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.

Eden Prairie native Allie McIntosh will headline the 4th of July celebration at Round Lake Park on Sunday at 7:15 pm. McIntosh, 15, combines training in classical music – she plays the violin, viola, and piano – with a knack for writing and performing pop tunes. McIntosh debuted an album of her music last September. It’s called Purgatory Road, after the street she lives on in southeastern Eden Prairie. “I really like Eden Prairie,” says McIntosh. “The people here have supported me as I’ve grown up. I’m close with two girls who live in my neighborhood, and they’ve made a…

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This Sunday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie teens will star in the big 4th of July celebration. Fifteen year old singing phenom Allie McIntosh will lead the music, starting at 7:15 pm. Another group of stand-out teens will promote the attractions of a distraction free life to their peers. Their message: Teens who sign the pledge to not drive while distracted will make the community safer by reducing deaths and injuries. Pledge signers will qualify for a drawing to win prizes. Elizabeth Wang, a rising senior at Minnetonka High School, will be leading the…

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“It’s not hard to tell when they go missing, is it?” Gary Van Ryzin of World Auto Repair called out as he cranked a van up one of his lifts. Sometime on Tuesday night, June 8, People Reaching Out to People, Eden Prairie’s food shelf on Martin Drive, became the latest loss in a rising wave of catalytic converter thefts. PROP van on the lift at World Auto ready for a new catalytic converter. Photo credit Steve Schewe “Our volunteers came in first thing Wednesday to take the van out to pick up donations from groceries,” said Paul Harcey, Food…

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An excavator operator hit a gas main at the intersection of Mitchell and Cumberland Roads on the morning of Thursday, June 10 around 8 am. Centerpoint Energy crews responded and had the gas shut off by 9:30 am, and Mitchell Road was reopened soon after. Jon Sogard of the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety Two homeowners temporarily lost gas service, but no one was hurt. The accident occurred during a repaving of Cumberland Road that Carter Schulze, Engineering Project Manager for the city, estimated would be complete in 2 1/2 weeks. Schulze said repairs were completed and gas service was…

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One MN Together activists have held protests in Eden Prairie and other cities in the southwest metro. EPLN reached out for comment on the guilty verdicts in Derek Chauvin’s trial: “What a joyous and triumphant moment for my people. Finally, the Black community has seen justice served. While we may have won the fight, the battle for equality still goes on,” said Rachel Moe, founding member of One MN Together. Intense Emotions Released by Verdict Other One MN participants tried to place the verdict in a larger context. Vanessa Nordstrom, a nutritionist, was exiting 212 when she heard the verdict…

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Despite public interest in deterring catalytic converter theft, and efforts on the part of individual legislators, it appears the Minnesota’s legislature is unlikely to act this year to disrupt the covert supply chain for stolen catalytic converters (cats). In recent months, Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) and other Twin Cities media have reported on “cat” theft.  According to Sergeant Natalie Davis, St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) records show 602 thefts so far in 2021, on track to double last year’s count of 1102; there were 263 thefts in 2019.  Thefts from open parking lots for businesses and commercial establishments like…

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