Author: Vijay B. Dixit

Vijay Dixit Vijay Dixit left his professional career to champion distraction-free driving after a distracted driver killed his 19-year-old daughter, Shreya, on Nov. 1, 2007. Vijay and his wife Rekha, with their surviving daughter Nayha, established the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation www.shreyadixit.org with the mission to transform the driving culture. The charity works with individuals, businesses, and communities in making distraction-free driving part of a healthy lifestyle. Vijay has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for his work in education and has also authored “One Split Second,” a book about the epidemic of distracted driving – how it kills and how we can fix it. He has written many commentaries on the subject of distracted driving.

The Thinking Spot in Wayzata is a science-themed book store and learning center. Rima Parikh is passionate about science. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Eden Prairie resident opened The Thinking Spot, a community bookstore in Wayzata with the mission to promote STEM learning in the broader society. The acronym STEM represents Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as a single building block for delivering quality education in schools.Her bookstore maintains an extensive collection of 5,000 STEM-focused books for all ages. Born amid COVID headwindsOpening a bookstore was always at the very top in Parikh’s post-retirement bucket list. When COVID hit, she…

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With two months still left in 2021, Minnesota has reported 415 traffic fatalities as of Nov. 4. In contrast, the exact count for all of 2020 was 394. According to preliminary data from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, speeding, distracted driving, drunken driving, and unbelted driving account for more than 65% of road fatalities in the state. During a recent conversation with Eden Prairie Local News, Mike Hanson, director of the Office of Public Safety, wonders what the end of the year will bring. Michael Hanson is director of the Minnesota Office of Public Safety. He is worried. “When…

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Hinduism is one of the oldest religions practiced by more than 1.15 billion people across the globe, reports the World Population Review database.  Unlike other religions, Hinduism has no single founder.  The guiding principles of the Hindu way of life are enshrined in the Vedas. They include sacred hymns in Sanskrit presented in four collections: Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda. Ancient saints and sages received these revelations over millennia. They preserved and passed on the knowledge of Vedas through chants in the Gurukul tradition, an education system built on a unique form of teacher/student bonding. Yoga, Vedic astrology, astronomy, Ayurveda…

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are not new to Eden Prairie High School (EPHS). The school’s business and marketing curriculum aim to prepare students for a smooth transition into business schools. They expect students to leave EPHS equipped with a solid foundation of business and marketing skills with the ability to sharpen them as they climb up the learning ladder. Successful programs such as DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) have been running for several years at EPHS, engaging sophomore to senior-level students in activity-based skill development. Now a new curriculum is cooking on the front burner at EPHS. The head chef…

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Neha Kapil Neha Kapil doesn’t remember a single moment or event that triggered her interest in becoming an artist. “It was always in the cards for me – my calling,” she said. Kapil graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2011. Today, she is a professional artist and fashion designer who founded AgniStyle, based in Los Angeles, Calif.On Sept. 17, she comes home to display her work in the Twin Cities with a solo exhibit, “Renaissance: South Asian Storytelling through Contemporary Art.” Kapil visited Minnesota recently to plan her event. She talked to EPLN, discussing what inspired her to choose…

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While Eden Prairie slept at about 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 5, a resident called 911 after being awakened by the loud noise of racing vehicles near Flying Cloud Drive and Crosstown Circle. At the end of a chase of one of the vehicles involved, police found it crashed near a residence in Minnetonka. One of its passengers was dead, the other injured. (That person died later that day at the hospital.) A few days before that, on Aug. 30, the Star Tribune reported a speeding driver hitting a tree on a major thoroughfare in St. Paul, resulting in two fatalities. …

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India is the land of festivals. Each conveys a message of harmony, be it with family, community, nation, the world, or the cosmos. These festivals—spaced out at regular intervals during the year—have been an integral part of India’s culture over millennia. As part of the ceremony, Sia Lowther ties a rakhi on her brother Bodhi’s wrist. Rakhi signifies the pure bond between brothers and sisters. Photo by Vijay Dixit Celebration of these festivals is the mechanism chosen by the ancient sages to reinforce the above messages regularly. Otherwise, they would get lost with time. Here we are, centuries later, celebrating…

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Deep inside the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska is a kid-friendly maze garden. The maze serves as a popular go-to destination throughout the year for parents with small kids. It is a pleasant site where one may savor the greenery of late spring or the sparkling colors of fall. Kids lost in the maze ask for help in loud shrieks. Their moms and dads stand atop an overlook watching their puzzled little ones. After a constant plea for help, the moms and dads give in and shout tips, guiding their little ones out. While a game of winding tunnels goes…

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Stavya Arora, Morgan Cook, and Harini Senthilkumar wrote this article for Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) as part of an internship provided by Vijay Dixit Chairman of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation The Air Expo at the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie during the weekend of July 24th-25th was rich with vintage stories – and planes – on display, taking off, and in flight. The stories of the planes in action were told by veterans from the U.S. Air Force and Navy and brought Air Expo 2021 to life. Major Katherine Conrad described her A-10 Warthog airplane and…

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Inattentive, not being able to keep focus.Hyperactive, moving excessively not fitting to the setting.Impulsive, acting hastily in the moment without thought. Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder (ADHD) and Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) are mental disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). For those who have ADHD it is a sometimes welcome and sometimes unwelcome part of who they are. (The acronyms ADHD and ADD are used interchangeably in general discussions with ADHD used throughout this article.) ADHD is, “A complex thought process that drives our decisions” according to Cindy Lea1, a coach/counselor and owner of the ‘Succeeding with ADHD’ practice in Eden Prairie. She explained that our…

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