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May 2011 - Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Vol. 42, No. 4 FREE May 2011 In this issue: LHENA Calendar...................................................2 The Wedge Annual Meeting ....................... 3 & 12 LHENA Legacy Awards..........................................5 Who’s That Dog?...................................................6 Lyn Lake Street Festival........................................7 Wedge History.............................................. 8 & 9 Jefferson Community School 8th Graders ............9 Wedge Secondhand Fashion..............................10 LOWRY HILL EAST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION NEWSPAPER Activists Seek Commemoration of State Senator, Longtime Wedge Neighbor thewedge.org Mustaches for LHENA Raises $250 for the Neighborhood! Excellent ’staches on display Photo by Quincy Stroeing Mustaches for LHENA – winners announced! From left to right: Dan Haley, Gabe Skinner and Matt Krupp. Mueller Park Colonnade By Kent Searl A group of local LGBT activists have launched a campaign to dedicate the colonnade in Mueller Park as the “Allan Spear-LGBT Equality Colonnade.” The late Minnesota state senator was a longtime resident of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood. He was named in 2008 by the Minnesota Historical Society—as part of Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial celebration—one of most influential 150 people in the state. Senator Spear was one of the first elected openly gay politicians in the early 1970’s—in the entire nation. His election even drew the attention of the New York Times. Allan Spear served 28 years in the Minnesota Senate, and served as President of the Senate from 1992-2000. He was instrumental in the passage of the 1993 Human Rights Act, which protects LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered) Minnesotans from discrimination, and Minnesota became the first state in the nation to extend legal protection to transgendered persons. His genuineness as an out gay man, and his respected role in the Minnesota Senate, played a vital role in persuading bipartisan support for LGBT inclusion in the state Human Rights Act. The act was signed into law by Governor Arne Carlson. These actions, and his courage to live life openly,and with authenticity speak to his credibility as a role model to LGBT Minnesotans. Senator Spear lived with his partner just north of Mueller Park from 1972 until his death. After earning a PhD from Yale, he became a professor of African American History at the University of Minnesota. Spear’s autobiography “Crossing the Barriers” was published last year. It was posthumously finished by colleagues, with contributions by US Representative Barney Frank, among others. “Join the Impact-Twin Cities” (JTI) is a local LGBT activist group formed in 2008 after the passage of California Proposition 8, and re-energized last summer by news of Target’s political contributions. JTI is a loose group of advocates who come together to coordinate events of significance to the LGBT community in the Twin Cities. Most notably, last October after several notable gay and lesbian youth suicides were linked to school bullying, JTI coordinated a candlelight vigil in Loring Park—giving the community a time to come together, mourn, and transform our energies to work for safe and inclusive schools. The LGBT advocates are also currently planning a celebration of Harvey Milk Day on May 22 this year, with a march and rally in Loring Park. Milk’s birthday is now a state holiday in California. Locally, JTI is an entirely volunteer led group meeting weekly in a local church. Neighborhood resident Kent Searl has spearheaded this endeavor with Join the Impact-Twin Cities. The group has been in contact with Spear’s surviving partner, Junjiro, as well as Councilmember Meg Tuthill, and is working with the LHENA board and the park board. Final decision on a dedication will rest with the park board and the neighborhood. By Katherine Himes The first-ever Mustaches for LHENA contest concluded at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 20. $250 was raised as part of LHE- NA’s new fundraising effort. Esteemed judges Dick McChesney and Steven Heim scrutinized the thick ’staches of contest entrants, and requested audience participation in the judging. After serious deliberation, three entrants emerged victorious: Best New ‘Stache: Matt Krupp, who demonstrated strong facial hair growth in five weeks’ time. Best in Show: Dan Haley, who narrowly beat out the competition. Best Faux ‘Stache: Gabe Skinner, who gave Dennis Tuthill a run for his faux growth! Top mustaches received prizes from local businesses: The Herkimer Pub and Brewery, The Corner Store, and Flanders Bros Cycle. Additional prizes were donated from Peace Coffee. Thank you to our ’stache- ‘growers’: Thatcher Imboden, Dennis Tuthill, Lewis Kuhlman, Twyla Dixon, Gabe Skinner, Dan Haley, Matt Krupp, Lauren Gagner, and Mark Lescher. Thank you to the Mustache Committee: Lewis Kuhlman, Ryan Bender, and Mark Lescher. Spring Ephemeral Flowers Photos by Quincy Stroeing Tiny flowers that have been trying to sprout to life in the Midtown Greenway. Crocus on left, Siberian Scylla on right. These flowers bloom as soon as the snow has left and can be planted in the fall from bulbs. Photos taken April 15, 2011.

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