This school year, Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been mentoring Southwest High School students, thanks to a partnership between the orchestra and the Southwest Foundation. According to Southwest Foundation Executive Director Anna Stier, the foundation proposed a partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra, so students could benefit from the expertise of professional musicians and be further inspired to pursue their love of music.

The partnership is part of the Orchestra Hall Plus (OH+) program, through which the Orchestra partners with organizations and individuals to deepen its connections to the community. As part of the OH+ program, Southwest students had an opportunity to perform in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, March 2.

Reid Wixson, Director of Instrumental Music at Southwest High School, is thrilled about the partnership. “Bringing students to perform at Orchestra Hall is a wonderful opportunity, and having musicians from the Orchestra come to work with our students has been spectacular,” Wixson said.

Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Lake Harriet near the Bandshell

Art Shanty Projects on Lake Harriet in January 2018

This year, Art Shanty Projects will be joining the Kite Festival on Lake Harriet for a fundraiser and community celebration featuring all-day art shanty performances, activities and art!

Last winter, Art Shanty Projects made its Minneapolis debut on Lake Harriet. The frozen art festival, featuring 22 artist-designed shanties and dozens of live performances, attracted more than 40,000 visitors to Lake Harriet.

Due to budget shortfalls, the Art Shanty Projects decided that it was not able to provide an on-ice program this winter, but intends to return to Lake Harriet in 2020.

To help make that happen, Art Shanty Projects invites you to stick around for a twilight after-party in a heated tent! Partake in bingo, raffles, s’mores and more – all to support the organization and next year’s event.

Partners currently include Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, Peace Coffee, and Pat’s Tap. Art Shanty Projects is coming out of hibernation this winter for just one day to celebrate the spirit of ASP and its return to Lake Harriet in 2020! Hope to see you there!

To read more about Art Shanty Projects or to donate, please visit: artshantyprojects.org

Linea Palmisano, City Council Member – Ward 13

On Friday, December 7, Minneapolis City Council passed the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan by a vote of 12-1. Minneapolis 2040 is a plan that shapes how the city will grow and change, covering topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. Ward 13 City Council Member Linea Palmisano was the lone dissenting vote. In an email to constituents, Palmisano wrote:

“I could not, in good conscience, support a plan that asks for community input, but that also went to such lengths to ignore and discredit that same input. This is
unfortunate too because this plan has amazing goals. I still support those goals and I support many pieces of this plan but I could not vote for it.”

To read more about her vote and the amendments she supported, please read CM Palmisano’s letter to the public.

You can also read more about the 2040 vote in the Southwest Journal and the Star Tribune

At the end of September, the city released a second draft of its comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.

LHiNC and Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano planned a community meeting on October 24 to discuss the revised version with residents. More than 100 Linden Hills residents attended. As part of the public meeting, LHiNC created a simple survey asking residents if they supported the plan, and if not, why.

Based on these comments and the Board’s independent review of the revised 2040 plan, the Linden Hills Council drafted a letter to Council Member Palmisano outlining the concerns of neighborhood residents.

Read LHiNC’s Response to the revised draft of Minneapolis 2040.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council is in the midst of a website overhaul. As part of the process, we are developing a new tagline, and we are hoping you can help us.

LHiNC wants to know why you – a Linden Hills resident – treasure this neighborhood. It could be the people, the restaurants, the parks, the lake. It could be all of them combined!

We ask that all submissions be 140 characters or less. We plan to use the input to not only develop a tagline, but with your permission, also use your quotes throughout the site and in our materials. That is why we ask for your name and email, but it is not required.

Thank you in advance for your help and input!

On October 24, Council Member Linea Palmisano held a discussion with concerned residents at the Linden Hills Park Building about the latest draft of the Minneapolis 2040 plan. More than 100 people attended the event to ask questions and voice their concerns and ideas about the plan.

Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in late September and can be viewed at www.minneapolis2040.com.

At the meeting, organized by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, people were asked to fill out a ballot, indicating their level of support for the plan and outlining their greatest concerns about the plan.

According to the ballots, 69% of those attending said they did not support the plan, 30% said they have concerns that need to be addressed before supporting the plan, and 4% said they support the plan. The most common concerns listed included: re-zoning for triplexes, parking issues, public transportation, and environmental impact. The ballot results have been shared with the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and Council Member Linea Palmisano to inform recommendations to the city.

Per an email sent out this month, Council Member Palmisano wrote, “Since the second draft came out, I have been meeting regularly with individuals who can directly impact this process going forward. I have been advocating for incremental amendments to this plan that I believe are good for the city as a whole. I will not stop offering specific ideas and recommendations for improvement, and I will continue to seek outside review and advice.”

The last public hearing for Minneapolis 2040 was held on November 14th. The next steps in the process are two Committee of the Whole meetings on November 26th at 10 a.m. and December 5th at 1:30 p.m., when Council members can propose changes to the plan. City Council’s final vote on the plan will be on December 7th at 9:30 a.m. All of these meetings are open to the public but are NOT public hearings.

To share your ideas and concerns with CM Palmisano, you can email her at Linea.Palmisano@minneapolismn.gov.

Her office also encourages you to send comments to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov, which is how constituent feedback will be entered into the public record for this phase of the process.

On October 2, more than 175 people came out to support the third annual Taste of Linden Hills hosted by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) and Rose Street Patisserie. The event raised more than $8000 for LHiNC’s grants program that supports projects and organizations that make Linden Hills a better place to live and work.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event! A special thanks goes out to the eleven Linden Hills restaurants/businesses that generously donated their time and the delicious tastes that make the event so special :

Clancey’s
Coffee & Tea, Ltd.
Great Harvest
Harriet Brasserie
Martina
Naviya’s
Old Southern BBQ
Rose Street Patisserie
Tilia
Wedge & Linden Hills Co-ops
Zumbro

The event would also not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Bremer, Mint Orthodontics, Southwest Foundation, Fulton Brewery, Libation Project, House of Music, Linden Hills Dentistry, Sunnyside Gardens, AllEnergy Solar, Jeff Meyer Insurance Agency, Linden Hills Farmers Market, Ed Bell – Coldwell Banker Burnet and New Gild Jewelers.

Here are some photos from the Taste of Linden Hills 2018 provided by the talented Lynsey Tjaden of Lynsey Tjaden Photography, who generously donated her time and talents, as well.

Fall Fest & LHiNC Elections will be held on Tuesday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Linden Hills Park Building – 3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis.

Spend an evening with neighbors and celebrate fall at the park. Enjoy toasty bonfires with s’mores, games for the kids, a bouncy house, and free cocoa and cookies.

While you’re there, please stop into the park building to cast a ballot for board candidates for the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council. Learn about current LHiNC activities, meet board members, and enjoy free cocoa, coffee, and cookies. Also, awards for 2018 Linden Hills Treasures will be presented at 6:45 p.m.

If you cannot attend the elections, but would still like to vote, please download an absentee ballot and return to the park building before 5pm on October 9.

2018 LHiNC Board Candidates

Adam Beck

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

My family resides in Linden Hills. We chose to live here because of the strong sense of community, vitality, schools and density of businesses and year-round activities. I have a background in Communications and Art/Design and have been working in commercial film production for over 25 years. My interests include the designed environment including landscape, architecture, environmental issues, film and outdoor sports. I am interested in making our community the best it can be.

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:

“Balancing commercial development with public and green space. Maintaining the spirit of Linden Hills alongside progress. Working with committee members to find sustainability opportunities.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

My applicable skills lean toward the built environment and human interaction with it. I am a quick study of designed space, and have a general understanding of building techniques found in the different trades. Typical activities in my work include set and interior design, sourcing, small project/team management.

 

Jane Elias

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate.

In 2007 I founded Simply Jane/ArtAble and continue to serve as the creative director. (The studio provides arts programming for people with disabilities as well as employ people with disabilities.) Active Member of Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) 30 years of Community Art/Activism, creating murals and art with others in Alaska, St. Paul and Minneapolis as well as Community Art Gardens in Powderhorn and North Minneapolis Hawthorne Neighborhoods. 7 years serving on the Tangletown Neighborhood Association Board and Community Arts Committee. 20 years of Block Leadership in Powderhorn, Hawthorne, Tangeltown and Linden Hills. Active with Amicus through Volunteers of America. (monthly visits to a prisoner for past 2 years at MCF-Shakoppee) Active member of Linden Hills UCC and serve on the Progressive Renewal and Sustainability Committees. I love to read and meet monthly with my book club of 16 years.

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:
My family moved to Linden Hills 16 years ago when our children were 2 and 4 in to a 1907 farm house. Over the years we have renovated and landscaped to restore it to it’s glory. Our children attended Lake Harriet and SW High School. I am concerned that perfectly sound houses are being torn down and huge homes being build to cover every square inch of the lot. I am concerned about the 2040 plan that proposes to create affordable housing where as developers will most likely snatch up the older homes and sell them as expensive multi unit condos in their place. We love Linden Hills! The LHiNC and the Business Association have done a beautiful job of creating community and promoting progressive ideals.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

As an artist, I think creatively. I have many years experience with fundraising and silent auctions. I am a networker and have many connections in the community.

 

Tom Harlan

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate.

I am currently a Board member finishing my first 2-year term and am seeking re-election for a second 2-year term. During the entire time that I have been on the Board, I have served as an officer. For the first year, I was the Secretary and during the second year (and currently) I am the Treasurer.

I chose to run for the Board in the first instance because of a desire for a deeper participation in the neighborhood and to make a difference. I have lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years with my wife, Jayne Fulkerson and our son Deven (a SWHS alum who is now at the U). I believe that Linden Hills is truly a special place in a wonderful city. It was important to preserve that defining feature of the neighborhood as the City went through, and continues to go through, significant change. At the same time, the neighborhood needs to grow and adapt to those changes in a meaningful way. I run again to continue to fulfill those principles.

During my time on the Board, I was one of the members that worked to bring the Art Shanty to Lake Harriet, to open the beer garden during the Linden Hills Festival and make it a joint festivity with the Farmer’s Market, and to support the Farmer’s Market with Neighborhood Revitalization Project monies. I was also one of the principal authors of LHiNC’s response to the City’s 2040 Plan that was submitted in July 2018, and have served on the Zoning and Housing Committee.

Despite all that has been accomplished with my fellow Board members since I have started to serve, there is more to be done. I look forward to continue to do (and complete) the work that has been started, and to make that work sustainable. This way future Boards and the neighborhood can benefit for years to come. Thank you for allowing me to be your voice and advocate.

 

Robert Heider

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

During my time working in government, the law, and politics, I have developed and implemented programs at the local and state level for partisan and nonpartisan organizations alike. I have found common ground to bring together disparate groups who often seek conflicting objectives. For the last decade, I have been singularly focused on improving the lives of the people I have served and the communities in which they live. My commitment to public service matches that of the LHiNC members who make our neighborhood a better place to live, work, and play. The services provided by LHiNC have direct beneficial impacts on the quality of life for our neighbors, and I am confident that if given the opportunity to serve on the Council, I will contribute to the continued success of our neighborhood.
I am currently an active member of the LHiNC Environment & Sustainability Committee, the SD61 DFL, and the SD61 DFL Blue Wave External Committee. I also volunteer for a number of candidates for public office.

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:

One concern I have about Linden Hills is the lack of cultural diversity within the neighborhood, and it is my hope that through inclusive and creative programing, we can bridge the divide. Another concern in Linden Hills is the lack of affordable housing. My hope is to continue and to grow our neighborhood’s place as a destination for those from within and without the City of Minneapolis. Relatedly, I would like to see more emphasis from LHiNC of public art, which is a vital component of livable, vibrant neighborhoods and cities.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

I have experience in the development and execution of communications strategies within both traditional and social media platforms, while employing both earned and paid media tactics. Other proficiencies include marketing; graphic design; copy-editing; legal and narrative writing; legal research; volunteer recruitment and management; and budget development and management.

 

Judy Hornbacher

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

I have become interested in the work of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council as a result of my association with two of its members: Ed Bell and Wendy Ponte . In addition, my husband and I had some very positive dealings with the Council, when we were applying to add a tuck-under garage to our rental property at 2910 W. 45th Street a few years ago. He has lived in this neighborhood for 45 years and was part of the team that installed the Bocce Ball courts in the park this summer. I moved into Linden Hills @ 15 years ago, where I was delighted to find a delightful, engaged neighborhood of people who are involved at many levels, who care deeply about the community and what happens to it. It has been a new experience for me, this true neighborhood, an experience I treasure and wish to contribute to. I was the Arts Curriculum Consultant and principal on Special Assignment in the Minneapolis Public Schools until 2006. After that I was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota in the School of Education and Human Development until 2013. Currently, I own a small design business, JHDesigns, which designs, manufactures and sells womens coats and jackets. I was a member and President of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries for 10 years, just finishing my Past President term a year ago and feel ready for a new civic challenge. “

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:
I have made many friends in this neighborhood and I see us all getting older but wishing to be able to stay in Linden Hills. We provide major support to each other by way of socializing, rides to the doctor, meals when necessary. It is a model of mutual support that bears looking into. My hope is that the Council will continue to consider the need for multiple kinds of housing, diverse pricing and services as the neighborhood becomes more and more attractive to developers and individual buyers, grows somewhat older and strives to maintain its accessibility.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):
“My personal and professional life has allowed me to work in many different roles: school principal, grant writer, researcher, program evaluator, facilitator, program developer actor, entrepreneur. I am also unfailingly enthusiastic! I believe that range of experiences could be useful on the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council.

 

K. Elizabeth McDonald

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

I have lived in Linden Hills for four years and have previously served on LHiNC. I enjoyed being outside and engaging our neighbors as they walk past our busy neighborhood. I have volunteered with the Linden Hills Festival three or four different years, and served on various committees through LHiNC. I would like to return to LHiNC to give back to this neighborhood that has given me so much.

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:
I would like to see our neighborhood communicate clearly, listen to each other, and share the voices of our neighbors to our leaders. I am eager to see more development in the pocket park, engagement with neighbors, and volunteerism with community events.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

I am a “worker bee” – I am pretty good at getting stuff done. I generally enjoy and thrive in organizational and editorial tasks.

 

Wendy Ponte

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

Being an active member of LHiNC for the past two years has been a rich experience for me. I’ve served as Secretary and the Chair of the Communications Committee for one of those years, and have also been a member of the Housing and Zoning Committee and the By-Laws Committee for a part of that time. I’ve also been a very, very active participant in our two big events: The Linden Hills Festival and the Taste of Linden Hills. Both of those are our major source of funding for our Neighborhood Grant Program and I’ve succeeded in increasing the bottom line of those events by finding more Sponsors who believe in our purpose and want to support us. And of course, I’ve manned booths and tables, carried chairs in and out of events, posted on our social media platforms, listened to people’s concerns and served drinks and food! One of my main goals this year, as Chair of the Communication Committee, was to create a new and much more user-friendly website for LHiNC. We want our website to be the go-to place for Linden Hills residents to find out what is going on in the neighborhood, whether it has to do with weekend activities, city news, or local info. We have recently hired a designer and hope to have a brand new site ready to use by the end of the year. We are also working on revamping our Welcome Packets and making our newsletters even better and more interesting than they already are. I also serve on the board of Minneapolis Climate Action (formerly Linden Hills Power & Light). Sustainable living is one of my passions and I believe that MCA has already made a big contribution to Minneapolis’ future in this respect and can continue to do so. I used to serve on the board of the Linden Hills Food Coop, prior to the merger with the Wedge, as well.

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:
In working with LHiNC for the past two years I’ve observed so many LH residents who are passionate members of this community. Although Linden Hills is not the only place in the world where one can find that commitment to a neighborhood, I do feel that there is a greater proportion of folks who care about the real quality of where they live here in LH than I have seen elsewhere. Not everyone agrees on what “quality” means, of course. Navigating that is a tricky part of being a council member at times– but then that is the job. It is my belief that we are meant to represent the neighborhood as a whole, taking into account as many of the diverse views as we can while doing so. It is my sincere hope that Linden Hills can retain that sense of community above all else– especially during these tough times where some residents may feel threatened by both local and country-side political decisions.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

I am a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Burnet, and I bring the skills of organization, negotiating and observation to my work as a LHiNC board member. In my work I am used to working with many, many different kinds of people and I think that serves me well here. I am also a freelance writer and that has helped me in my work as a member, and Chair, of the Communication Committee.

 

Abdi Sahal

Please write something about yourself, your interests and why you would like to participate on LHiNC. List any organizations, activities, clubs, etc. in which you actively participate

I come from a fairly large family of 10 and have lived in the neighborhood for a little over 12 years. I love playing soccer with my younger siblings, running around the lakes and spending quality time with the rest of my family. I am currently attending Augsburg University, and I am in the process of obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. I believe I am qualified to be on the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, because I have been an active member of this community for a very long time and believe that my experiences/ideas would greatly benefit the community. If elected, I would like to serve on the Environment and Sustainability Committee and think that I am a good fit for this position due to my current degree study and the work that I’ve done throughout the years. I want this position, because I feel that I would be a resource to the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council with my communication and problem solving skills. I also want to grow as an individual with the strengths I would gain from the position!

Please list your concerns, hopes and goals for the neighborhood:

“My family and I have loved all that the Linden Hills community has had to offer and really enjoy the sense of community that revolves around it. I would hate to see our neighborhood be extremely commercialized and have it lose it’s peace, so my goal while on the council would be to preserve the core values/peace of the community. My goal is to also bring a piece of my family to the Linden Hills community by way of introducing Somali cultural foods to our events and serving as a voice for not only the small Somali community in our neighborhood but for everyone else as well.

List any special skills you would bring to LHiNC (e.g. architectural, marketing, financial/accounting, legal, landscaping, writing or computer expertise; meeting facilitation or mediation skills; organizational development, volunteer management/recruitment or other skills.):

What I would bring to the LHiNC would be my problem solving skills and as well as my volunteer management/recruitment skills. In the past, I have worked with campaigns, as well as student organizations, to coordinate large events that needed a great amount of teamwork and volunteers to put together. I also believe that my ability to think pragmatically in difficult situations has served me well and will continue to serve me while on the LHiNC.

Calling all the nice neighbors in Linden Hills!

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council is organizing another day of community volunteering. Nice Neighbors Day is a great chance to get out and meet your neighbors and lend a hand to keep Linden Hills a beautiful place to live.

When: Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Projects include: sprucing up neighborhood parks and gardens, organizing books at Linden Hills Library, and pulling invasive plants in William Berry Woods.

Here’s how to sign up in 3 easy steps:
1. Visit our Nice Neighbors Day Online Sign Up
2. Enter your name and email address
3. Sign up – choose your spots (projects) – the online program will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Contact Jeff Stites with questions.

From Council Member Linea Palmisano

2018 Minneapolis City Council

The first two months of the new term have been very active for our 13th Ward City Council Office. This term, I chair three committees: the Internal Audit Committee, the Enterprise Committee, and the Budget Committee. My goal is to be a watchdog of the way the city functions and spends our resources. With a large turnover recently in City leadership, this will be an important gap to fill in our city moving forward.

One of the big issues our Audit Committee has been working on the last few years relates to police body-worn cameras. I am using every tool available to get our police department to fully utilize their body cameras. This comes in the wake of the shooting of Justine Damond last summer and an audit I spearheaded last fall showing that officers were failing to turn on their body cameras nearly 30% of the time. I am frustrated that this issue has required my ongoing pressure to get fixed, but I am confident we have turned the page, and the new police leadership will soon be implementing updated body camera policies.

My office recently put together a town hall conversation with new Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and 5th Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite. We discussed the body camera issue, police use of force and fostering closer relationships between the police and the community. I think it was a positive conversation. I hope both the community and our police leadership were able to learn things from one another.

My office also convened a Palmisano Presents conversation recently on pedestrian safety in conjunction with the Armatage Neighborhood Association; this after a walker was recently killed at 54th and Penn. At the forum, we discussed pedestrian safety issues and city officials explained our Vision Zero initiative, which aims to completely eliminate pedestrian deaths in our city.

Finally, I’d like to ask folks to pay attention and get involved as our city begins the process of updating our comprehensive plan. One of the concepts being discussed relates to how we allow multi-family dwellings in what are today areas zoned for single family homes. Please stay tuned for more information as we move ahead with this process. We will finalize the updated comprehensive plan later this year.

As always, please feel free to contact our office with any comments or questions. It is my pleasure serving you on the City Council, and I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you.

To contact Council Member Palmisano, please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/ward13 or call 612-673-2213.