Author: Jeff Strate

An Eden Prairie resident since 1994, Jeff Strate has served as an organizer for local open-space preservation initiatives and get-out-the-vote parks improvement referendums. Jeff has also served on the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission, conservation area planning task forces, the Southwest Light Rail Community Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Land Trust. Jeff studied journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota and professionally has been a television producer/journalist and occasional host or reporter in the Twin Cities, New York, Boston, and Trenton and has written for websites and magazines. He is currently a producer of award-winning community access programing through Southwest Community Television (SWTV).

Eden Prairie’s signature water tower overlooks a radically changed landscape noticed only, perhaps, by the residents and businesses along Eden Road and Singletree Lane. The transformation has been hidden behind Bachman’s, Bowlero, residential complexes, Costco and Emerson. Where three years ago a neglected ridge of buckthorn, brush and weeds stretched east to west, now, light rail track alignments, a nearly completed passenger station and a four-lane, paved street are laid out. Architectural rendering of Town Center Station plan from SWLRT Project. Branded as “Town Center Place,” the new street begins where Eden Road elbows to the south at Redstone American…

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Eden Prairie’s hike and bike trails become embraced by spectacular autumn canvases each October. As October cedes to November and Thanksgiving, the blazes become less bold but more nuanced and informing — more interesting. Hidden ponds, creeks, neighborhoods and vistas re-appear as leaves fall. We can drop “Prairie” from our town’s name and just go with “Eden.” Every one of our neighborhoods is supplied with welcoming trails and walkways. The following small list of trails is not intended to be an arbitrary ranking; it is a reminder for the car-bound among us to take a hike or ride a bike…

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“Milwaukee Road 261,” a steam locomotive that likely pulled passenger and troop trains to Chicago and Puget Sound during World War II, will chug along the same Delano to Hopkins right-of-way this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3. It will be assisted by a restored Milwaukee Road, diesel locomotive. If you delight in the drama of belching plumes and jets of hot steam, driving pistons, mechanical noises, train bells and shrill whistles, remain in town this weekend. The Milwaukee Road 261 and its power assist are passing through Eden Prairie and will be pulling a train of beautifully restored…

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The following temporary road closure alerts were included in a Thursday, Sept. 23, Southwest Light Rail Project construction update. Highway 62 Westbound lanes of Highway 62 between Highway 212 and Shady Oak Road are slated for closure from 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, through 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. Beginning Monday morning at 5 a.m., only one Hwy. 62 westbound lane and one Hwy. 62 eastbound lane between Hwy. 212 and Shady Oak Road will be open. Additionally, the Highway 169 off-ramp to westbound Hwy. 62 will be reopened, but the eastbound Hwy. 62 on-ramp from northbound Shady Oak Road…

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“There’s berry and then there is cranberry-apple,” explained a server to a woman customer. They were under one of the canvass canopies set up near the pavilion in Purgatory Creek Park. As the server lifted a chilled can of hard seltzer water from a cooler for her friend, he peeled back the tab on its lid. The action made a metallic charipp sound and a soft hisss. “The cranberry-apple is very good,” replied the woman. “I want to try the berry.” She was sampling the libations offered by Lift Bridge Brewing Company of Stillwater; one of 13 craft-brewers at this…

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Southwest Light Rail Project work continues full throttle along its entire route from SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie to Target Field Station in Minneapolis. Highway 62 between Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 will be closed at variable times beginning tonight, Sept. 10. West 70th Street in the Golden Triangle begins a three-week closure on Monday. Visit the SWLRT construction website for new updates, details and maps for road closings in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. In brief, here’s what you need to know before you head to Hwy. 62 and W. 70th Street. Hwy. 62 closures Hwy.…

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Eden Prairie Local News wishes everyone an enjoyable, restful and restorative Labor Day 2021. The 6th of September, the unofficial last day of summer, began at Mitchell Lake with the promise of a beautiful day. Alex Strate, son of EPLN regular contributor Jeff Strate, began his day at the Mitchell Lake fishing dock in Miller Park. Alex Strate took this picture at about 6:30 a.m. Earlier, he had caught and released two largemouth bass. A few northern pike, he said, also took interest but did not strike his lure. The only other person visible during the early hours, Alex State…

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Eden Prairie residents can haul their no longer usable stuff to the city’s yard waste site and leave without it at a Sept. 11 city-sponsored event. Ninety-eight percent of the junk will be recycled, according to Certified Recycling, the vendor that is partnering with the city. When and where?The Fall Recycling Drop-Off is Saturday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The yard waste site is located at 9811 Flying Cloud Drive. Drop-off traffic must enter the site from northbound Flying Cloud Drive. Bring proof of your Eden Prairie residency in the form of a driver’s license, utility bill…

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