West news briefs: Marching-arts event at Eden Prairie High School

  • Updated: July 8, 2014 - 1:51 PM


Marching-arts event at high school

Some of the world’s top drum and bugle corps will compete when Drum Corps International presents DCI Eden Prairie on Friday at Eden Prairie High School’s football stadium.

These elite groups will include the 15-time DCI champion Blue Devils of Concord, Calif., and the 2011 DCA champion Minnesota Brass, a nonprofit, all-ages corps based in the Twin Cities. (For more information about it, go to www.mnbrassinc.org.)

Scott Palmer, director of the award-winning Eden Prairie High School band program, serves on the brass staff of both the Blue Devils and Minnesota Brass, and several Eden Prairie students perform with Minnesota Brass.

Other competitors will include the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, and the Boston Crusaders of Boston, as well as Legends of Kalamazoo, Mich. Rounding out the field are Jersey Surf of Camden County, N.J., and an international guest, the Blue Saints of Sudbury, Ontario.

These corps were slated to compete on the same date at DCI Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. When that annual event was displaced by activities related to the All-Star Game, Eden Prairie — along with La Crosse, Wis. — won the right to host the corps as part of DCI’s national summer tour.


South Loop’s art prizes announced

Three winners have been announced from 90 proposals for artistic installations that would help build a sense of community in the new neighborhood known as the South Loop, near the Mall of America and Bloomington Central Station.

The projects were proposed two weeks ago during five days of discussion and events focused on the South Loop.

Winning proposals are from Nicole Ponath of Minneapolis, an “Airplane Mound Park” where people could watch planes taking off from the nearby airport; from Jodi Refsland of Minneapolis, “Acoustic Ecology,” a trail that would feature sound-enhancing sculptures, and from Troy Gallas of Minneapolis, “Pallet Pavilion,” which would take discarded pallets and assemble them in unique forms, mixed with plant material.

For more information and to see visuals of the winning proposals, go to http://btacmn.org/placemaking/idea_prize.html.


Fred Richards site walk set for tonight

The public is invited to a site walk of Fred Richards Golf Course at 7 p.m. today, July 9, with consultants who are helping the city determine the future park use of the land.

The course is closing at the end of the year and the city wants the public to weigh in on what sort of park should be there and what the impact is on residents who live around the course.

The walk begins at Lake Edina Park on the asphalt path between Parklawn and Kellogg avenues, at the northeast corner of the golf course. The walk will focus on the borders of the property.

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