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).

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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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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