Edina (/iːˈdaɪnə/ ( listen) ee-DY-nə), officially known
City of Edina, is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United
States. It is an affluent suburb situated immediately southwest of
Minneapolis. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in
the 1860s. The population was 47,941, as of 2010[update].
1.4 Historical racial discrimination
4.1 Public schools
4.2 Private schools
7.2 Private country clubs
8 Notable people
9 In popular culture
11 External links
Minnehaha Grange Hall
Edina Mill next to Minnehaha Creek
Edina Cinema, a theater in downtown Edina that opened in 1934.
Edina began as part of Richfield Township, Minnesota. By the 1870s, 17
families, most of them immigrating as a result of the potato famine in
Ireland, had come to
Minnesota and claimed land in the southwest
section of what was then Richfield Township. They were followed by
settlers from New England and Germany, who claimed additional land
near Minnehaha Creek. The Baird and Grimes neighborhoods (which are
both listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the
Country Club District (then known as Waterville Mills) are located in
the northeast part of Edina, and were among the first areas to be
established. The area then known as the Cahill Settlement, at West
70th Street and Cahill Road, was also an early community center and
the home of Cahill School.
In 1888, the residents of the township held a meeting to consider
founding a new village, thus separating themselves from Richfield
Township. The idea was favorably accepted by those within the
community and a committee was established to oversee the
After the decision was made to form a new village, a debate ensued
regarding the naming of the new village. Several town meetings were
held in the Minnehaha Grange Hall, during which the names Hennepin
Park, Westfield and Edina were suggested. Minutes taken by Henry F.
Brown, a farmer and future owner (1889) of the Edina Mill, are
summarized as follows:
A long debate ensued with regard to the name by which the corporation
shall be called. A motion was made and passed to reconsider the vote
taken at the previous meeting of the name of the proposed village,
Westfield. Another motion was then made by Andrew Craik to call the
proposed village Edina (upon moving to the township in 1869 from
Edinburgh, he bought and renamed the mill to the Edina Mill). Before
the motion could be decided, James A. Bull, a member of the five
person committee, made another motion to adjourn, which was seconded
by the majority. However, the chairman of the meeting called this
motion out of order, at which time disorder ensued with Baird, Wilson,
Ryan and Bull declaring their intent to no longer serve as members of
the committee if a gag law was to prevail. During this heated moment
the meeting became somewhat boisterous until, after a few minutes
order was restored. Seeing that no more work could be done at this
time, a final motion was made and passed to reschedule the meeting to
a future date.
At the next meeting, the name Edina was finally chosen with a vote of
47 for and 42 against.
There has been a prevailing myth about the decision to name the new
village Edina, which states that two opposing communities—the Irish
Cahill community and the Scottish Mill community—fought about
whether to give the community an Irish name (Killarney Lakes) or a
Scottish name (Edina). The 1860 census, however, indicates that there
were no Scottish people in Edina in 1860, and only a couple were
present at the time of Edina's founding (1888).
Main article: Morningside, Minnesota
The first suburban development in Edina occurred during the early
1900s in Morningside, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the
village. As Morningside grew, conflict arose between its residents who
wanted more city services, and the residents of the rest of the
village who wanted to maintain Edina's rural character. As a result of
that conflict, Morningside seceded from Edina in 1920 and became a
separate village. In 1966, however, the Village of Morningside
once again became part of Edina.
Historical racial discrimination
According to historian Deborah Morse-Kahn, the Quaker village that
existed where Edina would be built included African Americans who
"became very involved in community life—especially as leaders."
At the November 1898 general election, J. Frank Wheaton, a Republican
African American, was elected to the
Minnesota House of
Representatives representing District 42, which included all of Edina.
Wheaton beat his white Democratic opponent in every city of
Minneapolis ward and in every village within the legislative district,
including Edina, even though the legislative district had only
approximately 100 African American residents out of a total of 40,000
In the early 20th century discriminatory policies led nearly all of
the African Americans who had been living in Edina to move
James W. Loewen described the suburb as a sundown
town. Researchers point in particular to Samuel Thorpe's
development of the Country Club Historic District, which used deed
restrictions as means to exclude non-whites, stating explicitly that:
No lot shall ever be sold, conveyed, leased, or rented to any person
other than one of the white or Caucasian race, nor shall any lot ever
be used or occupied by any person other than one of the white or
Caucasian race, except such as may be serving as domestics for the
owner or tenant of said lot, while said owner or tenant is residing
Other developments, like that built by N. P. Dodge Corporation just a
mile away, followed suit in attempting to protect land values through
racial policies. Though the Supreme Court ruled these kinds of
discriminatory housing clauses unenforceable in its Shelley v. Kraemer
decision of 1948, reports of discrimination persisted through the
1950s and 1960s. According to the Edina Historical Society's
story about the first black family in Morningside (then a separate
village) in 1960, attempts to keep them out included tactics like
trying "to get [their] lot condemned for drainage." In response,
then-mayor Ken Joyce wrote a note dismissing the drainage concern and
challenging citizens "to live the Golden Rule". Shortly thereafter the
village voted in favor of inclusion.
Jewish residents were also affected by exclusionary deed covenants. In
the 1960s, some residents boasted that Edina had "Not one Negro and
not one Jew."
Many major highways run through or are close to Edina, making it
readily accessible to those within the metropolitan area. Minnesota
State Highways 62 and 100 divide the
City into four sections. U.S.
Highway 169 and
Highway 100 extend north and south.
Interstate 494 and
Highway 62 extend east and
According to the United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 15.97 square miles (41.36 km2), of which 15.45 square
miles (40.02 km2) is land and 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2)
Residential areas comprise the largest portion of the
City, which is now more than 95 percent developed. Within Edina are
many different neighborhoods; Highlands, Indian Hills, Morningside,
Country Club District, Cahill Village, Chapel Hill, South Harriet
Park, Interlachen, Rolling Green, Presidents, Sunnyslope, White Oaks,
Parkwood Knolls, Braemar Hills, Birchcrest, Dewey Hill and
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 47,941 people, 20,672
households, and 12,918 families residing in the city. The population
density was 3,103.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,198.1/km2). There
were 22,560 housing units at an average density of 1,460.2 per square
mile (563.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 3.0%
African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.1% Asian, 0.7% from other
races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race
were 2.3% of the population.
There were 20,672 households of which 29.4% had children under the age
of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together,
6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male
householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.1%
of all households were made up of individuals and 18% had someone
living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household
size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 45.2 years. 24.2% of residents were
under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were
from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of
age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4%
Edina is one of the most affluent suburbs of Minneapolis. The
median household income in Edina in 1999 was $66,019, compared to
the averages of $37,974 for
Minneapolis and $47,111 for the state of
Minnesota. According to a 2007 estimate, the
median income for a household in the city was $76,805, and the median
income for a family was $114,673. Males had a median income of $67,011
versus $41,742 for females. The per capita income for the city was
$44,195. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below
the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of
those age 65 or over.
Edina is home to a few billionaires, most notably Richard M. Schulze
and the late Carl Pohlad.
Main article: Edina Public Schools
Edina Public Schools
Edina Public Schools is the public school district (ISD 273) that
serves Edina. It enrolls approximately 8,500
K–12 students and
is served by 1,139 teachers and support staff.
Edina has one high school, Edina High School. The area is served by
two middle schools: (South View Middle School and Valley View Middle
School) and six elementary schools (Concord, Creek Valley, Cornelia,
Highlands, Countryside, and Normandale).
There are three private schools in Edina: Our Lady of Grace Catholic
School, Chesterton Academy and Calvin Christian School.
Edina serves as headquarters for several large companies: Jerry's
Foods, Lund Food Holdings, Edina Realty, Regis Corporation, and of
Dairy Queen, and Orange Julius.
The town's most notable shopping centers are Southdale Center,
Galleria Edina and 50th & France, which it shares with
According to the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, the top ten largest employers in
the city are: Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina Public Schools, the
City of Edina, BI Worldwide, Regis, Barr Engineering, Lund Food
Dairy Queen Inc., Edina Realty, and FilmTec
Highways 62, 100, and 169 as well as
Interstate 494 go through or on
the border of Edina.
Before streetcar service was abandoned in 1954, the Twin Cities Rapid
Transit Company's Lake Minnetonka Line went through Edina paralleling
44th Street on dedicated right-of-way. After streetcar service was
abandoned, the right-of-way was developed as single family
Dan Patch Line
Dan Patch Line and successor
Minneapolis Northfield & Southern
Railway operated interurban service through Edina until 1942. The
tracks are still used by freight trains, and under the Dan Patch
Corridor proposal commuter trains would operate between Minneapolis
and Northfield with a station in Edina. A legislative gag order was
placed on the project in 2002. In 2017 the Edina
conducted a study on the pros and cons of passenger rail on the Dan
Patch Line. The conclusion was to not pursue passenger rail at this
time (as of 2018).
Overlooking the 12th hole on Braemar Golf Course
Edina's parkland and open space totals more than 1,550 acres
(6.3 km2). The Edina Park and Recreation Department oversees 44
parks, which include amenities such as baseball, football and soccer
fields; softball diamonds; basketball and tennis courts; outdoor
skating rinks; playground equipment for young children; and picnic
shelters. The Department also maintains eight miles (13 km) of
scenic pathways for bicycling, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing
Besides overseeing the parks, the Edina Park & Recreation
Department is also responsible for the operation of 10 arts,
community, and recreation facilities within the city including Braemar
Golf Course, Braemar Ice Rink, Centennial Lakes Park, and Edinborough
Private country clubs
There are two country clubs located in Edina, the Edina Country Club
and the Interlachen Country Club.
The following is a list of notable people who were either born in,
lived in, are current residents of, or are otherwise closely
associated with the city of Edina:
David W. Anderson – founder of
Famous Dave's restaurant chain
Lynsey Bartilson – actress
Dorothy Benham – Miss America, 1977
Paris Bennett – American Idol contestant
David Bloom – NBC television journalist
Terri Bonoff – member of the
Ward Brehm – chairman and founder, The Brehm Group, Inc.
Bud Brisbois – professional trumpet player
Corinne Buie – Clarkson Cup champion with the Boston Blades, Isobel
Cup champion with the
Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts
Lois McMaster Bujold
Lois McMaster Bujold – fantasy and science fiction author
Brian Burke (ice hockey)
Brian Burke (ice hockey) –
NHL hockey executive
Austen S. Cargill II – member of the Cargill family
Curt Carlson – founder of Carlson Companies
Leeann Chin – founder of
Leeann Chin Chinese Cuisine
Ike Davis – baseball player for the Oakland Athletics
John Denver – singer/activist
R.A. Dickey – baseball player and
Cy Young Award
Cy Young Award winner
Julia Duffy – actress known for Newhart
Fredrik Eklund – real estate broker known for Million Dollar Listing
Joe Finley – professional ice hockey player with the Buffalo Sabres
Craig Finn – lead singer / rhythm guitarist for The Hold Steady
Mardy Fish – professional tennis player
Ric Flair – professional wrestler
Adam Goldberg –
Judith Guest – novelist and screenwriter
John Harris – amateur and professional golfer
Doron Jensen – founder of Timber Lodge Steakhouse
Richard A. Jensen
Richard A. Jensen – theologian and academic at Lutheran School of
Theology at Chicago
Ron Johnson – former CEO of J.C. Penney
Anders Lee –
NHL center for the New York Islanders
Bobby Lee – American actor and comedian
Nicholas Legeros – bronze sculptor
Hilary Lunke – professional golfer
Jamie McBain –
NHL defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes
Karl Mecklenburg – professional football player with the Denver
Bus Mertes – former professional football player and coach for the
George Mikan – former professional basketball player for the Los
Lou Nanne – former
NHL defenseman and general manager
Win Neuger – former CEO, chairman, and Director at AIG
Bill Nyrop – former
NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens
Donald Nyrop – former president and CEO of Northwest Airlines
Greg Olson – former professional baseball player
Mary Pawlenty – attorney, First District Judge
Barbara Peterson – Miss
Minnesota USA 1976, Miss USA 1976
Paul Peterson – musician and producer, The Family and The Time
Tom Petters – of Petters Group Worldwide
Carl Pohlad – former owner,
Jenny Potter – ice hockey player, Olympic gold medalist
Kirby Puckett – former center fielder for the
Paul Ranheim – former
Kaylin Richardson – World Cup Alpine Skier, Olympian
Doug Risebrough – former General Manager,
Laura Rizzotto – singer, songwriter
Richard M. Schulze – founder and former chairman of Best Buy
Joe Senser – former
NFL player for the
Jennifer Steinkamp – artist
Christopher Straub – fashion designer and contestant on Project
Michele Tafoya – sportscaster
Robert Ulrich – former chairman and CEO of Target Corporation
Paul Westerberg – musician, frontman for The Replacements
Jeff Wright – safety for the
Andrew Zimmern – chef, host of
Bizarre Foods and Bizarre World
Jason Zucker – left wing for the
In popular culture
Edina city hall and police department, rebuilt in 2004
The interior of a 1950s rambler in Edina's Highlands neighborhood was
used in the Coen brothers' 2009 film A Serious Man.
Craig Finn from the band
The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady is from Edina and
has made several allusions to the town in their songs. For example,
the song "Hornets! Hornets!" from the album Separation Sunday
describes a wild night in the town, ending with the line "I drove the
wrong way down 169 and almost died up by Edina High". Also, the song's
title is a reference to Edina High School's mascot, the Hornet.
In the movie D2: The Mighty Ducks, star forward Adam Banks, when asked
his name and where he is from, introduces himself as "Adam Banks
In the movie Jingle All the Way, some of the exterior house scenes
were shot in Edina's Brucewood neighborhood, near Arden Park.
Part of the 1994 movie
Little Big League
Little Big League was shot at one of
Countryside Park's baseball diamonds. The umpire wears an Edina
Athletic Association T-shirt.
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