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When they return to the United States, team members will go to Colorado to defend their Junior National title in the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

A first! Edinborough Park ends 2013 in black

For the first time ever, Edinborough Park has ended a year in the black. The indoor park, which opened in 1987, turned a profit of $7,155 last year.

Edina Parks and Recreation Director Ann Kattreh attributed the profit to terrible spring weather in 2013, as well as higher ticket prices, making features like a pool and water fountain more efficient and finding a permanent tenant in the Edina Swim Club, which is paying $48,000 a year in rent. The city also has invested in the park, making it more accessible to the disabled, relining the pool and increasing marketing.

As recently as 2012, the park was losing about $400,000 a year.

Walk with the Mayor to be indoors on Feb. 22

Edina Mayor Jim Hovland will lead his monthly “Walk with the Mayor” indoors on Saturday, Feb. 22.

To promote Edina’s initiative for a healthier lifestyle, each month Hovland is walking two miles with residents. Those interested in walking and talking with the mayor should meet at 9 a.m. at the Caribou Coffee inside Southdale Center, 5195 Southdale Circle.

During the Southdale walk, the group will talk about plans for redevelopment in the area and current events in Edina.

Veterans Memorial statue artist chosen

The Edina Veterans Memorial Committee has retained a foundry in Osceola, Wis., to design and cast the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial at Utley Park.

A bronze eagle with a 6-foot wingspan sitting atop a wreath will be cast by Shoop’s American Bronze Casting, Ltd. at a cost of $46,500.

The memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The memorial committee is still raising funds for the project.

Thirty-two men from Edina who lost their lives during wartime will be individually recognized at the memorial. To learn more, contact Richard Olson at 952-915-4351.

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Fire Dept. pioneers app to clear hydrants

The Richfield Fire Department has become the first in the country to work with SeeClickFix on their app called “SnowCrew.” SnowCrew is a web-enabled, crowdsource application that uses volunteers to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.

Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch said snow-covered hydrants hamper firefighting operations. Residents who are willing to help neighbors with hydrant clearing can sign up at www.snowcrew.org.

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