Sun Post http://post.mnsun.com Local News for Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale Minnesota Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:18:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Crystal Police report for the week of Oct. 23 http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/crystal-police-report-for-the-week-of-oct-23/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/crystal-police-report-for-the-week-of-oct-23/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:37:01 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127230 Following are some of the incidents reported recently to Crystal Police:

ASSAULT

• Oct. 9 on the 3000 block of Winnetka Avenue North.

• Oct. 9 on the 3000 block of Winnetka Avenue North.

• Oct. 10 on the 3000 block of Sumter Avenue North.

• Oct. 10 on the 5500 block of Douglas Drive North.

• Oct. 11 on the 6000 block of 56th Avenue North.

• Oct. 12 on the 7200 block of 36th Avenue North.

THEFT

• Oct. 9 on the 5500 block of Douglas Drive North.

• Oct. 9 on the 5300 block of 36th Avenue North.

• Oct. 10 on the 5700 block of County Road 81.

• Oct. 11 on the 300 block of Willow Bend.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

• Oct. 9 on the 7000 block of 57th Avenue North.

• Oct. 10 on the 5500 block of Douglas Drive North.

OTHER

Crystal Police made four arrests for assault.

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LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ for students and their futures http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-vote-yes-for-students-and-their-futures/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-vote-yes-for-students-and-their-futures/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:18:47 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127215 To the editor:

I am a student at Cooper High School, and I believe it is my time to voice concern on voting yes twice on the ballot in 2014. As a student, I get a first hand look into why we need this referendum passed. This year I started a class through Intermediate District 287 called Honors Mentor Connection, which has students from Robbinsdale, Hopkins, Orono, Minnetonka, Wayzata and many other districts.

The first day of lectures I sat dumbfounded. The course material wasn’t what struck me, it was the technology all the other students had. Every single student besides me held an iPad provided to them by their school. The divide between students couldn’t have been clearer.

I scrambled to borrow my mom’s iPad for the next day of lectures, but even then the programs she had did not compare to those of the other students. I attributed their having iPads to wealth.

The common stereotype of districts closer to Lake Minnetonka having more money, thus students get better technology. But even that wasn’t the case. Only $10 a month provided every Wayzata high schooler an iPad. The help from voters has never been more of a priority than now. As the public representative for Cooper’s Student Council, an IB diploma candidate and president of the Golden Valley Teen Commission, I urge you to vote yes for the students and their futures.

Jack Knudson

Golden Valley

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Jazz concert at Covenant Village http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/jazz-concert-at-covenant-village/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/jazz-concert-at-covenant-village/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:20 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127211 Covenant Village of Golden Valley, a faith-based nonprofit retirement community, welcomes the musical talents of Jazz Pianist Joseph Makholm from Paris, France, and Minneapolis-based Bassist Steve Pikal 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Covenant, 5800 St. Croix Ave. N.

The duo will perform several bluesy Jazz songs.

No admission fee to attend this event.

Info: covenantvillageofgoldenvalley.org or 877-804-7017.

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Letter: Stauner earns resident support http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-stauner-earns-resident-support/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-stauner-earns-resident-support/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:45 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127416 To the Editor:

I am supporting Dan Stauner for re-election to the New Hope City Council and I urge voters to join me in returning him to our council for another term.

Stauner is an attorney, practicing in real estate law and is extremely knowledgeable about how redevelopment, properly applied, can build a stronger, more vibrant, New Hope. He also knows the pitfalls in redevelopment and has wisely counselled the city away from needless expenditures.

He is straight forward, the type of councilman people say they want.

He diligently studies the issues, attends the meetings ready to explore the upsides and questions potential ramifications and assumptions.

Stauner is passionate about the city, demonstrated as founding member of our neighborhood Meadow Lake Watershed Association, created to improve the quality of Meadow Lake and Park.

He has ably served the city as a member of the Basset Creek and Shingle Creek Watershed Commissions and as a board member of the West Metro Fire District.

Please vote Dan Stauner for New Hope City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

You’ll be glad you did.

Larry Green, 

New Hope

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Trendy & Thrifty Halloween Costumes Start at Goodwill http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/trendy-thrifty-halloween-costumes-start-at-goodwill/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/trendy-thrifty-halloween-costumes-start-at-goodwill/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:50 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=126794 Download coupon for 50% off one item
– then head to your favorite Goodwill store and brew up an awesome costume for less.

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By Sarah Carlson
Editor, Real Housewives of Minnesota

Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to top last year’s Halloween costumes. I aim to be craftier, trendier – and most importantly, thriftier. For all the above, the easy solution is Goodwill. I find some awesome costumes there year after year, without breaking the bank. But what kinds of things will I be on the lookout for this year? I did a little research and then headed to my local Goodwill to work my magic. Here’s what you need to know.

Sarah-RHofMN

More Halloween Parties This Year

Halloween is on Friday this year. So, you can definitely expect to be invited to more Halloween parties, which also means you’ll be costume hunting for adults! It’s best to think ahead about costume ideas, because you don’t want to wait until the last minute and end up dressing as a zombie bride, again…

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Costume and Party Trends

What’s is on trend this year? Glad you asked! Experts say this is the year for masquerades, which you can easily prepare for with masks, beautiful gowns, and stunning updos. Also expect to see lots of characters from Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Game of Thrones and other popular movies and TV shows. Don’t forget superheroes: Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, Spiderman, Batman – the list goes on and on. Clever, timely costumes like Grumpy Cat and Ice Bucket Challenge are always fresh, too.

When in doubt, a trendy celebrity is always fun and easy to mimic. Just flip through your latest copy of People magazine for some clever ideas, and then go on a thrift hunt for pieces that tie it all together!

Walking through Goodwill, I found several great ideas. We’re talking masks, wigs, face paint, and accessories along with versatile basics like suits, dresses, flannel shirts and solid color separates that work in countless costumes.

I decided on Theresa Caputo from the popular TV show, Long Island Medium. It was easy – I just had to thrift for high heels, tight dress and some long fake fingernails. From there the rest was easy; high hair and a fake tan! Spirits are telling me it’s going to be a hit this Halloween!

Tutorials, Lists & Sweepstakes – Oh My!

If you’re ever short on ideas, or if you need a little extra help, the Goodwill website is a great resource. It has dozens of costume images with shopping lists; makeup tutorials for witch, zombie and vampire faces; and even some fun nail art ideas for fans of the Goodwill  Halloween TV commercial. You can even enter to win a $500 VISA cash card in the annual Goodwill Halloween sweepstakes.

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LETTER: Johnson supports Green’s candidacy http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-johnson-supports-greens-candidacy/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/letter-johnson-supports-greens-candidacy/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:10:35 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127394 To the Editor:

I enthusiastically support Patsy Green for re-election to the Robbinsdale School Board. Her overriding strength is her incredible passion for public education and the success of ALL students and strong community connections. Several district initiatives, such as Community Connect and the growth of the Seven Dreams Education Foundation have been started and/or succeeded because of her drive and hard work to make things happen.

Patsy’s proven leadership has made significant impact on Robbinsdale Area Schools. She was a key member of the Enrollment Committee that recommended starting the new School of Engineering and Arts (SEA). This school has been an overwhelming success as an answer to what some parents were looking for and to help retain more of our own students, which is one of her priorities.

Putting students first is at the heart of everything Patsy does in her service on the School Board. She goes out of her way to talk with students, families and community members to find out how things are going for them and let them know about the great things that are happening in the district. Yes, Patsy is proud of Robbinsdale Area Schools but that does not mean she is at all satisfied with the status quo. Her passion for the success of all students drives her to recognize areas which need improvement; address them the through the proper channels; and take action.

In recognition of her hard work, I proudly nominated Patsy to the Minnesota All State School Board and she received this prestigious award this past January. This honor goes to only six school board members across the state each year acknowledging their exceptional leadership and contributions to their school districts and public education.

Please keep this strong, experienced leader on the Robbinsdale School Board by voting for Patsy Green on November 4.

 

Linda Johnson

Golden Valley

Johnson is a current member of the Robbinsdale School Board.

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Early childhood program celebrates 40 years http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/early-childhood-program-celebrates-40-years/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/early-childhood-program-celebrates-40-years/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:23 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127232 Robbinsdale Area Schools was one of the first to implement in the state

Robbinsdale Area Schools’ Early Childhood Family Education program was founded in 1974 as one of six pilot programs in Minnesota.

A volunteer helps two Early Childhood Family Education students learn during an afternoon class at the New Hope Learning Center. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

A volunteer helps two Early Childhood Family Education students learn during an afternoon class at the New Hope Learning Center. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

In the intervening 40 years, the program has grown considerably: an original staff of four is now dozens-strong, the program now serves hundreds of families instead of the original 60, and similar early childhood programs have popped up across the state.

“Most every school district (in Minnesota) has an ECFE program,” said Program Director Monica Potter.

The program provides education, classes, and support for families with children from birth to pre-kindergarten. Instruction is also available for parents, as well.

In a typical class, the first 15 minutes is comprised of learning activities for parents and children to do together, like puzzles or blocks to boost “pre-math” skills, Potter said. Another ten minutes of “circle time” helps model calm body language and other “executive function skills” that facilitate learning.

The early childhood program is available for students up to pre-kindergarten. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

The early childhood program is available for students up to pre-kindergarten. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

“Delayed gratification, cognitive flexibility, all these executive function skills, are what lead to life success,” Potter explained.

For the next hour, children and parents split into separate rooms to practice different skills. One class of children, for instance, practiced counting the number of students in the room in anticipation of an afternoon snack. Parent-specific classes focus on a child’s development, how children learn, eating and sleeping habits, and more.

“As a parent education program, we recognize that parents are their children’s first teachers. If you’re going to really impact a child’s life, if you had them here for an hour or you educate their parents, you get a greater payoff by the whole family learning together,” Potter said, adding that several families have bonded throughout their children’s schooling after meeting in early childhood classes.

Classes are available for parents, as well. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

Classes are available for parents, as well. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

Potter pointed to the results of several studies which note higher scores on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for past program participants, and increased reports of improved child development and parenting skills as measured by parents themselves.

On Oct. 25, program staff plan to celebrate their anniversary by throwing a party for all past, present, and future participants, as well as families and community members at large. The party will feature sing-a-long music, a birthday cake, birthday hats, and dancing, Potter said.

The celebration coincides with a proclamation from Governor Mark Dayton, which recognizes the week of Oct. 20-25 as “Early Childhood Family Education Week.”

In the school district, 450 families take advantage of the program, which offers scholarships and sliding fee scales to accommodate as many families as possible.

Classes are designed to provide a bedrock for future education. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

Classes are designed to provide a bedrock for future education. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

The program is available in ten locations district-wide, and offers education opportunities at apartment buildings, as well, such as the Eden Park apartments in Brooklyn Park, Potter said.

Statewide, 11,000 early childhood classes are offered with 112,000 children and 120,000 parents participating.

If you go

What: Early Childhood Family Education’s 40th birthday party

When: 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, Oct. 25.

Where: New Hope Learning Center, 8301 47th Ave. N.

Cost: Free

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Concerns raised on Bottineau Light Rail planning process http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/concerns-raised-on-bottineau-light-rail-planning-process/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/concerns-raised-on-bottineau-light-rail-planning-process/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127203 Residents, commissioners, council members and staff have been anxiously awaiting progress on the Bottineau Light Rail Transitway. As a massive project not only for the city but county and state as well, progress has been slow thus far.

In preparation for its cooperation, Golden Valley appointed several committees to represent the community throughout the planning process.

While updates have been regularly provided by Planning Manager Jason Zimmerman, the council has received sparse updates from its committees.

On Oct. 14, a year after Golden Valley City Council appointed the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Planning Advisory Committee, the two groups reconvened to discuss the project’s progress.

Rich Baker, one of the committee members, was in attendance to provide feedback on behalf of the group.

Thus far, the county has hosted meetings to unite Golden Valley’s committee with representative groups from the other three proposed stations and found that site issues vary by city.

While the meetings have been interesting, the committee has not found them useful seeing as the issues have differed so greatly.

“I feel like the meeting process has been mediocre,” Baker said.

According to him, the meetings have focused more on the county presenting ideas to the committee for feedback rather than allowing the committee to brainstorm its own ideas.

“They’re asking us to react to the plans they’ve developed,” he said.

The committee feels as though the county has informed them that there will be a light rail but the individual communities will not be an equal partner. The committee sees itself as a voice for creating tweaks to the otherwise developed plans versus having the ability to make major changes if desired.

It is a feeling that is not sitting well with the committee.

The committee believes retail space would be better suited than apartment complexes for the area near the proposed station as it would draw more people and business to the community. A parking solution is also a huge priority for Golden Valley’s committee. Thus far, the committee does not feel it has been able to adequately affect the plans to include its priorities.

According to Baker, the comprehensive plan will be a critical component for Golden Valley. The comprehensive plan must be approved by the county prior to the project plans being finalized therefore, it can be used as the city’s vehicle in regards to how it wants the light rail line to affect the community.

“That becomes our avenue to truly influence what happens for this project,” Baker said.

The council was equally as distraught about the feedback.

“Hearing this is very disturbing to me since I voted no at the beginning (of the project proposal) and it kind of went through (later) because of my vote,” said Councilmember Joanie Clausen. “I thought it was very important to get our questions answered and it was absolutely necessary for us to be at the table (during the planning process). It disturbs me that there is no partnership. We should have a say and work together for the good of our community.”

Mayor Shep Harris is concerned there is disconnect between Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council. He believes the city has spoken loud and clear in terms of its concerns and questions regarding the project. Wether they have been heard and noted is unknown. For that reason, Harris shared Clausen’s concern.

Zimmerman provided his outlook on the situation saying he does not believe there to be a disconnect but instead there are two separate processes occurring simultaneously – the station planning and the larger project which is in its engineering phase.

He said the city’s concerns will be addressed after the two year planning phase that is currently underway. In two years, the project will be planned and brought forward for municipal consent.

According to Zimmerman, the committee has until April to work with the county and Met Council on concepts for stations.

A community workshop is scheduled for November with open houses planned for January and April.

Zimmerman said there is still much to come in regards to planning the large project. In his opinion, there is no need to be over concerned at this point.

While few council members continued to have concerns, Zimmerman assured the council that the city will be heard, that its concerns are being taken seriously and that municipal consent will not be given if the parking concern is not addressed.

He did say, however, that the project would require some give and take from both the city and county. Not everything the city wants from the project will be provided due to budget constraints or other issues and vice versa.

With a delay in project progress, the city now anticipates municipal consent to occur in 2016. Regardless, the project will take the better part of a decade to complete with an estimated completion date sometime in 2022.

For now, the city and its committees will wait to hear of more progress from the county.

If you go

Bottineau Light Rail Transitway community workshop

• 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

• The first hour will be utilized for residents to familiarize themselves with the project and speak to representatives one-on-one.

• Attendants will have the chance to review key information on station area planning, weigh in on potential solutions to issues and learn the latest news about station area planning and the light rail as a whole.

• Space is limited. Registration is recommended.

Info: 612-348-4454 or bottineau@hennepin.us.

Contact Gina Purcell at gina.purcell@ecm-inc.com

 
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Johnson advances to state for Park Center cross country http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/johnson-advances-to-state-for-park-center-cross-country/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/johnson-advances-to-state-for-park-center-cross-country/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:26:52 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127411 Park Center's Robby Johnson qualified for the Class AA state cross country meet in Northfield on Nov. 1. (ABC Newspapers staff photo by Jason Olson)

Park Center’s Robert Johnson qualified for the Class AA state cross country meet in Northfield on Nov. 1. (ABC Newspapers staff photo by Jason Olson)

Park Center senior Robert Johnson will race in the Class AA State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Northfield.

Johnson took 12th overall at the Section 5AA meet on Thursday in Anoka to qualify for state. He clocked a time of 16 minutes and 36 seconds, less than two seconds out of the top ten for the 5K race.

The Pirates senior has consistently led the boys cross country team as the top finisher in every meet this season. Prior to the 5AA meet, he took 13th in the Northwest Suburban Conference meet on Oct. 9 in Elk River with a time of 17:03.3.

Johnson’s finish at 5AA helped the Pirates take 14th as a team in the 16-team meet. Greg Miller came in 87th for the Pirates’ second-highest finish while Nathaniel Johnson, Bailey Krolnik and Josiah Somers rounded out the Green and Gold’s top five.

Besides Johnson, Osseo’s Mitch Cramer will also represent area runners from 5AA at the state meet. Cramer took fifth overall at 16:18.5, just two seconds out of fourth place.

The Orioles senior helped his team take seventh as a team at the meet. Ahmed Mohammed and Matt Berg cracked the top 50 at 41st and 49th respectively along with Luc Robichaud coming in at 50th.

Champlin Park had one finisher in the top 50, Luke Crandall, as they took eleventh as team. Crandall crossed the finish line at 36th with a 17:33.1 mark. Aaron Kloeppner took 54th at 17:55.9, and Connor Janostin had a 58th-place finish at 18:00.7. Steffan Okarfor also made the top 60 at 67 th in 18:01.3.

 

Contact Matthew Davis at matthew.davis@ecm-inc.com

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Four on the ballot for Brooklyn Center City Council http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/four-on-the-ballot-for-brooklyn-center-city-council/ http://post.mnsun.com/2014/10/four-on-the-ballot-for-brooklyn-center-city-council/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:41:10 +0000 http://post.mnsun.com/?p=127401 Four candidates will appear on the general election ballot for two at-large seats on the Brooklyn Center City Council. Incumbents are Dan Ryan and Carol Kleven, the latter of whom is not running for re-election. The terms are four years. Council members receive an annual salary of $9,070.

bc23councilchristensenRandy Christensen

Address: 7001 Regent Ave. N. Brooklyn Center

Age: 48

Family: Wife Wendy, a daughter and a grandson

Education: Graduated Park Center High School; attended Mankato State University with three years of credits towards marketing/management degree; many hours of continuing education for real estate license

Occupation: Association property manager with ACT Management

Years living in Brooklyn Center: 42 (five in Brooklyn Park, one in Plymouth)

Community/civic organizations involvement: Planning Commission member since January 2013 and vice chair since May 2013; volunteer/member at Minneapolis Market Food Share; block captain since August 2000; previously a BPAA Soccer coach

Information: 763-561-6533; randy4bc@gmail.com

How would you go about recognizing and embracing ethnic and cultural diversity in Brooklyn Center if elected?

I feel there are many opportunities we have in our daily life to recognize our diversity and share what we have in common. Our community is already working to understand those differences and focusing to educate each other through several current programs. I would like to help to make those programs like the MAC that are working be even more successful by listening to those involved in them and others in the community and then ensure they have the tools to make changes if needed. Communicate more about the programs and community goals while we get more of us involved to make our city even better than I remember as a child growing up here.

With projects like Shingle Creek Crossing taking effect, how would you attract potential businesses in making Brooklyn Center their home? 

As a planning commission member, this is a personal source of energy, driving force and of great interest for me. We need to keep our eye on the ball (our long-term goal) yet be creative and be able to adapt to new ways that businesses can prosper and succeed in Brooklyn Center. Reviewing what has been done, what others have made work, or see working in the future and then creatively market the best plan that fits. All of this while keeping an eye on the ball, means working with developers and businesses to make Brooklyn Center a known destination that more businesses and customers want to come to, more choices means more business. This will help the residents of our city with more opportunities for employment, shopping, dining, entertainment and even better neighborhoods.

What measures would you take to enhance Brooklyn Center’s public image and reduce crime?

First, we need to understand that our crime has been lower over the last number of years. The police have done a great job with the meetings in the parks, National Night Out and similar programs. I would make sure we have the resources to continue the programs that are working and listen for ideas that others feel can improve, add, remove or change them. Communicate newsworthy opportunities to promote our great neighborhoods, business developments and destinations. There is no one-size-fits-all solution keeping our eye on the ball and moving towards; it means changing as it is needed, not just changing it.

bc23councilgravesApril Graves

Address: 6136 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Center

Age: 33

Family: Four children; two boys and two girls, ages 4-17

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University in writing and social science; trained yoga instructor and community mediator

Occupation: Independent consultant

Years living in Brooklyn Center: Three

Community/civic organizations involvement: Served through AmeriCorps at Brooklyn Center Community School for 2013/2014 school year; helped create, recruit, plan and facilitate District Parent Advisory Council for District 286; several other programs and initiatives in metro area

Information: 763-561-0413; april.graves1221@gmail.com

How would you go about recognizing and embracing ethnic and cultural diversity in Brooklyn Center if elected?

One of the reasons I decided to run was to draw attention to the lack of diversity in city leadership and to inspire other people of color and women to run for office and become a much-needed voice in the process. Recognition of those different isn’t usually the problem; embracing that difference seems to be. A big part of embracing change and working together is overcoming fear of the unknown. There should be more opportunities for our diverse groups to interact, get to know and understand each other, and share ownership of the culture we create together.

With projects like Shingle Creek Crossing taking effect, how would you attract potential businesses in making Brooklyn Center their home? 

I think the most obvious answer is that we look to attract businesses that serve the needs and desires of our city’s residents or less frequently, could be used as a destination point or attraction for those living outside of Brooklyn Center. If the case can be made that there is an available market and audience for their products or services, businesses would want to capitalize on the opportunities in Brooklyn Center because they want to make money.

What measures would you take to enhance Brooklyn Center’s public image and reduce crime?

The better the residents of Brooklyn Center feel about their homes and lives, the more our image will be improved and crime reduced. I am a big supporter of restorative justice and community mediation as a means of creating community cohesion and improved relations. These approaches also produce lower rates of recidivism than the typical lock and key solutions. Economic equity and jobs that can support the modern day expenses of everyday life, as well as offering pathways to even greater self sufficiency, are essential to reduction of crime and the improvement of overall quality of life.

All three of these questions are interconnected and if we look for ways to integrate and problem solve in innovative ways, I believe that we can save money and add to a sense of community pride and ownership for all of our residents. I’d like to see a development like the Midtown Global Market happen in Brooklyn Center. It would provide an environment for locally owned, culturally diverse, small businesses to grow and expand – creating jobs while also providing healthier, tastier food to eat. A safe public space for the intentional interaction of and engagement in the diverse cultures and ethnicities within our community will lead to more understanding, better relationships and better quality of life for us all. Let’s plant seeds of community health and wellness.

bc23councilryanDan Ryan

Address: 6442 Indiana Ave. N. Brooklyn Center

Age: 65

Family: Wife, Nora E. Ryan; no children.

Education: B.A. degree in political science from the University of Minnesota

Occupation: Currently retired; former warehouse manager

Years living in Brooklyn Center: 38 years. Grew up in Brooklyn Center, returned to the city and bought a home here 1991

Community/civic organizations involvement: Serving on the Brooklyn Center City Council since 2007; Lions Club member; Neighborhood Watch captain; and Brooklyn Center High School Alumni Association board member.

Information: 763-535-4177; noradanryan@comcast.net

How would you go about recognizing and embracing ethnic and cultural diversity in Brooklyn Center if elected?

When re-elected, I will continue to reach out and build relationships with all communities in Brooklyn Center. I have been an active participant in the African Immigrant Services and Multi-Cultural Advisory Committees. I regularly attend events such as Hmong New Years, Cinco de Mayo, Liberian Independence Day, and our four annual city park meetings. I will be accessible and equally responsive to all of our residents. My contact information is on the city’s website. My door is always open.

With projects like Shingle Creek Crossing taking effect, how would you attract potential businesses in making Brooklyn Center their home? 

To attract new businesses, the city should: aggressively market our excellent location; make strategic public investments that improve the city’s image; and offer limited financial incentives to developers when necessary. Our location has brought us five new Luther dealerships and the FBI Headquarters; Bass Lake Road streetscape improvements convinced the developer that the former Brookdale site was the place to risk his capital. The extraordinary cost of demolition for the old mall – $19 million – required some financial incentive. Therefore, the city provided a subsidy of less than a third of that cost to the developer so that the project could go forward.

The growth of Shingle Creek Crossing and other improvements have created additional traffic and momentum attracting new businesses. The Restaurant Depot took over the former Best Buy store. Sign Zone received relocation assistance through a state grant applied for by the city. These two businesses alone brought in 350 new jobs. And I support another program, Open to Business, that helps small businesses get started in Brooklyn Center by providing free expert consultant services. One of its recent successes is the new EyeDoc clinic.

What measures would you take to enhance Brooklyn Center’s public image and reduce crime?

Community image is really a product of who we are, what we do. Crime is lower now than it has been in 20 years, but keeping crime lower requires continued resolve. Improved public safety can be ensured by giving the police sufficient resources, through support of Neighborhood Watch and community outreach, and providing opportunity for our youth. Two other key elements contributing to an improved image are commercial redevelopment and improving the neighborhoods. I am committed to protecting our neighborhoods through code enforcement. The city’s ReNew Home Sales and the NSP fix-up programs have brought new homeowners into many vacant houses. Investment in our public spaces also contributes to an improved image. The challenge will be to overcome the stigma of the past. That will happen given time and effort.

bc23councilstorlaNed Storla

Address: 6536 Willow Lane, Brooklyn Center

Age: 56

Family: Single

Education: Graduated from the University of Minnesota

Occupation: Assessor

Years living in Brooklyn Center: 26

Community/civic organizations involvement: For 10 years I served as chairman of the Brooklyn Center DFL organization. I also served the city as a member and vice chair of the Brooklyn Center Financial Commission advising the City Council on the city’s financial issues. Also, I was a participant in many neighborhood clean-up efforts, neighborhood meetings, and neighborhood “crime watch” evenings

Information: 763-370-3391

(Editor’s note: In late August, Ned Storla notified to the Sun Post that he would be suspending his campaign for city council due to personal reasons. However, as the official candidacy withdrawl date was June 5, Storla’s name will still appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.)

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