Neighborhood notebook


SCHOOLS REFERENDUM WINS SUPPORT: A motion supporting the 8-year, $60 million Minneapolis Public Schools property tax levy referendum was approved by the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association [BMNA] Oct. 13.

The vote by the Executive Board added BMNA to a growing list of neighborhoods that have voted in support of the Strong Schools Strong City campaign.

HARVEST DINNER: BMNA is sponsoring an appetizer competition at the neighborhood’s annual Harvest Dinner Oct. 30.

Neighbors can bring an appetizer to enter in the competition or a salad or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided.

The Harvest Dinner is 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Bryn Mawr Community School, 252 Upton Ave. S.


NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Attendees elected six members and one alternate to the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association’s 11-member board on Oct. 1. Bruce Wadman, Roger Worm, Staven Bruce, Vice Chair Dean Carlson and Chair Matt Perry were all re-elected. Andrea Breen was elected as a new representative, replacing longtime member Bruce Thomson, who chose not to run. Howard Dallin was elected as an alternate. All members serve two-year terms.

SUPERAMERICA CHEMICALS: State Sen. Scott Dibble gave attendees a brief update on the closed SuperAmerica at 40th & Lyndale. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) continues to test the site for potentially harmful chemicals. Earlier this year, MPCA investigators discovered chemicals in the soil — likely from a dry-cleaning or other former business, not from the gas station — and will determine later this year whether cleanup is necessary.


NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Attendees elected 10 members and two alternates to the organization’s board on Oct. 2. Board members elected were: Ruth Cain, Judy Shields, John Ellis, Anders Imboden, Robert Kean, Mike Ekholm, Gary Farland, Elaine Beyer, Ralph Knox and Brad Durham. Alternates elected were Glen Christianson and Chris Prinsen.


NEW FACES, OFFICERS, VACANCIES: The Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) elected new officers, albeit in a tedious manner, Oct. 8.

While no one was exactly quick to volunteer for the respective positions, the 2009–10 officers are: Nick Mark, president; John Finlayson, vice president; Kathy Olivier, secretary. Due to an oversight of FNA bylaws that stipulates officers can only serve a maximum of three consecutive years in the same capacity, new member Earl Savage replaced Linda Romine as treasurer.

When nominations for vice president were slow to come in, Finlayson quipped: “The difference between being vice president and sleeping is slim,” drawing a chuckle and a nomination. FNA Coordinator Tara Kumar said she will soon seek full-time employment elsewhere but agreed to stay on through the end of 2008.

MR. MULCH IS THE MANN: Fulton resident Tony Mann accepted a Fulton Award for his neighborhood service. Council Member Betsy Hodges (13th Ward), who presented the award in place of state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-60, cited Mann’s tireless commitment to the neighborhood trees, dubbing him “Mr. Mulch.” Residents Susie Troha and Nancy Malone were also honored but were not present Oct. 8.


1900 COLFAX AVE.: City Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) told the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association board at its Oct. 7 meeting that Minneapolis City Planning staff have recommended against demolishing the 107-year-old apartment building at 1900 Colfax Ave.

Goodman and many LHNA board members have opposed developer John McCarty’s proposed eight-unit condo complex.

WI-FI: Goodman told the board that Lowry Hill would be getting Wi-Fi soon. She assured the board that decorative poles have been ordered and will replace the wooden poles that are being used to get the emergency communication system up and running.   

PROJECT LEGOS: Mike Jackson from Project Legos introduced himself to the board. Project Lego’s mission is to inspire young people from all walks of life to be agents of change in their communities. The organization has worked with 3,000 children since its inception. Project Legos recently moved into office space at 1900 Hennepin Ave.

BURGLARIES: Fifth Precinct Insp. Kris Arneson reported that, despite the fact that year-to-date burglaries are down from last year, there has been a spike in recent weeks that concerns her.

Arneson urged residents to call 911 about any suspicious people or activity, to close and lock doors and windows, and to keep garages and cars locked. She told residents to call 348-2345 for nonemergency reporting.

MISSING LINK TASK FORCE: Board member and chair of the task force Janet Hallaway told the board that the Minneapolis Park Board has recommended that instead of a sidewalk, they install a trail that would accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.

The trail would extend the existing sidewalk through Kenwood Park to Penn Avenue. The sidewalk currently stops at Franklin Avenue forcing people to cross Franklin at a dangerous curve in the road.  

BOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE: The next board meeting will be Nov. 11 so as not to conflict with the election on Nov. 4.  


NEW PROJECT ORGANIZER: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association board approved hiring Sarah Gleason as the organization’s new project organizer on Oct. 8. Gleason will manage several of KFNA’s events, including the annual garage sale and festival, coordinate outreach initiatives, and work closely with the organization’s Crime Prevention and Safety Committee.

FARMERS’ MARKET INDEPENDENCE: Debate continued on plans for the Kingfield Farmers’ Market to separate itself from KFNA. The board needs to approve the separation and asked market organizers to return in November with a financial plan that demonstrates that the market can be sustainable without KFNA support. Organizers said that if the market becomes independent, it will still be named the Kingfield Farmers’ Market and be held in the same parking lot at Nicollet Avenue & 43rd Street. The board may vote on the separation as early as November.


STILL SEEKING LOGO: Despite a months-long search, Linden Hills Neighborhood Council board members have yet to receive a submission for a new neighborhood logo. The board even kicked around the idea of a monetary compensation if they don’t receive voluntary designs. The next step will be to seek designs from local art and graphic design students, or other graphic designers in the neighborhood. The logo should incorporate neighborhood landmarks — notably the Lake Harriet Trolley. The current Linden Hills logo was borrowed from a Minneapolis phone book two decades ago. Contact: [email protected]

ON THE FENCE BEFORE THE BONFIRE: The board will have at least one vacancy for residents to fill at the upcoming election/bonfire Friday, Oct. 17 in Linden Hills’ park building at 43rd & Xerxes.

Sam Will is currently the only confirmed outgoing board member.

LHiNC members Debbie Evans and David Jones, as of Oct. 8, were still on the fence. Neighborhood Board Chairwoman Linea Palmisano will seek another term.


LOAN PROGRAMS COMBINED: Four different loan programs sponsored by the Stevens Square Community Organization [SSCO] were combined into one on a vote by the neighborhood’s Board of Directors Oct. 9.

A separate vote established a new committee to administer the combined loan program. The loan committee will include representatives from SSCO and Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development.

NRP PROGRAM CHANGE: SSCO will host a neighborhood meeting in November to seek neighborhood approval for a change to their Neighborhood Revitalization Program plan.

The plan change will involve moving revenue from the SSCO loan programs into other NRP strategies. The meeting will take place on a date yet to be determined in November at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S.

When a date is set the meeting will be publicized on the SSCO website ( and on flyers distributed around the neighborhood.

Neighborhood notebook


FUN WALK: The Armatage Family Fun Walk is back for a second go-around.

The fundraiser for Armatage Community and Montessori School has students collect pledges to walk around Armatage Park. Last year, it raised more than $25,000, which organizer Tina Erazmus said went toward new computers for teachers.

This year’s walk will be from 9 a.m.–noon Oct. 11. A kick-off spaghetti dinner, featuring food from donors such as Noodles & Co. and Lake Harriet Pizza and music by neighborhood staple Armatageous will be held from 6–9 p.m. Oct. 10. Tickets for that event are $7 for adults and $5 for children at the door.

For advance tickets, e-mail Erazmus at [email protected].

TRAFFIC TALK: The Armatage Neighborhood Association will host transportation officials at its next board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 21.


SEEKING NEW LOGO: The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council is seeking a new logo to represent itself and the neighborhood. There are two requirements: somehow incorporate the streetcar and submit it in a JPEG format to [email protected].

The deadline is Oct. 13, as a vote will be taken at the Oct. 17 bonfire and meeting.

BOARD ELECTIONS: Elections for the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council’s board of directors will be held during the Oct. 17 annual meeting.

To have your name considered, go to and download an application form. Then send it to [email protected] by Oct. 13.


SPORTSMANSHIP REWARDED: The Lyndale Farmstead Park track team was given a 2008 spring/summer youth sportsmanship award by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Criteria for the award included commitment, overcoming adversity, persistence and having a positive attitude.

CRASH THE POLLS: Neighborhood organizers plan to train volunteers this month for a nonpartisan voter registration drive. The drive will include volunteers going door to door and registering eligible voters for November elections. Training dates have not been finalized but will likely be held in the second or third week of October. For more information, contact Mark Hinds at [email protected] or 824-9402.

CLEAN UP THE HOOD: The neighborhood is sponsoring a fall cleanup date, called “Litter Outa Lyndale,” on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone interested can meet up with fellow volunteers at the neighborhood office at 3537 Lyndale Ave. S.


HOME TOUR SHORTENED: Organizers of the annual neighborhood home tour said they exhausted their resources trying to find a full slate of houses to show. As a result, only three homes opened their doors Sept. 28, as opposed to the usual five.

Sign-up sheets were laid out at each stop in the hopes of attracting homeowners to participate in next year’s tour.

SAFETY WORKSHOP: The Minneapolis Police Department is sponsoring a free personal safety workshop from 7–9 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium of Washburn High School, 201 W. 49th St. Self-defense expert Mary Brandl will make an appearance.

For more information, call Amy Lavender, 5th Precinct crime prevention specialist, at 673-5407.


RECEPTION HALL UNDER REVIEW: The Whittier Alliance board of directors requested further review of a proposed reception hall on Nicollet Avenue before taking a stance on the project.

The board sent word to the Planning Commission that it would like the owners of El Campestre to give a neighborhood presentation on the project before it receives approval. It was expected to go before the Planning Commission in early October.

Several board members expressed concerns over unanswered questions about El Campestre, which would operate as both a reception hall for weddings and other celebrations as well as a meeting space. The hall would be located in a strip mall on the 2700 block of Nicollet Avenue South.

The board also voted to request conditions on the hall if the Planning Commission approves the project without neighborhood review. The board asked for two security officers to be present during all events.

Southwest neighborhood group meeting times


Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Armatage Park, 57th & Russell.

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA):  Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Bryn Mawr School, 252 Upton Ave. S.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG)
meeting: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) meeting: Board meets every 1st Tuesday at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO): Board meets 1st Thursday monthly at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA)
: Board meets 1st Wednesday monthly at Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA)
: Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.

Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA)
: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Kenny Park Building, 1328 W. 58th St.

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA)
: Board meets 1st Monday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st & Nicollet.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC)
: Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Lowry Hill East (Wedge)
: Board meets 3rd Wednesday monthly at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.

Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO)
: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at the Loring-Nicollet Community Center, 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.

Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA
): Board meets 3rd Monday monthly at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council: Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at Whole Foods (classroom), 3060 Excelsior Blvd.

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.

Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.

For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, click on “Resources” under the naviation bar. Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected].