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Sept. 13, 2019 Friday Report

Post Date:09/13/2019

City of Eden Prairie logoBe Our Hero
The Fire Department launched it's "Be Our Hero" promotion this week, inviting local children to make a commitment to doing one thing that could save their lives in order to earn a superhero cape. 

First, children are encouraged to choose from the following life-saving actions:

  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed
  • Test your smoke alarms to be sure they work
  • Create a family fire escape plan with a meeting place
  • Wear your bike helmet
  • Wear your life jacket

Then with the help of an adult, children are asked to submit a photo documenting their life-saving action at Those who have earned a cape can pick it up at Fire Station #1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road) during the Public Safety Open House, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, where photos of all Eden Prairie superheroes will be displayed.

Teen Driver Safety Seminar
Eden Prairie Police are hosting Point of Impact, 6–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the City Center. This free seminar is aimed at helping parents and teen drivers learn more about teen driving risks, and discover how Minnesota’s teen driving laws can help prevent a devastating accident. Please RSVP if you plan to attend

Collection of One Acts
Eden Prairie Players presents its 15th Annual Collection of One Acts this weekend. This theatrical collection includes a variety of short plays, comedies and dramas. Performances are scheduled for Sept. 13, 15, 19 and 22 at the Riley-Jacques Barn. Visit to see performance times and purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

"Real Talk With Rick" Podcast
"The Roaring Senior Center" is the latest installment of the Real Talk With Rick podcast. Senior Center Recreation Supervisor Sue Bohnsack discusses popular activities for older adults, the Senior Center’s 40th anniversary, and her experience getting behind the wheel in a demolition derby. You can listen to this and all previous episodes at

Staff News
This month, the Police Department swore in four new officers: Katie Kline, Steven Nessler, Ben Sinko and Alex VanSomeren. All four served as community service officers for the City before being sworn in.

  • Officer Kline earned a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas and a law enforcement certificate from Alexandria Technical College. In addition to working as a community service officer for Eden Prairie, she also worked as a community service officer for the Edina Police Department.
  • Officer Nessler earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Concordia University-St. Paul, and a law enforcement certificate from Hennepin Technical College. He was an intern for the Hopkins Police Department before coming to Eden Prairie as a community service officer in April 2019. 
  • Officer Sinko earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a law enforcement certificate from Metropolitan State University. Previously he worked in finance, and as a Minnesota State Fair reserve officer.
  • Officer VanSomeren earned bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and biblical studies, and a minor in psychology from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. He completed his law enforcement certificate program at Rasmussen College.

All City event information is available at

Minutes of the July 9, 2019 Conservation Commission [PDF]

Minutes of the August 26, 2019 Planning Commission [PDF]

Project Profile [PDF]

Council Calendar [PDF]

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