New Residential Energy Program Coming to Tangletown!

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Learn how to reduce your energy use and save money.  Join over 1,700 Minneapolis homeowners that have already participated!  The Tangletown Neighborhood Association is proud to introduce Community Energy Services, a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.

A free educational workshop for Tangletown homeowners will be held at Washburn High School (201 West 49th St.) on:

Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot or for other workshop dates contact:

Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or
By attending the workshop, you are eligible to receive a customized home visit, a $400 energy efficiency package for a co-pay of only $30!  This package includes two energy professionals from the Center for Energy and Environment spending an hour and half with you in your home.  During this time they will perform a blower door test, which measures air leaks, as well as install energy and money saving materials.  Some of these materials may include: compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap and more!
Homeowners are also provided with 12 months of personalized energy tracking. This unique feedback allows you to see how your home uses energy, compares your energy use to like-sized homes and gives you future saving potential.  Participants are also given information on financing, incentives, the federal tax credit and gain access to rebates available only to Community Energy Services.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Note: the location has changed to Washburn High School!

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For those of you that missed this meeting, there’s still a chance to participate by attending an upcoming workshop!

Thursday, November 4th, 6:30 p.m. at Lake Nokomis Community Center (2401 East Minnehaha Parkway)

Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. at Minnehaha Academy South Campus, 4200 West River Parkway

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 128 33rd Street West

Thursday, December 2, 6:20 p.m. at Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 41st Street West


Join the anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. So. There will be events for adults and children, refreshments, and special guests. Hosted by the Friends of the Washburn Library and the Hennepin County Library Foundation, the event is free and open to the public.

Washburn Library opened its doors on September 7, 1970, quickly becoming one of the busiest libraries in the Minneapolis Library system. In 1992 a major expansion was necessary to meet the demands of the southwest community. With the merger of Minneapolis libraries and the Hennepin County Library system, Washburn is bustling more then ever.

The “Friends of the Washburn Library,” as a newly formed organization, is committed to the needs of the library through volunteerism, fund raising, and program support. The anniversary celebration is its first event. The second, a book sale, is scheduled for December 4. For information about the Friends of the Washburn Library, check the website at or email

2010 August 16 Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association

Regular Board Meeting

Monday, August 16, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Fuller Park


Members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President, Tony Proell – Vice-President, Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary, Tjody DeVaal, Carolyn Dungan, Jane Elias, Ryan Fisher, Jeff Gears, April Heers, Lynell Voigt

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:06pm.
  2. The July meeting minutes were approved.
  3. Mary Jane reviewed the CEE Home Energy Audit Program and reminded all Board members to attend the organizational meeting to be held August 24, 6:30 pm, at Mayflower Church (Diamond Lake and Stevens Ave. S.).  This meeting is aimed at leaders and block captains.   Ryan reported that we could not use the Minneapolis Police email list.  Jane suggested that we attempt the National Night out list.  The date of the workshop will be October 19 at 6:30 at Ramsey Elementary School.
  4. The group revisited the issue of hiring a part-time paid staff member.  Tom Balcom would like to step back from NRP coordination, and this person could fill that need.  The money is there to hire a person.  A subcommittee of Lynell, Carolyn, Ryan and Tony formed with the task of developing a job description and process.
  5. Mary Jane reported on the NRP Phase 2 projects.  A subcommittee of Tony, Ryan and Mary Jane met to consider uses of the NRP funds.  Among the ideas mentioned were bike racks, extending the rent-a-bike program to Tangletown, a consultant on composting, rain gardens, rain barrels, solar water heaters, and trees.  A subcommittee of Jeff, Tom, Ryan, April from the Board, and Karen Barton and Kristin Riggs (non-board members) was created to consider uses of the funds and report back to the full Board.
  6. Tjody discussed the Welcome Packet/Business Directory. It is at the printer, and she received preliminary cost information.  The Board suggested that from 3000-4000 directories be produced.  The group discussed lower cost alternatives to mailing the brochure; Tjody will check with the SW Journal to see if we might be able to distribute through their publication.
  7. Mary Jane opened the discussion of the Home Tour. Tjody moved that we skip the Home Tour this year if the two non-Board organizers did not object, and that we evaluate alternatives, such as a garden tour.  Mary Jane seconded.  Many noted the increasing difficulty in recruiting homes for the tour and our interest in pursuing other, related events.  Assuming that the organizers don’t object, Tjody will write an explanation in the newsletter.  The motion passed without dissent.
  8. Tjody reported on the newsletter and recommended a deadline of September 18 to ensure publicity for the CEE project.  This means that the newsletter will be delivered to the post office by October 1. The Board reviewed the stories to be included in the newsletter.
  9. Mary Jane reviewed the Strong Clean Energy petition and the Board decided to take no action on it because it was not directly relevant to the scope of the association.  Mary Jane said that she would filter such petitions in the future and bring forward only those that seemed directly relevant to the Board’s mission.
  10. Mary Jane reported that a letter had been sent to the Kingfield dog park organizers in support of a dog park in Southwest part of the city, which is underserved by such a facility.
  11. Mary Jane noted a recent variance request and said that she will only bring forward future variances that might be of concern the Board.
  12. Mary Davidson was absent so Mary Jane quickly gave a Treasurer’s report.  Bruce reminded the group that the idea of an independent audit was discussed last year.  The Board decided to revisit this idea after we recruited a staff person.
  13. The was no Fuller Park report because Carole was absent.
  14. Jane reported that Jim the mailman still would like a tennis court at Fuller Park.
  15. The meeting adjourned at 8:37 pm.

The Washburn Games

The Washburn Games

Here’s a chance for your kids to…

… earn a $1,000 college grant and win great prizes

… try lots of sports and games in a fun, non-competitive environment

… learn that giving back to others can be a very good time!

The Washburn Games features 15 different sports stations for children ages 5 – 12, including baseball, football, basketball, running, soccer, cricket and more.

To participate in the Washburn Games, children are asked raise donations for Washburn Center for Children, a nonprofit that has provided brighter futures to children in the Twin Cities for 126 years.  Join us in helping children in our community who are struggling with depression, anxiety, loss or trauma.

The Washburn Games

October 3 ~ 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bryn Mawr Meadows, 400 Morgan Avenue South, Minneapolis (at intersection of 394 and Penn Avenue)

The top fundraiser will receive a $1,000 educational grant. All children raising $100 or more will be eligible for prize drawings! Register today at:

2010 July 19 Minutes

Tangletown Neighborhood Association

Regular Board Meeting

Monday, July 19, 2010

7:00 P.M.

Fuller Park


Board members present: Mary Jane Mitchell – President; Tony Proell – Vice-President; Mary Davidson – Treasurer; Bruce Bruemmer – Secretary; Steve Bieringer; Tjody DeVaal; Carolyn Dungan; Jane Elias; Ryan Fisher; Lynell Voigt

1 . The meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Mary Jane Mitchell.

2 . The June meeting minutes were approved.

3 . Mary Jane recapped the 4th of July Parade and Festival.  There was a meeting of the subcommittee which summarizes some of the suggestions for improvement.  The festival just about broke even, and not having all of the food at the top level (because of the threatened rain) did affect sales.

4 . Mary Jane raise the idea of a Taste of Tangletown event.  The group was looking at the Kingfield neighborhood celebration.  The board discussed the idea and many variations.

5 . Tony Proell reported on the CEE Home Energy Audit Program.  We need to get people to attend the information meeting to make this a success.  The informational meeting will likely be held in October.  There will be a meeting August 24th at 6:30pm at Mayflower Church for leaders and planning.  Tony will contact Amy Lavender of the Minneapolice Police to see about contacting block leaders.

6. NRP Phase 2 projects update – Tom Balcom had not arrived yet.  Mary Jane reported that there were funds available from the interest rate buy down program.  This discussion would be taken up by the NRP subcommittee made up of Tom, Ryan, Mary Jane, and 2 other non-board members.

7 . Tjody led the discussion of the Welcome Packet/Business Directory.  She asked people to proof and said that board members to seek out tags lines and listings in the brochure with their respective businesses (same as the 4th of July assignments).  Board members should report back to Tjody ASAP.

8 . Mary Jane discussed the Home Tour scheduled for September 18th.  Though Sarah Cortright is off the board, she said she would help coordinate the tour.  Discussion was laid over to the next meeting.

9 . Tjody noted stories for the newsletter and the timing for the Fall

10. The discussion of the Strong Clean energy petition was passed onto next meting.

11 . The board opened discussion on the support of the Kingfield dog park.  The group was generally in favor of better dog park facilities in Southwest.  Mary Davidson offered to craft a letter.  The Board unanimously passed a resolution that we thought the Kingfield proposal was a great idea.

12 . Mary Jane noted that Carrie McCade had advocated the establishment of a Facebook page for Tangletown.  This has been set up and Board members were encouraged to refer to it.

13. Tom Balcom and Bruce reported on the past Lyndale Avenue Bridge update meeting at Burroughs School. Lyndale Ave. south of the creek will be completely closed next summer with roadwork extending down to 58th Street (see for more details).  Input is still being taken on the Bridge design, with various option for the look of the bridge facade.  Bruce reported some concerns over the Park Boards plans to connect the bike path with the new path under the bridge.

14 . Mary Davidson passed out information about the current budget.

15 .Carole Anderson reported on Fuller Park  and urged board members to look at to see all of the activities.

16 . Jane Tjody were forming a committee of the arts.  Tom called attention to the Citizens for Minnehaha Creek Art Exhibit, October 22-23 at Burroughs School.  He will also be conducting a historical walking tour on August 4th.

17 . The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 pm.
Next Meeting: Monday, August 16

Meals on Wheels Delivers

South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels (SMMOW) is a nonprofit program that delivers a nutritious noontime meal, Monday through Friday, to eligible clients. The Tangletown Neighborhood is one of the neighborhoods served by SMMOW. Patrons generally have difficulty with meal preparation because of illness or limited mobility.

Meals consist of a hot entrée (meat or fish, potato or pasta, vegetable), salad, dessert (usually fruit), bread, and milk. They can be prepared to meet a client’s dietary needs, such as diabetic or low salt. The cost is $4.75 per meal.

SMMOW has existed since 1973 and is supported by over 20 local churches. Drivers are volunteers from member churches.

Meals on Wheels is more than a food-delivery program. It also serves as a safety check for clients. Drivers alert the program coordinator if a client cannot be accounted for or if a client seems to be experiencing any difficulty. In some instances, emergency personnel may be called.

For some clients, the Meals on Wheels driver is the only personal contact they have during the day. Don S., for example, an elderly widower, waits by the door for the driver to arrive and is always eager to chat.

If you, a family member, or a neighbor would benefit from this program, please call SMMOW’s coordinator, Pat Bolstad, at 721-5487.