2014 -2015 Board Members

 I present to you your SAENA Board Members!


  • Jeremy Wieland, President                            

(612) 702-3917   jeremywieland@comcast.net

Term: 2013-2015 (2)


  • Donna Stutelberg, Treasurer

612-331-6514  saena3@gmail.com

Term: 2014-2016 (1)


  • Andrea Stelljes, Secretary

(612) 331-9206    akstelljes@gmail.com

Term: 2014-2015 (3)


  • Peter Radford

(612) 378-4824    pmradford@mmm.com

Term: 2013-2015 (1)


  • Larry Ranallo

(651) 894-4488    mooseman358@yahoo.com

Term: 2014-2016 (3)

  • Derek Griffith

(507)201-5324   derekgriffithmn1984@gmail.com
Term: 2014-2016 (1)

  • Nick Espinosa

(612) 362-0441    espinosa.nick@gmail.com
Term: 2013-2015 (2)

  • Alana Espinosa

(612) 414-9179     alanaespinosa@gmail.com
Term: 2014-2016 (1)

  • Josh Keller

(612)270-2984    joshdkeller@gmail.com
Term: 2014-2016 (1)



Annual Meeting Minutes

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 23, 2014
Clare Apartments

President Jeremy Wieland called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. followed by introductions.

Board members in attendance: Jeremy Wieland, Colleen Espinosa, Nick Espinosa, Peter Radford, Andrea Stelljes, Larry Ranallo, Laura Taken-Holtze, Donna Stutelberg. Absent: Taras Karkoc

1. Treasurer’s Report: Jeremy Wieland explained the Treasurer’s Report and the four different accounts that the SAENA Treasurer maintains.

2. Small Area Plan Update and Review: The final plan is going through the review process with staff from the City of Minneapolis before the full City Council votes on the plan. Below is a message sent via email regarding the public review period and the information needed to participate in the process:

St. Anthony East community stakeholders:

The St. Anthony East Neighborhood Small Area Plan is now available for a 45 day public comment period prior to the commencement of the City’s formal plan approval process through the Planning Commission and City Council. The comment period will extend from Monday, June 30 until Wednesday, August 13, 2014. All comments received during the public comment period will be incorporated in the public record and taken into consideration in editing the final draft of the plan.

The draft plan for public review is available on the City’s website for the plan at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/projects/StAnthonyEastPlan.

Paper copies will also be available for review at City planning offices and the Pierre Bottineau Library.

In order to ensure they are included in the public record, written comments should be submitted to Haila Maze, via email or regular mail, at the contact information provided below. Comments should be sent no later than August 13.

Haila Maze, AICP, Principal City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 673-2098; Fax: (612) 673-2728

Thanks for helping to plan for the future of the St. Anthony East neighborhood. Please contact Haila if there are any questions.

3. Community Commons Park Update: Treatment to prevent Emerald Ash Borer infestation has begun on the 34 ash trees in the park. The 3-yr treatment plan is being applied by Phil Jubert, a certified arborist. The playground equipment is being repaired.

4. Webster School Update: Will re-open as a K-3 community school in Fall 2015. Expect construction for renovation to begin soon.

5. Precinct Changes for Elections: 828 Spring St. NE will remain a polling place. City of Minneapolis decided to move the polling place for residents north of Summer Street to the Northeast Armory to relieve congestion at 828 Spring St NE on election day.
6. Special Thanks to:
• Laura Taken-Holtze for taking the lead and putting in months of work on the Small Area Plan and working with the consultants and Steering Committee
• Taras Karkoc for diligently serving as Treasurer and fulfilling three consecutive terms on the Board.
• Larry Ranallo for his generous donation of ice cream and use of The Moose on Monroe parking lot for plant give-away.
• Jeremy Wieland for keeping things running in the absence of a neighborhood administrator.

7. Questions and Comments from residents:
• What is going on with vacant lot on corner of Van Buren and Spring St? Most likely sold as a residential lot.
• Litter problem along Spring St. around Lush and Vegas especially on weekends. Bar owners will be contacted about the problem.
• SAENA phone number needs to be answered and calls returned. Problem has been solved with the hiring of Abby Rowan as new Neighborhood Administrator.
• Crime in neighborhood: safety measures were emphasized; security alarms on homes and motion sensor lights are encouraged.
• Is affordable housing addressed in the Small Area Plan? Yes, it is part of the plan.

8. St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Election:
• Four open slots for 2014-2016 term; one slot for 2014-2015 due to Laura Taken-Holtze’s resignation.
• Taras Karkoc has served three consecutive two-year terms so must step down; Other terms ending in 2014: Andrea Stelljes, Colleen McKee Espinosa, Larry Ranallo
• Laura Taken-Holtze is moving out of St. Anthony East which leaves a one-year opening on the Board; one member will be elected to fulfill a one-year term.
• There were six nominees for Board: Larry Ranallo, Andrea Stelljes, Colleen McKee Espinosa, Josh Keller, Derek Griffith, Alana Espinosa
• Decision was made that the four nominees with the highest number of votes will fill four slots (two year term); fifth highest will fill Laura’s term (one year)
• New Board Members elected for 2014-2016: Derek Griffith, Larry Ranallo, Josh Keller, Alana Espinosa
• Elected for 2014-2015 (to fulfill one year term due to Laura’s Taken-Holtze’s resignation): Andrea Stelljes
• Election of officers will take place at the next Board meeting on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Following the Board elections, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Submitted by Andrea Stelljes, SAENA Secretary
July 18, 2014

MPS School Board Election Informational Session Tonight

Did you know there is an upcoming Minneapolis School Board election coming up? Feeling under-informed?

Neighbors for Public Schools is hosting a quick informational session TONIGHT so you can have the most accurate and up to date information. Kid friendly!! Food and Beverages Provided!!

Here’s the invitation from Jenny Arneson, a current member of the Minneapolis Public School Board:

You care about kids. You care about schools. You care about our city and community. Over the last four years, we’ve worked hard to make them better and we are ready to keep working to make them great. Join us Tuesday as we discuss the status of the school board election. New people have filed for the at-large seats which will make this a difficult race for the DFL slate. Though I am not being challenged directly, the composition of the board directly impacts what we can achieve.

Take 90 minutes on Tuesday, July 15, 5:30-7:00 to gather with friends. Learn more about this election and what we need to do and how to go about it, while grabbing a bite to eat and having a beer. Your kids can play supervised activities in the next room.

Neighbors for Public Schools will be held at Grace Center for Community Life (1500 6th Street) and is open to anyone — even non-Minneapolis or residents from other Districts — that cares about kids and knows 10 people. Can you attend? It’s important to us that you come (and we promise you will be in and out) to get the most accurate and up to date information.

Please help shape the course of the election. Because this school board race is about us. Our kids. Our schools.

See you Tuesday.


National Night Out – Free Permits Still Available!

If you still need a permit for your block’s National Night Out celebration, you can get it for FREE! But not for long… Even if you don’t have all the details ironed out yet, get your permit and save $100.

Click here to register today. We have greatly simplified the process–you no longer need to enter the list of neighbors who enthusiastically approve of the block permit!



Volunteer Opportunity – Eastside Meals on Wheels

Eastside Meals on Wheels has volunteer shifts open! Sign up now!

Below are the available shifts. Contact information to sign up is at the bottom. Here’s to being a good neighbor, helping those in need, and building a strong healthy community! Thanks so much!

1 Thurs July 24
1 Fri July 25

1 Mon August 4
1 Thurs August 7
2 Mon Aug 11
3 Tues Aug 12
4 Weds Aug 13
1 Mon Aug 18
1 Thurs Aug 21
4 Fri Aug 22

Eileen Hafften
Eastside Meals on Wheels
817 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN. 55413
phone (main) 612-277-2529
fax 612-277-2531
web: eastsidemeals.org

2PAC Meeting, Wednesday, July 16

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting, open to public
Wed, July 16, 6pm
We will meet at the at Central Avenue Apartments Community room, at 1900 Central Avenue NE, across from the 2nd Precinct

Hear from Judge Lois Conroy about the Downtown 100, the 2PAC survey, and more!

To learn more about this meeting’s speaker and topics of interest, please visit the website.


Where Hometown Meets Downtown


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