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June 20, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:31 pm by Denis Houle.

 ANA board members in attendance: Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Denis Houle, Jim Hoch, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vicere and Stephanie Vigen

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg (ANA Coordinator), Nikki Frederich (Park Coordinator), Jennifer Waisanen (Crime Prevention Specialist), Chris Kelley (Directive Patrol Cars), Karina Landmesser (Directive Patrol Cars), Lance Custer (Safety Coordinator), Kendal Killian (City Council), 1 Armatage Resident – Chris Sorenson

Crime Prevention Report (Jennifer Waisanen)

  • 16 reported crimes March 1st – June 20th
    • 1 Aggravated Domestic Assault
    • 3 Burglaries (2 garages)
    • 9 Thefts from Motor Vehicles
    • 2 Thefts – laundry basket and backpack
    • 1 Auto Theft

Chris Kelley and Karina Landmesser (Directive Patrol Cars) explained their role, which is to be a proactive presence throughout the city. They tend to patrol areas which produce more crimes. They will drive-thru Armatage but relative to other areas in the city, Armatage has minimal crime activity.

Next Door is not something the police specifically monitor however they will respond to individuals who contact them so they can then dispense the information. Nikki Lindberg contacts Jennifer when she doesn’t know how to respond to Next Door inquiries as it relates to crime.

City Council Update – Kendal Killian

  • Minimum Wage Ordinance is having a public hearing on Thursday, June 22nd at 3:30pm at City Hall. City Council Member Linea Palmisano is generally supportive of raising the minimum wage.
  • Legislature did pass a sick time ordinance going live July 1st.
  • Edina recently passed an increase from 18 to 21 for tobacco sales. MPLS is looking at this now as well and about banning menthol tobacco products.
  • Plastic grocery bag ban has been stopped. Looking into charging for bags as an alternative way to incentivize people to bring their own bags.
  • 50th Street construction – stop lights going in at James and Minnehaha Parkway. Should improve flow and visibility as well.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Movie in the Park: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
    • Very well attended. Began at 9:30pm and ended around 11:30pm.
      • ~ 250 people attended
    • Wading pools are all open. The delay was because the city will not allow them to be open until school is out of session.
      • Denis proposed having swim diapers on hand in case pool users run out or need them for their children.
    • Bike locks are being purchased so Rec Center users can be able to lock their bikes for free. Park employees will keep the lock key so they can be reused.
    • Book it to the Park initiative begins tomorrow. Unlocking 50 new “little libraries” throughout the city. There will also be live readings. Armatage has the very first live reading, which is at 7AM.
    • Fall Sports Registration: Soccer, Volleyball & Football (Tackle and Flag) registration starts 07-05.
      • No one is turned away. Subsidized programs are available.

Review Post It Ideas from the Annual Meeting

  • Pool umbrellas/Sun shades will be installed in a future year. All new city pool development will now incorporate shade.
  • Adding a splash pad would require additional planning/budgeting and is therefore not on the table at this time but will be considered when we propose our list of updates/changes.
  • Dog Park is commonly requested but may be a logistic challenge. Will be considered when we propose our list of updates/challenges.
  • Tool library – Denis will look into this.
  • Neighborhood subsidized or funded Wi-Fi-enabled cameras or motion detector lights. Generally felt motion sensor lights would deter more crime.
    • Lighting, safety measures to be subsidized from the neighborhood?

Kelly suggested at the Summer Festival we provide a resource list as a response to some of the Post-It Ideas so the community can get involved and take action under their own accord

Committee Updates

Community Engagement Update

Green Team

  • Recently purchased seeds to pass along info; still brainstorming here

Safety Update

  • Self Defense Class in September?

Welcome Kit

  • Add safety/crime prevention DIY projects – get from Settegrens?

Summer Festival Team

  • Leadership roles have been assigned
    • Individual assignments are being distributed
  • Food vendors are all interested in coming back
  • Band lined up
  • Approved 4th inflatable for bouncy house activities

Coordinator Update

  • Garage Sale was a success
  • Happy Hour Update – confirm if July 17th will still work
    • Sign in sheet to capture names and share info on what ANA does in an effort to get more interest
  • Newsletter Update – Thank you to Maude. Thank you to Steve Johnson.
  • Summer Intern
  • Bylaws – need to review at some point in 2017
    • Committee formed: Jim Hoch, Kelly Falsani, Laurel Luxenburg and Judy Vecere

Secretary Report

  • May Minutes approved online
  • Electronic votes
    • Supporting Hmong event
    • Approval of May Minutes
    • Approval of $1,400 for Summer Festival Inflatables
    • Supporting Café Maude’s 10th Anniversary cancellation – now cancelled
    • Approval of $100 for pollinator seeds for the Green Team to distribution starting at movie night
    • Approval to increase our financial support for movie night from $250 to $425

Treasurer Update 

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

Officer Elections

  • Nomination for President
    • Denis Houle – nominated, 2nd, motion for approval. Approved.
  • Nomination for Treasurer
    • Judy Vicere – nominated, 2nd, motion for approval. Approved.

New Business

  • Secretary role gets divided so everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in meetings
    • Details to be worked out but generally accepted
      • Ryan Antkowiak to continue for the time-being
  • Some type of present for Steve Johnson to thank him for his years of service.
    • Ideas discussed…. Trophy, gift card, will be discussed further
  • 54th/Penn – clean up the old dry cleaner location; currently boarded up
  • Rain garden; proposal was increased from 10 to 15 from Metro Blooms
  • Nikki was hired for West Calhoun so will now support Armatage and West Calhoun

Meeting was adjourned at 7:58 pm.

July 11, 2017 eNews

July Agenda

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

Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
Park Update, Nikki Friederich
Committee Updates
Community Engagement
Green Team
Consider additional funding for 5 more raingardens in 2018 (from 10 to 15)
Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
Summer Festival
Armatage shirts or such / frisbees
Coordinator Update
July/August Newsletter
Summer Intern
Bylaws (Joel, Judy, Jim, Kelly, Laurel)
Secretary Report – June minutes approved online
Electronic votes
Rita’s House grant
Approval of June minutes
Approval of award and gift for Steve Johnson
Treasurer Report
New Business
Solar Power Hour event, July 26, 4-5pm at Insight Brewing (SE Como group)

Happy Hour and Goodbye to Cafe Maude

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

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour and a chance to say goodbye to Cafe Maude as they will be closing their doors after a decade. We hope to find a new place to continue hosting neighborhood happy hours – so stay tuned.

The ANA provides food. Cafe Maude offers happy hour drink pricing.

Come on down and meet neighbors, and ask board members questions! 

Lawn Care for Water Quality

‘Tis the season for turf grass maintenance! Most of us have lawns that need maintaining throughout the warmer months, but did you know that how you care for your lawn can have a big impact on water quality? What lands on your lawn can make its way into storm drains that lead straight to streams and lakes without treatment. That means if you fertilize your lawn, blow grass clippings into the street, or don’t pick up after your pet, all that might be going down the drain straight to water we rely on for drinking and playing.

But it’s easy to minimize your impact! Here are some tips:

  1. Mow high and often. Cut your grass to 3 inches or higher, which helps trap pollutants and leads to a healthier lawn that has stronger roots and is more resistant to weeds. Don’t cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time to avoid stressing the grass. You’ll also avoid having large mats of grass on your yard, which smother grass and are more likely to wash off into the street.
  2. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings contain the same amount of nutrients as one round of fertilizer, which is good for your lawn and your pocketbook! Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down a storm drain.
  3. Water wisely. Lawns don’t need as much water as you might think. Lawns generally need about 1-inch per week to stay green. Try to water in the early morning so the grass absorbs the water better and be sure to divert your sprinklers so they aren’t watering impervious surfaces. If a green lawn isn’t a concern for you, try to not water more than is necessary. Grass that turns yellow or brown in the middle of summer is just going dormant and will bounce back in the fall.
  4. Fertilize in fall. If you are planning on fertilizing your lawn, it will be most effective in the fall. It’s also useful to get a soil test of your yard so you know what nutrients your lawn needs. Be sure to use zero-phosphorus fertilizers and sweep up any fertilizer that falls on hard surfaces. As an alternative to fertilizing, you can aerate in the fall instead.

More tips can be found on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website. You can help us improve the watershed, one action at a time!

Southwest High School Soccer Camp

Dear Soccer Families,
This summer, August 7-10, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm, we will be holding our annual Southwest High School Soccer Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-9 in the Fall of 2017. Cost is $75 for the first player in a family and $60 for each additional sibling. The camp is held at Southwest High School Soccer Stadium and led by Southwest High School soccer captains with assistance from coaches and former players.

The camp is limited to 100 campers and has filled each of the last few years, so please sign up early. We are hoping to get up to 100 campers by July 16 so that we can get T-Shirt orders in. Sign up at: Registration is complete once the online registration form is completed and waiver/payment is received. For questions about the youth camp, send an email to: call Dale Peterson at: 612-655-2796 Thanks for supporting SW soccer!

Parks in need of Seasonal Workers

Role Summary

Perform seasonal manual labor in the care and maintenance of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) buildings, grounds, and amenities to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the public.  Position is temporary lasting up to six (6) months, with expected duration from mid-April through mid-October, depending on work location and weather conditions.  May be assigned a modified workweek and workday that includes weekends and holidays.  Start times are between 5-7am, end times are between 1:30-3:30pm.  A limited number of positions required to work 1-9pm.

Check out this opportunity and more online.

Safety Camp

Safety Camp teaches participants safety education through games, demonstrations and hands-on activities in a fun camp setting. Camp is action packed, and safety topics include water, bike, animal, bus, fire safety and more. Police, firefighters, and recreation staff serve as camp counselors. Parents/guardians are invited to join their camper for lunch on July 26, noon-1 pm. Camp includes: drinks, snacks, t-shirt and awards ceremony.

Grades:  2nd through 5th

July 24-26

$65 Resident / $88 Non-Resident

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Register now!  Bus pick ups available throughout the city (including at Armatage Park) or opt to drop your camper off at Wirth. Sign up for the optional 4th day on July 27 from 9am-4:30pm.

June 26, 2017 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update – Joined by our Crime Prevention Specialist and a couple of our patrol car officers. Crime stats shared for the past quarter. Year over year, we continue to have a low level of crime. We always see an increase when the weather warms, but most crimes continue to be crimes of opportunity and the police want to remind residents that locking doors is one of the easiest prevention methods residents can take. They also noted, that they can not monitor discussions on Nextdoor. They have no access to read posts or comments on that site, and rely on neighborhood coordinators to help share area concerns.
  • City Council Update
    • There will be a public hearing regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance on Thursday, June 22.
    • The Sick Time Ordinance will go into effect July 1.
    • The Plastic Bag Ban has been put on hold while certain details get worked out.
    • Edina recently passed an increase fro 18 to 21 for tobacco sales. Minneapolis is considering this as well as the possibility of banning menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
    • The City is aware of the congestion issues along 50th, and are working on ways to alleviate this situation.
  • Park Update
    • Armatage Movie in the Park was well attended with over 250 people. Kenny’s movie is the original Ghost Busters on August 9.
    • Bike locks will be available to borrow from the park desk.
    • Fall Sports Registration opens July 5.
  • The Green Team passed out pollinator seeds during the movie, and will have remaining packets included in the Welcome Bags to new residents. (Their next meeting will be on Wed, July 5 at 7pm)
  • The Safety Team will be planning a personal safety workshop with a tentative date of September 23.
  • The ANA will be reviewing their bylaws and policies this fall, with updates to be proposed by early winter.

Armatage Happy Hour

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

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour, and a last chance to say farewell to Cafe Maude which will be closing at the end of July.

Appetizers provided by the ANA. Happy hour pricing on drinks.

NOTE: We are hoping to find a new venue to host this new neighborhood tradition.

Summer Festival

Saturday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

   3:30pm – Magic by Bruce
4:00pm – 3rd Lair in the Skate Park
5:00pm – Live music by White Elephant
Games • Food • Car Show • And more!

Keep up to date on our website and Facebook.

Around the City

Red, White and Boom!

Seasonal Election Help Needed

Neighborhoods 2020

In an effort to frame the future of neighborhood organizations across the City, a number of meetings have been held. Participate in their online survey, view current results, and learn more about these discussions online.

Lake Harriet Trail Update

West Lake Harriet Parkway closed to motorized traffic between 42nd and 44th Street through mid-July. Keep up to date online or sign-up for email updates.

Parks Ecological Survey

Help develop the Ecological System Plan, a vision for more environmentally friendly parks and public spaces.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are working together to create the Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Ecological System Plan topics include:

  • Air Quality Issues
  • Biodiversity and Habitat Quality
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Habitat Connectivity
  • Stormwater Runoff
  • Sustainable Energy Generation
  • Urban Heat Island Effect

Take the survey and learn more online.

New Airport Reporting Tool

The MAC releases new reporting tool tracking noise and complaints.

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.