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March 2012 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Opinion ........................................................... 2 Crime & safety ...................................... 4 CARAG news .............................................. 8 ECCO news ............................................... 10 Events Calendar.....................................12
< Bryant Lake Bowl This oil on canvas, 20” x 24”, painting by Don Holzschuh is one of several pieces from the Flanders Art Gallery collection at 910 W. Lake St. The current show on display is entitled “The Art of Print.”

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MaRCH 2012 • Volume 8, Number 3

Redistricting Brings Big Changes to eCCo and CaRag
By Gary Farland
On February 21 a special election panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court issued redistricting maps for Minnesota. The panel preserved the Fifth Congressional District almost completely intact but made some large-scale changes to the legislative districts containing the ECCO and CARAG neighborhoods. The Minneapolis Charter Commission is still in the process of determining revised ward, park board and precinct boundaries. All of these changes are in response to changes in Census counts and the need to have the various districts of equal population. ECCO and CARAG have been in Minnesota Senate District 60 for the past decade. Both neighborhoods are now in the new SD 61. Most of the old SD 60 is contained in the new SD 61. The new SD 61 now covers (roughly) I-394 on the north to the Crosstown on the south and France Avenue on the west to Lyndale Avenue on the East, such that it is more southern than the old SD 60. The new senate district is divided into the two Minnesota house districts, 60A and 60B and are configured more east and west than they were in SD 60. (see map on page 11) A significant change for the CARAG neighborhood is that the area north of 32nd Street is now in 61B rather than 60A, such that both ECCO and CARAG are entirely in the new 61B. Currently, the old 60A (on the north end) is represented by Marion Greene and the old 60B (on the south end) by Frank Hornstein. Both DFL State Representatives Hornstein and Greene reside in the new House District 61A and both have announced that they will run. DFL Representative Paul Thissen, Minority Leader in the House, is the only legislator residing in the new 61B. Thus Thissen, a former resident of ECCO, will most likely be the state representative for ECCO and CARAG, presuming he runs and wins the election in November. State DFL Senators Scott Dibble (from old SD 60) and Kenneth Kelash (from old SD 63) both reside in the new SD 61. Dibble has announced that he will run in SD 61 and Kelash has indicated that he will probably run in the new SD 50 which includes much ReDiStRiCtiNg page 11

Walker library Update
By Gail Dorfman
The new Walker Library project is progressing well under the guidance of the Community Advisory Committee, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Park Board staff and Vincent James Associates Architects (VJAA). In recognition of their stellar work here and around the country, The American Institute of Architects presented VJAA with the 2012 Architecture Firm Award, the first firm in Minnesota to be so honored. WalkeR page 7

Common laW
By Sarah Sponheim
Common LAW is a regular column on local environmental issues concerning our common land, air, water and waste.

Smartphone thefts Spike in 5th precinct
Provided by the Minneapolis Police Department
A recent trend of smartphone thefts has been noticed in various parts of the city, including the Fifth Precinct. These thefts occur with one suspect or sometimes a group, with varying descriptions. Overall there is no specific trend on day/time but the most recent cases in Fifth Precinct have almost all occurred between 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm. SMaRtpHoNe page 4

Minneapolis Climate action plan
On February 1 the Minneapolis Sustainability department hosted a kickoff event to launch a major update of its Climate Action Plan. The event was held at the Minneapolis Central Library and featured remarks by Mayor R.T. Rybak, climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley and Kristin Raab from the Minnesota Department of Health. Throughout 2012, city staff will work with technical experts and community representatives to develop guidelines that will help Minneapolis meet its established targets of reducing citywide emissions 15% by 2015 and 30% by 2025 (using 2006 as a baseline). For more information, please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/climate. (To watch a video of the kickoff event presentations, click “Meeting Materials.”)

inside out

Eight stores create a furnishings destination

anti-idling Vehicle ordinance
Did you know that idling your vehicle (except while you’re sitting in traffic) for more than 3 minutes in a one-hour period (5 minutes for diesel trucks and buses) is illegal in Minneapolis? There is a $200 fine for violating this ordinance! CoMMoN page 6

Walking on Water
Jonathan Adler premiers this spring at 1439 Lake St.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

By Pat Fleetham
Uptown has been home to many trends, they run their course, then the stores close and a new direction takes it’s place. Years ago it was fast food and coffee shops, then hair salons and finer dining. Now the new wave seems to be outdoor clothing and home furnishings. Because of this recent trend in home furnishings, the UNN has decided to do a quick review of the newer and existing furnishings-related stores in Uptown.
This drain spillway at 32nd Street and E. Lake Calhoun Pkwy illustrates the effects of temperature and currents on ice thickness. From left center to top is a mysterious rift in the ice that formed this winter that bisects the northeast corner of the lake. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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The allure and risk of ice
By Bruce Cochran
Is it a solid or a liquid? Ten inches of ice is hard enough to hold a pickup truck, yet it can become taffy when compacted under hundreds of feet of glacier flowing down a mountainside. Ice is difficult to judge because of how it reacts to constantly varying temperatures, age, lake depths, snow cover and water currents caused by fish, ducks and stormwater runoff. Ice in shallow water usually forms first but that’s not always true. It has its own personality, defies definition and predictability. Witness the grand broken ridge that formed across the center of Lake Calhoun this year along the northeast corner. And that’s why it’s so risky to venture out onto ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the only way to be sure it’s thick enough to walk on is by testing it yourself. Who hasn’t been tempted by lake ice? Walking on ice can feel like a divine experience. A frozen lake offers all sorts of fascination for adults and kids. Just ask the WalkiNg page 9

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Enter to win Chipotle Dinners or Calhoun Beach Club 7-Day Passes
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MARCH 2012

Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
Cognitive dissonance? Alternate reality? Time warp? Maybe. Conflicting worldviews? Certainly. Reading recent news leaves me wondering in what century and country I am living and who is crazy, ignorant or merely clueless. Examples: “Deadly Force OK Anywhere, Star Tribune, February 24, 2012 The Minnesota State Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to allow gun owners to use deadly force virtually anyplace they feel threatened…” A leading candidate seeking to become the President of the United States advocates virtually abolishing public education: A leading candidate seeking to become the President of the United States advocates virtually abolishing public education: “Santorum Questions Education System, Criticizes Obama, New York Times, February 18, 2012 - But the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic.” Rick Santorum The United States House of Representatives held a committee hearing on birth control and religious freedom. The panelists invited to testify were all men: “Birth control as election issue? Why? By Ann Gerhart, New York Times, February 20, 2012 – Who says you can’t turn the clock back?...Title X, the law he [Congressman George H. W. Bush] sponsored that still funds family planning for the poor, passed the House by a vote of 298 to 32. It passed the Senate unanimously. A Republican president, Richard Nixon, enthusiastically signed it. That was 1970. This is now: The issue of birth control has suddenly become an obsession of the 2012 presidential campaign. To many observers, it seems that the clock has indeed been turned back. Now gender warfare is erupting anew, at least in the spheres where political agitation thrives…” “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day . . . I believe it [human condition] susceptible of much improvement, and most of all, in matters of government and religion; and that the diffusion of knowledge among the people is to be the instrument by which it is effected.” Thomas Jefferson Far too many of our elected representatives are so distracted by absurd proposals they can’t focus on critical issues. Our nation is facing crises of epic proportion – economic justice, environmental sustainability and the decline of the American dream - to name a few. The media reports on sensational instead of important news. Too many citizens pay attention to celebrities and other trivia instead of information needed to be responsible citizens. Leaders need to be seeking root causes of problems that have been created or allowed to develop over the years and finding systemic solutions. They need to be considering the transformative ideas being developed by thousands of visionary, brilliant people. And leaders need to be listening to hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens who are devoting their lives to creating a better future for all. This was learned from my valued mentor and dear friend, Bee Bleedorn, who passed away just a year ago at the age of 99. She wasn’t ready to go until everyone learned to think creatively and systemically. Bee is deeply missed by the countless people who were educated and inspired by this visionary. “The demands of future leadership and responsible participation in a pluralistic global society require new understandings, new perceptions, new skills, new behaviors and, critical to all the rest, new ways of thinking.” Dr. Berenice Bleedorn Phyllis Stenerson is Editor of the Uptown Neighborhood News. Context for this editorial and more about revitalizing American democracy can be found at www.progressivevalues.org

Citizen ACtion
CARAG Neighborhood
612.823.2520 carag@carag.org

East Isles Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastisles.org

ECCO Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastcalhoun.org 612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org 311

Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood 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 Mayor R.T. Rybak
612.673.2100 rt@minneapolis.org

612.673.2210 meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

The Twin Cities chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, (www.citizensclimatelobby. org) held their monthly meeting at the Walker Library on February 4. Above from left to right are Paul Thompson, John Howard and Chuck Prentice. The call-in speaker was Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Mr. Lovins, a well respected thinker in the field of energy efficiency, shared a number forward thinking ideas on energy conservation and cost saving measures.

State Representative (60A) Marion Greene
651.296.0171 rep.marion.greene@house.mn.

State Representative (60B) Frank Hornstein
651.296.9281 rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn

State Senator (60) D. Scott Dibble

651.296.4191 sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn

Governor Mark Dayton
651.201.3400 mark.dayton@state.mn.us

DeaDliNe for submissions to The Uptown Neighborhood News is MaRCH 15 (email: uptownnews @yahoo.com)

U.S. Congressman (5th) Keith Ellison
612.522.1212 www.ellison.house.gov

U.S. Senator Al Franken

202.224.5641 info@franken.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar President Barack Obama

202.224.3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov

202.456.1111 comments@whitehouse.gov

Divine Liturgy Sunday 9:30 am Fr. Paul Paris

www.stmarysgoc.org (612) 825-9595

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Lyndale United Church of Christ SpringHouse Ministry Center
(3 churches, 1 building)
Join us Wed nights in March, 6pm Pot Luck and/or 7pm Discussion of Anna Lappe’s book, Diet for a Hot Planet: the climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it.
SundayS 9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Christian education for all ages Worship (in the Garden Level Sanctuary)

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Editor Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG) 612.331.1929 uptownnews@yahoo.com Art Direction and Production Bruce Cochran (CARAG) unn612@gmail.com Advertising Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780 susanhagler@earthlink.net

610 W. 28th St. Minneapolis MN 55408 612.825.3019 Lyndaleucc.org


Managing Board Ralph Knox, President (ECCO) Elizabeth Walke, Treasurer (CARAG) Linda Todd, Secretary (ECCO) Harry Savage (ECCO) Samantha Strong (CARAG) Nancy Riestenberg (CARAG) Contributing Photographers Bruce Cochran, Ralph Knox, Tom Maloney

Contributing Writers Felicity Britton, Bruce Cochran, Carol Dines, Gail Dorfman, Gary Farland, Pat Fleetham, Harry Savage, Mary Ann Schoenberger, Monica Smith, Sarah Sponheim, Phyllis Stenerson, Meg Tuthill, Nicole Valentine Newspaper Circulation CARAG/ECCO/Uptown Circulation: Bill Boudreau, Justin Jagoe

MARCH 2012


Uptown neighborhood news • 3 .

Wood Smoke is Damaging people’s Health and the environment
By Carol Dines
Spring is almost here and, for people like me with asthma, that used to mean an end to winter fires and a few months of cleaner air in the neighborhood. Unfortunately that’s no longer true. During the past years, the proliferation of outdoor fire-pits and fireplaces has caused wood smoke to be a yearround problem that impacts the health of all of us. The resulting environmental and health impacts caused by wood smoke are causing many people to think twice before they light their next fire. Harvard’s Public Health Magazine reports that “Wood smoke has some of the most insidious chemicals known to man” including benzene, formaldehyde and dioxins. Joel Schwartz, a Harvard researcher says, “There is no safe level of particle pollution.” The fire that for you may evoke happy memories of the past is filling your children’s (and your neighbors’) lungs with harmful particulate pollution generated by wood smoke. Recent reports by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) point to numerous studies linking wood smoke particle levels to increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits. David Fairley, an air quality specialist who has studied this problem in California, says, “Simply banning tHe UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS iS NoW aVailaBle at tHeSe SeleCt loCatioNS 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 Dave’s BBq gigi’s Café Health Resource Center Hennepin-lake liquors isles Bun & Coffee it’s greek to Me Joyce Food Shelf Joyce United Methodist Church kowalski’s Market Magers & quinn lagoon theatre parents automotive pizza luce Rainbow Foods Sebastian Joe’s ice Cream Cafe Southwest Senior Center Subway Spyhouse Coffee Shop Uptown Diner Uptown theatre tea garden treetops at Calhoun Vail place Walker library Walker place the Wedge YWCa (Uptown) or limiting wood fires could potentially save many lives at little or no cost. And yet, despite the mounting evidence, most people are unaware that wood smoke is more dangerous than cigarette smoke because it stays in the lungs longer. The microscopic particles of wood smoke can bypass the body’s filtering system and collect in remote regions of the lungs, aggravating asthma, COPD, bronchitis, cardiac conditions and even diabetes. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, asthma death rates have increased 50% across the board for age, gender and ethnic groups since 1980. During the same period, the death rate for children from asthma has increased by 80% with lung disease as the leading cause of death among newborns. Asthma is also the most chronic health condition among children and accounts for one-fourth of the emergency room visits in the U.S. with an average hospital stay of three days. It is the number one cause of school absenteeism among children and the fourth leading cause of work absenteeism among adults. Closer to home, 12 percent of Minneapolis children have diagnosed asthma and the rate is only slightly lower for adults. Moreover, Minnesota’s asthma rates are higher than the national average and one reason may be our air quality. In a 2009 Forbes article, Minneapolis was rated the sixth worst city for air pollution largely because of our particle pollution problem and it has only gotten worse since then. According to a Washington State Department of Ecology report burning two cords of wood produces the same amount of mutagenic particles as driving 13 gasoline powered cars 10,000 miles at 20 miles per gallon. Nevertheless, according to the Chief Fire Marshall, recreational fires have gone up 50% in the last ten years. Wood smoke is now shown to be a major contributor to global warming. The Nobel Prize-winning International Global Panel on Climate Change stated that “reducing or eliminating wood and other biomass burning is one of the easiest and most effective ways for us to curb global warming.” Cities around the world are taking a stand on this issue. Minneapolis is also looking at ordinances that would require permits and/or limit burning to protect the health of all its citizens. We need to educate people about the harmful effects of woodsmoke. One of the biggest tests we face is whether we can change our habits in time to curb the severe impact of global warming. Reducing residential wood smoke is one clear way to reduce particle pollution and improve public health. The choice is yours. For further information: info@ takebacktheair.com and www. burningissues.org. Carol Dines lives in the East Calhoun Neighborhood, is a writer, teaches yoga for respiratory conditions and is a member of Take Back the Air.

Initial Approval for City Walk Uptown

An elevation of City Walk Uptown from Lake St. On February 21, the City Planning Commission echoed the Lowry Hill East Board’s approval of the Site Plan, a Conditional Use Permit, and five Variances for City Walk Uptown by Uptown Gassen LLC at Lake St. and Girard Ave. (Digital Illustration provided by BKV Architects.)

Southwest Senior Center Focuses on Brain Fitness
By Mary Ann Schoenberger
During Brain Awareness Week, Southwest Senior Center will kick off its annual Brain-a-thon, a three-month program that educates seniors about brain health and provides them with low-cost, easily accessible ways to implement the recommendations. Participants are encouraged to acquire at least 26 points by engaging in brain healthy activities, though many will earn additional points. The goals of the Brain-a-thon are to provide participants with good information about the latest research into brain health and to motivate them to make life style choices that will continue beyond the Brain-a-thon. The Brain-a-thon Kick-off takes place on Wednesday, March 14 with a brain-healthy meal at noon and a program at 1 pm that will provide an overview of brain health research, an explanation of how to participate in the Brain-a-thon and some fun hands-on brain exercises. The program will conclude on May 16 with an awards ceremony for everyone who has completed at least 26 brain healthy activities and special prizes for the top point getters. On Tuesday, March 27 at 1 pm, Dr. Fang Yu from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing will talk about the brain and exercise. Dr. Yu received the Spring Publishing Award in Geriactric/Gerontological Nursing for her article about exercise and Alzheimer’s. To find out more about the Brain-a-thon or other events at Southwest Center, call 612.822.3194 or mschoenberger@voamn.org. All programs take place at Volunteers of America of Minnesota’s Southwest Senior Center at 3612 Bryant Avenue South. Mary Ann Schoenberger is the director of Southwest Center.

kenwood implements popular Volunteer program
By Nicole Valentine
Kenwood School is having tremendous success this year with a new, parent-led math enrichment program. “Parents as Partners” was developed and implemented by East Isles resident and Kenwood parent, Kathy Moe. “The school community has had an interest in creating a multilevel math enrichment program for students for some time,” said Moe. After a short trial at the end of the last school year, the program was implemented in grades one through five this fall. Volunteers meet with the same small group of students for 30 minutes each week. The groups range in size from two to six students. Most of the volunteers meet with their groups between 7:45 and 8:15 am one day a week. “One of the advantages of our ‘early start school,’ is that there are great opportunities for working parents to volunteer. I come in and participate in Parents as Partners one morning a week and then go off to work,” said CARAG resident Brad Ehalt. Currently the program has 85 regular volunteers, including parents, grandparents and community members. “The amount of parent interest in this program has been tremendous,” said Principal Cheryl Martin. “And the children and teachers really benefit from the specialized small group work.” “I’ve been thrilled by the parent interest and teacher support of this program,” said Moe. If you are interested in learning more about the program or volunteering, contact Community Liaison Sue Payne at 612.668.2778. Nicole Valentine is a parent of Kenwood School students.

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MARCH 2012

crime & safety
SMaRtpHoNe from 1 The common denominator is that the victim typically has the smartphone out and is often distracted by it. Some smartphones have been stolen right out of the victim’s hands while the victim walked down the street or waited at a bus stop. Other times the victim had the phone sitting on a table in an establishment and a suspect walked by and stole it.

Crimes By location

January 23 - February 21
“Burglary of Dwelling” includes garages, attached or unattached.

What You Can Do
• Record your serial number. This information, when provided for a police report, will go into a nationwide database and can increase the likelihood of the phone being returned. • Before anything happens, install or activate a function to find your phone if lost or stolen. See below for details. Remember – if you don’t do this beforehand, you lose the chance for this extra step. • Report a stolen phone. Provide any information on location of the phone, serial number, etc, in the report. Call 911. In some circumstances, 911 may send you to 311 to make a theft report. • Pay attention to your surroundings. Many of these phones have been stolen when the victims have been distracted while using it. • Call 911 on suspicious activity. • If you witness a theft/robbery, call 911 and stay around or provide contact information so officers can get a suspect description from you or investigators can follow up.

Chelsea adams, Crime prevention specialist 612.673.2819 or Chelsea.Adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us 5th precinct: sectors 1&2: (Uptown)


Activating a function/app to find a lost or stolen phone If you have an iPhone: Activate the “find my iPhone” function—requires activation on the phone and for you to set up an account on a website. Depending on your OS, you will need to go to: settings — iCloud (or MobileMe) – find my iPhone. Once activated, this function will allow you to track your phone, lock your phone and set a new passcode, remotely wipe information, create a message to display on your phone in case it is lost or stolen, etc. If you have trouble activating or locating this function, contact your local Apple specialist or knowledgeable friends/family. If you have a different type of smartphone: Check if your phone has an internal function like above. If not, download an app that provides that function. Many of these apps require activation on the phone and creation of an account on a website. Research the app before you buy it to ensure it is legitimate and the right app for you. You can find apps that will have the same functions as the “find my iPhone” function mentioned above: you should be able to track your phone, lock your phone and set a new passcode, remotely wipe information, create a message to display on your phone in case it is lost or stolen, etc. If you have trouble locating an appropriate app, check for recommendations from your local provider or trusted friends/family. Contact the app maker for any troubles with a downloaded app.

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theleads technology accessibility with new state position New Face of it accessibility “As the World Turns” Wyant
East Calhoun resident Jay Wyant, a passionate accessibility advocate, has been chosen to lead the State’s ongoing efforts to make state government electronic services and information accessible for all Minnesotans. Jay began working for the State of Minnesota’s TAST (Technology Accessibility Standards Implementation) on February 8 as part of a new position funded by a bill sponsored by State Senator Scott Dibble, (DFL) District 60, (southwest Minneapolis). And the bill would not have been possible without the extensive background work of the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Directed by Mary Hartnett, a Lowry Hilll East resident.
A “For Sale” sign appeared on the marquee of the Suburban World Theater in early February. As the bank took possession of the property, former owner Don Driggs looked back on his stewardship with great pride. Although he said it was difficult to turn a profit while working within the various alcohol and hour restrictions, he wanted to “thank the neighborhood for being very supportive and providing a wonderful experience,” adding “I wouldn’t have missed it for the World.” (Photo by Bruce

10th Ward News
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us, Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.ci.minneapolis. mn.us/council/ward10

City trees program starts in March
The City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for residents to help build the city’s tree canopy, since 2006. In the past five years, the City Trees program planted 6,000 trees in Minneapolis. Starting in March, Minneapolis residents will be able to order eight foot trees in a variety of species, including a fruit tree, for only $25. Trees are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits, are limited to one tree per property owner and are on a first come, first served basis. Order your tree starting March 12, 2012! You can pick up your tree May 12 to 14 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot. For more information, check out the City Trees webpage at www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/grants/canopy/WCMS1P-080826.

He joins the TASI project managed by the Office of Enterprise Technology and funded through the 2012-13 biennium according to a law signed by Governor Wyant describes how Mark Dayton followhis childhood experiing the 2011 Special ence shaped his career Legislative Session. path and life. The goals of the accessibility project “I was born deaf, include setting State which meant that I standards, providing grew up in the era of hands-on training - JAY WYANT ‘M*A*S*H, ‘WKRP on accessible content in Cincinnati,’ ‘Taxi’ development and and other classics without a clue continuing to develop a website, as to what the characters were which is now online, and includes saying. I bought my first caption- standards, guidelines and coming decoder in the spring of 1986. puter-based training and videos. Finally, when a program or event Jay will serve as the “face” of the captured the popular conscious- project, and work with colleagues ness, whether it was Special Agent statewide in his new role. Dale Cooper marveling over a good cup of joe on ‘Twin Peaks’ Jay was most recently the CEO of or seeing Operation Desert Storm Remotocom, a provider of hightake place, I was able to be an quality on-demand webcast and active participant in the conversa- live webinar services. Prior to that, tion.” he led the marketing teams of several technology firms including “That exposure to captioning also

“...until the Television Decoder Circuitry Act (1990) was passed, we had to buy a separate device to simply use the TV.”

made me aware of all the advocacy and groundwork that had been done to make the world more accessible and usable. For example, until the Television Decoder Circuitry Act (1990) was passed, we had to buy a separate device to simply use the TV. And before the relay services were established, thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, I had to rely on friends and colleagues to make or receive telephone calls. Because of these and other laws leading to new products and services, I am able to be a more effective citizen.”

Jay Wyant lives with his wife and daughter in the East Calhoun neighborhood.

software development companies and a national captioning agency. Jay also frequently presents on accessibility technology and selfadvocacy strategies. “I think there is a misperception that accessibility benefits only a very small group of users.” Wyant says. “It is our nature to not truly understand the value of something until you need it. For example, I didn’t really appreciate the universal value for curb cuts until I had to push my daughter on walks in a stroller. But if others hadn’t invested in that curb cut before I came along, it wouldn’t have been there for me.” Wyant will be working with Minnesota state employees and citizens to show other states how accessible technology and communications is practical, useful and affordable. Also, he’ll be leveraging Minnesota’s active leadership in this field to encourage technology vendors and entrepreneurs to design and build accessible technology and services that we can purchase and use for the benefit of all. For more information please see http://mn.gov/oet/governance/foragencies/accessibility

New parking Meters coming to the Uptown/lyn lake area
The Uptown/Lyn Lake area has been selected to receive new parking meters, similar to the ones that have recently been installed Downtown. The boundaries of where the new parking meters will be located are northern boundary of 28th Street, southern boundary of 36th Street, western boundary of Thomas Avenue and Eastern boundary of Blaisdell Avenue. The City’s Parking and Traffic Services hopes to have the pay stations put in by the end of February with the numbered posts following a few weeks after, weather permitting. Continue to pay the old meters until the new numbered posts are installed. Two additional changes will go into effect when the new meters are operational. First, the enforcement time will change to Monday through Saturday 8 am to 12 am (midnight). Currently the meters only go until 10 p.m. Second, the rates per hour will change to $1 per hour during the day (8 am to 6 pm) and $2 per hour during the evening (6 pm to 12 am). There will be a two hour time limit at all times.

Become a Block leader
Being a block leader is as easy as 1) Attending a short, informal training, 2) Giving your email to the 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialists to receive alerts, and 3) Sending information to your neighbors. It’s as simple as that! If you are interested in becoming a block leader, the 5th Precinct has a training coming up on Tuesday, March 6 from 11 am to12 pm at the 5th Precinct Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Avenue. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either of the 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialists: CPS Amy Lavender (amy.lavender@minneapolismn.gov, 612.673.5407) or CPS Chelsea Adams (chelsea.adams@minneapolismn.gov, 612.673.2819)

lunch with leslie
Due to a schedule conflict, the next Meet with Meg will become Lunch with Leslie on Tuesday, March 13 from noon to 1pm at the 5th Precinct Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Avenue. Bring your sack lunch. Cookies and lemonade are provided. Meet with Meg is held the second Tuesday of every month.

6 • Uptown neighborhood news Adler offers products that are often retro inspired, in pop art colors and offered in various colors, shapes or forms with most items made off-shore. Offerings tend to be more home decor rather than actual furniture, but some upholstery, tables, bedroom and dining furniture are offered. The stores tend toward small boutiques featuring their latest products but promote their more expansive product offerings via the web. Here is an amusing line from their website description of a finish on one of their tables “The end result: a depth of color and richness of texture that is like crack cocaine for your eyes.” Adler has been singled out for “greatness” by the decorating magazines, Home Shopping Network and was confirmed as a national brand when toilet paper Cottonelle retained him to design toilet paper roll holders.

www.scribd.com/Uptownnews dining tables, chairs and wall hangings, along with glassware, organizers, candle holders, card holders and rugs can also be found at CB2. medium) Go Home Furnishings is more of a gift store with some furniture and furnishing accents. The furniture tends to be more funky retro than other Uptown stores and offer custom order options with delivery in four to six weeks.

MARCH 2012

Design Within Reach
2907 Hennepin Avenue, www. dwr.com, (price point: medium to high) Design Within Reach (DWR) exploded into popularity several

H & B gallery
2730 Hennepin Ave., www. handbgallery.com, (price point: variable) H & B Gallery is the premier antique and consignment facility in the Twin Cities. They are well known for Cabinet, Nadeau (Photo by Tom Maloney) their expertise and services. are exclusively clean line modern H & B can provide appraisals, coordinate estate sales in addition and contemporary classic shapes to consignment services. H & B is and forms. locally owned by Anthony Scorna- Roam has a wide variety of unique vacco and managed by Jonathan gift offerings, glassware, lighting, Campbell. Their facility has three upholstered & dining furniture, levels of offerings. and you will see more unique

Parlour Chair Bold, CB2

(Photo by Tom Maloney)

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Jonathan adler (opening mid-March)
1439 Lake Street, www. jonathanadler.com, (price point: medium to high) This will be the sixteenth store for this U.S. based home furnishing retailer. Adler, originally a potter, has gone on to become a noted designer and now a marketing maven in all product categories for the home.

2756 Hennepin Avenue, www. furniturewithasoul.com, (price point: affordable) If a writer can have a favorite store, this would be it. This fun and funky store features natural and painted wood furniture. The offering is relatively straight lined furniture and generally hand finished. The products are imported by container from Indonesia and India. You will not find furniture this much fun anywhere else in Uptown, although their display can be a little congested at times. They offer wood furniture, cabinets, chests, tables and benches for all rooms of the house. Nadeau has several showrooms throughout the U.S. and their direct importing and selling results in fairly inexpensive furniture compared to other stores in the city. You may find some of their products develop some splitting with our extremely dry winters. This is to be expected and considered a unique characteristic. Humidifiers are recommended for all furniture.

quality items in Roam than elsewhere in Uptown.

The store has two levels with minimalist presentation and is locally owned.

3045 Hennepin Avenue, www. CB2.com, (price point: medium) Walking through CB2 feels like a being in a junior version of Crate & Barrel, the parent company. At night the showroom sparkles with lights and the large store windows give extensive natural light during the day. The trendy and mod sister company to Crate & Barrel, CB2 offers clean line contemporary furnishings and accessories for every room of the house. Compared to Ikea, the store offerings are not as large and the price point is higher but the products are better built. Cabinetry is offered in the usual shapes of chest of drawers, cupboards, buffets and tables. And some items are offered in various finishes such as painted lacquer, natural wood or stain. Generally, alternate finishes are not available. All cabinetry is offered in flat pack packaging for self-assembly. Their products tend to be smaller in scale and appropriately sized for apartment living. Sofas, stools,

Welcome Home Futons
2741 Hennepin Avenue, www. welcomehomefuton.com, (price point: medium) Locally owned and operated, Welcome Home features futons, futon covers, conventional beds and mattresses. Whether you desire a quick and modest futon or you wish to customize it with specially made covers and mattress Welcome Home Futons can help you fill that need. Pat Fleetham worked in the furnishings industry in Uptown for 30 years.

Italian Painted Cabinet, H&B Gallery
(Photo by Tom Maloney)

years ago as a result of the web. The company was one of the first to source off-shore and specializes in classic contemporary furniture, mostly from mid-century. DWR offers products for all rooms of the house. These include product designs by the who’s who of international furniture design and made from wood, laminated wood, resin, plastic laminate, chrome and brushed aluminum.

geetanjoli india Home Decor & gifts
Calhoun Square #2420, 2nd level, www.geetanjolisarifashion.com, (price point: medium) This home decor store offers small cabinetry, Tiffany style lighting and some upholstered items with wood trim. The wood is dark and rich and all items have carving with some being ornately carved.

2914 Hennepin Avenue, www.roaminteriors.com, (price point: medium to high) Roam Interiors brings high style contemporary furnishings which have not been previously offered. The offerings

King Chair, Geetanjoli

(Photo by Ralph Knox)

go Home Furnishings
1408 Lake Street, (price point:

Lounge Chair, Welcome Home Futon
Tom Maloney)

(Photo by

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Zero Waste Uptown
Zero Waste Uptown (ZWU) is a waste-reduction venture by a group of residents from the four core Uptown neighborhoods – East Isles, the Wedge, CARAG and East Calhoun. ZWU is launching a pilot program to introduce organics recycling to multifamily buildings and businesses in Uptown. Organics recycling is a service offered locally by some garbage haulers. Residents or employees separate all food waste plus nonrecyclable paper (pizza boxes, paper towels, napkins, refrigerated food boxes, etc.) from the trash, and the hauler delivers it to a commercial composting facility. Comprising more than a third of our household waste, organic material is a significant source of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, when it decomposes in land-

fills. Diverting organic material from the landfill will lighten your impact on the planet. You may also see savings on your monthly garbage bill. Do you live in an apartment or condominium building? Do you work in Uptown? If you’re interested in composting your waste instead of sending it to the landfill, email greenteam@eastcalhoun.org for more information.

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CARAG is launching a new Green Team. To learn more, email carag@carag.org and mention Green Team in the subject line. To submit items for consideration in future Common LAW columns, please contact Sarah at greenteam@ eastcalhoun.org.

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Uptown neighborhood news • 7 .

Happy Birthday people For parks

Facelift for Trader Joe’s Proposal

The above image reflects a new building design for the south facade of the Trader Joe’s development proposal at 27th St. and Lyndale Ave. Although Told Development presented new elevations for the grocery store proposal to the Lowry HIll East (LHENA) Zoning and Planning Meeting on February 8, Told was requested to return again to LHENA’s March meeting. The LHENA Z & P Committee’s ongoing concern about the design is focused on their interest in a building that more closely matches the design requests in the Small Area Plan for their neighborhood. (Digital illustration provided by Architectural Consortium LLC)

WalkeR from 1 Concept designs for both the new library and the adjoining park (done by Close Landscape) have been vetted with the Advisory Committee and the community and approved respectively by the County Board and the Minneapolis Park Board. VJAA and County staff are currently working through a number of site-related issues around storm water management, library access and vacaThe USS Minneapolis Mast Bell is located on the northeast corner of Lake Calhoun.

tion of the adjoining alley. They have also begun working with the City on the Site Plan Review Process and with Excel Energy to develop an energy conservation plan for the new library. The next meeting of the Walker Community advisory Committee will be Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm in the Walker Library meeting room. Topics will include a project update and design for the

children’s, teen and reading room areas. The library will close for construction in mid to late summer. Information about the closing and alternative sites for library service will be announced at least eight weeks prior to the actual closing date. Gail Dorfman is the Uptown area’s representative on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

By Felicity Britton
Since 1977, People for Parks has identified and funded over $2 million dollars of special projects and events that improve Minneapolis and its parks. People for Parks (PFP), a grassroots non-profit dedicated to enhancing Minneapolis parks, turns 35 years young this year. The organization is responsible for some of the Minneapolis Park system’s most loved improvements including the band shell benches and picnic shelter at Lake Harriet, the “Showmobile” (mobile sound stage), trails and lighting at Wirth Park and the Lyndale Peace Garden. PFP raises money from park lovers throughout Minneapolis and beyond, and uses the funds for enhancement projects suggested by citizens and park staff. Resident-initiated projects include a historical marker on Minnehaha Parkway, landscaping in Audubon Park, trees by Cedar Lake, funds for restoring tennis courts, buckthorn removal tools and more. People for Parks has funded many projects in Southwest Minneapolis including the sound system and environmentally friendly plaza at the Lake Harriet band shell, plus ongoing power washing and painting of the refectory, picnic shelter, Women’s Ordinary Building (“The Biffs”) and the band shell itself. An annual 5K race held in September, plus the sale of engravable benches and pavers at Lake Harriet, provide funds for these programs. PFP began as a tree provider for Minneapolis parks when it was established to fund the replacement of the 31,000 trees lost to Dutch Elm disease in the late seventies. Recently, that role came full circle when an individual left a sizable piece of his estate to PFP designated to urban reforestation. In the last two years, PFP has funded over $35,000 worth of trees in Minneapolis parks, including Jordan, Pearl, Folwell and Thomas Lowry Park. In 2012, PFP will be raising money to restore the World War 1 memorial area at Lake Calhoun, including repairing the mast of the U.S.S. Minneapolis (located by Tin Fish). Once a site for annual Memorial Day ceremonies, the area has fallen into neglect and is ready for improvement. PFP welcomes additional ideas from ECCO and CARAG residents for projects in their area. PFP will also continue fundraising for their most ambitious project to date - a $1 million Universal Access playground planned for the Wabun Picnic Area east of Minnehaha Falls. To gain Universal Access certification, 70% of the equipment must be accessible to people You don't need to with disabilities. The Park Board receives around seven cents of every property tax dollar from Minneapolis residents (i.e. if you pay $2,500 in property taxes you are paying $175 for upkeep of Minneapolis parks). That’s why many people supplement their tax contribution with a gift to People for Parks. Whether it’s a $40 membership or a $50,000 estate bequest, a gift to People for Parks contributes to ensuring our park system’s legacy for not only the next 35 years, but for years to come. Felicity Britton is the Coordinator of People for Parks.

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8 • Uptown neighborhood news


MARCH 2012

CARAG report
Lake St. 36th St.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

The CARAG Board meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Bryant Park Community Center, 31st and Bryant. All CARAG residents are welcome and urged to attend.

introductions: Diana Boegemann
• The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm and Board Members were introduced. • Volunteers are needed for the Chilly Chili Fest on February 26. A sign-up sheet was passed around.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, February 21, 2012. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the March 2012 CARAG Meeting.

agenda & Minutes: Diana Boegemann
• Motion, Seconded to approve the meeting agenda. Approved. • Motion, Seconded to approve the January 17 CARAG Neighborhood Meeting minutes. Approved.

in the next few weeks. Motorists will be able to pay using cash or credit cards. The cost to park is $1 per hour during the day and $2 per hour in the evenings. • The City Planning Department is considering zoning amendments to allow “urban agriculture.” The changes would allow larger chicken coops and gardens, as well as allow resident to sell the food produced on city lots. Tuthill has concerns about how this may affect neighbors and she welcomes feedback from residents.

Diana Boegemann, Dan Jenney, Erick Peterson, Nancy Riestenberg. Excused Absences: Carol Bouska, Jason Lord, and Samantha Strong. Absent: Melissa Davidson

New Wine Church: ayo akin-abiodun, Sade Cole
• NWC purchased and moved into the building at 31st and Aldrich almost three years ago. • The non-denominational church was originally founded in England and the Twin Cities congregation has been around for 15 years. • NWC has focused their energy on renovating the building, which needed significant work. Now, the congregation is interested in becoming involved with the community including CARAG. •

Council Member Meg tuthill
• The City will install new, modern parking meters around Uptown

Red Rover, Red Rover

Uptown Market: Brendan Jordan, adam Faitek
• Planning is well underway for the fourth season of the Uptown Market. Vendor recruitment has begun and market logistics are being worked out. • Brendan reported that the UM Board is strongly engaged and other volunteers are also serving on UM Committees • Brendan and Adam were pleased to report that fees for one-time vendors have been brought down to match full-season vendors. • Due to construction near 29th Street, market organizers are close to announcing a new location.

This would likely lead to lower expenses because there would not be city permit fees for closing the street. A recent fundraiser brought in $600 and another spring fundraiser is being planned. Motion, Seconded to approve a revised Memo of Understanding. Approved. The document clarifies the fiscal agent relationship CARAG provides for the Market. Motion, Seconded to approve revised Uptown Market Committee Procedures. Approved. The document defines how UM operates including four new operating committees. Motion, Seconded to approve revised Uptown Market Accounting Procedures. Approved. Changes to the document include the types of financial reports that will be provided to CARAG and how often. Motion, Seconded to approve the fiscal year 2012 Uptown Market Budget. Approved. The budget details conservative income and projected expenses. UM organizers will return to the March 20 meeting with additional financial and organizational info for a “Go, No-Go” decision on whether to move forward with the market this year.

with one at the March CARAG Meeting. • Motion, Seconded to approve the CARAG NRP Phase 2 Home Loan Program Guidelines with the understanding that revisions may be needed upon consultation with program administrators. Approved. • Carol Bouska is working to start a CARAG Green Team focused on composting and recycling household waste. An initial organizing meeting will be scheduled in early March. Contact CARAG for more info at greenteam@carag.org. • Paul Buchel resigned as the CARAG Safety Coordinator in late January due to illness. However, former Safety Coordinator Zack Farley is available to take on the role again. Motion, Seconded to allow Boegemann, Bouska and Engel to renegotiate a contract with Zack Farley to act as Safety Coordinator. Approved.

Hennepin Ave.

Runners Enjoyed the Valentine’s Day TC 5K Run/Walk on February 11 around Lake Harriet. More photos at www.tcmevents.org.

Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
On the agenda…
• Open Streets Minneapolis • Nominations for Vacant Board Positions • Council Member Meg Tuthill Update • Uptown Market Update • And More!
CARAG Chilly Chili FeSt Thanks to all the area businesses for their supply and door prize donations! Thanks also to Community Partners for sponsorship of the event: Door Prize & SuPPly DonorS Anderson Cleaners Eco-Liten Art Materials Geetanjoli Sari Fashion Belle Weather Gigi’s Cafe Black Bird Cafe Jungle Theatre Bobby Bead Kitchen Window Bryant Lake Bowl Life Power Fitness CB2 The Lowry Central Bank Lucia’s Deli The Chair Salon Magers & Quinn Comedy Sportz Nostalgia Zone Comic Book College The Corner Balloon Shoppe Davanni’s Pizza Old Chicago Pizza Penzeys Spices Sally Hed, Biologist Salon LaVonte Schatzlein Saddle Shop Shoe Zoo State Farm Insurance, Mary Trondson Agency Stroker Ace UPS Store- Uptown Uptown Association Uptown Vet Uptown YWCA

Join the CARAG E-update at www.carag.org to receive emails about CARAG activities and events.

CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 www.carag.org | carag@carag.org | 612.823.2520

Lyndale Ave.

Board Housekeeping, Diana Boegemann
• CARAG will accept nominations for the vacant CARAG Board position formally held by Steve Green who passed away in December. • A proposed revision to the CARAG Bylaws will be delayed until the March 20 CARAG meeting.

NRp Report: Scott engel, aaron Rubenstein
• NRP Phase 2 Home Loan Guidelines: The CARAG NRP housing task force developed draft guidelines for three revolving loan programs- “1-3 Unit Revolving Loan Program”, “4+ Unit Revolving Loan Program”, and “Garage Improvements Revolving Loan Program”. There was discussion about details of each program. The housing task force plans to interview home loan administrators over the next month and hope to recommend contracting

personnel Committee, Nancy Riestenberg
• The Personnel Committee discussed additional responsibilities for the Exectuvite Coordinator at their January meeting. Riestenberg presented a proposal to increase the number of hours worked per week. Motion, Seconded to approve the proposal to increase the number of hours worked per week from 24 to 32 hours. Approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:50pm

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 7pm

The creators behind the dining destination, Heidi’s, are announcing plans to open an edgy new eatery come summer. Chef Stewart Woodman and wife/co-owner, Heidi Woodman, are trying something different from the intricate, upscale cuisine of Heidi’s namesake restaurant. The Birdhouse on Hennepin Avenue at 2516 in the old Duplex space, will serve a variety of healthy, organic options that focus on taste and nutrition. With many ingredients sourced from local urban and regional farms, the menu will have a heavy Midwestern slant that will appeal to both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Bull Run Coffee

MARCH 2012

www.scribd.com/Uptownnews making swimming movements only serves to speed the rate of heat loss and reduce your survival time. This is because movement dissipates the thin layer of water that is warmed by the body and replaces it with a fresh layer of cold water, thus increasing conductive losses. The problem is compounded by the fact that exercise increases the circulation in the extremities, where heat loss is greatest.” Casidy Anderson, Community Risk Reduction Officer, Minneapolis Police Department says specialized cold water rescue crews wear a “gumby” suit that covers them from head to toe in order to stay, dry, warm and afloat while in icy waters. As our mostly mild winter has trudged along, we can attest to the poor conditions of the ice. Warm days and varying temperatures have made the ice in the Twin Cities especially treacherous. In fact in early February the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office banned all car and truck traffic from county lakes.

Uptown neighborhood news •  .

DNR Safety Guidelines
What if you fall in?
What should you do? First, try not to panic. This may be easier said than done, unless you have worked out a survival plan in advance. Read through these steps so that you can be prepared. Don’t remove your winter clothing. Heavy clothes won’t drag you down, but instead can trap air to provide warmth and flotation. This is especially true with a snowmobile suit. Turn toward the direction you came. That’s probably the strongest ice. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface. This is where a pair of nails, sharpened screwdrivers or ice picks comes in handy in providing the extra traction you need to pull yourself up onto the ice. Kick your feet and dig in your ice picks to work your way back onto the solid ice. If your clothes have trapped a lot of water, you may have to lift yourself partially out of the water on your elbows to let the water drain before starting forward. Lie flat on the ice once you are out and roll away from the hole to keep your weight spread out. This may help prevent you from breaking through again. Get to a warm, dry, sheltered area and re-warm yourself immediately. In moderate to severe cases of cold water hypothermia, you must seek medical attention. Cold blood trapped in your extremities can come rushing back to your heart after you begin to re-warm. The shock of the chilled blood may cause ventricular fibrillation leading to a heart attack and death! For more information, contact the DNR at 651.296.6157 or www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice.

(Digital illustration courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)

WalkiNg from 1 Russians, who earlier this month finally reached a buried lake after drilling for 10 years through two miles of ice in Antarctica. Ice comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, opacities and, unlike most liquids, it expands when it freezes. We marvel at it, but vigilance is a necessity. Cold water can be dangerous.

63 degrees Fahrenheit. He actually recommends training for the event in water that is in the 40s. Oh sure, he wore insulation – a cap and speedo. “Every year, many thousands of

If you’re still curiAverage water ous after all of these temperature in the warnings you may Mediterranean Sea want to try plungwhere the Italian ing in the safety of cruise ship Con- PROFESSOR FRANCES ASHCROFT an organized event cordia grounded in devoted to it. The January was probpeople die a cold-water death. 2012 Polar Bear Plunge takes place ably in the 50s. But water temperature where the Titanic went Hypothermia rather than drown- on Lake Calhoun on March 3. The down was much colder. In fact, ing is probably responsible for event is presented and monitored according to Professor of Physiol- many of these deaths. Heat is lost ogy at Oxford, Frances Ashcroft, far more rapidly from the body “Survivors of the ‘Titanic’ disaster when immersed in water because for example, suggested that many water is such a good conductor of casualties, who were wearing life- heat.” explains Ashcroft. belts and in calm (but icy) water, If you’ve ever had the opportunity died of the cold, whereas the offi- to use a commercial wine chiller cial inquiry blamed drowning.” you can appreciate how quickly But don’t tell that to Dave Camer- moving water extracts and moves on, Uptown YWCA Swim Coach, heat away from the bottle. who swam the 22 mile wide English Channel in 2004 and 2007 when the water was a balmy 58 to Ashcroft explains the physiology, “Heat loss in water is enhanced if you move around...struggling or

“Survivors of the ‘Titanic’ disaster for example, suggested that many casualties, who were wearing lifebelts and in calm (but icy) water, died of the cold, whereas the official inquiry blamed drowning.”

Still Curious?

by Law Enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. It promises fundraisers who are anxious to “freeze for a reason” a chance to dive in. In fact a dive team member waits in the water to assist you if necessary. Register online at www.plungemn.org. Information for this article was provided by “Life at the Extremes: The

Science of Survival”, 2000, University of California Press by Frances Ashcroft, Professor of Physiology at Oxford, Fellow of Trinity College and the Royal Society. Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.

Although these contour bars around Lake of the Isles show how it is mostly shallower than Lake Calhoun, many other factors including salt from storm water runoff, can lower the freezing temperature and therefore impede the forming of ice. (Map courtesy of the DNR)

These contour bars show how Lake Calhoun has a variety of lake depths and steep drop-offs, which can affect the consistency of well formed ice. (Map courtesy of the DNR)

10 • Uptown neighborhood news


MARCH 2012

ECCO report
Lake St. 36th St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

ECCO meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 34th & Irving. All ECCO residents are welcome and urged to attend.

Delete the following sentence: “ECCO is out of compliance with the bylaws because the staff person (not the secretary) has been keeping the minutes.” And replace it with: “ECCO is out of compliance with the bylaws because the staff person, at the president’s request, took minutes after the election of officers at the November meeting.”

loan program is based on 90% of HUD Income Limits (i.e. $59,580 for a family of two).

Pursuant to a proposal submitted by Board member Gael Ellis and Board Vice President Blake Harper, the ECCO Board made the following revisions to the ECCO bylaws:
• The board unanimously approved a motion to add the underlined language to the Article 9, Section 1:

Would You like a Contribution With that?

Hennepin Ave.

Lyndale Ave.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for February 2, 2012. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by Harry Savage and Monica Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electronic vote prior to publication. Board Members Present: Sarah Sponheim, President; Blake Harper and Linda Todd, Co-VP; Glen Christianson, Treasurer; Harry Savage, Secretary; Anja Curiskis; Brad Durham; Gael Ellis; Judy Shields; and Jim Smith. Board Members Absent: Kate Davenport and Heather Wulfsberg. Also present: Nancy Ward ECCO Board President Sarah Sponheim called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

approval of January meeting minutes
The minutes from January’s ECCO Board meeting were unanimously approved with the following edits:
• Finance Committee Add “Finance Committee Chair Glen Christianson” to the second bullet point. • ECCO Board Meeting Minutes


The agenda was unanimously approved.

• Neighborhood and Community Relations is holding their first annual neighborhood conference on Saturday, February 11. Board members and residents are invited to attend. Sarah Sponheim will be discussing ECCO’s organics program as part of a panel discussion at the conference • Revisions are being considered for the Urban Agriculture ordinance. Council Member Meg Tuthill has concerns about the lack of height restrictions for hoop houses (plastic growing houses) and the number of days per year residents will be allowed to sell produce from their homes. A public hearing will be held in March. • The 5th Precinct is considering a Law Enforcement Group for Uptown. Jim Smith, Co-Chair of the Livability Committee will contact Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams for more information. • HUD released their 2012 Income Limits. The maximum income for ECCO’s home improvement

ARTICLE 9 Officers of the Board SECTION 1 Election, Each year the Board of Directors shall elect all officers for a term of one year from the Board. The election shall be held at the first Board meeting following the Annual Meeting. All officers shall be members of the Board of Directors excluding the past president. Prior to election of each officer the description of the position shall be read to the Board.
• The Board voted (7 yea, 3 oppose) to strike the suggested revision to Article 9, Section 2 of the bylaws (requesting that the Executive Committee review and comment on meeting agendas). Article 9, Section 2 will not be changed. • The board unanimously approved a motion to add the underlined language to Article 9, Section 4:

Nancy Sjoquist at the Febuary 26 Chilly Chili Fest, Bryant Square Park.

(Photo by Ralph

By Phyllis Stenerson
Server at Lucia’s Restaurant to Nancy Sjoquist: “What would you like?” Nancy to server: “I’d like a coffee, a scone and could the restaurant make a contribution to help CARAG’s Chilly Chili fest, please.” That wasn’t the exact conversation, but makes the point: Nancy Sjoquist is all about the neighborhood – all of Uptown and especially CARAG. Nancy’s latest tour de force was as one of the organizers and chief cook for CARAG’s annual Chilly Chili Fest in late February. She’s also a SJoqUiSt page 11

ARTICLE 9 Officers of the Board eCCo page 11

T H U R S D AY, M A R C H 1 7:00 -9:00 p.m.


ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Ave S
The agenda includes presentations by guest speakers: • Meg Tuthill, City Council Member • Anita Tabb, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Commissioner • Michelle Beaulieu, Midtown Greenway Coalition, will be discussing transit options in the Midtown Corridor. W E D N E S D AY, M A R C H 1 4 7:00 p.m.

Grants available for East Calhoun residents
We invite you to apply for one or all of the following programs: Home energy efficiency upgrades and/or exterior improvement grants (up to $3,000) and loans (up to $7,500); home security improvement grants (up to $250); compost bin and/or rain barrel grants (up to $100); and free home energy visit!

Learn more about these great programs at www.eastcalhoun.org (NRP page) or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.

East Calhoun Green Team Meeting Location to be confirmed
The Green Team meets the second Wednesday of each month, please join us! Please contact greenteam@eastcalhoun.org for more information and meeting location. T U E S D AY, M A R C H 2 0 7:00 p.m.

we’re watching our waste
It’s not too late to get your own green organics recycling cart; sign up now and receive a complimentary counter-top compost pail and compostable bags (while supplies last)! Save space and money by exchanging your large trash cart for a small one. To sign up, call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or email Waste Watchers* at greenteam@eastcalhoun.org.

East Calhoun

East Calhoun Tree Task Force St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Ave S
The group will be discussing strategies for minimizing the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer in our neighborhood. Become part of the task force working to protect shade trees in East Calhoun. All are welcome!

Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. Send a request to nrp@eastcalhoun.org or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.

*Waste Watchers is a group of East Calhoun neighbors who care about making less waste.

MARCH 2012

www.scribd.com/Uptownnews eCCo from 10 SECTION 4 Secretary, It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board to keep correct attendance and minutes of all meetings of the Organization and of the Board. He or she shall be responsible to perform a final review of the minutes prior to vote by the Board and submission for publication.
• The Board voted (8 yea, 2 oppose) to table the proposal to add a section about Staff to the ECCO bylaws. • The Board voted (9 yea, 1 abstain) to approve the following motion: “To add the duties to keep correct attendance and minutes of all meeting of the Organization’s Board of Directors to ECCO Staff. These duties will be in addition to responsibilities currently held by staff. Minutes and Attendance will be subject to final review by the Secretary and vote of approval by the Board.” • The Board voted (9 yea, 1 oppose) to approve the following motion: “The secretary shall no longer receive $50 per month compensation.”

Uptown neighborhood news • 11 . ideas generated at last October’s annual meeting. Lagoon) will be on February 6, 6 pm. The restaurant has plans for 400 seats (including 150 on a patio) and is requesting late night hours.

Cpp and NRp Budget
Monica Smith presented expenditures to-date for the CPP and NRP programs.

Next meeting
The next meeting of the ECCO Board will be Thursday, March 1, 7 pm. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. Commissioner Anita Tabb will attend the meeting. Send suggestions for other agenda items to Sarah Sponheim. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

livability Committee: Jim Smith
Jim Smith will copy board members on the minutes from the first meeting of this committee. A public hearing for a new fullservice restaurant (Bar Louie, 1348 SJoqUiSt from 10

cheerleader for the many volunteers it takes to make this event happen – get contributions for door prizes and expenses from local merchants and individuals, shop, chop and cook 40 quarts of chili. All proceeds from the event are given to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. Julie Cohen, herself an active community volunteer, says the Chili Fest wouldn’t happen without Nancy. “She has boundless energy. I have no idea where she gets it. She’s always on the move – volunteering for her community, traveling, training for a triathalon. She’s amazing. Nancy is a trusted member of the community and rounds up the best door prizes. And, she makes a mean pot of chili. Nancy is CARAG.” Nancy was born and raised in Uptown and has lived here most of her life. She graduated West High School and then the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy. She and her husband Keith have three daughters and five grandchildren. “Community has always been important in my family,” said Nancy. “Growing up we were expected to know about current events so we could take a stand and make a case at family dinners. And to serve the community.” For Nancy, that service has included, among many tasks, two terms as President of the CARAG Board and being a member of the Livability Committee. “This committee cares about things are pleasant and bring people together even if they don’t agree on some issues. Things like the garden tour, potluck at the annual meeting and the Chilly Chili Fest.” The Uptown Association Board of Directors is another venue for Nancy’s service. She was originally appointed by City Councilperson Lisa McDonald as her representative and has continued in that role even as the council member changed. “The YWCA has been part of my life forever,” said Nancy. “My first part-time job was with the Bloomington YWCA and I’ve stayed involved in some way ever since.” Last summer Nancy participated in the YWCA Triathalon - swimming, biking and running with 1,500 other women. “It was an incredible experience,” said Nancy. “The training was tough but well worth it. Sports opportunities for girls were scarce when I was young making this even more special.” Nancy’s roots in Minneapolis go deep. “My great-grandfather, Joseph M. Griffith, emigrated from Germany at age 13, alone,” said Nancy. “He worked hard, starting with sweeping streets. Then he founded a broom company. His future business ventures included importing lutefisk and selling to the predominantly Scandinavian community. His advertisement for the Kildall Company is on the side of the Lake Harriet streetcar. My great grandmother came up the Mississippi from Missouri wearing a beaver coat. They had 13 children.” The Griffith family legacy includes great-uncle Henry Griffith’s book – Minneapolis, A Sawdust Town being preserved at the Minnesota Historical Society. Nancy’s legacy in the Uptown community is still a work in progress. Phyllis Stenerson is Editor of the Uptown Neighborhood News.

tree task Force: Nancy Ward
The Tree Task Force is working to protect the urban canopy. The most immediate threat is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). They are investigating the cost for treating ash trees in the neighborhood. ReDiStRiCtiNg from 1 of his old SD 63. Dibble’s former SD 60 is largely the new SD 61. Legislators have six months to move into their new districts. The new congressional and legislative maps can be accessed at the website for the Special Redistricting Panel of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. See www.mncourts. gov/?page=4469. The redistricting of the Minneapolis ward, park board and precinct boundaries is still in process. The Minneapolis Charter Commission, working with an appointed Advisory Group, has 60 days after February 21 to complete the task. The Commission and the Advisory Group constitute the Redistricting Group and recently put forth draft plans and held public hearings. The proposed new Ward 10, represented by Meg Tuthill and containing ECCO and CARAG, is pretty much the same as before, but losing the north shore of Lake Calhoun and the Lyndale Neighborhood and gaining much of the east side of the Whittier neighborhood. plans, use a search engine to go to (1) Charter Commission-City of Minneapolis, (2) Redistricting Website, and (3) Draft Minneapolis Redistricting Plans (Maps). A good source of information regarding the process is also at this website under “Redistricting Process FAQ”. Boundaries for the six Minneapolis School Districts will be set by the Minneapolis Board of Education. They may decide to use the Minneapolis Park Board district boundaries as they presently do, or create new boundaries. The Tree Task Force is requesting that the remaining NRP Phase I and II tree funds ($5,700) be allocated to the Task Force to support the health of all trees in the neighborhood (not just boulevard trees). Funds would be used for tree treatment and watering bags. They are also requesting $2,000 (ball park estimate) from the CPP funds to be used for communication and outreach. Nancy Ward with be meeting with Park Board Commissioner Tabb to discuss EAB.

ECCO and CARAG have been in Minnesota Senate District 60 for the past decade. Both neighborhoods are now in the new SD 61.

treasurer’s Report
Treasurer Glen Christianson outlined ECCO’s sources of financing: ECCO funds (unrestricted money from fundraising such as Wine Tasting, CES award, etc); CPP funds (restricted to community engagement and administration, to be spent by June 30, 2012); and NRP funds (restricted to NRP initiatives outlined in the Phase I and II plans).

The only City races this year will be for the School Board and will involve the three western districts (there are six), including District 4 which presently contains ECCO and District 6 which presently contains CARAG, plus one at-large seat. Gary Farland lives in the East Calhoun Neighborhood.

Social Committee: Judy Shields
Judy Shields discussed ideas for nine ECCO social events in 2012 with a budget of $1,500 ($400 of which is for food). Budget also includes a new neighbor welcome kit. Judy would also like to revisit

4-5 courses including dessert and/or cheese course 5pm-10pm

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The proposed new Park Board District 4, which contains ECCO and is represented by Anita Tabb, remains largely the same but would lose some of the near north side and gain the east side of downtown. The proposed Park Board District 6, which contains CARAG and is represented by Brad Bourn, would stay the same. To view the draft Minneapolis

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MARCH 2012

community events calendar
(Editor’s Note: We will run community event listings every month on this page. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to submit your event information by the 15th of each month to be included in the next issue.)


SocraTeS caFe

Sontag, and Philip K. Dick. Now Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of today’s most compelling and respected authors. These are no stereotypical tales of tweakers--the element of crime and the bleary-eyed, shaky zombies at dawn are here right alongside heart-wrenching narratives of everyday people, good intentions gone terribly awry, the skewed American Dream going up in flames, and even some accounts of pure joy.

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YoUNg WriTerS

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Intermedia Arts - 6-8pm 2822 Lyndale Ave. • 612.871.4444 www.intermediaarts.org
Young Writers is the place for youth. Held twice a month, gathering aspiring young poets, novelists, fiction writers, and essayists is for teen writers of every level, from beginner to advanced. This is a drop-in group; feel free to stop by, check it out, and join in anytime. Grades 7-12.

Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949 www.bryantlakebowl.com

dents, seniors MPR members, or with a Fringe button.

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Dunn Brothers - 7:30pm 3348 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.3292
The Socrates Cafe is an open meeting. The evening is spent discussing a short list of questions of philosophy that range all over the map from self identity, capital punishment, perception and anything else in between. Bring your questions and prepare to engage your mind.


BirD arT ThroUgh TiMe

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paWS To reaD
Walker Library - 3-4:30pm 2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400 www.hclib.org
Certified volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a dog or other animal and practice reading aloud. Call ahead to find out what types of animals will be visiting. K-grade 6. Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.

Minneapolis Audubon Society - 1pm Bryant Square Park • 952.926.4205
Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits at the Bell Museum of Natural History, will show and discuss “Bird Art Through Time.” Join the Minneapolis Audubon Society at 31st & Bryant Ave. for a program and refreshments.

SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious is written and performed by Seth Lepore. SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious turns the happiness industry on its head to unearth the farcical ideology of the positive thinking movement. From Texas megachurches turned motivational hothouses, to the latest testament of selfactualization from Oprah’s Book Club, nothing is safe from Lepore’s scrutinizing looking glass. Tickets are $14 or $12 stu-

Bryant Lake Bowl - 10pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949 www.bryantlakebowl.com
The Women in Crisis Film Series returns! Join us for our latest unsympathetic viewing of a Lifetime TV-movie of the week. A panel of lively gays will mock the film in real time and there’s always lots of trivia and prizes. Come check out the late-night cult camp event that has audiences shouting at the screen and begging for more.

Live MUSic
Cause Spirits & Sound Bar - 8:30pm 3001 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.6000 www.spiritsandsound.com
Live music with Chosen Robot, The Brutes, The National Bird and The Han Dynasty. 21+ show.


100% iriSh For a DaY: Tc 5k & Tc 10 MiLe

Twin Cities in Motion - 9am Lake Harriet • 651.289.7700 www.tcmevents.org
The start and finish of the TC 5K are located near the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The course is one counter-clockwise loop of the lake, run on the Lake Harriet Parkway. There are a few rolling hills. Each mile will be marked by mile markers on one side of the road. Water will not be available on the course but will be available at the finish line. The start and finish of the TC 10 Mile are located near the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The course begins with one counter-clockwise loop of Lake Harriet, follows William Berry Parkway for one lap around Lake Calhoun and finishes with one lap around Lake Harriet. Each mile will be marked with mile markers on one side of the road. Water and Mountain Berry Blast POWERADE will be available near miles 3 and 7.

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DiNoSaUrS DoWN & DirTY
Bryant Lake Bowl 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949 www.bellmuseum.org


The SpeeD chroNicLeS

Magers and Quinn - 7:30pm 3038 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.4611 www.magersandquinn.com
Joseph Mattson and Eric Lorberer discuss The Speed Chronicles. Joseph Mattson (editor of The Speed Chronicles) joins Eric Lorberer (editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books) for a public conversation about working with some legendary writers and editing work on a highly charged topic. Join us afterwards for a reception sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books. It is no secret that speed has revved up the lives of writers including Jack Kerouac, Susan

What you thought to be extinct has really populated our backyard bird feeders all along. “Nature’s Greatest Extravagances,” as some might call dinosaurs, have proven to be biological superlatives. Over the past 25 years, nearly everything we thought we knew about dinosaurs has changed. They are no longer dimwitted icons of extinction, but an extraordinarily successful group that pushed the limits of terrestrial body size, and even innovated powered flight. Professor Kristi Curry Rogers of Macalester College discusses the exciting discoveries in this field, to new information gleaned from microscopic investigations of their bones.

March’s Contest: The UNN is Giving Away . . . A 7-Day Guest Pass for you and a friend to Calhoun Beach Club! OR Dinner for 4 at Chipotle!
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