Author: Gillian Holte

Gillian Holte was born and raised in Eden Prairie before graduating from Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism in 2019. She is currently an editor and producer at the CW Twin Cities.

The Hui Family Lion Dance performing the Lion Dance at the Asia Mall for Chinese New Year on Jan. 22. The Chinese Community Center and the Minnesota International Chinese School celebrated the start of Lunar New Year at the Asia Mall on Jan. 22. Visitors rang in the year of the rabbit with activities, Lion Dance, local food vendors and a Covid-19 vaccination program. Activities included ring toss, pitch-pot, spin the wheel, and chopsticks meet beans. The week-long celebration began on Jan. 16 with performances from Minnesota International Chinese School students. Performances continued throughout the week from Ming Zhou Hua…

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More than flowers and plants were found at Bachman’s on Jan. 14. Safe Hands Rescue’s pet adoption event added dogs to the mix. The event allowed potential adoptees a chance to meet and play with dogs currently being fostered around the Twin Cities. Safe Hands Rescue is a foster-based animal rescue organization. They focus on “rescuing and rehoming dogs from overcrowded, high intake, low adoption shelters.” Madelyn Wuestewald, currently fostering Sierra, started fostering in 2020. Wuestewald says her favorite part is, “seeing [the dogs] personalities change, seeing the dog they were and after and knowing that they get to go…

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The Staring Lake Park sledding hill and warming house are open for the season. The 700-foot hill is a popular destination for Eden Prairie residents to hit the slopes with their sleds and tubes. Don’t have a sled or tube? A limited number of sleds and tubes are available for free to rent at the warming house. The warming house is open weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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Liz Sheppard, naturalist at the Outdoor Center, during the Not So Scary Nature Trail on Oct. 29. Pauline Bold, naturalist at the Outdoor Center, during the Not So Scary Nature Trail on Oct. 29. Paul Fusco during the Not So Scary Nature Trail on Oct. 29. Families spent a night full of not so many tricks but lots of treats during the Not So Scary Nature Trail event at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center on Oct. 29. Kids collected candy throughout the lantern-lit trail as they learned about bats, eagles, butterflies, and other animals and bugs.  Gretchen Strate, a volunteer…

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During Saturday’s Citywide Open House, Eden Prairie fire inspector Justin Johnson demonstrated how a kitchen grease fire spreads. Eden Prairie opened its doors on Oct. 8 to give a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to run a city of nearly 65,000 people. Families could tour the police and fire departments and city vehicles and equipment. Demonstrations included a kitchen grease fire, a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter departure, a Life Link III helicopter arrival, watching an auto extrication, and meeting the police department’s K-9 dogs. The open house is an annual event held at City Center.

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(From left) Greg Palmer, Tyra Brosseau, Janet Palmer and Emily Palmer during Brewfest. Eden Prairie residents had a good time and raised money for a great cause at Prairie Brewfest on Sept. 10 at Purgatory Creek Park. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s eighth annual Prairie Brewfest offered samples of local brewing companies from throughout Minnesota. In addition to craft beer, wine and spirits were available. Eden Prairie’s own Fat Pants Brewing Co. and Flying Dutchman Spirits were in attendance. Wondercure, the Twin Cities-based classic rock band, provided music. All proceeds go to help the Foundation support the community.

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Fourteen high school marching bands from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota took part in the 30th annual Prairie Colors Marching Band Festival on Sept. 10 at Aerie Stadium. Since it was their home turf, the Eagles Marching Band performance was considered an exhibition, not a competition, as it was for the 13 other schools. The band’s show “Aurora Borealis” featured three original works: “Sky Fires,” “The Heavens,” and “A Vengeful Force.” Proceeds of the event support all bands at the high school. The next Eagle Marching Band performances will be Friday, Sept. 16, at the Eagles’ football game vs. Lakeville…

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With school back in session and fall quickly approaching, The Preserve pool has closed for the season. But before the water is drained, some four-legged friends got to have their summer fun. On Sept. 6, the pool was closed to human swimmers but welcomed those who the doggie paddle comes naturally.

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Residents from all over the Twin Cities celebrated the 4th annual Ethiopian Fest of Minnesota at Eden Prairie High School’s Aerie Stadium on Sept. 4. The two-day event opened and closed with concerts in West St. Paul featuring Abdu Kiar, Fikeraddis Nekatibeb, Wendi Mak and Abby Lakew. “We are celebrating; (the) Ethiopian New Year is coming,” said Henok Alemayehu Degfu. “Every year we celebrate (…) on Sept. 11.” The festival featured Ethiopian businesses and restaurants from across the Twin Cities, a traditional Ethiopian fashion show, soccer games and live music. This is the first year the festival was held in…

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Art lovers filled Purgatory Creek Park on Aug. 20 for Eden Prairie’s “Arts in the Park.”  Visitors were able to shop artwork, clothing, beauty products, and home decor from local artists and vendors. The Murphys and Waters, Larson and Waters entertained the crowds with live music. Snacks and drinks were available from Diana’s Dough, K-Town Street Foods, Sadie’s Taste of Love, A Whale of a Treat, and Eden Prairie Liquor. Maija Hagen and Sharon Klingerman at the Eden Prairie Senior Center booth. Hagen said any items not sold will be donated.Kids were able to participate in numerous art projects at…

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