Thank You, Southwest!


Thank you to all our readers who sent us thank-you tributes for our annual Thank You, Southwest feature.

I welcome these notes honoring kind deeds anytime of the year! Please send letters to [email protected]

It is an honor and a labor of love to serve as editor of this newspaper. We are grateful for everyone who supports The Southwest Journal. We wish you the best in 2016! 

— Sarah McKenzie 


Thanks for supporting local history

Thank you to all of my Southwest neighbors who have visited Hennepin History Museum (located in Whittier) this year! I’ve just finished up my first year as the executive director, and it’s been such a wonderful treat to meet so many of you as you’ve visited the exhibitions, done research in the archives, stopped to chat at events, or who have made a difference through your volunteering. We are a community museum, and it’s you, our community members, who make this place so special. Thank you! 

Cedar Imboden Phillips


A shout-out for Studio 2

Thanks to the owners and staff of Studio 2 for bringing back the neighborhood coffee shop and space for the community!

Mike Hess


Thanks for the sweet songs

We want to thank our neighbors from 35th & Hennepin for stopping by our house to sing us Christmas carols. It made our holiday season bright to hear your singing!

James Nash & Jill Buckingham


Gratitude for first responders 

A special “Thank You” to the Hennepin County EMT/Paramedics that keep a 24/7 post at the Tangletown fire station located at 54th and Nicollet.

Not only are you responding to the emergencies and critical care needs of my neighborhood, but I am also keenly aware of your presence and watchful eye giving me a sense of safety especially in the very early hours when I’m out and about starting my day.

THANK YOU for “all” that you do everyday!  Having your presence in my neighborhood means so much to me.

Mary Little


A special person in Kingfield 

Thank you for the annual opportunity to reflect on people from the neighborhood who made a difference in my life. This year, I’d like to thank Melinda Ludwiczak, who lives in Kingfield. 

I’m sure many people in the neighborhood have walked by her whimsical garden and taken delight in her careful selection of plants. And I’m sure there are probably hundreds who have had the chance to get her gardening advice when she staffs the Master Gardener table at the Kingfield Farmer’s market during the summer.

And all of us that visit the market benefit from her dedication to building a vibrant market. But I’m not sure that many people know about her commitment to the arts in Minneapolis. From her professional role as program coordinator at the Metropolitan Library Services Agency, where she brings a wide variety of arts programs to public libraries across the metro, to her service as member of the city’s  Arts Commission, Melinda makes sure that all residents can experience the arts. She is a relentless champion for neighborhood artists and restaurateurs and committed to ‘buying local.’ 

On a personal level, I’m grateful for her friendship and appreciate being able to count on her inside scoop on new restaurants to try and places to shop.  

Jen Nelson


Thank you, Settergren’s! 

Big thanks to Joe Young and Mark Settergren at Settergren’s Hardware in Linden Hills. I may not be the handiest guy, but you make me look like one! Thanks for the consistent warm welcome, patient service, knowledgeable advice, and kindness to the kids. You guys get it!

Mike Bransford
Linden Hills


A friendly face at SuperAmerica 

I want to recognize and thank Linda, the full-time (plus) clerk at the SA on 40th and Lyndale. Linda is a most faithful employee, often working long hours and extra days to keep this business staffed.  Her dependability and courtesy to customers deserves recognition. It can’t be easy to deal with the public every day!  

We aren’t always pleasant or patient, and rarely say thank you. Linda serves each customer in turn, and often with a smile. She is an important member of our neighborhood!  

Fran Bly


Gratitude for an energetic neighbor 

Jim Pentico has lived in his home for over 50 years. At age 83 he has the energy of a man half his age and uses it to the advantage of us all on the block. In his quiet, self- effacing manner he is always willing to lend a hand. For decades he has cleared snow, manicured lawns, and helped anyone in need. Jim is the jewel of our block. What would we do without him?

Connie & Bob Hartshorn


Thank you for an anonymous helper

Thank-you to the person who found my car key and left it on top of my red Honda Fit in the Whittier neighborhood . After a restless night of sleep (it is my only key … I know …) I went outside for one last check. There it was on my car. Wow! I have told many people about your kindness and honesty. Thank-you for the priceless gifts of inspiration and hope. And for finding my key.

Karla Rehberg