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FRNNG Committee Meetings are Open to the Public

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group works to create a community with safe streets, quality schools, stable and well-maintained housing, supportive commercial businesses and parks and recreational facilities that can be enjoyed by all segments of the community.

The FRNNG achieves these goals through the work of its committee. Each committee meets on a monthly basis, and the meetings are open for residents to attend.

Business Committee

The goal of the Business Committee is to engage and support the businesses in the Field, Regina and Northrop communities. This means partnering with the City of Minneapolis to support the business community, as well as connecting with individual businesses to help them utilize existing resources. The goal is help local businesses thrive, which in turn helps the community prosper.

The committee meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Turtle Bread Company located at 4762 Chicago Avenue.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee works to maintain two-way and timely communication networks between neighbors, FRNNG, McRae Park, churches, businesses and other organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood. Some of the communications include a bi-monthly newsletter, FRNNG’s website and social media. These tools allow the committee to disseminate information quickly to the neighborhood.

The committee meets every 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Grounds located at 813 E. 48th St.

Community and Safety Committee

The Community and Safety Committee strives to promote a safe and healthy environment in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood. The committee partners with area businesses and organizations, as well as block club leaders and representatives from the 3rd Precinct. to achieve its goal of a safe community.

The committee meets 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at McRae Park.

Education Committee

The Education Committee works to improve the learning environment of area schools, the perception of these schools and also to encourage community involvement with the schools.

This committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at McRae Park in the Arts and Crafts room.

Greening Committee

The Greening Committee strives to support and develop environmental programs for the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood. These programs beautify and promote the future health of the neighborhood.

The committee meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Turtle Bread Company located at 4762 Chicago Avenue.

Housing Committee

The Housing Committee develops housing strategies to rehabilitate existing housing stock and create affordable rental housing. The committee’s activities include, but are not limited to, providing loans and grants to property owners for home improvements and helping host the annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair. The fair provides education for the community.

The committee meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall Tap located at 4810 Chicago Ave.

Programs Committee

The Programs Committee organizes the annual neighborhood celebration, silent auction event and during an election year, the candidates’ forum.

Parks Committee

The Parks Committee maintains an inviting and appealing atmosphere at McRae Park to encourage use. The park provides a place for neighbors to gather and fosters a sense of community in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood.

The committee meets first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at McRae Park.

Visit the events calendar for all the committee meeting dates.

2018 FRNNG Board Elections

Last Updated April 7th, 2018. 

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, parks committee chair , communications committee and South Northrop Rep. Up for re-election will be housing committee chair Nate Lansing, education committee Chair Terry Mazig, community & safety chair Marty Koessel, and North Northrop rep Kate Nyquist. 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 frnng@frnng.org 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.

President 

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

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 @frnng.org email address. I believe good communication is at the heart of building our community and the more stories and voices we can share the better. I want to bring what I have learned in the past seven years as a neighborhood representative and committee chair to help navigate FRNNG through the upcoming 2020 Neighborhood Reorganization plan and work to bring all voices together in our community. 

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): David Fronsoe –  Running for a first term

David Fronsoe: “As a newly appointed associate neighborhood representative for the Regina neighborhood, I have counted it a privilege and enjoyed my experience in becoming acquainted with the many facets of the FRNNG. In the brief time that I have been involved on the Board, reviewing the by-laws, attending the Community and Safety Committee meetings and now participating in the city’s Engagement Learning Labs designed to broaden our ability to reach all segments of our population, I am developing a better sense of the diverse needs of our community. Though I am still getting my feet wet, I do feel I could better serve in this First Vice President position. As the city undertakes evaluating and revamping how neighborhood organizations will play a part in its future, I hope to be a part of ensuring that FRNNG will continue to be a viable organization that will not only have the support of the city, but also serve as a model.”

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): Amanda Robbins-Butcher – Running for a first term

Amanda Robbins-Butcher: “I have lived in the neighborhood for almost 5 years and spend hours at the local parks with my family (husband and 4 year old son) and neighbors. I love the parks in our neighborhood and all over Minneapolis. I look forward to the opportunity to share conversations with my neighbors and continue to keep our parks great and make them even better.”

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): No candidates have announced 

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.

South Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Lindsey Feiner will be stepping down after one year as South Northrop Rep and three years as Greening Committee co-chair before that. Lindsey is responsible for the colorful utility box wraps and is hosting the Northrop neighborhood meeting in April. 

There are four Neighborhood Representatives. The South Northrop Rep covers the area from Chicago to Cedar ave, and from 46th Street to the Parkway. Neighborhood Representatives bring local issues to the board.

 

The following positions have candidates that are running for re-election

Education Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Terry Mazig – running for a second term

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.

Community & Safety Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): Marty Koessel – running for a second term

North Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): Kate Nyquist – running for a third term

 

 

2018 Organics Recycling Workshops sign up

Hennepin County has funded seven community groups in 2018 to engage their audiences in learning about signing up for residential organics recycling programs.

Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Groups is sponsoring a series of workshops over the next six weeks on “How to do organic recycling,” and “How to Become an Organics Block leader.”

Currently our three neighborhoods have the following percentage of organic recycling green carts and recycling usage:  49% of Field residents, 53% of both Northrop North and South residents, and 39% of Regina residents.  Our goal is to increase each neighborhood organic recycling.

Please sign up for any workshop that you would like to attend.  At the end of each workshop, your name will go into drawing for a $30.00 grit card to Target.

Use this link to sign up for an organics recycling workshop or fill out the form below to sign up:

2018 FRNNG Bylaws Update

As part of the 2018 FRNNG Annual Meeting on April 26th we will be proposing to update our bylaws to better reflect our current organization and goals. The language has also been edited to be more clear. Please click here to download a copy of the proposed bylaws. To view our current bylaws please click here.

After the board voted to propose these changes two issues were raised that will need to be voted on by the public on April 26th.

First under section 7.2 for Neighborhood Representative eligibility, a proposal was made to allow representatives that are not current residents but are qualified business owners or represent an organization in the neighborhood, such as a church or nonprofit leader. The text would be modified to read:

  • Eligibility. 
    1. Neighborhood representatives must live in the area they are elected to represent; or,
    2. A person who is a voting Member because they represent a qualified business or organization under 2.1 (b) may be a neighborhood representative. 

The second is a proposal to raise the current number of board members as described in section 3.2 from 20, to 21 to allow for more co-chair positions. Co-chair positions allow for more representation and makes the task of charing a committee lighter by spreading the responsibilities.

Comments can be made in person on April 26th during our annual meeting, or by contacting the office at frnng@frnng.org.

 

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: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/ba/FacadeGrants

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 frnng@frnng.org 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!

Pepitos and Parkway Theater Acquired, New Restaurant Tenant Announced

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 14, 2018

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Pepitos restaurant and the Parkway Theater, two popular institutions located in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood of South Minneapolis, have been officially acquired and are scheduled to re-open in June 2018. Pepitos Mexican Restaurant, located on the 48th Street block of Chicago Avenue South, enjoyed a long and revered 46 year-run as a fixture in the neighborhood under the ownership of Joe Minjares, who also owned and operated the adjacent Parkway Theater. Due to a serious illness, Minjares had to close Pepitos Restaurant at the end of 2017, though its nearby deli on Nicollet and 46th Street remains.

Enter local investor/entrepreneurs Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger, who live in the neighborhood and saw the potential to renovate both the restaurant and theater, in an effort to bring new life into these two establishments. Both Johnson and Landenberger are longtime fans of Pepitos, and Johnson, in particular, has a special connection to Pepitos. “My wife and I had our first date at Pepitos. And fittingly in 2001 it’s where I proposed,” said Johnson.

After an extensive remodel, Johnson and Landenberger will continue to run the theater as a classic/indie movie and live performance venue. “Our goal is to restore the Parkway Theater to its former glory and bring new energy to the space through renovation, curated movie and speaker series, contemporary chamber music and more,” says Landenberger, a veteran of neighborhood redevelopment projects in South Minneapolis.

As for the restaurant, the pair found another family-owned, neighborhood institution to take over operations. El Burrito Mercado, a fixture in St. Paul’s West Side for 36 years, will open El Burrito Minneapolis in the space formerly occupied by Pepito’s. El Burrito Mercado is led and operated by Milissa Silva-Diaz together with her sister and niece, which makes it a 100% women-owned Latina business. Fittingly, according to Silva-Diaz, the bar portion of the restaurant will carry a theme featuring prominent Latina entertainers, artists, and influential women. Like it’s St. Paul counterpart, El Burrito Minneapolis will feature an award-winning menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, a take-out deli, as well as their popular tamale-making classes.

Minjares, for his part, is happy to be handing off the torch to people with deep connections to the neighborhood, and to his restaurant. “It’s bittersweet to say goodbye,” says Minjares. “But I feel like I’m leaving things in good hands, and there’s a bit of serendipity to be handing over the reins of the restaurant to another family-owned Mexican restaurant with a long history in the Twin Cities.”

Plans for the renovation of the Parkway Theater and the opening of El Burrito Minneapolis are pending approval of all necessary plans, permits, and liquor licenses.

 

Eddie Landenberger, is a commercial real estate developer, broker and property manager with extensive experience serving arts organizations and non-profits in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Eddie currently serves as Vice President at the Land Bank Twin Cities, overseeing acquisitions and property management of a diverse portfolio of urban properties. Prior to the Land Bank, Eddie spent several years as a business broker and economic development project manager developing restaurants and creative arts spaces in Minneapolis. As an active arts patron, he is strongly connected to the local arts community through Kate Nordstrum, his wife and music curator of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. He has an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ward Johnson has over 20 years of experience in business operations and entrepreneurship. As owner/CEO, he guided local pet food manufacturer Sojos (www.sojos.com) from a one-man operation to a manufacturing leader in natural pet products, until their ultimate acquisition by WellPet, LLC in January of 2016. He currently serves in a mentoring, consulting and investing role for local start-ups and seed stage companies. He attended the University of Minnesota and has a BS with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University’s Carlson School of Management.

Milissa Silva-Diaz, a Mexican-American, is a passionate diversity advocate with a vision to unite teams through culture, food and music – while infusing a good measure of business savvy. She is the eldest daughter of immigrant, entrepreneur parents, Tomas and Maria Silva. Milissa is most known for her innovative leadership at El Burrito Mercado, the multi-million dollar Mexican & Latino marketplace & restaurant, which employs over 80 staff members in St. Paul. Before taking on her role as El Burrito Mercado CEO and partner- owner, along with her sister Suzanne and niece Analita, she pursued other experiences which heightened her level of education and professional experiences in areas of private label foods, Latino entertainment promotion, and corporate experiences with companies like Target, Supervalu, and General Mills. Milissa currently serves on the board for Latino Chamber of Commerce and is a current board member of the St. Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. She was recognized as the 2009 recipient of Minnesota’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “25 on the Rise”.

Close to Home – Jan/Feb 2018

The Field, Regina, and Northrop Neighborhood Group Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that is delivered to all addresses with our defined neighborhood.  We start 2018 with a strong issue delivered earlier in January.  We’ll be spotlighting a few stories here on our website to ensure you have the latest information at your fingertips.

Simply click on the link to download and view the latest issue.

 

If you have questions or would like to contribute to the creation of your neighborhood newsletter, please contact the Communications Committee Chair via email at communications@frnng.org

 

The Neighborhood celebration RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17

The Neighborhood celebration has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17 due to weather concerns.

Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 52 years as a neighborhood, and once again we will celebrate with an event for friends and family at McRae Park. Our annual spring neighborhood celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. at McRae Park.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be activities at the park, including a variety of musical entertainers, games of chance, face painting, kids games, and of course, ice cream and fabulous food. Food truck vendors will be on hand serving a variety of treats. There will be plenty of food choices for everyone!

On stage, we have a program of family-friendly live music and dancers. Join us on Saturday, June 17 to celebrate with your neighbors!

Keep track of the event by visiting www.frnng.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. This event will take place on this date – rain or shine. We will provide alternate location in case of rain on June 17.

Social Media Coordinator advertisement

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) is seeking a temporary social media coordinator to help promote neighborhood events and information social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) and our web page. This contract position is funded for three months. This person or group should be able to help develop existing content from our print newsletter and new content from other sources to effectively communicate with residents and business online. Coordination between the FRNNG webpage and social media will be important.

Applicants should have experience with Facebook and Twitter administration and communication strategies, as well as wordpress content editing and publishing. Please share examples of communication work on social media with your application in addition to a sample three month budget required for an average of 3-5 social media posts every week.

Send your application to communications@frnng.org by May 18th with Social Media Position in the subject line. A committee has been formed to review the applicants and will award the project no later than May 25thst.