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The first “Stop the Trafficking 5K Walk/Run for Justice” was held Saturday, June 14, at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. The event was intended to raise awareness about human trafficking and was a success: 850 people registered to walk or run, exceeding the initial goal of 500 participants.

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Event raises $16K to fight sex trafficking

A first-ever 5K race in Eden Prairie raised more than $16,000 for Twin Cities organizations that provide housing and services to help youth who have been involved in sex trafficking.

About 850 people participated in the “Stop the Trafficking 5K Run/Walk” on June 14 at Purgatory Creek Park.

The event was organized by the city of Eden Prairie’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission, Grace Church, Wooddale Church of Eden Prairie and several nonprofits and businesses — all seeking to raise awareness about the issue of sex trafficking in Minnesota and raise money for organizations supporting trafficked youth.

City welcomes new city planner Klima

Eden Prairie has a new city planner.

Julie Klima will replace Mike Franzen, who retired after 30 years as the city’s planner. Klima has worked for Eden Prairie since June 2013 after working for more than 18 years in planning for the city of Shakopee.


Dump for tree debris open until Sunday

To assist residents affected by recent storms, the city has opened a free dump site for tree branches.

The site across from the Braemar Golf Dome at 7420 Braemar Blvd. is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day through Saturday and 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday June 29, the last day for branch drop-off.

Residents must present proof that they live in Edina, and contractors are allowed to use the dump site if a resident is with them. No stumps are allowed.

For more information, contact public works at 952-826-0376.

Weigh in on future of ‘The Fred’

With Fred Richards Golf Course set to close at the end of this season, the city of Edina is looking for ideas from the public about what kind of park it should become and what amenities it should have.

Ideas will be accepted online or in writing through Sept. 30. Residents can comment at www.EdinaParks.com or www.SpeakUpEdina.org. Written comments can be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to Edina City Hall, Parks and Recreation Department, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.

For more information on the process of repurposing the golf course, go to www.EdinaMN.gov/fred-richards-repurpose or contact Ann Kattreh at 952-826-0430 or akattreh@EdinaMN.gov.

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