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Crime & Safety ....................................... 4

Film Reviews................................................ 9
ECCO Minutes ....................................... 10
Events Calendar...................................... 11
< Party in the Rec Room
Lorna Landviks Party in the Rec Room
opens January 9, at Bryant Lake Bowl. Her
solo improv show is filled with characters created
on the spot. (See more events on page 11.)

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COVERING THE UPTOWN AREA and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO

JANUARY 2015 - Volume 11 - Number 1

The Loppet Roars Back

Mayor Betsy Hodges spoke to protesters in support of their right to unionize and protest in front of Burger King on Nicollet Avenue and 34th Street.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Contestants vie for position during the 2014 Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet Race on Lake Calhoun. See a map and full list of
Loppet weekend events on page 12. (Photo by Steve Kotvis, f/go (

1800 Lake Fix Sets off

More Possible Development

Protesters Block
Uptown Traffic
Fast food group and retail janitors support
a living wage, and right to unionize
By Bruce Cochran
Around 6:30 a.m., on December Dec. 4, 2014, a group protesting
in support of unionizing and a livable wage of $15, blocked traffic
in Uptown. Organized by CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha The Center of Workers United in Struggle), the
group gathered in the street at Lagoon and Hennepin Avenues in
front of McDonalds on the southeast corner.


A solution recently proposed by representatives of 1800 Lake (building at left) would build replacement parking on
the two adjacent properties to the east (2 homes center and right above). (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Lake and Knox LLC has

reached a settlement with the
city, but not the Minneapolis
Parks and Recreation Department, over pumping ground

water illegally into the Chain of

Lakes since 2011.
Lake and Knox LLC, developer of 1800 Lake on Calhoun,

has agreed to flood the lowest

level of its basement with the
same groundwater that is currently being illegally pumped
1800 LAKE page 5

Hospitals Architect has Uptown Roots

Local architect,
Warren B. Dunnell
By Kathleen Kullberg

Fergus Falls State Hospital for the mentally ill, which closed in 2009, was
designed by Warren B. Dunnell.

The classically designed buildings of the former Fergus Falls

State Hospital for the insane
have been very much in the
forefront of the news this fall.
While no longer part of the
Minnesota asylum facilities,
they still pose a stately presence in western Minnesota
and are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Since
being shuttered in 2009 and the
patients long gone, several new
uses have been suggested to
revitalize them. But not much

Cigarette Ban
is Made Final

Full City Council vote confirms Health

subcommittees recommendation
Adding to a state ban that went into effect July 1, 2014, the full
Minneapolis City Council voted Dec. 5 to include e-cigarettes
in that same ban for all indoor public places. After a November
17, 2014 Public Hearing at City Hall that drew speakers for and
against the measure, the Council voted unanimously in favor of
the ban.

Rep. Paul Thissen

Returns to Being
House Minority Leader
by Gary Farland

Due to the new Republican majority in the Minnesota House,

on Jan. 5 House Speaker Paul Thissen will return to the role of
House Minority Leader, for which he was elected by the new
House DFL Caucus. Thissen represents House District 61B
which includes East Calhoun and CARAG. In the 2012 elections,
Thissen helped the DFL change from a 62-member minority to a
73-member majority and was elected Speaker.
Paul and his wife Karen Wilson Thissen are former residents of
East Calhoun and were active in its neighborhood activities. They
THISSEN page 3

2 - JANUARY 2015

Midtown Greenway Awarded

Uptown Up Close
2014 Great Places Award
Lake Calhoun Event Center, Jan. 27
who had the original vision for
the Greenway and worked for
years to get it built.

The Uptown Association presents Uptown Up Close: An

evening of Art, Flavor & Entertainment, 5 p.m. to 8 p. m.
at the Lake Calhoun Event Center, (3450 Irving Ave. S.)
Experience an evening of adventure featuring;

Our founders first started

working on the Greenway in
the late 80s by meeting with
neighborhood leaders all along
the corridor. We became an
official nonprofit organization
in 1995, and worked to get each
section of the Greenway completed from 2000 to 2007. It has
since become one of the busiest bikeways in Minnesota and
recognized as the best urban
bike trail in the nation.

Mike McGarvey of SRF Consulting Group, Inc. presents Soren Jensen,

Executive Director, Midtown Greenway Coalition with a 2014 Great Places
award. (Photo by Aaron Shaffer)

UptownRestaurant Tasting
Wet Paint Art Auction
Business of Community Awards
Uptown Community Expo
Live Music
Performances from local dance companies
Silent Auction
Its the one event in Uptown each year that gathers city
officials, community members, and business owners in the
same space. More information and tickets at

More information about the

organization can be found at

Provided by the Midtown Greenway Coalition

The Midtown Greenway was
awarded a 2014 Great Places
award from the Sensible Land
Use Coalition on December 10.
The second annual event took
place at the Hopkins Center
for the Arts and was narrated by WCCO televisions Don
Shelby. The Midtown Greenway Coalition (MGC) was
among 14 nominees, and one
of five award winners, which
included IDS Crystal Court, St.
Paul Farmers Market, St. Paul
Urban Flower Field and Wirth
I am very pleased to inform
you that last night the Midtown
Greenway won a 2014 Great
Places award from the Sensible Land Use Coalition, Soren
Jensen, Executive Director of
the MGC, said. Thanks to all
of you for your work to make

the Greenway such a Great


About the Midtown

Greenway Coalition
The Midtown Greenway Coalition is coalition of neighborhoods, organizations, and
individuals who love the Midtown Greenway and want to
protect and enhance it. Our
mission is to empower communities to develop, improve,
protect, and enjoy the Midtown
Greenway as a green urban
corridor to improve peoples
Were the grassroots nonprofit
organization that advocated for
the Midtown Greenway trails
to be put in by public agencies. The Midtown Greenway
would not be here without the
work of our early volunteers,

The Uptown
Neighborhood News

PAWS to Read
Gerry VanTassel, (left) watches as Emmet, (right) reads to Gypsy (center), a rescued dog from the streets of
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gypsy is a part of the Paws to Read with an Animal program that makes occasional visits to
the Walker Library. Walker librarian Sandra Roback explains the benefits of the program. Reading to a dog is a way
for children to build positive associations with reading and improve their literacy skills. Children come alive and feel a
sense of pride knowing the dog is listening and enjoying the story. More info at (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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THISSEN from 1

now live in the Lynnhurst

Neighborhood with their three
children and are active in that
neighborhood as well. Thissen
provided the following interview for the Uptown Neighborhood News:
Please discuss your new role as
House Minority Leader.
During the last two years as
House Speaker I am proud of
the work we accomplished for
Minnesotas future. We focused
on the kind of priorities that
will have a lasting effect to
improve our state. We made
historic investments in education at all levels, balanced our
budget in an honest way for the
first time in a decade, and took
great strides to make Minnesota a place that values fairness
and equality.

Paul and Karen Wilson Thissen celebrate at the White House, December
2014. (Photo provided by the Thissens.)

Bremer Bank
Brueggers Bagels
Bryant Square Park
Cheapo Records
Chiang Mai Thai
Common Roots Cafe
Dunn Bros
(Hennepin & 34th)
Dunn Bros
(Lake & Bryant)
Falafel King
Famous Daves BBQ
Gigis Caf
Health Resource Center
Isles Bun & Coffee
Its Greek to Me
Joyce Food Shelf
Joyce United
Methodist Church
Kowalskis Market
Magers & Quinn
Mohn Electric & Lighting
Lagoon Theatre
Parents Automotive
Pizza Luce
Rainbow Foods

CARAG Neighborhood

East Isles Neighborhood


ECCO Neighborhood

Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood


Minneapolis Information

Mpls. Park & Rec. Board

Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 6
Anita Tabb
612.230.6400 ext. 4

Mpls. Public Schools


City Councilperson (Ward 10)

Lisa Bender

Mayor Betsy Hodges


Marion Greene, 3rd District,

Hennepin County Council

State Senator (60)

D. Scott Dibble


State Representative (61A)

Frank Hornstein

State Representative (61B)

Paul Thissen

Sebastian Joes
Ice Cream Cafe


Southwest Senior Center


Spyhouse Coffee Shop
Uptown Diner
Tea Garden
Treetops At Calhoun
Vail Place
Walker Library
Walker Place
The Wedge Co-op
YWCA (Uptown)

Governor Mark Dayton

U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison

U.S. Senator
Al Franken


U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar


Barack Obama


As House Minority Leader, I will continue to lead our

caucus as we push to make
more progress for our states
future. Although our economy is improving there are still
many Minnesotans who are
striving for that next rung on
the economic ladder. College
affordability, the rising cost
of childcare, and affordable
health care are all priorities we
will be focusing on during the
2015 session.


DFL-led legislature worked to

make progress in every region
of our state. Based on the rhetoric of the incoming Republican
majority, there is a concern that
Republicans will try to pit the
metro area against rural Minnesota. Local government aid,
school funding and transportation are areas where Republicans could attempt to make
deep cuts that impact schools
and communities in the metro
area. Dividing our state like
this is not an effective way to
govern or manage our state.
We will be watching this closely and working to ensure all
of Minnesota has a chance to
improve and thrive.
The nation seemed to take a
conservative swing this last
election. To what do you
attribute this?
Historically we have seen this
trend bear out in mid-term
elections during a Presidents
final term.
It was discouraging to see very
low turnout in this last election
in Minnesota. We need to con-

tinue examining the issue of

declining voter turnout because
its simply not healthy for our
democracy when half of the
state does not vote.
Are you optimistic about the
DFL regaining control of the
Minnesota House?
Our focus during the legislative
session will be to continue making progress for hardworking
Minnesotans. If Republicans
roll back that progress in order
to cater to special interests we
will hold them accountable.
And in two years, Minnesota
voters could very well have a
stark contrast between a party
that puts the middle-class first
and a party that puts wealthy
special interests first. It will
take a lot of work for us to
regain the majority and it will
take a strong effort from legislators, candidates and volunteers from across the state. I am
optimistic that together we are
up for the challenge.
Gary Farland resides in the East
Calhoun Neighborhood.

Jefferson Elementary
January Calendar

Classes Resume

Will the next session be a big

battle over tax cuts versus new
Due to the budget passed by
Governor Dayton and the DFL
legislature, we have an honestly
balanced budget and a $1 billion surplus. We were able to
achieve this budget by putting
middle-class priorities ahead
of wealthy special interests
and yes, by raising taxes on the
wealthiest Minnesotans and by
closing corporate tax loopholes.

Basketball Game 5pm Boys & 6pm Girls,

Away at Anwatin 256 Upton Ave S

Republicans predicted these

tax increase would torpedo
our economy, but theyve been
proven wrong.

21 Area C Meeting 6-8pm, Barton Open

4237 Colfax Ave S

We do not believe that going

backwards and using the surplus to cut taxes for wealthy
corporations and big businesses would be in the best interest of Minnesotas economic
future. Rather, we should look
to maintain our structurally
balanced budget while investing in priorities that will better
support hardworking families.
What combination of tax
relief and expanded or new
programs would you like to
College affordability, the rising
cost of childcare, and affordable health care are all priorities
we will be focusing on during
the 2015 session. As mentioned
above, we are not interested in
going down the path of cutting
taxes for big corporations and
businesses. If we look at any tax
relief proposals I would prefer
we focus on ways to strengthen
the middle class. The Governor
has mentioned interest in the
child-care tax credit as a way to
accomplish this.
What issues should the people
in your district be especially
concerned about?
Over the past two years, a

12 Basketball Game 5pm Boys & 6pm Girls,

Home at Jefferson (vs. Sanford Middle)
12 Latino Leadership Group 6-8pm,
Bancroft 1315 East 38th Street
15 Site Council/PTO 5-6pm, Media Center
16 No School
19 No SchoolMartin Luther King Jr. Day
20 Session #2 Afterschool Classes Begin

22 YOU Parent Workshop at Jefferson

(Details to come)
31 Minneapolis School Fair Showcase 9am-2pm

4 - JANUARY 2015

crime & safety

The Minneapolis Police Department was not able to supply

the UNN with the Uptown Crime Map this month.

Minneapolis First Snow Shoveling Season is Here

refresher on the
in Nation for NNO Ashoveling
From the City of Minneapolis

Provided by the Minneapolis Police Department

Thanks to incredible community support and an increase in community policing, Minneapolis has once again grabbed the trophy
for top National Night Out (NNO) city in the country. It is the
Citys 3rd year in a row topping the charts nationwide.
Nearly 15,000 events were registered for NNO in 2014, setting
a record on our City streets the night of August 5. Attendance
totaled more than 74,000 and more than 23,500 of attendees were
kids and young adults. All told, 19 percent of Minneapolis total
population participated in the celebration and 100 percent of the
Citys 83 residential neighborhoods participated this year.
Our communities and block club leaders realize what a tremendous honor this is for our City. Our Officers and Crime Prevention Specialists certainly do. The numbers prove that we have a
very strong partnership with the neighborhoods that play a huge
part in helping keep our streets safe, Minneapolis Police Chief
Jane Harteau said.

Scam Using Mpls

Police Dept Number
Provided by the Minneapolis Police Department
The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has received reports
from individuals who stated that they were called by someone
who claimed to be with the IRS. In the phone call, he asked for
personal identifying information. The caller ID showed the Fifth
Precincts desk number, which is 612.673.5705.
This is a scam. No police or government agency will ever call you
unexpectedly and demand personal information over the phone.
We have so far only heard of the Fifth Precincts phone number showing on caller ID, but the other precinct numbers can be
found at Each precincts phone number is the
same except the last digit represents the precinct number. For
example, First Precinct would be 612.673.5701.

Sidewalks are a critical part of

the citys transportation system.
Thats why Minneapolis ordinance requires that property
owners clear sidewalks after
a snowfall within 24 hours for
houses and duplexes and four
daytime hours for apartment
and commercial buildings.
This is for your own benefit
and to help your neighbors who
are walking, pushing strollers
and using wheelchairs.
When you shovel snow and
clear ice, shovel the sidewalks
on all sides of your property,
the full width of the sidewalk
down to the bare pavement.
When possible, remove all ice
from sidewalks. Remember,
you are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as
clearing snow. Ice can be more
of a barrier and more dangerous than snow. The sooner and
more completely you shovel,
the less likely ice will form.

Check the salt

If you use salt or other chemical de-icers, use as little as possible. When they dissolve, they
release harmful chlorides that
may find their way into the

closest lake, river or stream.

As the snow and ice melts you
dont see the chemicals anymore, but they can flow into
the storm sewer, which brings
them untreated directly into
the closest water body. Once
the chloride gets into the water,
it stays there accumulating
because it doesnt ever break
down. As little as one teaspoon
of salt in five gallons of water
is harmful to aquatic life and
affects the taste of drinking
water. Keep in mind:

Shovel first. The more snow

and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have
to use and the more effective
it can be. Then, break up
ice with an ice scraper and
decide if a de-icer (to melt
ice) or sand (for traction) is
even necessary.
15 degrees is too cold for
most de-icers to work. Most
stop doing their job when
the temperature is below 15
More de-icer does not mean
more melting. Check the
package directions for the
safest and most effective use.
Sweep up extra de-icer. If
salt or sand is visible on dry
pavement, it is no longer
doing any work and will be
washed away. The excess can

Big Air for Big Tires

IRS impersonation scams have been occurring across the nation.

What you can do

SCAM page 6

For more information on

healthier sidewalk snow and ice
removal, visit minnehahacreek.

Dont forget your garbage

and recycling carts
Garbage and recycling collection crews are out working,
even after a heavy snowfall.
Make sure to clear a path three
feet wide from your garbage
and recycling containers to the
alley or street. Also make sure
the containers can be moved

Help shoveling

The IRS has information on IRS-impersonation scams on their


Never give personal information to anyone over the phone or

online unless you have initiated the call and know exactly who
you are speaking to.
If you get a call or email from someone who claims they are with
an official organization such as a government agency or a bank,
do not give them any personal information like your credit card
number, bank account number, social security number, or more.
If they give you a phone number to call to verify who they are,
write that down but do not call it. Search for the official phone
number of the organization and call them directly to verify that
the call was legitimate.
If you are the victim of a scam, report it so the governing agencies know that the scam exists and can warn others if needed.
How to report:
If you lost money in a scam, report it to your local police department.
If you did NOT lose money, report it to the FTC.
MN Scams has more resources and recommendations.
Report scams and find information on scam prevention and
trends through the FTC and
FTC: Avoiding scams and rip-offs:
MN Scams:
Become a block leader. Receive detailed alerts of most crimes in
your area and forward to your neighbors. Contact your Crime
Prevention Specialist for more information.
Receive time-sensitive crime trend alerts and more. Visit go.usa.

be swept up and reused for

the next snow or disposed of
in the trash.
Check your local hardware
store for alternative products.
Follow package directions
for the most effective use and
least harm to the environment.
It may be impossible to remove
bonded ice when the temperatures remain very low
for extended periods. Shovel
the best you can, and sprinkle
a little sand to provide traction until you can remove the
ice. Minneapolis provides free
sand to residents in cases like
this. See

When it snows, some seniors

in the city need help shoveling
their walks. Want to lend them
a hand this winter? The City
is working with the Neighborhood Involvement Program to
find individual volunteers or
volunteer groups to commit to
shoveling for at least one client
for one month or for the entire
winter. Its a great way to spend
some time in the snow with
friends and make a difference
for a senior in your community.
Involvement Program website
for more information and contact Jeanne Rasmussen at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.
org or 612.746.8549 to sign up.

Report sidewalks that are

not shoveled

The Winter Bike Expo at Freewheel Bike Midtown Center included fat
tire demo rides as seen above. The third annual festival on Dec. 6 and 7
included free winter biking advice from the experts, seminars, advocacy and
snow shoe demos. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

To report a sidewalk that is not

shoveled, you can file an online
complaint, call 311 or use the
311 mobile app. If the City of
Minneapolis gets a report or
discovers that a sidewalk is not
properly cleared, Public Works
will send a warning letter and
give the property owners a
chance to clear it. If the sidewalk does not get cleared, the
property owner may be issued
a citation with a fine and crews
will remove the snow and ice
from the sidewalk. The property owner will be billed for this
work, and unpaid bills will be
added to the owners property



One of the Winners?

Protesters blocked traffic at 34th Street and Nicollet Avenue in front of

Burger King. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)


This house on the 2600 block of Fremont Avenue in the Wedge neighborhood may be one of the lucky ones.
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhrood Association (LHENA/Wedge) held a holiday light photo contest in December 2014.
To see the winners in various categories go to (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

At noon, that the same group of fast food protesters gathered at

34th Street and Nicollet Avenue in front of the Burger King, and
were was joined by retail janitors. Rallying outside and inside the
parking lot, over more than 200 protesters chanted slogans and
demanded the right to organize for a living wage. After filling
the Burger King restaurant with chanting and listening to Mayor
Betsy Hodges speak in support of their struggle, protesters circled
the nearby intersection while streets were blocked off with the
support of Minneapolis Police. At one point seven police vehicles
were parked near the protest, including one paddy wagon.
Andy Holmaas, a representative of CTUL who was at both protests gave a statement about their cause.
We are cooks and cashiers on strike against profitable fast food
companies that dont pay us enough to afford our basic needs, like
rent and transportation, said protester and CTUL representative
Andy Holmaas. .Were sticking together and speaking out for
better wages, more predictable schedules and the right to organize
without fear of retaliation. When people who serve your food are
paid more, we will be able to put more money back into our communities and create more jobs.
Many demonstrators of CUTL joined with another group who
were protesting decisions not to indict police officers in the cases of
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York
City. That group then marched onto I-35W, which shut down the
highway for almost 2 hours that afternoon.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the
Uptown Neighborhood News and resides in CARAG.

Currently groundwater from 1800 Lake is being pumped illegally into the lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Lake
Calhoun creating unsafe ice conditions. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

1800 LAKE from 1

into the Chain of Lakes. The

developer has been pumping
out groundwater into the sewers that filter into the Chain
of Lakes in order to keep the
basement dry. Following the
flooding, the basement, which
is currently used for parking,
will eventually be filled with
The developer has until March
31 to implement the agreed
upon solution. Lake and Knox
LLC could also have to pay
$300,000 to the city, but final
decisions on fines are still pending City Council approval of
the settlement. It will cost an
estimated $1.2 million for Lake
and Knox LLC to implement
the solution. The developer
will also need to build a new
parking lot.

Lucia Moves On
Lucia Watson sold her restaurant at 1432 31st St., after almost 30 years
of ownership to a group of investors led by Jason Jenny. (Photo by Bruce

expects to recoup its financial
losses with a lawsuit against the
architects and engineers who
designed the building. That
lawsuit will likely go to trial in
the first few months of 2015.
Minneapolis Parks had joined
the city of Minneapolis lawsuit,
but will seek additional separate settlements to address lake
pollution caused by the influx
of groundwater, so there could
be additional monetary penalties for Lake and Knox LLC
moving forward.
At a recent East Isles Residents
Association (EIRA) meeting,
representatives of 1800 Lake
presented a solution to buy
the two adjacent properties to
the east. In order to satisfy the
ruling, the developer will fill

Making Merry
Members and non-members of the Uptown Association (UA) joined in
the revelry during the annual Uptown Holiday Mingle. UA Board Members Ted Stephany and Marcus Genzlinger joined Colleen Flamm from Urban
Tails in the merrymaking, giveaways and complimentary appetizers during
the Dec. 1 event at Famous Daves in Calhoun Square. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

in the bottom floor (Parking

Level 2) with concrete but keep
the 1st floor (Parking Level 1)
open and continue to use it. If
Lake and Knox LLC is able
to buy and develop the adjacent properties identified at the
meeting, then the plan would
entail building a new structure
with below ground and ground
level parking for the 1800 Lake
residents. A tunnel would also
have to be built to connect the
current Parking Level 1 lot
to the underground parking
under the new building on the
adjacent properties.
The proposed plan for the
new development includes one
level of underground parking;
ground floor is retail, commercial and parking; 2nd floor
is commercial; 3rd floor is 6
apartments; and the 4th floor
is one 2,000-square-foot condo
unit that is set back 20 feet
from the Lake Street side.

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Uptowns Only Irish Pub Falls Flat on Service

Review: Morriseys Irish Pub
This review is one of those bad
news/good news types. First,
the bad news. After we selected a table at Morrisseys Irish
Pub on an early weekday evening, a bartender brought us
menus, took our drink orders,
and announced the Reuben
as the soup du jour. Our soft
drinks arrived posthaste, and
then we were left to ooh and
aah over the menu. Then
we waited. And waited. Twenty-five minutes
elapsed, during which time
the bar stools became filled
who all seemed to know
each other, as though they
had spent copious amounts
of time together at the bar.
Each arrival was greeted
by name, accompanied by
hugs and high fives. I fully
expected to hear shouts of
Norm! The only other
patron sat at a nearby table
working on his laptop.

The good news is that the food

is very good considering the
bar atmosphere. Irish-influenced cuisine dominates the
menu. Consider trying some
of the authentic entrees, such
as Corned Beef with Cabbage,
Shepherds Pie, or Morrisseys
Fish and Chips (served with
malt vinegar). The side dishes
are equally influenced by the

My companion and I each chose

to start our meal with a cup of
soup. The potato soup was a
tasty, golden medley of potato,
leeks, and onions. The Soup
of the Day, the Reuben, was a
satisfying, slightly spicy combination of shredded corned beef
and sauerkraut in a creamy
broth, thickened with cheese.
Although the menu stated that

had never experienced before

and which kicked supermarket
cheddar cheese into the dust.
Sandwiches come with a choice
of chips (French fries), tots, or
I chose Bread Pudding as my
free dessert, and it proved to
be a custardy mound of sweetness, topped by red current
sauce. My companions Chocolate Lava cake was the
expected dark, dense chocolate cake outside, which,
when opened, spilled out
gooey, fudge sauce.
Morrisseys Irish Pub,
which opened on March 17,
2014, is the first Irish pub in
the Uptown area. Besides
lunch and dinner, a brunch
is offered on Saturdays and
Sundays. The beer and
wine menu is impressive,
and Morrisseys website
boasts of being about all
things whiskey. From 11
a.m. to 3 p.m., you can get
a burger and a pint for $10.
Live music is showcased on
several evenings a week,
starting at 9:30 p.m.

We sat stewing, hoping to

catch the bartenders eye.
Finally, a young woman
circled the room, lighting a candle at each table.
As she lit the one on our
Although I had hoped to
table, I asked whether there
return soon to try an Irish
was someone who could Morriseys now features live music several evenings a week, starting at 9:30 p.m. Breakfast (served anytime
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
take our dinner order. She
during their open hours) or
seemed surprised that no one Emerald Isle, including such the soup would be accompa- some of the other traditional
had taken our order yet, hur- faves as Boxtys (Irish potato nied by ciabatta bread, ours had food because the food is better
ried away to correct the over- pancake), Rashers (boiled, very only a packet of saltines on the than average, the entire expesight, and then reappeared to meaty bacon pieces with mini- side. Because each soup could rience left a bitter taste in my
take our order. The bartender mal fat), and Black and White be a meal in itself, we decided mouth.
later approached with an apol- Pudding (pork meat and fat, to share a pub-style hamburger,
ogy and offered free desserts suet, bread, and oatmeal that is which was a dense, lean patty From the time that my companion and I entered Moras a peace offering, which we formed into a large sausage).
topped by a slice of Irish Ched- risseys Irish pub, we felt like
dar cheese, the likes of which I aliens. The poor treatment that
we got only served to bolster
that feeling. Perhaps this experience was simply a fluke, or a
matter of the right hand being
unaware of what the left hand
was doing, or that the bartender was just having too much
fun with the regulars.

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Irish Pub
913 Lake Street

Saturday & Sunday,

Appetizers: $6.99-$12.99
Wings: $10.99
Sandwiches: $9.99-$12.99
Salads: $3.99-$11.99
Burgers: $8.99-$9.99
Entrees $8.99-$12.99
Brunch entrees $8.99-$12.99

Metered street parking

tomed to receiving very good

service at other Uptown restaurants that I have reviewed in
the past two years, Morrisseys
gave me an opposite experience, and the question arose in
my mind of whether my companion and I were not cool
enough, not young enough, or
just not worthy enough of good
service. On a scale of 1 to 5,
with 5 being the highest, I rate
Morrisseys, as follows: Food =
3, Beverages = 4, Service = 1,
and Atmosphere = 1.

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The Lake Harriet Winter Kite

Festival is January 17


Wedge Holiday Cheer

Winter fun on a string

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA/Wedge) celebrated the holidays at their annual holiday party. Former Ward 10 Council
Member Meg Tuthill (right) chats with LHENA residents during the December
event at Williams Pub. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
(Photo provided by MPRB)

The Minneapolis Park and

Recreation Board (MPRB) will
host the 13th Annual Lake
Harriet Winter Kite Festival
on January 17. The Kite Festival will take place on the north
end of Lake Harriet near the
Bandshell, located at 4135 W.
Lake Harriet Pkwy.. Kites of
all shapes, sizes, colors and
themes will fly over frozen
Lake Harriet. Admission is

Minnesota Kite Society experts

will demonstrate their skills
maneuvering spectacular kites
throughout the day, and offer
their expertise to kite flying
enthusiasts and to those who
are new to the pastime. Bring
your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.

Festival sponsors include the

MPRB, Minnesota Kite Society, Tips Outdoors, East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood
Association (EHFNA), People
for Parks, Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) and
the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA).

Tips Outdoors will teach kids

ice fishing skills and safety tips.
Equipment and permits for
children will be provided.

More information at







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has been written about their

history and their architect,
Warren B. Dunnell.
Warren Barnes Dunnell was
born in Maine in 1851 to Mark
and Sarah Parrington Dunnell.
In 1863, the family moved to
Winona, Minn., briefly, then
on to Owatonna. After moving
to Minnesota during the Civil
War, the senior Dunnell enlisted and served in the Union
Army as a Colonel, then as a
U.S. Congressman from Owatonna (District 1) from 1871 to
1883 and again from 1889 to
1891. Mark Dunnell also served
as the Minnesota Superintendent of Public Instruction from
1867 to 1870. Education was an
important part of the family
values and son Warren leaped
at the opportunity.
Warren Dunnell first attended
the University of Minnesota
but transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation, he
began his architecture career
in Washington, D.C., working
for the government in Missouri
and Tennessee. Then he went
to Europe to further study at
the cole des Beaux-Arts in
Paris. It is there that he more
than likely acquired his fondness for classical architecture.
His buildings in the United
States clearly reflect this training. Back in St. Paul by 1880,
he entered the office of Abraham Radcliffe (architect of the
Dakota County Courthouse in
Hastings) and in 1881, began
his own practice focusing on
public institutional design.
In the late 19th century, overcrowding at Minnesotas two
other asylums in Rochester and

St. Peter led to the creation of

a third hospital in Fergus Falls.
Warren B. Dunnell was the
chosen architect. The complex
of buildings for the State Hospital were designed in a new
concept by Dr. Thomas Kirkbride, a Philadelphia physician,
and construction begun in 1888
and was completed in 1906.

used for outdoor recreation.

Constructed with elements
of Roman Renaissance and
Gothic influence, it is built
in the shape of a semi-circle.
Its cream colored brick was
manufactured in nearby Pelican Rapids. The eight-story
tower, described as somewhat
Beaux Arts Classical, was never
intended for use, but was the

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Many of the existing Kirkbride buildings throughout the

country by the end of the 20th
century had been completely abandoned or demolished.

Kirkbride promoted a standardized method of asylum construction and

mental health treatment,
popularly known as the
Kirkbride Plan, which
significantly influenced
the entire American
asylum community. In
the latter half of the
19th century, Kirkbride
envisioned and promoted the idea that healthy
recovery would be more
likely if a calm secluded
environment surrounded patients as well as
provided a respectable
bright and airy habitat.
Careful attention was
given to every detail
of the design. Dunnell
traveled east in 1887 to
other Kirkbride facilities before submitting
his design. Though 2600 Colfax Ave. S. is one of the Uptown buildings designed by Warren B. Dunnell.
there are strong similari- by Kathy Kullberg)
ties, featuring an imposculmination of an architectural
ing central tower, the Fergus statement and was to serve as a The Fergus Falls complex is
Falls administration building landmark within the city, the an outstanding exception. It
captures the essence of the con- Fergus Falls website states.
is a testament to Dunnell that
cept while achieving a palatial
the elegant buildings still stand
lightness not found in other Situated on 637 acres with sev- and can be repurposed into the
eral animal barns, cottages, and future. Fergus Falls, located in
Kirkbride institutions.
orchards the hospital remained Otter Tail County, has become
The Kirkbride building was self-sufficient by raising its a thriving growing center for
designed with curving or stag- own cows, horses, pigs and veg- the arts and the Kirkbride
gered wings, which allowed etables. Many of the inmates main buildings are the genesis
for natural light and windows were given duties throughout of that renewed community.
in all patient rooms. In addi- the grounds. However, as the
tion, the beautifully landscaped institutions population waned According to Star Tribune
grounds of the campus were and new mental health treat- reporter Janet Moore, the most
recent ambitious endeavor is
being made by Atlanta developers Ray Willey and Bill
Brown under a project heading of Historic Kirkbride, a
limited-liability corporation,
to restore the buildings into a
complex of residences, a 120room hotel, restaurants, a center for the arts and retail plaza.

On the agenda

ment methods emerged, the

burden on the State to provide
for those remaining became
greater. In 2009, the hospital
was officially closed and the
last patients moved elsewhere.

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In addition to the Fergus Falls

hospital, several of Dunnells
most outstanding buildings are
the Minnesota Training School
for Boys in Red Wing, the First
Baptist Church of Owatonna,
and the local Douglas Elementary School, razed in 1980, that
was situated at Dupont and
Franklin Avenues. The Red
Wing facility is presently serving as a diagnostic treatment
center for boys from Minnesota
who have been declared delinquent and committed by the
While a biography from Minneapolis Architecture and
Architects claims that the
Dunnell practice, which was
extensive, appears to have been
almost entirely devoted to
church, public buildings, and
institutions, there are three
known Dunnell residences in
Lowry Hill East: two being
his own residences and one
built for William Webster at
2600 Colfax. He also designed
a gymnasium addition to St.

Pauls Episcopal Church that

was located at 2005 Bryant
Avenue South.
Although Dunnells family roots were in Owatonna,
Warren was at home in Minneapolis. He built his private
residence at in Lowry Hill
East at 2408(6) Aldrich Avenue
South in 1890. Dunnell at that
time owned two adjacent lots
on the southwest corner
of Aldrich at West 24th
Street. His residence
at 2408 had a tennis
court to the north side.
According to the family
history, Dunnell suffered
financial loses about 1907
and built an 8-unit apartment building on the
site of the tennis court.
After selling 2408, the
family moved into two
of the apartments at 2400
Aldrich. The 2400 building features a classical
Roman entrance with
double columns.
It was at this time also
that the Tom Hart family moved into Lowry
Hill East from Mankato.
Tom Harts two younger daughters, Maud
and Helen, became fast
friends with Dunnells
younger daughter, Alice. Later
in 1955, Maud Hart Lovelace,
made Alice Dunnell a feature
character known as Boogie
Hilton in the book, Betsys
Wedding, from popular series
of Betsy-Tacy books set in
Lowry Hill East. In the 1920s
the newly weds, Maud and
her husband Delos Lovelace,
moved into apartment #7 at
2400 Aldrich.
Presently, the other known
Dunnell designed residence is
located just a few blocks away
at 2600 Colfax, built in 1892 for
William H. Webster, the general superintendent at the Minneapolis Journal newspaper.
This residence was designed
in a late Victorian Queen Anne
style with turreted window
bays on the north facade and
multi columns on the front
porch. Though originally a
single family home it was subdivided several times through
the present. Curiously, Maud
Hart Lovelaces older sister,
Kathleen, and husband Eugene
Bibb, moved into an apartment
there soon after their wedding,
about 1919. Kathleen was a
well-known opera singer in
Minneapolis and the Midwest
in the 1920s and 30s.
Warren B. Dunnell was married to Ida Ogden in 1892 and
had three children, Richard,
Dorothy, and Alice. He died in
1931 and is buried in the Dunnell plot in Owatonna at Forest
Hill Cemetery. Though he is
mostly known for his outstanding public buildings throughout the U.S., his legacy will be
forever connected to the Fergus
Falls historic state buildings.
Kathleen Kullberg resides in the
Lowry Hill East/Wedge Neighborhood.



New Business Changes for January 2015

Meet You Round Back

All About the Sauce

Salsa la Salsa replaces the nine month old Bone Yard at 2841 Hennepin
Ave. Known for its traditional mexican dishes, Salsa la Salsa also has locations at the Midtown Global Market and 1420 Nicollet Ave. S. (Photo by Bruce

Short Redhead Reel Reviews

By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Dont miss,
3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)]
Big Eyes (PG-13) (3)
[Thematic elements and brief
strong language.] A fascinating, intense, factually
based, well-acted, star-studded
(Jason Schwartzman, Terence
Stamp, and Danny Huston),
105-minute film that follows
the life of unhappy, talented
painter Margaret Keane (Amy
Adams), who has a young
daughter (Delaney Raye/Madeleine Arthur), as she leaves
her husband in Tennessee and
moves to San Francisco during
the 1950s where she ends up
marrying an artistic realtor
(Christoph Waltz) who eventually takes advantage of her
skills and takes credit for her
unusual paintings of children
with big eyes.

The Hobbit: The Battle of

the Five Armies (PG-13) (4)
[Extended sequences of intense
fantasy action violence, and
frightening images.] [Opens
Dec. 17] After a warrior
dwarf (Luke Evans) slays the
evil, fire-breathing dragon
(voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch) in Peter Jacksons
well-choreographed, well-acted, entertaining, star-dotted
(Martin Freeman, Christopher
Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry,
Hugo Weaving, Stephen Colbert, and Ryan Gage), 3D,
144-minute part 3 of The
Hobbit prequel to T. R. R.
Tolkiens Lord of the Rings
trilogy highlighted by phenomenal special effects, he leads the
survivors of ravaged Laketown
to the mountain of gold where
fives armies, including dwarves
(Richard Armitage, Aidan
Turner, James Nesbitt, William Kircher, Dean OGorman,
Adam Brown, Stephen Hunter,
John Callen, Ken Stott, Peter
Hambleton, Graham McTavish, Bill Connolly, Jed Brophy,
Mark Hadlow, and John Bell),

elves (Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Bret McKenzie, et al.), and Orcs (Manu
Bennett, John Tui, et al.), converge to battle each other for
control of the mountain and
Middle Earth.

The Imitation Game

(PG-13) (3.5)
mature thematic material and
historical smoking.] Terrific
acting dominates this intriguing, fascinating, factually based,
114-minute film based on
Andrew Hodgess novel Alan
Turing: The Enigma in which
eccentric, socially awkward,
gay, brilliant English mathematician and logician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is
reluctantly hired by a skeptical
British military commander (Charles Dance) in 1939 to
decode Nazi messages during
WWII and ends up working
with an eclectic team (Keira
Knightley, Matthew Goode,
James Northcote, and Matthew

Located at 711 Lake St., Volsteads Emporium will be operated as a full service restaurant with a speak-easy
theme, complete with rear door entrance (above). Entertainment will consist of live jazz performances one or two nights
weekly; mainly piano music and up to three other musicians. The business will feature 123 seats, 3,000 square feet, and
proposed hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Bank Note

Bank of America will join Giordanos pizza at 2700 Hennepin Ave.

Sleep On It

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Ten Floors Up

REVIEWS page 11

January Film
Listed in order of release date
and subject to change. Please see for final
titles, dates and times.


Starting in 1986, Mattress Firms motto is Save

Money. Sleep Happy. The company currently operates over 1100 locations across 28 states with plans
to continue to grow. The store has added its second Minneapolis location in Uptown. The new store is
located at 2220 Hennepin Ave., previously the home of
Blockbuster. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

10th Floor Property Management is now open at

1372 26th St, around the corner from the Tea Garden. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

All Dressed Up

1320 Lagoon Ave. 612.823.3020


Inherent Vice


Song of the Sea


Oscar Nominated
Short Films


2906 Henn. Ave. 612.392.0402


Still Alice

*Opens either at Lagoon

or Uptown

Andreas Vintage Bridal moved from its Wedge location to this new location in the East Isles neighborhood at
2414 Hennepin Avenue. According to their website Andreas offers a revolutionary approach to classic bridal....the
destination for brides looking for a romantic lace dress, a couture creation all their own, a boho dress that steps out of
the box. Andreas replaces the property most recently occupied by the G-Spot. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

10 - JANUARY 2015

ECCO report
Lake St.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for

December 4, 2014. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly
Meeting) Minutes recorded and
submitted by Monica Smith and
approved by the ECCO Board
by electronic vote prior to publication.

Treasurers Report:
Abby Armstrong

Lyndale Ave.

Hennepin Ave.

36th St.

ECCO meets the

first Thursday of
each month,
7 pm at St.
Marys Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
are welcome and
urged to attend.



Council Member Lisa

Bender: Ward 10
The City Council is making
changes to the mayors 2015
budget. The City Council voted
to change the levy increase

East Calhoun Community Organization

Wells Fargo is working with

the city on plans to build new
offices on the site of their
drive-thru building (SW corner
of Lake and Humboldt). Wells
Fargo will meet with ECCOs
Livability Committee on January 19 to review the plans.
Council Member Bender will
work with the police to address
concerns about cars blocking

The board approved the proposed allocations for ECCOs

2015 CPP budget of $24,412.
The annual report for the 2014
CPP is due March 16, 2015.
Board members are encouraged
to complete the Neighborhood
Board Survey by December 15.
The Loppet Foundation is
inviting neighborhood organi-

Guests: Council Member Lisa

Bender, Ward 10, and ECCO
resident Lara Norkus-Crampton.
President Susie Goldstein
called the meeting to order at 7

The board approved a budget

of $200 for a bee presentation/
workshop in Spring 2015.
A post-party is being considered for the Earth Day Clean
Up in April.
The next Green Team meeting
is January 20, 7 p.m. at Dunn
Anja Curiskis
The Uptown Neighborhood
News is planning a January

Susie Goldstein, President;
Harry Savage, Vice-President;
Abby Armstrong, Treasurer; Ben Jilek, Secretary; Anja
Curiskis; Kate Davenport;
Paul Harstad; Chris Iverson;
Klaus Obergfell; Mark Rosenfeld; David Tompkins; Caroline Vaaler; and Anna Flaig
(Alternate). Board member
absent: Steve Latham.

Green tips will be included

in the monthly e-newsletter
and added to the Green Teams

Wells Fargo is working with the city on plans to build new offices on the site of their drive-thru building (SW corner
of Lake and Humboldt). (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

from 2.4 percent to 2.2 percent.

A final public hearing on the
budget is December 10, 6 p.m.
at City Hall. The Council will
vote to adopt the budget after
the public hearing.
1800 Lake: A judge ruled
that the dewatering at 1800
Lake violates city ordinance.
The judge will be ruling on
the remedy and damages on
December 15-16.

bus traffic downtown.

The City Council will likely
pass the Accessory Dwelling
Units ordinance on December

Staff Report: Monica Smith

The 2014 Community Participation Program (CPP)
spending was reviewed. The
board voted to shift funding
from overfunded categories to
underfunded categories.

zations to form a team to participate in the snow sculpture

contest on January 31.
ECCOs donation criteria form
was provided to the board. A
thank you letter from Southwest Senior Center for ECCOs
donation was shared.

Committee Reports
Green Team: David Tompkins
The deadline for ordering a
cherry tree is December 12.

Midtown Greenway Coalition:

Paul Harstad
The board of directors recently
held a board retreat.
Livability Committee:
Kate Davenport
The next Livability meeting
is December 15, 7 p.m. at St.
Marys. Ben Jilek volunteered
to serve as the committee
Co-Chair with Kate Davenport.
Social: Monica Smith
The Holiday Caroling Party is
December 17, beginning at 6:30
ECCO page 11


t h u r s d ay, j a n u a r y 8

Join an East Calhoun Committee:

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting

st. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s

Communications & Outreach

The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will be posted on by January 7th. Residents are invited and
encouraged to participate.

We continue to make improvements to our

website ( and
to explore social networking as a way
to reach more East Calhoun residents.
Meetings: As needed

M O n d ay, j a n u a r y 1 9

Green Team

7:00 p.m.

Livability Committee
st. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Representatives from Wells Fargo will be present to discuss their
tentative plans to build a new bank branch at 1505 W Lake St
(current location of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office and bank
drive through). The new building would be a 5,000 square foot,
1-story building and become the location for the Wells Fargo Uptown
branch which is currently in the Sons of Norway building.
t u e s d ay, j a n u a r y 2 0

7:00 p.m.

Green Team
dunn Bros. Coffee, 3348 hennepin ave s
We welcome new ideas, new members, and new energy!
Please join us.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about
our events. Send a request to or call
Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ECCO.
Should you require an accommodation in order to fully participate, or if you require
this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting Monica Smith at
612-821-0131 or at least five days before our event.

Get involved
with one of these
East Calhoun

We are tackling our neighborhood carbon

emissions through projects related to waste
reduction, energy conservation, storm-water management and trees.
Meetings: As needed. The next meeting is January 20 (see details at left).

Investment in ECCO Task Force

We are working to identify priorities for a $90,000 investment in
East Calhoun.
Meetings: The Task Force typically meets monthly. The next meeting is
not yet scheduled but will likely be in early-mid February.

Livability Committee
We address issues related to neighborhood zoning & development,
traffic & parking, safety and public events.
Meetings: Third Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at St. Marys
Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S

Social Committee
We enhance relationships between neighbors by organizing a variety
of fun neighborhood events.
Meetings: As needed

For more information about any of these committees:

Contact Monica Smith at or 612-821-0131.



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processes. In 2013, seven experienced community arts practitioners were embedded in

the Long Range Planning Division of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic
Development (CPED).



SooVAC Art Gallery - 6-9pm

2638 Lyndale Ave. 612.871.2263


Calhoun Square - 10am-4pm

3001 Hennepin Ave. 612.824.1240
Get out of the cold and come into Calhoun
Square for the Winter Market: an exciting
collection of Minnesota artisans specializing in gourmet food products, healthy &
beauty items, clothing, jewelry and more.



Intermedia Arts - 5-6pm

2822 Lyndale Ave. 612.871.4444

Fourteen Rising: An exhibition of VSA/Jerome

Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Winners
opens Thursday, January 8th, and runs thru
January 15. Visual, multimedia, writing and
performance works by 14 recipients of the
VSA/Jerome Emerging Artist Grants will be
featured. This exhibition will highlight new
work by 14 artists who received The VSA/
Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grants
in 2012 and 2013. The Artists will be at the
reception to talk about their art, and there
will also be presentations of writing and


Join IA for a free information session to learn

more about Creative CityMaking and how
artists and artist teams can get involved.
Cant make it in person? Check out the
livestream of the event on the website. Creative CityMaking Minneapolis builds on the
success of a one-year demonstration project in which Minneapolis city planners and
artists teamed up on the creation of new
strategies to engage communities who are
under-represented in conventional planning


Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949

Dont make resolutions in the new year,

make reservations to Lorna Landviks Party
In The Rec Room. Now an annual Bryant
Lake Bowl Theater tradition, Party in the
Rec Room will be on stage for eight performances for four weekends through January
31. Opening Friday, January 9, this wildly

ECCO from 10

popular solo improv show is filled with

characters created on the spot and margaritas created in a blender. Tickets are
$15 in advance ($18 day of show) and can
be purchased online at Lake Bowl is located
at 810 W. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Lorna is
known nationally as the author of 10 novels including her latest, Best To Laugh and
Mayor Of The Universe, Patty Janes House
Of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon
Bons. Local audiences also know her as an
actor. A former member of Dudley Riggs,
Landvik has appeared in Theater 911s
Bad Seed, in Joel Sass Mary Worth Theater
(Valley Of The Dolls, Lunatic Cellmates and
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?) and in
several shows she wrote and performed at
the Bryant Lake Bowl (Glamour Queen, And
The Winner Is, The Smelt Princess and A
Stinkhole Christmas).


Republic - 7pm
Calhoun Square 612.886.2309
Books & Bars is an open public book club
show. We provide a unique atmosphere for
a lively discussion of interesting authors,
fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage). Youre invited to our
meetings with moderator Jeff Kamin and
other spirited characters three Tuesdays
each month. First Tuesdays at 318 Cafe in
Excelsior, Second Tuesdays at Minneapolis
Republic in Calhoun Square and 3rd Tuesdays in St. Paul at The Happy Gnome.

REVIEWS from 9

p.m. at St. Marys.


Lake Calhoun Trail

Grooming: Ben Jilek
The ECCO Board approved
a letter drafted by Ben Jilek to
request that the Park Board
expand the cross-country trail
grooming on Lake Calhoun.
West Calhoun Neighborhood
Council will co-sign the letter.

The ECCO Board electronically approved sending the letter

to the City Council regarding
neighborhood funding that was
introduced at the November
board meeting.

Presidents Report:
Susie Goldstein
The Task Force held their
first meeting on November 10.
Project ideas were reviewed.
The next meeting is December
8, 7 p.m. at St. Marys.
The board approved a thank
you gift for past president
Linda Todd.

The Friends of the Walker &

Hosmer Libraries are partnering on a book sale, December
19-21 at Hosmer Library, 347
E. 36th St.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
The next ECCO Board meeting is Thursday, January 8,
2015, 7 p.m. at St. Marys Greek
Orthodox Church.

Beard) and an MI6 agent (Mark

Strong) to build the Christopher machine that would
decipher encrypted Enigma
messages, which would ultimately be instrumental in the
English and its allies winning
the war against the Germans.

Into the Woods (PG) (3.5)

[Thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some
suggestive material.] In this
highly anticipated, creative,
(Tracey Ullman, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Daniel
Huttlesteone, and Simon Russell Beale), 124-minute musical based on the long-running
Broadway hit that combines
the Brothers Grimm fairy tales
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and




Walker Library - 1-2:30pm

2880 Hennepin Ave 612.543.8400
Learn how to walk like a bear, creep like a
tiger or be like a tiny fly! An experienced
Guthrie teaching artist will show you fun
and creative ways to use imaginative movement. This project is funded with money
from Minnesotas Arts and Cultural Heritage
Fund. Presented in collaboration with Guthrie Theater. This event is for grades 1 to 2.




The Jungle Theater

2951 Lyndale Ave 612.822.7063
To celebrate 25 years of great theater, the
Jungle remounts Gertrude Stein And A Companion, starring two of the Twin Cities most
extraordinary actors, Claudia Wilkens and
Barbara Kingsley. Directed by Bain Boehlke,
this will be the Jungles eighth production of
the imaginative play by Win Wells, opening
the season on January 23. This rich and
popular production will be on stage at the
Jungle through March 8. In Gertrude Stein
and a Companion, Playwright Win Wells
captures not only the veritable essence
of this famous relationship, but also the
magic years when a host of famous people
including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse graced the writers
salon. The compelling drama, spanning

the decades between the early 1900s to

the 1960s, poignantly portrays the genesis and development of Stein and Toklas
40-year bond. Using text from Steins writings, letters and interviews, Wells is able to
gradually reveal the inner workings of their



Grace-Trinity Community Church - 7pm

1430 28th St. 612.821.0131

The EIRA Green Team is organizing a 4-part

series on food and climate change. The
first event is Monday, January 26, 7pm at
Grace-Trinity Community Church. Visit for more details.


Bryant Lake Bowl - 8pm

810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
The choreographers are Morgan Thorson,
Robert Keo and Laura Holway. 9x22 Dance/
Lab is in its 11th year. 9x22 has become
known as a place where both seasoned
and new choreographers can present their
work and discuss it with an informed and
engaged audience. A discussion moderated
by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren
follows each dance work, giving audience
and choreographer alike the opportunity to
react and explore the work together. Each
month, three choreographers show work of
varying styles and experience.

Jack and the Beanstalk, a

baker (James Corden) and his
barren wife (Anna Kendrick)
try to break a curse of a witch
(Meryl Streep) while an abused
house servant (Emily Blunt)
with three stepsisters (Christine Baranski, Lucy Punch,
and Tammy Blanchard) tries
to ignore the advances of a
tenacious prince (Chris Pine)
and a red-cloaked girl (Lilla
Crawford) going to grannys
(Annette Crosbie) house in the
woods is threatened by a menacing wolf (Johnny Depp).

ambitious, immigrant businessman (Oscar Isaac) with a

hard-edged, no-nonsense wife
(Jessica Chastain), three young
daughters, and an adult son
(Pico Alexander) in New York
City tries to run a legitimate oil
heating company in 1981 but
runs into rival business owners
buying stolen fuel while trying
to close a deal on new property and dealing with a district
attorney (David Oyelowo) who
plans to indict him for unlawful practices.

A Most Violent Year (R) (3)

1986 through 2015 by Wendy

Schadewald. The preceding films
were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see
more of her film reviews, log on
to www.shortredheadreelreviews.

[Language and some violence.]

An engaging, well-acted,
star-dotted (Albert Brooks and
Alessandro Nivola, Jerry Adler,
and Catalina Sandino Moreno), 125-minute film in which
a proud, ethical, hardworking,

Drum Masters
Sounding Off

All Kenwood students in kindergarten, first and fourth grade, study African drumming with Ghana Mbaye, who is affectionately known to the
students as Brother Ghana. Students learn call and response drum patterns as well as songs and dances. Through their drumming, singing and
dancing, students strengthen connections in academic areas such as patterning and counting. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

East Calhoun residents serenaded fellow neighbors on Dec. 17 as part of the annual ECCO Caroling Party.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Full Loppet Schedule

Friday, Jan. 30
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

weekend-of registration and

packet pickup

5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Finn Sisu Sprints

8 p.m.
Loppet Fireworks Display

Saturday, Jan. 31
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pearson Crew Ski Loppet

(to 5:00 p.m.)

3 p.m.
Junior Loppet

4 p.m.

5 p.m.
Age Gap Relays

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Luminary Loppet

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Tour Classic (starts in Wirth

Park, finishes west side of Lake

Post-Luminary Party (in tent)

Loppet 20K Classic

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hoigaards 40K Classic

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Southwest Journal Snow
Sculpture Contest

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Vendor Village, registration and
packet pick-up in tent in field
adjacent to Executive Center

10 a.m.
Loppet Kubb Tournament (to 8
Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet starts
Surly Beer Garden

11 a.m.
Ski-O Loppet (to 2:00 p.m.)

12:30 p.m.
Finals - Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet

1 p.m.
Minnesota Youth Ski League
Super Carnival (to 5 p.m.)
Chuck & Dons Skijoring Loppet
(to 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 1
REI Tour - Freestyle
Loppet 20K Freestyle
Loppet Freestyle

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
MYSL Super Carnival

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Surly Beer Garden In Main tent
Loppet Village

11 a.m.
Snow shoe race start at Wirth

Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet

1 p.m.
Subaru Dogsled Loppet

2 p.m.
Chuck & Dons Skijoring Loppet
and Subaru 2 dog National

2:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony

We Work (and Live) in Uptown

2014 Give Green Partners:

real estate | construction

BC. 20628624


NARs sustainable property designation

Give Green is our philanthropic

program, providing funding for
selected non-profits who address
the needs of people, animals, and
our environment.

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