About Town Annual Report

About Town is an annual report produced by the City of Edina. It highlights events and accomplishments of the previous year and outlines some key issues of the upcoming year.

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Previous Issues

About Town started in 1990 as a magazine to keep Edina residents informed of news, activities and programs that were important to them. It also included articles of interest about Edina residents and community history. 

Issues from 2001 to 2020 are available online in English. (Translations in Somali and Spanish begin with the 2021 annual report released in January 2022.)

Find previous issues in the archives.

  1. Two Arrested, Linked to Jan. 12 Attempted Carjacking

    Two individuals linked to numerous crimes, including an attempted carjacking earlier this month in Edina, were arrested this week. Read on...
  2. Nominations Open for Edina Police Officer of the Year

    The Edina Crime Prevention Fund is accepting nominations for the 2021 Mike Siitari Officer of the Year Award. Read on...
  3. City to Host Vaccination Clinic Jan. 28

    The City of Edina, in partnership with Bloomington Public Health and Homeland Health Specialists, will host a free vaccination clinic 2-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at Braemar Golf Course. Read on...
  4. Planning Commission to Meet Virtually Jan. 26

    The Edina Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, Jan. 26. Read on...
  5. Mayor Provides Update on Regional Crime Response

    Mayor Jim Hovland issued a letter to the community Jan. 14. This letter details a recent extended session of the Regional Council of Mayors monthly meeting, in which Mike Freeman, John Choi, Paul Schnell, Dave Hutchinson and Jacob Frey were speakers. Read on...
  6. Edina City Council to Meet Wednesday, Jan. 19

    The Edina City Council will hold an electronic meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19. Read on...
  7. City Council Urges Residents to Follow COVID-19 Precautions, Orders Virtual Meetings

    The Edina City Council recently approved a resolution urging residents to follow COVID-precautions. In a special meeting Jan. 7, the Council also voted to conduct City meetings virtually through the end of February. Read on...
  8. Four Retire from City of Edina in Late 2021

    Four longtime staff members with more than 75 years of combined experience retired from the City of Edina in the second half of 2021. Read on...
  9. Attempted Carjacking Reported in Pentagon Park Neighborhood

    At approximately 4:09 p.m. Jan. 12 at a business in the 7700 block of Computer Avenue, an attempted carjacking was reported. Read on...
  10. Winter Ice Festival Set for Jan. 16 at Centennial Lakes Park

    Event features a DJ, trolley rides and outdoor skating in one of the Twin Cities' most picturesque locations to celebrate the season. Read on...
  11. Mayor Requests the Community’s Help in Slowing COVID-19 Spread

    Mayor Jim Hovland issued a letter to the community Jan. 9. He asks residents to help slow COVID-19 spread by wearing masks and getting the vaccine/booster when eligible. Read on...
  12. Bloomington, Edina, Golden Valley to Hold Community Event on National Day of Racial Healing

    The event, “Finding Calm in Chaos: Radial Self-Care in Uncertain Times” will be held via Zoom 6-7:30 p.m. Read on...
  13. Arrests Made in Friday’s Attempted Carjacking and Robbery

    Four suspects, including three teenage girls, were arrested in response to Friday's attempted carjacking and aggravated robbery. Read on...
  14. Attempted Carjacking, Robbery Occurs in Country Club Neighborhood

    At approximately 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, the Edina Police Department responded to a call for an attempted carjacking and aggravated robbery in the 4300 block of Sunnyside Road. Read on...
  15. Edina City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss COVID-19

    The Edina City Council will hold a special meeting 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, to discuss the current COVID-19 situation. Read on...
  16. Radon Action Month Brings Return of $5 Test Kits

    As part of Radon Action Month, the City’s Health Division is once again offering $5 test kits to residents. Read on...
  17. Two Suspects Arrested in Connection to Multiple Burglaries, Crimes

    A couple responsible for multiple crimes across the metro area were arrested Wednesday, Dec. 29, in a joint effort by the Bloomington, Edina and Minnetonka police departments. Read on...
  18. Edina Police Assist Gunshot Victim

    The Edina Police Department was called at 8:51 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, to the intersection of France Avenue and 65th Street to assist with a gunshot victim. The victim stated the shooting did not occur in Edina. Read on...
  19. Edina TAP Debuts to Assist Small Businesses

    The Edina Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will support small Edina businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by helping with digital marketing. Read on...
  20. St. Louis Park, Edina Police Announce Two Suspect Arrests in Carjacking; Third Suspect At Large

    The St. Louis Park and Edina police departments announced Dec. 17 that two suspects were arrested Thursday, Dec. 16, in the attempted carjackings that occurred in St. Louis Park and Edina Dec. 9. Read on...
  21. HRRC Recognizes Sayali Amarapurkar with Tom Oye Human Rights Award

    A 20-year resident of Edina working to end the stigma of mental illness in the South Asian community has been recognized with the 2021 Tom Oye Human Rights Award. Read on...
  22. Performers Sought for Centennial Lakes Park Summer Series

    Centennial Lakes Park is looking for new entertainment to expand its summertime entertainment lineup. Comedy, dance, live music in any genre, performance art, puppeteers and other acts are all welcome to apply. Read on...
  23. Walk With the Mayor Scheduled for Dec. 18

    The December Walk With the Mayor is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Galleria, 3510 W. 69th St. Read on...
  24. ‘Town Talks’ Continue With Discussion on Public Safety

    Police Chief Todd Milburn will continue the City of Edina’s “Town Talks” with a discussion about auto theft, theft from auto and other public safety issues. Read on...
  25. Edina Police Launch SafeCam Program to Partner Security Camera Systems with Police Investigations

    In an effort to quickly connect police with security footage when a crime occurs, the Edina Police Department announced Tuesday the launch of its SafeCam Program. Read on...
  26. Mayor Responds to Recent Attempted Carjacking in Edina

    Mayor Jim Hovland issued a letter to the community Dec. 11, responding to an attempted carjacking in Edina just a few days before. Read on...
  27. Reward Offered, Photos Released of Carjacking Suspects

    A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the teenagers involved in an attempted carjacking in Edina Thursday, Dec. 9. Read on...
  28. City Council Approves Edina’s First Climate Action Plan

    Energy and environment champions say Edina is now a deeper shade of green. Read on...
  29. Statement on Attempted Carjacking Thursday

    At 5:01 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Edina Police Officers were dispatched to Lunds and Byerlys at 3945 W. 50th St. for a carjacking in progress. Read on...
  30. Outdoor Ice Rinks Now Open

    After a delay for unseasonably warm weather, outdoor rinks in neighborhood parks are open for skating. Read on...
  31. ‘Lock Around the Clock:’ Edina Police Ask for Help in Deterring Burglaries

    The Edina Police Department is asking for the public’s help in making arrests and deterring more burglaries in the community. Read on...
  32. Edina Fire Adds Three New Paramedic/Firefighters

    The ranks of the Edina Fire Department grew by three on Wednesday afternoon, as a badge-pinning ceremony officially welcomed the three newest Paramedic/Firefighters to the force. Read on...
  33. City Invites Residents to Apply for a Board or Commission

    The City is looking for Edina adults of different ages and genders, education levels, housing types and experiences to serve on a variety of commissions including arts, health, energy, human rights and planning. Read on...
  34. Outdoor Skating Rinks Set to Open Dec. 13

    Outdoor skating rinks in Edina parks are scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 13, weather permitting. The outdoor ice at Centennial Lakes Park will open a week or two later. Bring your own skates. Current COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Read on...
  35. Toys for Tots Dropoff Returns to Police and Fire Stations

    New, unwrapped toys, along with gifts for older kids and teens, will be accepted at the Police Department, 4801 W. 50th St., and Fire Station No. 1, 6250 Tracy Ave., through Wednesday, Dec. 15. Read on...
  36. Market Street Redevelopment Wins American Planning Association Award

    The City of Edina is among a group recently recognized for its work redeveloping Market Street in the 50th & France District, earning the Partnerships in Planning Award from the American Planning Association – Minnesota Chapter (APA MN). Read on...
  37. Human Rights & Relations Commission to Form Working Group to Plan Special Event

    The Edina Human Rights & Relations Commission (HRRC) is looking for residents to help plan a special event next spring. Read on...
  38. Applications Now Open for Cahill District Working Group

    Residents and business owners who want to help shape the future of the City’s southwest quadrant are encouraged to apply to be part of the Cahill District Plan Working Group. Read on...
  39. Edina Police Offers Crime Prevention Tips for Auto Theft, Theft from Auto

    Edina Police have increased patrols and are devoting resources to catching the thieves, but residents can reduce the crimes by locking vehicles and not leaving keys or valuables inside. Read on...
  40. Walk With the Mayor Scheduled for November 20

    The November Walk With the Mayor is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Southdale Center. Read on...
  41. Edina Joins Bloomington and Richfield in Organics Poster Contest

    The City of Edina is joining forces with the communities of Bloomington and Richfield this winter to make something beautiful. Read on...
  42. Edina Police Welcomes Four New Officers

    The Edina Police Department recently welcomed four new Patrol Officers to its ranks. Read on...
  43. City Launches First-Generation Homebuyer Program

    The program offers additional financial assistance to people who have never purchased a home before, and whose parents or guardians did not own their home. Read on...
  44. Cahill District Kickoff Meeting Slated for Nov. 15

    Residents, businesses and anyone interested in helping collaborate on the future of Edina’s Cahill District are invited to this meeting that is the first step in creating a plan to guide development in the district. Read on...
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