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).

A Metro Green Line Extension construction update issued on Friday, Dec. 17, includes alerts regarding Eden Prairie roads. During construction, the name “Metro Green Line Extension” has been interchangeable with “Southwest Light Rail.” This week On Wednesday, Dec. 22, eastbound Highway 212 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Highway 62 and Shady Oak Road. Traffic will be detoured to the off- and on-ramps at Shady Oak Road. On Thursday, Dec. 23, westbound Hwy. 212 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic will be detoured on westbound Hwy. 62 to Interstate 494. These closures are needed…

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The haunted night calls of barred owls in the Summerhill Drive neighborhood were joined early Friday evening, Oct. 29, by costumed kids and their parents. Halloween falls on Sunday this year, but the families on this north-central Eden Prairie street were not waiting. They called their block party a “Neighborhood Halloween Bash.” It was. Out came the potluck dishes, the pizzas, the soda, the treats, the games, the chats and the kids. Temporary traffic barriers, a portable fire pit and food tables were set up on the street. An Eden Prairie Local News photographer walking on Summerhill Drive at about…

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