CPNA to Update Bylaws

The board of CPNA has proposed some changes to the bylaws.  These changes will be voted on at the next board/general meeting of CPNA on March 16, 2015.  The current bylaws can be found here.

The proposed bylaws can be found here with the changes in red.


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Meet with our neighbors to hear about our schools

Waite Park Community Council

Waite Park

Neighborhood Meeting
Topic: Minneapolis Schools

Wednesday, March 4th 7:00pm

Please join us for the upcoming neighborhood meeting on March 4th.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. We will are happy to welcome panalists from Minneapolis schools to speak on what’s happening now and what to look forward to in the upcoming years. Panelists include:

  • Jenny Arneson, Chair Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education
  • Carla Steinbach, Principal Edison High School
  • Dr. Ben Perry, Principal Northeast Middle School
  • Cynthia Mueller, Principal Waite Park Elementary School
  • Jonathan Luknic, Principal Pillsbury Elementary
  • Ginger Davis Kranz, Principal Webster Elementary
  • Sandi McDonald Waite Park Community Education Coordinator

We do hope you’ll join us!

Thank you and we’ll see you Wednesday!

— Anthony Beard, Waite Park Community Council

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Plant a new tree this year!

Beginning Monday, March 23,  residents or property owners in Ward 1 can choose from more than 1,200 three- to eight-foot trees for $25 each. The City of Minneapolis is offering a variety and types and sizes of trees for just $25, including fruit trees. First-come, first-served – order early for best selection.

You can place your order online at www.treetrust.org or call 952-767-3886. Trees are available for Minneapolis property owners including residents, businesses, and nonprofits. Limit one tree per property, maximum three properties. Trees must be picked up on May 16, 17, 18 or 19 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

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Draft Agenda for February 23, 2015 Meeting

Our apologies for the tardiness of this, the staff was out with the flu.

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for Monday February 23, 2015
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735

Board Members: Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen

Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski
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6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Draft minutes for CPNA meeting of January 26,2015

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report

7:00 – Old Business
Raingardens for 2015
End of year report for 2014
By Law changes

7:15 – New Business
Annual Meeting 2015, new location and possible draws
March newletter….anything for Jeff

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

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Columbia Park Picnic Shelter in the Historical Press

The picnic shelter was highlighted in the Minnesota History Magazine Winter 2014-15 issue. The article reviewed the development of pre-stressed concrete in construction. The Picnic shelter was in the forefront of use of this new technology. Read about it here.

Columbia Park Picnic Shelter

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Raingarden Workshops and Lottery Reminder

Columbia Park Neighbors
Are you interested in having a raingarden in your yard but were put off by planning or the thought of the back breaking labor of digging up your yard.  Have we got the program for you.  At our February meeting we will be allocating the last 10 gardens of our raingarden program to lucky neighbors.  Interested in knowing more check out our December newsletter here.  Then sign up for a Metro Blooms workshop to get more information .  It’s a great way to keep the Mississippi River clean.
Learn how at 2015 spring workshops hosted by Metro Blooms workshops across metro.
Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard! This workshop, Raingardens and Beyond: Clean Water, Healthy Habitats from Metro Blooms will first give you an overview of raingardens and native plants. Then, you’ll receive recommendations for  your property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms landscape designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners, as well as information about cost share programs and how you can apply.
When?              February-June 2015
Where?             8 Twin Cities metro locations, with more to come!
In Northeast the workshop will be at Logan Park on Thursday June 4, 2015 from 6-9pm
Visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426
Cost: $15*

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Draft Meeting Agenda for Jan. 26, 2015 Board/General Meeting

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for Monday January 26, 2015 6:30pm
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Board Members: Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen

Staff: Liz Wielinski

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval of the Draft minutes for CPNA meeting November 17, 2014

6:39 – 6:39 – Treasurer’s Report Dec of 2014, Jan of 2015 and 2014 year end balance sheet (receive and file)

7:00 – Old Business
Raingardens: plan for 2015
By Laws

7:15 – New Business
2015 Calendar
Notice of updated “NCR Rules for Festivals”
2014 year end report (need motion to approve)

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

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Urban Scholars Summer Employment

Future leaders are currently being sought for employment in a leadership development summer internship program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds called Urban Scholars.

The 12-week program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, State of Minnesota, PCL Construction, and Greater Twin Cities United Way. Urban Scholars provides:

· Full-time, competitively paid, professional resume-building work experience for graduates and undergraduate students.
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Save the Date for the 7th Annual President’s Day Walk!

Save the Date: Presidents’ Day Walk:   Feb. 14

What a perfect day for a walk in the neighborhood. Not only is it Valentine’s Day but it is also the annual Presidents’ Day Walk.

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the 7th Annual Presidents’ Day Walk and Celebration will be held in Northeast Minneapolis. Neighbors will walk together and learn about the presidents – this year’s theme “presidential hobbies” – while traversing the streets named for the presidents.  Meet at 10 a.m. at Edison High School, 700 22nd Ave. NE.

The route includes one or more warm-up/cocoa stops and ends with a chili lunch at Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes St. NE where there will be a trivia contest (pay attention during the walk for answer hints).  The “presidential seal” will be awarded to the group that brings the most people, and awards will be announced in the “Paint the White House” coloring contest conducted through local schools.

More details will be available closer to the event, in the February 11 Northeaster and www.MyNortheaster.com and www.nemplsonline.com. The event is free, with donations accepted to help cover lunch.

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Happy Holidays and 2014 Wrap Up

The Columbia Park Neighborhood wishes you and yours a Happy Holiday Season.  Our next meeting is Monday January 26th…this is the 4th Monday due to the MLK holiday on the third Monday.

These are the things your neighborhood group did in 2014…

Roadside Greening with MNDOT, grant received and project planted with assistance from Hennepin CO Sentence to Serve and neighborhood volunteers….need to keep it alive one more year for warranty, NRP fund transfer completed to pay for CPNA expenses for the project.

8 of 10 Raingardens installed with Metro Blooms

2014-16 CPP NPP plan completed and approved by NCR, first allocation of funds received

Website refreshed

Worked with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board resulting in new plans for playground and pool at Hi View as well as upgrades to picnic shelter at Columbia Park, construction to begin in 2015

Held Earth Day event

Puppet Show

NNO at two sites (let’s aim for more in 2015)

Annual Meeting rained out in June, held in August….need a backup plan  2015

Commented to CPED on 81 St Anthony Parkway project in tandem with CCMT

Worked on St Anthony Bridge project…thank you to Mike, Lotte and Dan for their multiple years of service on this project, construction to start in 2015

Best of wishes and many thanks to Sue Bembenek for her many years of leadership as the Garden Coordinator at the Gateway site.

3 newsletters with a 4th on the way have been distributed to the neighborhood,  thanks Jeff for your diligence on this!!!

Congrats on a great year….


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