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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.
This month we take a look at LNA’s Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association (LNBA).
Focus: Bring businesses together in ways that build connections and to help strengthen each business.
What they do: The LNBA meets once a month at various locations. They host a different informational speaker each month, thus presenting valuable information which can be put to use within their own business.
Some recent topics of information:
You may have noticed that the winter was not kind to some of the new, greener features of Nicollet Avenue. This spring there were a number of trees that didn’t make it through their first winter and there were lots of patches of dead grass.
According to the Park Board they are still working on their spring tree planting, but as soon as that is done, they will be out to inspect the trees along Nicollet. They will removing any dead or broken trees and planting new trees this fall.
There’s a tension in neighborhood work that can make what we do as an organization challenging. Everyone who lives and works in the neighborhood has an opinion about what we should do and how we should do – at least you hope so, because you know your in trouble when the people who live in your community don’t care about what happens to it. Yet our ability to shape the neighborhood is directly connected to the time and energy community members are willing to invest into the neighborhood.
At one the best attended Annual Meetings in years, community members came together to celebrate the neighborhood and elected eight new board members to the Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s (LNA) Board of Directors.
The evening started off with a community potluck with LNA providing hot dogs, burgers, and sides to get everything started. This year LNA Board Member Robert Dahlstrom provided a taste of the State Fair by making fresh cheese curds and French fries.
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.
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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