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Planning has started for one of Lyndale's most exciting community events. Community members met at the end of October to start planning this year’s La Posada celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, December 13th from 4-7:30 at Lyndale School (312 W 34th St).
The roots of La Posada come from a traditional Christmas celebration in Mexico, where community members act out Mary and Joseph’s visit to Bethlehem. The event in Lyndale focuses on the cultural aspects of the event and has become a neighborhood tradition. It's also a great way to learn about some of the cultural traditions of Lyndale community members.
Tuesday evening, October 14th six people from the Crime & Safety Committee had an opportunity to participate in a tour of the Minneapolis Police Department Strategic Information Center. Intelligence Analyst Amy Lavender gave a tour of the building and showed us many functions of the Strategic Information Center (SIC). There were some things that we wanted to see and hear that Amy said were confidential and she was not allowed to talk about or show us.
This facility came to be, after the collapse of the 35W bridge, when it was realized that Minneapolis needed a “command center”. This is where information is collected and kept to track activity throughout Minneapolis and Minnesota.
On any given day Pastor Meta Carlson’s roles can include teacher, administrator, bouncer, landlord, chaplain, and preacher. Although the role she takes most to heart is “being present, being a spiritual presence and listening to people’s stories, making sure people feel heard.” As the Pastor for Zion Lutheran Church in Lyndale for the past three years, Meta has been an inspiration to the congregation. “She’s involved in lots of things, she is very open, and is bringing in new blood into the church,” says a long time Zion church member.
Each fall LNA creates a budget to help guide the organization’s finances during the next year. The budget is one way the organization sets its priorities for the year. The primary challenge for this budget is how does LNA maintain our organizational capacity, especially around staffing, as the organization gets closer to exhausting the amount of NRP funding we have available for general operations.
It was an eventful election in Minnesota with Mark Dayton and Al Franken winning reelection as Minnesota’s Governor and U.S. Senator along with the Minnesota House of Representatives switching from DFL to Republican control.
Here in Minneapolis Rebecca Gagnon and Don Samuels were elected to the school board, Marion Greene was reelected as the neighborhood’s Hennepin County Commissioner, Susan Allen was reelected as our State Representative, and Rich Stanek was reelected as the Hennepin County Sheriff.
There were two initiatives on the ballot that passed, one to change the filing fees for candidates for municipal elections the other to move some rules related to regulating the sale of wine and beer from the City Charter to be regulated by City Ordinance.
We’re extending a special invitation to you and your whole family to come to an important event in Painter Park (620 W 34th St). Painter Park is located on Lyndale Avenue, between 33rd and 34th street.
The event will happen on Saturday, the 22nd of November from 11am to 2pm. It is a forum in order to hear your ideas for the park. We have a lot of questions for you aroud what programs and activities you and your family would you like to see at the park?
University of Minnesota senior Nate Elder is taking his education serious and “putting his money where his mouth is” by interning with LNA this semester. Through the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) program which focuses on education for social justice, Nate has been working on the Nicollet Votes Campaign and doorknocking in each of the four participating neighborhoods.
The main topic of our meeting was the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), aka Granny Flats, proposal currently being developed by the City. The City of Minneapolis is considering amending the zoning code to allow for ADU.
The different types of ADU’s being considered are detached, attached, and interior with separate entry. Those at the meeting felt this would be a positive step, but wanted to learn more. And agreed that having a City Planner present information at the October Lyndale Neighborhood Meeting would be a way of informing the neighborhood and also a chance to get questions answered. Some comments made:
The Lyndale Neighborhood Association has a lot to celebrate this year. From holding our fourth year of the Women’s Leadership Program to hosting Nicollet Open Streets, an event that brought over 9,500 people to our neighborhood, all of the success we have had is because of you! LNA is grateful for its donors, volunteers, and supporters because without you, we would not be able to do the important community building work we do!
Present Moment, a gem in the Lyndale neighborhood, is one of the largest bulk herb and homeopathic remedy retailers in the United States. Robert Gallagher has owned Present Moment for more than 30 years. I recently got to chat with Robert and his daughter Selena a bit more about the business.
Robert said, "I started the store to bring a complete system of healing together in one place.” "Homeo" is the latin word for similar and "Pathy" for suffering. Similar suffering. For healing there are more than 2,000 remedies, homeopathy is my passion. Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 based on like cures, for example a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people.
2015 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2015.
36th and Lyndale BP
3551 Lyndale Ave S
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
Zion Lutheran Church
128 W 33rd St
Redeemer Health & Rehab
625 W 31st St
3255 Lyndale Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave
Nicollet Ace Hardware
3805 Nicollet Ave
4005 Nicollet Ave
3355 Blaisdell Ave S
Lake Wine & Spirits
404 W Lake St
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
3019 Lyndale Ave S
5318 Lyndale Ave S
Schatzlein Saddle Shop
413 W Lake St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Ave
3255 Lyndale Ave S
5462 Nicollet Ave S
Become a Sponsor Today!
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