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June 14, 2017 eNews

Storm Debris Collection

Following Sunday’s storm, Minneapolis residents should continue to use the City of Minneapolis’ regular yard waste services to get rid of small storm tree debris. These services include the collection of limbs that are less than three inches in diameter, are cut less than three feet long and are bundled securely with rope or twine. The bundles should not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Yard waste and small storm debris is collected on scheduled garbage days. Residents should have their bundles of small storm debris at their alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 am. For more details about the City’s yard waste services, visit the yard waste page on the City of Minneapolis’ website.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is not collecting tree debris as a result of Sunday’s storm.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, June 19

Armatage Park

8:30 – Activities • Dusk – Movie

Join us at Armatage Park for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure! Bike on down and get a safety check and helmet fitting from Perennial Cycle. Ask questions of a Water Steward, and get tips on how to maintain an eco-friendly yard. Enjoy treats for sale from Sweet Dreams. Free popcorn provided by the park.

June Agenda

Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30pm

Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
  • Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Review Post-It Ideas from Annual Meeting
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Safety
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • Garage Sales
    • Cafe Maude
    • August newsletter
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Supporting Hmong event
      • Approval of May minutes
      • Approval of $1,400 for Summer Festival inflatables
      • Supporting Cafe Maude’s 10th Anniversary celebration to take place Sunday, June 25 • 12:00-5:00pm • Live music
  • Treasurer Report
    • Filing of 990 and MN Atty General
  • Board Officer Elections
    • Conflict of Interest document
  • New Business

Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed federal emission limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle infrastructure. The MPCA is developing Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.

How should Minnesota use $47 million?

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars! More details coming soon!

June 1, 2017 eNews

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3 • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hoping Mother Nature cooperates for the 70+ area garages sales this weekend!

You can check out where sales are taking place

  • Google Map
  • PDF Map
  • Limited number of printed maps will be available at registered sales and at Armatage park

Some sales are taking place additional days. Check out sale descriptions for more details.

Hennepin County 2017 Community Needs Assessment

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) partnered with Wilder Research Foundation to complete a Hennepin County Community Needs Assessment. Please join us as Wilder shares these findings and highlights the needs of the community in greater depth.

RSVP below or at

  • Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 • 2:00-4:00 PM
    Venue: Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 • 9:00-11:00 AM
    Venue: Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 • 9:00-11:00 AM
    Venue: Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 • 9:00-11:00 AM
    Venue: Heritage Park Senior Center, 1015 N 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405


The City of Minneapolis is seeking public input into the priorities and programs that make up the city’s Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The current SWMP was most recently updated and approved by the MPCA in September 2014 and can be found at the following link: Minneapolis Stormwater Management Program

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a program created in 1990 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect water quality through the regulation of the discharge of pollutants to lakes, streams, wetlands, and other surface waters. This program regulates different types of municipal, industrial, and construction activities and is administered locally by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Providing an opportunity for public input into the development of Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) priorities and programs is one of the requirements of the current NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase I Permit issued jointly to the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) in January 2011 and most recently updated in September 2014.


You can make comments IN PERSON at a Public Hearing that is scheduled before a meeting of the City Council’s Transportation & Public Works Committee on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM.  The Public Hearing will take place in City Council Chambers in Room 317 City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis MN 55415.

Or you can make WRITTEN comments. Comments must be received by Noon on Friday June 16, 2017.  The comments will be taken into consideration for future modifications to the Program.  Any comments received will be included in the Annual Report in Appendix C.

City of Minneapolis, Department of Public Works
Surface Water & Sewer Division c/o Liz Stout
Room 300 City of Lakes Building
309 2nd Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55401-2268

FAX: 612-673-2048


Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA)
is excited to announce the launch
of its Equipment Library (EQL)! 

An awesome new community-share program that provides members access to a variety of items like pop-up tents, chafing dishes, tables, and chairs to name a few. In the spirit of sharing, memberships are available to Powderhorn and non-Powderhorn community members. EQL’s aim is simple; reduce costs for residents, businesses, and organizations to access common event equipment. Currently, items fall into the following categories; events, entertainment, technology, and games.

Memberships are annual and start at $15 for low-income members. A general membership is $35.00 and $70.00 for organizations.  

Celebrate girls and women playing golf with FREE clinics

Women’s Golf Day is a one day, four hour event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning skills that last a lifetime.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is the only entity in the region hosting outdoor Women’s Golf Day events, with FREE Women’s Golf Day clinics offered at golf courses throughout the city.

Women’s Golf Day clinics

Tuesday, June 6, 4-8 pm

4-6 pm – Participants have the option of:

  • 2 hours of lessons – One hour on the driving range and One hour chipping and putting
  • 2 hours of play – A 9 hole scramble or play their own ball as long as the 9 holes can be completed in two hours

6-8 pm – Socializing, networking and distribution of information regarding lessons and league play. Hear from speakers and ways to get involved in golf. Most importantly enjoy yourself, make new friends and have a great time.

Register for FREE Women’s Golf Day Clinics at each golf club, below.

Visit the official Women’s Golf Day website for more information.

Hiawatha Golf Club
Register for a FREE Women’s Golf Day clinic online
Or email

Columbia Golf Club
Register for a FREE Women’s Day clinic online
Or email

Gross National Golf Club
Register for a FREE Women’s Golf Day clinic online
Or email

Theodore Wirth Golf Club
Register for a FREE Women’s Golf Day clinic online
Or email

Fort Snelling Golf Club
Register for a FREE Women’s Golf Day clinic online
Or email

More Info:
Grant Shafranski, PGA
Director of Golf Instruction
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Minneapolis Pools 

Many wading pools (except school site wading pools like Armatage) will open Sat., May 27, and remain open through Mon., September 4. Wading pools located in parks adjacent to a Minneapolis Public School building will open Sat., June 17, and remain open through Sun., August 27, just prior to school resuming Mon., August 28.

Wading pools are open daily from 10 am to 9 pm and are free to use. Wading pools have no lifeguards on duty, so parents and children are advised to keep safety in mind while enjoying the pools.

Jim Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, and Webber Natural Swimming Pool will all open Sat., June 3, through Sun., June 4. Regular summer hours for all three facilities begin Sat., June 10.

Webber Natural Swimming Pool is recognized as the first public swimming pool in North America to have a natural filtration system. It uses plants from a nearby pond, rather than chemicals, to treat the water. Admission is free, with rates available for lap swimming.

Rates for Jim Lupient and North Commons Water Parks are as follows:
Guests 42″ and taller, $5 ($3 after 5 pm Monday through Friday)
Guests shorter than 42″, $3
Guests age 2 and younger, Free
Non-swimming chaperones, $3

May 16, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

Pizza dinner from 6:30-7:00pm, provided by the ANA featuring Red Wagon Pizza and Pizzeria Lola.

Meeting was called to order at 7:02 by Denis Houle, President

ANA board members in attendance: Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Michael Kootsikas, and Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Nikki Frederich (Park Coordinator), Linea Palmisano (City Council Member), Marion Greene (Hennepin County Commissioner) and 30 other Armatage Residents.

Development presentations: Armatage Montessori School – the architects presented the plans for the new entrance and main floor remodel, as well as the plans to convert the old cafeteria into classroom space. Questions were raised regarding addressing the traffic concerns, primarily at morning drop-off, but this is not addressed in this project. Questions were also raised over the funding of such a project in light of the drastic cuts facing school programming and staffing. It was noted that construction projects come from a different funding source.

A representative for the developers for the new construction at 59th/Washburn had the plans for the single-family home that will be built on this previously vacant lot.

Board Elections

Denis introduced those running for the Armatage board. Ballots were distributed and included a short statement from each person.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Fall sports registration begins soon
  • As of June 1 all park property will be designated tobacco free
  • Movie in the Park, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Monday, June 19

City Council Update (Linea Palmisano, Ward 13)

  • The police are partnering with neighborhoods, organizations and concerned citizens as summer is a time of year that always experiences and increase and crime. Questions about not seeing patrol cars in our area. It was noted that we are one of the areas in Minneapolis with the lowest rates of crime. Despite impressions in increased crime, our crime rates have stayed the same for the past 5 years. Social media may be contributing to this misperception. It was also noted that it is important to get to know your neighbors, as there will never be enough officers to have a presence at all times. Minneapolis and Armatage are big participants in National Night Out (NNO) as well as block parties throughout the year.
    NOTE: The ANA would love to know how we could help support you and your block in hosting a block party!
  • Organics recycling set a stretch goal of having 40% involvement city-wide by July of this year. We hid 41% in March, and Armatage neighborhood is a strong participant.
  • The first round of gypsy moth spraying took place in ideal conditions, and will have maximum benefit. Her office and the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture hotline received no calls, so appreciates the great communication about this process, and that people seemed to be informed.
  • 54th construction is expected to be completed by late September.

Guest Speaker (Marion Greene, Hennepin County Commissioner)

Marion provided current bike maps and a sheet of County activity highlights. She gave a quick overview of how they are structured and operate, similar to a corporate board. The seven-member board manages a $2 billion budget, which focuses on safety net services such as health and human services. They also oversee roads & bridges; the county library system; and waste disposal, including recycling and composting. Question about the Southdale site. The library will be redeveloped into a multi-use facility, which is currently gathering ideas, and will still house the library. The court services have moved to the Bloomington office and other services moved into Southdale Mall. Affordable housing was mentioned, which is a top priority for county projects.

A recent survey of the trash coming to the downtown incinerator revealed that 1/3 of the material received could have gone to organics recycling. The county will be encouraging cities to get these programs going through financial incentives. If you are a small business owner, the county offers a program to help set up recycling (check it out online). A question was asked about how much waste has already been reduced by the current organics recycling programs (will need to get that answer). The current organic material is taken to a facility in the suburbs where it is turned into high quality compost that is used in county projects.

The board views our tree canopy as a county resource, and is working to combat the estimated 17% of tree loss due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The county has developed a gravel bed nursery to improve the quality of the trees being planted (much more can be learned online).

Door prizes were drawn.

Board election ballots were tallied. Elected: Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere and Stephanie Vigen. Steve “The Mayor” Johnson was not re-elected. No write-in candidates.

Meeting concluded at 8:10pm

Between meeting email votes:

  • Approved April minutes
  • Approved ending our relationship with GMHC
  • Approved $100 in gift cards for door prizes

Post-It Note Ideas

  • Splash pad
  • Dog park
  • Progressive dinners
  • Co-ed slow pitch rec tournament (vs. other neighborhoods, like Kenny, Fulton, Linden Hills)
  • Block parties
  • Shade over kiddie pool at Armatage park
  • Stop the career panhandlers on Xerxes off-ramp
  • The school needs to address the drop-off/pick-up situation
  • Provide wifi-enabled cameras to houses to be used as neighborhood surveillance cams. The cameras can be connected to the houses internet.
  • Armatage school needs to solve their drop-off/pick-up problem on their property and reduce impact on surrounding blocks.
  • More lights at Armatage playground
  • Would like to turn right at 56th and Penn (no right turns during school hours)
  • Coco space
  • At 6:45am the ramp lights going west on 62/Crosstown are on, and there is no traffic (and east they are not on)
  • Nice Ride in our hood
  • Community solar garden (school roof?) or funding support for residential solar projects
  • Build something to give Armatage an identity
  • Tool library

May 18, 2017 eNews

Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Brief presentation regarding the construction to take place at Armatage Montessori (see below).
  • Brief park updates, including an announcement that all parks are going completely tobacco free.
  • Board elections were held (see below).
  • Updates from City Council Member Linea Palmissano
    • Because of the annual increase in crime during summer months, Minneapolis Police and engaging in Strategic Safety Partnerships. Organizations are welcome to connect with the MPD to discuss opportunities.
      • Concerns raised over rising crime, but statistically we have little to no change over the past 5 years, but more awareness through social media.
      • Concerns about policing levels and lack of patrolling in our area. Mostly a result of our low crime levels.
        • Discussion about our staffing levels in comparison to other areas in the country. Refer to this website with data on officers per capita. Minneapolis has about 20 officers for every 10,000 residents, compared to the average for cities of comparable populations of about 19.
    • Organics collection has exceeded its city-wide participation goal ahead of schedule (goal was 40% by July and we were at 42% in March).
    • Gypsy moth spraying communication efforts successful as her office as well the the MDA hotline received no calls. Conditions were ideal and maximum benefits should be gained. Second, and final, application to take place within the next week or so.
    • 54th Street construction should be complete by late September.
  • Updates from Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • The Hennepin County Commission is made up of seven districts. We are in District 3 and the district also includes St. Louis Park. They function much like a corporate board of directors, and help oversee a $2 billion budget. Much of their budget goes towards safety net services, such as health and human services. They also look after county bridges and roads, our county library system and waste disposal.
    • The County be encouraging cities to get involved in organics recycling. In a recent study, organics was the number one area where we could reduce garbage that goes to the burner. Organics can be put toward other uses, so expanding involvement would have many levels of benefit.
    • The County offers microgrants to support small businesses in setting up recycling and composting programs.
    • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) poses a big threat to our tree canopy which the county deems a natural resource. It is estimated that we will lose 17% of our trees due to EAB. Hennepin County is utlizing gravel bed nurseries to help reduce costs and support the growth and replanting success of new trees.
    • The Southdale Library building will be redeveloped. The county courts have moved to Bloomington and other services into Southdale Mall. It will most likely be a multiuse facility, but ideas are still being generated.
      • Affordable housing was mentioned, which is a County priority

Welcome to our board members – new and old!

There were three new people elected to the board on Tuesday night: Joel, Jim and Stephanie. We look forward to having their insights and energies working for Armatage! Continuing on the board are: Tara, Kelly, Laurel and Judy. Along with other members who are in the middle of their 2-year term, we have 11 members, filling all seats on our board. You can read about our members on our website. Officer elections will take place at our meeting on June 20.

Steve Johnson as ANA President

Steve during is time as president on the ANA in the 90s

Thank you to Steve “The Mayor of Armatage” Johnson!

After 25 years on the Armatage neighborhood board, Steve has been a part of what makes Armatage great. From nearly its inception, Steve as been engaged in helping improve our neighborhood. He was at the groundbreaking for the development of the park and school facilities we see today. We are certain we will see The Mayor at future meetings and Armatage events, and hope he enjoys his much earned retirement!

garage sale
Armatage-Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

It’s not too late to register your garage sale for Saturday, June 3! Turn in your registration form by Monday, May 29 to be included on the printed map! Forms available for download on our website. An online map will be available before the sales.

Sign up for Adult Tennis Lessons this summer at Minneapolis parks!

10-week sessions available for Beginner, Advanced Beginner, or Intermediate lessons

Registration is now open for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Summer Tennis Lessons! With expert coaching from a USTA-trained instructor, our new, innovative program will have you rallying back-and-forth in no time.

We offer a variety of 10-week sessions across different skill levels and locations. Lessons begin in June.  Adult Tennis Lesson Information

National Night Out 2017

There’s still plenty of time to register a National Night Out event for your block, and as a block leader, get a free street permit for block segments that qualify! The highlight of many block clubs is this relaxed, annual get-together, a reunion of neighbors. Need some convincing? Just click on this “highlight reel” from just some of of the events during our 2016 National Night Out. Over 1,200 events took place around Minneapolis and “a fun time was had by all” as they celebrated police-community partnerships.

Natonal Night Out 2017 falls on August 1st this year — always the first Tuesday in August. You can register by using this link — 60 seconds to reserve your NNO packet which includes MOA Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Tickets for kids, and a street permit for most blocks. Permits are free for our block leaders who register by July 18!

We’re looking forward to another record year for the Minneapolis Police Department’s and the community’s participation in National Night Out! Register now!

April 18, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by Denis Houle.

ANA board members in attendance: Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Michael Kootsikas, and Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Nikki Frederich (Park Coordinator), and 4 other Armatage Residents Chris Sorenson, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, and Stephanie Eagan.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Egg hunt – 150 registered kids and 50 showed day of. Great feedback on bounce house, face painting, live bunnies
  • Spring sports in full swing – baseball, softball, full track and field team
    • Need track and field coaches April 27-June 2 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Fields can be reserved. Call at 2pm on Friday for the following week. In-house team gets priority (for Armatage and Kenny)
  • Summer Registration is out for all events now

Committee Updates

2017 Goals and Priorities – Need to set goals

Welcome Bags (Michael) – 8 companies are participating

Green Team (Tara)

  • Reminder that we will have a table at the Movie in the Park June 19th about lawn care
  • Metrobloom opportunity has received 19 requests. We have 10 openings. Potential to provide those beyond the first 10 the opportunity for yard consultation.

Coordinator Updates (Nikki Lindberg)

Summer Festival Team

  • Leadership roles have been assigned – Coordinator will reach out to
  • Food vendors are all interested in coming back
  • Band lined up, face painter, skateboard and MPLS Tap
  • Striving for a Zero-Waste Event
  • Event will be Sunday, August 13th 3-7pm

Annual Meeting Update

  • Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola will provide food
  • Marion Green can come speak. Representative Palmisano will be present
  • Door prizes to encourage attendance – Potted plants
  • Meet and Greet Format
  • Mailer to alert

Financial Audit Update

  • Procedural audit with the city. Nikki working with Michael Wilson (CPA for ANA). Judy involved as well.
    • Main actions are to review by-laws and polices (e.g. financial policy)
    • Board to review and make additional comments
    • Resident offered to review invoices
    • Questions were asked: Do we ever publish our spending? Is there a potential for a neighborhood meeting based solely on funding?

Kelly entered meeting

Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues

  • Dialogues are about Neighborhood Funding
  • May 8th at 6pm for MLK Park (40th & Nicollet) is the events. Please RSVP

Garage Sale (June 3rd) – Armatage and Kenny

  • Open Streets in Kenny on Lyndale June 3th
  • Group to do fundraiser bake sale

Movie in the Park (scheduled for June 19th)

  • Movie: Peewee’s Big Adventure
  • Green Team to have a booth giving tips
  • Food truck for desserts
  • Bike shop to give tune ups

Welcome bags – Request to order 250, could get them for $8.50. Ordered 125 last year

  • Motion made by Michael, seconded by Laurel. Motion carried

Future of FixIt Home Improvement Program

  • Fulton, Kenny, Lynhurst and Armatage have created Fix-It Home Improvement. Current provider no longer to maintain home program. New: Provider wants $10,000 annual fee and 13% origination fee.
    • CEE already runs their own program: Could we handle that?
    • Goals: Armatage remain a desirable place to live
    • Ideas for alternatives: buy down on someone’s interest rates
      • Home Energy Audits: cover residents $70
      • Grant program to homeowners
      • Design or architect fees
      • Subsidize home buyer education classes – ex. Ice Damn class
      • Sponsor home improvement options
        • Resident shared matching programs are very effective
        • Rebate for higher efficiency machines

Summer Intern – Neighborhood college student $10-12/hr for a total of $1,000

Gypsy Moth Update – First treatment May 1- May 15. Second treatment will be 7-10 days later 

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Previewed via email. Highlighted in meeting. Budget is on track and cash flow is good.

Unfrozen Funds from the City 

Secretary Report

  • Approved

New Business

  • Received a letter from Armatage Montessori to seek zone approval for relocating doors and security

Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 pm. Steve motion to adjourn.

May 10, 2017 eNews

Gypsy Moth Treatment – THURSDAY 6AM

Thursday May 11 – AERIAL APPLICATION TARGETED TO BEGIN, depending on weather.

This Thursday is the targeted date to begin the aerial applications. They plan to be in the air around 6 AM. The application is expected to take no more than 2 hrs to complete.

Annual Meeting – May 16

6:30 pm • Armatage Park

  • Dinner provided by the ANA featuring pizza from Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola
  • Annual board elections (learn about the candidates)
  • CIty Council update by Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Guest speaker: Marion Greene, Hennepin County Commissioner


Keon Blasingame of LSE Architects, on behalf of Minneapolis Public Schools has filed the following land use applications for the property located at 2501 W 56th St:

  • Conditional Use Permit for an addition to an existing school
  • Site Plan Review for a 7,400 square foot addition to an existing school

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5thSt., Minneapolis, MN. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing. If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below. If you would like to submit comments, you can make them verbally at the meeting or submit them in writing to:

Peter Crandall, City Planner – 250 South 4th Street Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone (612) 673-2247 Fax (612) 673-2526

5th Precinct Open House on May 17th from 5-7pm!

July happy hour – NEW date

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for terrific (and free) food, drink specials, and a chance to meet neighbors, ask questions and share ideas!

2017 Board Elections

The following people have expressed interest in running for a seat on the Armatage Neighborhood Association board.Nominations from the floor will also be accepted. Terms are for 2 years, with six seats elected in odd years, and five seats in even years. We currently have one even-year seat open, so there will be seven people elected to the board at our annual meeting on May 16th.

Anyone 18-years or older, or any one representative of an entity located within our geographic borders, are eligible to join the board, vote for board members as well as on most issues, and are welcome at all board meetings and ANA events.

Please contact our coordinator if you have any questions!

  • Tara Brown (board member since 2015)

    Hello! I have lived in Armatage for nine years and have been on the board for almost two.  I enjoy being a part of our neighborhood board because it gets me out talking to my neighbors and listening to their likes and needs for our community.  I have enjoyed working with the board, creating our Organics workshop last year, co-chairing our new GreenTeam, and participating in many other activities the board has put on. I would like to serve another term to help get the Green Team off the ground, support our renter engagement initiatives, and provide insight that I’ve gathered from listening to my neighbors.

  • Kelly Falsani (board member since 2011)
    I’m a 5 plus year resident of Armatage and my wife and I believed that getting involved early on would be a great way to meet neighbors, learn about the neighborhood and its priorities. We have a six year old boy and almost four year old girl. We look forward to being involved in this community and the city’s community for years to come. I currently serve as Vice President.

  • Joel Federer
    My wife and two young boys have lived in the Armatage neighborhood for nearly two years. 
    I am running for the ANA board because I want to be more civicly engaged and give back to the community. I want to learn what is important to the residents of Armatage, listen to their ideas, and figure out ways to make them a reality. I want to help build and strengthen our community. I want to have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on our neighborhood, and surrounding areas, through a variety of methods including family-fun activities, educational and support programs, and potentially renewable energy initiatives.

  • Jim Hoch
    My wife Liz and I have lived in the Armatage neighborhood since 1995. I have now become the old guy on the block. Due to twice daily walks, everyone in a 10 block radius of our house knows my dog Hazel, I’m just the guy on the other end of the leash. My work travel schedule has become more flexible and now allows me the opportunity to be more involved with the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA). I believe in a strong, vibrant neighborhood.  I believe I can bring additional ideas to the organization which will help leverage the ANA’s limited resources to achieve the greatest positive impact on our neighborhood. I am a small business owner with our office located in North Minneapolis.

  • Steve Johnson (board member since 1992)
    I joined the Armatage Neighborhood Association in 1992, henceforth being on the board almost since inception was dubbed the “Mayor of Armatage”. My wife Mary and I live directly across the street from the park building. It’s been a great experience and continues to be great meeting new people in Armatage!
  • Laurel Luxenberg (board member since 2015)

    Hello! I’m Laurel. I’ve lived in Armatage since April 2014 and have been on the board almost two years. I initially joined the board as a full time stay at home mom, hoping to get involved with my neighborhood community and meet new people. Since then, I’ve enjoyed learning about how our neighborhood association is able to positively impact our community, I’ve loved being a part of many of the events our board has held, and have met many of my wonderful neighbors through ANA activities. I am currently the co-chair of our new Green Team, and would love to serve another term on the board to see that through and help it thrive and grow. Thank you!

  • Judy Vecere (board member since 2015)
    Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Minneapolis to be close to my granddaughter. I’ve lived in Armatage since 2011 and joined the board to become involved in the community and learn about our city. I currently serve as Treasurer.
  • Stephanie Vigen

    Greetings! I moved to the Armatage neighborhood about 4-1/2 years ago and I definitely enjoy living in the city. I work in supply chain where I collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve business processes. At work, I am also involved in a Corporate Volunteer Council as well as a Net Impact group which fosters engagement in corporate responsibility and sustainability. In my life, I am passionate about animals (I have two cats), the lakes, design, and the arts. I would like to join the Armatage board to develop a greater connection with the people in my neighborhood and to help others become more involved in their communities.

April 13, 2017 eNews

April Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting Update
      • Speaker: Hennepin County Commisioner Marion Greene
      • Dinner provided by the ANA featuring pizza from Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola
      • Board Elections
      • Door prizes (TBD)
    • Financial Audit Update
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues (details below)
    • Garage Sales (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (June 19) 8:30pm
      • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (at dusk)
      • Perennial Cycle (free helmet fittings and bike safety checks)
      • Green Team information tables (Water Stewardship, yard care, etc.)
      • Park to provide popcorn
    • Future of the FixIt Home Improvement Loan program
    • Summer intern
    • Gypsy moth update (details online)
  • Treasurer Report
    • Unfrozen funds from the City
  • Secretary Report – March minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Organics Recycling at Armatage Park

Please note, locks will be installed on the organics cans located at the park. Those who have signed up as part of the drop off location have been notified and provided with codes. This is to help prevent organics recycling contamination.

If you have any questions or want to know if an item is compostable or not, check our website, search for the item on BPI’s website, or send us an email at

Airport Noise Listening Session

April 19, 2017 at 7:00-8:00 PM
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the Eagan Community Center, on April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the Spring NOC Listening Session.

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for residents to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics. Conversation from these sessions will be included as discussion items during future NOC meetings. The agenda for the April meeting is included below.

Who’s Invited?

  • Airport Neighbors
  • MAC Environment Department Staff
  • NOC Representatives
  • MAC Commission Members
  • Local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Staff


  • 7:00 Welcome
  • 7:05 Introductions – What is your name? Where do you live and for how long? What would you like to get from this meeting?
  • 7:10 Aircraft Noise Basics Video – Efforts Underway to Reduce Aircraft Noise
  • 7:20 NextGen Arrival Environmental Benefits – Optimized Profile Descents
  • 7:30 Open Floor Conversation 8:00 Closing Feedback – What did you like / dislike about the meeting format?

Earth Day Clean Up Events

Saturday, April 22 • Multiple Locations

Find an event for Earth Day online!

Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop – Just $35!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wood Lake Nature Center

What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our local watersheds? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for Minnehaha Creek, the Mississippi River and area watersheds.

Thanks to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Eagan, FMR has 30 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Minnesota. The barrels are white (but paintable) and connect to your existing downspout.

Taking place at Wood Lake Nature Center, the workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Next, we’ll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then build a rain barrel to take home.

Ready to register?

Claim your spot now via Eventbrite – Just $35! Please note, tickets sales end Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. or if the event reaches capacity.

Join Us at the Neighborhoods 2020 Cafes!

Neighborhood organizations across the City are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and NCR to host a series of community dialogues about neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Each event will include small group discussions to address the following questions:

  • What services, opportunities and information should neighborhood organizations provide?
  • What are characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization?
  • How can neighborhood organizations empower engagement?

These questions were developed by 37 participants at a day-long workshop on the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.

The dialogues are a first step in developing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council on the future work of neighborhood organizations through a process of respectful and inclusive community engagement.

Upcoming Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversations

  • Downtown – Tuesday April 25th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Plymouth Congregational Church – 1900 Nicollet Ave. So.
  • North – Saturday April 29th – 10:00am to 2:00pm North West Corner of Penn and Lowry (Outdoors under tent)
  • East – Wednesday May 3rd – 5:30pm to 8:00pm NE Minneapolis Armory – 1025 Broadway St NE 55413
  • South – Thursday May 4th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center – 2824 13th Ave So.
  • Southwest – Monday May 8th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Park – 4055 Nicollet Ave So. NOTE: 6:00 (dinner) 6:30-8:00 (program) Free child care provided

More information and to register for the events online,

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

June 3 • 8:00am-4:00pm

The garage sale registration form is now available on our website. This year we are also inviting groups to host sales for charity. You may set-up a table or tent at the park. If interested, please contact our coordinator!

Learn Golf & Earn Money

MMJGA Summer Caddie Program

Informational Meeting & Training
Saturday, March 25 • 9:00am-noon
Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N)

The Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association (MMJGA) invites young people ages 13-17, who are interested in golf, to join us this summer. Opportunities to earn money, meet new people, and learn the game of golf!

For more information visit

NOTE: Parents need to attend the first hour. The last 2 hours will be dedicated to training.

Mpls • St. Paul Home Tour

April 29-30

Make progress toward your new kitchen, bath, suite, your quest to claim unused space or to add on. You’ll find help and encouragement on the 30th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.

Learn more online.

March 27, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Highlights

  • Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee
    • Future of Neighborhoods • May 8 • 6:00pm (dinner) 6:30-8:30pm (program) • MLK Park — opportunity to learn more and express ideas about neighborhood organizations and how they should operate within the City in the future
    • Requesting update to the 2040 City planning document to move language from a survey reponse to raw data instead of as a planning directive
    • City Community Connections Conference April 1 • Information online (Free)
  • Park Updates
  • City Council Updates
    • Gypsy Moth spraying will take place in late-April or May. The ANA is posting information about the process, and will notify area residents through social media (eNews, website, Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter) as to the day of spraying once known.
    • As part of the Audit committee, she wants to make sure that all of the promises around the US Bank stadium deal are being honored. She also feels that accountability can be better tracked through the Audit committee for such things as the results from the recently released COPS report regarding the handling of incidents around the Jamar Clark shooting.
    • Tear-downs and home remodeling projects – in general, it seems that things have been running more smoothly in recent years, but it is truly case by case. If you have questions or concerns, check out some resources here, or contact the ANA.
    • Linnea encouraged everyone to get involved, as party caucuses will be starting in April. Watch for ways to learn about candidates, and be sure to vote!
  • Moving Happy Hour to Monday is seen as a good decision and will continue this way for 2017.
  • We continue to get items donated for our Welcome Bags which are delivered to new residents.
  • Newly formed Green Team had a great initial meeting. A few priorities for 2017:
    • Recruit home owners to get involved with our Metro Blooms rain garden program (see below)
    • Promote “Zero Waste” events (including the Summer Festival and National Night Out)
    • Encourage safe and healthy lawn care (will have information available during the Movie in the Park)
  • Variance for 5801 Russell approved.
  • No confirmed transactions or planned development at 54th and Penn.

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Armatage Park

Please preregister ($5/child ages 12 and under)

Yard Waste Collection begins April 10

Learn about what is accepted and how to prepare items for collection.

Plastic Bag Ban 6/1

Learn about this new ban and how it may affect you and area businesses.

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms now available for our 2017 area garage sales! Deadline to be included on the printed maps is May 29. You can mail or drop forms off to Armatage Park (2500 W 57th St, 55410).

Plastic Bag Ban FAQ

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2017

The Minneapolis City Council voted in an ordinance entitled “Single-Use Plastic and Recyclable Paper Carryout Bags” to be effective beginning June 1st, 2017. They have cited the purpose of the ordinance is to reduce litter, waste, lifecycle environmental impacts, and negative impacts on recycling facilities of single-use bags and incentivize Minneapolis consumers to use reusable bags.

Single use plastic bags will not be allowed, paper bags must be 40% recycled material and have notice of such on the exterior of the bag, and a fee or donation must accompany paper bags.

Does this rule apply to me?

Yes. Any person, business, facility, agency, vendor or organization in Minneapolis that provides food, merchandise or goods are affected. Continue reading for usage exemptions and options.

Which bags are banned?

Carryout bags provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure to a customer for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment. Specifically, plastic bags that are neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse may no longer be used.

Are there exemptions for specific types of bags or uses?


  1. Non-handled bags used inside store for bulk purchases
    1. Food Use (such as produce, bakery items, bulk foods, frozen or raw meats or other unwrapped prepared foods)
    2. For prescription drugs
    3. Where dampness may be a problem (potted plants, flowers, paper products such as greeting cards or print work)
  2. Bags used to safeguard public health during transportation of:
    1. Prepared take-out foods
    2. Prepared liquids intended for consumption
  3. Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, bags used to protect fine art paper, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste.
  4. Bags deemed reusable that meet all three requirements:
    1. Plastic bags at least 4 mils thick
    2. Bags specifically designed with a minimum of 75 uses over its lifetime
    3. Bags able to carry a minimum of 18 pounds

Can I use compostable plastic?


Compostable bags must meet ASTM D6400 standard and be certified for compostability by the Biodegradable Products Institute and display the BPI logo.

Can I use paper bags instead?

Yes, but…

  1. Paper bags used must contain a minimum average of 40% post-consumer recycled materials, and must display the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
  2. You must charge a pass-through fee of minimum of 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers/clients. It is a violation of the ordinance to pay or reimburse the customer for any portion of this fee.
  3. The pass through charge must be itemized on the transaction receipt, showing the number of paper, compostable and/or reusable bags provided, and the total amount of the pass-through charge.

Do I have to charge a paper bag fee if my primary use is exempt from the plastic ban?


Any business, whether offering paper bags for food or goods, must charge the minimum 5-cent fee.

User Exemption.

It is important to note that you are not required to collect the pass-through charge from anyone with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) support programs, or the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or a recognized Minnesota food assistance program.

Is there any way I can avoid the paper bag fee?

Yes. You may instead choose to contribute 5 cents per paper carryout, compostable carryout or reusable bag provided to customers to a recognized non-profit organization to fund litter cleanup and waste reduction initiatives within the City of Minneapolis.

But. City officials would be authorized to monitor and ensure compliance with the requirements of this through the “utilization of reasonable and lawful auditing, reporting and recordkeeping requirements.”


Violations of this ordinance may be enforced as administrative offenses, and you may be issued an administrative citation. The ordinance also provides that enforcement may take place through a host of civil, administrative or criminal remedies. City staff have until January 31st, 2017 to report back with recommendations for implementing and enforcing the ordinance.