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May 12, 2018 eNews

May Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 • 6:30pm
Pizza dinner featuring pies from both Pizzeria Lola and Red Wagon Pizza

Special Guests: Senator Dibble
Colleen O’Dell with the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SWsamp)

What would you do to improve Armatage neighborhood if you had $50,000? 

Currently the neighborhood is involved in the programs listed below, but we want to know what you, our neighbors, would like to see happen! Join us at our annual meeting to share your ideas and see how you can help us make it happen.

Current programs/projects:

  • Summer festival
  • Happy hours (every other month)
  • Neighborhood communications (eNews, social media, website, newsletter, etc.)
  • Safety initiatives (ideas abound; we’d like your input)
  • Subsidized rain gardens with Metro Blooms
  • Events at the park
  • A facade improvement grant for area businesses
  • A growing Green Team with lots of ideas they’d like your input around!

Other Ideas: tool library; micro grant program; additional park enhancements; speed signs on Penn & Xerxes

We will be electing board members, and setting priorities for what the ANA will do over the next several years to support our neighborhood, its residents and businesses. To view the current list of candidates, please see the ballot.

Upcoming meetings/events

Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on the Draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (time correction)
Southwest High School Auditorium

The draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan hasrecently been released ( and Ward 13 residents have many questions about the impact of the proposed plan. Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano will host a public conversation on May 23 with a short presentation and plenty of time for Q & A. Joining her in this important discussion will be City of Minneapolis Long Range Planning Director Heather Worthington.

 Road resurfacing 

Project to begin this summer in Armatage from Xerxes to Penn between 60th and 54th. The project is awaiting final Mayoral approval.  Details updated on the project website.

Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sales

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NEW: Register online and/or pay via PayPal (payment to

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash! Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event.

Your $10.00 registration fee includes:

  • A general garage sale ad in the StarTribune newspaper, website, social media and Craigslist.
  • Your sale location will be marked on the map of sales and a packet of maps delivered to your home the day before the sale. This map will also be available through Google Maps.

A check for $10.00 payable to the Armatage Neighborhood Association (or pay via PayPal) to: Armatage Neighborhood Association, 2500 W 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (or drop off at the park desk)

Forms can also be emailed to Questions regarding registration can be directed to the ANA office by calling 612-668-3206 or

Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 29!

City Updates

Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan open houses

Attend one of five upcoming open houses to discuss the draft Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

5:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 14
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave. N.

5:30- 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Dayton Gaviidae YMCA, 651 Nicollet Mall #300

5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31
Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S.

2020 Roadmap

The Neighborhood 2020 Web Page has been updated with the revised Roadmap, public comment report, work group overview and updated timeline.

Elections & Voter Services has now posted on the City jobs site ( thirteen available positions to assist at our in-person absentee voting (“early voting”) location located one block from City Hall at 217 S 3rd St.

Absentee Voting Team Member

(Seasonal Election Support Specialist I) – 13 to be hired, $18.39/hr
Providing customer service and assisting voters in the absentee ballot process; processing absentee ballot applications; processing voted absentee ballots; entering/looking up data in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS); and performing related clerical work.  Positions would be full-time (32hrs/wk), and run from mid-June through November.   Some evenings and weekends required.

*Especially encouraged to apply are those with fluency in English plus one of the following languages:  Somali, Oromo, Hmong, or Spanish—to assist voters with limited English skills.  

SW Parks Planning

In addition to attending Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, there will be many other ways to get involved in the project:

  • Sign up to receive email updates by visiting If you are already a subscriber, add “Southwest Service Area Master Plan” to your subscription preferences. Email updates are the best way to stay informed about meeting and event dates.
  • Attend other public project meetings. Though they have not yet been scheduled, MPRB expects numerous community meetings throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • The project team will share project information and listen to ideas be at dozens of community ice cream socials, festivals and park events this summer. Stop by and see us!
  • Email Project Manager Colleen O’Dell at if you’re interested in inviting someone from the project team to present at a meeting or event or engage your organization, group or community in the planning process.
  • Share your thoughts now via the SWSAMP online survey.

SWSAMP Project Page

CAC Meeting #1

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Address: 4055 Nicollet Ave S

Spring Lawn Care Tips that are Useful All Year

Did you know that you and your neighbors have waterfront property? Your yard and the nearest lake, stream, or wetland are connected by the nearest storm drain or ditch. That means the actions you take on your property affect the local water bodies.

In urban areas, rain falls on hard surfaces such as streets, driveways and rooftops and flows into the storm sewer system, which carries it to the nearest body of water.  This rainfall, called stormwater runoff, brings along any pollutants it has picked up along the way.  You can help reduce the amount of pollutants entering local lakes, rivers and streams (and save money at the same time) by following a few simple steps:

  • Water wisely – if your lawn needs water, do it in the morning when it’s cooler to avoid evaporation, and make sure to aim sprinklers so they don’t water hard surfaces. Lawns typically only need one inch of water per week, so if it rains, you can skip the watering.
  • Mow three inches or higher – Mowing grass to a height of three inches or higher will encourage thicker and healthier grass and make your lawn more resistant to weeds, drought, and erosion.
  • Sharpen your mower blades – Sharper blades will cut grass to three inches or higher more effectively. Dull blades damage grass, which can give the grass a yellow or white tint.
  • Leave grass clippings on lawn – Leaving your grass clippings on your lawn puts the same amount of nutrients back into your grass as one application of fertilizer. If you don’t want grass clippings on your lawn, compost them. Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down the storm drain.
  • Fertilize smartly (if you need it) – If you choose to fertilize, only do it in the fall when it’s most effective. Apply only the amount directed and be sure to choose a zero-phosphorus fertilizer. Many lawns already have plenty of phosphorus in the soil and any excess will just run off into local waters and produce algae (do a soil test first if you aren’t sure about your lawn). Another alternative to fertilizing is aerating your lawn.
  • Pick up pet waste regularly – In addition to preventing lawn burns, regular pick-up of pet waste will keep bacteria from running off into storm drains and our local waters.

Following these tips will help keep your lawn healthy while keeping our waters clean and safe this summer. Learn more at

Free glove for kids aged 5-8 at
Twins Community Fund
Glove Giveaway Celebration on May 16!

Bring your young softball or baseball player to Sibley Park next Wednesday, May 16, 6:15 pm for the 2018 Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway Celebration!
Kids aged 5-8 will receive a Minnesota Twins fielding glove and ball and have the opportunity to meet T.C. Bear and a surprise Twins player!

If you have a child interested in attending, please email Kent Brevik at by Monday, May 14.

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund has generously donated equipment and uniforms for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth RBI baseball and softball for the past 25 years.
Twins Tball Kid North Commons
Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Sibley Park
Address: 1900 E 40th St., Minneapolis, MN 55407

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!

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.

May 17, 2016 Minutes – Annual Meeting

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

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

ANA board members in attendance: Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Sarah Broich, Kelly Falsani, Steve Johnson, Laurel Luxenberg, Sara Emmenecker

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg- ANA Coordinator, Councilmember Linea Palmisano, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene, Alex Anderson- Bike Fixtation, Luke Breen- Perennial Cycle, Soren Jensen- Midtown Greenway Coalition, Cycling Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, approximately 10 neighbors


Board president Denis Houle welcomed everyone to the ANA Annual Meeting

Guest Presenters

Ward 13 Update- Councilmember Palmisano presented

  • Council approved complete streets policy today (includes public right of way policies)- endorsed by AARP
  • Parks agreement- council passed 20 year plan for parks and streets- councilmember worked hard on this to avoid referendum
  • Paid sick time ordinance- will be voting on this- councilmember has signed on to author this bill. Public hearing is tomorrow at 3 pm. Amendments will be discussed next Thursday.
  • 54th street construction- 2 year project (public meeting next Wed at 6:30 at City Church)
  • A neighbor reported she called the Ward 13 office 5 times and has not received any returned calls. She also expressed frustration that councilmember was not involved in Xerxes Ave meetings. Councilmember Palmisano stated she personally attended some of those meetings and that her office works hard to return all phone calls. She offered to talk with the woman individually about her experiences, but the woman left before offering her contact information.

Board Introductions

ANA board members introduced themselves

Bike Fixtation- Alex Anderson

  • Small company in South Minneapolis
  • Sell vending machines with bike stuff and make their own pumps. They have these pumps around town (very heavy duty, resilient)
  • Provides bike resources
  • Also have water stations
  • Closest station to Armatage is Lynnhurst community center
  • They sell to schools, parks departments, other institutions
  • The idea is based on the car infrastructure system- gas stations are readily available, so bike stations should be too.
  • Maps were available for neighbors to take

Perennial Cycle- Luke Breen

  • Talked about the evolution/growth of bike culture in Minneapolis
  • Demonstrated bike rack, bag to carry groceries, convertible pannier bag/backpack, phone carrier, cargo bike
  • Perennial is at 34th and Hennepin (formerly Calhoun Cycle)
  • There was a question about where to bring used bikes- suggested Sunrise Cyclery can take used bikes and also Venture North or Full Cycle

(Or Cycling Museum of MN can take bikes with historical significance)

Marion Greene- Hennepin County Commissioner

  • Brought updated Hennepin County bike maps; distributed one page of significant happenings at the county
  • Hennepin County has a 2 billion dollar annual budget; board president encouraged everyone to follow what is happening with the county
  • A neighbor asked question about LRT- no specific updates
  • A neighbor complimented the library system
  • Question about Southdale service center- Commissioner confirmed the service center will move to Southdale Mall. The library will close temporarily at some point. There will still be a library there or near there.

Midtown Greenway Coalition- Soren Jensen

  • Hennepin County owns the Greenway
  • The group is a coalition of the neighborhoods that the Greenway runs through
  • “The best urban bike trail in the nation”
  • Over 5000 people on the Greenway each day.
  • Increased cycling rates in Mpls after Greenway opened
  • Trailwatch- volunteers who ride the trail at night
  • The coalition works on things that enhance the Greenway
  • Greenway Glow- 6/18 Arts Festival (9pm to 1 am) *still need artists. There is also a 5K event this year and a 10 mile bike ride
  • Question from neighbor- what is the biggest threat to success? Soren Jensen said mugging events are rare- but there is a perception that it might be unsafe- that is the biggest challenge
  • The coalition works to increase safety; increase lighting and security cameras
  • They support a streetcar line going along the greenway, someday (WAY in the future)
  • Greenway is plowed during the winter (maintained by City of Mpls)

Board Elections

Denis Houle is up for re-election

Bri Keeney is also up for re-election

Michael Kootsikas is running for open seat

Ryan Antkowiak is also running for open seat

There is one more open seat if any neighbors are interested.

Sarah Broich, Lance Custer, Jeff Forss are leaving the board

Neighbors voted and everyone running was elected to the board.

Secretary Report

April minutes were approved via email

Treasurer Report

Treasurer shared report via email

New Business

Cynthia at 58th and Logan has been working on an art wrap for utility box at 60th and Penn. It will hopefully be done sometime this summer.

There was a motion by Kelly to adjourn, seconded by Bri. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned.

May 6, 2016 eNews

ANA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 17 starting at 6:30pm
Armatage Community Center

Join us for a bike-focused annual meeting!

  • Linea Palmisano (Ward 13 Update)
  • Bike Fixation — bike services stations located around the City
  • Perennial Cycle (formerly Calhoun Cycle) — how to carry things on your bike (from a purse to bags of groceries)
  • Midtown Greenway — Greenway Glow event on June 18
  • Minneapolis Bike Coalition – protected bikeways
  • Biking maps, resources and more will be available for attendees.
  • Paul Thissen (tentative)
  • And more…

We need to do some business — that of electing members to the board, and addressing any issues that may require the board’s attention.

We hope you can join us for this informative and fun night!

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood Garage Sales

In cooperation with Kenny Neighborhood, the ANA promotes a neighborhood wide garage sale event the Saturday of Memorial weekend. Residents interested in being listed on an area map, listing all the sales, can submit a form and small fee to their neighborhood.

Go to our website to download the 2016 Neighborhood Garage Sale Form.

Local Historian?

As we celebrate 25 years of our neighborhood association, we’d like to highlight not just the history of the association and its impact on the neighborhood, but the history of the Armatage neighborhood. We’d love your help! Share stories, photos, etc. with our coordinator, or contact us if you’d be willing to do some research!

Website Updates

Now that our site is back up and running, we have been adding more resources and information that we hope residents find useful. If you have suggestions for website improvements, please let us know!

New Resource: Thumbtack

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May 18, 2016 eNews

May Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Council Member Palmisano presented an overview of much of the recent work at City Hall.
  • Bike Fixtation shared the story of how they came to be, and described the repair stations and equipment they have developed including self-service kiosks at transit hubs. You can find their stations across the metro on Zap.
  • Perennial Cycle brought in bikes to demonstrate some of cool and efficient ways you can carry things on your bike, from laptop to a bag of groceries and more!
  • We got a surprise visit from Marion Green our Hennepin County district representative.
  • Great information was shared about the Midtown Greenway project and their upcoming Greenway Glow event (which is looking for artists!).
  •  Neighbors were able to learn about the Cycling Museum of Minnesota which got a nice write-up in the Strib.
  •  The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition shared information about protected bikeways and advocates for safe routes for cyclists. Plus has been very busy during Bike Week which is this week!
  • A variety of biking maps were available for attendees (and some extras are available at the park).

Board Elections

We are also excited to have Ryan Antkowiak and Michael Kootsikas as new board members with the ANA! Thanks to Ryan and Michael for volunteering – and to all our great board members who continue to work on behalf of the neighborhood. Some projects and initiatives the board is working on include:

  • Expanding park opportunities for older residents
  • Supporting the organics recycling program from the City (including hosting a workshop on Saturday, June 11 from 1-2:30pm at the park!)
  • Finding ways to connect with property owners and renters in the area
  • Improvements at the park and supporting park events
  • Celebrating our 25th anniversary
  • Connecting with neighbors in new ways (including hosting occasional happy hours, etc.)

Your ideas and input are always welcome and valued as Armatage residents! Help us spend $ the way that has the most impact and helps to improve our wonderful corner of Minneapolis.

54th Street Construction

The Department of Public Works will hold an informational meeting to address any questions that you may have about the 54th St W Reconstruction project construction. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be located at:

City Church
1501 W 54th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

You can sign up for regular project email updates via GovDelivery and find out additional information on the project website:

Tree Trust Distibution – help needed!

As a resident of the Armatage Neighborhood, you are probably familiar with the annual Minneapolis City Trees distribution which Tree Trust facilitates for the City of Minneapolis. In fact, the Armatage Neighborhood has been one of the top participating neighborhoods to get trees so we’re hoping you may be interested in “giving back” by volunteering at the distribution.

We are specifically looking for volunteers to help at the Tree Distribution on Sunday afternoon, May 22 from 11 AM – 2:30 PM. We need volunteers to assist with pointing people in the right direction, and others who are good lifters (<30 lbs.) to help load trees into vehicles. This is a fun and very busy event, and a great opportunity to interact with others from Minneapolis who are excited to take home their new tree!

The Distribution is held at the Minneapolis Impound Lot at 51 Colfax Ave North.  Food and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.

To sign up, please email Tate Vaughan at or call her at 952-767-3919.

Skateboard Instructional Camps

Ages 6-17
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12-3pm ($120)

  • Week 1 (June 28-30) #61465
  • Week 2 (July 19-21) #61466
  • Week 3 (August 9-11) #61467

Monday, August 8 • 6-8:30 pm • FREE at the Armatage Summer Festival

3rd Lair expert lead instructors will provide hands-on instruction to skateboard participants of all levels. Through small group instruction and fun activities each participant will become more comfortable on their boards. Instructors will also work with the campers to help set personal goals they will work to attain each day.

Register online.

Armatage Organics Recycling Workshop

Saturday, June 11 • 1-2:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

You have a green can – now what?

Come learn from the experts about organics recycling (city-wide composting).
•    Hear about the benefits of this service
•    Learn what can go in your free compost bin and what not to compost
•    Get tips on setting up your home recycling system from neighbors
•    Armatage neighbors attending will receive free compost bags!
•    Kids welcome! Fun crafts and games to play!
•    Light snacks will be provided

Haven’t sign-up to get your organics can yet?
Sign-up during the workshop or go online
or call 311

April 21, 2016 eNews

April Meeting Highlights

  • Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist with the MPD, presented a summary of Part 1 Crimes for 2016 and Armatage continues to be a very safe part of Minneapolis, with thefts and burglaries as our main issues. Almost all reported incidents were non-forced, and serve as a reminder to lock doors.
  • There are a few openings still remaining for the Rec+ summer program, and a couple for next fall’s after school childcare program.
  • Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) will be hosting an organics recycling workshop on Saturday, June 11 (just after our area will receive their organics cans, for those who requested before the February deadline). More details to come!

We are back online! 4-21-16

After more than a month of our website being out of commission, we have resurrected it — and will hope to bring it up to date in over the next week.

Armatage Happy Hour

Thursday, April 28
Cafe Maude

Join members of the ANA for a casual happy hour and a chance to meet neighbors, ask questions about what we do, and share your ideas about what you’d like to see happen in Armatage.
Cash bar • Appetizers provided by the ANA

ANA Annual Meeting

May 17 starting at 6:30pm
Armatage Community Center

Join us for a bike-focused annual meeting!

  • Bike Fixation — bike services stations located around the City
  • Perennial Cycle (formerly Calhoun Cycle) — how to carry things on your bike (from a purse to bags of groceries)
  • Midtown Greenway — Greenway Glow event on June 18
  • Minneapolis Bike Coalition – protected bikeways
  • Biking maps, resources and more will be available for attendees.
  • Linea Palmisano (Ward 13 Update)
  • Paul Thissen (tentative)
  • And more…

We need to do some business — that of electing members to the board, and addressing any issues that may require the board’s attention.

We hope you can join us for this informative and fun night!

We want to know!

We will celebrate our 25 years of service during our Summer Festival (on Monday, August 8). In exploring ways to commemorate this anniversary, we are asking residents their interest in having the ANA commission a work of art. The artist we are considering is Adam Turman, a local artist who’s unique style can be seen around town.

We would work with the artist to have him create an image unique to our neighborhood. Some current ideas include:

  • Having the word “Armatage”
  • A representation of the park sculpture
  • Showing our borders (landmark streets, shape of outline, or such)
  • Hint of Minnehaha Creek
  • No people images (focus on nature and buildings)
  • Possibly include the Armatage tree logo
  • Other ideas? (Please forward your suggestions to our coordinator.)

After checking out his work, we’d like to know the following:
Would you purchase a limited addition Armatage screen print (18×24)? *


*(We understand you are basing your response on an image we don’t have yet, but hope our ideas above give you a sense of what will/won’t be in the image. Again, send us your thoughts for what you’d like to see!)
[Pricing est. $20-$30/unframed print]

May 20, 2014 Minutes – Annual Meeting

Armatage Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

After an allotted social time, the meeting was called to order at 6:46 by Board President, Betsen Philip

ANA board members in attendance: Tom Alagna, Sarah Broich, Lance Custer, Kelly Falsani, Jeff Forss, Denis Houle, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Nikki Lindberg, Betsen Philip, and Keith Swanson.

Others in attendance: Tina Erazmus, ANA staff member; Speakers and over a dozen residents.


Betsen updated everyone on the annual meeting shift to May, recent ANA events (personal safety workshop, meeting on crime, Twitter and Facebook activity, involvement with Fair Skies, having the Chief of Police at a meeting, etc.)

MN Honey Company – Kelley Flanders

Kelley and his wife own the MN Honey Company store at 50th & Xerxes. They support over 30 different local beekeepers (ranging from age 10-80). With the recent significant loss of hives, many businesses have struggled or closed, so they are glad to be supporting this new, growing industry. The bee hive collapses are a worldwide problem, but Minnesota is proving to be a leader in finding solutions (both through hobbyists and professionals, as well as significant research through the University). Our region represents a significant percentage of honey production. The bee loss issues is complicated, and educating ourselves as consumers is a great start in helping the bee population return.

City Council Update by Linea Palmisano

Minneapolis was just announced today as the host for the 2018 Super Bowl. The LRT station at Target Field just opened last weekend, and trains to Union Depot in St. Paul will begin June 14. Pedestrian safety continues to be of concern (especially in the Calhoun neighborhood), and they are looking at solutions/improvements for Xerxes Ave. The city has begun looking into become self-insured, which could provide huge city-wide cost savings. Regarding composting and recycling, juice and other aseptic box packaging is now recyclable. Another $1M was just appropriated for road repairs (report issues through 3-1-1). Although the City Council is looking as banning Styrofoam, her feeling is that most business are already phasing it out, and that it wouldn’t be enforceable, and would rather see the city look at ways to encourage wider composting programs. Some concerns were raised over parking on Penn (especially with local construction and during rush hour) and questions were asked about any possible parking concerns near Lola. No specific concerns have been brought to her attention, but know that traffic enforcement would help in both areas (again, you can call 3-1-1 with specific concerns).

Minnehaha Creek Survey Results – Fulton Neighborhood Association President, Jim Tincher

Jim provided a very brief history of this project and the gathering of input (feedback doors, neighborhood festivals, surveys, etc.). The Park Board has set aside $6-7M for path development along the Creek. The neighborhoods requested they hold off any development until after some other projects are completed, and after this feedback could be gathered, so the path development won’t take place until 2018-19. Overall, the feedback was to keep paths as natural as possible (not cement) and to increase access to the Creek. Neighborhood involvement is done for now, and the Park Board with be creating the final recommendations for development. These plans will then be made available for public response some time in 2016.

Bee Speaker & Flower Recommendations – Rene Lynch

Rene agreed that the issue of bee hive loss is complicated, but wanted to show us ways we could support our native pollinators, particularly two species of bees: Blue Orchard Mason and Leaf Cutter bees. These pollinators, unlike honeybees, are non-aggressive, since they are not protecting a queen. They are solitary dwellers, and life in holes in trees. You can provide a bee house, which has tubes to encourage a bee habitat in your own yard. Blue Orchard Mason bees hibernate over the winter in cocoons. When they emerge one Blue Orchard Mason bee can pollinate at the level it would take 600 honeybees. However, they can’t fly very far (and are often being harvested in one part of the country and shared with other areas during pollination seasons). Blue Orchard Mason bees are active in the spring, while Leaf Cutter bees are fall pollinators. Leaf Cutter bees also will live in the tube, but instead of a cocoon, the use a piece of a leaf to create a hibernation capsule. You can order bees online to help establish a population. There are also many native plants that encourage and help these pollinators: hollyhock, globe thistle, garden phlox, echinacea, ligularia, hyssop, lobelia, dumosus, joe pye weed and golden rod, for example.

Board Elections

Ballots distributed. Slate of candidates approved:

New Business

  • The Home Loan Program is in the development stage. We should have the details about these low interest home improvement loans soon.
  • Armatage Summer Festival  is Monday, August 11. Watch for more details in the coming months and consider volunteering a 1/2 hr of your time!

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.