earth Day. The City of Eden Prairie sponsors Sustainable Eden Prairie, an ongoing education and sustainable practices effort to protect the environment and natural resources. Slots remain for Park Clean-Up Day Sign Up By April 22 Date: 04/24/2021 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Location: City Parks, Eden…

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Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) reached out to a wide array of Eden Prairie residents for reactions to the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury at 4:06 pm April 20 at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Below are some of the comments EPLN received Tuesday evening: Community members react Bayle Gelle is an Eden Prairie resident and the father of Dolal Idid. Dolal Idid was shot and killed earlier this year by the Minneapolis police. …

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Citing the potential for “civil unrest” associated with a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin trial and Brooklyn Center shooting of Duante Wright Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency order on April 19. The order includes seven metro counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. The Governor’s emergency order notes the role of “Operation Safety Net (OSN), a joint planning and response effort between the State of Minnesota and many local jurisdictions to coordinate and send resources” in which the Eden Prairie Police Department (EPPD) actively participates. The City Council of…

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A peaceful protest of approximately 60 people was held Friday, April 16 at the corner of Flying Cloud Drive and Singletree Lane in Eden Prairie. Angie Stern, Shakopee and Deb Clark, West Bloomington held signs at the Friday protest. The rally was brought together by OneMinnesota. The OneMinnesota Facebook page which was created in June, 2020 self-describes the group as “A group of BIPOC, Mixed racial and Allies who stand together to challenge the system through education, action, and unity bridging,” focused on addressing systemic racism. (Note: BIPOC is an acronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.) Nordstrom reported…

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