SNO News is Good News

February 2003

Editor: Trish Schilling

Layout: Chip Chilling

Web version: John Akre

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SNO Ball 2003

By Trish Schilling

Save the night of February 22nd, get gussied up and attend the 4th annual SNO Ball from 8PM-Midnight at the Grain Belt Bottling House in beautiful Sheridan Neighborhood.

The SNO Ball is where Sheridan neighbors and people from all over the Twin Cities mingle with no meeting agenda. Why? Perhaps to experience the Lovely Lower Northeast Minneapolis lifestyle (if they're not from around here) or perhaps because it is so fun!!!

SNO Ball 2003 will be bigger and better. 400 guests are expecting, up from 250 in recent years. The entertainment will be fabulous with old favorites and new additions. Ballet of the Dolls will add new excitement with a guest appearance. Also new, take a field trip across the street for a guided tour of the Historic Grain Belt Building.

SNO Ball showcases the most interesting Silent Auction items of any fund raising ball. The generous and creative outpouring of silent auction donations and silent auction bidders and winners is unbelievable and 2003 should be no exception.

True SNO Ball legend: In 1999, when the SNO Events Committee invented the SNO Ball, community leaders at a city wide events planning seminar said a Minneapolis neighborhood could not successfully sponsor a fancy fundraiser. The Events Committee didn't take "no" for an answer and proved it could be done with style and affordable ticket prices. SNO Ball builds community and raises money to fund other community building events like the SNO Big Deal summer picnic.

Tickets for SNO Ball 2003 are $13 ($8 for seniors) and $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale now at Two 12 Pottery. Or, call Trish (612) 803-5617 for tickets or to receive further information.

Editor's Text

By Trish Schilling

Hopefully, the next edition of SNO News will come to all Sheridan Neighbors by direct mail. I think this will decrease the publication turn-around time so submissions will be more timely. It will also ease the amount of effort it takes to publish this all volunteer produced newsletter.

On that note, volunteers are needed to produce a database of Sheridan Neighborhood addresses for this mailing effort. The database can then be used to send notices of important meetings and events to each address. The database work has begun, so we will not be starting from scratch. Please call me (612)803-5617 if you would like to help. Of course, it will be FUN!

NRP Report

By John Akre

There will be a Fix and Paint program in Sheridan for 2003. This program was one of the results of the Sheridan NRP plan modifications that were made last year. Applications will be made available on March 3rd. Look for the brochure in early March in the Northeaster, and on the SNO web site. Applications will be due on April 25th, and there will be a lottery at the SNO Annual Meeting on April 28th to determine who will get funded this year.

This program provides homeowners with matching funds for exterior home improvements. The money does not have to be paid back if the homeowner lives in his or her home for five years.

This year the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization would also like to promote homeowners using these funds for energy efficient renovations. One example of this use would be the solar shingles featured in the new townhouse development in the Holland Neighborhood, at 24th and Jackson Streets.

At the February SNO meeting, program guidelines for this year's Fix and Paint program, as well as the newly revised and re-funded Down-payment Assistance program will be voted on. The guidelines were discussed at the January SNO meeting.

The Down-payment Assistance program is an expanded version of the Sheridan Duplex Purchaser program. Last year SNO voted to expand this program so that it is available for single family, duplex, triplex and four-plex purchasers. The program provides a deferred loan of up to $5,000 for down-payment and closing costs for purchasing a home in Sheridan. The program is designed to help make home-ownership more accessible for those families with incomes lower than the area median, and has an income limit.

Watch the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization web site: for more information on these programs, or call the Northeast Housing Resource Center at (612) 378-7985.

The NRP Committee will meet next on Monday, February 17th at 7 p.m. at Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE. At this meeting we will begin discussing the next steps to finish implementing the Sheridan Neighborhood Revitalization Program plan and a process to evaluate that plan.

The February SNO meeting will be on Monday February 24th. That's when we will approve the program guidelines for this year's Fix and Paint program as well as the Down-payment Assistance plan.

Help Pave the Way!

You have probably noticed the work coming along on the new Pierre Bottineau Library at Marshall and Broadway. You can be a part of this exciting new neighborhood development by purchasing a brick or a bench to help bring back the fountain that used to be at the corner. The bricks, or pavers, will be deeply engraved with the message of your choice, and are available in two sizes. A 6 X 9 inch paver costs $200, and a 12 X 12 inch paver costs $500. If you are the extra-generous type, you can endow a bench for $5,000. You can get a paver application sheet at a SNO meeting, or call the SNO line or Michael Rainville at (612) 661-4745 for more information.

Recent Developments

By John Akre

Grain Belt Housing

At the January SNO meeting, Ross Fefercorn of Sheridan Development presented an update on his plans to develop housing in land surrounding the Grain Belt Brewery buildings. Because that meeting happened after this issue of SNO News is Good News went to press, I canít tell you what happened at then. But in January the MCDA voted to extend the development rights for the property until June 6, 2003.

Sheridan Development has been working on the financial aspects of the housing development this past year. Soon he will begin the process of re-designing the development. He has said that he will keep the neighborhood informed of his progress in this.

The re-design is necessary because of changes in tax law and because of historic considerations. The foundation of the Orth Brewery from the 1850's was discovered under the parking lot across Marshall from the Grain Belt brewhouse. This is the property that Sheridan Development wishes to develop first. The Minnesota State Office of Historic Preservation has insisted that this foundation be preserved, so the housing must be designed around it.

The tax law changes mean that Sheridan will need to build more units of housing in the development in order to make it work financially. Instead of the 275 units of housing on four parcels around the Grain Belt buildings originally proposed, the development will eventually have approximately 375. All units would be home-ownership units.

Marshall Street Housing

A couple years ago we heard about a rental housing development that Sherman and Associates proposed for Marshall Street, just about a block north of the Grain Belt properties. One partner in this development was Jim Bartlett, who owns the property just north of the Nygard Set Design building on the 1400 block of Marshall.

The original development plan called for a building that went all the way up to the railroad tracks. This would have meant the purchase and relocation of several businesses and residents from that area. The latest word is that Sherman has scaled back their plans quite a bit. A representative from Sherman and Associates will be present at the February 24th SNO meeting to give us an update. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street Northeast.

Sentyrz Expansion

At the October SNO Meeting, Walt Sentyrz gave us an update on his plans to expand his grocery store at 17th and 2nd. He has located a party who wishes to buy and move the duplex that is currently in the middle of the block, if a suitable lot can be found.

Work has already begun on the expansion to the Sentyrz store. Walt Sentyrz told us that he plans to remain open throughout the construction process. The work will mean a greatly expanded store that comes up closer to the sidewalk and parking for cars and bicycles on either side of the store.

The MEND-ing

MEND stands for Mississippi Eastside Neighborhood Development. It is a collaborative effort of the Saint Anthony West, Sheridan, Bottineau and Marshall Terrace Neighborhoods to do some joint planning for areas that these four river neighborhoods have in common. Last year MEND completed a master plan for Marshall Street, which re-visions this industrial road as the river parkway that it should be. This plan was put together by the Cunningham Group Architects through a process of neighborhood meetings.

Late last year, leaders from the four neighborhoods got together to develop some ideas for MEND priorities for the next year or years. Some of the items discussed included the implementation of the Marshall Street plan, as well as other corridors to concentrate on, including University Avenue, the bikeway planned for 18th Avenue, and 13th Avenue. One of the next things that MEND could be working on is a master plan for 13th Avenue, to tie together the river with the commercial areas at 2nd Street and University Avenue. Put on your thinking caps, watch these pages and the Northeaster for some upcoming meetings to plan a vision for 13th Avenue.

Pierre Bottineau Library, Goodbye...Helloooo!!

By Madeline M. Cooper

Stop by and pay your regards to the old Pierre Bottineau Library! The old Pierre Bottineau Library currently located in leased quarters at 1224 - 2nd Street will close in early March, allowing the crew and library staff time to prepare for the grand opening of the new Pierre Bottineau Library located on the corner of Broadway and Marshall Street scheduled for May 2003.

It is time to look forward as construction on the Historic Grain Belt Campus springs along. Plans are becoming a reality as we prepare to say a fond farewell to the current location. Although the quaint old site will be missed by some, the new 12,355 square foot library offers amenities to appeal to everyone.

Some of the features of the new library include: Increased collections, a larger collection of material, a neighborhood history area, a fun children's space, a teen's tech zone, a conference room, and a 23 space parking lot. The library will also have bike racks and pedestrian walkways to promote environmentally friendly transportation to and from this neighborhood centerpiece.

The new library combines the best in contemporary architecture with two timeless buildings from the turn of the century. Along with the preservation and restoration of the Millwright Shop and the Wagon Shed, many re-used materials are going into the new site and sustainable architecture is on the top of the projects' priority list.

Fresco Artist Rollin Alm has created a fifteen panel mural to hang above the public service desk, titled "River of Knowledge." The mural represents the artistic community and the prominent Mississippi River that flows nearby.

Fundraising is underway to build a new fountian for the front garden. Supporters can purchase a personalized brick, a garden bench, or give a monetary gift to the fund. Contact Mike Rainville (612 661-4745) for additional information on the Legacy Fountain Project.

For more information on the library closing and reopening call Pierre Bottineau Librarian Gloria Busch at 612-630-6890.'s AFCAC!

By Chuck Sullivan

The Above the Falls Citizens Advisory Committee acronym is AFCAC. No! It isn't the insurance company that uses a duck in its's AFCAC!

In 2000, the City of Minneapolis adopted the Above the Falls Master Plan and vision for the Upper River area. In 2001, as part of the implementation strategy, the City established a 56 member Upper River Working Group to lay the groundwork for a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The Working Group developed the structure, membership and role of the CAC. In August of 2001 the City Council approved the Working Group's recommendations and directed the MCDA to begin implementation. In the spring of 2002, representatives and alternates were selected.

The CAC has 30 members: 18 neighborhood representatives, 6 business representatives and 6 environmental representatives. The 18 neighborhood representatives include 10 members selected by the riverfront neighborhood organizations that lie in the Above the Falls plan area; 2 each from North and Northeast neighborhoods outside the Plan area, 1 each from Nicollet Island/East Bank, South, and Southeast neighborhoods outside the plan area and 1 from the Middle Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Each membership seat has 2 alternates (60 alternates in all). SNO has selected Chuck Sullivan, owner of a neighborhood architectural firm, as the AFCAC representative and SNO residents Trish Schilling and Tom Taylor as alternates. SNO is also fortunate that another SNO resident, artist and gallery owner, Frank Stone, has been selected to represent the broader Upper River business community.

Members of the Sheridan neighborhood have long played an important role in the health and environment of the Mississippi River. Sheridan is a riverfront neighborhood and our residents can really benefit by the economic and recreational opportunities the River provides. The annual summer picnic (SNO Big Deal) is held on the riverfront as are annual river clean-ups. It is only right that our neighborhood play an active role in the implementation of the Above the Falls Master Plan and vision.

Presently, the AFCAC is in organizing mode. Members of AFCAC have developed a mission statement. Mission Purpose: The mission of the Above The Falls Citizen Advisory Committee (AFCAC) is to provide an inclusive public process that will guide and pro-actively support the implementation of the Above the Falls Master Plan vision. The purpose of the AFCAC, is to provide ongoing stakeholder involvement in the implementation of the Above the Falls Master Plan and vision for the Upper River Area, as was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council in June 2000. The AFCAC was authorized by Minneapolis City Council Resolution on August 10, 2001.

AFCAC is currently developing by-laws. AFCAC has used by-law models of other organizations, including SNO, as guides. Also policies, procedures, principles and process under which AFCAC will operate are being developed. It could take another six months to a year before the AFCAC is running smoothly and reveiwing real river plans.

In a unique democratic twist, AFCAC has a facilitation committee instead of a President. The Facilitation Committee includes Irene Jones from the environmental groups, Nancy Beals from the neighborhoods, and Jennifer Young from the business representatives.

Several projects have just begun to move into the AFCAC pipeline. Two have recently been mentioned for future AFCAC review. One of these potential projects is the west bank site known as the Riverview Supper Club, already underway. The other is the building just north of Broadway Pizza that the Minneapolis Park Board has purchased for a new headquarters building. Reviews of these sites have not yet been scheduled. As changes occur on the Upper River, AFCAC will be there to respond with a voice that represents stakeholders in the community.

AFCAC meets the 3rd Tuesday each month, 6-9pm, at ESNS. SNO News will carry updates of AFCAC activities as they occur. Monthly reports will also be provided at SNO meetings. AFCAC is another example of involvement by SNO members in the future of our neighborhood and City. If you haven't been to a SNO meeting yet, please try to attend. There are many great opportunities for involvement with SNO and our neighborhood.

Editor's Note: Chuck Sullivan was elected SNO representative to AFCAC at the beginning and he has not missed an AFCAC meeting! Chuck is involved and committed to making AFCAC a respected and viable player in upper river developement. He intends to learn everything he possibly can about the issues facing the Upper River. Thank you, Chuck, for your hard work and diligence.

The Dirt

by Jenny Fortman


I was asked by a friend in Holland neighborhood, "what are the tumbleweeds like plants blowing around Northeast?" Attempts to find and capture said plants have been unsuccessful. It seems there are a number of different plants that, when dry, break off at the base of the stem and blow around. It is a seed distribution mechanism. Without having seen the plant, the rest is speculation. It is most likely an annual or biennial plant that tolerates poor soil and dry conditions. It probably grows in open areas, such as vacant lots and along the railroad lines. Our dry, windy, snowless winter has been ideal for separating such plants from their roots and carrying them down the street.

I found 3 plant families that list tumbleweed as part of a memberís common name. There are probably many others. Amaranthus graecizans L. is more commonly called prostrate pigweed or spreading pigweed. This plant grows here, but is a low, spreading plant. It doesnít look like the tumbleweed you would see in an old Clint Eastwood movie. Salsola kali L., also called Russian thistle or Russian tumbleweed, is said to only grow west of the Mississippi river. If you saw a tumbleweed blowing east across the Lowry bridge, this might be the culprit. The Mustard or Brassicaceae family has two plants with tumbling common names. Sisymbrium altissimum L. or tumbling mustard and Sisymbrium loeselii L. or small tumbleweed mustard both grow here. Either would blow around like a classic looking tumbleweed. Both of these tumbling mustards have seed pods with many tiny seeds.

This Dry Windy Snowless Winter

A Sheridan friend and neighbor asks, "what is this weird winter weather going to do to our yards and gardens?" Last year I was in a room full of Master Gardeners asking the same question. This winter is not too much different. The expert answer was Who knows? Maybe nothing.

With that said, there are a few of things that might be helpful to understand. We all know that water freezes at 32 degrees. That means, if the ground around your plants and trees is moist when the ground freezes, it will stay closer to 32 degrees. If the ground is dry at freezing, there is more air in the soil. That air is more likely to be closer to the outside air temperature. Snow cover acts as insulation and gives moisture to the ground as it melts. Leaves or other types of mulch can also insulate your plants roots. However, mulch is only effective if it is applied after the ground freezes. The purpose of insulating is to keep the ground from freezing and thawing, which can cause the ground to shift and expose plant roots. Wind is a factor, because it can contribute to the dryness of the ground and evergreen leaves.

What can we do? Go out in early spring and cover any exposed roots with soil. If spring rain is light, water plants and trees well. Best planting practice suggests that we stop watering plants, trees and shrubs in early fall, to allow them to go dormant and discourage new growth. In late fall, water well again. Mulch tender or young plants after the ground freezes. This is the best protection from our unpredictable winter weather. For now, let's think spring and hope for the best.

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, free of charge, on the Yard and Garden Line of the University of Minnesota Extension Office at (612) 624-4771.

Nutty French Bread

by Doris Burke

1 loaf white bread, sliced

8 eggs

2 cups milk

2 cups half and half

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 1/3 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp. dark corn syrup

1 1/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts

Grease a 13x9 pan with butter and fill the pan with bread slices to within 1/2 inch of the top. Blend eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate. Topping: Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and nuts in a medium bowl and set aside until time to bake. Spread topping over bread. Bake until golden and puffed (50 minutes at 350 degrees). Beware. It may run over. Nutty French Bread serves 8.

Editor's Note: When SNO News called for recipes to create a SNO cookbook we received this one prompt submission. Now, a year later, the cookbook is still on the back burner but we thank you, Doris, for a yummy addition to our winter joy of cooking!

Author, Author!

by Tom Taylor

Film maker, activist, proud car free human, SNO President and our Sheridan neighbor John Akre writes more than just NRP plans. John is a fiction writer. His new novel is titled Billion Million Thousand Hundred Novel Not Extinct. John read from his new novel at the Frank Stone Gallery, 1226 2nd Street NE, on Saturday, January 18th. The event was well attended by dozens of neighbors and visitors from all over the metro area.

Billion Million Thousand Hundred Novel Not Extinct is a work of fiction that uses fantasy, myth and humor to tell a tale about the influence of the automobile on the lives of Americans. It is partly based on the Flying Dutchman legend.

The Flying Dutchman of the Plains is a ghostly Winnebago that drives the highways of the nation and causes accidents by its mere presence. Johnny Primate is the living person who grows up aboard the ship. The story follows Johnny's childhood aboard the death ship, as well as his attempt to escape it with a life in the world outside.

The novel is self-published in a limited edition of 200 copies. Copies may be purchased through the web site: Or, you could always tell John you would like a copy when you see him at a neighborhood meeting.


SNO Shoes Walk

The next SNO Shoes Walk will be on Sunday, February 2nd. We meet at 5 p.m. outside of 212 Pottery at 212 13th Avenue NE to take a walk and talk. Itís the new Sheridan social event, and something to not be missed.

The SNO Shoes Walk takes place on the Sunday after the SNO meeting. Itís just an excuse to walk around the neighborhood and see how it looks and talk to your neighbors. At the last walk we had a good sized group that looked at holiday lights and also dropped by to visit SNO members who said that might be coming on the walk but didnít make it!

Other upcoming SNO Shoes Walks will be on March 2nd and March 30th.

Hey Kids and Teens, show 'em who can make art!

Hennepin (that's us) and Anoka County students grades 1 through 12 are invited to participate in a poster contest sponsored by the Animal Humane Society. Any medium (this means crayons, macaroni... anything) is acceptable to create a poster relating to this year's theme: "Be a Voice for Those Who Cannot Speak." Entries should depict a way that people can show kindness toward animals.

All artwork must be submitted by March 31, 2003. Posters can be dropped off at the Golden Valley or Coon Rapids Shelters or mailed to Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422. For more information call 763-489-2220.

Eastside Food Co-op Fundraising Success

Sheridan artist, Chip Schilling, created a limited edition print on behalf on the Eastside Food Cooperative and sponsored 2 open houses to sell the print over the holiday season. The goal was to raise $1000.00 for the Co-op and Chip raised $1300.00. The Co-op is planning to open at the former Country Cub Foods location on the corner of 26th and Central. Other Sheridan neighbors contributed to the effort. Tom Taylor donated web site expertise and Amanda Degener donated handmade paper from the papermaking company, Cave Paper. Congratulations to these fundraising Sheridan neighbors!

1st Annual Pasta Lovers Night Out

SAVE THE DATE! The Eastside Food Co-op's 1st annual Pasta Lovers Night Out will be held on March 1st. Doors will open at 6:30 and dinner seating begins at 7:00. Seating is limited so reservations are encouraged, call 612-781-1516.

This fine epicurean event will take place at the Latvian House, 24th and Central Ave in NE MPLS. If you have not seen this space it will be worth your time just to check it out!

The proceeds from this all organic dinner will go towards the opening of the East Side Food Co-op. If you attended the East Side Food Co-op's pancake breakfast you know that this is something that you will not want to miss.

In the spirit of the words that are attributed to Emma Goodman "if I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution" we are hopeful that the tables will be pushed aside after dinner and we will be able to all sleep soundly knowing that Emma would be proud and would have been happy to attend.

Get Connected!

by Trish Schilling

A new shop has opened at 339 - 13th Avenue, The Connect. The Connect gives Sheridan its 3rd clothing store on 13th Avenue. The other two are Euro Fashion and Art-A-Motive. Euro Fashion features fine women's clothing and Art-A-Motive features art wear handcrafted by local artisans. It is time for us to get some new duds, togs, garb, raiment, frippery, garments and ...hoodies!

The Connect owners, Chris Baker and Bobby Hatfield, did almost all the remodeling in the shop themselves creating a store that connects new east and west coast hip-hop clothing lines. "Sometimes it can be hard to stay up-to-date on fashion trends" says Chris. "The midwest can get behind on trends." But, no more! The latest labels are at The Connect. These are clothing lines that you won't find at the malls: Puma, Drunkn Monky (named after a kind of Martial Arts), Triple 5 Soul (named after three borrows of NYC). NE Time ent and Herben Influence are locally designed fashion lines. The clientele at The Connect is expected to be young adults aged 15 and older.

The Connect carries a small line of women's clothing and is anticipating the arrival of Hollywood Jeans. Chris proclaimed these jeans "the best fitting women's jeans ever created." Ladies, who will join me in this challenge?!

Music and fashion go well together at The Connect. Bobby Hatfield is a hip-hop artist himself and hip-hop Cds by local NE Minneapolis artists are available alongside internationally renowned hip-hop recording artists.

The Connect opened in late November and good holiday sales were reported. A Grand Opening is planned for some time in April. In-store hip-hop music parties may be planned in the future as well. Store hours T-TH, 12-8pm and F-SA, 11:30-9pm. Call 612-379-4440 for more details.


ARTAMOTIVE will have an informal modeling of one-of-a-kind lingerie, loungewear (just in time for Valentine's Day), and evening wear (just in time for SNO Ball)on Saturday, February 8th from 1-3pm. Find something for that special someone, or treat yourself! Also, ARTAMOTIVE is open late on the 13th of each month, with live music and refreshments. Featured artists will be on hand to demonstrate and talk about their work. Featured artists on February 13th are jewelry designers Ellen Starr, Jacqui Heie, Nicole Cina, Karen Engelsen, Lori Wiggenhorn, and Lisa Bandemer. ARTAMOTIVE is located at 208 13th Avenue NE, next door to Two 12 Pottery. More info at or 612-706-0840.

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