Monthly Archives: May 2015

FRNNG Historian, Gerry Sell

gerryGerry and George moved to Minneapolis in 1965 from Boston. The couple has five children: Mark, Marie, Paula, Thomas and Eric. Gerry worked as a volunteer coordinator at South High School for many years. In her role, she recruited volunteers and trained them to assist teachers in classrooms.

Gerry retired from this position in 1992 when her mother took sick. Gerry traveled back and forth from Minneapolis to Ypsilanti, Michigan, to take care of her Mother. Gerry recalled driving from Minneapolis to Michigan seven times in two weeks, and on the last journey to Michigan, brought her mother to the Twin Cities where her mother died in 1994.

Gerry’s mother was Italian and her father was Polish. Gerry’s mother spoke French. Gerry recalled that growing up in Milwaukee, her family had to hide their Italian identity because her father’s mother thought that her son’s wife was Polish because she spoke French.

Gerry stated that during her childhood, the families never talked about nationality because her father did not want his Polish family to know that he married an Italian woman. Gerry was an only child. However she was raised alongside her eight cousins in Milwaukee. Gerry remembers that four boy cousins expected her to do their homework because she was very smart.

Gerry met her husband George while grading papers at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee in 1955, and the couple married in 1958. Gerry wanted to become a medical doctor, however, the medical school told her that the scholarships were only reserved for men and not women. So within 20 minutes, Gerry decided to change her major to mathematics. Gerry and her husband’s college teaching career took them all over the United States before arriving in Minneapolis in 1965, coinciding exactly with the 50-year neighborhood celebration.

Gerry has held many positions in the neighborhood association for many years as follows: a founding member of FRNNG in 1965, chair of the education committee, Field community representative, secretary, editor for the newsletter, and most important: historian for the neighborhood. Gerry has been a member of the League of Women Voters for more than 50 years. As a devoted wife, mother and community volunteer, Gerry and other residents organized and lobbied to have a state bill passed to allow community banking in Minneapolis, and there was born the first neighborhood bank place in Field neighborhood on the corner of 48th and Chicago Avenue South.

As part of the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group family, Gerry and George will always be a member of our family. Thank you, sons and daughters, for allowing your parents to give of their time and leadership skills to our community.

by Stearline Rucker

50th Neighborhood Celebration May 30

IMG_4808-2This year, Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 50 years as a neighborhood, and we are going to celebrate like never before. Our annual spring neighborhood parade and gathering will be replaced this year with an all-day extravaganza at McRae Park for neighbors and friends of all ages. Events kick off on the McRae field on May 30th at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day and into the night, closing with a special reception at Turtle Bread Company.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.30.34 PMThis celebration will, for the first time ever, feature a full beer garden from 2:30-5 p.m. Sponsored by Pepito’s Restaurant and Adrian’s Tavern, the beer garden will be located in the permanent broomball court at McRae Park and will be equipped with high-top tables, a stage for live music, and service from our sponsors so you can enjoy visiting with your neighbors. In addition, a half-dozen food trucks and food venders will be on hand all day serving everything from fish and chips to dumplings to cupcakes.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the field stage, we have a program of familyfriendly live music, dancers and spokenword artists. The Aztec Dancers will be back this year, accompanied by several local jazz performances and the popularScreen Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.30.41 PM McRae Park Ballerinas with Miss Minneapolis making a special appearance to introduce guests to our stage. In the park, there is more family fun with a children’s play area complete with a bouncy castle, pony rides, a dunk tank, ring toss and other fun carnival games for kids.

A raffle to benefit FRNNG will feature prizes of a children’s-size and adult-size bicycle from Nokomis Cycle. More raffle prizes will be available as we get closer to the event. In addition, representatives from dozens of local businesses and groups that will be providing free demonstrations include massage, a bike repair station, Sword Club demonstrations, dog tricks, and even showing off some backyard chickens!

The party will continue on into the evening with a private neighborhood reception at Turtle Bread Company. Due to limited seating, the first 100 neighbors to RSVP will obtain a free ticket. Please RSVP by May 15 by emailing, by calling the office at (612) 721-5424, or by contacting us on social media to indicate how many tickets you would like. To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, Turtle Bread will be giving attendees ages 55 and older a free glass of wine.

There is so much going on this year that calling it the Annual Neighborhood Celebration just doesn’t do it justice. This is a celebration of everything we love about Field Regina Northrop, together in one place, plus the 50 years of history and hard work put in by so many residents to make this the neighborhood we enjoy today. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for the lastest information about vendors, times and any new surprises.

2015 Annual Meeting Election results

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to McRae Park last night and participate in our annual Neighborhood meeting and elections. We are happy to now have a nearly complete board for the first time in several years, thanks to the addition of four new board members. These positions will take effect in June.

We are still seeking a community member to take over the Education Committee, so if you are interested in volunteering please contact the office at

The election results are as follows:

2nd Vice President – Ted Moe, formerly Greening Committee Chair 

Treasurer – Shannon Guernsey, re-elected for a 3d term 

Secretary – Emily Poskie-Wilson, New FRNNG board member 

Greening Committee Co-Chairs – Tim Price & Lindsey Feiner, New FRNNG board members 

Programs Committee Chair – Julie Kral, New FRNNG board member 

Education Committee Chair – Open

Regina Representative – Shelley Nystrom, formerly Secretary