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August was another busy month for the LNA Graffiti Busters. It seems one or two new taggers have made their appearance in the neighborhood and left many unwanted messages.
The Graffiti Busters are cleaning off or painting over graffiti on garbage bins, city electrical boxes, postal boxes, traffic light poles, wooden poles, and the list goes on and on.
If you see anyone tagging please call 911 and report it. We have supplies, here at the office, you can use to remove graffiti from your property, just contact Norma at 612-824-9402 ext.15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past month Lyndale begun working on the Nicollet Votes project. The goal for this project is to increase voter turnout in the Lyndale, Kingfield, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhoods from 57 percent to 65 percent in this non-presidential election year and to have over a thousand conversations with community members about what is important to them in their neighborhood. The project will do this through voter registration, being present at community events, phone banks, and thirty-two neighborhood doorknocks.
The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized community-based organization in South Minneapolis on the cutting edge of community development. LNA is currently seeking an experienced community leader to serve as LNA’s Community Organizer for the Latino Community.
En la última elección presidencial, 92 porcentajes de votantes registrados en los vecindarios de Lyndale, Kingfield, Whittier y Stevens Square votaron. Esa cantidad de votantes es muy diferente de la cantidad que votaron en la elección de 2010, una elección no-presidencial, cuando solamente 57 porcentaje de votantes registrados en nuestros vecindarios votaron. ¡La diferencia es de casi 7,000 personas!
El problema mayor es la tasa de retención, que es la cantidad de votantes nuevos que sigue votando en la próxima elección. Votantes nuevos en 2008 regresaron a votar con la tasa de 33 porcentajes en nuestros vecindarios. Eso quiere decir que casi todos los votantes nuevos de 2008 no votaron en 2010.
I was fortunate to spend a recent afternoon in conversation with a remarkable woman. Donna L. den Boer currently resides at Redeemer Residence in the Lyndale Neighborhood, but like many octogenarians, she has had adventures far beyond the boundaries of a home for the elderly and of this South Minneapolis neighborhood.
On Sunday, September 14th the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhoods will be welcoming thousands of people to our community as a part of the Nicollet Open Streets event. This is an exciting opportunity to show off the new Nicollet Avenue and all the great things going on in our neighborhoods.
Kingfield and Lyndale have been working with local businesses, nonprofits, and community volunteers for months to plan what we hope becomes our neighborhoods' biggest annual festival. In other areas Open Streets events have drawn people from all over the metro area to see parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul that they’ve never been to before. Those of us who live here, know what we have to offer, but this is our chance to show off how great our neighborhoods are to a much bigger audience.
During the next couple of months there will be three free outdoor concerts at Painter Park. The concerts are a part of the Hosmer World Music Series.
The Hosmer World Music Series is a partnership between the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Hosmer Library, KFAI, and Painter Park. In June the series received a $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) that will fund the series through June of next year.
Over the past six months a group of LNA Board and staff members have been working to improve the neighborhood’s General Membership Meetings. The General Membership Meetings are the neighborhood’s monthly community meetings that usually consist of discussions of neighborhood issues, City of Minneapolis policy issues, conversations with elected officials, and what LNA is working on.
The purpose of the meetings is to make sure there is a place for community members to come together to discuss what’s happening in the neighborhood and that there is a place for them to be involved in their neighborhood’s decision making process.
When talking about growing up in a small town in Western North Dakota, Volunteer Committee member Ann Leitel says, “I was not cool because I didn’t rodeo. I wore jelly shoes and didn’t have a belt buckle associated with barrel roping.” This is one of Ann’s great skills, painting a picture with a few statements; with this one statement I could see Ann in the 80’s rocking her jellies out in ranch country.
The 2014 LNA Bike Patrol, started out very “wet” this year. It seemed like it rained every day in the month of June. Myself and Sgt. James Jensen were able to ride a few nights. I believe I have been a participant in this program since 2001. Every summer, I am fortunate to meet new people in the neighborhood and to reconnect with those I have known for years.
Monday, September 226:30 pm to 8:00 pm
At the September General Membership Meeting we will be having a community discussion and vote on changing the name of General Membership Meetings and hearing from the Seward Co-Op about the new store being built on 38th street.
Friday, September 266:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join us on Friday, September 26th for Lyndale's annual Fall Gala! Featuring a wine tasting and exciting silent and live auction items. Come to have fun and support a good cause at the same time.
2014 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2014.
3009 Nicollet Avenue
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
36th & Lyndale BP
3551 Lyndale Ave S
Zion Lutheran Church
128 W 33rd St
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Crema Cafe - The Home of Sonny's Ice Cream
3401 Lyndale Ave S
317 W Lake St
Prima Land, Inc.
PO Box 188
Redeemer Health & Rehab
625 W 31st St
3255 Lyndale Ave
3149 Nicollet Ave
Lake Wine & Spirits
404 W Lake St
MN Teen Challenge
1619 Portland Ave S
3510 Nicollet Ave S
3043 Nicollet Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave
Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Nicollet Ace Hardware
3805 Nicollet Ave
615 W Lake St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Ave
3019 Lyndale Ave S
4005 Nicollet Ave
3355 Blaisdell Ave S
Become a Sponsor Today!
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