Originally published on Star Tribune Hockey hotbed Edina is playing it cool with a new outdoor rink that officially opens Friday. But it’s not exactly old-time hockey, as the Hanson brothers, of “Slap Shot” fame, might say. The $1.4 million rink, dubbed “The Backyard,” features an arched metal roof, heated players’ benches and an environmentally friendly icemaking system shared with the adjacent East Arena at the Braemar sports complex. Still to come is a landscaped outdoor spectator area with a fire pit. “It’s going to be a one-of-a-kind environment here,” said Ann Kattreh, Edina parks and recreation director. “We’re very excited.” Also opening Friday is Braemar Field, a $4.5 million.
Originally published on Travel and Leisure Edina, MN Eight miles from downtown Minneapolis, Edina comes to life at the intersections of 50th and France, where this sprawling suburb takes on a small village feel. Browse the quaint shops or have a glass of wine at the cheeky Salut Bar Americain. See: Check out the sculpture exhibit along Edina Promenade pathway leading into Centennial Lakes Park (7499 France Avenue South; 952-833-9580), where you can play croquet, ride paddleboats, or skate along three ponds linked by canals. Eat: Ask any local and they’ll send you to Edina Grill (5028 France Avenue South; 952-927-7933) for steak and pierogies with crispy tobacco onion strings