Minneapolis west metropolitan news briefs: Bloomington's Old Cedar Avenue Bridge gets historic designation

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 4:17 PM

Bloomington’s Old Cedar Avenue Bridge over Long Meadow Lake in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Old Cedar Bridge gets U.S. historic listing

The Long Meadow Lake Bridge, better known locally as the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The listing comes after a request from the Bloomington Historical Society.

The bridge is a 1920 camelback steel-truss structure that is now rare in Minnesota. It has been closed since 2002 and has been the focus of a long-running disagreement between the city of Bloomington and bikers, walkers and nature-­lovers about whether it should be renovated or replaced.

The listing makes it very unlikely the bridge would be torn down but does not guarantee its renovation. However, renovation appears likely with a $9 million provision for the bridge in this year’s state tax law.


Garden tour benefits the Girl Scouts

Eight inspirational gardens will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Edina/Morningside Garden Tour in a benefit for the Girl Scouts.

The tour, which features gardens that are mostly within a block or two of each other, will be held rain or shine with proceeds going to the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

Advance tickets are $10 and will be sold through Saturday, June 29, at Yardware, 3545 W. 44th St. in Minneapolis. On the day of the tour, tickets are $15 and maps will be available outside of Golden Years Montessori School, 4100 W. 42nd St. in Edina. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information, go to GirlScoutsRV.org/stuff-to-do/garden-tour or email edina morningsidegardens@gmail.com.


Discussion features book on Minnesota Civil War volunteers

Author Wayne D. Jorgenson will talk about his book, “Every Man Did His Duty,” about the men of the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry who served in the Civil War, on Monday, July 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Edina Senior Center.

The event is in the Fireside Room in the lower level of the library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry group was the first volunteer regiment offered in service to President Abraham Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumter in 1861.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of the Edina Library, the Edina Community Foundation, Edina Senior Center, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Edina High School, Edina Community Education and Edina Resource Center, and the League of Women Voters Edina.


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