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Tangletown Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 19347, Minneapolis MN 55419

Voice mail: (612) 321-8621
Tangletown is a neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis. The neighborhood was officially known as Fuller until 1996 when it was changed to the present name, which reflects the winding streets in the neighborhood that do not conform to the regular street grid of South Minneapolis. The neighborhood boundaries are 46th Street to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, Diamond Lake Road to the south, and Lyndale Avenue South to the west.

Tangletown Garage Sale map now available

Tangletown’s annual garage sales will be happening May 2 and 3, 2014. See the linked map below for participating neighbors. Happy shopping!

2014 TNA Garage Sale Map

Friends of Washburn Library Spring Book Sale

Shop at the Washburn Library Spring Book Sale the weekend of Friday, May 2nd, 11 – 4 pm, Saturday, May 3rd, 1– 4 pm. This is a perfect time to gather up your summer reading! Washburn Library is located at 5244 Lyndale Ave. So. Minneapolis

A $5 bag sale begins at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon. Friends of Hennepin County Library are invited to a preview sale on Thursday, May 1st from 5 – 7 p.m. Memberships are available at the door.

Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks and children’s books are only 50 cents each. Support your favorite library…Washburn

Register your Tangletown garage sale today!

Tangletown’s annual garage sale will be happening the first weekend on May, 2014. A great chance to make room for spring and pick up some hidden gems. Please see the link below to download the host reservation form today! Entries are due April 19! Contact for more information.

2014 TNA Garage Sale Registration Form

Notice of funding shift, to support Fuller Park shade structures

Tangletown Neighborhood Association plans to provide funding support to allow shade structures to be added to Fuller Park’s pool area. To make this successful, funding must be reallocated within Tangletown’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding source; a shift which requires public notice prior to board approval. This funding shift will be formally decided upon at Tangletown’s April 21, 2014 board meeting. See below for details on the reallocation, and contact for more information.

Reallocate NRP Phase II funds:

Housing – Strategy A.1.5.1 – Housing Coordinator ($5,000)
Crime and Safety – Strategy E.1.1.2 – Crime and Safety Coordinator ($10,000)

Parks and Public Spaces – Strategy C.1.1.1 – Fuller Park Improvements ($15,000)

This modification will redirect currently underutilized funds to a higher neighborhood priority – adding shade structures at Fuller Park.

Tangletown Green Day is Saturday, April 12, 11-2, at Fuller Park

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s newly formed Sustainability Committee is hosting its first annual Green Day on Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature information tables, presentations, demonstrations, drawings, games, prizes, children’s activities, and delicious refreshments (pizza and lemonade!). Come learn more about various topics such as solar energy, home energy improvements, rain gardens, rain barrels, caring for Minnehaha Creek water quality, backyard composting and drop off organics recycling, tree care, fertilizer & pesticide use, organic gardening, and biking safety. This will be a great hands-on event for families wanting to learn more about sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Worms, fish, dirt, garbage – what more could you want?!! For more information or to volunteer to help, email or call 612-824-8296.

2014 March 17 Tangletown Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, March 17, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny, Andrea Siegel, Eric David

Board members absent: Sandra Bartsias, Carolyn Dungan, Jeff Gears, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell

Also present: Carole Anderson (Minneapolis Park & Rec Board – Fuller Park Manager), Mary Steinbach (Minneapolis Park & Rec Board – Service Area Manager)

Called to order: 7:05pm

Carole introduced Mary Steinbach, our neighborhood’s new Service Area Manager. Mary gave a quick overview of her role at the Park Board.

Organics update:
Lauren gave an update on the new organics recycling program – the City hasn’t confirmed whether there will be a second drop-off location in southwest Minneapolis but is going forward with its plans to start drop-off services at Pearl Park just after Earth Day. Residents will be able to sign up for the new program at the Green Day event and Annual Meeting. A $500 request to provide free compostable bags to residents who attend an event and sign up for the new program was approved by the board.

Green Day – Sustainability Committee:
Green Day is Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. The event will include three to four workshops, treats, great door prizes, and many info tables and interactive demos from local environmental organizations and governmental entities. The Committee would like to request $500 to fund door prizes, refreshments, printed flyers, and a Southwest Journal insert to promote the event. The board voted to approve this request. Dylan requested flyers to distribute to 54th & Nicollet businesses and Carole is happy to lend us the rec center’s microphone system and podium.

Fuller Park playground and pool shade structures update:
Carole gave a brief overview of the design process for Fuller’s playground structures. Park Board staff members have surveyed Rec Plus students about their preferences for the new playground in addition to feedback gathered through online surveys and the first community meeting held on Tuesday, February 18th. Upcoming project meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 18th and Tuesday, April 8th, both at 6pm at Fuller Recreation Center.

Ryan gave an overview of the proposed reallocation of NRP Phase II funds, which includes putting $5,000 originally allocated for a Housing Coordinator and $10,000 allocated for a Crime & Safety Coordinator toward the pool shade structures. TNA has not utilized these staffing funds in the past and does not see a need in the future. The process to approve the reallocation involves posting the proposed shift on TNA’s website for 20 days with projected approval at the April 2014 board meeting. Steve gave a brief history of the project for the board and clarified that the current proposal is to place the structures outside the pool deck area, which should mean that they require minimal tree trimming and are not impacted by the pool’s redesign in the next few years. Ryan answered a question about the project timeline – once the funds are under contract, the timeline for spending is approximately 18 months.

Garage Sale
Steve updated the board on planning for this year’s garage sale. The sale dates are Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd – the deadline to register is Saturday, April 19th. The Salvation Army will do a Monday pick-up for interested neighbors and Fuller Park Recreation Center is happy to have signs available for participants to pick up again this year.

Spring Newsletter
Articles are due tonight to Tjody – currently the list includes the Garage Sale, Annual Meeting, 4th of July, organics, Green Day, Bike Racks, Minnehaha Creek Bike Path, a local business feature, and an update on nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood. The final proof needs to go to the printer by the end of this week to ensure enough time for residents to sign up for the garage sale. The newsletter typically goes out each spring and fall and archived copies are available on TNA’s website. Ryan and Sandra are working to finalize a contract with Tjody for her work on the newsletter and other TNA communication materials.

Annual Meeting
Andrea has taken the lead on planning the event (thanks, Andrea!). The format should be very similar to last year’s event and since there is so much happening with organics, the Sustainability Committee would like to see some time devoted to the new drop-off program. The board brainstormed additional speakers and/or topics including an update on the Fuller Park playground redesign and pool shade structures. Andrea will plan to bring a budget for a postcard mailing, prizes, and refreshments to the April meeting. Board members are encouraged to think about recruitment strategies for volunteers and new board members. Lauren and Eric brought up ideas for a redesigned volunteer recruitment article in the spring newsletter that would include information on some of the specific new opportunities for neighbors.

Email Voting for TNA – tabled until next month

Mural project update and discussion
Ryan gave the board an overview on the history of the grant project, which was created to fund three mural projects. Each project was to involve a local artist working with a local business and students to design and implement a public mural on that business’s façade. TNA originally set aside $6,000 ($2,000/mural) to fund the projects. Questions have been raised around process, geographic requirements, fulfilling contract requirements, and landlords not supporting businesses who want murals. $3,000 of the original $6,000 has been spent. The board discussed next steps and would like to refer back to the original contract and potentially allocate part or all of the unused funds to another arts project.

Business façade
Funds have been awarded and Sandra is working on the reimbursements. The board is looking into approving more funds for an additional round of grants.

Secretary’s report
February minutes were approved with no edits

Treasurer’s report – no report

Other committees
Steve requested that we list names and initials after each committee and project on the board agenda. Andrea proposed an education/schools committee. Ryan and Eric have both contacted Eco Education to follow up on TNA’s $1,000 grant toward the Washburn Urban Farm. The check was cashed before Eco Education laid off its staff and ceased operations, and they will continue to try to follow up.

Bike racks & upcoming Bike Week
The new bike racks are ready to go and will be installed as soon as the snow melts. Charlie gave the board an update on the Minneapolis Bike Coalition’s May 5th – May 10th Bike Week. They’re trying to reach out to Washburn High School to plan a Wednesday, May 7th Bike to School event in addition to Washburn’s existing bike event for students with disabilities on that date. The Minneapolis Bike Coalition is also planning a block party at 48th & Grand Ave on Saturday, May 10th as part of the week’s events. Charlie will continue to coordinate with them and will write an article for the spring newsletter to promote the events.

Neighborhood Connections Conference
The Conference is coming up on Saturday, March 22nd. Registration is free and board members are encouraged to attend.

Fuller Park announcements
Carole gave an update on the rec center – registration for summer programs opens in April. Carole is also retiring next week! Congratulations, Carole on a wonderful career – you will be missed by our organization and neighborhood! There will be an interim manager until a new manager is hired in the next few months.

Adjourned: 8:28pm

Minutes submitted by Lauren Anderson, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

2014 February 17 Tangletown Board Minutes

2014 February 17 TNA Board Meeting Minutes
BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, February 17, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park
1. Call to Order
2. Organic composting drop-off site update – Lauren Anderson. We had a surprise from Hennepin County who said that if the city is not going to expand HERC, then the city must reduce waste. Our position right now is to wait and see what the city decides. Pearl Park is a “go” as a drop-off site. Others are still being evaluated. We may need to provide volunteers to work at the drop-off sites.

Green Day is Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. Many activities and presentations are scheduled.

3. Playground and pool shades. TNA has committed $15,000 to pool shades. We need to decide from where we want to take these funds. Ryan will ask Jack for recommendation. We will post that recommendation on our website 21 days prior to our March 17 meeting. We’re not sure when these will go in yet – depends on scheduling of park remodel.

The first of the playground planning meetings is tomorrow (2/18) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fuller Park. There is a project website where people can comment. Subsequent meetings are March 18 and sometime in mid-April.

4. Garage Sale Steve Bieringer and Eric David will head this up this year. It was decided to stay with the first weekend in May this year, despite requests to move it to later.

5. Newsletter Deadline for articles is Monday, March 17 (the day of our next meeting). Suggested articles: garage sale, Green Day, new businesses, history from Tom Balcom, organic recycling, bike racks, new restaurant, playground, 4th of July, annual meeting

6. Annual Meeting Andrea Siegel and Jane Elias will coordinate this event.

7. Electronic Voting Ryan will put this issue on the website. Suggestions were that it be limited to non-controversial issues and that any voting must be unanimous to be valid. We’ll look at the by-laws to determine what a quorum is for our board.

8. Building Façade Grant Program Sandra and Mary Jane will contact Rebecca Parrell about adding $10,000 to the existing contract.

9. Mural Program. There was continued discussion about finding a business who would like to have a mural.

10. WHS Urban Farm We need to find out the status of the $1,000 that we donated last year to this project.

11. Movement to change 70/30 rule governing liquor sales in Mpls restaurants Matt Perry discussed the history of this rule and two others which may be removed from the city’s charter and put into an ordinance. He passed around a petition to this effect.

12. Adjournment.
Mary Jane Mitchell, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

Fuller Park playground improvements planning

Tangletown Neighborhood Association and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation invite area neighbors to participate in a planning process to replace the playground equipment at Fuller. MRPB has @$125,000 to replace the play equipment installed in 1994.

For more information, review the flyer below. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday February 18, Tuesday March 18, and Tuesday April 8.

Additionally, review the press release and project website, where you can complete a survey to determine project priorities.

Fuller Park Postcard

2014 January 20 Tangletown Board Meeting Minutes

2014 January 20 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 20, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny

Board members absent: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Carolyn Dungan, Jeff Gears, Andrea Siegel, Eric David

Also present: John Quincy (City Council Member), Dan Jurek (resident)

Call to Order 7:15
Water Tower partnership with neighbors – Tangletown resident Dan Jurek spoke on this proposal. He is seeking permission to raise funds to improve the landscape around the water tower. He estimates that $7,000 to $10,000 is needed. There are two possible plans from Tangletown Gardens which would upgrade the irrigation system and add improvements that are low maintenance. Dan has been in talks with an art curator who would be interested in helping to organize an art tour, which would include the water tower. Dan suggested that fund raising would be easier if he could set up a 501(3)(c) and apply for grants. We will look into determining what funds we may have already designated for this site. Tabled.
Bike rack project – Charlie reported that the bike racks are done! Just waiting for warm weather now to install them.
Organic composting update – Lauren Anderson. Great turnout in December, despite the heavy snow. A committee is looking at potential drop-off sites – Pearl, Armatage and Powderhorn Parks are among the list of sites. Other locations include Washburn HS or Ramsey Jr. HS, local businesses, churches. CCM Quincy suggested the community garden site at 62nd and Nicollet. Tabled.
Discussion of electronic voting. Sandra read to us from notes from Jack Whitehurst and Bob Cooper on the concerns. How much public notice do we need to give in order to amend our by-laws? Bob Cooper said that other neighborhoods do allow some decisions to be made electronically – however, the decisions must be unanimous. We will look into what issues we would want to approve electronically. Tabled.
Spring newsletter. It was suggested that we all contribute to a list of items for the next newsletter. One would be a notice of intent to change the by-laws. We should provide optional newsletter subscriptions in the newsletter.
Fundraising. Question: Do we have a means for residents to donate online such as RAZOO?
Other Committee Reports
Arts: Utility box wraps and murals. Jane Elias reported that $6000 was allocated and $3,000 spent on the murals. There has not been as much interest from businesses in having a mural as we had expected. Could we move the remaining $3000 allocated for the murals to the utility box wraps? Since we have a mural that is going unused, any ideas of a place to use it or donate it?

Business Façade: Waiting on completion certificate from Hector Ruiz.

Sustainability: Green Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park. Details to come.

Other: Birdie suggested that we look into a change in meeting format to allow for committees to meet the same night or on alternating months as the full board. Tabled.
Announcements: Steve Bieringer has a new baby.
Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Mary Jane Mitchell, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary

13th Annual Lake Harriet Winter KiteFest January 18

The 13th Annual Lake Harriet Winter KiteFest is scheduled for Jan. 18 from noon to 4 pm. The event takes place on Lake Harriet between the Pavilion and the Lake.

This free event is family friendly and includes kid’s ice fishing, horse and wagon rides, snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting and of course kite flying. You can bring your own kite or purchase one onsite.

In case of extreme weather or poor ice conditions, the event will be re-scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014. Updates as a result of extreme weather or poor ice conditions will be posted Friday afternoon on

The MPRB parking lots are also free that day!