Pronouncing shit in Eden Prairie is as difficult as navigating.

So there’s Staring Lake in Eden Prairie.

Looks like it should be pronounced “staring” but actually it’s pronounced “starring.” Why, I have no idea.

There’s also a street called Starrwood Circle. Presumably pronounced “starwood.” Why the extra R? Would someone mistakenly pronounce it “stare-wood”?

4 Comments so far

  1. Joe (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    Maybe you’re supposed to roll your r’s?


  2. Steve Borsch (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    This amuses me that someone else thinks the same thing about this mish-mash of naming.

    My kids went to the local middle school and walked by a Minnesota DNR sign (by the boat landing on Staring Lake Parkway) that was spelled “Starring Lake”. I contacted them to let them know that their misspelled sign was being replicated by school kids doing projects about the lake and they promptly set about correcting it.

    They took the sign down last summer to fix it and weeks later a pickup truck was there as I came home from work installing the new sign. The one that went up was EXACTLY the same spelling! I did a head-slap and didn’t have the energy to pursue it any further.

    Then Ron Case, former city councilman, was running for mayor and stopped by my house campaigning. His bride is with the EP historical society, I mentioned this to him, and he proceeded to regale me with the story of the “Starring/Staring” family in Eden Prairie. Seems the elder Starring had two sons that objected to the spelling and changed it to Staring when their old man passed…so apparently both spellings are valid.

    Still, it’s confusing as hell and in my opinion makes us appear like a bunch of yokels.


  3. Erica M (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    makes us appear like a bunch of yokels

    Heh! Yeah, kind of.


  4. Rohan (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    I’ve been a contributor to your blog when I was in Mpls last year. And on some Wednesday evenings, my client would take me to the Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. And everytime, we’d drive the streets of EP, he’d exclaims, “I can’t drive in Eden Prairie…it’s almost like a foreign country.”

    Since you talked about navigating in EP, I thought I’d just pipe in with this. A lot of EP roads are winding vs. straight that Americans are used to. The curvy roads in EP almost make you feel like you were in Europe or some ‘foreign country’.



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