Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com Local News for Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield Minnesota Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:03:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letter: Ron Erhardt supports women’s rights http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-ron-erhardt-supports-womens-rights/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-ron-erhardt-supports-womens-rights/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:00:08 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138829 To the editor:

Ron Erhardt is and has always been an unwavering supporter of women’s rights. Whether it is leaving the decision about motherhood in the hands of the mother or equal pay for equal work, Ron supports women as first-class citizens under the law.

In 2013, the Legislature pass the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which covered many aspects of the workplace which affect women. Ron supported this legislation. The areas covered by this act include encouraging girls to go into high-paying fields of employment, creating more flexibility in family and sick leave, and giving all employees legal protection to discuss their salaries so women can find out if they are being paid less than their male peers.

Ron Erhardt works very hard at the Legislature and is an expert on finance and transportation. However, if you want to see his fiery side, get him talking about women’s equality. Very few people care as deeply about the dignity and rights of women under the law. He cares, and he acts on his beliefs. For this reason, Ron has earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Dakotas and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota.

I have been proud to serve as co-chair to Ron Erhardt’s campaigns in 2012 and 2014. I am also a named supporter of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act. Women and men of Edina who believe their work should be compensated by its worth, not by their gender, need to vote for Ron Erhardt on Nov. 4.

Ardis Wexler

Edina 

Ardis Wexler is the co-chair of Ron Erhardt’s campaign.

 
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Fall colors at Centennial Lakes http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/fall-colors-at-centennial-lakes/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/fall-colors-at-centennial-lakes/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:48:22 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138848 Autumn is in full swing with a display of colorful leaves at Centennial Lakes Park in photos taken by Edina resident Kathleen Dahlheimer on Saturday, Oct. 18. (Submitted photos)

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Quartet plays indigenous instruments http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/quartet-plays-indigenous-instruments/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/quartet-plays-indigenous-instruments/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:44:45 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138669 Atahualpa, a quartet playing instruments from the native cultures of South America, will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Gramercy Park Cooperative, 6711 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield.

Info: 612-861-1378.

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New Edina squad car hits the streets http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/new-edina-squad-car-hits-the-streets/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/new-edina-squad-car-hits-the-streets/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:40:58 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138843 Residents will begin to see new Edina patrol cars on the roads.

New Edina squad cars. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

New Edina squad cars. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

Ford has ceased manufacturing the Crown Victoria used by law enforcement agencies in favor of a new SUV patrol car, and all in black or white, putting to an end the two-tone black-and-white squad cars.

The Edina Police Department tried keeping the two-tone cars by using white vinyl stuck on the front doors of its squads, but the vinyl was easily torn, Police Chief David Nelson said. It cost several hundred dollars to replace one door panel of the vinyl, whereas doing an entire graphics package of an entire car is cheaper, he said.

Nelson directed Deputy Chief Jeff Elasky to create a committee of six police department staff to design a different look for the Edina patrol cars compared to other police departments, and officers are happy with the result, Nelson said.

The first newly designed squad car began patrolling on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Six squad cars will be replaced this year with the new SUV and the two K-9 squad cars will be replaced next year.

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The front page of the Oct. 23, 2014 Eden Prairie Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-eden-prairie-sun-current/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-eden-prairie-sun-current/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:10:04 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138807 You can find the Eden Prairie Sun Current on sale at the following locations: City Hall, Eden Prairie School District, Jerry’s New Market, Kowalski’s Market, Shady Oak BP, Eden Prairie Liquor, Community Center, Dunn Brothers and the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

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The front page of the Oct. 23, 2014 Bloomington Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-bloomington-sun-current/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-bloomington-sun-current/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:08:19 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138804 You can find the Bloomington Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Penn Lake Library, Bloomington City Hall, Cub Foods, Festival Foods and Lunds.

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‘The Family’ sculpture moved off Richfield corner http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-family-sculpture-moved-off-richfield-corner/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-family-sculpture-moved-off-richfield-corner/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:07:18 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138656 “The Family,” the sculpture that stood on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street for 33 years, stands displaced in the parking lot of Lyndale Station in Richfield last Wednesday, a few feet from its former home. The sculpture was moved last week to accommodate a new building that will occupy the corner. It will be stored on site until it comes to rest at its new home, just north of the new building on Lyndale Avenue. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

“The Family,” the sculpture that stood on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street for 33 years, stands displaced in the parking lot of Lyndale Station in Richfield last Wednesday, a few feet from its former home. The sculpture was moved last week to accommodate a new building that will occupy the corner. It will be stored on site until it comes to rest at its new home, just north of the new building on Lyndale Avenue. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

A landmark at the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street in Richfield has been moved in the name of redevelopment.

“The Family,” a sculpture by Richfield artist Norm Holen, stood at the intersection since 1981 until a construction crew moved it last week to make room for a Caribou Coffee and a restaurant called My Burger. The sculpture will be stored on site until it reaches its new resting place just north of the new building under construction.

Although displaced, the sculpture’s new surroundings will be similar to the corner where it stood for 33 years, according to Tom Etter, superintendent For Continuum Construction, the firm working on the project, which is expected to be finished next spring.

The sculpture will be surrounded by benches, as it was before, in an alcove that community planners call a “parklet.” Holen is fine with the new arrangement.

“I think it’s wonderful that they’re … going to take that amount of care to re-establish the same context,” said Holen, 77.

Those moving the sculpture from the corner on Tuesday, Oct. 14, were also careful not to damage the art as they hoisted it using nylon straps and a crane on the back of a boom truck, Etter explained.

The sculpture is staying on site, he continued, because transporting the stainless steel structure would have required laying it down. Fears were that would damage the work, which Holen said weighs 2,800 pounds and cost $25,000 to fabricate. Holen noted he designed the sculpture, but it was plasma cut in Chicago before being assembled on site.

The city initially made plans for an art installation at the corner as part of the national bicentennial celebration in 1976, but it took another five years to decide on the design and raise the money, Holen said. Initial plans called for a fountain at the corner before Holen suggested the sculpture, since it could be enjoyed year-round while a fountain would freeze in winter.

So Holen, a retired Augsburg College art professor, dreamed up “The Family” to represent the domestic unit of father, mother and child, with the craggy shapes set at varying heights to represent each family member.

Holen is still doing sculpture every day, he says, with two works on display in a juried exhibit at the Bloomington Art Center through Nov. 28.

Contact Andrew Wig at andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com or follow him on Twitter @RISunCurrent.

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The front page of the Oct. 23, 2014 Richfield Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-richfield-sun-current/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-richfield-sun-current/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:06:04 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138801 You can find the Richfield Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Augsburg Library, Richfield Chamber, Richfield City Hall, Lunds and Walgreens.

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The front page of the Oct. 23, 2014 Edina Sun Current http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-edina-sun-current/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/the-front-page-of-the-oct-23-2014-edina-sun-current/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:23 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138791 You can find the Edina Sun Current on sale at the following locations: Edina Community Center, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Edina City Hall, Byerly’s and Jerry’s Foods.

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Costumes and candy galore: Edina Halloween events http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/costumes-and-candy-galore-edina-halloween-events/ http://current.mnsun.com/2014/10/costumes-and-candy-galore-edina-halloween-events/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:14 +0000 http://current.mnsun.com/?p=138792 By Alyssa McCoy

Murphy News Service

 

The ghosts and goblins will be out in Edina.

Children dressed in their costumes to trick-or-treat at 50th and France during last year’s Pumpkin Fest. This year’s Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 25, is one of several Halloween events being planned in Edina. (Sun Current file photo)

Children dressed in their costumes to trick-or-treat at 50th and France during last year’s Pumpkin Fest. This year’s Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 25, is one of several Halloween events being planned in Edina. (Sun Current file photo)

Kids will get the chance to don their Halloween costumes on more than one occasion this year, with Halloween events being hosted by the 50th and France Business Association, Southdale Center, Edinborough Park, Pros of the Rope and Pinstripes.

Halloween Party

Edinborough Park in Edina will be hosting a “not-so-scary” Halloween Party.

Families are invited to enjoy and participate in trick-or-treating, games, mask-making and special entertainment and costumes are encouraged.

The event is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Edinborough Park, 7700 York Ave. S.

Admission is $9 per child and adults are free with a child’s admission.

Info: 952-833-9540

Pumpkin Fest

Pumpkin Fest festivities will be offered in Edina to get in the Halloween spirit.

Face painting, balloon twisters, cake walk, horse-drawn trolley rides, costume contest, a parade, a witches’ lair and fire truck tours are some of the activities planned. Caribou Coffee will offer complimentary hot beverages.

Trick-or-treating begins at 10 a.m. at participating stores. All other activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at 50th and France. At 12:45 p.m., a parade led by the Edina High School band will begin, and costume contests for children and dogs will be held.

Info: 952-922-1524

Mall-o-Ween

Mall-o-ween will have trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a bounce house and Halloween crafts at Southdale Center.

Mall-o-ween is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Center Court of Southdale Center.

Simon Malls is also recognizing October as Bully Prevention Month during the event. A free app, The Bully Free Zone, will be available for download with the chance to win a free iPadAir.

Info: 952-925-7888

Halloween Jump Spooktacular

Pros of the Rope will host the 6th Annual Halloween Jump Spooktacular.

Family-friendly activities are 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The DanceXchange, 6885 Washington Ave S., Edina.

Double dutch is one of the events planned, as well as a night of games and costume contests. Admission is $2.50 per person online or $3 at the door. Ages three and under are free.

Info/tickets: prosoftherope.com

Halloween Ball

Pinstripes will be hosting a Halloween Ball full of family fun.

The ball is an all-day event, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Pinstripes 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina.

Halloween-goers of all ages can trick-or-treat at Pinstripes all day. Live music begins at 7 p.m. A costume contest for participants of all ages begins at 8 p.m. for first-, second- and third-place winners.

Info: 952-835-6440 or pinstripes.com

Alyssa McCoy is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota.

 
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