Bridgeland Angler

June 2009

It’s hard to believe this is the last Angler to appear in print, but we have high hopes that the new online version of the Angler at www.bridgelandnews.org will continue to feature all the wonderful “people” news that helps us feel like a small-town community here in the big city. So as we move forward, please keep sending your community news to editor@bridgelandnews.org.

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A big congrats to all those Bridgelanders celebrating graduations, including Prospect Park resident and South High School senior Laurel Starr, who was one of just 2,500 students nationwide to be named a National Merit Scholar.

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Kudos to Tasha Holtmann of Sanford Middle School, who will be advancing to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland after winning first place in the Junior Paper category at the state History Day on May 2. The title of Tasha’s paper is “Exchanging Isolated Voices for a Community: Jane Addams and Hull House.”

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Congratulations to South High School coach Jim Christy, a pioneer in adapted sports teams, who was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame on May 17. Christy has coached adapted floor hockey, adapted softball and adapted soccer, and he has led teams to the state tournament 31 times, including 15 appearances for floor hockey teams.

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And in more school sports, congrats to two Bridgeland-area teams: the South High School boys’ tennis team for recapturing the city title, and the Marcy Open School boys’ baseball team for winning the city championship.

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Two local authors are celebrating recent successes. Seward resident Brian Malloy won a Minnesota Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his novel, Twelve Long Months (Scholastic). And Prospect Park resident Anatoly Liberman’s new book, Word Origins and How We Know Them will be published in paperback this month by Oxford University Press. Many of us have enjoyed hearing Liberman discuss etymology as a regular guest on Minnesota Public Radio.

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Congratulations to the hard-working folks of the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) for earning a Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention, awarded on April 30 at the State Capitol. The award recognizes the agreements SECIA has reached with local industries, which have led to a 92 percent reduction of emissions since 2001. According to Justin Eibenholzl, SECIA Environmental Coordinator, SECIA is the first Minneapolis neighborhood organization to win the award, which usually goes to corporate and government programs.

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Several Bridgeland properties were recognized with Preservation Awards, which are given each year to projects, individuals and community organizations that enhance and preserve the historic character of the city. Local winners include Folwell Hall at the University of Minnesota (Historic Restoration), the Seward History Walk (Community Education and Advocacy), Bluff Street Park on the West Bank (Good Luck and Godspeed) and the A.R. Anderson residence (Single-Family Residence) at 401 SE Fifth Street in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

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We were sorry to hear that Pastor David Johnson, former visitation pastor of University Lutheran Church of Hope and member and friend of the congregation for many years, died on May 13. Johnson had been hospitalized for more than four weeks at Abbott Northwestern Hospital before he passed away. His funeral was held at the church on May 21.

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Congratulations to the staff of the Seward-based Twin Cities Daily Planet, which received first place for the best independent website at the Page One Awards, sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Editor’s note: Finally, let us give a collective round of applause for Linda Lincoln, who has kept her ear to the ground (and over the backyard fence) and her fingers on the keyboard to compile the Angler these past years. Her diligence and instinct for finding and reporting on those most important of players — the people that make up our neighborhoods — has helped keep newspaper grounded in the community where it belongs.

But take heart; Linda is not going away; while she has agreed to throw off the yoke of a monthly deadline, Linda will continue to help, at least as a sage consultant, to produce the ongoing Angler news on our new website.

last revised: June 16, 2009