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ECCO News ................................................. 6
CARAG News ...............................................7
Events Calendar ...................................... 8
February 2012 • Volume 8, Number 2
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Built as a mosaic of pieces, this giant bust by James
Tyler, is vaguely reminiscent of Toltec Native Ameri-
can Indian heads. The sculpture is one of eight art
installations for the Mosaic project scheduled for
unveiling on February 1. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Your Community-Supported News Source • Covering the Uptown AreA and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
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Precinct Caucuses
Tuesday, February 7
by Gary Farland
The Minnesota election cycle kicks off with precinct caucuses on Tues-
day, February 7 at 7 pm. The DFL, Green and Republican Parties are
holding caucuses. The Grassroots and Libertarian Parties are not.
See the map on page three to determine the precinct you live in and use
the table to locate the meeting place. The four precincts of ECCO and
CARAG are shown. Complete information including locations for other
neighborhoods can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web-
site: www.sos.state.mn.us, click on Elections.
At the caucuses, attendees will elect delegates and alternates to represent
their precinct at the political party’s district, city and county conven-
tions. Also, precinct officers will be elected, resolutions may be passed
and presidential straw polls may be taken. A major complication to this
year’s political process is that redistricting may move precinct delegates
Time To Choose Middle School
By Gael Ellis
Parents of students who will attend middle school in the fall of 2012
must get their choice cards to Minneapolis Public Schools by February
29, 2012.
To find the school that will best fit the needs of a child or find when
an open house is scheduled, parents can contact Student Placement Ser-
vices at 612.668.1840 or visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us. If a child attends
Armatage, Kenny or Kenwood the pathway is Anthony. If a child
attends Burroughs or Lyndale the pathway is Middle School at Ramsey.
If a child attends Whittier the pathway is Anwatin.
Gael Ellis lives in the East Calhoun Neighborhood.
By Bruce Cochran
The Girard pedestrian bridge over the Greenway will soon open as part
of the Mosaic project and the redeveloped pedestrian open space behind
Calhoun Square was completed a while ago. Now a grand walkway is
being designed that will connect the two as part of a proposal at Lake
Street and Girard Avenue in the core of Uptown.
City Walk Uptown is a project of local developer Clark Gassen. In return
for stripping seven parking spaces from Girard Avenue, the project will
create a 22 foot wide sidewalk from Lake Street to Lagoon Avenue. The
new development designed by BKV architects is Gassen’s most recent pro-
posal for the current site of Cowboy Slim’s and the adjacent parking lot.
The mixed use project includes two restaurants, residential rental units,
gym, pool, flexible retail units and about 212 parking stalls including
some underground parking. With a conditional use permit, the current
site’s C3A (Community Activity Center District) designation allows for
restaurant and retail uses.
Gassen made a handful of requests from the Lowry HIll East Neigh-
borhood Association (LHENA) where the project is located at their
December 14, 2011 monthly meeting. The LHENA Board unanimously
supported the project along with several requests for land use applica-
tions. If the developer files all of the necessary paperwork for the project
by the deadline then the proposal will be scheduled for a public hearing
at the Planning Commission Meeting in Room 317, City Hall, 4:30pm,
February 21, according to City Planner, Janelle Weidmeier.
Steve Green, CaraG
board Member,
Passes away
Steve Green, member of the CARAG Board of Directors, died on
December 23, 2011. A tribute to Steve was given at the January CARAG
board meeting by President Dianna Boegemann who praised his out-
standing service to the community, sadness over his passing and loss to
the board.
Steve was born in Sioux Rapids, IA in 1942 and grew up on his family’s
farms. He attended Graceland College and the University of Iowa where
he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. After college he
worked for the International Voluntary Service (IVS) in rural commu-
nities in Laos and Thailand. In August 1977 he moved to Minneapolis
and in 1983 married Connie (Hill). Steve worked in the construction
business, first for his own business, Classic R & R, and as a construction
manager for the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation until his
retirement in 2009.
He is survived by wife, Connie; son, Stephen (Toni Schweigert) of Min-
netonka; step-sons, Justin Holzer of Minneapolis and Kristopher Olson
of Livermore, CA; grandchildren, Calvin, Charlotte, Rhyan and Sydney
plus many relatives and friends. Services were held on December 30.
Walk This Way
Gassen’s latest proposal leverages walkway
This is a view looking north across Lake Street toward Cowboy Slims. Girard Avenue
recedes between the Mosaic building and Lagoon Theatre on the left and Cheapo is in
the foreground to the right. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
CauCuSeS page 3
Above is a rendering of City Walk Uptown looking northeast from the corner of
Girard Avenue and Lake Street. (Digital Illustration courtesy of BKV)
Oh yeah,
It’s On
Loppet running as
scheduled Feb. 4-5
SaTurday, February 4
Snow Sculpture Contest: 8am-1:45pm
Teams of sculptors have 5 hours to turn a
large block of snow into a work of art.
Loppet Kubb tournament: 10am
Teams of 2-6 players compete in this
Swedish lawn game in a 32 team Round
Robin/Knockout tournament. Kubb is
played on long Scandinavian summer
evenings and bitter winter days. Now
played throughout the world, the 2012
Loppet Kubb Tournament is the largest
winter tournament in the United States.
All ages and abilities are welcome for this
unique and fun event.
penn Ice-Cycle Loppet: Noon-2pm
An exciting bike race on a short track
of ice.
Surly Beer and Vendor Village: Noon-9pm
Visit for Surly Beer, outdoor and fitness
vendors and more.
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet
and one Dog national Skijoring
Championship: 1:30pm
Dogs pair up with their human skiers
during this exciting race around Lake of
the Isles with an Uptown finish.
Minnesota Youth Ski League
SuperCarnival: 1:30pm-3:15pm
Ski games for children 12 and under,
alongside the finish line in Uptown.
rossignol Junior Loppet: 2:30pm
A 1.5k, 3.5k or 5k race around Lake of the
Isles with an Uptown finish for anyone age
19 or younger.
Cook County Minne-Loppet: 3:30pm
A free and non-competitive event for
kids ages 12 and under. All kids receive
medals, cookies and hot cider.
Finn Sisu Sprints: 12:30pm-5pm
2 minute heats in the heart of Uptown.
Youth and open divisions.
park nicollet Luminary Loppet & tent
party: 6pm-9pm
A beautiful night-time ski around Lake
of the Isles, lit up with thousands of ice
luminaries, plus a heated tent full of
music and fun.
Sunday, February 5
reI tour: 9am
A 10k non-competitive ski tour starting
at Theodore Wirth Park and finishing
in Uptown.
Hoigaard’s Classic: 9:20am
A 25k classic/diagonal stride race starting
at Theodore Wirth Park and finishing in
City of Lakes Freestyle Loppet: 10:30am
A 33k urban ski race starting at Theodore
Wirth Park and finishing in Uptown.
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet
and two Dog national Skijoring
Championship: 1pm
Two-dog skijor teams at Theodore
Wirth Park.
Surly Beer and Vendor Village:
Visit for Surly Beer, outdoor and fitness
vendors, and more.
Minnesota Youth Ski League
SuperCarnival: 11am-1pm
Ski games for children 12 and under,
alongside the finish line in Uptown.
For more info please see
Common Law
(Land, Air, Water & Waste)
By Sarah Sponheim
Common LAW is a new column on local environmental news that con-
cerns our common land, air, water and waste.
Julie Mellum and Sue Romain from the citizen group Take Back the
Air (www.takebacktheair.com) gave a presentation to the East Calhoun
Green Team on the health hazards and air pollution associated with
wood smoke from recreational burning in city neighborhoods.
COMMOn page 5
Enter to win Calhoun
Beach Club 7-Day Passes
or Landmark Theatre
Movie Tickets
(see details on page 8)

Uptown neighborhood news www.carag.org FEBRUARY 2012
CARAG Neighborhood
East Isles Neighborhood
ECCO Neighborhood
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
Minneapolis Information
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Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 4
Bob Fine
612.230.6443 ext. 6
Mpls. Public Schools
City Councilperson (10)
Meg Tuthill
Mayor R.T. Rybak
State Representative (60A)
Marion Greene
State Representative (60B)
Frank Hornstein
State Senator (60)
D. Scott Dibble
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison
U.S. Senator
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U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Barack Obama
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brueggers bagels
bryant Square Park
Cheapo records
Chiang Mai Thai
Common roots Cafe
dunn bros
(hennepin & 34th)
dunn bros
(Lake & bryant)
Falafel King
Famous dave’s bbQ
Gigi’s Café
health resource Center
Isles bun & Coffee
It’s Greek to Me
Joyce Food Shelf
Joyce united
Methodist Church
Kowalski’s Market
Magers & Quinn
Lagoon Theatre
Parents automotive
Pizza Luce
rainbow Foods
Sebastian Joe’s
Ice Cream Cafe
Southwest Senior Center
Spyhouse Coffee Shop
uptown diner
uptown Theatre
Tea Garden
Treetops at Calhoun
vail Place
Walker Library
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Sunday 9:30 am
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Join Us Sundays
8:30amTraditional Service
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English Lutheran Church
We’ve moved into
Ministry Center
Open HOuse
Feb. 4, 1- 4pm
28th & Garfeld
610 W. 28th St.
Minneapolis MN 55408
Check out
Lyndale United Church of Christ
in the new
SpringHouse Ministry Center
(3 churches, 1 building)
Saturday, Feb. 4 SpringHouse Open House, 1-4pm
Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe, Join us for a 6 week
series Pot Luck at 6pm and/or Discussion at 7pm Starting
February 29.
9:15 a.m. Christian education for all ages
10:30 a.m. Worship (in the north sanctuary)
desperately Seeking Moderates
Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
I’m going out on a limb here to
say the recent primaries for the
Republican nominee for President
of the United States were unique.
Never before have national can-
didates of one of the major politi-
cal parties overtly directed their
appeal specifically to a narrow
demographic based on religion.
This group includes about 20% of
the population.
Further exacerbating any sem-
blance of normalcy or reason is
the influx of millions of dollars by
super-rich donors, about 1% of the
population. Thanks to a two-year-
old Supreme Court ruling, anony-
mous donors can spend as much as
they want and say whatever they
want to influence voters. Verifi-
able facts seem not to be necessary.
Negative charges are more power-
ful than critical analysis.
“Love, friendship and respect do not
unite people as much as a common
hatred for something.”
Anton Chekhov
And this is just the early stage of
what promises to be a long and
grueling election season. Imagine
what will happen when the com-
batants turn from their circular fir-
ing squad to face the other party.
American democracy is in a very
dark place, absurdly out of balance
with money power dominating
people power and ideology trump-
ing reason. At a time of critical
problems including almost half the
population now living in poverty,
serious deliberation is needed.
“The community is already in the
process of dissolution where each
man begins to eye his neighbor as a
possible enemy, where nonconfor-
mity with accepted creed, political as
well as religious, is a mark of disaf-
fection and where orthodoxy chokes
freedom of dissent.”
Judge Learned Hand
Millions of regular citizens are
repelled by the nastiness of the
political process and won’t get
involved. About 20% of the vot-
ing population is at each end of
the political spectrum dominating
the process. That leaves about 60%
who hold mixed worldviews – a
combination of libertarian, con-
servative, liberal and progressive
depending on the issue. Cognitive
linguist George Lakoff calls these
people biconceptuals. We usually
call them swing voters, the middle
or moderates. These are the people
who ultimately decide the elec-
I prescribe the same remedy
repeatedly: ratcheting up the level
and quality of citizen participation
in our democracy. Boost the ener-
gy way up!
“Politics ought to be the part-time
profession of every citizen who
would protect the rights and privi-
leges of free people and who would
preserve what is good and fruitful in
our national heritage.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are there any political moderates
out there? In Uptown? Your voic-
es are needed.
Go to your caucus, contact neigh-
bors and elected officials, join an
organization representing your
perspective, send money to these
organizations. Do whatever it
takes to restore balance and sanity
to the American political system.
“Democracy doesn’t work without
citizen activism and participation,
starting at the community…What’s
right and good doesn’t come natu-
rally. You have to stand up and fight
for it – as if the cause depends on
you, because it does. “
Bill Moyers
Send a Letter to the Editor to
UptownNews@yahoo.com telling
the community what you think.
Don’t hold back!
(Information to put this commentary
into context can be found at
www. ProgressiveValues.org.)
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CARAG & UNN Board Member Nancy Riestenberg, Board Member Melissa
Davidson and Board President Diana Boegemann take time out from the
Uptown Association Annual Meeting. The January 18 meeting was held at St.
Mary’s Greek Orthodox church in the East Calhoun neighborhood. More info at
www.uptownassociation.com. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
An anthem in smiles
10th Ward news
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us, Office
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.ci.minneapolis.
City now accepting STeP-
uP Program applications!
The City of Minneapolis has offi-
cially released the 2012 STEP-
UP Summer Youth Application.
The Minneapolis Employment
and Training Program (METP)
has combined its summer youth
employment opportunities under
the STEP-UP name. Therefore,
the STEP-UP application is the
sole entry point for youth ages
14-21 to apply for a summer job
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to another senate district. After
the caucuses, and before the sen-
ate district conventions, delegates
will be informed if they have been
moved based on their address.
Hopefully, this will involve few
delegates. On May 3 the City will
redefine precinct boundaries based
on new Census data which will
then pertain to the primary and
election process.
In order to vote, offer resolutions
or become a delegate at a precinct
caucus, one must be eligible to vote
in the 2012 general election, live
in the precinct and be in general
agreement with the principles of
the political party.
with the City of Minneapolis. The
application deadline is February 3,
STEP-UP serves youth who Live
in the City of Minneapolis, are
ages 14 to 21, are not enrolled and
actively attending college (PSEO
is ok), come from lower-income
households (example: annual max-
imum income for a family of four
is $64,000). Application is at www.
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Winter Wonder Walk/ride
Join the Midtown Greenway
Coalition (MGC), Bike Walk
Twin Cities, and the Minneapo-
lis Bicycle Coalition on Saturday,
February 11 at noon for an after-
noon of biking and walking, food,
learning and fun winter activities
on the Midtown Greenway. Events
include a fat tire bicycle obstacle
course courtesy of Freewheel Mid-
town Bike Center, slow-bike races
with Nice Ride MN, a marshmal-
low-roasting bicycle, snow tub-
ing behind a bike, tricycle trains,
snowshoe activities, and treats
from Common Roots Café.
Whether you’re an experienced
winter biker, a year-round walker
or a fair-weather cyclist just itch-
ing to get back on the trails, come
out and show winter that it can’t
force you onto four wheels! Infor-
mation is at www.minneapolismn.
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enway Coalition asks for a dona-
tion to help support this event,
participation is free.
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Kenwood Offers Tours
For Prospective Families
Annual Fundraiser This Month
By Nicole Valentine
Its tour time at Kenwood Elementary School. With school request cards
due to the District on February 29, parents considering Kenwood are
encouraged to take a parent-led tour. Tours take about an hour and are
held most Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am through Febru-
ary 23. Prospective parents also will have a chance to meet briefly with
school Principal, Cheryl Martin, and Community Liaison, Sue Payne.
Call Sue Payne at 612.668.2778 to schedule your tour. Come and see why
Kenwood’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the evening of Saturday, Feb-
ruary 11. The ticketed event is open to the public. Contact event chair
Alyssa Peterson at Alyssa@evokedesigninc.com with donations or ques-
Nicole Valentine is the parent of Kenwood students.

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East Calhoun’s new logo and boundary signs. The old boundary signs were salvaged
and are available for interested residents. Contact Monica Smith at nrp@eastcalhoun.
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SpringHouse Ministry Center,
610 West 28th Street, is hosting an
open house on Saturday, Febru-
ary 4 from 1 pm to 4 pm. The new
Springhouse Ministry Center
Welcomes Community
venture is home to three progres-
sive Protestant congregations: First
Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ), Lyndale United Church of
Christ and Salem English Luther-
an Church (the former owners).
The congregations came together
in a unique partnership of com-
mon ownership to create shared
space while maintaining their sep-
arate congregations. They retro-
fitted the sanctuary portion of the
old Salem Lutheran to house three
churches with ample spaces for
worship and community activities.
The event will be held in conjunc-
tion with an open house for the
new Greenleaf Apartments, an
affordable housing project located
on what was once Salem’s educa-
tion wing.
A special worship service will be
held on March 25 at 2 pm to for-
mally dedicate the building. Pas-
tors are Jen Nagel, Salem English
Lutheran; Bob Brite, First Chris-
tian Church and Don Portwood,
Lyndale United Church of Christ.
Contact Rev. Dennis Sanders,
612.325.8066, associatepastor@fcc-
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and Lowry Hill east.
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Trader Joe’s makes some adjustments
By Bruce Cochran
Told Development Company of Plymouth has gradually modified its
proposal for the 2700 block of Lyndale Avenue. The nearly one acre
project has a footprint that extends from 27th Street all the way down
to the current location of Art Materials at 2728 Lyndale Avenue. Told
responded to some of the many previously voiced concerns from the
Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) at their Decem-
ber 14, 2011 meeting.
That meeting yielded many comments from the ESG Architects’ pro-
posal but primarily that it felt “suburban”, “not dense enough” and that
it didn’t feel it fit the neighborhood’s plans for the future.
From that meeting Told regrouped and returned with a new floor plan
for the entire property to show on January 11. Along with many adjust-
ments, some of the major changes include:
• 30 surface parking spaces (down from 50) and 40 additional underground
spaces for a new total of 70.
• Two new curb cuts for two-way traffic at the southeast corner and to the
northwest corner of the property. The northwest entrance/exit will run par-
allel to the alley and allow semi trucks to pull in from 27th, back in, unload
and drive out onto Lyndale, and for customers to enter and exit the lot.
• A common area similar to what Kowalski’s currently has outside its store
with landscaping and tables.
The LHENA board responded positively to the added underground
parking and continued to critique the design, but was hesitant to give an
overall assessment considering there were no new elevation drawings to
look at since the last meeting.
Told will be returning to the LHENA Zoning and Planning Committee
meeting on February 8 to discuss the project further.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown
Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.
Alex Gehrig, Program Coor-
dinator for the citizen group
four core Uptown neighborhoods
– East Isles, the Wedge, CARAG
and East Calhoun – by improving
recycling and introducing organics
recycling. Do you live in an apart-
ment or condominium building?
Would you like to compost your
waste instead of sending it to the
landfill? Contact Sarah at green-
team@eastcalhoun.org for more
Other news
CARAG is launching a new Green
Team! Are you interested in join-
ing? Contact carag@carag.org and
mention Green Team in the sub-
ject line.
To submit items for consideration
in future Common LAW columns,
please contact Sarah at greenteam@
Minnesota Waters (www.minne-
sotawaters.com), will attend the
February meeting of the East Cal-
houn Green Team (February 8 at
7pm at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox
Church). Alex will be assisting the
Green Team on a project to paint
stencils beside our storm sewer
drains calling attention to the fact
that trash and toxins washing
down the drains flow directly into
Lake Calhoun.
A new group (as yet unnamed)
will tackle waste reduction in
multi-family buildings in the
William Kothol-Borgen stands beside one of his abstract paintings from the “For
The Love Of...” show opening reception at SooVAC. More info for the Soo Visual Arts
Center can be found at www.soovag.org. (Photo by Bethany Heemeyer
For The Love Of…
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Uptown neighborhood news www.carag.org FEBRUARY 2012
East Calhoun Community Organization
ECCO report
ECCO meets the
first Thursday
of each month,
7 p.m. at St.
Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Lake St.
36th St.


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

re watching
our waste
East Calhoun
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to
learn more about our events. Send a request
to nrp@eastcalhoun.org or call Monica Smith
at 612-821-0131.
*Waste Watchers is a group of
East Calhoun neighbors who care
about making less waste.
T HURSDAY, F EBRUARY 2 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave S
The ECCO Board will be discussing priorities and finalizing
the organization’s budget for 2012.
East Calhoun Green Team Meeting
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave S
Alex Gehrig, Program Coordinator for Minnesota Waters,
will meet with us to discuss details of a storm drain stenciling
project. The Green Team meets the second Wednesday of each
month, please join us!
T UESDAY, F EBRUARY 21 7:00 p.m.
East Calhoun Tree Task Force
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave S
The group will be discussing information on the safety of
chemical treatments and strategies for minimizing the impact
of the Emerald Ash Borer in our neighborhood. All are welcome.
Grants available for East Calhoun residents
We invite you to apply for one or all of the following programs:
Home energy efficiency upgrades and/or exterior improvement
grants (up to $3,000) and loans (up to $7,500); home security
improvement grants (up to $250); compost bin and/or rain
barrel grants (up to $100); and free home energy visit!
Learn more about these great programs at
www.eastcalhoun.org (NRP page) or call
Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
ECCO Meeting Minutes for January
5, 2012. (East Calhoun Neighborhood
Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded
and submitted by Harry Savage and
Monica Smith,
Board Members Present: Sarah
Sponheim, President; Blake Harp-
er and Linda Todd, Co-VP; Glen
Christianson, Treasurer; Harry Sav-
age, Secretary; Anja Curiskis; Kate
Davenport; Brad Durham; Gael
Ellis; and Heather Wulfsberg. Board
Members Absent: Judy Shields and
Jim Smith. Also present: CM Meg
Tuthill and guest speaker Felicity
ECCO Board President Sarah Spon-
heim called the meeting to order at
7:05 p.m.
The agenda was unanimously
Meg Tuthill: City Council
Member, Ward 10
• Told Development is working on
a proposal for 27th St and Lyn-
dale Ave. with Trader Joe’s as the
potential tenant. The site is not
currently zone for that type of
business and would require a zon-
ing change to be permitted.
• The Kite Festival will be held
on January 21 (one week later
than original date of Jan 14 due
to warm weather) noon-4 p.m. at
Lake Harriet.
• The public hearing for Tao Natu-
ral Foods was held on January 5.
Tao plans to expand their outdoor
café from 16 to 48 seats, increase
their indoor seating to 32 and
have extended summer hours.
They are also applying for a wine
and beer license.
• The Planning Commission
approved CM Schiff’s zoning
code change for Conditional Use
• Meet with Meg is January 10,
noon-1 p.m. at the 5th Precinct.
Guest Speaker: Felicity
britton, People for Parks
People for Parks (www.peoplefor-
parks.net) is grass-roots non-profit
organization that contributes vol-
unteer time and money to projects
and programs throughout the Min-
neapolis park system. The organiza-
tion was created in 1977 to help fight
Dutch Elm Disease. They have con-
tributed $2 million to Minneapolis
parks over the years.
A number of past projects were
highlighted. People for Parks will be
raising money to repair the ship mast
of the USS Minneapolis at Lake Cal-
houn (near the Tin Fish).
Ways to get involved: Become a
member, nominate a project and
spread the word about People for
Committee reports
Green Team
• Their next meeting is January 11
and will include a presentation
from Take Back the Air, a citizen
activist group focusing on back-
yard, controlled fires.
• The Green Team is partnering
with East Isles for a screening of
the green film “No Impact Man”
on January 16, 7 p.m. at Grace
Trinity Community Church (28th
and Humboldt).
• The Waste Watchers grant is
complete but the project is ongo-
ing. The final report is due soon.
• Kate Davenport and Sarah
Sponheim met with volunteers
from East Isles, The Wedge and
CARAG to address bigger waste
reduction issues such as compost-
ing in multi unit buildings and at
large neighborhood events.
• Neighborhood and Community
Relations (NCR) is holding a con-
ference for neighborhood organi-
zation on February 11, the focus
will be to share best practices
and foster collaborative working
among organizations.
• Minneapolis is revising its climate
action plan. A kick off event will
be held on February 1, 5:30 p.m.
at the Downtown Library 5:30
Finance Committee
• The CPP funding has been
extended until June 30, 2012 and
ECCO will receive an additional
$9,400 for this period. The board
unanimously approved a motion
to accept the budget allocation as
presented by the Finance Com-
• Committee should be thinking
about their funding needs and
submit ideas to the Finance Com-
mittee by January 27. One idea
mentioned was a community
• The ECCO budget will be dis-
cussed at length at the February
ECCO board meeting.
Livability Committee
• The first meeting of this newly
formed committee will be Janu-
ary 24, 7 p.m. at Dunn Bros at
34th and Hennepin.
Tree Task Force
• Rainbow Treecare attended the
December meeting to discuss
treatment options for Ash trees.
The committee discussed offer-
ing options to residents to treat or
replace Ash trees. Participation
would be voluntary.
• Ralph Sievert, Director of Forest-
ry for the Park Board will attend
the January 17 TreeTask Force
meeting (7 p.m. at St. Mary’s)
uptown neighborhood
news (unn)
• The UNN is hosting a public
forum on January 9, 6:30 p.m. at
St. Mary’s to hear from residents
about ideas for the paper.
Monica Smith’s report
• The NRP administration closed
on December 31 and the workload
has been transferred to NCR.
• The board unanimously approved
the addition of radon and/or asbes-
tos abatement to the list of home
improvements that are eligible for
funding through ECCO’s grant
and loan program.
• The price for the Community
Energy Services (CES) home visit
will be going up in the spring.
ECCO is reimbursing the $30
co-pay for the first 150 residents
who participate in CES through
the end of March. Information
about this program can be found
at www.eastcalhoun.org (NRP
• The new East Calhoun boundary
signs have been hung. If anyone is
interested in one of the old signs,
please contact Monica Smith at
nrp@eastcalhoun.org by Febru-
ary 15.
• The Public Utilities Commission
is holding public hearing on Janu-
ary 10 and 12 regarding Excel
Energy’s request for high voltage
power lines along a section of the
Midtown Greenway.
• The City of Lakes Loppet is
scheduled for February 4-5. The
route will be using portions of
Lake St and Hennepin Ave.
eCCO board Meeting
ECCO bylaws state “It shall be the
duty of the Secretary of the Board to
keep correct attendance and minutes
of all meetings of the Organization
and of the Board.” ECCO is out of
compliance with the bylaws because
the staff person (not the secretary)
has been keeping the minutes. Sarah
Sponheim proposed this revision to
the bylaws. “It shall be the duty of
the Secretary of the Board to keep
correct attendance of all meetings of
the Organization and of the Board
eCCO page 7
FEBRUARY 2012 www.carag.org Uptown neighborhood news

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Calhoun Area Residents Action Group CARAG report

Lake St.
36th St.


The CARAG Board
meets the third
Tuesday of each
month, 7 p.m.
at Bryant Park
Community Center,
31st and Bryant.
All CARAG residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.
Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly Neigh-
borhood Meeting Minutes, January
17, 2012. DRAFT: Subject to approval
at the January 2011 CARAG Meeting.
Minutes recorded and submitted by
Carol Bouska.
Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska,
Melissa Davidson, Dan Jenney, Jason
Lord, Erick Peterson, Nancy Rieste-
nberg, and Samantha Strong
Introductions: diana
The meeting was called to order at
7:10pm and Board Members were
Board Member Steve Green passed
away in December. He will be great-
ly missed by his neighbors.
agenda & Minutes:
diana boegemann
Motion, Seconded to approve the
meeting agenda. Approved.
Motion, Seconded to approve the
November 15 CARAG Neighbor-
hood Meeting minutes. Approved.
bryant Square Park: Julie
The ice rink and warming house are
now open. Free skate rental is avail-
able. Hours: Monday-Friday 3-9pm,
Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday noon-
CaraG/ Waite Park Twitter
race: Jeffrey Martin
Martin is the President of the Waite
Park Community Council neigh-
borhood organization. In October,
he challenged CARAG to race to
300 Twitter followers. CARAG won
this race resulting in Martin provid-
ing Psycho Susie’s pizza during the
Thanks to Zack Farley for his efforts
to build CARAG’s Twitter follow-
ing and manage the account.
Council Member
Meg Tuthill
The Lake Harriet Winter Kite Fest
is cancelled due to lack of ice on the
The City of Lakes Loppet is Febru-
ary 3 and 4.
Crime & Safety Forum:
Paul buchel, CPS Chelsea
adams, and Lt. Jack Kelly
Buchel directed attendees to break
into small groups to discuss how
crime has affected them and ways to
address it.
Crime prevention specialist Chelsea
Adams and Lt. Jack Kelly addressed
crime and safety issues identified in
the small groups.
Neighbors were encouraged to take
action to prevent crime, call 911
when they notice suspicious activity,
and find ways to know their neigh-
nrP report: Jason Lord
Lord presented three NRP projects
proposed by the Transportation task
• Create highly visible, durable, and
artistic crosswalk markings at 31st
& Bryant
• Create on-street bike lanes on W.
36th Street between Lake Cal-
houn and Bryant Avenue S.
• Install bike racks throughout the
Motion, Seconded to approve NRP
Scopes of Services dedicating $10,000
for pedestrian markings, $10,000
for bike routes, and $2,000 for bike
racks. Approved.
Zoning Committee update:
aaron rubenstein
The committee met on January 10
and passed three motions.
Motion, Seconded to support Jimmy
John’s late night hours license.
Motion Seconded to approve the
following resolution regarding the
City Walk development. Approved.
“CARAG strongly supports the
planned pedestrian space of the pro-
posed City Walk Uptown project
(BZZ 5455).
The creation of a pedestrian walk-
way linking Calhoun Square’s
Girard Meander, Mozaic, and the
Midtown Greenway, by removing
the parking lane on the east side of
Girard, would provide more public
space for people, narrow the street,
add value to our neighborhood, and
serve as a model for future devel-
opments. The proposed walkway
would increase significantly the
walkability of our neighborhood.
CARAG also requests and strongly
recommends that several additional
measures be taken to increase the
safety and visibility of pedestrians
using the Girard Meander from
the south side of 31st Street to the
north side of Lagoon Avenue. These
improvements include 8-foot to
10-foot curb extensions or bump-
outs at the northeast and southeast
corners of Lake Street and Girard
Avenue and at the southeast corner
of Lagoon and Girard avenues, and
better crosswalk markings from
Lagoon to 31st Street that conform
to the City’s pedestrian standards.
CARAG has several concerns and
suggestions regarding the design
and materials of the proposed City
Walk Uptown building:
• The use of Hardiboard or
cementitious fiber board pan-
els, and alternatives, should be
carefully considered for this and
other projects in the area. At a
minimum, if this type of build-
ing material is used, the color(s)
should be integrated into the over-
all scheme of the building (the use
and prominence of white panels
on a recently completed building
in the area fails in this regard).
• We encourage the developer and
architect to design the two-story
portion of the building to have a
stronger visual/architectural ele-
ment at the corner of Lake and
Girard to anchor it and reinforce
the street wall.
• There is a sameness and simi-
larity of the proposed building
design to seven of the eight other
sizable Uptown area projects
BKV Group has designed (Blue,
Murals of Lynlake, 2900 Lyndale,
Flux, 1800 Lake, Loop Calhoun,
and Lake Calhoun City Apart-
ments--Mozaic being the excep-
tion). We encourage the architects
and developer to come up with a
more distinctive design for this
project that will contribute more
to Uptown’s architectural diver-
sity than the currently-proposed
Motion, Seconded to approve the
following resolution regarding the
proposed Trader Joe’s development.
• Does not support the proposed
Trader Joe’s development as cur-
rently designed;
• Has a number of concerns about
the design;
• Supports LHENA’s critical review
of the project; and
• Encourages individuals to provide
their own input about the proj-
ect to CPED, LHENA, and CM
Our concerns about the project’s
design are:
• We are dismayed about remov-
ing numerous businesses and
storefronts for a one-story, single-
use development. Multi-story,
mixed-use development should
be encouraged. It’s unfortunate
that developers are now tending
to propose and build either one-
story buildings or six to eight story
buildings in the Uptown area.
• The City needs to encourage and
require multi-story, mixed-use
developments along major arteri-
als to increase density, transit use,
and walkability. The proposed
project would be a significant
underutilization of the site. The
land use plan in the Lyn-Lake
Small Area Plan calls for mixed-
uses along Lyndale from 1-94 to
28th Street.
• The design of the proposed build-
ing is not urban in nature or
compatible with the character of
the area. A small part of the solu-
tion would be to locate building
entrances facing Lyndale or at the
eastern corner of the building.
• The large, visually prominent
parking lot is not compatible with
the character or desired character
of this portion of Lyndale Ave-
nue. We are also concerned about
pedestrian safety, reinforcing the
pedestrian nature of the street and
walkability, and traffic levels and
Treasurer’s report:
Samantha Strong
Current account balances as of
12/31/11: Operations- $12,358.49,
NRP- $11,591.08, & Asset Accounts-
Committee Policy:
diana boegemann
The CARAG Committee Policy and
list of committee members will be
reviewed and approved at the Janu-
ary meeting each year.
Motion, Seconded to approve the
CARAG Committee Policy and list
of committee members as presented.
CaraG bylaws revision:
diana boegemann
Boegemann reported that the
CARAG Board agreed to pursue a
revision to the CARAG Constitution
& Bylaws allowing up to 11 board
members instead of the current 9.
It was agreed that the CARAG
Executive Committee will review
the current bylaws and propose a
specific language change at the Feb-
ruary meeting.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:55pm
and to take meeting minutes when
and if the Organization’s Staff is
unable to do so.”
The Board wanted more time to dis-
cuss options and unanimously voted
to table the discussion until the Feb-
ruary meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:03
Next meeting: Thursday, Febru-
ary 2, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
Join your CARAG neighbors for the…
CARAG Chilly Chili Fest
Sunday, February 26, 12:30-3pm
Bryant Square Park Community Center
• Hot chili, fxings, goodies and a drink
only $3 (Proceeds go to Joyce-Uptown
Food Shelf)
• Learn about CARAG events
and activities
• Door prizes from area businesses
• Joyce-Uptown Food Shelf food-drive
(Bring non-perishable food items.)

Uptown neighborhood news www.carag.org FEBRUARY 2012
community events calendar
(Editor’s Note: We will run community event
listings every month on this page. Contact
uptownnews@yahoo.com to submit your
event information by the 15th of each month
to be included in the next issue.)
3, 10, 17, 24–FRidAYS
Walker Library - 11:30am
2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400
For children from birth to 24 months.
Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses
with books and music. Build brain power.
Free to the public.
VALentIne’S DAY tC 5K
Twin Cities in Motion - 10am
Lake Harriet • 651.289.7700
The Twin Cities’ Oldest Winter Running
Event: A Valentine-inspired 5K fun run
around Lake Harriet. Grab your friends or
significant other, catch a glimpse of Cupid,
and feel the love of the Twin Cities running
community at this fun event. Run with
your sweetie or search for your soulmate.
Running this event is guaranteed to get
your heart racing, in more ways than one!
wInter wonDer wALK/rIDe
Midtown Greenway Coalition - Noon
2834 10th Ave. S. • 612.879.0103
Celebrate winter on the Greenway. Fend
off the cold with friends as you go for a
group ride or walk on the Greenway, par-
taking in delicious snacks and fun winter
activities as you go. Begin and end at
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center. See web-
site for details and updates.
12, 19 & 26–SUNdAYS
SpoKen worD worKSHopS
& open MIC nIgHt
Intermedia Arts - 6-8pm
2822 Lyndale Ave. • 612.871.4444
Presenting a one-of-a-kind opportunity
to work with some of the top voices in
the local spoken-word scene including
Guante, Tish Jones, Marisa Carr, and more.
Learn about the history and cultural
foundations of spoken-word, explore the
basics of turning raw ideas into powerful
performance art, engage in writing exer-
cises, work on performance technique
and much more. The workshop will cul-
minate in an open mic night dedicated to
celebrating teen voices on Monday, Feb-
ruary 27 at 7pm . Open to youth in grades
7-12. Space will fill up fast, so send in your
registration form today. $15.
19 –SUNdAY
Bryant Lake Bowl - 3pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
American Teacher is a documentary film
produced by Ninive Calegari and Dave
Eggers. The message of American Teacher
is aimed at everyone in America invested
in the success of our education system,
our students, and the future of our nation’s
democracy and economy. FREE.
ApoCALYpSe wHen?
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Life manages to survive under a wide
range of conditions, but it also lives under
constant threat from all manner of events
in the vast universe. Professor Lawrence
Rudnick will describe a variety of ways our
world could end – from asteroid impacts
to rogue black holes, and whether the uni-
verse itself might have prevented us from
ever existing. You may lose some sleep
after this Cafe–not from fear but from the
amazing perspectives we gain on human-
ity when we think BIG. Professor Rudnick
is a UMN observational astrophysicist,
studying both supernova remnants and
large-scale structures in the Universe. He
was a founding member of the Minnesota
Planetarium Society, which has now trans-
ferred its assets to the Bell Museum to
provide astronomy and space education
across Minnesota.
LIFe on ICe: 25 YeArS oF
ArCtIC expLorAtIon
Magers and Quinn - 7:30pm
3038 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.4611
Lonnie Dupre discusses Life on Ice: 25
Years of Arctic Exploration. Lonnie Dupre
has spent most of his adult life either trav-
eling in the Arctic or planning his next trip
there. His new book, Life on Ice: 25 Years of
Arctic Exploration, is an important chroni-
cle of Arctic life as well as climate change
in the polar region. Life on Ice covers
Dupre’s significant achievements, includ-
ing the world’s first circumnavigation of
Greenland and a summer expedition to
the North Pole that reached 68 million
people worldwide. During his travels over
the Arctic’s disappearing ice, Dupre has
participated in both scientific research
and cultural exchanges, working with and
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February’s Contest:
The UNN is Giving Away . . .
Five 7-Day
Guest Passes
to Calhoun
Beach Club!
OR 1 pair of
Movie Tickets!
(Courtesy of Landmark Theatres)
RULes: 6 entries will be chosen by Feb. 15 from the
best answers to this question: What is the difference
between love and a crush?
email your answer, (pros, peotry, photo, video, etc.)
to unn612@gmail.com.
gathering data for organizations such as
the National Geographic Society, Green-
peace, the Explorers Club, the National
Snow and Ice Data Center and the U.S.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences. His
findings have been called “the Holy Grail
of global warming data.”
tHIrtY DAYS In Frogtown
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Thirty Days In Frogtown is presented by
Colleen Kruse and Karen Paurus. A scrap-
py young waitress hits a fork in the road.
One path promises love and security in a
relationship with an older man. The other
means a continuing struggle to provide
for her infant daughter on tips and bus
transfers. Thirty Days in Frogtown” explores
its heroine’s moral dilemma in scenes and
songs that are uproariously funny, deeply
moving and unpredictable. An intimate
evening of storytelling at the Bryant
Lake Bowl Theater with an original score
composed and performed by Minnesota
Music award winner Karen Vieno Paurus.
Comedian and radio talk show host Col-
leen Kruse tells the story, based on her
real-life experiences as a single mom with
a devilish sense of humor. Also showing
Saturday, March 10 and Monday, March
19. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day
of show.
thRU MARCh 18
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott and
Directed by Bain Boehlke, featuring Cheryl
Willis and Michael Booth. Tony Wendice
married his wife Margot for her money.
Now he plans to kill her for the same rea-
son. He arranges the perfect murder and a
brilliant alibi for himself, but plans go awry
in this skillfully written psychological tale.

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