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Crime & Safety ....................................... 4 October Business................................... 5 CARAG Minutes ...................................... 8 Film Reviews & Schedule ................. 9 ECCO Minutes ....................................... 10 Events Calendar..................................... 11
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OCTOBER 2013 - Volume 9 - Number 10

The 30th annual event will feature a sampling This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for most of more than 400 wines and gourmet appetizneighborhood organizations. Participating neighers by renowned chef Tim McKee of Parasole, borhoods are Calhoun Area Residents Action Group chef Steve Hesse of (CARAG), East Calhoun Uptown Cafeteria and Community Organization chef Tyge Nelson of (ECCO), Lyndale NeighChino Latino. The borhood Association sponsors include Hen(LNA), Kenwood Isles nepin Lake Liquor, Area Association (KIAA), Parasole Restaurants Cedar-Isles-Dean NeighUptown Cafeteria and borhood Association Chino Latino, Calhoun (CIDNA), Whittier AlliSquare and Great ance, East Isles Residents Clips. Nine neighborAssociation (EIRA), hood organizations in More than 400 wines will be offered at the Community Lowry Hill Neighborand around Uptown Wine Tasting. (Photo by Bruce Cochran) hood Association and will receive all proceeds from this years fundLowry Hill East (LHENA). raiser at Calhoun Square, Hennepin Avenue and SPIRITED page 11 Lake Street.

Oct. 14 event hosts Bender, Griggs, Tuthill


(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

The public is invited to a Ward 10 Candidates Forum, Monday, October 14, 7:00 8:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by Lyndale United Church, located at 610 W. 28th St. Meg Tuthill, Lisa Peterson Bender and Nate Griggs are candidates for the Minneapolis City Council seat, Ward 10. (One other candidate has filed but doesnt meet the residency requirement yet.) The boundaries of the citys wards have been redrawn since the last election. Whittier Neighborhood is now in Ward 10. East Isles Neighborhood and Lyndale Neighborhood are no longer part of the 10th Ward. These changes will bring a whole new set of concerns and challenges to whoever is chosen to represent the 10th Ward. Join with your neighbors in this important conversation with the candidates. After opening statements by the candidates, the moderator FORUM page 2

Fool for Love grips audience with taboos

Fuel Spill Heads Toward Lakes

Eddie (Terry Hempleman) and May (Jennifer Blagen) battle their emotions on stage.

(Photo by Michal Daniel)

By Jessica Van Gilder

Sam Shepards Fool for Love eschews easy notions of normal love and explores a gritty and perhaps surreal world of tainted romance.

May and Eddie grapple with a magnetic draw that pulls them together so forcefully their actions are riveted with compulsion, extreme emotion and intense outbursts that teeter on the edge of insanity.

Its a raw and gripping display of a love that compels and controls. The 1-hour Jungle Theater production, directed by Bain Boehlke, thrusts the audience into a ramshackle motel room that
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At the time of the spill it was unknown what caused this diesel tank to rupture and spill an estimated 40 to 50 gallons before being contained. (Photo
by Bruce Cochran)

By Bruce Cochran
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Sept. 12, three MFD trucks were called to Lake Street and Humbolt Avenue to contain a diesel fuel leak from a Priority Delivery truck that pulled over in front of Wells Fargo Bank. For about half an hour the MFD Hazard Containment Unit blocked off Lake Street to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
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Officers Cleared in Shooting

MPD Chief Harteau backs decisions made in Franklin case
The Hennepin County Attorneys Office announced that the grand jury in the Terrance Franklin case from May 10, 2013 has returned a no bill. I fully support the actions of my officers and agree with the decision of the grand jury, said Chief Harteau at the Sept. 19 press conference. At that press conference, the MPD presented a detailed account of what happened on May 10 surrounding the shooting of two MPD officers and the death of Terrance Franklin.The presentation was put together with the use of official statements, 911 calls, physical evidence, DNA and forensics.

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Lisa Bender for Ward 10

By Sarah Sponheim
As one who is committed to the environmental health and sustainability of my neighborhood and city, I urge residents of Ward 10 to join me in voting for DFL-endorsed candidate Lisa Bender for City Council. Lisa is thoughtful, sharp and driven. I share her progressive values and admire her demonstrated capacity for leadership. Face-to-face, Lisa listens openly and without preconception. I have no doubt

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that she will be a strong, responsive advocate for her Ward 10 constituents. Moreover, Lisa will be a goal-oriented and proactive member of the City Council, working with others to initiate policy changes that will strengthen our ward and the City as a whole. Ward 10, and Uptown in particular, is the locus of robust growth and development. We need a representative with education and professional experience in city planning, like Lisa, to guide that development. Every new building should be a model of sustainability, incorporating energy efficiency features, renewable energy sources and responsible systems for waste reduction and storm-water management. Careful planning for transit should be integrated into all development decisions. The glut of cars in Uptown demands that we cultivate viable alternatives for travel to and through the area. Lisa Benders work at the Minnesota Department of Transportation on its Safe Routes to School program and her forward-thinking creation of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition reflect her commitment to well-designed transit. During the coming year, the City Council will face an opportunity to take bold actions to reduce Minneapolis carbon footprint. The Council will be prioritizing strategies from the Climate Action Plan for immediate attention. The Council will be reviewing the results of the Energy Pathways Study and negotiating new utility franchise agreements with Xcel and Centerpoint. During this critical period, Ward 10 needs a Council Member who fundamentally understands environmental issues. We need a Council Member who will work with intelligence and collaboration to move the City toward its energy goals. We need Lisa Bender. I join the Sierra Club, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Sen. Scott Dibble and others in supporting Lisa Bender. Ward 10 deserves a representative who will enter City Hall ready to work effectively for policies that will ensure a prosperous and greener Minneapolis. Sarah Sponheim resides in East Calhoun.

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October Calendar
7 Site Council, Jefferson Media Center, 5pm Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), Jefferson Media Center, 7pm 9 International Walk to School Day (10,11,14,15) Bookfair, 9:25am- 4:20pm, Outside Main Office 15 Conferences, 4:30pm-7:30pm 16 Conferences, 8:30am-4:30pm (16- 18) No School Jefferson Community School, 1200 W. 26th St. Community Contact: Elizabeth Hale, 612.668.2749

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and attendees will question the candidates. Refreshments will follow the discussion.

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State Representative (61B) Paul Thissen

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Governor Mark Dayton U.S. Congressman (5th) Keith Ellison


U.S. Senator Al Franken


U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar


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News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of the month to or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the right to decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address, phone number, e-mail and neighborhood. UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents. UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are held at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are open to the public. Contact to confirm and/or request time on the agenda. Copyright 2013 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Managing Board Ralph Knox, President (ECCO) Elizabeth Walke, Treasurer (CARAG) Anja Curiskis, Secretary (ECCO) Nancy Riestenberg (CARAG) Pat Rounds (ECCO) Samantha Strong (CARAG) Contributing Photographers Bruce Cochran, Michal Daniel, Beth Marsh, Bill Phelps, Linda Todd, Stuart Wainstock

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City Considers Housing Density Changes

By Gary Farland
In Minneapolis, approximately 43 percent of all households are occupied by one person and in some areas of Minneapolis this percentage exceeds 65 percent. These residency trends have prompted potential changes to Minneapolis zoning requirements aimed at better accommodating development of increased smaller units in higher density districts. Minneapolis Council Member Gary Schiff introduced amendments to the ordinances that would eliminate the required minimum lot area (MLA) for areas of the City zoned for higher density. Areas currently designated R5 (multiple family high density) require 700 square feet of land per apartment. If the amendment is passed, this requirement will be eliminated, enabling more units at smaller sizes to be built on a piece of property. However, the amendment maintains current off-street parking requirements, maximum building heights, maximum floor area per property size, minimum size of individual dwelling units (350 square feet for efficiency units, 500 for others), required yard setbacks, and the maximum building coverage. Meg Tuthill and Gary Schiff, along with Jason Wittenberg, Manager of Land Use, Design and Preservation, and Doug Kress, Director of Development Services, both of the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), presented the proposed amendments to area residents at Bryant-Square Park in mid-September. They explained this zoning change has occurred in comparable cities, including St. Paul, Denver and Portland. City Planning commissioners have unanimously approved this proposal and have asked that staff bring this amendment forward as soon as possible. Also, local architects have long advocated for a better way to regulate density.

The density changes would apply to high-density residential districts, R5 and R6, commercial, office-residential and industrial overlay districts where residential is allowed. East Calhoun and CARAG have large areas with such zoning, especially in the northern portions of the neighborhoods and along Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues. The City Council Zoning and Planning Committee will take up the proposed amendment on Tuesday, Oct. 1. More information can be found at Gary Farland resides in the East Calhoun Neighborhood.

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FAA plan condenses MSP flight paths

RNAV uses GPS and other technology to guide planes on tighter flight paths. In this case, 30 departure tracks would be focused into seven.
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By Gary Farland
The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) wants to implement a new airplane routing technology at the MSP airport that would concentrate north and west bound flights along seven narrow paths instead of being spread out over the cities, as it functions currently. The FAA states the new routes will improve safety, fuel usage and overall efficiency. The rerouting would mean increased air traffic in Uptown, especially along the east shore of Lake Calhoun. More than 400 persons packed an Aug. 27 meeting at Washburn High called by Representatives Keith Ellison of Minneapolis and Erik Paulsen, who represents most of Edina. Residents who live under the proposed paths expressed concern that the number of flights over their homes would make life unbearable and would reduce their property values. Also, concerns were raised about pollution that would be concentrated along the path, and potentially going into Lake Calhoun. The citizen group MSP FairSkies Coalition also pointed out that the new paths would affect 19 more schools than current routes.

FAA official Barry Cooper said there is no definite timetable for when the plan will be implemented since analysis is currently being done to learn if the plan could be only partially implemented. The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) voted at a meeting last November to support a partial implementation of what is termed the RNAV rules, which would restrict new pathway changes to planes headed south but not north and west. The RNAV alternative stemmed from a large turnout of angry residents at the MAC meeting and a motion by MAC member Greg Foster, who was appointed by Mayor Rybak. However, the FAA makes the final decision and has confirmed plans to implement similar systems at 25 airports in the country so far as part of the Air Traffic Control Modernization (NextGen) program. The MSP airport is among the first airports to move to the NextGen program, but the FAA is behind the schedule laid out in the legislation and no airport has fully implemented the program yet. NextGen and other parts of the FAA Re-Authorization Act will be revised in the White House/FAA budget documents and debated in Con-

gress over the next few months. The rationale for the new routing particularly aims to reduce the contact between the control

tower and the airplanes. If the routes are already laid out the pilots know where to go, which
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Lake Calhoun is its busiest park as measured by annual visits, according to MPRB. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Path work is rescheduled to start Oct. 7

The off-street trails along Lake Calhoun will be reconstructed for the duration of one week starting Oct. 7, weather dependent. It is especially important for commutersboth cyclists and motoriststo plan ahead in order to avoid delays and accidents in this high-traffic section of the Grand Rounds. During the construction period, the MPRB encourages pedestrians, recreation and commuter cyclists, as well as motorists to be aware of the upcoming trail closures and detours and to plan their routes accordingly. Provided by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board


Below are Chief Harteaus comments from the press conference: Terrance Franklins actions dictated the outcomeon May 10. This was a tragic day for the city of Minneapolis, every officer involved and their families. I am forever grateful that the officers survived and their wounds were not fatal. But make no mistake, those wounds both physical and emotional run deep for every officer who responded. I do want to extend my sympathies to Walter and Sheila Franklin. No parent should ever have to bury a child. This could have had a different outcome. Terrance Franklin had numerous opportunities to surrender, but it was clear by his actions, that from the beginning he had made the decision not to get caught at any cost. Terrance struck a squad; fled the scene; placed his own 911 call to divert officers from his location; kicked in a door and burglarized a home; fought officers and a K9 dog; and finally shot and wounded two Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Franklins actions dictated the outcome that day. Minneapolis police officers like all officers, go to work each day, not knowing what dangers their shift might bring them. Our first responders put on their uniform every day never knowing if they will come home to their families, but they do it anyway with pride and integrity. Our officers have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and it is their job to answer your calls for help and this is exactly what they didon May 10. These officers deserve our support and our gratitude.

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Uptown Celebrities at We Day

Dessa Darling, Jack Jablonski invited to inspire at youth event
Many in the Twin Cities are familiar with Uptown resident Jack Jablonskis tale, and hes told it many times. This time though, hell deliver it under bright lights to roughly 18,000 people at the Excel Center, most of whom will be younger than him. On Oct. 8, 17-year-old Jablonski will share a story of thanks thanks for the support extended to him by his schoolmates after he sustained a life-altering hockey injury that resulted in paralysis from the chest down. Jablonski hopes to draw comparisons between what was done for him, and what can be done for others around the globe simply through the commitment and drive of youth engagement. I want to thank the people for they time theyve put in. I wouldnt be anywhere near where I am today without the people in the stands and the crowd, says Jablonski. Its really just to thank everyone for what theyve done. Celebrating the power of sustained youth action, Jablonski will be joined on Oct. 8 by a nationally and locally wellknown cast of characters, including Governor Mark Dayton, Dessa, and The Jonas Brothers. These speakers and artists are gathering in support of We Day, a daylong event designed to inspire a passion for sustained global engagement in middle school and high school youth. Uptown rapper and writer Dessa Darling will join Jablonski at We Day. Dessa and her band Doomtree plan to play one song at the event, and will play the hell out

Jack Jablonski

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Have You Found It?

The GLBT Spot Store is now open at 2414 Hennepin Ave. Although it will also sell underwear and smoking accessories, the stores main focus, according to co-owner Merary Montez will be gifts and accessories specifically for the GLBT community. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

of that song, she notes, looking forward to performing in a venue of that scale, filled with a sea of amped up young people. Dessa often addresses school-age youth and in April, Doomtree completed an 8-week artists residency at Roosevelt High School, culminating in a student performance. Sometimes I visit for a day to simply talk about what its like to grow up and become an adult, become an adult who is trying to make her way vocationally, and sometimes I visit in a more structured way, serving as an artist-in-residence. Dessa is interested in metrics of success other than financial wealth, a core tenet of We Days perspective. Money is important, but I think itd be nice to have some more messages that reinforced the idea that its also important to try to be a cause for good. Whether

thats lending a hand in a volunteering way or whether that means cutting out a bit of your paycheck and devoting it to a cause that you believe in, she says. I think its nice to publicly acknowledge that. Created in 2007 in Canada, We Day has raised $20 million for 500 various causes and been active in 5,700 schools. Last year alone, according to their website, the organization spurred 1.7 million hours of youth volunteerism and compelled youth volunteers to raise $6 million for hundreds of causes. Jablonski can personally testify to the power of a youth-centered movement. After being injured on the ice during a Dec. 30, 2011 high school hockey game, his peers at Benilde-St. Margaret rallied to support him. Their efforts were the impetus for his organization, the Jack Jablonski

Leather & Latte?

The East Calhoun Community Organization Says

Plan B coffee house will soon be replaced by Twin Cities Leather and Latte at 2717 Hennepin Ave. The shops website boasts a kink/leather cafe, diverse meetings, and more clothing and store options (than the previous Loring Park location). More info at (Photo by Bruce

to These Labor Day Celebration Sponsors

With special thanks to Chipotle, Mesa Pizza, Milios, Noodles, and Sebastian Joes for generous donations to our community potluck!
1st National Bank of the Lakes Alt Bike Shop Amigo Service Center Amore Victoria ARTrageous Adventures Bar Louie Ben and Jerrys Calhoun Store Brave New Workshop Bryant Lake Bowl Cafferys Deli & Subs Cal Surf Chiang Mai Thai Chipotle Chuck and Dons Pet Food Clothes Mentor Comedy Sports Davannis Dunn Bros Coffee Famous Daves Golden Leaf Granite City Food & Brewery Half Price Books Jungle Theater JJs (Lake St. at Calhoun) Kowalskis Market Landmark Theatres Lees Shoe Lucias Lunds Lyndale Tap House Mesa Pizza by the Slice Milios Moss Envy Noodles Once Upon a Child Pizza Luc Punch Pizza Rainbow Foods Roat Osha Royal Pet Salon Levante Sa Bel Salonspa Sebastian Joes Ice Cream Social House Spill the Wine St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church/ Greek Fest Stellas Fish Caf Tatters The Chair Salon The UPS Store Tin Fish Top Shelf Toppers Pizza Trader Joes Tum Rup Thai Uptown Association Urban Eatery Williams Pub

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Thats 20,000 eyes

Planning to offer more than 10,000 frame options, the Spectacle Shoppe will open in late October with an on-site optometrist. The new 2405 Hennepin Ave. store will be the Shoppes sixth store in Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce

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Rolling Your Own

Restaurant Review: Nicos Taco & Tequila Bar gives options
By Beth Marsh
The lovely white Victorian-style house that once was the roost of the now defunct Birdhouse restaurant reopened in September as the new home of Nicos Taco & Tequila Bar. Patrons may choose to sit outside on the terraced front patio or on the openair front porch. Ample indoor seating is available on the first floor adjacent to the open kitchen or in the even more spacious upstairs bar/dining area. My companion and I sat inside on the first floor munching on chips and pico de gallo, freshly prepared, while we scanned the menu. The pico de gallos flavor-

Saturday, October 26 1-4 PM

Carnitas, Carne Asada and the Pastor tacos.

(Photo by Beth Marsh)

ful rhapsody of chopped onion, cilantro, tomato, garlic, and a just a hint of lemon juice hit a high note as a great beginning to our dinner. The menu offers plenty of variety; and includes a full list of wine, mescal, margaritas, and beer, but my companion and I concentrated on the ten-taco listing, and settled on ordering five of the most delicious-sounding choices. The Carne Asada filling is tender, garlic-pounded steak. The Pastor filling is pineapple-rubbed pork in a chili ancho sauce. Spicy rubbed

pork, cooked with juniper berries, makes up the Carnitas filling. My personal favorite is the Pescado, which contains lightly seasoned, breaded cod, cabbage slivers, crema fresca, and mildly spicy chipotle sauce with a little flavor kick. Pollo de Tinga, shredded, extra-spicy chicken in a hot red sauce, is a close second. Each taco is served open-face on two thin, fresh, soft flour tortillas and is delicately trimmed with fresh chopped onion and cilantro, and served with a side of green or red salsa. Although the portions appear small, they proved to be very satisfying. Dont expect to be stuffed by unnecessary heaps of Iceberg lettuce, rice, beans, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. If you feel compelled to add extras, order the avocado, queso, or nopal (prickly pear cactus). At $1 per addition, these lightly flavored sides allow each spiced protein filling to shine. I applaud the efforts of the owners of the Nicos Taco & Tequila Bars owners to retain the Birdhouses sedate and relaxed atmosphere, having added only low-key, low-volume Spanish background music and some well-placed art. The simple dcor allows the authentic, healthy take on traditional food to be the star attraction. Dinner may seem pricey. Our bill for five tacos, a single order of chips and pico de gallo, and two soft drinks amounted to more than $30; however, because Nicos serves only organic vegetables and indigenous Mexican herbs and spices and provides excellent service in comfortable surroundings, a meal at Nicos is definitely worth a try. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, I rate Nicos Taco and Tequila Bar as follows: Food = 5, Beverages = 4, Service = 5, and Atmosphere = 5.

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Tacos: $3-$4 Burros: $9-$11 Enchilada or Flautas (your choice of meat from the taco selection, plus rice and beans): $15-$17 Taco plate (your choice of three house tacos, plus rice and beans): $13 Guacamole: $8-$12 Chips and salsa: $3-$7 Ensalada (salad): $5-$7 Tostadas: $3-$6 Wine by the glass: $7-$8 Margaritas: $8-$10

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Firm Selected for Midtown Corridor Bridge Study

The County Board approved a study of 37 bridges over the Midtown Corridor between Hennepin Avenue and Cedar Avenue. The study will be conducted by a team led by Olson & Nesvold Engineers, and will evaluate the structural integrity and historical attributes of the bridges. Information collected will be used to identify the work that would be required to preserve the existing bridges, and the costs and potential service life associated with preservation. The Federal Highway Administration, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Hennepin County Railroad Authority are funding the study that will begin in October. According to their website Olson & Nesvold Engineers, P.S.C. was founded in January 2009. The company began to provide structure owners with quality, innovative engineering services. Services cover safety inspections, evaluation and load rating, new design and rehabilitation. In addition, the firm has extensive experience with historic bridge rehabilitation and bridge design.

A view underneath the Fremont Ave. bridge looking east down the Midtown Greenway. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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What Can Reduce the Value of Your Minneapolis Home?
Preparing your home for sale means taking a good hard look at its condition and seeing it from a buyers perspective. With that in mind, there are a number of things that can affect the value of your home. Of course, there are obvious things, like location and outdated dcor, but here are a few detriments that you might not have thought about. To begin with, buyers expect a solid roof over their heads literally. A roof is standard equipment in a house, so if yours is in rough shape, your asking price will take a hit. Another is outdated windows, especially here in Minnesota where hot and cold temperatures tend to be more extreme. Insulated and energy efficient windows are crucial and tend to pay for themselves in 5 years. Finally, not having a garage is a big downfall. On-street parking in Minneapolis is a hassle and unless you live in a condo, most buyers are looking for at least a 2-car garage. To you, your home is priceless, but potential buyers wont see it exactly as you do. Buyers want to walk into your home and picture themselves living there for the next 50 years. So to get top dollar, take a look around your home and think about what updates you can afford, because investing in those changes will increase the sale price of your home.

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The driver of the leaking truck, Ken Boschwitz works as a private contractor for Priority Delivery. I was driving down Lake St. when several people starting honking their horns and one person yelled out his window that I was leaking fuel, Boschwitz recounted. He then pulled over. Speculating about what happened, Boschwitz added, I think maybe I hit a big pothole that shook the straps on the tank and that somehow created a leak. Boschwitz recently made a career change from selling insurance to truck driving a little over a month ago. Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and resides in CARAG.

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Not only did the leaking diesel fuel provide an immediate danger as a combustable fuel but early estimates suggest about 40 to 50 gallons had drained into storm drains along Lake Street. Those drains run directly into the lagoon between Lake Street and Lake of the Isles. According to Steven Kennedy with MFD Hazard Containment, after plugging the trucks tank, containment crews sanded the streets on the spill and placed containment equipment on the holding tank near the outflow to the lagoon, intended to capture the fuel.

8 - OCTOBER 2013

CARAG report
Lake St. 36th St.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

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

Nancy Strong



Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. after a complementary meal from Spill the Wine was served.

nated for the CARAG Board of Directors at the August 21 CARAG Meeting. Courtney Blair was nominated and she was introduced. Motion, Seconded to elect all nominated candidates to the 2013/2014 CARAG Board of Directors. Approved.

the Huge Theater at 3037 Lyndale Avenue S. The group educates citizens about public policy issues through improv. The group performed for CARAG neighbors using input from Walljaspers presentation.

Square. All proceeds from tickets sold by CARAG ahead of time go directly to the neighborhood association.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Annual Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, September 17, 2013. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the October 2013 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by Carol Bouska. Board Members Present: Michelle Beaulieu, Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Kyle Burrows, Jay Lindgren, Jason Lord, Maura Lynch. Excused Absence:

Hennepin Ave.

Round and Round They Ride

Midtown Greenway Coalition supporters began their Sept. 15 Progressive Dinner Ride with appetizers at the new Elan Uptown Apartments (2837 Dupont Ave.). More info at (Photo by

Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)

On the agenda
Welcome 2013/2014 CARAG Board of Directors
Michelle Beaulieu Courtney Blair Carol Bouska Cameron Conway Maura Lynch Nancy Riestenberg Diana Boegeman Jay Lindgren Samantha Strong

New CARAG CARAGs Midtown Greenway Clean Up Board of Saturday, October 5, 10am-Noon Meet @ Colfax Ave in the Greenway Directors Council Member Meg Tuthill Ranked Choice Voting Education

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

CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 | | 612.823.2520

Lyndale Ave.

Treasurers Report: Scott Engel

Engel presented three proposed budgets for fiscal year 2014, which runs from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. Motion, Seconded to approve the 1.) CARAG Operations Budget, 2.) CARAG NRP Administrative Budget, and 3.) Uptown Neighborhood News Budget. Approved. Adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions: Diana Boegemann

Boegemann welcomed neighbors to the annual meeting and introduced the Board of Directors. Thank you out-going Board Members-Kyle Burrows and Jason Lord

CARAG Fundraising: Julie Cohen

Cohen highlighted CARAGs fundraising efforts including the recent Dining Out for CARAG event at Republic and the upcoming fall fundraising campaign. The Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting benefit is coming up on Oct. 30 at Calhoun
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Presentation: Jay Walljasper

Walljasper presented a highlight of the building blocks to a great community from his 2007 book The Great Neighborhood Book.

Board of Director Elections

Michelle Beaulieu, Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Cameron Conway, Jay Lindgren, Maura Lynch, Nancy Riestenberg, and Samantha Strong were nomi-

Theater of Public Policy: Brendan Boat

The Theater of Public Policy is a local comedy improvisation group which performs out of

reduces the chance of miscommunication. The FAA also states the use of GPS guidance will save fuel and reduce pollution by providing better direction to pilots. However, MSP FairSKies Coalition disputes this claim among others. Fairskies asserts the MSP airport flight paths are already efficient and that the noise impact of RNAV will be too high. Fairskies also contends the measurement of noise used by the FAA is deeply flawed and that an independent environmental impact statement is needed. RNAV is supposed to move noise to "natural" corridors away from residents, but that Minneapolis does not have these according to FairSkies. FairSkies also takes issue with the fact that 35 percent of all Minneapolis students will be within range of the new flight paths and most of these students are in schools without air conditioning. There is also concern about Deltas use of older airliners that, which may be noisier. Further complicating the issue is that the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 exempted the NextGen program from environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Reform Act states that any new navigation procedures that save fuel are deemed to have no significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Thus, newly affected populations will not be able to use the courts or NEPA, thus the call for an independent environment impact statement by Rep. Frank Hornstein. The MSP FairSkies Coalition calls for using better measurements of noise, better use of Runway 17 to draw away traffic headed north, use of regional airports and updating FAA and Minnesota environmental standards to current research and scientific understanding. The Coalition argues communities should have a formal role in deciding RNAV implementation and that the MAC decision to use RNAV only on southbound flights be adhered to. While the FAA plans to move forward with changes on some level, other cities have proposed alternatives to the RNAV plan. The City of Newport Beach, California, in response to NRAV plans, employed an expert to design better routing out of the John Wayne Airport and the FAA is evaluating the proposed procedure as an alternative. ECCO and CARAG are represented on the MAC by Lisa Peilen of St. Louis Park (Region C), 952-920-9441, and Greg Foster of Linden Hills who was appointed by Mayor Rybak, 952-475-9436. Peilen and Foster can also be contacted via email on the MAC website, More information about the FairSkies Coalition can be found at Gary Farland resides in the East Calhoun neighborhood.

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00pm

Help your CARAG neighbors clean our adopted section of the Midtown Greenway! Gloves and trash bags are provided. Just show up and help!

Toga! Toga! Toga!

Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6pm-9pm Calhoun Square, former Figlio space (3001 Hennepin Avenue) $25- Advance tickets from CARAG, $30- at the door Sample from more than 400 varieties of wine while supporting your local neighborhood organization. Sponsored by: Hennepin Lake Liquors, Uptown Cafeteria, & area neighborhood associations including CARAG.

Celebrating St. Marys annual September Greek Fest, kids ran in togas in support of the Chloes Fight for MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy) organization on Lake Calhoun. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)



Short Redhead Reel Reviews

By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Dont miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)] Enough Said (PG-13) (3.5)
[Crude and sexual content, comic violence, language, and partial nudity] An engaging, lowkey, down-to-earth, well-acted, star-dotted (Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, et al.), 95-minute film in which a divorced California masseuse (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who has a college-bound daughter (Tracey Fairaway), starts a relationship with a charming, funny, overweight television history library employee (James Gandolfini), who also has a snobbish daughter (Eve Hewson) headed to college, and then poisons the relationship when she foolishly does not tell her boyfriend that her new judgmental, negative poet client (Catherine Keener) is his ex-wife. become untethered and go off structure, they desperately try to reach the International Space Station. fell short in their job to protect the man, the FBI agent (Ron Livingston) who had been following the suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Jeremy Strong) for 18 months prior to the murder, the grief-stricken assassins brother Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Jr. (James Badge Dale) who was worried about the repercussions for his family, and the impact on his delusional mother (Jacki Weaver) who believed her son worked as a spy for the U.S. government.

(Dylan Minnette and Zoe Borde) of the victims give leads to the police while their distraught parents (Hugh Jackman/Mario Bello and Terrence Howard/ Viola Davis) each handle the horrific kidnapping in their own way.

wald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see more of her film reviews, log on to www.

Parkland (PG-13) (2.5)

[Bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout] A controversial, factually based, traumatic, star-dotted (Mark Duplass, Rory Cochrane, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gil Bellows), 85-minute film, which is based on Vincent Bugliosis novel Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and is reminiscent of Bobby, that chronicles the four days immediately following the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Brett Stimely) during his political trip to Dallas with the First Lady (Kat Steffens) on Nov. 22, 1963, and some of the ordinary people directly impacted on that fateful day, including the Parkland Memorial Hospital medical personnel (Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, et al.) who tried to save the Addison-afflicted president, the Texas businessman (Paul Giamatti) who became traumatized after filming the motorcade and shooting on his Super 8 camera, the Secret Service agents (Billy Bob Thornton, Ron Livingston, Tom Welling, David Harbour, Nico Evers-Swindell, et al.) who

Thanks for Sharing (R) (3.5)

[Language and some strong sexual content] A compelling, moving, well-acted, realistic, thought-provoking, 100-minute film about various people dealing with sex addiction, including a handsome Manhattan environmental consultant (Mark Ruffalo) testing the dating waters with a beautiful athletic blonde (Gwyneth Paltrow) after achieving his five-year abstinent button, an overweight doctor (Josh Gad) who forms a much-needed friendship with a sex-addicted hairdresser (Pink) while dealing with his possessive mother (Carol Kane), and controlling self-employed business owner (Tim Robbins) married to his high school sweetheart (Joely Richardson) who is trying to reconnect with his estranged son (Patrick Fugit) who is dealing with his own drug addiction. 1986 through 2013 by Wendy Schadewald. The preceding films were reviewed by Wendy Schade-

Uptown October Film Schedule

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

1320 Lagoon Ave. 612.823.3020 10/4 Gravity Haute Cuisine Romeo & Juliet Muscle Shoals The Trials of Muhammad Ali The Fifth Estate We Are What We Are 10/11 A.C.O.D.

Prisoners (R) (4)

[Disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout] When two young neighborhood girls (Erin Gerasimovich and Kyla Drew Simmons) suddenly disappear on a wintery Thanksgiving in this riveting, intense, morose, well-acted, twisting, 146-minute thriller that has a frustrating, chilling climax, a tenacious Pennsylvania detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) questions a mentally challenged suspect (Paul Dano), who lives with his widowed aunt (Melissa Leo), and a priest (Len Cariou) after the older siblings

10/18 Money For Nothing

Gravity (PG-13) (3.5)

[Perilous sequences, some disturbing images, and brief strong language] Superb special effects and acting dominate this edge-of-your-seat, exciting, harrowing, action-packed, 3D, 90-minute thriller in which a workaholic, Illinois medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and a confident, selfless astronaut (George Clooney) lose communications with Houston command center when space debris traveling at 20,000 mph bombards their flight module miles above the Earth, and when they

10/25 Zaytoun

2906 Henn. Ave. 612.392.0402 10/4 Inequality For All 10/11 The Summit

A Childrens Garden

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

Fall Street Sweeping

Dont get towed! Street sweeping will begin mid-October through mid-November. Watch for No Parking signs. The City will post the first streets on Monday October 21, for sweeping (and enforcement) to begin on Tuesday, October 22. Street sweeping will take the usual 4 weeks to complete. To find out when your street is scheduled for sweeping, visit Citys Street Sweeping webpage. Look up your address or view a map of your neighborhood. If you will be out of town ask a friend or neighbor to move your vehicle. Do not rake leaves into the street. Remember, its against the law and bad for our lakes. Yard waste will be collected through November 18th. Questions? Call Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 or visit Citys Solid Waste webpage.

Polling Location Change

Residents who vote in Ward 10 Precinct 2 (Lowry Hill East south of 26th Street) will have a new polling location for the November 5th general election. Due to a lack of space, the location has moved from the VFW to the Jefferson Elementary School lower gym. The additional space will allow for more voting booths and room for people to wait inside. If you are unsure what precinct you vote in, visit the Secretary of States Poll Finder webpage. For more information on the upcoming election and on ranked choice voting, visit the Citys Elections webpage.

Kindergartners kicked off this years annual Kenwood Crawl around Kenwood Park. Leading the charge, at right is Kenwood Elementarys Principal, Cheryl Martin. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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10 - OCTOBER 2013

ECCO report
Lake St. 36th St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

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

Board Members Present: Sarah Sponheim, President; Harry Savage, Co-VP; Linda Todd, Co-VP; Glen Christianson, Treasurer; Andrew Bornhoft; Anja Curiskis; Kate Davenport; Susie Goldstein; Liz Heyman; Lara Norkus-Crampton; Jim Smith; and Heather Wulfsberg. Board Member Absent: Emily Balogh. Guest: 10th Ward Council Member Meg Tuthill
Lyndale Ave.

Linda Todd requested that the ECCO Board submit a letter to the Park Board regarding the distressed trees on the 31st St median. The ECCO Board approved a motion to appoint Harry Savage (replacing Glen Christianson) to represent ECCO on the Midtown Greenway Coalition board with Andrew Bornhoft serving as the alternate.

book is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks. A community meeting will be held on September 12, 7-8 pm at Bryant Square Park, 3100 Bryant Ave S to discuss proposed zoning changes related to density for the following zoning designations: R5, R6, C1, C2, C3 and OR1. Contact CM Tuthill with feedback about the proposed changes. There are 71 opening on City boards and commissions. For more information: Minneapolis is offering $25 trees to homeowners who lost trees during the June 21st storm. Order period: September 9-20 (while supplies last). For details, go to The next Meet with Meg is September 16, 6 pm at Bryant Square Park featuring Velma Korbel, Civil Rights Director for the City of Minneapolis. Public Works is focusing on sidewalk repair from the June 21st storm. The striping on 31st St and the construction of the 36th St bikeway have been postponed until Spring 2014. The City has given the developers of 1800 Lake (Lake & Knox) until September 27 to provide a solution to the groundwater discharge into the lagoon.

Staff Report: Monica Smith

Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) asked for an amendment to ECCOs grievance policy. The ECCO Board approved the removal of the last sentence of the policy that stated: The person filing the appeal agrees to follow the NCR grievance procedure and accept their decision. The NRP tree treatment program has been successful this year. The program deadline for treatment this year is November 1st. The program balance is $983. Monica recommended that the ECCO Board vote to move $1981 from the expired NRP energy audit program to the tree treatment program. NCR requires 21-day notice for the action. The ECCO Board will take an electronic vote on September 26. Community Participation Program funding for the next three years has been approved. ECCO will receive the same allocation as the current three-year cycle. Expenditures for the current program were reviewed. Monica and Sarah will work on the application for the next cycle and present to the ECCO Board for approval at the November 7th meeting. Some funds will be reserved for new community
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Hennepin Ave.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for September 5, 2013. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by Monica Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electronic vote prior to publication.


Ward 10 City Council ECCO Board President Sarah Sponheim called the meeting to Member Meg Tuthill
order at 7:00 p.m.

The One Minneapolis One Read

Social Capital
East Calhouns Nils Wulfsberg (at far right) sells coffee, tea and smiles out of his garage on 33rd Street in early September. The Adventure Cafe has closed for the season. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)


Please join us for

Pizza, Politics and Planes at the

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
t h U r S d Ay, O C t O B E r 3 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

East Calhoun Neighborhood Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 3, 2013
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. Pizza & Social Time 6:00 p.m. Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Agenda items
Q Hear from elected officials Q Learn about plans for
increased airplane traffic over Uptown. Check out events & programs
New board members needed! Four positions on the ECCO Board (plus one alternate) are open for election this year. A term is two years long. Nominations are made and voted on at the October Annual Meeting. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of East Calhoun. Responsibilities include attendance at monthly board meetings (first Thursday at 7 pm) and participation in at least one committee. Committees are: Green Team, Livability (zoning, traffic, safety), Social, and Uptown Neighborhood News. Time commitments for each vary. Contact Monica at if you are interested in joining the board.

Questions? Contact Monica: or 612-821-0131

ECCO Annual Meeting Rain Garden Tour

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Meet at the Dunn Bros on 34th & Hennepin for a walking tour of East Calhouns new rain gardens. w E d n E S d Ay, O C t O B E r 9

Green Team Meeting

7:00 p.m.

Board members needed

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Livability Committee Meeting Wine Tasting Fundraiser

7:00 p.m. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

w E d n E S d Ay, O C t O B E r 3 0 Calhoun Square. See below for details

Q Find out about ECCO Q Elect new ECCO board

WineTasting Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

30th Annual Hennepin Lake Community

members. Nominations will be accepted before and at the meeting

Location: Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave S Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

Free pizza donated by Mesa Pizza. Bring your specialty for the dessert potluck. Free professionally staffed childcare.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. Send a request to or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ECCO. Should you require an accommodation in order to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting Monica Smith at 612-821-0131 or at least five days before our event.

100% of proceeds of tickets sold in advance by ECCO go to support the East Calhoun neighborhood, contact Heather Wulfsberg at 612-812-6971, or Judy Shields at 952-221-1723,
Join the Green Team to make this a Zero Waste Event! Volunteers are needed. Contact Cindy Christian at to volunteer!

SpONSOrS: Uptown Cafeteria - Calhoun Square - Chino Latino, a parasole restaurant - Great Clips - Hennepin Lake Liquor



community events calendar

(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.)



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.

arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope. The first track released from the album, Sonsick, tackles many of these larger themes head-on. I was near the end of a relationship and, not coincidentally, the song contains a direct confrontation between opposing views on the subject, he says. I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once. See more at San Fermin with Adam Levy is presented by First Avenue.

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. Think its too difficult to find a nice, affordable venue at which to screen your work? Or maybe youre of the movie-going persuasion and think theres no place to see great locally-made independent film? Hogwash! 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 enjoying 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 experimental. After each film is screened, you meet the mind behind the film, as host Stephen Gurewitz conducts a short Q+A session with the filmmaker. Cinema Lounge provides a venue for filmmakers who normally wouldnt have a place to screen their work, whether its due to a shoestring budget or edgy, alternative content preventing them from finding a home at the local megaplex.

reographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together.

Huge Theater - 8:30pm 3037 Lyndale Ave. 612.412.HUGE
Space Jam is a Minneapolis improv jam open to improvisors of all experience levels from

across the Twin Cities or anywhere in the galaxy. Every Thursday night host Drew Kersten and a rotating special guest co-host will take the stage for the best Minneapolis improv jam in this universe. The only question is are you coming to take the stage or do you just like to watch? Anything is possible. Remember, playing is free and open to all, just show up prior to 8:30 to sign-up and warm-up. Tickets are only $5 to be in the audience. Space Jam, one of many shows at Huge Theater, is featured every Thursday evening.



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Bryant Lake Bowl - 8:30pm 810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949

The work of 23-year-old composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin is a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition. Ludwig-Leones band combines expansive, brass-infused pop with baroque string arrangements, featuring a set of talented instrumentalists that includes members of yMusic, ACME, Bon Iver, Asphalt Orchestra, and others along with vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn indie pop band, Lucius. San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the albums

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is called The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America for 26.2 good reasons. With mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards, the scenery cant be beat. Add 300,000 screaming fans, 10 Cheer Zones, over a dozen course entertainment acts, and youve got an experience that youll never forget. This point-to-point course begins near Mall of America Field in downtown Minneapolis and finishes at the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. The course winds around four beautiful lakes and along both sides of the Mississippi River. The course contains a few rolling hills; but with a starting and finishing elevation of approximately 840 feet and no climbs over 100 feet long, its nothing you cant handle. The final stretch races past the clanging bells of the Saint Paul Cathedral and downhill onto the spectacular view of the State Capitol and the finish line!

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Metro Transit engineers are studying a double-track option. The next meeting of the Policy Advisory Committee is September 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Colin Powell Center, 2924 Fourth Ave. S. Individuals will be allowed to make brief statements.

Bryant Lake Bowl - 8pm 810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
9x22 Dance/Lab is Produced and hosted by Laurie Van Wieren. Named for the modest dimensions of the BLB stage, this exciting dance showcase features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by cho-

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priorities and some of the administrative expenses will be paid with NRP funds. The annual meeting will include a panel discussion format for elected officials and a presentation by MSP FairSkies about proposed increased airplane traffic over SW Minneapolis neighborhoods. The board will try to get pizzas donated for the meeting, but a food budget of $300 was approved as a contingency.

A household hazardous waste collection event will be held on September 21, 10 am 4 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S. Volunteers are needed to staff waste stations at the Greek Festival. Minneapolis has seen a 58% increase in recycling rates since one-sort has been implemented citywide. Livability Committee The committee did not meet in August. Next meeting is September 24, 7

pm at St. Marys. The architects of a proposed project at Lake and James (NE corner) will be invited to present. Communications Work continues on the new website with a goal of launching the site in time for the Annual Meeting.

Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis

The Midtown Greenway Coalition and most of the neighborhoods along the Greenway are advocating for a single-track streetcar on the Greenway.

Uptown Neighborhood News (UNN)

The UNN hired a new ad rep. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. Next meeting is the Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m. at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church.

For the third year this will be a low-waste event. As much of the waste from the event as possible will be composted, including corn-based compostable wine cups. Appetizers will be served on napkins and guests will be able to clean their palettes with water from a central dispenser rather than individual water bottles. All wine bottles will be recycled. This event has raised more than $316,000 in 29 years. Before taking a year off in 2012, the 2011 event raised more than $13,000 for the neighborhoods. All proceeds go directly to the neighborhood associations and are utilized for community building events in each neighborhood. Proceeds have been used for the purchase of bicycles and bulletproof vests for the Fifth Precinct police officers, block club organizing, community newspapers, movies in the park, community gardens, support of disadvantaged students at Jefferson Public School, ice cream socials and other neighborhood benefits. Tickets will be sold in advance by neighborhood volunteers at $25 each with all proceeds going to the organization that sells the ticket. Tickets at the door are $30 each with proceeds shared by the four founding neighborhood groups. (See Citizen Action box on page 2 to contact your local neighborhood.) The Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting fundraiser is October 30, 6 to 9 p.m in Calhoun Square.

Presidents Report: Sarah Sponheim

The Whittier neighborhood is organizing a Ward 10 candidate forum in late October. ECCO will help sponsor the event. Monica Smiths contract is up for renewal in mid-September. A review process is required prior to approving a new contract. The current contract was extended until September 30. The ECCO Board voted to renew Monicas contract as written, contingent on the completion of a written and verbal review to be conducted by Sarah Sponheim, President and Harry Savage, VP, with Monica Smith.

Committee Reports
Green Team Uptown Green Team meeting is September 11, 7 pm at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church and will feature solar expert Brian Ross. Dr. Paul Connett will speak about the health hazards of garbage burning on September 17, 7 pm at Mayflower Church, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd.

Knuckle-Biting, Seat-Clearing Action

After East Calhouns annual Labor Day Parade, Anja Curiskis (left) egged on kids during the after-party activies. (Photo by Linda Todd)

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looks like the scene of a long-forgotten murder. Eddie, played by Terry Hempleman, and May, played by Jennifer Blagen, drag the audience into their dilapidated, dirty and crude world with such extreme displays of emotion that still feel immensely real. When not caught up with Eddie and Mays spastic and often contradictory actions, Allen Hamilton adds a deceptive layer to the story as the Old Man who stays on stage throughout the play but is only intermittently interactive with the audience or with the characters. The Old Man interjects only, it seems, when he can no longer quietly witness the pain on stage. But instead of providing comfort, the Old Man further distresses the audience with his insights. He adds

another level of despair to the story that prods you to grimace a little deeper. In the meantime, poor Martin (Jason Peterson) gets stuck watching a story unfold that he innocently walked into. Petersons character offers the production a well-played pillar of nave normalcy that underscores the extremes pervading the play. Theirs is a story that we dont want to know because it picks away at notions of love but Hempleman and Blagen display such depths of human nature and its frailty with such a sad sincerity you are invested and propelled forcefully to the end. Fool for Love plays through Oct. 20 at Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Tickets cost $20$38,

May (Jennifer Blagen) and Eddie (Terry Hempleman) tantalize audience with gritty emotions.

(Photo by Michal Daniel)

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Be13ieve in Miracles Foundation. Bel13ve focuses on advancing recovery for everyone who has sustained a spinal cord injury. Since it began the Foundation has awarded therapy scholarships to two youths who sustained spinal cord injuries and supported doctors researching spinal cord injury and recovery. But it all started with the momentum of his classmates and local youth. Its the kids that really helped me out so much. If it werent for my teammates I would have just been another kid living this life silently, Jablonski says. Obviously, I want to thank them first. Because of what theyve done Ive been fortunate to have it spread through the city and state. When he was in the ICU at Hennepin County Medical Center the halls thronged with students in red Benilde-St. Margaret jackets. At home they posted about the situation on Facebook, Tweeted, and made collages in support of Jablonski. Jablonskis mom Leslie sees the efforts as a way for the kids trying to deal with it. They all wanted to help and do something. These things just started happening. Since his injury, youth support of Jablonski has ranged from 13 minutes and 13 seconds of silence

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at a home basketball game to the Benilde-St. Margaret girls hockey raising thousands of dollars for the Foundation. Jack adds, It was the kids asking to do X and Y. It wasnt the parents, they were just following the kids footsteps. Jablonski has even received support from youth he does not know. There have been plenty of kids who have written letters saying they wanted to donate to the fund for their birthday instead of getting presents. Hopefully kids like that will be there. Those are the sentiments We Day hopes to create and sustain. A 2011 impact analysis revealed youth came away with measurably higher civic engagement than peers their age who do not attend We Day events. Respondents were twice as more likely to vote in national elections and 83 percent made a financial charitable donation in the last year More information on We Day and its impact can be found at Its [about] going outside of the books and having people coming together to learn by experience, Jablonski says. In life youll have to work as a team or as a group, whether its sports or business. Those experiences of coming together, whether for a project or school, are key.
Lyndel Owens resides in CARAG.

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