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.

Read the About Town Annual Report:

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. Fireworks, Parade Highlight Independence Day Activities

    The City of Edina's Independence Day celebration will take place July 3 and 4. Entertainment featured includes the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band, a fireworks show, and the annual Fourth of July Parade. Read on...
  2. City Recognizes Eight ‘Green Businesses’

    Eight businesses were recently recognized as “Green Businesses” by the City of Edina’s Energy & Environment Commission (EEC). The EEC recognizes businesses that model green and sustainable actions. Read on...
  3. Four Free July Events Mark National Park & Recreation Month

    Celebrate National Park & Recreation Month by attending free kid-focused special events held every Thursday in July. Read on...
  4. Walk With the Mayor to be Held June 18

    Walk With the Mayor gives community members the opportunity to share opinions & thoughts with Mayor Jim Hovland while walking through the city. The walk is scheduled to take place 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S. Read on...
  5. Celebrate Juneteenth at Centennial Lakes Park Event

    The City of Edina will host a Juneteenth celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S. The family-friendly celebration will feature both entertainment and education. Read on...
  6. Attend a ‘Solar Power Hour’ to Learn about Solar Group-Buy Campaign

    Grow Solar Twin Cities is a solar group-buy campaign to reduce your energy bills, support the local economy and help create a healthier environment. Local property owners are encouraged to attend a free Solar Power Hour to learn more. Read on...
  7. Annual Parade of Boats Sails Into Centennial Lakes Park June 12

    The 30th-annual Parade of Boats, featuring more than 100 remote-controlled boats, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S. Read on...
  8. Centennial Lakes Farmers Market Opens June 9

    The Centennial Lakes Farmers Market opens its season June 9 with several new vendors, weekly live music and, starting June 23, an expanded seating area where people can enjoy drinks from Edina Liquor. The market runs from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Read on...
  9. ‘Town Talks’ Continue With Discussion on Plans for Fred Richards Park

    The 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, online event will include a presentation on what's planned for the 43-acre park. Read on...
  10. Emily Jepson Recognized With Mike Siitari Officer of the Year Award

    Community Engagement Officer Emily Jepson has been named the 2021 Mike Siitari Officer of the Year, an award given by the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Read on...
  11. Walk With the Mayor to be Held May 21

    Walk With the Mayor continues this spring to give community members the opportunity to share opinions and thoughts with Mayor Jim Hovland while walking through the city. Read on...
  12. Edina to Hold 11th 'Days of Remembrance'

    The May 22 online event will feature Minneapolis resident Eva Moreimi, who has written a book about her parents' struggles to survive the Holocaust and her mother's effort to secretly write down of hundreds of recipes to preserve them. Read on...
  13. City Thanks Volunteers for Service on Advisory Boards and Commissions

    The City of Edina recently thanked over 100 volunteers for their service on advisory boards and commissions. Read on...
  14. Free Tree, Branch Dump for Edina Residents May 13-16

    Tree debris from the recent storms will be accepted at lot across from Braemar Golf Dome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; you must bring a photo ID showing Edina address. Read on...
  15. Free Buckthorn Dump June 4 and 5 for Edina Residents

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at lot near Braemar Golf Dome; people will need to bring a photo ID showing an Edina address. Read on...
  16. Climb Aboard Trucks at Vehicle Day on May 21

    Dump trucks, construction equipment, police cars, firetrucks and a variety of other large vehicles will be open to climb aboard from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21. Read on...
  17. Two Retire from City of Edina in Early 2022

    Two staff members retired from the City of Edina in the first quarter of 2022: Mike Hughes from the Fire Department and Gunnar Kaasa from the Public Works Department. Both were with the City for more than 15 years. Read on...
  18. Town Hall Station Wins Heritage Award

    Town Hall Station, a restaurant that opened in 2016 on the site of Wally’s Service Station, has been recognized with the 2022 Edina Heritage Award. Read on...
  19. City of Edina ‘Big Trucks’ Open House Returns May 19

    The City of Edina will host a free, family-friendly “Big Trucks” open house 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Public Works & Park Maintenance Facility, 7450 Metro Blvd. Read on...
  20. Braemar Golf Course Names New PGA Director of Golf

    Tommy Koehler has been named the new PGA Director of Golf for Braemar Golf Course. Read on...
  21. Explorers Take Home 15 Awards at Annual Conference

    The Edina/Eden Prairie Explorer Post 925 competed against peers from Minnesota, North Dakota and New York in the 47th-annual Explorer Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. Post 925 brought home 15 awards in the competition. Read on...
  22. Spring Hydrant Flushing Begins April 25

    The City of Edina’s spring hydrant flushing program will begin Monday, April 25, and is scheduled to conclude in approximately three weeks. Read on...
  23. Volunteers Needed for Record Tree-Planting Effort May 6

    Edina needs volunteers to help with what’s believed to be the most ambitious public tree-planting event in City history. Read on...
  24. Free Compost Distribution Returns This Summer

    Thanks to the commitment by Edina residents turning food scraps into soil through the organics recycling program, the City will once again offer free compost as part of a series of organics recycling outreach and education events. Read on...
  25. Edina Residents Can Choose Among 11 Species in Tree Giveaway

    The City of Edina is offering residents one of 11 types of young trees to plant on their property as part of overall sustainability goals. Read on...
  26. Join the Step To It Challenge to Get Active, Win Prizes

    Whether you walk or wash the car, push a wheelchair or vacuum, you can participate in the Step To It Challenge, win prizes and help Edina beat other Hennepin County communities in the fitness activity. Read on...
  27. Walk With the Mayor Returns April 16

    Meet at 9 a.m. at Southdale Center near the Caribou Coffee in the center court to walk and talk with Mayor Jim Hovland. Read on...
  28. City Encourages Participation in ‘No Mow May’

    To increase the pollinator habitat during a critical seasonal transition, the City will temporarily suspend laws requiring residents to mow in May for registered properties. Read on...
  29. City Manager to Hold Listening Sessions on ARPA Funding

    Edina City Manager Scott Neal is asking community members to share ideas for how the second half of the City’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars should be spent. Read on...
  30. Clean out Your Closets and Participate in City’s Earth Day Clothing Exchange

    To keep clothes out of the landfill, the City of Edina will host an Earth Day Community Clothing Exchange 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Braemar Arena’s Backyard Rink, 7501 Ikola Way. Read on...
  31. Commission to Announce ‘Climate Poetry in the Parks’ Program

    The City of Edina’s Arts & Culture Commission will announce its 2022 “Climate Poetry in the Parks” program at the Youth Climate Summit at Edina High School Saturday, April 16. Read on...
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