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A Right to Establish a Home - Exhibition - Aug 22 - Jan 4

In August 1931, Arthur and Edith Lee, a young African-American couple, purchased a home at 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis, in what many considered a “white neighborhood.” A Right to Establish a Home examines the protests that followed in the context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.

Guest curated by arch professor Greg Donofrio & Laurel Fritz, w/ community collaborators Stearline Rucker and the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group, the opening reception on August 22, from 6-8 PM in the HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis), will feature the Dove Choir of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

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Farmers Market comes to 52nd and Chicago

August 27                    4-8pm

Stop by for fresh produce, cheeses, breads, treats & more!

Seeing Little Cars along your Street?  It's CAR SHARING!

The first car-sharing company to be part of the City of Minneapolis’ pilot program, is finding a lot of customers in the city. That’s all according to Car2go’s recently released third-quarter report. The City’s car-sharing pilot program began with Car2go on Sept. 12, 2003. About six months later, Hourcar and Zipcar were added to the two-year program. These three companies have since been sharing vehicles throughout town using on-street parking spaces as well as off-street ones. The on-street parking spaces will make it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it.


National History Day-The Arthur Lee Family

Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) is proud to announce that on March 25th, at a Regional Event at Augsburg College, Molly Hynes and Emily Voigt qualified for the National History Day competition at the University of Minnesota..  Molly and Emily also won that competition on May 3rd for their exhibit, "Racism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur Lee Family (1931)".  They will now move onto the National Competition in Washington DC.

The exhibit introduces the Lee Family experience within the historical context of the years following WWI and the lives of the postal workers and veterans. It emphasizes its significance in light of short-term and longterm consequences in the community. 

The students continue to research, conduct interviews, and augment their exhibit to honor the legacy of the Lee Family in preparation for the State competition. Also, Molly and Emily, with guidance from their teachers and librarians, will be working with their classmates to produce and direct a puppet show about the Lee Family for U.S History classes at CDH. They will build on the puppet show that was performed a few years ago at the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s (HOTB) free Saturday morning  performances. Their teacher, Greg Poferl—a former Postal Worker—collaborated with  Howard Kling from the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, Ester Ouray from HOTB, and the show’s creator, Children’s Theater actor and educator, Emily Zimmer to do the show.

Finally, Molly and Emily’s exhibit will be featured at the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) State convention May 5th-6th in Brainerd, MN. It has had a special place in the APWU and especially with the Minneapolis Area Local. Onward!

In peace and friendship,

Greg Poferl and Stearline Rucker.

Greening Committee Update


I-35W Sound Barrier Wall - On 2nd Ave. from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd St.

We are looking to develop a partnership with MnDOT regarding the care and maintenance of the new trees, plants and flowers along 2nd Avenue South from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd Street

The current maintenance contract for the new plantings comes to an end this June. From that point on, maintenance of the land will need to rely on neighborhood volunteers to cut grass,  weed,  or add new plantings along our thoroughfares.

In order to remain a vibrant community, we look to our community members to join us in this necessary volunteer effort to be coordinated by the FRNNG Greening Committee. You don't have to live along 2nd Ave. to participate in this beautifying project! 

Studies have shown that neighborhoods, who have highway boulevards that are well maintained, add a nice view for neighbors and drivers  SLOW TRAFFIC AND REDUCE LITTER and vandalism. 

VOLUNTEER NOW!  Be part of the "We Love Our Neighborhood" project.  The Greening Committee meets regularly to plan and schedule.   To get involved, please contact the FRNNG Greening Committee at or to get your block involved, contact your block leader.

Gateway Project

In addition to these efforts, the 62 Crosstown Project enters its final planning phase. MnDOT is working with neighborhood groups to design the community "gateways" crossing 42nd, 46th, 50th, 60th (and intersecting with 2nd and Stevens Avenues) in Minneapolis and added street gateways entering Richfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting with MnDOT representatives to decide on signage and limited plantings along these major thoroughfares into and around our communities. Final designs of possible signage are  found on the MnDOT website at

For the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood, please send any ideas or concerns you may have to the FRNNG Greening Committee at

Ted Moe and Tim Price

Art & Community Together!
FRNNG is launching an arts initiative in our neighborhoods for performing and visual artists! Its mission is to promote and advance arts-based opportunities in the Field Regina  Northrop Neighborhood, providing support to the artist community and fostering greater engagement with the neighborhood.

Thanks to the efforts of FRNNG to increase arts opportunities, The Parkway Artist Coalition (The PAC) was started.  Artists of all disciplines and art educators are welcome!

The next meeting of The PAC will be September 4 at 7pm at The Gallery in Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (1620 E. 46th St).


Senior Nutrition Program

Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50, however they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay.

Meals are at 1:00pm at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 1720 E. Minnehaha Parkway. For more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.

Free Home Security Audits

Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the Third Precinct by calling 612-673-2839 or e-mailing her at

Volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood

Are you looking for a way to volunteer with organizations in your neighborhood, but don't know quite how to get connected with the right group? For information about non-profit groups near you that are looking for volunteer help, check out, an easy-to-use web-site that lists volunteer opportunities by zip code. There are plenty of opportunities to help your neighbors. If you want a way to "get back" while you "give back," volunteering is the way to do it!

Minneapolis Walking and Biking Tours
Sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis

During the summer of 2014, Preserve Minneapolis will offer unique tours that highlight the built, natural, and cultural treasures found throughout the City.

On each tour, guides with experience in fields like architecture, history, and preservation will tell the “stories behind the stories” and give participants a greater understanding of the area’s social and built history…with fun and a sense of humor. We leave the lecture hall behind and delve into the human stories that made, and make, Minneapolis neighborhoods real.

Most tours are $8 per person. Participants will need to pre-register and pay for tickets on-line. Tours fill up fast; last year, over 75% of Preserve Minneapolis tours sold out!

Pre-payment/registration and more information is available at:

The remaining 2014 TOURS are:
•    Bryant and Pleasant Avenues Biking Tour; August 4
•    Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek; August 13
•    Red Cedar Lane; August 16
•    Hennepin Avenue Theater District; August 16
•    Architect Avenue; August 19
•    West 49th Street; August 24
•    Uncovering Urban History:  Cedar-Riverside; August 26
•    Murder & Mayhem: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery; September 6
•    Nicollet Island; September 13
•    East Hennepin: Behind the Scenes;  September 14
•    Southeast Lake Harriet Parks and Homes;  September 21

Please visit the Preserve Minneapolis website for more information.

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