Who do you know in your neighborhood whose home has recently had a makeover they might like to share with other home enthusiasts? Or even great woodwork and the desire to promote your neighborhood? The 2015 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is already looking for homeowners and home improvement professionals to feature on the late-April tour. The first round of nominations/applications are due Friday, January 16, and early submissions are encouraged. It’s the Tour’s 28th year, and it will be held April 25 and 26, 2015.  Read more

CarolingReverse Caroling, you ask, what is THAT?   The households listed below are gathering a troop of non-wandering minstrels who will play and sing holiday tunes by an outdoor fire. We have heard rumors of guitars, jug bands, and even accordions joining in the merriment and coming together with you to raise your communal voices to the stars! To join the fun all you need to do is bundle up, pack a warm beverage in a mug, and visit any or all of the following sites! Bring your own sing sheets, or some sites will also have them provided. Instruments and children are welcome too, of course!

Reverse Caroling Host Sites:

  • 3640 Garfield Ave
  • 4203 Blaisdell Ave
  • 4019 Blaisdell Ave
  • 3700 Nicollet Ave (Note, this location is indoors at Butter Bakery CafĂ© where communal caroling will also be offered! Frigid weather is not an excuse to not participate!)

Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Director, at sarah@kingfield.org if you have questions.

Neighbors: If you want to join in the fun last minute, just add your address to the Facebook Event! All we ask is that you have a fire going from 6:30-8 PM, be welcome to everyone joining you, and be committed to singing carols (providing song sheets is optional!)

Also, all neighbors, just for fun, we ask that if possible you light a luminary in your yard on Monday evening to light the way for your neighbors on their evening walk!

Minneapolis superintendent will step down Jan. 31, 2015

Stan Alleyne
Chief Communications Officer

Minneapolis Public Schools today announced that Dr. Bernadeia Johnson submitted her resignation, which was accepted by the Minneapolis Board of Education. Johnson will remain in her position through Jan. 31, 2015.

In a letter submitted to Board of Education Chair Richard Mammen, Johnson said she continues to have strong confidence in the direction set for improving outcomes for Minneapolis students, a vision captured in her Acceleration 2020 strategic plan, and she thanked the board for supporting those efforts. She acknowledged that her family commitments have become increasingly challenging – and she determined that stepping down would best serve both the school district and her family.

At a previously scheduled session this evening, the school board accepted Johnson’s resignation and began determining a path forward. Mammen emphasized the school board’s appreciation for the superintendent’s dedicated service.

“Dr. Johnson has been committed to the students of Minneapolis Public Schools for the past 15 years, since first joining the staff here as a principal,” said Mammen. “Her leadership has brought clear vision for the path ahead and her team has established aggressive goals to move us toward that vision. This is a job bigger than any one individual, and the role of the superintendent to drive collaboration among all the school district’s stakeholders is extraordinarily challenging. We are grateful for her service and we appreciate that she has built a strong leadership team to succeed her and manage the transition we now face.”

After accepting Johnson’s resignation, the school board named Chief Executive Officer Michael Goar as interim superintendent effective Feb. 1, subject to his acquiring either a superintendent’s license or a variance from the state Board of School Administrators. Goar possesses more than 20 years of professional experience as a leader in urban school districts including Boston, Memphis and Minneapolis. The school board will determine the process for filling the role on a full-time basis in the months ahead.

ButterTru PizzaTru-Pizza, a local food truck will be joining up with Butter Bakery Cafe at 3700 Nicollet on Wednesday December 17, 5-8 PM  to offer pizzas from its stone oven! Great combo deals with pizza and dessert! Visit the Facebook Page to let them know you are coming and send the invite to your friends!


Love the fresh-baked pizza taste?! Look for the clipboard at the event to sign up for assisting KFNA in planning, building, and supporting Kingfield’s own Community Outdoor Bread & Pizza Oven!

Today!  Monday 15 December, 3:00 – 5:00 PM @ Blackbird Café (38th & Nicollet)

We continue our Third Week of the Month Happy Hour for Kingfield Home-Based Professionals. As usual, it’s just a friendly gathering of home-based professionals—no formal agenda.

We’re also excited to announce our next formal event to be held in the early evening on Monday 26 January in Kingfield (Homebased Mid-winter Escape III!) Save the date; details to follow shortly.

Please RSVP for Happy Hour at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4812315 or email scott@kingfield.org

KFNA Board meeting this Wed. Dec 10 7 PM, MLK Park
Topic: I-35W noise walls, specifically between 36th & 38th Street

Speakers: The people who will be attending to make a presentation are Jim Grube, Hennepin County, and Jeni Hager, City of Minneapolis. Possibly also Scott Pedersen, MnDOT.

Background: The reason this meeting is needed is that a new noise is being proposed between 36th and 38th Streets. MnDOT has a new voting process for noise walls and has to go through this process again with the neighborhood [last process for this same issue was August 2009]. The presenters have requested to come out and explain the new process to the neighborhood association first.

Tuesday December 9, 5 – 8 PM, Curran’s Restaurant, 42nd & Nicollet

Curran’s 28 year tradition continues!  Join us for photos, treats, and fun with Santa.

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