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Bryce and Kelly Pier have been fixtures of the Lyndale neighborhood for over a decade. Their kids have grown up at events like the Fish Fest and La Posada and as a family they have worked hard to help make Lyndale a wonderful place.
Bryce grew up in Coon Rapids and Kelly grew up in La Center, a small town in southern Minnesota. Both moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota and bought a home in Minneapolis’ Near North neighborhood. After living there for about 10 years Bryce received a unique opportunity to work with a start-up based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “After about a year it was obvious that the start-up wasn't going to make it and we realized just how much we missed and loved Minneapolis” Bryce says.
I recently had the opportunity to present to the board of a foundation as a part of their strategic planning process. They asked us to present because they had been impressed by our proposal and wanted to learn more about how we approach our work, about neighborhood organizations, and how neighborhoods change.
When I think about how neighborhoods change, I always start from the premise that great neighborhoods happen because people care about and invest in them, whether it’s their time, energy, money, or ideas there’s a conscious effort to make something better. It can be as small as a single person investing in their home or as large as creating a comprehensive plan for redevelopment in a neighborhood.
There is no denying the excitement and energy of getting thousands of people together for a common cause. On Saturday, May 31st, 13 Lyndalians got on their sneakers, grabbed their water bottles, and put on their “Heart” shirts to walk in the American Heart Association’s 20th Anniversary Heart Walk. Thousands of people flocked to the Target Field before the walk and were able to stroll through the upper concourse to visit sponsor tables, meet mascots, and get health screenings. As the start of the walk drew closer, participants were encouraged to sit with their groups to watch the mascot race. I was rooting for the Tooth Fairy to win, but she was edged out by Petey P. Cup.
Júntese con nosotros el lunes, 23 de junio para la Reunión Anual de Lyndale en el Parque Painter. La Reunión Anual es su oportunidad de escuchar acerca del año pasado y ver que viene el próximo año.
La tarde empezará con un asado proveído por LNA con otras comidas que pedimos que la comunidad aporte. Siguiente habrá una reunión corta en que presentaremos el Premio de Servicio Comunitario, elegiremos siete miembros a la mesa directiva y hasta cinco miembros alternativos, y tendremos una presentación corta acerca de que ha hecho LNA en el año pasado y algo sobre lo que viene el próximo año. La reunión también le dará su oportunidad de mostrar su destreza en hornear con un concurso de postre.
Business Notes are short updates about what’s happening with Lyndale area businesses.
Bull Run Coffee Bar – 3346 Lyndale Avenue
Is thrilled to announce that we are expanding our flagship coffee bar on Lyndale Ave S. After a little over three years in our little hallway on the corner of 34th and Lyndale Ave S, we will be moving next-door into the space formerly occupied by OM Collective.
Over the long winter the LNA Board discussed how to continue to evaluate and improve our General Membership Meetings. In order to better serve our current meeting attendees and community we decided to ask YOU some key questions.
The survey was designed by and for the neighborhood and was distributed in several different ways. We wanted to try to connect with as many neighborhood people as possible, so we shared the survey on the LNA website, Facebook page, and in our E-news. There also was a published version in the Lyndale Neighborhood News and a paper version given at General Membership meetings and during the Lyndale Open House.
Some of the key things we looked at:
Join us on Monday, June 23rd for the Lyndale Annual Meeting at Painter Park. The Annual Meeting is your chance to hear about the past year and see what’s ahead for next year.
The evening will start with a community potluck with LNA providing stuff to grill, followed by a short meeting where we will present the Lyndale Community Service Award, elect seven board members and up to five alternates, and have a short presentation on what LNA has accomplished over the past year and some of what’s ahead for the coming year. The meeting is also your chance to show off your dessert making skills by entering the dessert contest.
Get ready for the first annual Nicollet Open Streets coming this fall to Nicollet Avenue. On Sunday, September 14th you can enjoy our main street by ped or pedal as the Lyndale & Kingfield Neighborhood Associations host, what we hope will be, the first annual Nicollet Open Streets event from 12 - 5 PM between Lake Street and 46th.
One of the oldest ways the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) has connected neighbors and built community is through block clubs. This organizing tool has seen many variations in Lyndale, from Block Clubs Deluxe, where there were block club leaders corresponding to every LNA Committee, to organizing block club leaders to work on safety issues with the 5th precinct.
The Crime & Drug Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th was the same evening as the 5th Precinct Open House and since our monthly meetings are usually at the 5th Precinct, we decided to attend the fun event instead of having a meeting.
This popular annual event enjoyed good attendance despite cold, damp weather. The participating areas of the MPD were well prepared and eager to share information from their demonstration areas. Some selected contingents included:
Monday, July 286:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us at the July General Membership meeting to have a conversation with newly elected Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene, have a community discussion and vote on LNA's new Block Club Plan, and have a discussion about changing the name of General Membership Meeting.
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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