Treasures of Linden Hills
Each year, the Neighborhood Council honors Linden Hills residents and/or business owners who enhance the quality of our neighborhood through volunteer efforts or a strong sense of giving back to the community.
2022 Linden Hills Treasures
Bill and Rose Arends
Nominated by Leah Harp:
Bill and Rose Arends were nominated by resident Leah Harp for all the time they have dedicated to the Minnesota streetcar Museum’s Como Harriet Line. In Leah's words, "Bill and Rose Arends are long time Linden Hills residents. Since retiring they have dedicated themselves to the Minnesota streetcar Museum’s Como Harriet line. They run the gift shop together. Bill operates the streetcar. Rose manages the Depot and trains volunteers how to use the register etc. They spend countless hours keeping the Streetcar running and are true neighborhood treasures."
Aaron Isaacs of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum attended the awards ceremony to present Bill and Rose with their award.
Nominated by LHiNC Board:
Bonnie Bolton was a true gift to this community who passed away this summer. Bonnie moved to Linden Hills after retiring from a successful career that included positions like Art Director for Target and Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Montgomery Wards. And wow, were we lucky to get her! Bonnie jumped right into her community - and never stopped. She volunteered countless hours for countless groups - including the Senior Tennis Players Club, her condo association and the Linden Hills Business Association.
Fellow Linden Hills Business Association Member Barb Nei says of Bonnie, “ She was a delightful force of nature, immensely talented, generous with her time, and a ton of fun. Together we cleaned up neighborhood gardens, dreamed up and pitched numerous projects for the neighborhood, and laughed a lot. Working with her taught me so much about service, community, and not ever giving up.”
Bonnie was a member of the LHiNC board when she passed - the second time she had served on the council. And LHiNC was so lucky to have her. She showed up for every event - tabling at the Farmers Market, Coat Drives, Food Drives, meetings, you name it - she’d be there. And she always had ideas of how to make things better, how to include more people, how to keep on growing this community she cared for. She will be missed and always be remembered.
Nominated by Jessy Heim:
Adam Feyissa was nominated by Linden Hills neighbor Jessy Heim. Adam drives the Kebana Ice Cream Truck that you often hear making its way through the neighborhood on warm summer nights. Here’s why Jessy nominated Adam:
“Adam has been bringing joy to the kids of Linden Hills for over 22 years with his seasonal ice cream truck! Every Sunday from May through September you can hear the familiar jiggle of Beethoven's Fur Elise from his ice cream truck as he makes his way through the neighborhood while excited kids line up to greet him and enjoy one of the many treats he has to offer. Thank you to Adam for contributing to the charm of the neighborhood and bringing back so many wonderful childhood memories for the young at heart!”
Nominated by Tara Lund:
Tom was nominated by his neighbor Tara Lund, who had this to say:
“Tom has a neighborhood “doggy depot in his property filled with all types of treats, water, poop bags and a garbage can for people to deposit their pups’ waste. This summer I’ve seen him weeding and gardening at the church across the street from him and triangle park, he mows and shovels his neighbors’ property and of course keeps his own place looking appealing. He always has a kind word or chat with the many neighbors who pass by his house at the curve on Drew/Chowen/42nd. We are lucky to have Tom!”
2021 Linden Hills Treasures
Nominated by Seana Daley:
Karen Carlson is both a Linden Hills resident and the owner of Grace & Co., a gift shop located in the heart of Linden Hills. Karen was nominated by Seana Daley who said “Karen's store Grace and Company has been here for 7 years. She only uses local artists' products which is so important to be supporting our local companies! She is always so cheery and welcomes everyone in her store including your dog :)”
LHiNC has also featured Karen in the People of Linden Hills section of our e-newsletter. In that article Karen said, “This neighborhood is the most friendly and charming hood I have ever lived in. I am grateful everyday to be able to live and work here.”
Karen, we are grateful to have you as a part of our community - and we are honored to present you with a Linden Hills Treasure Award.
Nominated by Linda Picone:
In the nomination letter, Linda said “Starting last year, in the midst of the pandemic, Suzy who is the owner of Everett & Charlie art gallery and gift shop--started organizing outdoor music in the area between Harriet Brasserie and Everett & Charlie.
Suzy created a schedule and worked with the musicians so there's always someone there on Thursday-Friday nights and Sunday brunch-time. It has been an important factor in turning that little stretch of 43rd Street into a neighborhood gathering place. People eating outdoors at Harriet Brasserie often remark that it feels like being in Europe--outdoor dining with twinkle lights overhead and live music.
(Credit also should go to Felicity Britton, who started donating her driveway so that Harriet Brasserie could reopen last summer with enough outdoor seating to make it worthwhile, and who has continued to do so this year, even though it means she has to park elsewhere.)
I don't know if Suzy lives in Linden Hills, but she certainly adds to the neighborhood with her business and her commitment to the community.”
2020 Linden Hills Treasures
Nominated by Ginny Halloran:
“Steve is a friendly community-minded person. He frequently attends community meetings and always has time to say hi to neighbors walking by his home. He was involved with rallying people to support the plastic bag ban and even dressed up in hundreds of plastic bags to demonstrate at a City Council meeting. He contributes to the Linden Hills Facebook group and is always helpful with his comments. Because of the kind of guy he is, I'm sure there's many other things to add I'm not aware of."
Nominated by Connie Pepin:
“Leah is a treasure to our community as a neighbor and as a committed LHiNC Board member and as chair of LHiNC's Environment and Sustainability Committee. She has helped the committee accomplish much, even during the pandemic and the resultant budget constraints and concerns. Her excellent communication and organizational skills help people clarify ideas and interests in order to set and achieve realistic goals and plans. Her leadership inspires and helps people reach consensus toward achieving shared goals. Leah's personal commitment and high energy are evident in her can-do and hands-on approach to Board and committee activities during these challenging times."
Nominated by Beth Morrison:
“Tammy knows everyone in the neighborhood and immediately made our family feel so welcome when we moved in. All of the neighborhood kids know to go to her back door for homemade popsicles every day in the summer, so there is a constant stream of kids running to her back yard. She is the go-to neighbor to grab packages off your porch when you are out of town and the organizer of get together’s on our block. She’s also known for dropping off her famous homemade banana bread on the front porch. On top of being a great neighbor, we always see her volunteering at neighborhood events like the Halloween event for families, even though her kids are grown, and the voting polls. We are so lucky to have her in Linden Hills!"
2019 Linden Hills Treasures
Excerpt from Anne's nomination:
“Even before her current service as a member of the LHiNC Environment & Sustainability Committee, Anne has worked for years to improve our community and protect our environment. In light of the alarming decline of pollinators and wildlife habitat, she works hard to make our neighborhood more pollinator-friendly, as evidenced by her ongoing maintenance of gardens at Lake Harriet school and most recently her dedication to restore the native plant gardens along the Turtle Bread parking lot (a section of the Trolley Path Naturescape). She’s also committed to educating youth about ecology and service, as evidenced by her supervision of Southwest Community Education Green Team members to help maintain the Trolley Path Naturescape."
Excerpt from Bryce's nomination:
"Since first moving to Linden Hills in 1977, Bryce Hamilton has been a cornerstone of the Linden Hills neighborhood. Not only is he one of the most cordial and welcoming residents that Linden Hills has to offer, he is committed to connecting people and creating a community that people are proud to be a part of.
Bryce and Donna Hamilton started their successful seasonal ornament business, Hearts & Ivy, out of their home on Linden Hills Boulevard. Eventually, they moved the business to the basement of the Linden Hills Co-op (where Settegrens Ace Hardware now resides). Bryce soon became a board member of the Linden Hills Co-op, where he helped grow the business for 4 years. That opportunity led to his involvement with the Linden Hills Business Association, where he has fostered local business growth for over 20 years.
When not contributing to the local economy, Bryce brings culture and art to the citizens of Linden Hills. He was a major force behind Linden Hills Live which ran for 11 years and included fun activities, live music and local food, occurring 3 times each summer.
Additionally, Bryce also helped bring Woofstock to life, one of the many fun and eccentric events that brings attention to downtown Linden Hills. Finally, without Bryce, we wouldn't have a ready-to-be-played piano in our downtown square!
Bryce is one of the kindest people I know. He really cares about this community and has had a huge impact on its culture. I can't imagine this place without him."
Excerpt from Jager's nomination:
“Jaeger, who recently passed away, was a neighborhood institution! I'd like to recognize his title of "Unofficial Mayor of Linden Hills," because this is the kind of thing that pulls the neighborhood together in a very feel-good way.
Excerpt from Tanya's nomination:
“Tanya designed the adorable kids T-shirt for LHiNC that all the adults want to wear. She did it out of the kindness of her heart and with the intent to give back to her neighborhood. Not only does she organize the national night out events for the summer on our block, but in true MN spirit, she does so in the winter - inviting her neighbors outside to roast marshmallows and drink hot cider outside. She’s awesome."
2018 Linden Hills Treasures
Excerpt from Jon's nomination:
“Jon Flanagan is a librarian at Linden Hills Library and is a real celebrity among the younger set. His storytimes are filled with books, songs, movement and games and he know just how to engage children of all ages as well as their care givers. On Mondays, Baby Storytimes are always played to an over-capacity audience and it’s often reported that “Mr. Jon” is a frequent topic of family dinner conversations. Mr. Jon also presents Family Storytimes and even Pajama Storytimes, and in the summer, on the hill under a tree, there are Dance Party Storytimes which are as fun as they sound!
In addition to storytimes, Jon oversees other youth activities, providing crafts, scavenger hunts and interactive play for kids of all ages.
It is a joy to see all of the children from the neighborhood come running into the library to say hello to Mr. Jon, a gentle guitar playing superhero!”
Excerpt from Jeff's nomination:
“Jeff has been dedicated to building community as well as to climate concerns in the neighborhood. He is a board member of LHiNC, Minneapolis Climate Action (previously Linden Hills Power & Light), and was chair of LHiNC’s environment committee for years, while holding a full time, demanding job. He has championed and personally supported many efforts including: solar gardens, zero waste, pollinator friendly gardens, healthy soil initiatives, buckthorn pulls, Nice Neighbors Day, and more. Thank you, Jeff for your dedication - you have made our neighborhood a much better place."
2017 Linden Hills Treasures
City Council Member Linea Palmisano presented the Treasure award to Jim Miller
Excerpt from one of Jim's three nominations:
“I could not think of a better person nor citizen who is more caring, astutely interested in neighborhood issues– brings calm and diplomatic demeanor and wonderful ideas and vibes to the table!
Jim Miller takes time out his day to lend a helping hand to neighbors!”
“As a LHINC Board member, Jim Miller has been working on the LHiNC zoning committee for the past two years. He has spent a lot of time talking to neighborhood residents to try to get a sense of how they feel on particular issues. Jim is Block Captain of his block. Jim Miller is authentic. His actions and ideas are pure of heart. That is why I feel Jim should be recognized as a Linden Hills Treasure.”
“When problems arise for in the neighborhood, many times I have seen Jim Miller go and speak directly to the involved or injured party: whether it is a business owner or resident. He doesn’t talk about what he does, he just does it. And in the 3 years I have been involved in the neighborhood I have witnessed it time and time again. Mr. Jim Miller is a true and selfless, Linden Hills Treasure.”
RUBIES Robotics Team from Southwest High School
Team members: Adelaide Fanner, Ava Kian, Isabella Kemling, Izzie Mack, Mitra Kian, Rachel Springer
Excerpt from RUBIES Robotics Team nomination:
“If you’re open to group nominations I think the Rubies robotics team truly embodies what this award celebrates. This team of six girls is based (and lives) in Linden Hills and attend Southwest High School. They are an award-winning robotics team, one of a select group to be invited to last year’s FTC Robotics World Championships in St. Louis. But it’s their outreach and community involvement that sets them apart.
They have volunteered to demonstrate robotics and STEM at countless events – at the Bakken, the Works Musuem, Linden Hills Festival, Lake Harriet Community School, the State Fair, and many others.
The team has a passion for making such programs available to all, particularly to underserved populations. They meet regularly with teams from across Minneapolis, putting a special focus on areas with high poverty. Two years ago they were the only public school FTC team from Minneapolis; now there are at least 10, and the Rubies have helped them all.”
City Council Member Linea Palmisano presented the Treasure award to the RUBIES Robotics Team
2016 Linden Hills Treasures
Carla and her black pup named Desi are an institution near 44th & Upton. Not only does Carla work at the Bibelot Shop and live next door, but she can be seen walking and talking around the hills morning, noon and night. Carla is naturally gregarious and welcoming to all neighbors. She is on a first name basis with all the neighborhood dogs (and their owners) and keeps a watchful eye on her friends in the neighborhood.
Carol has acted as LHiNC’s volunteer e-news editor for over two years! In addition to spending hours each month preparing the informative monthly e-enewsletter, she willingly donates additional time to preparing periodic e-news updates to inform residents of timely events and issues – often with very little advance notice. She contributes cheerfully, gently bestowing editorial insight and marketing expertise from her many years in the business. LHiNC is grateful for her commitment and the neighborhood is a better place because of Carol Clemens – Linden Hills Treasure.
Christine has lived at 41st & York for forty years. She raised her children playing at the kiddie pool at Linden Hills Park and as a result she knows the names of many of the adults around the area and is always ready to greet and help them. In addition to this, for the last thirty years, she has coordinated both the Linden Hills Garden Club and the Wreath Making event at Linden Hills park in December. Christine also coordinates a knitting and discussion group every Monday evening at Sebastian Joe’s where everyone is welcome. Despite her arthritis, she is always ready to weed local areas and volunteers at her church.
Walter has shown himself to be a passionate and intelligent vocal Linden Hills neighborhood activist, both as a resident and LHiNC board member, including service as Chair of the Zoning Committee, where his diligence, creativity, organization, and communication skills benefit the committee. He works tirelessly on development issues to preserve the charm of our beautiful neighborhood, and he is a volunteer youth sports coach. We are fortunate to have Walt’s sustained commitment and energy to help Linden Hills be a great place to live and work!
2015 Linden Hills Treasures
Aroti and Benjamin Bayman
Aroti and Ben are long-time Linden Hills residents who have helped the community in many ways over their decades here. They have donated delicious meals for the Linden Hills Festival silent auction, pulled invasive species from our natural areas, and most recently they are leading the effort to reclaim the Turtle Bread stretch of the Trolley Path gardens–from overgrown weeds to beautiful pollinator plants–through their own hard work and also recruiting other volunteers to help.
Patricia and Steve Liszewski
For three years, Pat and Steve have worked countless hours planting, weeding, mulching and maintaining the Trolley Path Gardens, supporting the Southwest Community Education Green Team. Our community is enriched by the beautiful and pollinator-friendly gardens they have nurtured for all of us to enjoy!
Matt joined the LHiNC board in November of 2013 and in his two year term, has been a valuable leader, serving as Treasurer and Co-chair. As Treasurer, he committed untold hours dissecting the various City funding programs and enlightening the other board members about NRP funds, CPP requirements, general funds and more. In his tenure as Co-chair, Matt served as committed leader and advisor. Through all of his time with LHiNC, his love for the neighborhood and commitment to the community has always been apparent. For his service and dedication we thank him.
Although not a native Minneapolitan, Damon has been an extraordinarily engaged member of our community since his arrival in Linden Hills. Damon is a constant positive presence walking throughout our neighborhood with his dog Freddy, greeting his neighbors and strangers alike. He is also an avid and gifted amateur nature photographer who has taken the time to document some of the hidden natural gems of our area. His photographs were even featured in a Southwest Journal article this year. Damon says his mission is to help document these natural places and their beauty in case they disappear.
For several years, Craig has posted to the Linden Hills Neighborhood Facebook group page daily photographs of captivating Lake Calhoun sunrises and sunsets, always accompanied by a peaceful and thought-provoking poem or verse. The images are powerful and humbling, and the verse inspirational. For many of us, his contributions provide a positive start to each new day and an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.
Diana joined the LHiNC board in November of 2014 and immediately began making a difference in our community. As a committee environmentalist and volunteer, she believes strongly in doing good and giving back wherever possible. Of her many accomplishments with LHiNC, she was the originator and project architect of the first annual Nice Neighbors Day in Linden Hills. The event, on September 26, matched 35 volunteers with 7 projects within the neighborhood, to great success. Those involved had positive comments about their day of service, and we look forward to Nice Neighbors Day being an ongoing annual event in Linden Hills.
2014 Linden Hills Treasures
Steven is the talent behind Tilia, the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market, and the annual Augtoberfest street festival.
Tom is an all around favorite teacher/leader/mentor from Southwest High School.
Martha was a lifelong gracious neighbor and treasured neighborhood friend (posthumous award).
State Representative Frank Hornstein presented the award to Tom Neiman
2013 Linden Hills Treasures
Tim Voltz, Dave Porter, Mark Settergren, and members of the Linden Hills Small Area Plan Steering Committee
These are a select few individuals whose actions contribute to the quality of life in Linden Hills.
Sen. Scott Dibble with former LHiNC Treasurer and all around savior, Tim “Boom Boom” Voltz
Sen. Scott Dibble with “Good Neighbor” Dave Porter
Grant Hawthorne, Sen. Scott Dibble, and Mark Settergren
(Left to right) Sen. Scott Dibble, Larry LaVercombe, Rick Anderson, Jim Scott, Jean Johnson, Pat Smith, Ann Voda, Sara Jaehne, Eric Hansen, Aaron Tag; not pictured: Gretchen Johns, Dave Luger, Ken Stone