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.

(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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The 15th Annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk & Vigil to End Distracted Driving was met with wind, rain and lightning on the morning of Aug. 6. The annual event, held at Purgatory Creek Park, is run by the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation. The foundation “educates, inspires and mobilizes grassroots communities to adopt distraction-free driving behaviors.” The run/walk was postponed 30 minutes before the decision was made to cancel. It was the first time the event had to cancel due to bad weather. “Today that track record is broken, a 15-year record,” said foundation chairman Vijay B. Dixit. Participants could still visit…

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The two-week-long PeopleFest! Celebration continued on Sunday, July 31, with a party at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie. The PeopleFest! Party included food trucks, a human library and live performances.  PeopleFest! is a “series of free community events and programs to celebrate the unique cultures represented in Eden Prairie.” The Tarangini School of Dance.PeopleFest! Party attendees could check out storytellers for about 15 to 20 minutes through the human library feature. The human library.(From left) Eden Prairie Mayor Ron Case, with City Council members PG Narayanan and Mark Freiberg.Tamil Sangham.Food trucks included Pizza Karma, Jinx Tea, K-Town Steet Foods…

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The 2022 Air Expo took flight on July 23 and 24 at the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie. Presented by Wings of the North, the event showcased World War II aircraft, modern planes and military vehicles. Bad weather ended Saturday’s flight schedule early, but the sun was back for Sunday’s events. The expo offered rides on two aircraft from the Yankee Air Museum: the Yankee Lady B-17 and Hairless Joe C-47. Douglas C-47 “Hairless Joe” from the Yankee Air Museum, based at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Michigan.Aero Vodochody L-39Boeing B-17 “Yankee Lady” from the Yankee Air Museum.Curtiss…

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The Preserve Association marked 50 years with a week-long celebration from July 19 to July 24. Events throughout the week included a garden tour, bingo, a pickle ball tournament, a petting zoo (with llamas) and a street dance. The celebration brought in Preserve members and visitors from outside of Eden Prairie. Saturday’s celebration saw dreary weather resulting in rescheduling events during the day, but by night the street dance went on as planned. The sun was back out for Sunday’s beach blast. Parade of the Llamas – Video by Jeff Strate

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Eden Prairie residents spent the warm Independence Day holiday celebrating at Round Lake Park. The city’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration was filled with food trucks and music from the Brian Kinney Band and Free & Easy. For some attending the city’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration on Monday, Round Lake offered a cool respite from the sweltering heat.The city was expecting 8,000-10,000 to attend Monday’s hometown celebration. The city will use drone photos to determine an estimate of Monday’s crowd.During Monday’s celebration and Sunday night’s Sparklefest, people could fill up their reusable water bottles at the city’s new hydration…

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