SNO News is Good News

Summer 2003

Editor: Trish Schilling

Layout: Chip Chilling

Web version: John Akre

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SNO Big Deal Picnic

By Trish Schilling

In August, in 95 degree heat, 150 people, in Sheridan's only park/dust bowl, in the noon day sun... A group of very intense individuals strapped ankle to ankle in pairs awaited the starting call of the Three-Legged Race. On the line, a very nice First Place ribbon and the glory of not falling down. Every time I think of this race I laugh out loud. Two little girls (maybe 9 years old) who just met that day, whipped around the course beating out older kids and adults and combinations thereof. This was the Three-Legged race #2 and I am not going to talk about race #1. If you want information on race #1 please talk to Bob Sorg of Two 12 Pottery! I will say this, "these races were really something to see!" This was the 5th annual SNO Big Deal!

The 5th had many firsts:

Donations were accepted for Eastside Neighborhood Services' food shelves and SNO raised 157 pounds of groceries, new toiletries and new socks and $51.00, which can be used by the food shelf to buy food at .16 cents a pound. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Organized games brought neighbors closer together: The Three-Legged Race, Water Balloon Toss and SNO Shovel-Water Run (yes, it was invented by the events committee and it was fun and funny too) were all new this year. The piñata was new last year but we discovered a new way to open it: Have Arden Miller give it a good hard whack to send candy flying all around, this was, of course after all the kids had a go at it! The Cake Walk is a mainstay and still very popular. Neighbors brought in 15 cakes (many homemade) for cake walk winners to choose. Thank you Pastry Chefs!!!

Also new for 2003, the SNO Cone Machine. Neighbor, Chris Koelfgen, volunteered to be the SNO Cone King. Why is it that kids like a squirt of each color which always makes their sno cones grey? Ask Chris! He made about a hundred cones, of all varieties and everyone loved it! Thanks also to Jim Grell who donated the ice. Did you know that it takes half a pound of ice to make one sno cone?

A solar generator from Innovative Power Systems provided silent electricity to run the SNO Cone Machine as well as the all volunteer entertainment. Chris O'Malley handled sound for the day and it sounded good. The entertainment line-up was as follows:

Terry Storhaug and the SNO-e Bottom Boys. Terry owns Old Science Furniture Restoration on Marshall Street.

Bill Patten. Bill can be seen at Dusty's at least one Saturday a month.

Sir-Cuss. Three of the Sir-Cuss bandmembers are owners of MatchBox Coffee Shop on Second Street.

Bobby Hatfield. Co-Owner of The Connect, a hip-hop clothing and culture store on 13th Avenue near The Ritz.

Klever Palacio. Klever had to cancel at the last minute, Why? Because his new baby boy was born on August 9th, the very day of the SNO Big Deal! Congratulations Klever! And, thanks to everyone!

The SNO Big Deal was paid for by funds raised at the SNO Ball. The SNO Big Deal budget was $3500 and while the final numbers are not yet available, the expenses came to approximately $3342. Expenses including rentals (tent, chairs, tables, solar generator, port-a-loo, sno cone machine), advertising, catering, beverages, and sundries like cakeboxes, pinata, prize ribbons, table clothes, watermelons, cookies, and park permit.

The SNO Big Deal was planned by the SNO Events Committee which is nine members strong and always ready to have some fun! See you next year at the SNO Big Deal!

From the desk of Council Member Don Samuels

Third Ward Summit

In the month of July, leadership from North and Northeast neighborhoods coordinated the first ever "Third Ward Summit," which took place at the City View School. Board members from each of the Third Ward's ten neighborhoods came together to present their specific challenges and successes, and to share ideas for future collaboration.

The event topped anything else I have experienced since starting at the City Council. I don't think I was alone in my perception that the event was both empowering and inspirational. So many of the challenges people referenced when describing their neighborhoods were common to all of our Third Ward neighborhoods. Many boards have taken greatly creative approaches to addressing these common problems, and they provided renewed energy and hope to those neighborhoods still at the brainstorming stages.

I think that it was also clear to everyone in attendance that there is no need for any Third Ward neighborhood to feel isolated with their challenges. When united, our ward can be a force to reckon with. The spirit of collaboration was strong enough at this meeting that a consensus was reached to make the meeting a quarterly activity. This groundbreaking first meeting was co-hosted by the Hawthorne and Holland neighborhoods, and so future meetings will continue that same format with each meeting co-hosted by rotating pairs of one North and one Northeast neighborhood board.

The range of talents on these boards was so vast and so impressive, that I have no doubt that the entire Third Ward will benefit from this new merging of ideas. If you are not currently involved with your neighborhood organization, think about going to a meeting. Think about emerging as a block leader. The Third Ward Summit highlighted the fact that neighborhoods are as strong as the people who live in them. Step out to add your talent and unique insight to the mix.

The Mayor's Budget

Mayor R.T. Rybak presented his proposed 2004 budget to the City Council on August 14th. The budget is particularly challenging this year, given the State's decision to cut Local Government Aid. I would very much like to get your feedback on the Mayor's proposal.

The Mayor’s budget proposal can be viewed at your local library, or online, on the City’s website:

To see the power point slide presentation the Mayor gave to the City Council, go to:

Feel free to contact me by phone, mail or e-mail to weigh in on the budget.

Council Member Don Samuels

350 South Fifth Street

Room 307 City Hall

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Editor's Note: Five of the seven SNO Board Members attended the "3rd Ward Summit".

Sheridan NRP Update

By John Akre

The Sheridan Neighborhood's Phase One NRP Plan is winding down, and it's getting time to start thinking about a community planning process to draw up a plan for the next ten years of the neighborhood.

The NRP is the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and it was established over ten years ago as a way for neighborhoods to have a strong voice in the setting of city priorities. Neighborhoods put together a plan that shows what people in that neighborhood feel are the greatest priorities for their part of the city. The neighborhoods get a pool of money that can be divided between programs. A success of the first phase of the Sheridan NRP plan are the popular home fix up loans, which are administered by the Housing Resource Center. In addition, $100,000 of Sheridan NRP funds were directed to help make the new Pierre Bottineau Library a reality.

At its July meeting, the board of the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization approved a modification of the current NRP plan. The NRP plan was written by members of the organization Sheridan Today and Yesterday, and approved by neighbors in 1997. The modification was based on votes and discussions that took place at the SNO Annual Meeting in April, and at an NRP Town Meeting in June. This modification will move NRP funds from programs that had been retired or never set up to current neighborhood priorities. These three priorities are 1) rehabilitating the Ritz Theater, 2) taking part in the Community Health Program that was established by the Logan Park and Saint Anthony East neighborhoods and 3) loaning the Eastside Co-op funds to help them build their new home.

The SNO NRP Committee works on the Sheridan NRP plan. It meets next on September 15th at 7 p.m. in the Sheridan Room of the Pierre Bottineau Library. At this meeting, the committee will start work on an evaluation of the Sheridan Phase I NRP plan. The work on this evaluation began at the Town Meeting in June, where the plan was reviewed and feedback gathered. If you missed that meeting and would like a copy of the feedback sheet so you can make your comments on the plan, please contact me, John Akre, at or contact the SNO Line.

The full text of the NRP plan modification is given below. These modifications need to be approved by the NRP governing bodies and by the City Council before they are official. They should be approved by late September/early October.

A. Remove the remaining funds from the following strategies:

1. 1.4.A.1 (249 Demotions) - $30,000

4. 1.A.2 (Polish White Eagle Accessibility) - $50,000

Rewrite strategy 4.1.A.1a and fund it as noted: Support the restoration of the Ritz Theatre. Funds may be used for to support pre-development costs as well as capital improvements. Add $80,000 to existing funds. This new money is to be used for capital improvements.

A. Remove the remaining funds from the following strategies:

2. 1.A.1 (Implement Crime and Safety Initiatives) - $26,175

2. 1.B.1 (Equipment for Block Clubs) - $20,000

3. 2.1.E.1 (Matching Grant for Motion Detectors) - $37,500

B. Add the following strategy and fund as noted: 1) Strategy 4.1.A.4: Facilitate the opening of an Eastside Food Co-op by providing them with a loan. Uses will include set-up fees and capital improvements. 2) Fund at $33,625. Loan will be repaid.

C. Add the following objective and strategy and fund as noted:

Objective 2.1.F - Provide access to Health Care Services

Strategy 2.1.F.1 - Support community health programs that provide health care services and volunteers to assist older people in remaining in their homes and families in attaining health care. The programs should focus on the under-served elderly, families with chronic illnesses, and at-risk populations who have difficulty accessing health care. This strategy intends to utilize existing programs and fit a niche that other providers don't fill. This is a cooperative project with the St. Anthony East and Logan Park neighborhoods and with Hennepin County.

Fund at $50,000 for two years.

A "Groundbreaking" at Eastside Food Co-op

By Trish Schilling

I hope you were there on Wednesday August 20th. The Eastside Food Cooperative held a "groundbreaking" ceremony, resplendent with gilded toy shovels, to initiate the remodeling efforts at the new store located on the corner of 26th and Central Avenue NE. This store will be the first new natural foods consumer cooperative to open in the Twin Cities in over 20 years!

The renovations will create 32-feet of refrigerated produce, 20-feet of dry rack produce (like bananas and potatoes) and a case with specialty produce. There will be 13 doors of frozen food, filtered water, bulk herbs, personal care products, 12-feet of vitamins, 8-feet of fresh meats and produce, 16-feet of bulk grains,12-feet of cheese, 8-feet of coffee beans... You get the picture! Grocery stores measure their space in feet and this store will have 11,000 square - room for everything!

You can still become a Co-op member. There are advantages to membership like special discounts and patronage dividends (when the store begins to make a profit). There are currently 700 co-op members. Five neighborhoods, including Sheridan, have contributed over 25% of the project funds through their NRP dollars.

The Eastside Food Cooperative is on the #10 bus line and also has 48 parking spaces so getting there is easy. But, when can we start shopping? The Co-op is planning to open Mid-October 2003. Visit the website ( or call Ken at 612-788-0950 for further information or to become a member.

SNO - What it is...

By Trish Schilling

The 5th SNO Big Deal Summer Picnic just happened and it was attended by 150 neighbors. SNO Big Deal was the first thing SNO planned as an organization so we have officially entered our 5th year. In honor of this milestone, I wanted to dish out some SNO facts:

Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) has the SNO Big Deal, SNO Ball, SNO Shoes Walking Club, and we have SNO meetings to address the complex issues that face our growing and changing community. SNO is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the community representative for Sheridan Neighborhood.

The boundaries of Sheridan Neighborhood are as follows:

18th/17th Ave NE - northern border

Broadway Street - southern border

The Mighty Mississippi River - western border

Washington Street - eastern border

for a map go to:

You can find the mission statement of the organization in this newsletter and you can find Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, past meeting minutes and event photos on the SNO web-site: If you do not have access to the internet please try the new Pierre Bottineau Library on the corner of Marshall Street and Broadway. The friendly librarians and numerous computer stations will have you on-line in no time!

SNO Membership comes with the territory so to speak. It is a no obligation, no commitment membership based on geographic location within Sheridan Neighborhood. A SNO Member is an individual, property owner, renter or business owner inside the boundaries of the neighborhood.

There is room in SNO for any individual that would like to participate at whatever level of commitment (from a few minutes per month to many hours per month) and in many ways. SNO is an all volunteer organization and, as needs or desires present themselves, new volunteer opportunities are created. Many individuals fill the following roles:

Board Member (7 positions)

Business Committee Members

Events Committee Members

NRP Committee Members

Outreach Committee Members

Phone Tree - each volunteer is a branch of the tree making about 12-20 calls per month

SNO News contributer, editor, graphic designer

AFCAC Representative

2PAC Representative

Community Health Liaison (see article in this issue of the SNO News)

This is the first time we are sending the SNO News via bulk mail. Bulk mailing allows us to control the publication of the SNO News regardless of Northeaster publishing deadlines and will save money and volunteer hours. If you received extra copies of the SNO News at your address , if you did not receive a copy or you know someone that did not receive a copy, please call SNO at (612)379-0728. We have worked to create an accurate database of all of the addresses within Sheridan but we are not yet at 100% accuracy. The mailing list will be used for SNO communication only.

Thanks for reading the SNO News.

The Dirt

By Jenny Fortman

A Lesson in Safe Gardening: The Iris Borer Experience

Last summer, I received some Iris from a friend, we'll call her Margaret. Thrilled with the gift, I planted the blue and yellow bearded beauties in my perennial garden. They looked a little floppy when I planted them, but as expected, they came up straight and tall this spring. It was some time in May that I noticed some speckling and streaking on the leaves. It seemed minor, but I made a mental note to investigate the symptoms of Iris Borer, the most infamous of the Iris foes. Before I ever got around to hitting the books, I got an email from Margaret, "I don't know how to tell you this, so I'll just say it. I think I've given you Iris Borer." Initial feelings of anger and betrayal gave way to reason. I was so excited to receive the flowers, I wasn't thinking about protecting my garden from botanically transplantable pests. Heck, the Iris looked healthy.

As it turns out, there is no way to know if the Iris Borer was transplanted or if it came here on its own. It seems to be going around this year. So, how can you tell if your Iris have borers and what do you do?

Symptoms: At this time of year, the best and easiest way to check for Iris Borer is to dig up the rhizomes (roots) and look for tunnels and the 1-2 inch long pink or flesh colored caterpillars that make them. The damage is done for this year. They are now moving from the rhizome to the soil where they will pupate into moths who will lay eggs on old iris leaves and other debris nearby, in August or September. Spring symptoms are tiny pin holes, slight streaking or bleeding and premature die-back at the tips of the leaves.

Management: This is a slightly tricky, multi-phase and multi-step process, but it can be done. Since it is now late summer, we'll start phase I here: Dig up the rhizomes. Cut out and discard soft spots (bacterial soft rot), tunneled areas and any caterpillars you find. Soak rhizomes in a solution of 9 parts water to 1 part chlorine bleach, to help prevent bacterial soft rot. This is a common secondary problem related to the Iris Borer. Then replant remaining healthy iris, making sure the top of the rhizome is just slightly above the soil.

Phase II is all about sanitation: Keeping the area around the iris clear of dead leaves is extra important in the fall, because that is where the Iris Borer moth will lay her eggs. After the first hard frost, remove and destroy the old leaves. The U of M Extension Service Yard and Garden Brief (E1221) on Iris Borer suggest burning or burying the old leaves.

Phase III is done in Spring to inhibit their return. The natural method is to release nematodes. Nematodes are funky little creatures that attach to the Iris Borer and give it a fatal bacterial infection. The two commercially available types are known to attach this foe are Heterorhabditis and Steinernema. They are available from various mail order companies and at some garden centers. If you're having trouble finding them, check the internet. I like a company called Gardens Alive. Nematodes travel by water, so wait until the iris leaves are almost full size, put the sprinkler on them, get into your bathing costume, jump in there with your new friends and let them go. Get enough so you can do it again in a week. There are insecticides available for controlling iris borer, but the are not as much fun.

Jenny Fortman is a Master Gardener for Hennepin County and a professional gardener. Written questions can be mailed to The SNO Office, C/O The Dirt, 909 Main Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 or emailed to Questions are also answered on the Yard and Garden Line of the University of Minnesota Extension Office at (612) 624-4771.

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