Monthly Archives: March 2018

2018 FRNNG Board Elections

Last Updated March 16th, 2018. This post will be updated through April 5th as neighbors volunteer to be placed on the paper ballot. 

The neighborhood relies on volunteers to operate and every year we host the annual neighborhood meeting to elect new members to the board of directors and plan for the year ahead. This year, the meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26, at McRae Park from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Refreshments will follow the meeting. This is also an opportunity to meet with city council members, city staff, and representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department.

We are looking to fill several important positions on the board. Currently, we expect to have open seats for president, vice president, business committee chair, and parks committee chair. Up for re-election will be housing committee chair Nate Lansing and communications committee chair Chris Schommer. If you or someone you know is interested in running for any of these positions, the deadline to appear on the ballot is April 5th. Please send your questions or ballot information to or call the office at (612) 721-5424.

If any volunteer would like to appear on the ballot but misses the April 5th deadline,  attendees of the annual meeting may nominate any neighbor “from the floor” for write-in consideration.


Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Willie Bridges will be stepping down after four years as FRNNG president. Willie has spent many hours getting the organization’s financial books in shape, running our meetings, and working with the public on a variety of issues over the years. The president is the public face of the neighborhood and meets with representatives from the city and county about issues that affect the neighborhood. The duties of the president also include presiding over all FRNNG meetings and directing many aspects of the organization.

1st Vice President 

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Matt Steele will be stepping down after two years as vice president. Prior to his current role, Matt was the North Northrop rep. As vice president, Matt has done a lot of work as chair of the finance committee and is a constant advocate for the neighborhood. In addition, the vice president runs meetings in the president’s absence and takes over in the event the president is unable to continue their position.

Business Committee Chair

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Patricia Jones will be stepping down after two years on the board. Patricia has done a lot of organizing in the past two years and has been central to better social media engagement and community involvement. The business committee chair acts as the focal point for our neighborhood’s active business community. In addition, the business chair is responsible for managing the Great Streets Program which is a grant program run by the City of Minneapolis to improve business facades.

Parks Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Maria Gilleece will be stepping down after two years as parks chair. The parks chair works with the McRae Park director to coordinate neighborhood involvement. The parks chair also assists with the annual neighborhood celebration that is held every year at McRae Park. Maria has written a wonderful piece on page 4 about the parks committee and volunteering.  

Communications Chair

Candidate(s): Chris Schommer – Running for a third term

The Communications Chair manages the publication of Close to Home, and helps organize various areas of the neighborhood’s communications including our webpage, social media, and branding.

Chris Schommer: “I have been involved with FRNNG since 2011 when I signed up for Field Neighborhood Representative. In 2014 I became Communications Chair and currently manage each publication of Close to Home. Since becoming chair have also been responsible for: re-designing Close to Home, creating our current webpage, re-designing the FRN logo, and setting up our email address. I was also part of the sub-committee for the 46th Street project and worked closely with Hennepin County and the City during that process. I believe good communication is at the heart of building our community and the more stories and voices we can share the better.”

Housing and Development Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Nate Lansing – running for a third term

Nate Lansing: “Nate has served as the Housing committee chair/co-chair since 2014. In that time, the Housing Committee has revamped the neighborhood low-interest home improvement loan and has subsidized the cost of the Home Energy Audit program for residents of FRNNG. The Housing Committee also continues to explore ways to support affordable housing in the neighborhood and city as a whole. Nate is a local real estate agent who lives in the Northrop neighborhood with his wife and 2 kids.”

The Housing and Development Committee is concerned with helping neighbors to maintain safe and sound homes in the neighborhood though improvement loans and other strategies.

Apply for the Great Streets Improvement Program

FRNNG 2018 Improvement Façade Grant For Businesses

FRNNG was awarded $34k in grant funds for 2018 Great Streets Improvement Facade Program. This grant is a first come, first served award.  The maximum grant award per business is $5,000.00.

The Great Streets program aims to help revitalizes and sustain neighborhood business districts.  One component of the Greet Streets program is the Facade Improvement Matching Grant, designed to help create a healthy commercial area by providing incentives to improve the appearance of building facades and stimulate private investment.

Please read the materials carefully so your idea and plan are approved.  All the information on the program and the guidelines are on the City of Minneapolis website.  The below link will take you to the information and give you the link to apply.  If we can be helpful, please feel free to reach out to our office.

To complete an application, visit:

Toddlers Needed for the Annual Neighborhood Celebration Parade

We’re excited to come together and celebrate our neighborhood as well as offer an afternoon of fun for our kids.  We’re looking for 20 toddlers/parents to ride their trikes or be pulled in there red wagon for neighborhood parade on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Lineup is at Field School 10:45am, parade starts at 11:00am and ends at McRae Park at 11:30am.   Contact the office at or call 612 721 5424 if you and your child will be able to participate in the parade.

We look forward to making this a wonderful event for you and your family!