November-December 2014 Newsletter

Download a PDF of the 2014 September–October Audubon Park Neighbor here.

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ANA Board Meeting Minutes — October 2014

Audubon Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
October 6, 2014

Attendees: Board members Kevin Kelly, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Jessica Kracl, Sonja Peterson, Melissa Haugesag, Sean Koebele, Adam Sieve, Justin Kwong; potential Board member Terri Harder, Office Manager Luke Stultz

Meeting Called to Order at 6:05 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Review of Agenda
Sonja requested that we discuss the NEMS Essay contest. Luke will discuss at the end during Old Business.
Adam has an update regarding the Johnson Street Exterior Improvement project – the landlord that owns the building at Johnson & 29th is interested in participating.
No formal amendments to the agenda requested.

Sonja moved that we approve the agenda as written; Justin seconded. Agenda approved by unanimous vote.

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ANA Board Meeting Minutes — September 2014

Audubon Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
September 6, 2014

Attendees: Board members Kevin Kelly, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Jessica Kracl, Melissa Haugesag, Justin Kwong, Sonja Peterson, Adam Sieve, Sean Koebele; Office Manager Luke Stultz

Meeting Called to Order: 7:00 pm

Review of Agenda: Don requested to add “Update on NEMS”. Sonja Peterson moved to approve the agenda; Justin Kwong seconded. Agenda approved by unanimous vote.

Review of Minutes: Request to add Luke’s experience with other neighborhood associations in his introduction. Sonja moved to approve the minutes of the August Board meeting; Justin seconded. The minutes of the August Board meeting were approved by unanimous vote.

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ANA Community Meeting Minutes — June 2014

Audubon Neighborhood Association
June 2, 2014
Community Meeting Minutes

Board members present: Kevin Kelly, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Jessica Kracl, Justin Kwong, Sean Koebele, Adam Sieve, Sonja Peterson

Meeting called to order: 7:10 pm

Review Agenda
Mitch Waukau was not able to attend, but left information for community members to pick up.

Approval of April 7, 2014 Minutes
Community members moved and seconded the approval of the minutes; minutes approved by unanimous vote of Board and community members.

Officer Reports
President’s Report – update on sale and development of Hollywood Theatre
Vice President’s Report – None.
Treasurer’s Report – Cash Account $3,656.43; Revolving $6,731.03
Secretary’s Report – None.

Unfinished Business

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Help Wanted at Our Park

Audubon Park is looking for energetic, dependable and outgoing people to work our Rec plus program. Rec Plus provides school-age childcare for children ages 5–12 at neighborhood recreation centers. Rec Plus operates before and after school, on school release days and during the summer, depending on recreation center. Activities include games and sports, arts and crafts, homework help, field trips and nutritious snacks.

We are looking for staff to work Monday–Friday AM (6:45am–9am) & PM (3:30pm–6pm). Pay is based on qualifications and experience.

Please contact Mitch at Audubon Park, 612-370-4910, to inquire about more information.

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September-October 2014 Newsletter

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Meet ANA’s New Office Manager

Photo of Luke Stultz with horseWelcome Luke Stultz as the new office manager to the Audubon Neighborhood Association. He comes to the neighborhood armed with both experience and dedication to neighborhood issues.

Luke said his first "real job" was working for Applebees. He trained staff and set up new restaurants all around the Twin Cities and in Kuwait and Sicily.

These detailed organizational skills were put to good use when he developed a love for nonprofit organizations especially in his neighborhood.

Luke currently lives in the Central neighborhood of South Minneapolis where between 2010-14 he served as vice president and secretary to the board. Since 2012 he has worked as staff for the Bancroft neighborhood.

Luke said that local crime in his neighborhood called upon him to "be more involved." He went to a neighborhood ice cream social where he was then nominated and voted in as a board member. "And that was it," he said.

"I like to help real people with real issues," he said of his community work. Luke wants to see what the neighborhood organization can do for its residents.

"My goal in working with ANA is to get more people from the community involved in the decision making process. The decisions made by the board affect the entire neighborhood, so everyone should have a say in what types of programs and projects are put in place," he said.

Luke is making his rounds around the neighborhood to get familiar with what Audubon is all about.

He said, "I found the coffee shop. I like it."

Although his community work takes up a lot of time, Luke also enjoys traveling and gardening.

If you have a concern about the neighborhood, please let Luke know. You can reach him at the office 612-788-8790 or by email at

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Fall Community Ed Registration is Open

Community Education at Northeast and Edison will again offer classes for adults, youth and families this upcoming school year. Publications were mailed week of August 25 and registration begins September 2.

You can go to for further information.

Check out a variety of programs including these popular ones offered at Northeast Middle School:

  • YOUTH SWIMMING LESSONS on Monday evenings starting October 6.
    Shape Up Together!

Shape Up Together: Gym Activities
Northeast 6 Tuesdays
Oct 7-Nov 11 6:00-7:00 pm

Shape Up Together: Family Zumba
Northeast 6 Thursdays
Oct 9-Nov 13 6:00-7:00 pm

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Makeover at the Middle School

submitted by Dr. Benjamin Perry, Principal, Northeast Middle School

When students and staff entered Northeast Middle School on Aug. 25, they were greeted with a hot breakfast and a fresh new look.

Students will begin their school day five minutes earlier at 9:25 a.m. to accommodate a revamped "Advisory" or home room period. Students will no longer eat breakfast in the cafeteria before school, but in their respective Advisory classrooms. The initiative is based on research that shows serving breakfast in the classroom encouraged more students to eat a nutritious morning meal, which positively impacted both academic performance and classroom behavior. Breakfast is free of charge to every student.

The new Advisory class not only serves breakfast, but provides students the opportunity to learn social and organizational skills, participate in service-learning projects and take on student leadership roles.

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Neighborhood Film Contest

Film Festival PosterThe fifth annual Neighborhood Film Festival engages local videographers and cinema students around the Twin Cities area, inviting them to create a three-minute film sharing why they love their city or community. Themed “Find Your Place,” the 2014 Neighborhood Film Festival offers larger prizes than ever and welcomes new sponsorship.

Joining RE/MAX Results is past sponsor Bell Mortgage of Bell State Bank & Trust as well as Dunn Bros Coffee, a new festival sponsor that will be offering its own individual award in addition to the main prizes. RE/MAX Results prizes range from a $1,000 cash award for the People’s Choice to $6,000 for the first place winner. Total, the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival will be awarding $15,000 in cash prizes.

The top films will be screened at the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Riverview Theater on November 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Community members and film enthusiasts, as well as friends and families of participants, are invited to attend. Tickets to the screening event will be $7.00 at the door.

RE/MAX Results will also be awarding five $2,000 scholarships to Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) students at the screening. Students who wish to participate in The Results Cinema Production Scholarship must submit a written essay by October 20, 2014. A film entry is not required, but students applying for the scholarship are still eligible to compete in the Neighborhood Film Festival as well.

The entry deadline for film submissions is October 23, 2014. Full guidelines and official rules, along with videos of previous years’ entries, can be found online at Learn more about participating in or sponsoring the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival by inquiring online or calling the Festival Director, Ed Dillon, at 612.702.4200.

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