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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.
The first agenda item was a discussion regarding the increase in administration fees that the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE) is asking for administration of the loan programs. CEE send a letter to the 42 neighborhoods it services in June telling them there would be an annual $5,000 flat fee to service their loan contracts. The fee is per contract, LNA currently has two contracts with them, and the $5,000 fee is the same regardless of how many loans a neighborhood closes.
The Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s ESL Program serves English Language Students in Lyndale and the surrounding neighborhoods. The purpose of the program is to provide high-quality English instruction and to help students become more connected to their community.
ESL Teachers are responsible for leading one of Lyndale’s ESL classes. LNA currently offers a variety of ESL classes each week. Classes are held in off-site locations in the Lyndale neighborhood. LNA is currently looking for a teacher for one of our evenings classes that meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
This is a 15 hour a week position that includes a half-hour of prep time for every hour of class time.
On July 8, in lieu of a Crime and Drug Committee Meeting, we had a working walk. There was an eclectic group of six walkers who met at Painter Park. During the walk, one by one walkers broke away so there ended up not being a gathering at Crema Café as had been planned, but it was a fun walk on a beautiful night.
Participants were lucky to have long-time Lyndale resident Jo Gibson along, as she had prepared several Lyndale success stories which she wanted to share and to whose locations she took us and told their stories. She also had some suggestions for “theme walks”.
The meeting was Tuesday, July 8th at the Lyndale Community Center and Kellie Kish, City of Minneapolis Recycling Coordinator, had a power-point showing an enormous amount of information about recycling. The main focus was on commercial recycling and the changes to the Environmental Acceptable Packaging Ordinance. Who is affected by this? All people, businesses, events, or individuals who serve or give away food prepared for immediate consumption. This includes all restaurants, grocery store hot-cases, mobile and temporary food vendors (food trucks and other event vendors).
Have you ever seen a lawn that has been 'scalped' in the middle of summer? Not a pretty sight!
Research has proven that grass that is maintained at a taller height actually grows deeper roots than grass that is mowed short. When moisture is scarce, deeper roots will keep the grass healthier than shallow ones. And, when you mow too low you see more narrow stems, it can take many days before the lawn looks good again.
If you come back from vacation and the grass is way too tall, mow it in stages. Take off 1 1/2 inches the first time and in a couple of days, mow again. Taking off 3-4 inches all at once is really tough on grass.
In the last presidential election, 92 percent of registered voters in Lyndale, Kingfield, Whittier and Stevens Square neighborhoods voted. Such turnout is vastly different from the turnout of the election of 2010, a non-presidential election, when only 57 percent of registered voters in our neighborhoods voted. This is a difference of nearly 7,000 voters!
The biggest problem is the retention rate, which is how many first-time voters in one election vote in the next. New voters in 2008 returned to the polls at a rate of 33 percent in our neighborhoods. That means most new voters in 2008 didn’t vote in 2010.
Cris and Terry, this summer's Graffiti Buster team have worked seventeen days so far during June and July removing graffiti.
They have cleaned or painted approximately 300 sites. It seems like they never get caught up, one day they clean a site up and a day or two later it's tagged again.
A regular shift for them is go out in the morning and after two or three hours out working in the neighborhood they come back into the office and record all the addresses and items that were tagged and cleaned up. Then they get everything recorded including loading photos, so we can keep track of which areas are getting tagged the most and if there is a pattern of the person doing the tagging.
Business Notes are short updates about what’s happening with Lyndale area businesses.
Jungle Theater – 2951 Lyndale Avenue
The Mystery of Irma Vep – August 29th - October 19th. Don’t miss this farcical thriller and gender-bending tour-de-force!
Lyndale Community Center – 3537 Nicollet Avenue
A display of art by a very special group of young adults who are motivated by the continued presence of outstanding art in their community. Stop by and enjoy the unique pieces on display.
Monday, October 276:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us at the October Lyndale Neighborhood Meeting to hear from the Hennepin County Sheriff candidates and to learn about the proposed changes to allow "Granny Flats" in Minneapolis.
Wednesday, November 56:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Housing, Planning & Development Committee Meeting is Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Lyndale Community Center.
Tuesday, November 1112:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association meets to discuss different Business issues in the neighborhood.
Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association meeting is Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from noon to 1:00pm
Tuesday, November 116:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Crime & Safety Committee Meeting is Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the 5th Police Precinct (3101 Nicollet Ave). 6:30 to 8:00pm
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!