Author: Frank Malley

Frank graduated from Stanford University and did graduate study at Princeton and the University of Wisconsin toward a Ph.D. in English. He also took graduate business courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Illinois’s North Central College. He taught college English and British literature at a two-year University of Wisconsin Center System campus in Marathon County, Wis. For 26 years he worked in purchasing, product development, and general management at light manufacturing companies in the Chicago area. He later owned a company that imported custom-made products from China. In 2016, Frank and Pamela, his wife of 50 years, moved to Minnesota to be near their son, who lives in northeast Minneapolis.

There are Americans who loudly complain that their culture is being stolen from them. There are also Americans who want their ethnicity or religion or family country of origin to be trumpeted as their very identity. This article is not about any of the foregoing. It is about three people in Eden Prairie who describe feeling, at times, like a stranger in their birth culture—as if they are on the outside looking into their heritage. At the same time, they describe feeling vitally American with all the unique individuality that entails. Walk like an Egyptian? Scot Adams is a professor…

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Like a game of Monopoly, seeking health assistance can, at times, be a roll of the dice. In one scenario, phoning the main number at Eden Prairie City Hall to find out about health care that is governmentally provided for Eden Prairie residents results in a response that the city is not responsible for health care of residents.  Further, it is indicated that Hennepin County is responsible for residents’ health care.  Also, a Hennepin County phone number is provided – just not the one for health care or human services. Instead, the incorrect phone number connects you with Hennepin Environmental…

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On April 26, 2021, the 2020 census data facilitated US reapportionment of congressional seats, with Minnesota retaining eight congressional districts. Most folks assume that all census data were released at that late April date. They were not. Just enough information was released to make congressional reapportionment possible. Demographic numbers—pertaining to gender, race, age, ethnicity, and a snapshot of our human relationships—are still to come. Minnesota district maps for Congress, the Minnesota House, and the Minnesota Senate cannot be drawn without the essential demographic details. State Senator Mark Johnson, head of the Minnesota Senate Redistricting Committee, projects that the demographics will…

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The Pax Christi Catholic church building in Eden Prairie is low and, well, rambling. Not a cathedral. Not an imposing fortress of spirituality. It is complete with a Latin name that means “Peace of Christ”. The seed from which this article grew was the historical fact that years ago when Muslims were new to Eden Prairie, Pax Christi followed its philosophy of being welcoming. For several years it allowed the Muslim faithful to use some of Pax Christi’s facility for their worship. It turns out that this action is emblematic of Pax Christi’s ethos of community service. According to Pax…

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This is a story about a mall. It is also a story about perceptions. The perceptions at play at this mall are those of consumers, those who manage consumer perceptions for a living, and finally, those seeking to understand this mixed soup of perceptions — at the mall. The challenge of doing a story on Eden Prairie Center—complete with comments from some anchor tenants and from the business community—is that potential interviewees seem to be running away down the road and disappearing over distant fences. J C Penney’s manager is not permitted to speak to the press. The manager suggests…

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The story begins in 2006, during a plane flight to the other side of the world. At that time, Eden Prairie’s Habitat for Global Learning had financed an opportunity for Eden Prairie schools Superintendent Melissa Krull to join a State of Minnesota Trade Commission trip to China, according to Dave Lindahl, Eden Prairie’s Economic Development Manager. Midair, Krull met Richard He. He was a Chinese-American drumming up international business for Chinese cities, including Hunan Province’s Loudi (pronounced “LOH-dee”). Contrary to the recollections of some, there was never any intent to have a “sister city” relationship with Loudi. Eden Prairie Chamber…

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Babar (pronounced “bobber”) Khan is a Pakistani-American resident of Eden Prairie and a director of the Senate District 48 DFL. Recently he sat for an Eden Prairie Local News interview to discuss the Pakistani-American community in Eden Prairie and to help EPLN showcase EP’s growing diversity. He and EPLN are quite conscious that he does not speak for all Pakistani-Americans. Khan is a mechanical engineer working as a consultant in quality management systems. Many Pakistanis in Eden Prairie, he noted, are working professionals—physicians, people in finance, clinicians. Many Pakistanis who come to the United States have higher levels of Pakistani education,…

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I’m Jewish.  Forty-five minutes after sunset on December twenty-first, however, I stood alongside my wife gazing into the southwest nighttime sky over Eden Prairie and preparing to stand witness to the “Christmas star” conjunction of two planets.  The cloudy sky had just one hole in it, and that was for the crescent moon. Paradoxically, science gave me the faith to know that beyond the wall of clouds, Jupiter and Saturn were collaborating on a stunningly brilliant, glowing combination. Like so much else in 2020, the cloudy wall was not a bad thing.  2020 is neither a good year nor a…

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Elina Curran is a mother and a founder. She is the founder of the Eden Prairie based Chris Wivholm Foundation, which funds neuroscience research on addiction and attempts to eliminate the stigma attached to addiction. Her son, Chris, died of a fentanyl overdose on March 30, 2018. He was 21. From 1999 to 2019 in the US, nearly 450,000 people died from overdoses involving either prescription or illicit opioids, according to Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that in 2018 two million people had an opioid use disorder.…

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