Local electric car enthusiasts aren’t waiting for big automakers or ubiquitous plug-in stations to start the gasless revolution.

Last update: November 24, 2008 – 7:13 PM

Dave Peichel, an electrical engineer for Medtronic, drives a Geo Metro. And he couldn’t be prouder of it.

His is no ordinary little economy ride. Peichel converted it himself to run on 100 percent electricity.

Peichel is an officer of the 2 1/2-year-old Minnesota chapter of the Electric Automobile Association, a motley group of more than 60 area drivers who are charged up about the broader future of their passion — even as the financial distress of the big three U.S. automakers casts current plans for mass electric car rollouts in doubt.

“The advantage of hybrids and plug-ins is here to stay,” Peichel said. “If Detroit can’t deliver, Toyota and others will.”

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Ever wonder how the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) prioritizes the replacement and repair of its facilities or amenities?

It is through a Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which is a prioritized list of infrastructure improvements that guides long-term investment and rehabilitation in the park system. In late 2008 and throughout 2009, the MPRB will be developing a new CIP for the Minneapolis park system. This will include several opportunities for public input.

Why a new CIP?

Over the past several years, traditional funding sources for capital improvements have not kept pace with infrastructure needs of the park system. In addition, significant changes in the city’s demographics, recreation trends and technology have resulted in increased demand for new or different park and recreation facilities. The Comprehensive Plan approved by the Board in 2007 addresses these shifts and provides guidance for future capital improvements. The process for developing the CIP will include defining the MPRB’s delivery goals for particular activities (programs or services) and the infrastructure changes or improvements, maintenance and funding required to deliver those activities. Identified improvements are anticipated to range from basic maintenance to rehabilitation to those that might catch the eye of potential donors to the park system.

What will the CIP development include?

The process will include researching trends, developing delivery goals and conducting community outreach and research for each major activity or group of activities in the park system. Examples of activity plans include a Bike, Walk and Roll Plan and a Field Sports Plan. Potential future focus areas include: winter recreation, court sports and environmental programming.

How do residents and park visitors participate?

Resident and park visitor input will be sought for each plan that is developed over the next year. Input will be sought through several methods including questionaires, focus groups and public meetings. The links below provide current community input opportunities.

Current Plans:

Stay connected!

The MPRB will be launching new activity plans throughout the year. If you would like to be notifed about new opportunities to participate, please complete our Stay connected! survey.

8th Ward Community Meeting – 2009 City Budget
Monday, November 24th
Calvary Lutheran Church
3901 Chicago Ave S
In the Fellowship Hall (located in the basement)
Learn about the 2009 Budget for Minneapolis – give your input on City priorities
On August 14th, the Mayor presented his proposed 2009 budget; since that date, much has changed in the world, including additional financial pressures on the City of Minneapolis.  We invite you to a Community Meeting on the Mayor’s Proposed 2009 Budget.  This is an important opportunity to learn how the budget may impact property taxes, and review and weigh in on policy choices for this and future years. 
Heather Johnston, Minneapolis’ Budget Director, and Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden will be on hand to present budget information, answer questions, and gather your input.
Please contact Elizabeth at the 8th Ward Office at (612) 673-2208 or e-mail her at elizabeth.glidden@ci.minneapolis.mn.us if you would like more information but are unable to attend the meeting.

**Please note the location change!**

Sunday, November 23


4244 Nicollet Ave. S.  (Inside Rau + Barber Photography)

A Harvest of Local Foods. Breads. Pies. Meats. Gift Baskets. Arts.  Handmade Crafts. 

With music by The Roe Family Singers.

State Senator D. Scott Dibble
111 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
E-mail: sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn
Phone: 651-296-4191

State Representative Frank Hornstein
437 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
E-mail: rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn
Phone: 651- 296-9281

November 17, 2008

 The Senate Transit Subdivision and House Transportation Policy and Transit Subcommittee, chaired by state Sen. Scott Dibble and state Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, met today to publicly review the Metropolitan Council’s proposed update of their 2030 Transportation Policy Plan.  Along with legislators, local government officials, transit advocates, labor unions, and representatives from the business community were on hand to offer their perspective on this document, which outlines the Metropolitan Council’s goals for transportation enhancements in the seven-county metropolitan area.
 “We wanted to give the cities, counties, businesses, workers, and families who will be impacted by this plan the opportunity to state their opinions,” explained Rep. Hornstein.  “We also felt it was important to provide the Met Council with a forum to explain how and why their decisions were made.”
 “The importance of this document is hard to overstate.  It will serve as the guide for transportation and transit investments in the metro area for the next 22 years,” Sen. Dibble continued.
“It’s crucial that the Met Council present a vision for improved mobility, more access to opportunities, better economic development, and improved environmental outcomes for the entire metropolitan area, and there’s a real concern that this plan falls short of that objective.  Basically, this plan lacks ambition.  For example, we need to aim higher than doubling bus ridership by 2030-growing demand shows that we could easily do that by 2020.”
 Several committee members expressed concern that the 2030 Plan update lacked a vision for an integrated transit network, citing a lack of transit enhancements being proposed by the Met Council for the east metro.
 “As legislators, our goal is not only providing a mechanism for people to get to work, but to bring new jobs to the Twin Cities,” said Rep. Hornstein.  “Peer cities across the nation have realized great gains in economic development and private investments along transit corridors.  We, too, can improve our regional economy and attract economic development by investing in an efficient and interconnected transit system and adopting better land-use policies that will allow our region to operate as a whole.”

 Legislators also expressed concern that the 2030 Plan update does not adequately address how the Metropolitan Council intends to meet the objectives it is setting forth in the document.
“In the wake of a historic budget shortfall and declining MVST revenues, the Met Council needs to explain how they plan to meet our region’s increasing demand for transit,” said Sen. Dibble.  “In these hard economic times, families’ budgets simply cannot take on another round of fare increases, and raiding revenues raised from the quarter-cent sales tax enacted to grow the system in order to maintain service is not an option.  The Met Council needs to step up and show leadership on how they plan to accomplish these goals given our struggling economy.”

For more information, you may contact Sen. Dibble’s Senate office at
651-296-4191 or Rep. Hornstein’s House office at 651-296-9281.

KFNA Board Minutes

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Board Members Present: Mark Brandow, Robyn Bipes, David Brauer, Chris DeParde, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Dave Saddoris, JobyLynn Sassily-James, Diana Schleisman, Chris Sur, Marie Wolf.

Board Members Absent: Karen Pieper, David Potosky.

KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson.

Community Members: Dean Muldoon, Brian Voerding, Sarah Duniway, Jeff Berg, Emma Nadler, Scott Pampuch, David Nicholson, Robin Russell.

Community Forum:

Dean Muldoon reported that the city has recently boarded a window in a house in his block that has been vacant for about a year, and that the boarded window makes the vacant but well-tended house an eyesore. He complained to the city, which told him to take it to his neighborhood association. Suggestions for him included emailing his city councilperson and contacting his block leader. The redevelopment committee will discuss at its next meeting.

New Board Member: David Buchanan moved out of the Kingfield neighborhood and has resigned his position on the Board. Diana Schleisman moved to admit first alternate Arthur Knowles to the Board; Mark Brandow seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Vice President: Buchanan’s absence also required the election of a new vice-president. JobyLynn Sassily-Jones nominated Knowles. Knowles nominated Brandow, who declined. Knowles nominated David Brauer, who declined. Chris DeParde nominated Dave Saddoris, who declined. Chris Sur seconded the nomination for Knowles, who was unanimously elected.

40th and Lyndale Task Force Member: The 40th and Lyndale Task Force is charged with long-range planning for that intersection. Dean Muldoon, the Board’s first alternate, volunteered to serve. Read more

Notes – Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting

Tuesday , November 18th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ,  MLK Park


Announcements made:

Project Organizer for KFNA, Sarah Gleason,  has been hired.

Beth Larson and Chris deParde met with Sarah.

Court Watch Program meets at 5:30 p.m. on 3rd Monday of month at 5th Precinct; 31st and Nicollet.


Open Forum:

Park – Surveillence cameras are being installed inside and outside the park building.  Footage will be digitally recorded.   Park will be able to simultaneously view all cameras on a single screen.


Impact statements are still needed for the Mars/Thornbury shots fired incident.  So far, only one has been received by Court Watch.  Instructions for completing the form are at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/attorney/impact-statements.asp


CPS Tom Thompson reported that overall crime is down 18%, however, theft and auto theft are both up.  With holidays coming up, it is a good idea to review Crime Prevention Resources at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/


The MPD 2008 Neighborhood Policing Plan for King Field Neighborhood is available online at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/outreach/Pct5NeighborhoodPolicingPlans.asp .  CPS Thompson and Lt. Jack Kelly would like input to the plan.


Lt. Kelly reported that he attended Working with Somali Community training.  Topics discussed were culture; gang activity; clan feuds; and transient behaviors.


Participant that attended a West of King block club leader meeting reported that door-to-door begging was discussed.  Lt. Kelly and CPS Thomson advised:

– Don’t give money

– Offer telephone numbers for assistance agencies: 612-338-0113 for Salvation Army or 211 for United Way

– person(s) asking for money may be trying to gain information about your property and/or schedule


Upcoming meetings/events:

December 11, 2008, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Youth Appreciation Dinner at MLK Park (info on KFNA website http://kingfield.org/)

December 15, 2008 5:30 p.m. Court Watch Program meeting 5th Precinct

December 16, 2008 7:00 p.m. Crime Prevention and Safety meeting MLK Park


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