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Its hard to miss the construc-
tion zone at the corner of Hen-
nepin and Lagoon, but even with
winter weather challenges, the
Wine Tasting Is Back On
Neighborhood Benefit scheduled for October 30
By the ECCO Bike Fest Volunteer Team
East Calhouns first bicycle festival will roll into Uptown on May 11.
Pedal Power, a project of the neighborhoods green team, will show-
case everything from a childrens bicycle swap to free tune-ups from
local bike shops. Neighborhood teens will share first-person accounts
of how helmets may have saved their lives, and safety experts will be
on hand to help kids adjust their own helmets.
Representatives from the Midtown Greenway, Nice Ride, and the
Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will share information about their
organizations. Kids can participate in a bike rodeo and everyone will
be eligible to win door prizes.
The event starts at 1:00pm at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church.
Meet at the south entrance (beside the flag pole) and south parking
lot. To participate in the kids bike swap, bring a used-but-still-func-
tional bike, and ride a new-to-you bike home. The festival is free, but
dont forget to bring your wallet: The Tin Fish will be debuting its
new ice cream truck.
Walker Progress
Walker Library Update from County Commissioner Gail Dorfman
construction of the new Hen-
nepin County Walker Library
is on schedule. The demolition
of the old Walker is complete.
The foundation walls are nearly
finished. The elevator shaft has
been built, and over the next few
months, residents and visitors
to Uptown will begin to see the
new library building take shape
as the structural steel compo-
nents are placed for the columns,
floor and ceiling systems. And
yes, we saved the big library let-
ters, which will be incorporated
within the new site. If you want
to see the Vincent James Associ-
ates architectural design plans,
get construction updates, or
learn more about this project and
the community process, go to:
buildingprojects/. This time next
year, look for an announcement
of the Walker Library opening
By Bruce Cochran
Lead organizer Pat Fleetham,
Calhoun Square and Henne-
pin Lake Liquor have set a date
for the return of the Hennepin
Lake Community Wine Tasting
to support Uptown neighbor-
hoods. That date is October 30
and this years restaurant sponsor
is Uptown Cafeteria.
This will be the 30th occurrence
for the fundraiser, which took
last year off due to the Calhoun
Square construction. Since its
inception the combined total of
funds raised for the neighbor-
hoods to date is $313,000 - funds
that are unrestricted by the event
donation. The nine benefiting
neighborhood organizations
are: Calhoun Area (CARAG),
Cedar-Isles-Dean (CIDNA),
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Crews guide an i-beam as it is lowered into place with an overhead crane. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
East Calhoun (ECCO), East Isles
(EIRA), Kenwood Isles (KIA),
Lowry Hill East (LHENA),
Lowry Hill (LHNA), Lyndale
(LNA) and Whittier (WA).
Lyn-Lake Fest Cancelled
Event may become part of Open Streets
By Bruce
After the reinvigo-
rated Lyn-Lake
Fest came back for
2011 and 2012, the
event is cancelled
for 2013. Lead
organizer, John
Meegan, describes
his decision to can-
cel the event this
This great event
requires a full-time
volunteer organiz-
er to work over the
course of 3 months
to be able to work
financially. As I am that volunteer, and need to also run a business
and attend to my family, I cant make that commitment this year.
Meegan added that there is still some chance that the event may be
incorporated into Open Streets, an open street festival on Lyndale
Avenue in June.
(Photo by Bethany Heemeyer)
Pedal Power

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Letter From The editor
By Melissa Slachetka
Ive had the theme of change pop
up in my Letters from the Editor
and that is because there has been
a lot of change happening in my
life. Yes, you may have heard the
news that UNN is looking for a
new editor. My next issue will be
the last and I have enjoyed every
minute of it, but I have happily
gotten engaged and am turning
in my editor hat to focus on this
next stage in my life.
Along with stamping my own
unique style on the newspaper
and enhancing the social media
aspect (Twitter/FB), one of my
less noticeable accomplishments
has been making sense of the mail-
box. It hasnt been easyits
meant unsubscribing from a
crazy amount of mailing lists
that, although intriguing, have
nothing to do with Uptown or
our Uptown demographic.
When I was handed the email
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Our world has been changing
at a pace that most of us strug-
gle to comprehend. It is full of
products and services that sim-
ply did not exist a few years ago.
We now engage one another
through video calls and instant
messages and social media. We
shop from our laptop and bank
through our smart phone. We
expect the information we want
to be available when we want it.
New companies like Google
or Amazon have become our
engines of economic growth and
old ones have overhauled them-
selves or become obsolete. Min-
nesota companies like Target
and 3M are thoroughly focused
on innovation and unafraid of
The one constant through all
of this has been the increasing
value of education. We cannot
predict how technology will
change our world, but we can
predict that those who can learn
and adapt will be best positioned
to succeed.
And that needs to be the prom-
ise of education today prepar-
ing our students to succeed in
a fast-changing, unpredictable
Minneapolis Public Schools has
to make sure that our students
all of them are prepared
to succeed; that they have the
knowledge and skills they need
to be ready for college or careers
after high school as well as the
cultural understanding that will
make them great neighbors and
By the standard of many urban
school systems, Minneapolis does
pretty well. But, for too many
students and their families, we
are not doing well enough. Too
many students, particularly
those of color, either drop out
before graduation or gradu-
ate unready for life in todays
knowledge economy.
Just like companies that must
change to survive, Minneapolis
Public Schools must also change
to produce the results that the
community needs. We are trans-
forming education, changing
our business model to better
serve students and families.
One focus is strengthening the
principal pipeline, holding cur-
rent principals accountable for
performance and providing bet-
ter professional development for
principals to help them transi-
tion from building managers to
instructional leaders. Another
focus is implementing a com-
prehensive teacher evaluation
system that recognizes exem-
plary teachers and provides spe-
cific professional development
opportunities for teachers who
need additional support.
In areas like our Office of New
Schools, we are looking differ-
ently at how we deliver educa-
tion to the students who need
it most. And those results will
pay dividends in a Minneapolis
that is richer economically and
The education world is full of
promises and, often, soaring
rhetoric that is disconnected
from reality. Saying we care
about the success of all students
matters little if too few of them
actually succeed. We need,
instead, to be judged far more
on our results what we do
rather than what we say.
The relatively easy thing to do is
produce a more thoughtful edu-
cational strategy; we are good at
We Must Produce The schools Minneapolis Needs
By Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D. (Superintendent of Public Schools)
that. It is much harder to change
our culture to consistently pro-
duce better results for all stu-
dents. But, working with our
teachers and educational lead-
ers, we are trying to do both.
I believe we will ultimately
demonstrate results not just
rhetoric if we concentrate on
four big things:
Clarity of Purpose. Our goal is
to make sure all students stay
with us through graduation and
leave us with the knowledge
and skills to be ready for col-
lege or careers. This means high
standards for all, not just some.
If our students succeed after
they leave Minneapolis Public
Schools, we succeeded.
Great Teaching. We have
a strong teaching force that
needs to get stronger. With our
teachers, we have developed an
evaluation system that is becom-
ing a national model. We must
ensure that we support teachers
with the additional training and
professional development that
makes them stronger. Every
child, regardless of where he or
she attends school in the city,
must have great teachers.
Good Choices. Minneapolis has
a long history of providing fam-
ilies with choices in the schools
their children attend, and we
must make sure they have only
good choices. We are focus-
ing instruction for consistency
throughout the city looking for
proven models, including dis-
trict and charter schools, that
make sense for Minneapolis.
Strong Partnerships. As the
leader of the Gates-funded
District-Charter Compact, we
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CARAG Neighborhood
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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 (10)
Meg Tuthill
Mayor R.T. Rybak
State Senator (60)
D. Scott Dibble
State Representative (61A)
Frank Hornstein
State Representative (61B)
Paul Thissen
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison
U.S. Senator
Al Franken
U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Barack Obama
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Common LaW
By Sarah Sponheim
Sarah will be taking a leave from writing the Common LAW column
in order to free up time for her various environmental projects.
NOTE: This editorial from Educa-
tion Commissioner Brenda Cassel-
lius was originally featured in the
Rochester Post Bulletin on Friday,
March 29.
Much has been written about
the long-term benefits of high
quality early education and all
day kindergarten, especially for
poor children. Research abounds
to support investments in young
learners as a critical way to close
achievement gaps and improve
student outcomes. Governor
Daytons budget contains signifi-
cant new investments for both
early childhood education and all
day kindergarten, and every sign
indicates that substantial invest-
ments for early learning will be
coming out of the legislature as
Minnesota is home to some of
the most compelling research on
Investments In early education
Will Place kids On Path
To success
By Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner
UNN Editorial
the high return of investment for
early learning up to sixteen dol-
lars for every one dollar invested
according to former Federal
Reserve Chair Art Rolnick. And
theres more: Child-development
researchers at the University of
North Carolina recently pub-
lished a study that found low-
income students who attended
preschool had higher math and
reading scores in third grade
than their low-income peers who
did not. City University of New
York conducted a study show-
ing that one in six students who
cant read at grade level by third
grade will not finish high school
by age 19 nearly four times
the rate of their more proficient
peers. A study begun in 1962 in
Michigan tracked two groups of
low-income students - those who
attended preschool and those
who did not - and found that at
age 40, participants who attend-
ed preschool had attained higher
levels of education, earned higher
wages, were more likely to own a
home and were less likely to have
been incarcerated than those who
did not attend preschool.
Yet, despite the evidence, pockets
of opposition continue to ques-
tion the wisdom of early child-
hood education. To which I say
this: if you want a real life success
story that illustrates the potential
for high quality early education
to change a life, look at me. I
was a Head Start baby.
I can personally attest to the
value of early learning, not only
the early benefits to a poor girl
growing up in the projects of
south Minneapolis, but the long-
term effects on my life. I could
easily have ended up in a cycle
of poverty and dependence, but I
didnt. Why? For many reasons,
including hard work and a little
bit of luck, but also because of
the early opportunities I received
and the parenting support given
to my mother, who had my sister
at 16 and me at 20.
Head Start allowed me to devel-
op school readiness skills and a
love of learning that have lasted
a lifetime. I remember the fun of
outlining my 4-year old body on
a big sheet of paper and labeling
my parts, of watching a celery
stalk turn red in a glass full of
tinted water, of reading my first
book, Harold and the Purple
Crayon, and imagining my own
dreams for adventure as I drew
them with a purple crayon. My
best memory, though, is when
my teacher would round us up
in a circle at the end of the day
to touch the tip of her magic
wand to the top of our heads,
and if we were good and had
done all of our work, the magic
star on the end would light up.
Why do these experiences matter
now, nearly four decades later?
Because they taught me perhaps
preschools biggest contribution
to a students future success; the
so-called soft skills, which help
children learn how to pay atten-
tion and stay on task. My earliest
teachers shaped me by instilling
not only a love of learning, but
also the principles of hard work,
goodness and perseverance.
These qualities cannot be mea-
sured by a test, but they matter
a great deal in a competitive and
diverse global economy and are
necessary for success in life.
Ive been lucky. Lucky to be
born in the right decade and
that my mother had access to
resources and support. Lucky
to have had great teachers who
pushed me to be my best. Lucky
that wise Minnesotans who came
before me realized that a good
education for every child was
the surest way to strengthen our
states competitive edge, leading
a generations War on Poverty
and crafting a Minnesota Miracle
along the way.
But should it come down to
luck? The Governor and I
believe not. We believe all chil-
dren deserve access to the same
great start I had. Investing now,
this year, in our youngest learn-
ers - with more scholarships for
high quality early education pro-
gramming and increased access
to all-day kindergarten gives
us the best chance to fully lever-
age the potential that lies within
every child.
We may never be able to fully
measure the profound impact
early learning has on life success.
Or maybe we can. Maybe were
just waiting for a future educa-
tion commissioner a little girl
or boy learning and dreaming in
a sun-filled classroom today - to
show us just how its done.
Brenda Cassellius
Minnesota Commissioner
of Education
The tragedies of foreclosures
for the family involved are no
mystery. Yet, the burden of fore-
closure also rests squarely, and
silently, on the shoulders of local
and state taxpayers. Minnesota
municipalities expend nearly
$20,000 per vacant property each
year for maintenance costs, and
houses within an eighth of a mile
of a foreclosed home loose almost
$2,000 in equity simply because
of proximity. To discontinue the
trend of Minnesota having three
times as many foreclosed homes
in post-crisis 2012 compared to
2005, or 20,000 foreclosures per
year for the sixth year in a row,
I support enacting the Home-
owners Bill of Rights, currently
in the legislature. The bill enacts
common sense laws to give basic
rights to families who face fore-
Critics may object, stating that
the crisis has passed and regula-
tion stunts development, but the
facts stand that regulating banks
foreclosure will safeguard the
states economic recovery. For
example, a Californian bill is
credited with lowering foreclo-
sure levels by 39.5 percent from
December 2012 to January 2013,
when the bill took effect. If such
a bill had been made law in Min-
nesota in 2008, at the peak of
the crisis, approximately 140,000
more Minnesota families would
be in homes, and an estimated
94,000 Minnesota school children
would have remained in stable
living situations.
The Homeowners Bill of Rights
is needed to protect families and
the larger community. This bill
guarantees that people going
through the foreclosure process
have a single point of contact
within their banking institution
when they are seeking loan mod-
ification or facing foreclosure. It
Citizens turned out for the April 16 DFL Precinct Caucuses at Jefferson
Elementary. The Tenth Ward Convention is April 27, when candidates hope
to win the DFL endorsement. (Photo by
Tenth Ward Caucuses
homeowners Bill Of rights
By Lyndel Owens
OWeNs page 6

Uptown neighborhood news May 2013

crime & safety
Chelsea Adams, Crime prevention Specialist
612.673.2819 or
5th Precinct: Sectors 1&2: (Uptown)
Crimes By Location March 19 - April 22
Burglary residential includes
garages, attached or unattached, and
may include unlocked or open doors.
Robbery Business
Robbery Person
*Sound of Shots Fired
Theft from Motor Vehicle
Aggravated Assaults
Auto Theft
Burglary Business
Burglary Residential
Domestic Aggr. Assault
Larceny (Other Theft)
Narcotics Arrest
*ShotSpotter detects gunshots using multiple
sensors, triangulates the position of the gunshot
with great accuracy, and immediately alerts 911
operators, who can quickly dispatch police.
City Performs a sweep
For scavengers
City of Minneapolis Ordinance 244.355 (c) states that its against the
law to scavenge. Recycling theft or scavenging is the unauthorized
collection of recyclable materials set out by residents for authorized
collection programs with the City. Although you may feel this is a
harmless crime, scavenging gives individuals opportunity to survey
items you have in your alley, garage and home. Not only that, the
City uses funds from recycling these items to help keep solid waste
fees lower.
Here are some steps that you can take to discourage this type of theft:
Dont put out your recyclables and other scrap metal until the day of
pickup and ask your neighbors to do the same.
Call 911 if you see people taking these items. Scrappers will usually
drive pickup trucks or vans to collect the items. When talking to the
911 operator, please remember to include a description of the vehi-
cle and people involved. Dont forget to note the license plate! If the
vehicle leaves the area before officers arrive, call back 911 and advise
the operator of the direction of travel of the vehicle.
If you think someone in your neighborhood is illegally collecting
scrap materials or running a scrap operation on their property, call
311 to report it, so City inspectors can check it out.
In Minneapolis, its illegal to drive through an alley unless you live
there or are a guest of residents who do. If you see vehicles cruising
for scrap, call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Fire at
33rd St.
According to Assistant Chief, Chrie A. Penn, MFD, fire crews arrived
to smoke showing from a first floor window of Calhoun Fuller Apts. at
1465 W. 33rd St. They found and extinguished a bathroom fire. The fire was
contained to the bathroom and did not extend to other portions of the house.
No firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident, which occurred
around 3 pm on April 20. The origin of the fire was the top of the toilet tank.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental due to improper
disposal of a match. (Photo by Pat Rounds)
Neighborhood Dining
and alcohol
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Minneapolis has a requirement known as 60/40 which requires res-
taurants and bars to generate 60 percent of their sales from food and
40 percent from alcohol. The 60/40 requirement applies to restau-
rants and bars located outside of downtown and within 500 feet of
residential property.
Many small neighborhood restaurants are close to being in compli-
ance with 60/40, but are not quite. I am co-authoring these proposed
changes with Council Member Schiff. We have talked with many
owners of small independently owned restaurants in our wards. The
owners have told us even though they offer a full menu, emphasize
wonderful food, and heavily promote their food offerings; they are
still not quite in compliance. Much of the difficulty is due to the rise
in popularity of craft beers and signature wines.
Craft beers and signature wines cost a lot more these days, and were
doing what we can to help out those small businesses that are work-
ing very hard to sell food.
Our habits havent changed. We still order a burger and a beer, but
what used to be a $2.00 beer and a $5.00 burger, can now be a $9.00
beer and $9.00 burger. Changing 60/40 to 50/50 recognizes these
changes and will allow our small restaurants to be in compliance.
Changing the ordinance will also allow our inspectors to concentrate
on the restaurants and bars that are chronically out of compliance.
May 2013 Uptown neighborhood news

10th Ward News
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210,,
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.
Congrats to 2012 Top
garden award Winners!
I would like to congratulate John
Meegan of Top Shelf, the resi-
dents on the 3600 block of Gar-
field Avenue South and Chris
Turpen for their recent awards
from Metro Blooms 2012 Top
Gardens. John Meegan won the
Best Business Garden award for
his gardens at 3040 Lyndale Ave-
nue South. The Best Neighbor-
hood Collaboration went to the
3600 block of Garfield Avenue
South and the Nate Siegel Award
went to Chris Turpen, a property
owner on the 3600 block of Gar-
field Avenue South. Thanks for
making our ward a more beau-
tiful place to live, work and play
in! To see pictures of the award
winning gardens, visit www.
Plant Trees on arbor Day in
east Isles
Celebrate the 13th annual Mid-
town Community Works Arbor
Day on the Midtown Greenway
by volunteering to plant trees
and shrubs between Hennepin
and Humboldt on the north side
of the Greenway. The event will
kick-off at 9:00am on Saturday,
May 4 (rain or shine) at Hum-
boldt Avenue and the Green-
way, with planting beginning at
Tree Trust staff, Master Garden-
ers and Tree Care Advisors will
provide education on tree and
shrub planting as well as plant
maintenance that will ensure
strong growth. Snacks, coffee,
water and shovels will be pro-
vided. Dont forget your gloves!
Please ride your bike if you can!
Bike racks will be available on
site. For more information or to
volunteer, please contact Jackie
Blair at 612-879-0106.
Funds available for Water
Friendly Landscaping
Planning to create a rain garden?
Apply for a grant from the Min-
nehaha Creek Watershed Dis-
trict Cost Share program. Grants
are being offered to those who
want to help protect clean water
by installing raingardens, pervi-
ous concrete driveways, rainwa-
ter capture and reuse systems,
or other stormwater best man-
agement practices. Grants are
available to any public or private
property located within the Min-
nehaha Creek Watershed Dis-
trict including residential homes,
apartments, businesses, schools,
or cities. To find out if you are
in the Minnehaha Creek Water-
shed District, enter your address
on their website. The deadline
for most residential projects is
May 31. Learn more at www.
minnehahacreek. org/grants/
Mini-grants available for
Neighborhood Community
Gardening Matters will is offer-
ing 10 community garden
mini-grants of up to $500 for
community food production gar-
dens in East Isles, Lowry Hill
East and Whittier neighbor-
hoods as well as several other
neighborhoods in South Minne-
apolis. Two organizations, along
with Gardening Matters, came
together to help fund these mini-
The Green Patch Program at
The Wedge Natural Foods
Co-op. Thank you to the
members and shoppers at the
Wedge Co-op, who Choose to
Reuse and pass the benefits on
to their community!
Donors who participated in
Powderhorn Empty Bowls
fall fundraising and commu-
nity-building event to raise
Celebrate the 13th annual Midtown Community Works Arbor Day (May 4) on
the Midtown Greenway by volunteering to plant trees and shrubs between Hen-
nepin and Humboldt on the north side of the Greenway.
box it was over-flowing. There
was between 600-800 items in the
in-box (and in-boxes keep grow-
ing every day, so you can imag-
ine how many hundreds were
unread). Folders were a mess;
some of them completely empty
and a lot had less than 4 emails
filed in them. Ive re-vitalized a
lot of filing systems in my years
and this one was one of the most
challenging. I know there are
people that can function (thrive,
even) in that kind of unorganized
chaos I cant. Im so happy that
I wont turn over a huge mess to
the future editor. And heres your
sales pitch: Editor of the Uptown
Neighborhood News is a great
position with extremely support-
ive neighborhood involvement
and I would encourage all those
interested to apply.
sLaCheTka from 2
funds to end hunger in Pow-
derhorn Park community.
In order to be eligible for funds,
community gardens must have
either submitted a community
garden survey to Gardening Mat-
ters or be a Local Food Resource
Hub member. Havent done
either of those options? You can
find more information on how to
join by visiting www.gardening- Eligible gar-
dens are welcome to apply and
must submit their application by
May 15 to Gardening Matters.
Grantees will be notified by June
1 and checks will be sent by mail
within two weeks to the mailing
address provided in the appli-
cation. You can get mini-grant
information and the application
Meet with Meg
The next Meet with Meg will be
held on Monday, May 13 from
Noon-1:00pm at the 5th Precinct
Community Room (3101 Nicol-
let Avenue South). It will be a
chance for you to ask me ques-
tions, and voice any concerns
you may have. Bring your sack
lunch! Cookies and lemonade
are provided! Meet with Meg is
held the second Tuesday of every

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By Francesca Davis DiPiazza
More than 300 pairs of hands,
six months of workshops, and
countless little pieces of glass...
and another community mosaic
is ready to go up in Minne-
Unveiling The Mosaic Quilting Project
apolis. Ten panels of glass art,
representing quilt and fabric tra-
ditions from different cultures,
will be permanently mounted
on the outside walls of the park
building at the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Park (4055
Nicollet Avenue South). The
public grand unveiling of this
Mosaic Quilting Project was on
Saturday, April 27.
Artist Sharra Frank based her
mosaic designs on traditional fab-
ric arts. They represent the eth-
nic backgrounds of people who
enjoy the park and are meant
to convey that all are welcome.
The designs include the North
Star symbol, from Native Amer-
ica; the Log Cabin pattern, from
early African American quilting
tradition; and the Elephant Foot,
found in the textile art of the
Hmong people from Southeast
Asia. Volunteers ranging from 2
to 95 years old spent more than
1,500 hours cutting, arranging,
and gluing the glass pieces.
Volunteers of America Minne-
sotas Southwest Senior Center
and the Kingfield Neighbor-
hood Association organized the
project. Minnesotas voters made
it possible through grants from
the Metropolitan Regional Arts
Council (thanks to a legislative
appropriation from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund). The
Mosaic Quilt Project 1: A volunteer places colored glass pieces on a Native
American design, following the artists graph.
also bans dual tracking, a decep-
tive procedure in which banks
continue to foreclose on a house
despite the homeowner having
a petition for loan modifica-
tion under review. (In some cir-
cumstances banks such as Wells
Fargo and Bank of America
asked borrowers to purposefully
miss payments so that they could
qualify for a modified loan, only
to be foreclosed on instead.) Basi-
cally, this bill codifies the fore-
closure process and guarantees
clarity and due process for both
banks and homeowners.
Consider the impact of one vacant
home. On average, a municipal-
ity pays $19,227 to maintain the
utilities, fire suppression, inspec-
tions, etc. of a vacant foreclosure.
If this home is in the 10th Ward,
where 363 homes have been fore-
closed on since 2008, it amounts
to $6,979,401 of public money
being spent. Obviously that
money would be better spent
elsewhere, and obviously itd
be better to have a family in the
home thereby reducing the risk
of neighborhood blight caused
by multiple vacant properties in
an area.
Negative equity is also a problem
as surrounding homes loose an
average value of $1,971 simply
by being within an eighth of a
mile of a foreclosed home. That
means $715,473 of lost home
value in the 10th Ward since
2008, a circumstance that makes
it more difficult for families to
use their homes as equity to fund
everything from retirement to
The Homeowners Bill of Rights
ensures that the foreclosure pro-
cess is fair, transparent, and clear
for both the bank and homeown-
er. For maximum effectiveness,
the Homeowners Bill of Rights
should include these four points:
1. Single point of contact. As
City of Minneapolis Innovative
Graffiti Micro-Grant also sup-
plied funds.
homeowners navigate the
system and try to keep their
homes, they are guaranteed
to work with a single point of
contact who knows the facts of
their case.
2. Ban on dual tracking. The
banking institution is forbid-
den from advancing a foreclo-
sure while the homeowner is
working on a loan modifica-
tion or while a loan modifica-
tion is under review.
3. Option for mediation. This
allows the homeowner a face
to face meeting with a bank
representative to discuss alter-
natives to foreclosures such
as a loan modification or refi-
4. Enforceability. Homeowners
have a right to take the bank to
court if the above three guide-
lines are not met.
The version of the Homeowners
Bill of Rights currently before the
legislature contains the first two
points. However, the second two
points, which have been proven
to be the most effective, are not
yet included in the bill.
Taxpayers Community mem-
bers School children We
are all adversely impacted by
the fallout of foreclosures in our
communities, so we should all
have a voice in fixing the prob-
lem. In fact, a bill similar to the
Homeowners Bill of Rights
passed the Minnesota legislature
in 2009. At that time bank lobby-
ists from outside of our state flew
in to trim the bill and ultimately
defeat it. It worked; their voices
trumped the voice of the citizen,
Governor Pawlenty vetoed the
bill, and the adverse economic
impact continues to be borne by
those within the state. Currently,
foreclosures levels are three times
higher than they were before the
subprime mortgage bubble burst
in 2008.
This is why I support the Hom-
eowners Bill of Rights as a set of
laws for both banks and hom-
eowners that provide transpar-
ency and clarity to the process.
Ultimately it protects our com-
munities against faulty lending
practices that imperil all of us.
By enacting this bill and includ-
ing the mediation and right to
action measures, Minnesota can
clearly outline the process of
foreclosure, thereby giving peace
of mind and due process to all
Lyndel Owens, an elementary
school teacher in north Minne-
apolis, is an active supporter of
fair housing and banking prac-
tices in the Twin Cities. She lives
in CARAG. She can be reached at
OWeNs from 3
Mosaic Quilt Project 2: A volunteer wipes grout off a design from southern
Africa. The gritty material fills the spaces between the glass pieces.
May 2013 Uptown neighborhood news

1350 Lagoon Avenue, Suite 900, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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How do I care for my hardwood foors?
Mike Weiland & Elke Stephan are co-own-
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Realty here in Uptown. Together they have
over 18 years of experience helping people
with their real estate needs. Use our con-
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Many CARAG/ECCO neighborhood homes
have wonderful hardwood fooring. Since
hardwood fooring is rich and complex, it
requires professional care. We have seen
the best and worst hardwood conditions
and oftentimes are questioned about the
best ways to solve certain fooring is-
sues. We visited with Amy Schaefer Lee of
Schaefer Hardwood Floors on Bryant Ave.
at Lake St. for a professional perspective on
the most common questions we receive.
Mike & Elke: Oil or water based fnish
which is better?
Amy says: Both fnishes are acceptable and
long-lasting. An oil fnish will provide a
richer, darker appearance. Water based fn-
ish is easier on those with breathing-related
health issues during the application and
drying process.
Mike & Elke: How long does it take to refn-
ish hardwood foors?
Amy says: A whole-house refnish takes
about two weeks. For less than whole-
house projects, a rule of thumb is three
days per 300 square feet of fooring.
Mike & Elke: How diffcult is it to remove
stains from hardwood foors?
Amy says: Most stains will sand out quite
well. Some of the more diffcult pet
stains and odors cannot be removed
so spot replacement of the wood is the
best approach.
Mike & Elke: What is the best way to pre-
vent scratching of hardwood foors?
Amy says: Sweep and clean the foor on a
regular basis, replace the pads under furni-
ture legs twice a year and if you have ani-
mals with claws, resign yourself to scratch-
es on your hardwood fooring!
Thanks Amy! We appreciate her time and
expertise. If you have additional hardwood
fooring questions you can reach Amy di-
rectly at or
612-825-5250. For house remodeling or
maintenance questions please contact Mike
& Elke at .
By Stephen Eisenmenger
A watershed is an area of land
that catches rain, snow and any
other form of water and drains
into a lake, stream, wetland or
groundwater. Watersheds come
in all different shapes and sizes.
Smaller watersheds drain into
larger watersheds, much like
creeks drain into rivers. Some
watersheds cross county, state
and even international borders.
The rain water that falls on
your house, lawn or driveway
runs into a nearby lake, river
or stream. This water, like all
the surface water in Hennepin
County, will flow into the Mis-
sissippi River and eventually
into the Gulf of Mexico. Actions
taken to protect or pollute water
will impact the quality of lakes,
rivers or wetlands downstream.
Minneapolis has 4 watersheds:
Bassett Creek, Shingle Creek,
Minnehaha and the Mississippi.
CARAG has two watersheds,
about 2/3 of CARAG drains
into Lake Calhoun as part of the
Minnehaha Watershed with the
other 1/3 drains into the Missis-
sippi Watershed. Every single
item that fits through a street
drain goes into the watershed
cigarette butts included!
In a highly developed area, such
as Uptowns CARAG neigh-
borhood, humans have strongly
impacted the natural water cycle
through building and paving
over natural areas which cre-
ate impervious surfaces. Storm
water management systems
were built to channel rainwater
from city landscapes into near-
by waters (Figure 1). In highly
urbanized systems, water quality
is often directly associated with
water quantity. When it rains in
CARAG water is caught by gut-
ters, hits paved surfaces or falls
on lawns where it picks up excess
fertilizers, toxins from chemicals
in the streets, excess nutrients
from pet waste, cigarette butts
and lawn waste and is rushed
to storm sewers. Within a very
short amount of time, this runoff
enters Lake Calhoun or the Mis-
sissippi River.
Achieving widespread educa-
tion about water and natural
resources is at the core of a suc-
cessful watershed management
plan. Greater knowledge and
awareness leads to adjustments
in personal, corporate and insti-
tutional behaviors and expecta-
tions and ultimately, changes
policy and standard ways of
doing business. Better land use
decisions are a key to protecting
the natural resources, character
and long-term economic health
of our communities.
At a personal level, its what
goes into your streets drain
that counts. Your neighbors
in CARAG are embarking on
a drain stencil project to label
each drain in the neighbor-
hood. Check www.CARAG.
org for details as the stenciling
project continues throughout
this spring and summer. Other
opportunities abound, like the
Minnehaha Watershed clean-
up day happening on June 30
Figure 1. A storm water system in a typical urban neighborhood. (Diagram provided by Melissa Slachetka)
(www. mi nnehahacreek. org/
Today, and every day, you have
an opportunity to enhance your
watershed: pick up a piece of
trash on a public sidewalk or
street. Better to dispose of that
piece of trash the right way rath-
er than swim next to it in Lake
Stephen Eisenmenger resides in
prestigious West CARAG.
Watershed Protection
By Bruce Cochran
At age 10, Deborah Everson and her girlfriend tried to build their
first treehouse. We couldnt find enough nails, she admits. Eventu-
ally with the help of her brother, who carried the heavy stuff up the
tree, the treehouse got built.
Everson is now owner and lead architect at Domain Architecture
and Design (located at 2748 Hennepin Avenue). Her modest busi-
ness includes new homes, cabins, renovations, additions, custom lofts,
restaurants, offices, multi-family dwellings, LEED AP certified and
LEED Platinum and Gold projects. The firm offers full service, sus-
tainability, well designed projects, is licensed in five states, and is cur-
rently working with a new client in New Zealand.
Cross Pollinating at
Domain architecture
DOMaIN page 11
The current window display at Domain showcases furniture from Roam.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Uptown neighborhood news May 2013

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group CARAG report

Lake St.
36th St.


The CARAG Board
meets the third
Tuesday of each
month, 7 pm
at Bryant Park
Community Center,
31st and Bryant.
All CARAG residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.
Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes,
April 16, 2013. DRAFT: Subject to
approval at the May 2013 CARAG
Meeting. Minutes recorded and
submitted by Carol Bouska
Board Members Attending:
Diana Boegemann, Carol Bous-
ka, , Jason Lord, Nancy Rieste-
nberg, Samantha Strong, and
Patrick Tillisch. Excused Absenc-
es: Kyle Burrows Jay Lindgren,
Maura Lynch.
Introductions: Diana
The meeting was called to order
at 7:05pm. Board Members and
attendees were introduced.
Community Forum: all
Several attendees were in atten-
dance to hear about the planned
31st Street road improvements.
agenda & Minutes:
Diana Boegemann
Motion, Seconded to approve the
agenda. Approved.
Motion, Seconded to approve
the March 19 CARAG Neigh-
borhood Meeting minutes.
Bryant square Park Update:
Diana Boegemann reporting
for Julie sandin
There are Summer Rec Plus
openings, both full day and half
day. Parents and Guardians
looking for affordable, quality,
childcare this summer for chil-
dren age 5 to 12 should register
at the BSP front desk.
The Park Board is now provid-
ing separate containers at all rec
centers for comingled recycling,
organics and trash. Look for the
new containers at the park build-
Registration is open for the sum-
mer recreation programs, includ-
ing: Zumba, MIA youth classes,
baseball, soccer, field trips, sum-
mer meals and more. Register
online at
or at the front desk.
City Council Topic Ideas
Attendees provided questions/
topics to submit to Councilmem-
ber Tuthill for future meetings;
the 60/40 percent liquor license
law, street repairs, pedal pub
Upzone Nutrition: Bryan Foss
Upzone Nutrition opened in
February in the Romy Building
on Lake Street. They provide
health coaching and nutrition
supplements. Upzone Nutrition
offers free fitness classes on Mon-
days and Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
All are welcome to just show up.
31st street Pedestrian
Improvements: Mackenzie
Turner Bargen, Pedestrian/
Bicycle Planner,
Minneapolis Public Works
Road improvements to 31st
Street between Hennepin Ave-
nue and Nicollet Avenue will
begin on May 7. The city will
first repave the road and then
will explore several pedestrian
Some considerations are: add-
ing semi-permanent curb exten-
sions at selected intersections to
improve visibility and safety of
pedestrians, add durable cross-
walks striping at crossings, add
stop signs or lights, add reflec-
tive striping on stop sign poles
to increase visibility. Several
residents pointed out areas of
concern, specifically on [the
intersections of] Girard Avenue
and 31st Street and Emerson
Avenue 31st Street. Bargen wel-
comes suggestions and concerns
as she is still gathering ideas.
Bargen will come back to the
May meeting to present a more
finalized plan.
NrP report: scott engel
Engel reported that CARAG
still has funds available for home
improvement loans at 4 percent.
Loans can be used on outdoor
housing improvements, garages,
windows, roofs, etc. For more
information, contact Engel at
612-823-2520 or at carag@carag.
The next Dining Out for
CARAG fundraiser will be held
at Darbar India Grill 11:00am-
10:00pm, Tuesday, April 30. Dar-
bar has kindly offered to donate
20 percent of all sales on April 30
CARAG Super Sale is Saturday,
May 18. Register to participate
by May 16 at or
call 612-281-7456 for more infor-
Bryant Lake Bowl event
Letter: Diana Boegemann
Boegemann read a letter written
to Councilmember Tuthill, from
CARAG, endorsing the Bry-
ant Lake Bowl Uptown Pride
Block Party, planned for June
28. Motion, seconded, to approve
and submit the letter. Approved
Treasurers report:
scott engel
Engel presented second quarter
reports, highlighting that the
majority of fundraisers are yet to
Engel presented the Community
Participation Program (CPP)
2012 Annual Report for approval
to submit to the city. Motion, sec-
onded to approve the report as
written. Approved.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:35pm.
The next CARAG Neighbor-
hood meeting is Tuesday, May
21 at 7:00pm at Bryant Square
CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 | | 612.823.2520
Join the CARAG E-update at to receive emails about CARAG activities and events.
On the
City Council
Meg Tuthill
Tuesday, May 21, at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
CARAG Super Sale
The Neighborhood Garage Sale
Saturday, May 18, 8am-4pm
Only $10 to Register
Metro-Wide Advertising
Sale Yard Sign
Maps Listing 50+ Sales
Renters May Register for a
Sale at Bryant Square Park
Registration Form
Sale Location: Front Back Side Inside Bryant Square Park (Circle)
Refreshments: Yes No (Circle)
Describe Your Sale Items (40 letters/characters or less):
Fee: $10 (Checks payable to CARAG)
Deadline: 6pm, Wednesday, May 15
Send/Deliver Registration to: Rick Pritchett 3236 Colfax Ave S
More Info: 612.281.7456 or
Register online at!
Uptown News Notables
hUge Improv Theater loves
If you just cant figure out what
to get mom for Mothers Day,
you should think Huge! Moms
always get in free to Improv-A-
Go-Go every Sunday at 8:00pm.
Improv-A-Go-Go is a showcase
that nurtures fantastic emerging
and established improv talent in
the Twin Cities. All the support-
iveness of June Clever and wit
of Roseanne Barr in one improv
theater, which is sure to entertain
your mom. HUGE is located on
Lyndale Avenue and 31st Street.
Darwin at the Bakken
The Bakken Museum is proud
to announce collaboration with
The Minnesota School of Botani-
cal Art for their next art exhibit:
Drawn from Nature. The exhib-
it will be on display between
May 2 and September 21, 2013 in
the Great Hall and will include
work by students and instruc-
tors of the Minnesota School of
Botanical Art. With the goal of
combining both art and science,
the botanical illustrations will
offer the opportunity to view a
true union of two great disci-
plines. The Bakken Museum is
located in an intriguing mansion
at the corner of West Calhoun
Parkway and 36th Street on the
west shore of Lake Calhoun. For
more information, visit TheBak- or call 612-926-3878.
Minneapolis audubon
society May Meeting
On Friday, May 10 at 1:00pm,
Steve Merchant from the Min-
nesota DNR will speak on the
Minnesota Sandhill Crane Man-
agement Program at the Bryant
Square Neighborhood Center.
Runners, walkers, kids and families participated in the Y Run 5K and
10K at Lake Calhoun. For more information about the April 20 event see (Photo by
Winter Wonder-Run
The center is located just one
block south of Lake Street, is
easily accessible via the #4 bus,
which runs every 15 minutes.
For more information call 952-
volunteers needed to study
flora and fauna
If youre looking for a unique
volunteer opportunity this sum-
mer and dont mind getting
dirty, Hennepin Countys Wet-
land Health Evaluation Pro-
gram (WHEP) might be just the
ticket. Adult volunteers (who do
not need a science background or
previous experience) work under
the direction of a team leader
and receive training on wetland
monitoring protocols, including
both plant and insect identifica-
tion. Volunteers wade through
wetlands to collect and identify
dragonflies, snails, cattails and
more. The total time commit-
ment is 20 to 40 hours through-
out the months of May, June and
July. All equipment is provided.
Partnering cities use the data
that are collected to determine
the health of water resources and
assist with natural resource man-
agement. For more information
or to become a volunteer, call
Mary Karius at 612-596-9129 or
May Day soiree in Whittier
The Whittier Alliance neigh-
borhood association will host
the 13th Annual May Day Soi-
ree on Thursday, May 2 from
5:30-8:30pm. The Soiree features
heavy appetizers from Whit-
NOTaBLes page 9
May 2013 Uptown neighborhood news

short redhead reel reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Dont miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look,
1=Forget it)
The angels share
(Nr) (3.5)
When a disillusioned, frustrated,
Scottish ex-con (Paul Brannigan)
finds that he cannot provide for
his girlfriend (Siobhan Reilly)
and newborn son in Glasgow
and that her dad (Lorne Mac-
Fadyen) wants him out of his
daughters life in this delightfully
quirky, bittersweet, entertain-
ing, enjoyable, 101-minute, 2012
Ken Loach comedy, he and three
friends (Gary Maitland, Jasmin
Riggins, and William Ruane)
he met while performing com-
munity service under the eye of
a kindhearted, whiskey-loving
supervisor (John Henshaw) con-
coct a harebrained, risky scheme
to make life-changing cash by
siphoning-off a few bottles of
malt whiskey valued at more
than 1 million at a Highland
distillery during an auction and
selling it to a diehard collector
(Roger Allam).
at any Price (r) (3)
Opens May 10[Sexual content,
including a strong graphic image,
language] A heartbreaking,
somber, down-to-earth, 105 min-
ute film in which an ambitious
Iowa farmer (Dennis Quaid),
who is cheating on his head-
strong, suspecting wife (Kim
Dickens) with a younger blonde
(Heather Graham) and has an
equally ambitious rival (Clancy
Brown), tries to connect with
his racecar-driving, estranged
son (Zac Efron) when his eldest
son leaves the corn business for
Argentina while trying to save
May Film
Listed in order of release date
and subject to change. Please see for
final titles, dates and times.
1320 Lagoon Ave. 612.823.3020
5/3 Bert Stern:
Original Mad Man
The Reluctant
5/10 At Any Price
The Great Gatsby
Something In the Air
5/17 Midnights Children
5/24 The Painting
5/31 Deceptive Practice:
The Mysteries & Mentors
of Ricky Jay
What Maisie Knew
2906 Henn. Ave. 612.392.0402
5/3 Kon-Tiki
5/10 In the House*
5/17 The Iceman
5/24 Frances Ha*
*(Movie will either open
at Uptown or Lagoon)
kenwoods Budget Finalized
All Day Kindergarten Continues
By Nicole Valentine
Kenwood Elementary School Principal Cheryl Martin says it has
been a trying budget season but, in the end, a significant portion of
the cuts proposed for the school has been restored. After two waves of
added funding to offset proposed cuts, Principal Martin was able to
submit her final budget to the School District on time March 29.
In its original proposal, the District would have reduced funds for
the K-5 school by $212,000. This would have meant cutting the band
program, office administrative staff, education assistants in the class-
rooms, the social worker, and even the buildings photocopier. Con-
cerns over building safety and operations caused the schools PTA
and Site Council to send a joint letter to the School Board requesting
additional funding. Also, the PTA hosted District Four School Board
member Josh Reimnitz at an evening meeting March 21 to discuss
the impact of the proposed cuts. PTA Co-President and Lowry Hill
East resident Ann Do said, Josh [Reimnitz] coming to our meeting
was greatly appreciated and we think it was a productive discussion
of the negative impact the cuts, as they were proposed, would have
had on the school. Additionally, many parents sent letters and emails
to School Board members expressing their concerns.
In the end, almost $114,000 dollars were restored for next years bud-
get. While it could have been a lot better, Principal Martin said,
we have all of our needs covered at this time. Some examples of
how the cuts will be felt next year include using a combination part-
time office assistant and part-time secretary to staff the office during
the school day and the loss of two of the buildings four education
But there is good news for full-day Kindergarten at Kenwood next
year. For the 10th year in a row, the effort to fund three full-day K
classes through parent and community donations has been a suc-
cess. The annual parent-driven initiative to buy up two half-day
K classes successfully raised the $88,000 needed. The District pro-
vides Kenwood with funding for only one full-day K classroom each
year. Kenwood resident and full-day K campaign co-chair Stephanie
Bell said, We are so grateful for the family and community support
for this initiative year after year. Providing all children at Kenwood
School with a full day of Kindergarten curriculum is a priority for us.
Context is Everything
A late April wet snow graces the arrow fountain sculpture in Mozaic Art
Park on the south side of the Midtown Greenway at Girard Ave. (Photo by
Jeffery Alspaugh)
The UpTowN
Neighborhood News
Is NOW avaILaBLe aT These
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
Lagoon Theatre
Parents automotive
Pizza Luce
rainbow Foods
sebastian Joes
Ice Cream Cafe
southwest senior Center
spyhouse Coffee shop
Uptown Diner
Tea garden
Treetops at Calhoun
vail Place
Walker Place
The Wedge Co-op
yWCa (Uptown)
his business when a disgruntled
farmer (Dan Waller) turns him
in for illegally cleaning geneti-
cally modified seed.
gimme the Loot (r) (2.5)
[Language, drug use, misde-
meanors, attempted felonies]
A low-key, wacky, small-budget,
81-minute film about two tena-
cious, teenage, African-Ameri-
can graffiti artists (Ty Hickson
and Tashiana Washington) who
spend two summer days run-
ning around the Bronx trying
to scrounge up $500 to pull off
a grand graffiti artwork scheme
against rival gang members who
covered up one of their graffiti
The Iceman (r) (3.5)
Opens May 17[Strong violence,
pervasive language, sexual con-
tent] A gritty, dark, intense,
violent, factually based, cameo-
dotted (James Franco, Chris
Evans, David Schwimmer, She-
phen Dorff, and Robert Davi),
93-minute film that follows the
deadly career of cold-blooded,
steely-eyed, hotheaded, Polish
contract killer Richard Kuklinski
(Michael Shannon) in New Jer-
sey, who kept his secret life from
his clueless wife (Winona Ryder)
and two daughters (McKaley
Miller and Megan Sherrill), as he
murdered more than 100 people
after he began working as a hit-
man for a gangster (Ray Liotta)
in April 1964 until his ultimate
arrest in 1986.
Love Is all you Need (r) (3)
[Brief sexuality, nudity, language]
[Partially subtitled] When a
down-on-her-luck Danish beau-
tician (Trine Dyrholm) strug-
gling with recovering from
breast cancer returns home to
find her callous, thoughtless hus-
band (Kim Bodnia) having sex
with a ditsy coworker (Chris-
tiane Schaumburg-Mller) in
this heartwarming, down-to-
earth, romantic chick flick, she
heads alone to a coastal villa in
scenic Italy for the wedding of
her daughter (Molly Blixt Ege-
lind) to her beau of three months
(Sebastian Jessen) and unexpect-
edly finds a connection with a
handsome, anger-filled, wealthy
tier restaurants, cash bar, a raffle,
silent auction and live entertain-
ment. Proceeds from the Soiree
support the outreach activities
and advocacy by the Whittier
Alliance on behalf of the busi-
nesses and residents of the Whit-
tier neighborhood. This event
is open to the public and all are
invited to attend. For more infor-
mation contact Marian Biehn,
Whittier Alliance, 10 E 25th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612-
871-7756 or marian@whittieral-
Paint the Town!
Lake Street Council, in partner-
ship with Valspar Corporation,
will make free paint available for
commercial projects on the Lake
Street Corridor from now until
October 18 (or up to 100 gallons).
Approximately 8 to 10 projects
will be awarded paint products
based on visual impact, public
benefit, intended use, and ben-
efit to those in need. Projects that
may qualify for a grant include
murals or other visual impact
projects. Projects that do not
qualify include churches, routine
city maintenance, non-perma-
nent structures, or schools (with
the exception of mural projects).
To apply, download application
form (http://lakestreetcoun-
Val s par_Free_Pai nt _Bus i -
ness_Form.pdf) and email it to
or drop it off at the Lake Street
Council office in the U.S. Bank
building at 919 East Lake Street.
For more information or ques-
tions, contact Joyce Wisdom at
or 612-822-0232.
Off-Leash Dog Park Update
The Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyn-
dale Farmstead Park will close
temporarily on Wednesday, May
1 for finishing touches. The park
opened on a temporary basis this
January for a preview during
the winter months to accommo-
date pet owners who were look-
ing for a nearby area for their
dogs to run. This opportunity
gave everyone who is eagerly
awaiting the new off-leash space
to get a sneak preview of what
the new park will have to offer.
There is still a significant amount
of work to be done this spring, so
as soon as the snow melts and
the ground thaws, the final con-
struction work and landscaping
will begin. A grand opening is
planned for summer 2013 when
the full park will be completed.
Remember that all rules for off-
leash recreation will apply when
the park reopens and an Off-
Leash Permit is required for all
dogs. Permits can be obtained
by calling customer service 612-
230-6400 or online at www.min- To
learn more about the Lyndale
Farmstead Off-Leash Recreation
Area project in the Sixth Park
District, visit the MPRBs Dog
Park project page at www.min-
If you have questions about the
dog park, please contact Jennifer
Ringold, Manager of Commu-
nity Engagement and Citywide
Planning Minneapolis Park and
Recreation Board, at 612-230-
6464 or jringold@minneap-
NOTaBLes from 8
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East Calhoun Community Organization
ECCO report
ECCO meets the
first Thursday of
each month,
7 pm at St.
Marys Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Lake St.
36th St.


t hursday, may 2 7 - 9 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
st. marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
wednesday, may 8 7 p.m.
East Calhoun Green Team Meeting
dunn Bros Coffee, 3348 hennepin ave s
sat urday, may 11 1 - 3 p.m.
East Calhoun Bicycle Festival
st. marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
sat urday, J une 1
ECCO Super Sale 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Participate in or check out this
neighborhood-wide garage sale!
Street Party: Family Puppet Show
& Potluck Dinner 5 p.m.
34th st at Irving ave s
(Rain location: St Marys)
Come see a performance of by
Open Eye Figure Theatre, followed by a
community potluck. FREE! Brats and bever-
ages provided; please bring a dish to
share and a blanket or lawn chair.
The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participa-
tion 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 fve days before our event.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn
more about our events and programs. Send a
request to or call
Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
Dont miss East Calhouns
frst spring Bicycle Festival!
Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m.
St. Marys, 3450 Irving Ave S
- Free admission
- Bike rodeo for kids
- Kids bike swap
- Free tune-ups by local bike shops
- Free helmet fttings and other safety tips
- Reps from Midtown Greenway, Nice Ride,
the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition & others
- Door prizes
- Ice Cream for sale
Saturday, June 1, 2013 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Super Sale is an annual event sponsored by the ECCO Board in which
all ECCO residents are encouraged to have a garage or yard sale on the same day.
Registration information
Basic Registration Fee: $5.00
Optional Feature: Advertise your sale: Specializing in anything? Pay $1extra for
each item you would like to advertise (max of 5). Check your choices:
TOTAL FEE SUBMITTED:__________________________________________________
I would like the Disabled American Veterans to pick up unsold items on June 3.
Registration deadline Thursday, May 30. Checks are payable to ECCO Board.
Mail or deliver registration to: Sylvia Kafkas, 3505 Humboldt Ave S. Mpls 55408
Pick up your lawn sign and customer maps at Sylvias home on May 31st.
Questions? 612-481-7698
ECCO Super Sale
The 41st Annual
ECCO Meeting Minutes for April
4, 2013. (East Calhoun Neighbor-
hood Monthly Meeting) Minutes
recorded and submitted by Monica
Smith and approved by the ECCO
Board by electronic vote prior to
Sarah Sponheim, President;
Harry Savage, Co-VP; Linda
Todd, Co-VP; Glen Christian-
son, Treasurer; Emily Balogh;
Susie Goldstein; Liz Heyman;
Lara Norkus-Crampton; and Jim
Smith. Board Members Absent:
Andrew Bornhoft, Anja Curis-
kis, Kate Davenport, and Heather
Guests and Residents: 10th Ward
Council Member Meg Tuthill;
Soren Jensen and Liz ODay,
Midtown Greenway Coalition;
and David Peterson, Public
ECCO Board President Sarah
Sponheim called the meeting to
order at 7:02pm.
Council Member Meg
Tuthill: Ward 10
Proposing an ordinance change
for food/alcohol ratio in restau-
rants from the required 60%
food to 40% alcohol to 50/50.
The flea market ordinance
change was passed by the Reg-
ulatory, Energy and Environ-
ment (REE) committee and
will now go to the Zoning &
Planning committee.
REE approved a request from
Amore Victoria for the expan-
sion of their rooftop seating
from 88 to 108 seats.
Yard waste pickup begins
April 8.
5th Precinct Open House is
May 14, 5:00-7:00pm at 3101
Nicollet Avenue.
Applications are being accept-
ed for Minneapolis Boards
and Commissions. More info
The next Meet with Meg is
April 8, noon-1:00pm at the
5th Precinct.
5th Precinct reports an increase
in theft of purses from area
Property at southwest corner
of Lyndale Avenue and 40th
Street will be redeveloped (res-
taurant and retail).
soren Jensen: Midtown
greenway Coalition
Thanked the ECCO Board for
the donation to the Greenway
Police are adding extra patrols
to the Greenway. A Molo-
tov cocktail was thrown at a
biker on April 3 (no injuries).
There are 1.5 million trips on
the Greenway per year and
an average of 2-3 assaults per
Trail Watch is a bike-mount-
ed volunteer safety patrol
that rides the Greenway each
Call 911 if you see suspicious
activity or loitering.
Greenway Crime Prevention
Task Force is meeting with
Public Works and Police to
request: upgrading lighting
in dark areas, repositioning of
security cameras and ensuring
the blue emergency phones are
properly working.
Metro Transit is studying
Lake Street and the Greenway
for transit improvements. The
Greenway Coalition favors a
turf-track streetcar on the Gre-
enway, while allowing space to
maintain the bike/pedestrian
Greenway Glow will be June
Coalition is monitoring the
Mosaic Phase II development
to make sure it respects the
Financial review
Expenditures for NRP and CPP
programs were reviewed.
36th street Bikeway Update
Minneapolis is planning bicycle
and pedestrian improvements on
36th Street West between Lake
Calhoun and Bryant Avenue
South. The goal is to have these
improvements completed during
the 2013 construction season.
There are two alternative align-
ments being considered:
Two-way protected bike path
and pedestrian space from
Lake Calhoun to Dupont Ave-
nue, and standard bike lanes
to Bryant Avenue - This ver-
sion puts a pedestrian space
against the southern curb next
to Lakewood Cemetery, then a
trail-like bike path protected
from east-bound 36th Street
traffic by a painted buffer
marked with vertical delinea-
tors. It allows buses to drop
passengers out of the way of
traffic along the south side of
the street while not blocking
through traffic. Standard bike
lanes would connect to Bryant
Avenue. No parking would be
One-way protected bike path
and pedestrian space from
Lake Calhoun to Dupont Ave-
nue (south side) with buffered
bike lane (north side), standard
bike lanes Dupont Avenue to
Bryant Avenue - This version
puts a pedestrian space and
one-way bike lane against the
southern curb next to Lake-
wood Cemetery with a painted
buffer with vertical delinea-
tors separating the area from
motor vehicles. Westbound
bike traffic would travel in
a buffered bike lane toward
Lake Calhoun, separated from
motor vehicles by a painted
buffer zone. Buses would have
a place to drop passengers out
of the way of traffic, but would
partially block eastbound
through traffic. Standard bike
lanes would connect to Bryant
Avenue. No parking would be
Board concerns were discussed
related to intersections and tran-
sitions to the protected bike path,
bus access, and snow/ice remov-
Public Works needs to carefully
plan intersection treatments at
both ends to ensure that bikes
and pedestrians can safety cross
36th Street at Lake Calhoun and
Dupont Avenue/Kings Highway.
The designs are being refined.
The budget is $111,000. Propos-
als are being reviewed by the
Traffic Operations Engineer.
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neighborhood news at 3612 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, Mn 55409.
For plans and depictions about
this project: www.minneapolis-
Neighborhood Priority Plan
Neighborhood Priority Plan
background information: The
ECCO Board budgeted $8,990.14
of its CPP funds to be reserved
for a Neighborhood Priority
Plan (NPP). A committee was
formed in June 2012 to explore
ideas for NPP. Ideas were solic-
ited from residents via Uptown
Neighborhood News (UNN)
and monthly e-newsletter and
at ECCO Board meetings. Ideas
were evaluated and three ideas
were offered for a neighborhood-
wide vote (via postcard mailed to
all residents, online survey, or in
person at October Annual Meet-
ing). Result: 36th Street Bikeway
was voted as the preferred NPP
The ECCO Board approved
a motion (vote: 8-1) to allocate
$8,990.14 of budgeted NPP
funds to the 36th Street Bike-
way project with a request that
Public Works reports back to
the ECCO Board on resolution
of issues and concerns before the
design is finalized.
Neighborhood Watch signs
The ECCO Board has been dis-
cussing the possible removal of
Neighborhood Watch sign on the
neighborhood boundaries. The
Uptown Neighborhood News
(April 2013) printed an article
written by Glen Christianson
with background information
about the signs and asking for
community input on the pos-
sible removal of the signs. Infor-
mation was also included in the
April e-newsletter. Six residents
provided feedback (3 votes to
remove, 1 vote to remove but at
no expense to the neighborhood
and 2 votes to keep the signs in
place). Chelsea Adams, Crime
Prevention Specialist, provided
a study that concluded that the
signs can produce unintended
consequences such as increased
fear of crime and decreased per-
ceptions of neighborhood safe-
The board approved a motion
to remove the signs using
NRP funds not to exceed $540
(vote was 6 yea, 2 oppose and 1
Presidents report
Nice Ride station will be
installed at Dunn Bros on 34th
Street and Hennepin Avenue.
Thank you to Dunn Bros
owner Sanjeev Azad for agree-
ing to host the station.
New owners recently pur-
chased the vacant property at
3401 Irving Avenue.
Earth Day Clean Up is April
20, 9:30am Noon. Meet at
the Gateway Park on East Cal-
houn Parkway at Lake Street.
Volunteers needed.
Meeting adjourned at 9:03pm.
Next meeting is Thursday, May
2, 7:00pm at St. Marys Greek
Orthodox Church.
eCCO from 10
Owner Sina War relaxes in her new Uptown Vapor Shoppe, now open
at 2817 Hennepin Ave. The store specializes in the relatively new smokeless
e-cigarette. Until the FDA makes a decision on the product, which emits only
nicotine vapornot tobacco smoke, the City of Minneapolis has not banned
them indoors. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
No Smoking?
embrace the work of high per-
forming charter schools that
are getting results for students,
particularly black and brown
students. Standout charter pro-
grams like Hiawatha Leader-
ship Academies and Mastery
School play a vital role in our
work. Their performance is our
We are proud to work closely
with successful charter schools,
whether we are learning from
their classroom models, col-
laborating on next-generation
programs or providing facilities
for student learning. Recently,
our Board of Education voted to
sell our closed Northrop School
building to Hiawatha Leader-
ship Academies, in line with our
commitment to work with and
learn from schools that are gen-
erating strong results for stu-
dents of color.
Our aim is to reinvent the school
district, adding what it takes to
accelerate student achievement
and discarding functions that do
not. A big part of my role will
be to ensure our central office
provides the support our schools
need. Finally, I know that I can-
not succeed without listening
carefully to the needs of schools,
students and their parents.
We have to do things right to
get the results we care about.
But we cannot wait for things
to be perfect to act. The world
will not wait, and the urgency
for our students occurs now, not
1986 through 2013 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films were
widower (Pierce Brosnan).
reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who
has been a Twin Cities film critic since
1986. To see more of her film reviews
JOhNsON from 2 revIeWs from 9
Domain has been in operation since 2000, but like many of todays
businesses, its challenged by the current state of the economy. So this
year, Everson decided to go beyond the obligatory like us of social
Since she has a prized store-front right on one of the busiest streets
in Uptown, Eversons offered up her window-space. This trade lets
other local businesses use her window space to showcase their own
specialties and draws new attention to Doman. Everson calls it cross
pollinating. Her Uptown partners so far are Design Within Reach,
Exit Realty, Kinhdo, PC Doodle and Roat Osha. The current win-
dow display showcases eye candy furniture from Roam, including a
modern chair and green dog statue. The kids dont really see the
chairbut just love that dog, says Everson.
The outreach idea originated in 2002, as Claire Thometz, a teacher
from Grace Neighborhood Nursery School (located just behind the
building) approached Everson about an education exercise in archi-
tecture. The preschoolers visit Everson at Domain for a short discus-
sion and drawing exercise in designing your own dream home. The
day before the field trip Thometz explains that she takes the kids on
a walking tour of the neighborhood to familiarize them with their
environment. Dont ever underestimate the ideas of a four-year-
old, explains Thometz. This is their chance to interact with and
visualize their environment. It opens a window to the next level of
That idea is now an annual tradition. Its in the 11th year, and the
short field trip to Domain helps Everson not only market her busi-
ness, but give back to the community.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown
Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.
Grace Preschooler, Charlie (left) ponders the question What does your
dream home look like? posed by Everson (right). (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
DOMaIN from 7

Uptown neighborhood news May 2013

This Month The UNN
is Giving Away . . .
2 Tickets
for a FREE
RULES: The first reader to answer this
question will be the winner:
Where in Uptown can you find an
historic high school sign?
Email your answer to
pened to the Dollar at Bryant Lake Bowl from
May 12th through May 26th. Recently devel-
oped off-off-Broadway, What Happened to the
Dollar comes to the Twin Cities for its world
premiere. What Happened to the Dollar tells
a great story about how the youth of the world
can change our world overnight, says director
Bethany Simmons. The play is accessible to
anyone and everyone. What Happened to the
Dollar takes a funny and entertaining look at
a serious subject what would happen the day
after the U.S. dollar crashed? The plot involves
a small team of online gamers creating a vir-
tual currency that turns into real-world money,
which destabilizes the global banking system
and takes down the U.S. dollar.
5tH preCInCt open HoUSe
Mpls. Police 5th Precinct - 5-7pm
3101 Nicollet Ave. 612.673.5705
Inspector Tony Diaz and the 5th Precinct staff
invite you to the annual Minneapolis Police
5th Precinct Open House. This open house
(Please send your calendar listings to with the subject
line: Community Calendar. Submit by the 15th of
each month to be included, space permitting, in
the next issue.)
wHAt HAppeneD to
tHe DoLLAr
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
Fascinated about the rise of new online cur-
rencies like Bitcoin? Enthralled by news reports
(Wall Street Journal, NPR, New York Times)
affirming digital money now surpassing over
20 national currencies in value? Wondering
how the hot topic surrounding the future of
money could be packaged into a fun and fast-
paced evening of theater? Box Wine Theatre is
producing Sam Grabers new play, What Hap-
community events calendar
is an opportunity to learn about the Police
Department. Its fun, free, and family-friendly.
Refreshments will be available. Information,
displays and demonstrations include: MPD
Bomb Squad, MPD K-9, MPD SWAT, 311, MPLS
Police Band, MPD Horse Patrol, Police Activi-
ties League (PAL), Park Police and MPLS Police
Reserves. Parking is available in the visitors
parking lot on 1st Ave., just south of 31st St.
Bike racks are available and the Precinct is on
Nicollet Ave., a major bus route.
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
The original short film showcase featuring
Minnesota work by local, indie filmmakers.
Admission is FREE. Cinema Lounge provides
local filmmakers with a cool, intimate venue to
screen their latest work and film enthusiasts
a spot to come and see the best indie shorts
coming out of Minnesota today. All while enjoy-
ing beer, wine, and great food. Cinema Lounge
happens the third Wednesday of each month
at the Bryant Lake Bowl theater. Britni West
programs a lineup of 4-5 locally-made shorts
(20 minutes or less) per screening. They mix
it up with anything and everything: narratives,
docs, music videos, animation and experimen-
tal. After each film is screened, you meet the
mind behind the film, as host Stephen Gur-
ewitz conducts a short Q+A session with the
filmmaker. Cinema Lounge provides a hangout
for filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and
anyone to network and meet like-minded folks.
openInG reCeptIon
Douglas Flanders Art Gallery - 6-9pm
910 Lake St. 651.213.2662
Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos is on view
through June 29. This exhibition features an
early first edition of Los Caprichos, a set of 80
etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya
y Lucientes that was published in 1799. It is
regarded as one of the most influential series
of graphic images in the history of Western art.
CARAG - 8am-4pm
The CARAG Super Sale is the neighborhood
garage sale. Maps are available at sale loca-
tions for 50+ sales. Renters sales are at Bry-
ant Square Park. The CARAG neighborhood is
located between Lake St. and 36th St., and
Hennepin Ave. and Lyndale Ave.
9X22 DAnCe/LAB
Bryant Lake Bowl - 8pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
Named for the modest dimensions of the BLB
stage, this exciting dance showcase features
unfettered dance exploration. A discussion
moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie
Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audi-
ence and choreographer alike the opportunity
to react and explore the work together. Pro-
duced and hosted by Laurie Van Wieren. May
choreographers are V. Paul Virtucio, Laura
Holway, Tim Rehberg and Kimberly Lesik. Doors
at 7pm.
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.
Offer is good on new Adult, Family, and
Student memberships. Some exceptions apply.
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