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February 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Crme & Safey
Evens Calenar
Volume 8, Number 2
< Colossus
Built as a mosaic of pieces, this giant bust by James Tyler, is vaguely reminiscent of Toltec Native Ameri-can Indian heads. The sculpture is one of eight artinstallations for the Mosaic project scheduled forunveiling on February 1.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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Cvi h Uptown AreA
and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
 Your HEART will LOVE these VALENTINE Prizes!
Pcict CcssTs, F 7
by Gary FarlandThe Minnesota election cycle kicks off with precinct caucuses on Tues-day, February 7 at 7 pm. The DFL, Green and Republican Parties areholding caucuses. The Grassroots and Libertarian Parties are not.See the map on page three to determine the precinct you live in and usethe table to locate the meeting place. The four precincts of ECCO andCARAG are shown. Complete information including locations for otherneighborhoods can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web-site: www.sos.state.mn.us, click on Elections.At the caucuses, attendees will elect delegates and alternates to representtheir precinct at the political party’s district, city and county conven-tions. Also, precinct officers will be elected, resolutions may be passedand presidential straw polls may be taken. A major complication to thisyear’s political process is that redistricting may move precinct delegates
Tim To Coos Mil Scool
 By Gael Ellis
Parents of students who will attend middle school in the fall of 2012must get their choice cards to Minneapolis Public Schools by February29, 2012.To find the school that will best fit the needs of a child or find whenan open house is scheduled, parents can contact Student Placement Ser-vices at 612.668.1840 or visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us. If a child attendsArmatage, Kenny or Kenwood the pathway is Anthony. If a childattends Burroughs or Lyndale the pathway is Middle School at Ramsey.If a child attends Whittier the pathway is Anwatin.
Gael Ellis lives in the East Calhoun Neighborhood.
 By Bruce Cochran
The Girard pedestrian bridge over the Greenway will soon open as partof the Mosaic project and the redeveloped pedestrian open space behindCalhoun Square was completed a while ago. Now a grand walkway isbeing designed that will connect the two as part of a proposal at LakeStreet and Girard Avenue in the core of Uptown.City Walk Uptown is a project of local developer Clark Gassen. In returnfor stripping seven parking spaces from Girard Avenue, the project willcreate a 22 foot wide sidewalk from Lake Street to Lagoon Avenue. Thenew development designed by BKV architects is Gassen’s most recent pro-posal for the current site of Cowboy Slim’s and the adjacent parking lot.The mixed use project includes two restaurants, residential rental units,gym, pool, flexible retail units and about 212 parking stalls includingsome underground parking. With a conditional use permit, the currentsite’s C3A (Community Activity Center District) designation allows forrestaurant and retail uses.Gassen made a handful of requests from the Lowry HIll East Neigh-borhood Association (LHENA) where the project is located at theirDecember 14, 2011 monthly meeting. The LHENA Board unanimouslysupported the project along with several requests for land use applica-tions. If the developer files all of the necessary paperwork for the projectby the deadline then the proposal will be scheduled for a public hearingat the Planning Commission Meeting in Room 317, City Hall, 4:30pm,February 21, according to City Planner, Janelle Weidmeier.
St G, CaraGbo Mm,Psss aw
Steve Green, member of the CARAG Board of Directors, died onDecember 23, 2011. A tribute to Steve was given at the January CARAGboard meeting by President Dianna Boegemann who praised his out-standing service to the community, sadness over his passing and loss tothe board.Steve was born in Sioux Rapids, IA in 1942 and grew up on his family’sfarms. He attended Graceland College and the University of Iowa wherehe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. After college heworked for the International Voluntary Service (IVS) in rural commu-nities in Laos and Thailand. In August 1977 he moved to Minneapolisand in 1983 married Connie (Hill). Steve worked in the constructionbusiness, first for his own business, Classic R & R, and as a constructionmanager for the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation until hisretirement in 2009.He is survived by wife, Connie; son, Stephen (Toni Schweigert) of Min-netonka; step-sons, Justin Holzer of Minneapolis and Kristopher Olsonof Livermore, CA; grandchildren, Calvin, Charlotte, Rhyan and Sydneyplus many relatives and friends. Services were held on December 30.
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Gassen’s latest proposal leverages walkway
This is a view looking north across Lake Street toward Cowboy Slims.
Girard Avenuerecedes between the Mosaic building and Lagoon Theatre on the left and Cheapo is inthe foreground to the right.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Above is a rendering of City Walk Uptown looking northeast from the corner of Girard Avenue and Lake Street.
Digital Illustration courtesy of BKV)
O y,It’s O
 Loppet running as scheduled Feb. 4-5
SaTurday, February 4
S Sculu Cs:
Teams of sculptors have 5 hours to turn large block of snow into a work of art.
L Kubb tuam:
Teams of 2-6 players compete in this Swedish lawn game in a 32 team Round Robin/Knockout tournament. Kubb is played on long Scandinavian summer evenings and bitter winter days. Now played throughout the world, the 2012 Loppet Kubb Tournament is the largest winter tournament in the United States.All ages and abilities are welcome for this unique and fun event.
p Ic-Cycl L:
An exciting bike race on a short track of ice.
Suly B ad Vd Villa:
Visit for Surly Beer, outdoor and fitness vendors and more.
Chuck & D’s Skiji Lad o D naial SkijiChamishi:
Dogs pair up with their human skiers during this exciting race around Lake of the Isles with an Uptown finish.
Misa Yuh Ski LauSuCaival:
Ski games for children 12 and under,alongside the finish line in Uptown.
rssil Jui L:
A 1.5k, 3.5k or 5k race around Lake of the Isles with an Uptown finish for anyone age 19 or younger.
Ck Cuy Mi-L:
A free and non-competitive event for kids ages 12 and under. All kids receive medals, cookies and hot cider.
Fi Sisu Sis:
2 minute heats in the heart of Uptown.Youth and open divisions.
pak nicll Lumiay L & tpay:
A beautiful night-time ski around Lake of the Isles, lit up with thousands of ice luminaries, plus a heated tent full of music and fun.
Sunday, February 5
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A 10k non-competitive ski tour starting at Theodore Wirth Park and finishing in Uptown.
Hiaad’s Classic:
A 25k classic/diagonal stride race starting at Theodore Wirth Park and finishing in Uptown.
Ciy f Laks Fsyl L:
A 33k urban ski race starting at Theodore Wirth Park and finishing in Uptown.
Chuck & D’s Skiji Lad t D naial SkijiChamishi:
Two-dog skijor teams at Theodore Wirth Park.
Suly B ad Vd Villa:
Visit for Surly Beer, outdoor and fitness vendors, and more.
Misa Yuh Ski LauSuCaival:
Ski games for children 12 and under,alongside the finish line in Uptown.
F m if las s.ciyflaksl.cm.
Commo Lw
(Land, Air, Water & Waste)
 By Sarah Sponheim
Common LAW is a new column on local environmental news that con-cerns our common land, air, water and waste.
Julie Mellum and Sue Romain from the citizen group Take Back theAir (www.takebacktheair.com) gave a presentation to the East CalhounGreen Team on the health hazards and air pollution associated withwood smoke from recreational burning in city neighborhoods.
Enter to win CalhounBeach Club 7-Day Passesor Landmark TheatreMovie Tickets
(see details on page 8)
Uptown neighborhood news.caa. 
Citizen  ACtion 
CARAG Neighborhood
612.823.2520 carag@carag.org 
East Isles Neighborhood
ECCO Neighborhood
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org 
Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn 
612.230.6443 ext. 4 bbourn@minneapolisparks.org 
Bob Fine 
612.230.6443 ext. 6 bfine@minneapolisparks.org 
Mpls. Public Schools
612.668.0000 answers@mpls.k12.mn.us 
City Councilperson (10)Meg Tuthill
612.673.2210 meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
Mayor R.T. Rybak
612.673.2100 rt@minneapolis.org 
State Representative (60A)Marion Greene
State Representative (60B)Frank Hornstein
State Senator (60)D. Scott Dibble
Governor Mark Dayton
651.201.3400 mark.dayton@state.mn.us 
U.S. Congressman (5th)Keith Ellison
612.522.1212 www.ellison.house.gov 
U.S. SenatorAl Franken
U.S. SenatorAmy Klobuchar
202.224.3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov 
PresidentBarack Obama
Uptown neighborhood news 
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News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of themonth to uptownnews@yahoo.com or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409.All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the rightto decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address,phone number, e-mail and neighborhood.UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization(ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, betweenLake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publica-tion and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents.UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are heldat St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings areopen to the public. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to confirm and/or request time on the agenda.
Copyright © 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News
 Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG) 612.331.1929
Art Direction and Production
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
 Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780
Managing Board
Ralph Knox,
 President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke,
Treasurer (CARAG)
Linda Todd, Secretary
Harry Savage
Samantha Strong
Nancy Riestenberg
Contributing Photographers
Bruce Cochran, Bethany Heemeyer,Caleb Sponheim
Contributing Writers
Carol Bouska, Bruce Cochran,Gael Ellis, Gary Farland,Harry Savage, Monica Smith,Sarah Sponheim, Phyllis Stenerson,Meg Tuthill, Nicole Valentine
Newspaper Circulation
CARAG/ECCO/Uptown Circulation:Bill Boudreau, Justin Jagoe
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February 15
(email: uptownnews @yahoo.com) 
www.stmarysgoc.org(612) 825-9595Divine LiturgySunday 9:30 amFr. Paul Paris
Join Us Sundays
English Lutheran Church
We’ve moved into SpringHouse Ministry Center 
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Saturday, Feb. 4 SpringHouse Open House, 1-4pm Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe, Join us for a 6 week series Pot Luck at 6pm and/or Discussion at 7pm Starting February 29.
9:15 .m. Christieuctio
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10:30 .m. Worship
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dsptl Skig Mots
 Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
I’m going out on a limb here tosay the recent primaries for theRepublican nominee for Presidentof the United States were unique.Never before have national can-didates of one of the major politi-cal parties overtly directed theirappeal specifically to a narrowdemographic based on religion.This group includes about 20% of the population.Further exacerbating any sem-blance of normalcy or reason isthe influx of millions of dollars bysuper-rich donors, about 1% of thepopulation. Thanks to a two-year-old Supreme Court ruling, anony-mous donors can spend as much asthey want and say whatever theywant to influence voters. Verifi-able facts seem not to be necessary.Negative charges are more power-ful than critical analysis.
“Love, friendship and respect do notunite people as much as a common hatred for something.” Anton Chekhov
And this is just the early stage of what promises to be a long andgrueling election season. Imaginewhat will happen when the com-batants turn from their circular fir-ing squad to face the other party.American democracy is in a verydark place, absurdly out of balancewith money power dominatingpeople power and ideology trump-ing reason. At a time of criticalproblems including almost half thepopulation now living in poverty,serious deliberation is needed.
“The community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where nonconfor- mity with accepted creed, political aswell as religious, is a mark of disaf- fection and where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent.” Judge Learned Hand
Millions of regular citizens arerepelled by the nastiness of thepolitical process and won’t getinvolved. About 20% of the vot-ing population is at each end of the political spectrum dominatingthe process. That leaves about 60%who hold mixed worldviews – acombination of libertarian, con-servative, liberal and progressivedepending on the issue. Cognitivelinguist George Lakoff calls thesepeople biconceptuals. We usuallycall them swing voters, the middleor moderates. These are the peoplewho ultimately decide the elec-tions.I prescribe the same remedyrepeatedly: ratcheting up the leveland quality of citizen participationin our democracy. Boost the ener-gy way up!
“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen whowould protect the rights and privi-leges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are there any political moderatesout there? In Uptown? Your voic-es are needed.Go to your caucus, contact neigh-bors and elected officials, join anorganization representing yourperspective, send money to theseorganizations. Do whatever ittakes to restore balance and sanityto the American political system.
“Democracy doesn’t work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community…What’s right and good doesn’t come natu- rally. You have to stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does. “ Bill Moyers
Send a Letter to the Editor toUptownNews@yahoo.com tellingthe community what you think.Don’t hold back!
(Information to put this commentaryinto context can be found atwww. ProgressiveValues.org.)
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CARAG & UNN Board Member Nancy Riestenberg, Board Member MelissaDavidson and Board President Diana Boegemann take time out from theUptown Association Annual Meeting.
The January 18 meeting was held at St.Mary’s Greek Orthodox church in the East Calhoun neighborhood. More info atwww.uptownassociation.com.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
An anthem in smiles
10t W nws
 From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us, OfficeHours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward10
Cit ow ccptig STeP-uP Pogm applictios!
The City of Minneapolis has offi-cially released the 2012 STEP-UP Summer Youth Application.The Minneapolis Employmentand Training Program (METP)has combined its summer youthemployment opportunities underthe STEP-UP name. Therefore,the STEP-UP application is thesole entry point for youth ages14-21 to apply for a summer job
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St. Mary’s Church Washburn High School Visit www.mnip.org St. Mary’s ChurchTerrace Room Media Center Great Hall3450 Irving Ave. So. 201 W. 49th St. 3450 Irving Ave. So.
Precinct 4 
 Joyce Church Washburn High School Visit www.mnip.org Jefferson School2nd Floor Room Media Center Room 3081220 W. 31st St. 201 W. 49th St. 1200 W. 26th St.
Precinct 6 
 Joyce Church Washburn High School Visit www.mnip.org St. Mary’s ChurchSanctuary Media Center Meeting Room 11220 W. 31st St. 201 W. 49th St. 3450 Irving Ave. So.
Precinct 7 
Painter Park Washburn High School Visit www.mnip.org St. Mary’s ChurchMulti-Purpose Room Media Center Meeting Room 2620 W. 34th St. 201 W. 49th St. 3450 Irving Ave. So.
to another senate district. Afterthe caucuses, and before the sen-ate district conventions, delegateswill be informed if they have beenmoved based on their address.Hopefully, this will involve fewdelegates. On May 3 the City willredefine precinct boundaries basedon new Census data which willthen pertain to the primary andelection process.In order to vote, offer resolutionsor become a delegate at a precinctcaucus, one must be eligible to votein the 2012 general election, livein the precinct and be in generalagreement with the principles of the political party.with the City of Minneapolis. Theapplication deadline is February 3,2012.STEP-UP serves youth who Livein the City of Minneapolis, areages 14 to 21, are not enrolled andactively attending college (PSEOis ok), come from lower-incomehouseholds (example: annual max-imum income for a family of fouris $64,000). Application is at www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/ public/@cped/documents/webcon-tent/wcms1p-081310.pdf. Moreinformation is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/metp/ resources/cped_stepup.
Wit Wo Wlk/ri
Join the Midtown GreenwayCoalition (MGC), Bike WalkTwin Cities, and the Minneapo-lis Bicycle Coalition on Saturday,February 11 at noon for an after-noon of biking and walking, food,learning and fun winter activitieson the Midtown Greenway. Eventsinclude a fat tire bicycle obstaclecourse courtesy of Freewheel Mid-town Bike Center, slow-bike raceswith Nice Ride MN, a marshmal-low-roasting bicycle, snow tub-ing behind a bike, tricycle trains,snowshoe activities, and treatsfrom Common Roots Café.Whether you’re an experiencedwinter biker, a year-round walkeror a fair-weather cyclist just itch-ing to get back on the trails, comeout and show winter that it can’tforce you onto four wheels! Infor-mation is at www.minneapolismn.gov/. Though the Midtown Gre-enway Coalition asks for a dona-tion to help support this event,participation is free.
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 Annual Fundraiser This Month
 By Nicole Valentine
Its tour time at Kenwood Elementary School. With school request cardsdue to the District on February 29, parents considering Kenwood areencouraged to take a parent-led tour. Tours take about an hour and areheld most Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am through Febru-ary 23. Prospective parents also will have a chance to meet briefly withschool Principal, Cheryl Martin, and Community Liaison, Sue Payne.Call Sue Payne at 612.668.2778 to schedule your tour. Come and see why“Arts+Smarts=Kenwood.”Kenwood’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the evening of Saturday, Feb-ruary 11. The ticketed event is open to the public. Contact event chairAlyssa Peterson at Alyssa@evokedesigninc.com with donations or ques-tions.
 Nicole Valentine is the parent of Kenwood students.

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