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Meet the 2018 Board Candidates – Vote on April 26

At our Annual Meeting on April 26, 2018, NENA will hold elections for Board of Directors positions. NENA has nine Board seats up for election – two seats from each of the four neighborhoods and a one-year replacement seat for Keewaydin.

2018 Board Candidates

Nominations from the floor during the Annual Meeting will also be accepted, but all candidates will be expected to address the biographical information on the Nomination Form. All candidates will provide a short presentation to neighborhood members at the Annual Meeting and neighbors will vote for candidates.

Missed the Application Deadline?
Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to schedule a time to meet with Becky Timm, NENA’s Executive Director to learn more about serving on the Board, such as eligibility requirements, terms and service, and other information. Learn more about serving on the NENA Board!

Online Application
Paper Application

Director Requirements & Duties:

  • Complete a full Two Year Term (or replacement term)
  • Resident (homeowner or renter) of the neighborhood elected to serve (Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park or Wenonah)
  • Board members must be 18 years or older
  • Monthly Board Meetings – Fourth Thursday of Each Month (7:00 – 9:00 pm). Third Thursday in November and December.
  • New Board Member Orientation (Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Total time commitment per month is about 8 hours
  • Serve on a committee and volunteer for community events
  • Serve on a fundraising team
  • Commitment to financially support NENA within your means


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Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop (5/19)



Workshop Registration Link

The 2017-2018 monarch population is down 15% from last year. As monarch numbers have continued to plummet in recent years, researchers and naturalists are urging people to create monarch habitat, especially throughout the Midwest Corn Belt – the monarch’s traditional breeding grounds. There is an urgency to replace lost habitat that once held the monarch’s host plant, milkweed, alongside essential nectar plants. This how-to workshop will provide the information and essential plants to get started. Our urban and suburban gardens can help make a critical difference!

This year, the two new workshop presentations will be offered consecutively to cover different aspects of being a monarch/pollinator habitat gardener. Both sessions are taught by Vicki Bonk, a Nokomis Naturescape stewardship leader for over 20 years and native plant gardening speaker. Each session will be followed with Q&A time.


Grow Monarch Habitat – An Introduction to The Essentials of Gardening For Monarchs
A 45-minute presentation covering the monarch life and migratory cycle and how these two cycles determine the habitat components. The current environmental status of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators is also addressed.

NEW! Grow Monarch Habitat – A How-To on Planting, Maintaining and Expanding Your Garden
A 45-minute presentation designed to expand on previous years GMH workshops and cover some new ground.

Attendees are offered the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Garden-to-Go Kit to start or expand their monarch/pollinator habitat. The kit is available in 2 choices and contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. There is a registration fee of $32 ($36 value) for the kits, with a May 11 deadline. Workshop and native plant sale attendance is free.

These kid-friendly* sessions offer a wealth of information for both beginning and advanced gardeners. Space and Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits are limited so registration is suggested. For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please visit NENA’s website or email

*Including a kid’s activity table!

Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits For Purchase:
Each kit contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. Plants are supplied by the Sogn Valley Farm, an experienced local, native plant grower. Each kit is a $37.50 value and offered to workshop participants for $30. Kits are delivered on May 19 at the workshop. Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers and Wild Ones volunteers will be onsite to help answer your questions. For those not interested in a kit, workshop attendance is free.

  • Monarch Garden-to-Go for Dry-Medium Soil – $30
    3 Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – the caterpillar host plant
    3 Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
    1 Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) – butterfly nectar plant
    1 Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense) – butterfly nectar plant
    3 Little Bluestem (Andropogon scoparius) – shelter
    1 Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Monarch Garden-to-Go for Medium-Moist Soil – $30
    3 Red (Swamp) Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) – the caterpillar host plant
    3 Fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)
    1 Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum ) 
    3 Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
    1 Stiff Goldenrod ( Solidago rigida ) – butterfly nectar plant
    1 New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) –  butterfly nectar plant

More habitat plants and full kits will be available for purchase at the workshop including a variety of native milkweeds. Come early for best selection.

For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please call 612-724-5652 or email

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34th Avenue S Reconstruction Project Tracker

New – The City has delayed the project start until the 2019 Construction Season. Visit the project page for more information.

The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct 34th Avenue S. between E. Minnehaha Parkway and E. 58th Street. The 1.37 mile project is scheduled to occur over the course of the 2018 – 2020 construction seasons and will consist of improvements to the roadway, sidewalk and utilities. City staff is currently in the final planning and design stages for the project.

The project encompasses the entire right-of-way and will address deteriorating pavement conditions by reconstructing the pavement surface, installing new curb and gutter, and sidewalks. The project is also planned to include ADA compliant pedestrian walkways, needed utility improvements, curb extensions, new signage and pavement markings. The project will also include trees planted in the boulevard and pedestrian level lighting.

Visit the City of Minneapolis 34th Avenue S Project Page

01/30/18 Community Input Session #3
City Presentation

01/25/17 Community Input Session #2
City Presentation

11/28/16 Community Input Session #1
City Presentation
Project Fact Sheet

For more information and questions, please contact the City of Minneapolis Public Works Staff:
Becca Hughes, 612-673-3594
Chris Engelmann, 612-673-3274


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Development Projects on Minnehaha Ave & 54th Street

NENA and Council Member Andrew Johnson are co-hosting a community gathering to keep the neighborhood informed on upcoming developments near you.

Four parcels of land, located near Vantage Flats apartments between Minnehaha Ave and Hiawatha Lane on 54th St, and eight parcels of land near Snelling Motel on Minnehaha Ave have been recently purchased by a private developer, Oaks Properties.

Come have your questions answered about the development plans, construction timeline, and other topics pertaining to these sites.

Community Gathering
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Minnehaha Place Condominiums – 4824 E 53rd Street
Facebook Event

Oaks Properties President Norm Bjornnes
Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects

Becky Timm, NENA Executive Director (612) 724-5652

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2nd Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser

NEW – Rescheduled from 2/24 to 3/10 due to inclement weather.

Compete for the grand title of “Best Crock-Potter” in Nokomis East!
Bring your family and friends to the Second Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off. Better yet, show off your culinary skills and compete. All proceeds raised during this event will go towards NENA’s programs and initiatives in Nokomis East. It’s a truly stew-pendous event!

Second Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser
Saturday, March 10, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church – 5011 31st Ave S

Winner of contest (1)

Jakob Gant – 2017 Best In Show Crock-Potter

Will You be the 2018 Champ?
We all know that Minnesotans know how to whip up a dish in a pot. Have a soup-erb recipe you would like to show off? Is your specialty a traditional cream of mushroom delight or do you have something a little bit more exotic? Entry fee is $10.  Crock-Pot Entry Registration

Let the community be the judge of who will be the 2018 Cook Off Champ. Did we mention there will be a trophy!

Event Tickets

Each ticket includes entry, samples, bread, dessert and voting tickets. Each attendee will receive three tickets to vote for their favorite entry(s), so use them wisely! Ingredients will be listed for each entry to avoid allergies or food sensitivities. 

Adults = $10 Early Bird Special
Adults = $15 At the Door
Kids ages 6-16 = $5
Kids 5 and under = Free

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor, Larry Ouellette at Bridge Realty (612-481-8100)!

For questions, email or call 612-724-5652.

Building our community one pot at a time!

NENA is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution to NENA is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 80% of ticket price is tax-deductible. A copy of NENA’s latest financial report is available online.




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2018 Minnehaha Street Repaving Project

The City of Minneapolis has a street resurfacing project proposed in 2018 in part of the Minnehaha neighborhood. There will be an assessment associated with this project to affected property owners.

More Information
Project Page
Project Map
Project Purpose
Assessment Information from the City
Assessment FAQ Sheet
Resurfacing FAQ Sheet
Star Tribune Article

City Project Meeting
Residents within the projects zone of influence will receive an assessment in February from the City. Enclosed with the assessment notice will be a meeting invite for a pre-public hearing. Public works staff will be on hand at that meeting to answer questions regarding the assessments for the project and how the project will be constructed.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6:30 pm
Keewaydin Recreation Center – 3030 E. 53rd Street

City Contact
Chris Trembath
Supervisor Engineering Technician
City of Minneapolis Public Works
Transportation Maintenance and Repair Division

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