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.

2018 Linden Hills Treasures

John Flanagan

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!”

Ginny Halloran

Excerpt from Ginny's nomination:

“Ginny Halloran is a long-time resident of Linden Hills and her passion for public service is evident to anyone that has had the privilege of spending time with her. In addition to serving as the co-Chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council’s Environment Committee, Ginny has held leadership positions with many local organizations, including serving on the Foundation Board for the First Universalist Church in the CARAG neighborhood. The list of Ginny’s activities with LHiNC is probably too extensive to detail but just to give you a thumbnail sketch of her work: spearheading Bike-to-Work and other bike-friendly events in the neighborhood, planning and communications for Kite Fest, co-lead for the Linden Hills Little Homes Tour, frequent contributing writer to the Linden Hills Line, co-lead for Nice Neighbors Day and much more. Most recently Ginny has been leading a project on healthy and regenerative soils and their potential impact on human health and climate change – we are hoping to see a regenerative soils demonstration project in Linden Hills in the within the next few months. She pursues all of these activities with a calm, positive competence and professionalism that is so appreciated by all that work with her. We are lucky to have her here in the neighborhood and are honored to present the Linden Hills Treasure Award to Ginny Halloran.”

2017 Linden Hills Treasures

Jim Miller

City Council Member Linea Palmisano presented the Treasure award to Jim Miller

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.”

Southwest RUBIES

City Council Member Linea Palmisano presented the Treasure award to the RUBIES Robotics Team

2016 Linden Hills Treasures

Carla Anderson

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 Clemens

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 Gepp

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 Pitt

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 Mohning

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.

Damon Moss

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.

Craig Neal

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 Neidecker

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 Brown

Steven is the talent behind Tilia, the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market, and the annual Augtoberfest street festival.

Tom Neiman

Tom is an all around favorite teacher/leader/mentor from Southwest High School.

Martha Schaefer

Martha was a lifelong gracious neighbor and treasured neighborhood friend (posthumous award).

Tom Neiman

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.

Tim Voltz

Sen. Scott Dibble with former LHiNC Treasurer and all around savior, Tim “Boom Boom” Voltz

Dave Porter

Sen. Scott Dibble with “Good Neighbor” Dave Porter

Mark Settergren

Grant Hawthorne, Sen. Scott Dibble, and Mark Settergren

Group - Treasures

(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