Calling all photo journalists: Seeking amateur photographer(s) to capture iconic and stock imagery of Tangletown Neighborhood, to be used on a revamped tangletown.org website, currently in the making! If you have an eye for our ‘hood, let’s connect. E-mail email@example.com.
Sept. 1, 2015
Robbery Prevention & Personal Safety
Police 3rd Precinct personnel will discuss robberies and other crime issues in the area followed by a special presentation by Personal Safety expert Mary Brandl. She will demonstrate what you need to know to reduce your vulnerability to assault and robbery. Time for questions & answers provided.
DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1
TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm come early; we start promptly.
PLACE: Nokomis Community Center Gym
2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
For more information, call Sue, 612-673-2839; Shun, 612-673-2846;
or Karen, 612-673-2856 at the 3rd Precinct; or
NENA Executive Director Becky Timm, 612-724-5652.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Unit and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association.
The Washburn Games is a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4-12. The Games features over 20 different sports, a great way for kids to test our what sports they like before they are signed up for a sport they don’t like! Besides getting active, youngsters also have the opportunity to learn about community giving. Children are encouraged to raise funds before the event to support local nonprofit Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading children’s mental health facility. Children who raise $100 or more are entered into a fun prize drawing, including Water Park of America tickets, passes Wild Mountain, and a $1,000 educational scholarship. All children who come to the Games will receive a medal, T-shirt and goodie bag! It’s day full of family fun, community building and getting active!
The event will be held on Sunday, September 27th between 1:30-4:30 PM. It will be held at Bryn Mawr Meadows, located at 400 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405. There is a $10 registration fee and readers can sign up and learn more at www.washburngames.org .
What makes Tangletown Special?
Tangletown residents have an opportunity to be part of an anonymous online survey about the character of Tangletown neighborhood and the places you feel are important to it. The survey is being distributed to residents of Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods and is a chance to express your views about what makes your neighborhood special.
The results of this study will be made available to the neighborhood, so you will be able to discover the diverse views your neighbors have about Tangletown. This study is being conducted by Madelyn Sundberg, a Kingfield resident and graduate student at the University of Minnesota, for her M.S. in Architecture: Heritage Conservation and Preservation thesis under the guidance of Professor Greg Donofrio. If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and you will be given the option to enter your email address at the end of the survey for a chance to win an iPad Air. To participate in this survey please click the following link: Heritage Survey
Please respond by August 5.
Join the Board members of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association at the July meeting beginning at 7pm at Fuller Park to learn about neighborhood funding, give feedback on the 4th of July event, meet your neighbors, join a committee, hang out with the movers and shakers of Tangeltown…
Special guest speaker, Jack Whitehurst with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, will explain where our funds come from and how they can be used.
Many of you had questions at the annual meeting in regards to the budget and spending options… This is your chance to get answers from “the inside!”
Monday, July 20
Join us this Saturday for Tangletown’s annual 4th of July parade and party at Fuller Park!
Lots of kids’ games with prizes
Ice cold fruit-infused water
Brava and Ina ($)
Live Music by Two is Enough
Parade details: Meet at Washburn High School parking lot (49th and Pleasant) at 10am with your decorated bike, trike, wagon, stroller, dog (we will have some decorations available). Parade begins at 10:15
Game details: Games will “cost” tickets, which can be purchased at the starting line of the parade or at the ticket sales booth at Fuller Park. Cash only. Everybody is a winner!
Food Truck details: Food will be available for purchase from 2 of our favorite places – Brava and Ina.
We are proud to sponsor this Zero-Waste event!
This means we will be using compostable serving dishes and utensils and encourage you to bring your own water bottles. We will have a free water-filling station. We will also have special bins to separate trash, recyclables, and compostables from one another.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, June 15, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Eric David, Andrew Buss, Joy Gottschalk, Dick Fiala, Virgil Petrie, Dan Williams, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Karen Costello
Board members absent:
Also present: Abby Rowan (staff)
Called to order: 7:05pm
TNA Annual Meeting
Sandra reported that TNA spent $484.33 on this year’s Annual Meeting. In 2014 the board spent $922.26, which was a higher total due to a postcard mailing. Because a postcard sent this year, the board observed slightly lower attendance and recommends sending one in 2016 to hit mailboxes 1-2 weeks before the event. Russ Henry from Homegrown Minneapolis spoke to attendees and was engaging and informative. Because questions came in regarding TNA’s funding through the City, the Board would like to invite Jack Whitehurst to a September or October board meeting (depending on the timing of the fall newsletter) to present to residents in greater depth. The Board also discussed TNA’s current avenues to reach community members and strategies to grow the electronic newsletter mailing list. Abby suggested having a specific prize drawing at the 4th of July event for attendees who are already on or sign up to be on the TNA e-news list. Board members would also like to connect with block leaders and invite Jennifer Waisenan from MPD’s 5th Precinct at a future meeting.
TNA 4th of July
The planning team met last week to finalize assignments. Board members typically arrive at Fuller between 8:00am and 9:00am to set up chairs and tables, help vendors find their spots, and coordinate the parade. The volunteer schedule is in process – Abby has another neighborhood e-blast scheduled for tomorrow. Steve has a contact for potential face painters from the Fuller Park grand opening with whom he’ll follow up so there can be face painting at this year’s event. Board members are trying to locate the event banners, which may be at Simply Jane or Charlie’s Bike Shop. TNA will work with Hector Ruiz of Café Ena and La Fresca to provide watermelon juice instead of root beer. The planning team may meet once more before the event – Board members are encouraged to attend if so. Sandra reminded board members that formal approval of a budget for this year’s event in still needed. Last year’s event netted $282.53 ($3141.85 in proceeds and $2,859.32 in expenses). Ryan proposed a budget of $3,500 for this year’s event, which was seconded and approved by the full board.
17 West Elmwood Place Variance Request
The property owner plans to rebuild the garage on the property and forwarded plans to TNA. No further action is recommended at this stage.
Secretary – A motion to approve the May 2015 minutes with one correction was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – The NCR account is at $17,850.68 and the Tangletown account is at $15,902.88.
Officer elections – Lauren would like to pass the secretary duties to another board member. The Board will revisit officer elections at next month’s meetings.
Abby sent an email to recruit committee members and several committee meeting scheduling emails. Karen would like to form a bicycle-focused committee with weekly rides, which could be promoted through facebook, website, and e-newsletter. She also proposed changing the Sustainability Committee’s name to the Green Team.
Sustainability – Lauren reported on the committee’s most recent meeting and potential changes to the Green Day event. Joy gave a quick update on the Minneapolis Community Solar meeting held on April 30th. Xcel Energy is in the midst of making its approval process easier for new community solar projects. Tangletown has a few potential avenues for helping residents connect with community solar projects, particularly in partnership with other neighborhoods. The City has some guidelines for neighborhoods but the concept is still in development. Abby will connect with other SW neighborhood coordinators and report back at a future board meeting.
Arts – TNA would like to continue working on utility box wraps and Dan volunteered to help coordinate the process. Thank you, Dan!
Abby met with Jack Whitehurst from the City of Minneapolis’s Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department on several budget items. TNA’s funds from the home loan program have been moved from the Center for Energy & Environment (CEE) but as TNA doesn’t have a new administrator yet the program remains in limbo. Some neighborhoods have worked together to identify a new administrator so Ryan recommended that Abby follow up with the City for more information. Jack also gave an overview on the process to shift TNA’s allocation of NCR (a process that TNA has often used in the past). It’s conceivable that the City might freeze and/or take back unspent Community Participation Program (CPP) funds in the future, so TNA should identify neighborhood projects for this fiscal year. Potential projects could include utility box wraps, more neighborhood bike racks, a neighborhood business list and way-finding signs. Ryan proposed scheduling a meeting later this summer to brainstorm ideas and estimate volunteer time needed to accomplish each.
Partner and Other Announcements
Ryan reported that the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) will receive funds to create a mobile app to connect with neighborhood businesses and incentives to shop there. The app should be available later this year.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, May 19, 2015 (Annual Meeting) – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Dylan Sirny, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell, Matt Chapman, Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver
Board members absent: Karen Costello
Also present: Russ Henry (Homegrown Minneapolis), Councilmember John Quincy, Forrest Hardy (City Safe Routes for Youth & Seniors Planner), Tangletown residents in attendance for Annual Meeting & Board Elections
Called to order: 7:04pm
Welcome & Overview
Steve welcomed residents to the 2015 Annual Meeting and Andrea Siegel introduced speaker Russ Henry from Homegrown Minneapolis.
Speaker: Russ Henry – Co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis
Russ Henry is a local landscaper and co-chair of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, a citywide initiative to help Minneapolis residents grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods within city limits. Homegrown Minneapolis is one of 20-30 advisory committees that advises the city on local foods and helps to develop a robust local food economy.
Growing: There are approximately 260 community gardens, 265+ backyard chicken permits, >50 permitted beehives, and 6 aquaponics projects throughout the city. Local food resource hubs have over 1,000 members and Tree Trust partners to distribute discount fruit trees to city residents. Currently, Minneapolis has more than 20 urban farms of greater than 10,000 square feet and many market gardens of less than 10,000 square feet. To encourage more urban farming, the city is planning to offer inexpensive leases on city-owned and maintained vacant lots throughout the city for market gardening in the near future.
Processing: Homegrown Minneapolis is working with the City to make the licensing process easier for developing and existing local food manufacturers. There are currently three incubator kitchens (licensed for food business and production) in the city in addition to 40 community kitchens (for private event cooking).
Distribution: There are currently 15 farmers’ markets and 14 mini-markets (nearly all accept SNAP/EBT food support). The city has 30 Healthy Corner Stores, which are mobile groceries to help all communities access locally grown foods. Privately operated farm stands are now legal in Minneapolis. Homegrown Minneapolis also promotes backyard composting and partners with Minneapolis Pubic Schools on Farm to School initiatives and with the University of St. Thomas on research projects on composting and local food res
Policy: The City of Minneapolis has passed ordinances to support mobile food stores, beekeeping, farm stands, and edible landscaping in Minneapolis Parks. Corner stores are now required to carry staple foods. At the state level, Homegrown Minneapolis has advocated for legislation to enable farmers market vendors to more easily provide food samples and accurate labeling of bee-friendly plants and seeds as well as compensation to beekeepers whose bees dies due to pesticide applications. Minneapolis is working on becoming a Bee-Friendly City in 2015 and limiting pesticide use, particularly in the Minneapolis Parks.
2014-2014 board members and TNA’s Coordinator introduced themselves to attendees.
TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale Wrap-up
Steve reported that there were approximately 44 participants in the 2015 Garage Sale. Steve and Eric updated our signage for the event – the signs distributed about 200 maps to the neighborhood. A resident mentioned that traffic was up considerably this year. Thank you to Abby for posting the sale in many places.
Tangletown 4th of July Event
Ryan gave attendees an overview of the 4th of July event. Steve, Ryan and Abby have met once to kick off planning for this year’s event. Brava food truck is interested in participating again this year as a food vendor.
Secretary – A motion to approve the April 2015 minutes with a correction in the attendance section was made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer – Sandra gave a brief overview of the TNA accounts (approximately $38,000 total in both accounts) and answered questions about expenditures from residents.
Neighborhood Business and Events
Ryan gave attendees an overview of TNA’s annual events and activities over the past year including Green Day, the Garage Sale, the 4th of July Parade & Festival, neighborhood bike racks, crime prevention meetings, and Fuller Park shade structures and historical plaque.
Brief Summary of TNA Committees & Projects
Mary Jane presented information on each of TNA’s committees to attendees including Arts (murals and utility box wraps), Communications (website, facebook page), NRP (business façade improvement grant program), Sustainability (organics, Green Day), and Business. Attendees asked about NRP funds and proceeds from repaid home loans.
Review Responsibilities of TNA Board Members
Steve spoke to attendees about the expectations of board members and committee work. Andrea nominated Andrew Busse, Mary Jane nominated Dan Williams, Virgil Petrie nominated himself, Lauren nominated Joy Gottschalk, and Todd nominated Dick Fiala. Steve made a motion to approve the nominations, which was seconded and approved.
New 2015-2016 Board Members:
Dan Williams Andrew Buss
Virgil Petrie Dick Fiala
Continuing 2015-2015 Board Members:
Steve Bieringer Dylan Sirny
Ryan Fisher Mary Jane Mitchell
Sandra Bartsias Laura Silver
Andrea Siegel Eric David
Lauren Anderson Karen Costello
Andrea Siegel drew door prizes – congratulations to MaryAnn Schoenberge and Dick Fiala.
Partner and Other Announcements
A resident asked about the construction plans for the old Diamond Lake Hardware site. There will be first floor retail and apartments above. Diamond Lake Hardware won’t be relocating to the site so they’re looking for retail partners to occupy space on the first floor.
Councilmember John Quincy thanked residents for attending the Annual Meeting and spoke on the City’s commitment to equity and sustainability throughout Minneapolis. An attendee asked about the recently passed Working Families Agenda, which provides paid family leave among other benefits – the City Council would also like to examine the regional minimum wage to support working families. City Safe Routes for Youth & Seniors Planner, Forrest Hardy, has developed plans for a bike lane on Diamond Lake Road between Stevens Ave and Lyndale Ave. Sandra asked about the decision-making process about the bike lane/sharrow striping plan after sealcoating of that stretch takes place this summer. The group discussed the notification of this proposed change – the City uses social media and limited flyers instead of postcards sent to adjacent businesses and residents.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, April 20, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
Board members present: Steve Bieringer, Ryan Fisher, Sandra Bartsias, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Eric David, Mary Jane Mitchell
Board members absent: Andrea Siegel, Laura Silver, Dylan Sirny, Matt Chapman
Also present: Charlie Siftar, Tom Balcolm, Joy Gottschalk, Lynell Voigt, Regan Palmer, Dan Kvamme, Michael Burnhagen
Called to order: 7:05pm
Green Day Event Wrap Up
Sustainability Committee reported on its second annual Green Day event, which took place on Saturday, April 11th. Attendance was fairly good, but it was a beautiful day and the Fuller park playground had been closed the day before so traffic was a bit lower than the Committee had hoped. Final costs came in around $1100 – the neighborhood-wide postcard to promote the event was the biggest expense. City of Mpls, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Spark-y (and their aquaponics demo), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s Master Water Stewards, Charlie’s Bike Shop, and Beez Kneez all hosted informational tables for residents. There were a few hiccups with exhibitors arriving late but volunteers made it happen. Beez Kneez presented the first workshop on protecting urban bees and Lauren gave the second on Minneapolis’s organics recycling. The Sustainability Committee will meet to debrief in the coming weeks and plan for next year’s spring event.
Fuller Park Playground Grand Opening Event
The playground is currently blocked off to finish the concrete and rubber ramps. The concrete has been poured and in currently curing. If manufacturer Kompan is able to pour rubberized accessible ramps the playground should be open this Friday, April 24th. The Grand Opening event will take place at 5:30-7:00pm right before the TNA Annual Meeting on Monday, May 18th. TNA and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are cosponsoring the event. The MPRB has funding for light refreshments. At Green Day, Toppers offered to donate pizza for the Annual Meeting. Steve can follow up to see what they’re willing to donate. If Toppers isn’t able to provide a donation, the board would like to provide an alternative for attendees.
Mary Jane proposed a budget of $450 for refreshments and door prizes (potentially gift certificates to Charlie’s Bike Shop and Tangletown Gardens) and $600 for a postcard for a total budget of $1,050. The motion to approve this budget was seconded and approved. The MPRB plans to send out a postcard invite for the Grand Opening, so hopefully TNA can include more information about the Annual Meeting on their postcard and save the postcard funds.
TNA 2015 Annual Garage Sale
Registrations are still trickling in, but we have 42 homes registered to participate in the 2015 sale. Steve and Eric are finishing up the a-frame signs to place at commercial nodes and will add weights. Garage sale maps will be in a weather-proof pocket on the signs as well as on www.tangletown.org and on Tangletown Nextdoor. Steve proposed a budget of $500 for the 2015 Garage Sale. The motion was seconded and approved.
Washburn Water Tower Landscaping
Reisdent Dan Jurek has raised $711 (over his $350 goal) through gofundme to plant and has contracted with Bluebird Gardening, which is offering its labor at a discount rate.
Washburn School parking ramp
Neighborhood resident Regan Palmer presented on the parking congestion around Washburn. Since minimizing bus service for high school students, parking on city streets has increased tremendously. Washburn’s principal, Rhonda Dean, is interested in informally surveying the neighborhood to gauge interest and support for constructing a parking ramp on the site of the existing main parking lot. Lauren inquired about any recent efforts to flyer/notify residents for a community meeting and Regan reported that a community meeting where a wide radius of residents are notified in advance hasn’t taken place in 18 years. Washburn would prefer not to have the streets around the school become permit parking only as has been down around Southwest High School and has proposed a parking ramp in response. Anticipated ramp concerns around safety and security in and under the ramp, lighting, construction cost per stall, and visual appearance for immediate neighbors were discussed. Board members suggested conducting an informal neighbor survey on parking, congestion as well as working with Councilmember Quincy’s office to engage Public Works in a traffic, parking and speed study as potential solutions. TNA would like to work more closely with Washburn and Regan will reach out to Washburn leadership to hopefully have either the principal or vice principal at a neighborhood meeting.
Spring Fling Event – May 16th
Our wonderful businesses at Nicollet/Grand & 48th are hosting the Spring Fling in honor of the Minneapolis Bike to Local Business day through the Minneapolis Bike Coalition. Outdoor activities will start at 11am at Nicollet & 48th with a parade to 48th & Grand at 12:30 where there will be local music and more activities until 4pm. Trustone Financial plans to donate $250 toward live band, the Thunderheads. The board would like to contribute $500 to fund music at the event, $250 of which would come from Tangletown account and $250 from a local business. A motion to approve this expenditure was made, seconded, and approved by the full Board.
Tangletown 4th of July
Abby, Steve and Ryan met to kick off planning a couple weeks ago. The event format will be very similar to last year with food trucks, live music, and activities.
TNA Partnership opportunities w/ Toppers Pizza
Abby connected with Toppers Pizza about partnering and donating pizzas for future events. She’ll follow up about donating for the Annual Meeting.
• Secretary’s report – Steve made a motion to approve the March 2015 Minutes, which was seconded by Matt and approved.
• Treasurer’s report – Since the end of March, TNA has spent $3,000 on events and the spring newsletter. The TNA accounts and CPP accounts are at $15,617.38 and $21,279.51 respectively. Sandra and Abby are meeting in the next week and Sandra will plan to submit the 2014 annual report to NCR. Abby will follow up with CEE to try and get information
• Arts – Nothing to report.
• Communication – Laura is in the process of scheduling a meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.
• NRP/Business – Mary Jane and Abby met about TNA’s business façade grant program. Abby will follow up key businesses. The TNA board would like to collectively survey the business nodes around the neighborhood. Ryan suggested creating a half sheet for businesses about TNA programs and business façade grants. Lauren also brought up having a resident version. Abby proposed having a business forum in the next couple months – she will put some ideas together and bring them to the board at a future meeting.
• Sustainability – See above report on Green Day recap. Karen will report on the April 30th Solar Garden workshop next month.
Partner and other announcements:
Tom Balcom brought up the Judson Street Festival on Sunday, May 17th from 12pm to 4pm.
Minnehaha Bike Trail Improvement Meeting #2 is coming up at Washburn Library on Thursday, April 23rd.
Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, TNA Secretary
Monday, May 18, 2015
It’s that time of year again… time to join your neighbors and Board Members for an evening of free food, a guest speaker, updates on our neighborhood, and maybe even win a prize!
Our guest speaker will be Russ Henry, co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis. He will present the work of the Homegrown Food Council: How policy changes and community engagement are making it easier to grow, sell, eat, and compost food in Minneapolis.
Board elections are also on the agenda for the evening. Consider joining the board. It’s a small monthly time commitment and we need neighbors like you and fresh ideas to continue making Tangletown the treasure it is.
See you there!
*You may have noticed this meeting coincides nicely with the Grand Opening of Fuller Park’s new playground equipment! Enjoy the ribbon cutting, brief remarks, light snacks and desserts at 5:30.