SNO News is Good News

November 2002

Editor: Trish Schilling

Layout: Chip Chilling

Web version: John Akre

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Sculpture by Frank Stone.

RSP Sheridan Room

RSP Bottineau Room


Printmaker Chip Schilling offers a limited edition print designed especially for the Eastside Food Co-op (EFC) and illustrated by local artist Nora Wildgen. Affordably priced at $15.00, this print will make a great holiday gift for yourself or someone else. All proceeds from sales will go towards the EFC capital campaign. The goal is to raise $1000.00. Please stop by 1332 Marshall Street NE on Monday December 16th, 6-9Pm or Saturday December 21st, 3-6PM. Refreshments will be served. Call (612) 379-4743 with questions or to reserve prints in advance.

Eastside Food Co-op Annual Meeting Review

By Trish Schilling

The Eastside Food Co-op (EFC) Annual Membership Meeting was held on November 4th at the Latvian House on Central Avenue. There was a silent auction which raised $1300.00, a potluck dinner, board elections and an overview of the current state of the Co-op.

There was a board motion approved which eliminates the two-tier membership enrollment fee of $55.00 for a single membership and $100.00 for a householdmembership. Now all memerships will cost $100.00. Single membership holders will have one year to upgrade their membership to the $100.00 level or their original membership of $55.00 will be cancelled and returned to them.

The Eastside Food Coop has a purchase agreement on the building at 2551 Central Avenue. the building currently houses a Tasty Bread Outlet Store and Bumper to Bumper store. It was formerly Country Club Foods and is still an ideal building for a food store. The building is 8000 square feet and the Co-op will only need 5000-6000 square feet so there will be room for another tenant. The building has a 47 car parking lot. Partners & Sirny Architects and Watson-Forsberg Company General Contractors are partnering with the EFC and each other to bring the Co-op to life in its own building.

Audobon, Windom and Holland neighborhoods have pledged NRP funds towards the purchase and renovation of the building. There is a 2nd loan campaign underway. Individuals may loan funds to the Co-op and set their own terms choosing 0-4% interest rate and 5-7 years before the loan in repaid. The Co-op estimates that it will take $1.8 Million in total funds to begin operation. The Co-op has reserved 1% of its budget for artwork which it will commission from local artists.

Call the Eastside Food Co-op at (612) 788-0950 for details about making a loan or becoming a member. is the place to go on-line to find out about grant opportunities sponsored by the City of Minneapolis. The office of Grants and Special Projects is located in Room 200, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Volunteer Opportunity! For as little as 2 hours of your time each month you can help deliver noon meals to home-bound persons. This is a great way to give something back to our Northeast community. Call Northeast Dinner Bell (Meals-on Wheels) at 612-789-6548 and speak with Eileen Hafften.

Volunteer Opportunity for Grandparent Types

Northeast Minneapolis Schools are looking for Seniors to help K-2nd grade kids learn to read, write, sing, do math and etc. Only 1 or 2 hours a week is necessary to get involved. Call 612-781-5096, ask for the Adopt-A-Grandparent program and they¹ll get you started.

Por favor planee atender LA CUMBRE PARA LAS PERSONAS DE DESCENDENCIA CHICANA/LATINA/HISPANA el Sabado 23 De Noviembre del 2002, 9AM-4PM. Participants will discuss the issues facing the community and make recommendations on specific actions to be taken by the City of Minneapolis. The summit will be held at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, downtown Minneapolis. Free parking and lunch will be provided. For questions

call 612-673-3012 (English) 612-673-2700 (espanol). EXPRESE SUS OPINIONES, HAGASE ESCUCHAR, ACTUE!

A Biernat Brief

by Council Member Joe Biernat

Congratulations to Ballet of the Dolls on receiving a $500,000 grant from McKnight Foundation for restoration of the Ritz Theater. This grant brings the Dolls much closer to reaching their goal of rehabilitating this grand neighborhood theater in Sheridan. Meanwhile, the Dolls performance of "Carmen" in their new Central Avenue studio received rave reviews this fall.

Guess what building is featured on the front cover of the November/December edition of Architecture Minnesota? It¹s our Grain Belt Brewery Building (which many now call the RSP building). Check out the great pictures in Architecture Minnesota magazine.

Across the river from Sheridan there is big news: The Minneapolis Park Board is moving to the Hawthorne neighborhood. They recently purchased the former Moore Data building near Broadway Pizza and will move their headquarters out of downtown and to the riverfront next summer. Just a few feet to the north of this site, demolition is now complete on the old Riverview Supper Club to make room for the Riverview Housing Development, scheduled to break ground next year.

The new Pierre Bottineau Library is on schedule ready to open next summer: Talk about timing and the economy, had either the Grain Belt Brewery renovation or the new library projects been delayed there is no doubt that would not have happened. Shortly after these projects were approved, the economy slowed dramatically, the city realized significant budget shortfall, and a lot of historical grant opportunities dried up.

Congratulations to Sheridan resident and business owner Frank Stone who was recently featured on the front page of Finance and Commerce for his latest creation: A steel, brass, and copper sculptural bench called the "Spirit of the North". The artwork is installed on the 1st floor common of the Northstar Center (in between 6th and 7th and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis). Way to go Frank!

On a sad note, all of us still feel the shock and pain of losing our United States Senator Paul Wellstone and others October 25. Paul was more than just politics; he was what life is all about: Reaching out to make sure everyone is at the table and that social, economic and environmental justice remains our priority always. Over the last year, I have dealt with a lot of racial tension on the northside and numerous times Senator Wellstone attended our meetings and rallies in the Jordan Neighborhood. He truly cared about resolving the tension and moving the community forward. He will never really be replaced. Let's keep his fight going!

Editor's Note: This Biernat Brief was submitted especially for this issue of SNO News.

Openings On The Civilian Police Review Authority Board

By Kristine Harley

There are three vacancies on the very important Civilian Police Review Authority Board. Two are appointed by the City Council and one is appointed by the Mayor with Council approval. Contact Sharon Pelka at 612-673-5502 for more information.

The purpose of theCivilian Police Review Authority Board is to provide fair and impartial investigation on citizen complaints of misconduct on the part of Minneapolis Police Officers. The board has seven members, four being appointed by the City Council, and three being appointed by the Mayor with approval of majority of the City Council.

Members serve four-year terms and are compensated $50 each day a member attends one or more meetings or hearings or provides other services as authorized by board rule. Members are reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of duties in the same manner and amount as other city board

and commission members. Minneapolis residency is required. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The Review Authority may meet at such additional times and places deemed necessary by its members or at the call of the Chairperson.

Application forms are available on the City Website at: or are available from the office of the City Clerk, Room 304 City Hall, 350 Fifth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382. Phone: 612-673-3358. Hearing impaired persons may call TDD 612-673-2626 between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, or the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529 to reach any of the numbers listed here.

Completed applications are returned to the City Clerk and then forwarded to Sharon Pelka of Civilian Police Review Authority and the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee for review. The Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee holds a public hearing and then forwards recommendations to the full Council for final confirmation.

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 27, 2002. No late applications will be accepted.

Text to accompany the photo(s) submitted by RSP Architects.

When RSP Architects, Ltd. moved into the Grain Belt Brewhouse earlier this year the conference rooms in its new home were named after Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods. The conference room under the cupola is named "Sheridan" since the Brewhouse is located in Sheridan. Other names were assigned by the luck of the draw.

Sheridan NRP Update

by John Akre

At the SNO Meeting on Monday, October 28th, the board of the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization approved a major modification of the neighborhood¹s NRP Plan. This modification will help that plan serve the neighborhood for the next few years.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) was established over ten years ago to help Minneapolis neighborhoods identify and fund needed improvements. Sheridan was allocated over $2 million dollars of NRP money to spend fulfilling the goals of its plan. Members of Sheridan Today and Yesterday (STAY), the former neighborhood organization, spent two years putting together the neighborhood¹s NRP plan.

Some of the programs in the original NRP Plan, such as the popular Deferred Loan (Fix and Paint) program were not funded beyond this year. The modifications approved by the SNO Board will fund this program for the next three years. It will also add more funds to the Revolving Loan program which provides a 4% loan to fund both interior and exterior improvements. For more information about these programs visit the SNO web site:, or call the Northeast Housing Resource Center at (612) 378-7985. The additional funding for these programs came from three other programs in the NRP plan that were not used. Two of those programs provided funding to demolish existing houses and one program provided funding to convert duplexes into single family houses. Those programs are no longer funded.

An addition to the NRP plan will be a program to provide down-payment assistance to owner occupants purchasing single family, duplex, triplex and four-plex properties in the neighborhood. When it approved the modifications, the SNO board added a provision that this program will include income criteria, to reinforce its purpose of increasing housing affordability. The guidelines for this program have yet to be worked out. These guidelines will be discussed at future NRP Committee and SNO Board meetings.

Another change in the NRP plan will add a new strategy to fund bicycle safety amenities, including bike route signs, bike racks, and possible off-road bike paths in the neighborhood.

These modifications are the result of nearly a year¹s work by the SNO NRP Committee. The Committee put together a survey that residents filled out at the SNO Annual Meeting in April and at the SNO Big Deal in June. The modifications were discussed at NRP Committee Meetings throughout the summer and into the fall. They have also been listed on the SNO web site,, on the NRP page.

These modifications still need to be approved by two city-wide NRP committees and by the City Council. In January the work will begin to put these programs in place. For more information, please visit the SNO web site, or call the SNO line at (612) 379-0728, leave your number, and say you want more information about the NRP Committee.

"SNO Shoes" Neighborhood Walk

by John Akre

Walking is good for you, and walking is good for the neighborhood. Walking is also more fun if you don't have to do it on your own. That's why you should come on down to the next SNO Shoes Walk.

The SNO Shoes Walk will be at 5 p.m. on the Sunday after each SNO Meeting. The next one will be on December 1st. SNO will not have a meeting in December, so the next SNO Shoes Walk of the new year will be on February 2nd (the Sunday after the January 27th SNO Meeting). We meet next to 212 Pottery, at 212 13th Ave. NE. The goal is to take a nice walk around the neighborhood.

On November 1st at 5 p.m. Kristine Harley, Bob Sorg and I took a walk around the neighborhood, down 13th Avenue and around the construction site of the new Pierre Bottineau Library and then up Marshall Street. We walked around and talked about the neighborhood, the upcoming November 5th elections and many other things. It was a chilly night but a walk with neighbors is a good way to warm up.

SNO Shoes is only about taking a walk with neighbors. It's not meant to be a crime-fighting walk, but when you walk you do put eyes and ears on the street and that helps deter crime. SNO Shoes isn't a neighborhood meeting, but when you walk with neighbors you talk about neighborhood things, and you might notice things in the neighborhood you wouldn't notice on your own. SNO Shoes isn't about exercise, but most health agencies say that Americans are not getting enough exercise and walking is one of the best forms of exercise there is, plus it's relatively painless.

So join us for the next SNO Shoes Walk on December 1st or the SNO Shoes after that on February 2nd, 2003!

The Dirt

By Jenny Fortman

In the last issue of The Dirt I was asked a question regarding what planting is allowed in Minneapolis. In the process of researching that article I was forced to face the truth about something I had previously chosen to brush to one side of my consciousness. BUCKTHORN! Over the last year or so I have heard, and admittedly ignored, much talk of buckthorn¹s impact on Minnesota ecosystems. Not just idol chatter but fist pounding rants on the evils of this exotic shrub. In fact, some people are so impassioned they have united as "Buckthorn Busters". I now realize I have been unwise to ignore the call to arms against this powerful foe of our native plants. Just before I sat down to write this article I went down to check Sheridan¹s own riverbank for buckthorn. Alas, it is here, Common Buckthorn. Thankfully, only in fairly small numbers.

What is buckthorn and why is it so bad? Buckthorn is a large shrub or small tree, brought here from Eurasia since in the 1800¹s. There are 2 varieties and both are considered noxious weeds by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. They are Rhamnus cathartica (Common or European Buckthorn) and Rhamnus Frangula (Glossy Buckthorn). Both are harmful because they out compete native plants by forming a dense thicket. This is nearly impenetrable by native plants, including tree saplings. The Nature Conservancy Element Stewardship Abstract suggests there are 5 reasons Buckthorn is so successful. Our climate is similar to Buckthorn¹s native conditions. Drainage ditches, fire suppression and cutting create ideal habitats. Buckthorn has very effective seed production, dispersal and germination methods. The dense thickets shade out natives by leafing out earlier and staying green longer. Finally, buckthorn re-sprouts vigorously if it is not removed properly. The proliferation of buckthorn not only impacts native plants, but also the creatures that rely on those plants for food and shelter.

How can buckthorn be identified? R. Cathartica or Common Buckthorn holds it¹s leaves into late fall, making it easy to spot at this time of year. Its leaves are oval shaped, dark green and glossy with rounded veining. However, even if all the leaves have dropped, it can still be identified. It has a distinctive bud at the tips of the branches, which looks like a buck¹s hoof with a thorn sticking out the end. The female plants have many multi-seeded black berries. The bark has a somewhat scaly texture.

One clump of Common Buckthorn can be easily found in Sheridan. Go to the strip of grass where we have the SNO Big Deal, head north up the dirt road that follows the river. Stop at the first set of powerline poles, currently marked with the words "tree butchers". Face west and look for a dried up Christmas wreath, hanging from a tree branch. The clump of Buckthorn is just to the left of the wreath.

R. Frangula or Glossy Buckthorn has two cultivars,"Columnaris" and "Aspenifolia", which were sold in nurseries until fairly recently. I did not spot any along the river, but it is likely in some of our yards. Glossy Buckthorn also holds it¹s leaves well into fall. Leaves are similar to Common Buckthorn, but have veins going out from the center at an angle. Its berries are also similar, but less prolific. Glossy Buckthorn does not have thorns or scaly bark.

How can Buckthorn be controlled? Because of its aggressive and invasive nature Buckthorn is best removed. Pulling seedlings and cutting larger stalks at or below ground level can be very effective. Pulling plants is always easiest in moist soil. Loosening soil with a shovel or pitchfork will also facilitate pulling. Have Gopher State One mark utility lines before digging. Buckthorn will not re-sprout from roots. However, any buds left above ground level will re-sprout with a vengeance. The U of M Extension Service Yard and Garden Brief (H464B) on Buckthorn Control suggests that a combination of cutting plants over 3/8 inch in diameter to the ground then painting the stump with a 25% or higher concentration of glyphosate can eliminate re-sprouting. Check labels for the percentage of active ingredient. Always follow ALL manufacturer instructions. To ensure effectiveness, chemical treatments should be done at 32 degrees or higher, on actively growing plants, no longer than 24 hours after cutting. For more information, including some good color photographs, go to:

Editor¹s Note: Jenny Fortman is a Master Gardener Intern 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, free of charge, on the Yard and Garden Line of the University of Minnesota Extension Office at (612) 624-4771.

Jenny Fortman is researching the possibility of removing the buckthorn on our riverbanks (see THE DIRT in this edition of SNO News for further details). If anyone is interested in helping call or email Jenny at 612-706-9735 or . This will most likely be a project for spring of 2003.
"An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less." Nicholas Murray

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