Author: Jim Bayer

Jim is a retired teacher currently keeping busy as a reserve teacher, tutor, and Eden Prairie High School softball coach. Jim’s career began as a journalist, photojournalist, and editor before working in healthcare public relations and later earning a master’s degree in special education. Jim and his wife, Sue, a registered nurse, have lived in Eden Prairie for more than 25 years. Their two children, Jen and Matt, graduated from EPHS and live in Eden Prairie. Jim and Sue have four grandchildren.

Eden Prairie’s newest water storage tank, a 4 million gallon behemoth north of Highway 212 and east of Eden Prairie Road, has “crushed” the competition to win Top Tank of the Year. Eden Prairie’s newest water tank is now an award winner. Screenshot from Preload, Inc. website The contest, sponsored by Preload, a leader in the design and construction of prestressed concrete tanks, pitted 20 water tanks from across the country in its contest which EPLN reported on recently. “Thanks for casting your votes to help our tank take top honors!” Eden Prairie City Manager Rick Getschow wrote in his July 1 Friday…

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The Hopkins man whose car collided with one driven by an Eden Prairie man in Shakopee on June 21, killing him, has been charged with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in Scott County District Court. The crash killed Charlie Alleman, 19, of Eden Prairie. The driver, Jacob Austin Lederer, 26, admitted to police that he drank several alcoholic beverages at Turtles Bar in Shakopee minutes before getting into his car and heading east on Highway 101. Witnesses told police that Lederer’s Mitsubishi Outlander passed them on the highway at speeds estimated at between 85 and 90 mph, according…

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You are reading the 1,000th article published by Eden Prairie Local News. Our first three stories were published mid-COVID on Sept. 25, 2020 by Brad Canham, the first editor of EPLN. Fittingly, they introduced three candidates for the upcoming City Council election. Informing you about news of civic importance – including elections – was one of the primary drivers that brought a group of concerned citizens together to somehow, some way, fill the news gap that occurred when the Eden Prairie News, the city’s long-time weekly newspaper, was shuttered earlier that spring. My first byline didn’t come until Oct. 3 of…

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Twenty-six 12-and-Under B fastpitch softball teams from across the Twin Cities battled Saturday at Eden Prairie’s Miller Park for a spot in their state tournament later this summer. Fans watched their teams play Saturday at Miller Park. Two Eden Prairie teams, Red and Black, were among the teams hoping to move on. Teams competing Saturday must win one game over the course of the weekend to earn a berth in the state tournament, a portion of which will be held at Miller Park July 9 and 10. Three members of the Rogers-Ostego squad watched a game from the bleachers.A Chaska…

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Absentee and early voting is open in person or by mail for the Aug. 9 primary election. Eden Prairie residents can vote in person through Monday, Aug. 8 at the Eden Prairie City Center weekdays during business hours, and 10–3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Get registered Voters must register by Oct. 18 for the General Election on Nov. 8. Voting registration can be done anytime, including at the time of voting. Register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 18 for the General Election. Check your voter registration to make sure your current address is listedYou may register online or print and fill out a paper version to return to Hennepin CountyIf your address…

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Charlie M. Alleman, 19, of Eden Prairie has been identified as the man killed June 21 when the vehicle he was driving was struck by another car in Shakopee, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Alleman was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Golf and was making a turn from westbound County Road 101 to southbound Valley Park Drive near Valley Fair when he was struck by a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Jacob Austin Lederer, 26, of Hopkins. Lederer received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. According the patrol website, that Lederer had been drinking. Editor’s…

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A 19-year-old Eden Prairie man was killed late Tuesday night, June 21 when his car was struck by another driver in Shakopee, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The name of the man who died is expected to be released Thursday afternoon, according to the patrol. The victim was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Golf and was making a turn from westbound County Road 101 to southbound Valley Park Drive near Valley Fair, when he was struck by a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander that was traveling eastbound on County Road 101. The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 26-year-old Hopkins man, received non-life…

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The City of Eden Prairie has announced the cancellation of adult softball and sand volleyball leagues on Monday, June 20. Early-afternoon temperatures had reached 96 degrees with a heat index temperature of 105 degrees. The high temperature is predicted to be near the 100-degree mark. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning until 1 a.m. Tuesday. The weather service urged people to: drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on neighbors and relatives. Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,…

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The Eden Prairie Police Department (EPPD) has filed charging documents against one person they believe is responsible for the string of burglaries, attempted burglaries, and car break-ins in the Settler’s Ridge neighborhood in the early morning hours of May 31, according to a police spokeswoman. “We are waiting for the (Hennepin County) attorney’s office to make a decision on the charges,” she told EPLN via email Thursday, June 16. Eden Prairie officers responded to eight residential burglaries, attempted burglaries, auto tampering and suspicious incidents in the area of Frontier Place, Acorn Ridge, Overland Trail and Cedarcrest Drive the morning of…

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The following criminal charges have been filed by the Hennepin County District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. Theft Matthew Richard Kroiss, 33, of Shoreview, is charged with felony theft of property valued at more than $1,000 and less than $5,000 in a May 23 incident at Scheels in the Eden Prairie Center. According to the police complaint: Eden Prairie police responded to a theft report at Scheels, 8301 Flying Cloud Drive. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the store’s loss prevention staff. They reported that a man walked into the store and picked seven Ping i525 golf clubs valued at…

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