Bridgeland Angler, June 24, 2009 (UPDATED)

Construction is well under way on the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital on Riverside Avenue. As it rises, the existing facility on the East Bank campus was named one of the top 30 hospitals in three separate categories.

Photo by Jeremy Stratton

Health and hospital awards; graduations; KSTP a 'landmark'

Here is our first web-only installment of the Bridgeland Angler. While the medium has changed, the local news and notables abound.

Congratulations to the Bridgeland schools and workplaces that were among the 2009 Hennepin County Wellness by Design Awards, presented on June 11 by County Commissioner Gail Dorfman and Hennepin County Director of Public Health Todd Monson. The annual awards honor organizations that have met specific criteria in promoting safe and healthy lifestyles.

Area schools awarded are:

Gold awards
Anne Sullivan Communication Center
Anishinabe Academy
Roosevelt High School

Awarded worksites include:

Bronze awards
American Spirit Graphics/Carlson Print Group — Marcy_Holmes
Bepex International, LLC — Mid-City Industrial
VisionShare — Prospect Park

Gold awards
City of Minneapolis
University of Minnesota

To apply for an award or to see listings and videos of past winners, visit the Wellness by Design Award website.

Another Bridgeland school receiving accolades is South High School, which was ranked #529 out of 1500 schools in the country — and #5 in Minnesota — by Newsweek.

Moving from organizations to people who make the city healthier, Mayor R.T. Rybak and Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation presented the Mayor’s Healthy City Awards to three individuals, including Seward Montessori School parent volunteer Kathy Curdlemeyer, who headed Seward Montessori’s Safe Routes to School activities. The program increased biking to school by 50 percent and collected lock and helmet donations for students.
Others warded were Makeda Norris of Steps to a Healthier Minneapolis and social worker Matt Tennant, who created Full Cycle.

Proceeds from the award ceremony benefited Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Medicine Clinic, which provides free medical care for patients near or at poverty line.

While he is honoring others, Mayor R.T. Rybak has himself been awarded for his contributions to public health — receiving the 2009 B. Robert Lewis Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association.

Rybak — who was named the Fittest Mayor in America by Men’s Fitness magazine, was nominated based on his initiatives in Youth Violence Prevention, Safe Routes to School, Home Grown Minneapolis, creating a greener city and his “dedication to being a model for personal health and fitness,” according to a release from the city. (Perhaps soon we’ll see if he’s “fit” enough to “run” for governor!)

June, of course, brings graduation news.

Reed Simpson and Andrew Orrison from Prospect Park, and Sarah Stokowski from Marcy-Holmes/Northeast graduated this month from Great River School in St. Paul. All three attended Marcy Open School through 7th grade and were members of the first 8th grade class in the fall of 2004. Reed will attend University of MN at Morris in the fall; Andrew will attend Augsburg College; Sarah will attend the University of MN in Minneapolis.

Congratulations to all the 2009 Bridgeland graduates; obviously we haven’t listed them all!

Speaking of college, Alexandra Anderson was named to the dean’s list at Hamline University for the spring term of the 2008-2009 academic year. Members of the dean’s list achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Anderson is a graduate of South High School and the daughter of Tressa Schendel of Southeast Como. Keep up the good work!

Fairview is proud to report that its University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital is ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is ranked 20th in cancer treatment, 29th in diabetes and endocrine disorders, and 26th in kidney disorder treatment. Last year, the hospital was ranked in two categories — cancer and respiratory disorder treatments. And who knows, its rankings could well improve next year, when construction is completed on the new 227,000-square-foot facility in Cedar-Riverside.

On June 26, Prospect Park will gain a new landmark. Well, not new exactly — the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will declare Hubbard Broadcasting and its KSTP Minneapolis TV station as a historic site in journalism. The annual award is given to an organization or landmark important to the history of journalism. In 1948, Stanley E. Hubbard founded the Midwest’s first commercial TV station, which was also the first TV station in the United States to broadcast in color, the first to broadcast a seven-day schedule, and the first to use remote satellite reports inside newscasts, among other contributions cited by the SPJ. KSTP is “stationed” at 3415 University Ave.

ON to a Prospect Park resident Local resident — Katelyn Skelley, who grew up on Bedford Street, is a member of TU Dance, which closes its annual summer performance at The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave S., on Sunday, June 28. THis year’s program includes two world premieres by choreographer Uri Sands. Tickets are $29, remaining shows are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Call 612-340-1725 or visit

last revised: June 24, 2009