Monthly Archives: May 2018

Letter from the FRNNG President Willie Bridges

Hello FRN,

Willie Bridges

Willie Bridges, FRNNG President

I came across a letter that I had sent to Scott Benson, past city council member, a number of years ago, in 2001. In it, I was talking about the importance of our community having control of what we would like our community to look and be like. FRN, fast-forward to today, and we are still having a similar conversation with the City on its new 2020 plan.

The conversation will be about some of the same issues, including who should control what…our communities themselves or our city council? When I look back on our neighborhood over the years, I think we’ve done a good job on improving our FRN community. Of course, there is still more good work that we can accomplish together, such as using our loan program to fix up housing The business community here can continue to evolve and prosper, with our retail and service pockets, such as at 47th and Cedar, and 48th and Chicago, as well as our other small businesses in the neighborhood. Our McRae Park building could benefit from some improvements, such as maybe air conditioning.

Of the years that I’ve enjoyed being our FRN community president, I think what I’ve enjoyed the most has been the opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of you, the people in our communities. I really tried to look out for the good of the whole, while knowing that I’m not going to be able to please everyone.

We’ve talked about community-related issues such as bike and vehicle lanes co-existing, having a new coffee shop enter the area, the need for low-income housing options, about the potential block development where our Walgreens is now located and parking in the business area. These are all ongoing issues that still need to be addressed.

FRN, you have been and are a great community of people. You’ve undoubtedly given thousands of hours of your time as volunteers to our community and in many capacities through the FRN committees: Business, Communications, Community & Safety, Education, Greening, Housing, and Parks. You’ve also volunteered on the board of FRN and as neighborhood representatives. Thank you for your contributions. I would also like to thank our one FRN staff member, Stearline Rucker, for all the hard work she has done for our neighborhood.

FRN, thank you for allowing me to be president of FRN these last four years. Though I’m not running again for office, I will continue being involved and proactive in and for our neighborhoods.

I wish whoever comes after me the very best. I also ask that whoever is elected to the position remember that he or she needs to always regard the good of the whole community, as well as representing and being the voice of our community, to the larger group of our City of Minneapolis and city council.

Join Our Annual Neighborhood Celebration

Field Regina Northrop is hosting its annual neighborhood celebration on Saturday, June 2 at McRae Park. This event starts with a parade at 11 a.m., featuring marching drummers, dancers, and local, elected representatives. The parade ends at McRae Park, and it will kick-start the rest of the festivities.

The carnival at the park includes live pony rides, urban chickens, a giant inflatable slide & castle, music, and other family-friend activities. Returning music favorites include the Field School Band, Night Stones, and Mactir Irish Dancers.

There will also be free ice cream and food trucks from El Burrito Mercado and Wha’ Jamaican Authentic bistro. We will be raffling off a Nintendo Switch and a 60″ Smart TV.

Come out to connect with your neighbors, celebrate your community, and enjoy this much-anticipated warm weather! The event takes place rain or shine. Hope to see you there!

2018 FRNNG Board Election Results

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood annual meeting was held at McRae Park on April 26th. Attendees heard from our 8th and 11th ward city council members Andra Jenkins and Jeremy Schroeder, Hennepin County District 4 Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, and Inspector Michael Sullivan form the MPD 3rd Precinct. Issues discussed included the 35W project that is expected to stretch into 2022 which will impact the neighborhood in several ways. Inspector Michael Sullivan reported that year-over-year crime is flat, but encouraged neighbors to be vigilant with securing their garages in particular as they are a hot target for thieves. Commissioner McLaughlin also addressed how the County is dealign with the expected added pressures to Portland and Park Ave during the 35W project, and promoted the extensive hiring happening at the County as a wave of retirements is creating many new job openings.

FRNNG president Willie Bridges also updated attendees on neighborhood events and remarked on his observations he gathered during his four years as president, as he will be stepping down from the position when new members are sworn in this August. Willie urged all board members to stand up for the whole community and to focus on inclusivity for all neighbors.

Neighbors also elected new board members and re-elected current members for new terms. There were no contested elections, and there were candidates nominated from the floor to fill write-in positions. Here are the election results:

President: Chris Schommer (1st term)
Vice President: David Fronsoe (1st term)

Business: Aprad Nagy (1st term)
Communications: Maggie Snetting (1st term)
Community and Safety: Marty Koessel (2nd term)
Education: Terry Mazig (2nd term)
Housing and Development: Nate Lansing (3nd term)
Parks: Amanda Robbins-Butcher (1st term)

South Northrop: Willie Bridges (1st term)
North Northrop: Kate Nyquist (2nd term)

All other board members not listed are currently in the middle of their two year terms.

The new board will convene for the first time at the August 15th FRNNG meeting at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church.