alkenburg's service to the community, Hovland said, adding, "He loved Edina and the people of Edina loved him back. "Van Valkenburg was born Adidas Stan Smith Shoes For Women Nov. 29, 1925, in Minneapolis. Army during World War II, serving tours in Japan and Europe. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1952 and worked in the private sector as an attorney for 50 years. Adidas Stan Smith Image
She also recalled that a police car would pull up to their house every other week to drop off documents for her father. He had a sense of service and "always had a twinkle in his eye," Jane Van Valkenburg said, recalling that she and her brothers would tease him as he would go off to his meetings. He was proud that Edina wasn't involved in one political party or another, and he worked to make it a nice community for families, Jane Van Valkenburg said. Hovland added that Van Valkenburg continued to harken back to the early days of Edina despite the city's growth, always referring to it as "the village" and calling Edina City Council members "aldermen. ""He had beautiful views of the past and the future," Hovland said.
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Jane Van Valkenburg noted that former mayor Fred Richards remembered Van Valkenburg going to meetings even though he couldn't hear because he had something to say and he would .
father who was a community leader meant there were little things that made them different, Jane said, joking that a neighbor boy would say their street was plowed first because the mayor lived on it.
a mentor for him. Van Valkenburg was always looking for ways to help Edina and to keep engaged. Although he was aging and had hearing loss, his mind was always loyal to him, Hovland said. He would take city leaders aside and pull out a notecard that had a list of topics he wanted to talk to them about. Hovland said Van Valkenburg would come to the meetings and offer his opinion, which was always valuable.
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