Then & Now

Historic photo of Excelsior High School

In March 1915, ground was broken for the construction of Excelsior High School on the corner of what is today Highway 7 and Oak Street. The red brick building with white stone belting was designed by LeRoy Kinport of Manitou.

We’ve all been there: The kids are off at the neighborhood park, and you expect them home for dinner—and you hope they’re keeping an eye on the time. Thankfully, the city of Excelsior still operates its historic siren, which rings daily at noon, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

For the Past 10 years, men’s clothing shop J. Novachis had occupied an Edina block in the 50th and France neighborhood. This spring, owner Anthony Novachis made the big decision to move the beloved store to Excelsior, his new hometown.

“It’s our front yard.” That’s how Amy Mino, executive director of Landmark Center and chair of the Rice Park Association, describes the importance of Rice Park to the city of Saint Paul, and that’s why she is so excited about the Rice Park Revitalization Project.

Baiting your first hook at the lake is a rite of passage for Minnesota boys and girls. It’s an act symbolic of a fishing culture that is often taken for granted by the citizens of the North Star State.

Many years ago, one of the first pioneer families to settle near Lake Minnetonka often had an unexpected guest for dinner, according to a tale passed down for generations.

Last summer, several local Boy Scouts completed projects for the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society on their way to receiving the highest scouting rank of Eagle Scout.

Wayzata’s Bette Hammel is a highly respected Twin Cities author, with a career that spans topics and decades—and it all started in a St. Paul newsroom. Bette’s dad, Whitey Jones, was a likeable guy. Working in the St.

If you’ve set foot through the door at Davanni’s on Cleveland and Grand more than a couple of times, it’s likely that general manager Rocco Preese knows your name.

In its current state, the cracked and weathered stone walls are nearly obscured behind wild growth. The remains of a once sturdy house are surrounded by a fence to keep visitors safe. The roof has fallen in and sags into the interior.

If the future ghosts of alumni past gathered around a St.