Author: Steve Schewe

A resident of Minnesota since 1983 and Eden Prairie since 1993, Steve Schewe has a deep interest in public affairs and volunteer leadership. Steve and his wife Beryl have three adult children, and two grandchildren. Steve likes building community, relationships, and sustainable practices with family, friends and colleagues. Steve loves classical music, yoga, and the family farm.

Plenty of Catholic priests sing from the altar. Most shouldn’t. Father J. Michael Byron, who died unexpectedly Friday, May 20, was an exception. Father Mike, as he was known to his parishioners at Pax Christi, had a beautiful voice from the days when he was a leader in the concert choir at Edina West High School. “As a young man, his love of music was expressed through his active participation in our music ministry,” said Father Kevin Finnegan, the current pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, where Father Mike attended with his family while he was growing up.…

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An Eden Prairie youth sports group hopes to reverse declining participation with an innovative solution: charitable gambling. The Eden Prairie Hockey Association (EPHA) began selling pull tabs July 12 at Champps restaurant and sports bar. It also has plans to also sell them at Bowlero starting Aug. 16 and next winter at Green Mill restaurant. A pull tab is a small gambling card with a tab that can be pulled back to reveal whether prizes have been won. The EPHA believes pull tabs can raise funds that will lower the cost of playing youth hockey and thus increase participation. The…

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It was a hot July 25, Sunday morning leavened by a slight breeze. EP Legion matched the weather with batting heat. It was the opening of the final game of the Sub-State #3 tournament at Chaska Athletic Park and EP Legion would cruise to a win over Shakopee 4-1. Center fielder Jake Luloff led off with a triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Joey Flom. Two more runs quickly followed as EP Legion batted through the order in the top of the first inning. Shakopee countered with a run of its own, but EP Legion…

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On July 23, a hot, humid evening, Eden Prairie Legion Baseball beat Orono 11-2. Aiden Pfeiffer pitches Backed by powerful offense that generated 10 hits and lots of stolen bases, including a double steal, Aiden Pfeifer pitched a complete game. EP Legion Baseball plays again at 6 pm tonight (July 24th) against Post 471 (Edina). The winner of tonight’s game will play again Sunday the 25th. All games are being played at Chaska Athletic Park. Watch the EPLN event calendar for updates. Jake Luloff steals a base. Photo credit: Anna Springer Winner advances to Legion State Tournament The winning team…

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If you’re craving peace and quiet this weekend, you might want to leave town.  If you want to party on your porch, you won’t have to pay for the band.  From social media to neighborhood coffee breaks, much of the talk today in Eden Prairie was about the Summer Jam concerts in Canterbury Park, and the upcoming Air Expo at Flying Cloud Airport.   “Six disturbing-the-peace calls were logged by 911 last night,” said Katie Bengston, senior communications coordinator for the City of Eden Prairie. Bengston posted on EPPD’s Facebook page, alerting residents to noise and potential traffic jams along…

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As part of a subscription drive at the recent July 4, 2021 Independence Day event at Round Lake in Eden Prairie vistors to the Eden Prairie Local news (EPLN) booth had the opportunity to win prize. Contest winner Gordy Olson holds the beverage cooler he won in the Eden Prairie Local News subscription drive over the July 4th weekend. Free subscriptions and funding raising efforts at EPLN continue with an opportunity to join EPLN’s Team Local.

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Dancing is possible while maintaining a social distance. But it’s more fun to dance while consistently close. On the 4th of July, Eden Prairie residents and visitors gathered in large crowds at Round Lake Park for the first time since the pandemic lockdowns. Young people enjoying the music at the July 4 Round Lake Park Independence day celebration. Photo credit Jeff Strate On a sunny, shirt-drenching day when the heat index reached 100 degrees, they swam, ate, listened to music, and lounged in the shade of late afternoon. The Eden Prairie Department of Parks & Recreation personnel and first responders…

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