Author: Juliana Allen

LWV member Melanie Willett (pictured center at podium and on TV monitor) explained how the candidate forum would be run and introduced the moderator, Peggy Kvam (far left). Photo by Juliana Allen Eight candidates running for the Eden Prairie School Board shared their positions on several topics, including student equity, mental health, treatment of culture and gender, and the upcoming referendum at a Sept. 14 forum. The event was held in the Eden Prairie City Council chambers and was hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins. Peggy Kvam moderated the discussion. The forum…

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Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) drama students are kicking off the new school year with the 38th annual Trajectories show, which is entirely student written, directed, and choreographed. Trajectories is open to all students interested in exploring the high school’s drama program, with no cuts made in the audition process. The show allows students to showcase their creativity and also welcomes incoming ninth graders. EPHS Performing Arts Center manager Jay Asfeld says, “Over the years we have found that it is a great way for freshmen to get involved in our drama group and has made the transition to EPHS…

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Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) students, teachers, and staff are returning to school this week. K-9 students had their first day on Tuesday, Sep.6. Due to Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) hosting ninth grade orientation that day, students in grades 10-12 began a day later on Wednesday, Sep. 7. Last year saw major changes including new school start times, sixth graders moving to CMS, and Pre-K moving to the elementary schools. The school community also dealt with many challenges and unknowns over the past two years as it navigated the pandemic. After these changes and challenges, there are high hopes that…

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Five spots on the Eden Prairie School Board will be up for grabs in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. Four of the open spots are for full four-year terms expiring on Jan. 6, 2027. There also will be a special election to select one board member for a two-year term to fill a seat vacancy that expires on Jan. 6, 2025. The four-year term seats are currently held by Steve Bartz, Aaron Casper, Debjyoti “DD” Dwivedy, and Adam Seidel, whose terms expire in January 2023. Of these four, only Seidel is not running again. Candidates for these seats are incumbent…

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Eden Prairie residents aren’t just attending the Minnesota State Fair — they’re busy making it happen. Eden Prairie High School’s dynamic students helped kick off day one of the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” on Thursday, Aug. 25. The marching band, color guard, and pom squad entertained the crowd with upbeat songs, including the EPHS rouser and “Take On Me” by Norwegian new wave 1980s band A-ha. The view over the Minnesota State Fair. From kindergarteners to senior citizens, EP-ites made our city proud by having their work displayed (and winning ribbons!) in many State Fair competitions. They wowed judges with their…

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As the first day of school approaches, families all over Eden Prairie are busy poring over school supply lists and going shopping to fill backpacks with new supplies. For many families, however, purchasing school supplies poses a financial challenge they may not be able to meet on their own. Eden Prairie Schools’ (EPS) Back-to-School Supplies Program is here to support them. It makes sure that each EPS student is prepared for educational success by providing necessary school supplies at no cost to families experiencing financial hardship. Backpacks and school supplies are matched with student needs. No questions or names are…

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As the end of summer approaches, Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) is preparing to host several back-to-school events. Check for your student’s sessions below. Elementary schools Students and families are invited to attend open house nights to walk around their elementary schools, find their classrooms, and meet staff and teachers. Cedar Ridge Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m. Eden Lake Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m. Forest Hills Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m. Oak Point Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m. Prairie View Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m. Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion: Thursday, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m. Eagle Heights…

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Four members of Eden Prairie’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Viking Composite Squadron recently trained with local municipal, county, and state emergency personnel in a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) near Mankato. CAP Viking Composite Squadron’s (l-r) Cadet Senior Airman Devon Wyatt, Senior Member Julie Wyatt, 1st Lt. Michael Ireland during the recent Mankato SAREX. Photo by Major Randall Knox On July 16, 1st Lt. Michael Ireland, Cadet Airman Marie-Eva Ndeye Damiba, Cadet Senior Airman Devon Wyatt, and Senior Member Julie Wyatt joined 67 members from 15 other Minnesota Wing CAP squadrons to carry out the exercise. The day began with a reported Emergency Locator Transmitter…

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Enjoying drinks and a meal outside is one of the best perks of Minnesota’s long summer days and nights. Many of Eden Prairie’s cafés and restaurants offer appealing family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) outdoor dining options. We’ve highlighted a sampling here. Feel free to message us in the comments with your favorites! Smith Coffee & Cafe, 8107 Eden Prairie Road Step back into Eden Prairie’s history by dining at the historic red brick Smith-Douglas-More House. Smith offers an outdoor garden and patio seating for 60 people, in addition to seating in its quaint farmhouse interior. Reservable tables are available on the picket-fenced…

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Two Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) students are sharing their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by hosting a free four-day summer camp for girls. Girls in grades 1-4 are invited to register for “Girlboss: Girls in STEM Summer Camp” through Eden Prairie Community Education. Abi Rajasekaran and Harini Senthilkumar hope to inspire other girls to pursue STEM. Photo courtesy of Harini Senthilkumar The four-day camp will run Aug. 1-4 at Eden Lake Elementary and offers both morning (9 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) sessions. The program features hands-on STEM-based challenges that introduce campers to physics,…

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