Field Regina Northrop News and Events

FRNNG Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Wednesday, April 23, 2014     7-9pm                McRae Park Multi-Purpose Room

Come out to meet your FRNNG Board representatives and enjoy refreshments!

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group Board are your representatives who strive to serve you and make our neighborhoods a safe and appealing place to live.

The FRNNG Annual Meeting is the time to hear about what the Board has accomplished in the past year and to show support for their efforts! It’s also a time to elect candidates to Board positions that have come open in 2014.  The positions are:

  • President
  • 1st Vice President
  • Parks Chair
  • Programs Chair
  • Regina Neighborhood Representative
  • North Northrop Neighborhood Representative Chair

Serving on the FRNNG Board is a great way to become more involved and effect change in your community! If you’re interested in any of the open positions, please email

FRNNG 25th Silver Anniversary Parade and Celebration

Saturday, June 7, 2014


FRNNG is celebrating 25 years of service to the Field Regina and Northrop Neighborhoods! A colorful parade of VIPs, decorated cars and bikes, and lots more will travel from 42nd
Street to the McRae Park Grounds.  Surprises for everyone!

When: June 7, 2014
           Parade starts at 10 am
           Celebration starts at 11:15 am

Where: Parade along Chicago Ave.
            Celebration at McRae Park

At the celebration, there will be music and dance performances on stage, pony rides, face painting and various games for the kids. Check out the artwork of your neighbors as the new FRNNG arts initiative is launched!  Vendors will be on hand for food and beverages.

Prizes and giveaways again this year as well as a free commemorative booklet highlighting FRNNG's history of the past 25 years.

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, which will be held May 3rd. Molly and Emily won in the Group Exhibit category for their exhibit, "Racism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur Lee Family (1931)".

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 will 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 Seeks Volunteers

Neighborhood Sound Barrier Walls Greening Partnership and Update on Gateway Planning

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.

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 partnerships and volunteerism to ensure timely weeding, grass cutting and upkeep of new or added plantings along our community thoroughfares.

On history, MnDOT relied on an agreement with the city of Minneapolis to maintain the land adjacent to the freeways. These agreements no longer exist. In future, FRNNG (and other neighborhoods adjacent to freeway barrier walls) will be relying on MnDOT grass cutting only, which occurs on an intermittent basis.

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.

One possibility is to have teams  responsible for particular blocks, e.g. 42nd-43rd or half of a city block.  Upkeep of the land would include moderate weeding, watering, mowing, raking, trash pick-up and other tasks neighborhood volunteers agree need to be done. Working together, we believe we can establish a working group of volunteers to help in this effort, particularly looking to those who have an interest in making sure we continue to combat the appearance of blight in our neighborhoods.

Please consider volunteering as soon as possible. We are now enjoying spring weather and the melting snow that uncovers some trash along our streets. We are planning to have a meeting in mid-May to discuss neighborhood involvement in maintaining the areas along the 35W sound wall. To get involved, please contact the FRNNG Greening Committee at

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 viewing community.

FRNNG hosted a “Meet and Greet event at McRae Park in March. Almost 20 artists representing various art disciplines met each other and are excited about developing an active coalition. Discussions around connecting with more artists in the neighborhood, finding exhibition venues that are easily accessible for our neighbors and creating art education opportunities for kids an adults are at the top of the list of their goals.

Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month at 7:15. Meeting locations vary so watch this website for the latest information.

FRNNG is offering the first neighborhood arts event for this new initiative,
by inviting all neighborhood artists to participate in its 25th Silver Anniversary on June 7, 2014. More than 1,400 attended last year’s event. What a great opportunity for artists to engage with their neighbors! You don’t have to be full-time artist or call yourself an ‘artist’ to take part. If you enjoy creating art of any kind – painting, drawing, sculpture, quilting, collage, poetry, music, dance – this opportunity is for you. There is no entry fee. 

To learn more about participating in the 25th Anniversary,  click here.

To access 25th Anniversary Artist Submission form, Page 1, click here.

To access 25th Anniversary Artist Submission form, Page 2, click here.
Questions? Email the FRNNG office at

Save The Date! Southside Sprint Bike Race,  Sunday, July 20, 2014
The 2014 Southside Sprint returns for the fourth year to the streets around 48th & Chicago and FRNNG is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor!

Sunday, July 20, 2014, racers will compete in 9 separate races from 8 am to 4 pm. Kids can race in the Petey’s Cup Kids Fun Race – all racerswin a medal! Families can enjoy all the fun in the Twin Six Family Fun Zone!

Highlights of the 2014 Southside Sprint:

• 9 categories of racing
• Petey’s Cup Kids Fun Race
• Twin Six Family Fun Zone
• Beginner’s Clinic and Citizens Race
• Special movie feature from The Parkway Theater

More information about the Southside Sprint is available at

Stop by the FRNNG booth to say hi and meet your neighborhood representatives!

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.

Taste of FRN Cookbook Fundraiser

FRNNG is collecting recipes now through the Fall for a fundraiser cookbook. Help us by submitting your favorite recipes to the cookbook committee at or to the FRNNG office at

Along with your recipe, please list your name as you would like it to be printed in the cookbook, along with the neighborhood you live in. Pass the info on. the more recipes we get the better the cookbook will be!

Garage and home break-ins on the rise in FRN

Due to a string of recent burglaries of area garages and homes, sector 3 Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele has released this document to let you know how you can protect yourselves and help prevent future crimes. Please help spread the word to your neighbors!

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!

Interested in advertising your business?

Help FRNNG residents learn about your business by advertising here. Contact the FRNNG office to learn more.

Free advertising

For a limited time, we will be offering free ads here!  Contact the FRNNG office if you are interested in reaching our neighborhood audience.