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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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