SNO News is Good News

June 2000

Editor: Kristine Harley

Layout: Richard Gunderson

Contributors: Tom Taylor
Matthew Stenerson
Trish Schilling
Maureen Rath
Michael Rainville
Roy Power
Andy Nederveld
Jenny Fortman
Meg Forney
Joe Biernat
Christian Anderson
John Akre

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Grain Belt Development Objectives Town Meeeting

Walker on Wheels movie night


I do apologize for how late this issue came out. The last weeks in April and the first weeks in May were a particularly busy one for Sheridan residents and volunteers, for Northeast residents in general, and for me. SNO's annual meeting, the Grain Belt Town Meeting, the meetings with those whose properties are threatened with demolition, Art-A-Whirl, Walker on Wheels, and two river clean ups have left many people, myself included, quite fried. Every person who contributed time and effort to making these all of these events successful deserve our appreciation-so on behalf of SNO News and the Outreach Committee, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you.

Of course, the big news for me is that I have left my 50+ hour-a-week job at City Hall for a position with a private consulting firm specializing in architectural archeology, research, and historic preservation. Working nights and weekends at my former job, plus going to night school and cramming for finals, plus freelance writing, plus having dance classes (and I'd go insane if I didn't dance) left little time for the newsletter this month-but that will definitely change. I also wanted to reassure all of my contributors to this issue that I haven't forgotten them.

Although my work for the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission has ended, I encourage all the property owners along Marshall Street and 13th Avenue to keep in touch with that office. Greg Mathis is the preservation planner assigned to the development. He can be reached at (612) 673-2439. Other city planners assigned to the development are Fred Neet and Jim Voll, who can also answer questions. The number for the main reception desk at the Planning Department is (612) 673-2597.

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By John Akre

On Saturday, May 13, 120 Sheridan residents and others gathered at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church to hear a presentation on the revised Grain Belt Development Objectives, and to make comments and ask questions.

The Grain Belt Development Objectives is a document that establishes a vision and guidelines for redeveloping the buildings that once housed the Grain Belt brewery and its operations, and surrounding areas. It provides guidelines for developers seeking to purchase, build or rehabilitate these properties. The original Objectives were drafted by a committee that involved city staff, MCDA staff, representatives from the Park Board, surrounding neighborhoods and business organizations, and the City Council office. The original development objectives were approved by the City Council on September 13, 1996. As a result

of meetings with the property owners and the Grain Belt Task Force, the MCDA presented its revised Development Objectives at St. Cyril's.

The people who spoke were clear in their opposition to one part of the plan, which adds several privately owned properties near the intersection of 13th and Marshall to the area around Grain Belt targeted for redevelopment.

Revised Objectives

In November 1999, the MCDA began working with Ryan Companies to redevelop the Grain Belt Brew

House for RSP Architects. The Housing branch of the MCDA decided this presented an opportunity to review the four-year old development Objectives to promote the construction of new housing near the redeveloped Brew House. Representatives from the Saint Anthony West, Sheridan and Bottineau neighborhoods were invited to serve on a task force along with MCDA staff and other city representatives.

The development added three houses on the south side of the 100 block of 13th Avenue NE. These and MCDA owned land on this block are referred to as "Site One." In addition, the half block bounded by Marshall Street, 13th and 14th Avenues NE, and an alley was added, and called "Site Two." This half-block contains Dusty's Bar, Old Science Furniture Restoration, Northeast Auto Sales, and a privately owned home. The revision of the Objectives recommends acquiring and perhaps clearing all these properties so that the land may be redeveloped for housing and commercial use.

It was the addition of these parcels that sparked strong neighborhood opposition. Owners, employees and residents of the affected buildings began meeting with other neighborhood residents and SNO members to address the addition of these properties. After the first draft of the revised Objectives was received by SNO, copies were distributed to the affected property owners. Many of them wrote letters in opposition to the addition of their properties to the development area.

Maureen Rath, who served as the Sheridan representative to the Task Force, took those letters and concerns to the MCDA. According the Rath, "The changes incorporated [in response to these concerns] were, I think, very minor."

In the meantime, Sheridan neighbors met and planned a response to the Objectives. A contingent of neighbors and affected owners attended the second of the Grain Belt Task Force meetings at the MCDA and gave their comments. Fred Chose, owner of one of the affected properties, also arranged a meeting with Steve Cramer, the director of the MCDA, Jerry Boardman, director of Housing Development, and the owners of the affected properties.

The latest draft of the Objectives, discussed on May 13, reflects some of the changes asked for by neighbors, adding language to investigate historic status of the affected buildings and suggesting that a developer may want to infill buildings rather than demolish them on Site Two. But the message at the town meeting was that those changes do not go far enough.

Town Meeting

At the Town Meeting, Jerry LePage and Judy Cedar of the MCDA presented the plans and owners of the affected buildings gave their responses.

Eeris Fritz and Terry Storhaug bought the building that contains their business, Old Science Furniture Restoration, last summer. "We purchased [the building] because we saw that we were going to be nested in here for the rest of our lives," she said. "We own the building and will stay there with a passion."

Pat Stebe, owner of Dusty's Bar, stated that at first he was happy to see that something was finally going to develop at the Grain Belt Brew House. He said that he saw that development as the "match to light a fire all up and down Marshall," and that he wanted to be a part of that revitalization. "Next year we'll be there fifty years - the building's over one hundred years old and worth keeping… I ain't walking away."

Nosrat Mazhariravesh and Ponch Leutbounshou, who own Northeast Auto Sales on the corner of 13th and Marshall, also spoke at the town meeting. Leutbounshou said, "I'm really proud of the neighborhood giving us an opportunity to be there… This feels like being stabbed in the back." Mazhariravesh added, "The last two years we built a business. The people love us there - now the city is going to take our business."

Steve Sroka, who owns two of the houses on 13th Avenue, also spoke. "I think that as property owners we should make the decision whether we leave or stay," he said. Fred Chose owns a house on 13th Avenue that is well over a hundred years old. "I don't plan on leaving," he said. "I will go down with the house." He asked people to sign a petition requesting that Site 2 and the three houses on Site 1 be taken out of the plan.

In presenting the Objectives, Jerry LePage of the MCDA said, "The rationale for the Agency wanting to put these properties into acquisition was that given the characters of Marshall Street and the commercial uses, I guess the feeling was it would be difficult to develop housing in that area, even on the Grain Belt Office block, unless there was some way to address the street and that commercial frontage."

Additional comments and questions focussed on the situation of the artists who have spaces in the Bottling House and Warehouse. The MCDA responded that they are working with the current tenants of those buildings who are interested in purchasing their buildings.

There was also concern about the height of residential buildings that might be built on the Marshall Street properties. Jerry LePage believed that the height limit was 2 _ stories, or 35 feet.

A number of comments asked for a more inclusive planning process for the area that involves all the affected stakeholders.

Concern was also raised about the impact of the development on the river. The Objectives call or park space along the river and additional access to the river by extending 14th Avenue closer to the river.

Other comments concerned the possibility that these plans might spread and take additional property nearby. There were concerns about how these proposed developments would affect the neighborhood and the level of decision-making that would be left to developers. There were concerns that issues of what kinds of housing, construction materials, and other specifics were not addressed in the Objectives.

There was also concern about the size of development, and a number of people stated a desire for smaller businesses and development, and for development to be unique and ownership to stay in the neighborhood.

Other comments were that MCDA's currently owned properties already contain sufficient space for development without adding the privately owned properties. Questions and comments also concerned the possibility of the Pierre Bottineau Library moving into the Grain Belt Gasthouse.

Language in the Objectives suggested that existing owners of these properties could make a proposal for the site. Comments from neighborhood residents and property owners suggested that it was unrealistic that these owners would be able to make a proposal that would be competitive with a proposal from a professional developer.

Council Member Joe Biernat spoke about the importance of the Ryan project in the Brew House for the future of the neighborhood. He also added that if the Ryan project breaks down, any development in the surrounding areas will likely not happen, and that development in these areas does not necessarily mean that buildings will be demolished or current residents and owners will be displaced. "Now we need to take advantage of booming times and interest and see what we can generate," he said. He encouraged people to get involved and stay active in the neighborhood. "This is the first step - we're here asking for your help, for your input, and we're going to work together to make something happen."

Dave Genosky of Sheridan Today and Yesterday read a STAY resolution requesting that Site Two and the three houses on Site One be removed from the Objectives.

At the end of the meeting, a vote was held to come up with a neighborhood recommendation. The overwhelming majority of residents present voted to remove Site 2 and the three houses on Site 1 from the Objectives. Also receiving a number of votes was a request for a new bottom-up planning process for the area.

The entire text of the Grain Belt Development Objectives can be read on the MCDA's web site


Next steps

At its June 22nd Board Meeting, SNO will present an official statement addressing the Objectives for comment and review before sending it to the MCDA. This statement will include the vote that was taken at the Town Meeting, as well as the comments and concerns raised by neighbors in all areas of the document.

The public review process for the Objectives ends on June 30th. Sheridan residents are encouraged to send their comments to Jerry LePage, MCDA Housing Development, Ceresota Building, Suite 700,155 - 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401. You may also e-mail your comments to

The City Council Community Development Committee and the MCDA Operating Committee will hold a public hearing on the Objectives on July 10th and the recommendations of these committees will be considered by the full City Council and MCDA Board on July 14th.

After they are approved, a Request for Proposals from interested developers would be released. Development proposals would be subject to a number of different levels of approval, from the neighborhood, and from a number of different city departments.

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Submitted by Red Landon

Spring is here, the time when many residents move items into summer storage and clean their residences. It's not unusual at this time to also discover the presence of mice in the house-even for those people who have cats as pets-or in the garage or shed. It is rare to actually see a mouse; droppings are usually the way a rodent announces itself.

Not only are mouse droppings unsanitary and unsightly; they can be deadly to humans. Whether found in the home or elsewhere, mouse droppings must be cleaned up safely and the infesting rodents eliminated to prevent the spread of a respiratory illness called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). HPS affects mostly adults, and can be fatal.

Early signs of Hantavirus include flu-like symptoms. These are soon followed by shortness of breath and coughing, after which the physical decline is rapid. At this point, many sufferers require hospitalization with and the use of ventilating devices. Although this disease is not very common, it is endemic to this area and there is often no way of knowing that one has the disease until it escalates. For that reason, it is wise to take the following steps to rid one's house of rodents as soon as they make their appearance.

The following are recommendations from the Department of Health for the safe removal of rodent droppings, and the prevention of further rodent contamination:

Use spring-loaded mousetraps baited with peanut butter.

Place the mouse carcasses in a double plastic bag containing enough general-purpose household disinfectant to wet the carcasses. Tie the bags, and throw them in the trash.

Always wear rubber or plastic gloves when removing dead rodents or when cleaning up contaminated areas. After removal, wash gloved hands in a general household disinfectant, and then in soap and water. After removing gloves, wash hands again in soap and water.

Do not vacuum or sweep dry surfaces when removing mouse droppings or carcasses. Instead, mop with a solution of water, detergent, and bleach (or some other disinfectant).

Use steel wool or cement to seal all openings larger than a Â* of an inch.

Store grains and pet food in rodent-proof containers. Wash dishes and cooking utensils promptly and clean up all spilled food. Dispose of litter and food scraps properly.

Trim all shrubs and grasses within 100 feet of your home. Remove all trash, abandoned vehicles, discarded tires, and other items that can serve as rodent nesting sites.

-Information provided by the Star Tribune

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By Stephanie Lundeen

Farmers' Market in Northeast

The Eastside Food Coop is also sponsoring an all-organic FARMER' MARKET to be held this summer in Northeast Minneapolis. The Farmers' Market will be located in the parking lot at St. Boniface Church (University Avenue N.E. and 7th Street) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every Saturday from June 3 until

October 21, 2000. The market will feature organic, locally grown produce, baked goods, meat, eggs, fresh cut flowers, crafts, music, and more! There will be space available for Northeast residents to sell flowers and produce from their own gardens-call Stephanie at (612) 789-7197 for details!


Interested in becoming a member of the Eastside Food Coop? Membership means community support! Call Stephanie at the number above and request membership information.


Thanks to the expertise of Webmaster John Akre, both current and back issues of SNO News can be viewed at the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization's home page at htttp:// Simply go to the home page, click on "SNO News," and choose the issue you wish to view. (Many of the photographs that appear in the printed version of the newsletter will not be included in the

web version, due to the prohibitive loading time.)


All approved minutes from SNO meetings, going back to the inception of the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, are available on the Internet for anyone to view. Simply go to SNO's home page ( and click "Minutes," then choose the date of the metting you wish to view.

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Calling all Frankensteins, Draculas, wolfmen, witches, genies, princesses, mummies, ghosts, and goblins.

The SNO Events Committee is planning to host a Haunted House for two nights in October and needs volunteer actors to portray traditional Halloween characters. This event will be age-appropriate for small children, and good fun for grown-ups, too. There will be spooky scenes, a maze, and games, and those who bring a food shelf contribution will receive a reduced admission charge.

The Events Committee wishes to create all that is delightful, fantastic, mysterious, and enchanting in a child's Halloween. Therefore, only traditional Halloween characters are requested, please--no Jason, Freddie, or Mike Meyers types; no chainsaws, serial killers, misogyny, or sick stuff; nothing from any of the "Scream" films, etc. Bubbling cauldrons, neato (and deceptively simple) special effects, hammy acting, humor, fun, and yes, frights are what we are after.

Please call the SNO Line at 379-0728 to volunteer.

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This is our third issue, and both the Outreach Committee and me, the editor, wish you to tell us how we are doing. What do you think of SNO News? Love it? Don't love it? What do we need more of, the same of, less of? (Well, we know what we need more of-that is, more contributions from YOU, our readers.) What could we do better? Write to us and let us know. Or better yet, write for SNO News!

"But I'm not a writer"

Believe it or not, there was a time when I wasn't a writer, too. (Writers aren't born with our own laptops.) Then I got my toes wet at the Seward Profile, wrote for the Powderhorn Paper and the Collective Voice, graduated to larger publications, and the rest is history. The neighborhood press is a wonderful place for both non-writers and beginning writers to get their names in print. No one is expecting pulitzer-prize-winner prose--just prose, and plenty of it!

If you write something down in a halfway coherent manner, you're a writer. (That certainly gives you an advantage over all the graduate school drop-outs who haunt coffee shops and call themselves poets despite the fact that they haven't written a word in years.) Write in your own voice, about your own experiences and concerns. You'll probably discover that you are a better scribe than you first thought. SNO News is your newsletter. We want to hear from you.

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By Kristine Harley

With the arrival once again of spring, gardeners will be readying the ground, both in their yards, and in public boulevards.

The Blooming Boulevards program, sponsored by the Neighborhood Environment Committee of CUE and administered by the Minneapolis Planning Department, aims to encourage attractive plantings in public areas that contribute to the livability of the City.

If you are a first-time gardener and plan to start a boulevard garden, start with a small, flat area that you can keep watered and free of weeds without causing soil to wash away onto the sidewalk or street (and eventually into our chain of lakes via the sewer system).

According to Minneapolis City Ordinance No. 427.10, flowers cannot be higher than 3 feet tall on the boulevard between the public sidewalk and the street, and no more than 18 inches tall if planted within 20 feet of an intersection, alley or driveway approach, or 5 feet of any public utility fixture. Under Minneapolis City Ordinance 427.280, no person shall keep or maintain a tree, shrub, hedge, or fence within a distance of 20 feet from any street-street or street-alley intersection, or which the city traffic engineer finds to obstruct or physically interfere with a driver's view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic.

Except for flowers, grass, and trees as stated above, the growing of any weed or similar noxious plant, vegetables, fruits, hedges, shrubs, or similar plants or other type of vegetation on any boulevard is not permitted.

An encroachment permit is required for non-vegetation materials such as landscape timbers, bricks, rocks, etc. The onetime fee for this permit is $50 for a residence and $75 for a business. Call 673-2403 to obtain a permit.

Before digging, ALWAYS check the area for any underground utilities, including sewer and electrical lines. Gopher State One Call: (612) 454-0002

Many utility companies can tell you over the phone if there are underground hazards, but some need to come to your house and check. This can usually be done within 1-2 days of your call.

For further information, or to nominate yourself or a neighbor for a Blooming Boulevard Award, contact the CUE Line at 673-3014 and leave your name and address for a brochure.

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By Kristine Harley

The winners of the 2000 Preservation Awards have been announced, and among them are several Northeast residents. Representing St. Anthony West and Bottineau Neighborhoods, they are:

Penny Petersen and Joe Fusco, who won for the Community Education category for the book "Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis' First Neighborhood," a recommended read about the origins of St. Anthony Village.

John Kremer, who won for the Rehabilitation category for his excellent work to restore The Oddfellows Hall at 401 E. Hennepin Avenue.

Fran Guminga, who won for the "If At First You Don't Succeed" category for the huge turnout at the Marshall Street Walking Tour last autumn, sponsored by the Mississippi Corridor Neighborhood Coalition (MCNC).

The winners were presented with their award certificates at International Market Square on May 18, 2000 at the Preservation Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Congratulations to all of the


It’s Been A Great Year for SNO

By Maureen Rath

The Annual Meeting held on April 24th was a milestone event for SNO. We celebrate the one year anniversary since SNO elected its first board of directors. I'm sure that founding board members Andy Nederveld, John Akre, Melissa Davis, Dora Harris, Drew Trampe, and Charles Krenz will agree with

me that it has been an amazing year for the organization. I would like to commend founding board members and late addition Jennie Fortman for a job well done!

We had great show of support at this year's Annual Meeting which was held at Northeast Bank's Community Room. About 70 neighborhood residents, business owners and visitors came to elect board members, hear guest speakers (including City Council Members Joe Biernat and Paul Ostrow, and Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein), learn more about neighborhood developments, give input and ideas by completing a survey, and of course to socialize. Sheridan community members were updated on the status of various SNO committees and could browse through informational brochures and meet representatives from some of the agencies that serve our neighborhood such as the NE Housing Resource Center, CCP/SAFE, MCDA, among others.

An award presentation included Saint Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) Pioneer Award to SNO, and Outstanding SNO Volunteer award to Tom Taylor.

Congratulations to 2000-2001 board members Andy Nederveld (President), Jennie Fortman (Vice President), John Akre (Secretary), Melissa Davis (Treasurer), Drew Trampe, Sally Waterman and Patrick Greffin.

As Sheridan Neighborhood Organization's president during this past year, I cannot help but feel a tremendous amount of pride and warmth when I think of how far SNO has come in just one short year. Admittedly, I cannot take much of the credit for the great strides our neighborhood organization has made.

The strength of SNO stems from the foundation of focused, hardworking, and dedicated volunteers who know how to have fun getting the job done. So, thank you all who helped build SNO into the neighborhood organization it is today.

SNO is well on its way to another great year in 2000!

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SNO Big Deal will be held again this year, on Saturday, June 17th at Northeast Arts Park, from 1 - 6 p.m. Please bring a side dish to share. SNO will provide meat to barbecue and a large tent with tables. Two local bands, "The Tinkers" and "Bitter Ridge" will provide entertainment, and there will be badminton, bocce ball, croquet, and several cake walks (a game like musical chairs, except that the winner gets a cake). Don't miss it!



The Middle Mississippi River Watershed Management Organization (MMRWMO) is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on its Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). MMRWMO is charged with providing for the long-term management of its water and associated land resources through the development and implementation of policies (such as ordinances), programs (such as education), and capital improvement projects that respect the ecosystem and reflect community values. The CAC reviews the progress being made in protecting and improving the Middle Mississippi River watershed, and acts as a forum for citizens to express their thoughts, concerns, and expectations for the Mississippi River and its related land resources.

Those applying or being nominated must reside within the Middle Mississippi River watershed or have a concerning interest. (In other words, anyone from Sheridan can join.) Members of the CAC must attend meetings and familiarize themselves with the issues concerning the MMRWMO (which can involve a lot of reading.) Applications must be received by June 30, 2000. To get an application, or for more information, call the City Clerk's Office at (612) 673-3358. Send your application to:

Office of the City Clerk

Room 304, City Hall

350 S. 5th Street

Minneapolis MN 55415

For TDD, call (612) 673-2626 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

(Minnesota Relay Service is 1-800-627-3529)


By Bob Milner

In order to help active block clubs prepare for National Night Out on August 1, and to encourage inactive and new block clubs to organize, CCP/SAFE, Minneapolis Police Department is promoting the 2nd annual National Night Out (NNO) Planning Week June 12 -15. Block clubs are asked to hold a NNO planning meeting so that block parties go smoothly when NNO arrives.

Block clubs are groups of neighbors who get to know one another, who watch out for each other, and report crimes and suspicious activity to 911.

If questions arise during block club planning meetings, people can call the NNO Hotline at 673-3568. NNO Committee members will be available to answer questions from 7 _ 9 p.m. on the dates June 12 _ 15. Messages can also be left on the Hotline anytime during the week. Those who hold a planning meeting between June 12 -15 will qualify for a drawing for special prizes including gift certificates for restaurants, theaters, hotels, grocery stores, etc.

According to Lisa Klaphake, NNO Coordinator, by talking about NNO far in advance, block club leaders can recruit others to take on leadership roles. Over the years, we've found that some of the most successful block clubs have several strong leaders. So, get together to divide up the work and spread the tasks. We want this to be the easiest and best National Night Out ever for everyone!

For information about National Night Out or about starting a block club, call Lisa 673-2812.

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Bottineau Pool opens, Friday June 2

(Remains open all summer)

Walk the Parks with the Park Board Superintendent 2000

Bottineau Park, Tuesday, June 6

Meet at Mill City Coffee at 6:30 a.m. for muffins

Walk from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Oriental Dance Festival (last chance for belly dance until September!)

Wednesday, June 7, 9 p.m.

Cassandra School

1904 Hennepin Avenue, Third Floor

Heritage Preservation Commission Permit Review/Public Hearing

Tuesday, June 13 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 for agenda

SNO Big Deal

Saturday, June 17 1-6 p.m.

Northeast Arts Park

(Bring a side dish to share, and participate in the cake walks!)

Heritage Preservation Commission Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 20 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 after June 13 for agenda

Deadline for submissions to the July-August issue of SNO News - June 20

SNO Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 26 7 p.m.

Sheridan School Media Center

Northeast Parade

June 27

Deadline for public comments regarding Grain Belt Development Objectives

June 30

Sheridan residents are encouraged to send their comments to Jerry LePage, MCDA Housing

Development, Ceresota Building, Suite 700,155 - 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

55401. You may also e-mail your comments to

Deadline for applications to be one the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Middle

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MMRWMO)

June 30

Heritage Preservation Commission Permit Review/Public Hearing

Tuesday, July 11 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 for agenda

Heritage Preservation Commission Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 18 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 after July 11 for agenda

SNO Monthly Meeting

Monday, July 24 7 p.m.

Sheridan School Media Center

Heritage Preservation Commission Permit Review/Public Hearing

Tuesday, August 8 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 for agenda

Heritage Preservation Commission Business Meeting

Tuesday, August 15 5 p.m.

Room 220, City Hall

Call (612) 673-2597 after August 8 for agenda

SNO Monthly Meeting

Monday, August 28 7 p.m.

Sheridan School Media Center

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