Due to the forecasted thunderstorms tomorrow the annual celebration and parade have been POSTPONED until a later date. We are very disappointed but are working on an alternate date and will publish something soon so stay tuned.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Programs Committee organizes the annual neighborhood celebration, silent auction event and during an election year, the candidates’ forum.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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:
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:
- Neighborhood representatives must live in the area they are elected to represent; or,
- 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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612 721 5424 if you and your child will be able to participate in the parade.