Author: Greg Olson

These days seem to be interesting times for many. Young, growing families in need of a new bed or clothing for the kids are looking for something to fit their budget. Where can people go to buy cheap goods? Others who have reached a new phase in life as empty nesters are looking to downsize. Where can people go to get rid of stuff no longer needed? In times such as these, The PROP Shop in Eden Prairie has become a timely resource for everyone. Rändi Flagstad heads up The PROP Shop’s housewares department. The PROP Shop opened its doors in 2007…

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Reports on the effects of climate change are popping up daily in the media. Most of the time, though, stories involving historic drought, wildfires, flash flooding and excessive heat come from parts elsewhere in the U.S. and worldwide. It may be easy to think that climate change is happening “out there,” but not here, or at least not yet. Locally, though, the Nine Mile Creek and Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek watershed districts have a front-row seat in witnessing the effects of climate change. Nine Mile Watershed District manages water resources draining into its namesake creek from about 50 square miles…

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A newspaper advertisement heralds Flying Cloud Drive-in Theater’s gala opening in 1956. Pictured on the right is Otto Kobs, the theater’s original owner. Photos courtesy of Steven Kobs The growth of an economy or a community is like building a fire. In an earlier time, one would start a fire by striking two elements together – flint and steel. In Eden Prairie’s case, two factors accounting for the city’s rise in the latter 20th Century were cornfields and cars. Along came Otto Among the people who could see the steel of the one and flint of the other was Otto…

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Mark Weber during the EP Gives annual fundraising event in May organized by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. It was Weber’s last as the Foundation’s executive director. He is retiring from that role on June 30. Photo by Sarah Morreim of Sarah Morreim Photography Mark Weber is retiring as executive director of the Eden Prairie Foundation on June 30. For over 40 years, Mark has been active both professionally and personally in Eden Prairie, first as a reporter for the Eden Prairie News, then as its editor, publisher and general manager of its owner, Southwest Newspapers, before entering his current…

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