|A Visit to the Clouds
by Shannon McGuire
Realizing the importance for formal Balloon Pilot
Matt Wiederkehr completed the first formal training curriculum in
On November 21, 1969 the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics issued Mr.
Wiederkehr the first Hot Air Balloon Commercial Operators License in
U.S. The Flight Training Curriculum developed by Mr. Wiederkehr
the standard throughout the world.
| September of 1783, the
launched an unmanned hot-air balloon from Versailles. Louis XVI
decreed that the first flight had to be flown with animals. A
a sheep, and a rooster became the first air travelers. After an
flight, they were found still alive. The sheep was found
On November 21, 1783 for the first time in recorded human
history, we leave the confines of the Earth’s surface and take flight
the birds. Over 400,000 Parisians, including Louis XV and Marie
witnessed as the Marquis François d’Arlendes and
Pilâtre de Rozier flew in the very first flight in a Mongolfier
hot-air balloon. This flight lasted 25 minutes and covered 7
On January 7, 1785, Blanchard and Jeffries make the first
crossing of the English Channel by balloon. This flight included
the very first airmail letter!
January 9th, 1793 after moving to America,
Blanchard piloted the first known balloon flight in North America in
PA. George Washington witnessed this flight.
In February of 1962, the Wiederkehr family from Minnesota
began to take their place among these trailblazers to the clouds in
Lighter-Than-Air category. This St. Paul family has been flying for
years. Their first involvement with hot air balloons was February
of 1962 when Raven industries brought three balloons to the St. Paul
Carnival, World’s First Hot Air Balloon Race. At that time there
were only approximately six hot air balloons worldwide. They got
involved in the chase. After the great success, the family worked
to make the ballooning event an annual Winter Carnival affair.
The ingenuity and skill did not stop with Matt
The family has set a total of 48 World Records. At the age of 16,
Denise Wiederkehr flew for 11 hours, 10 minutes for a distance of 228
while raising funds for a fellow classmate who was a victim of
Before the age of 15, Donna set 14 World Records for Altitude, Duration
and Distance all in one flight. In 1975, she was the youngest
to hold an aviation record! In 1972, 1973, and 1974 Matt set a
of 22 World Records for Distance and Duration for various sizes of
In recognition for their successes, the Wiederkehr family
was invited to France in 1976 for the Second Annual Chateau de Balleroy
Invitation Ballooning Meet, as the guests of Malcom Forbes.
The family collectively has won and received many awards and
The daughters each received the Kitty Hawk Youth Award presented by
Aviation and the Los Angles Area Chamber of Commerce in the presence of
Jimmy Doolittle. The Minnesota Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
presented the Charles Lindbergh award to each of the young female
Some of their accomplishments include establishing the
Safety Standards for Ballooning Competition, developing Balloon Race
for competitions, and authoring the right-of-way for Hot Air
They have 18 years with the St. Paul Winter Carnival, 13 years working
with the Aquatennnial,
and “Change of Season” Balloon Race for the City of
When I asked what was the most thrilling honor for the
family I was told that it was replacing the Space Shuttle
for the opening curtain to celebrate the Air and Space
in the USA. When the U.S. Congress passed a bill proclaiming that
the year 1983 as the “Year of the Air and Space
Bicentennial”, The launch of the new space Shuttle, the
was to be the kick
off of the international celebration. The flight was postponed
because of a fuel leak. Seizing a window of opportunity, Mr.
contacted the United Flew States Organizing Committee in Washington DC
to consider the Minnesota’s 21st Anniversary of the World's First of
Balloon Race as an official event of the Bicentennial
Due to Mr. Wiederkehr’s past accomplishments and reputation, the US.
not only approved Wiederkehr’s request, they endorsed the Race as
the First Official Flying Event of the Air and Space Bicentennial,
200 years of flight. It was a great honor and privilege to be
the substitute for the Challenger in this historic celebration.
Today, Wiederkehr works as a Hot Air Balloon Consultant
on an international scale. He flew the first FAA Certified
Shaped Balloon in the USA. The balloon shape was a chicken for Kentucky
Fried Chicken. He and his daughter flew the Minnesota Federal Airship,
a 120 foot Hot Air Blimp.
Recently a neurosurgeon contracted Wiederkehr to design
and build a Hot Air Balloon for a company in Germany. The balloon
will be used to promote the most advanced computerized equipment and
to be used in Neurosurgery in the very near future. Wiederkehr
“you will never know how rewarding this privilege is for me to be
to play the integral part in this medical project by producing an
Visual that will bring about awareness to this new development and
and advertise this high tech medical advancement”. The balloon
built by Aerostar International in Sioux Falls, South
Aerostar is a subsidiary of Raven Industries, the company
developed the modern hot air balloon in 1960 and is the same
that brought the three hot air balloons to the St. Paul Winter
in 1962 and changed Wiederkehr’s engineering career.
When asked why the advertising balloons are so successful,
Wiederkehr replies that it is cost effectiveness and entertaining as
to billboards. If a billboard is located alongside a
the only folks that see it are those that drive by it and after a
of time the billboard becomes a part of the interrupted
and only a hand full read them. But when I put that same ad on a hot
balloon and fly it over a city, literally thousands of folks see it.
balloon holds their attention and they read the message. Some
actually pull off the highway onto a parking space and take pictures of
the balloon. They show the pictures to friends and family and that is
exposure. Today some companies don’t want their name to be part
the roadside interrupted scenery but they do so because others
It’s next to impossible to measure the value of a billboard, but with a
Hot Air Balloon operated by a professional balloon company, the
Today the family conducts balloon flights over the
scenic St. Croix Valley. They have 35 years of experience
are professionals in ballooning voyages, flight training and
flights. As Matt Wiederkehr says “The destination is irrelevant,
the journey is everything.”
You can schedule your visit to the clouds by calling
or go to http://www.fly-balloons.com.
You Could Win a Hot Air
This is a once in a life time
For a donation of $5.00 or more, you will help keep our paper in
business and have a chance to win an exciting hot air balloon
The Dayton's Bluff District Forum has been
back in business since August 2000. It is important for our community
have its own community newspaper, and the board of directors is
to keeping the Forum alive and viable.
We need the residents and friends of Dayton's
Bluff to be partners in this endeavor. A community newspaper requires
financial donations, and revenue generated by advertisements. We need
to work on all aspects of the paper, such as writing and photography,
we need the funds to print the paper.
A donation of $5.00 or more is suggested,
but not required to enter or win. Drawing to be held this spring.
City-Wide Traffic Calming
A first of its kind event is coming to Saint Paul
– 19: a four day series of events, co-sponsored by the City Council,
councils, and many others, focusing on traffic calming and pedestrian
The events ranging from a bus tour to workshops and speeches.
of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn how to “take back their
A highlight of the Summit will be keynote speaker and
workshop leader David Engwicht of Brisbane, Australia. Engwicht,
an author and world-renowned innovator of “second generation” traffic
solutions, will be introducing the Neighborhood Pace Car program to
Paul. The Pace Car program encourages neighbors to model good
behavior and “set the pace” for others; the program is already a
in several cities across the nation.
For a complete schedule or more information, contact Don
Ludemann at 651-266-8567.
Candidates Are Off and
by Mike Bemis
The city’s election season got underway on the
of March 21, when the St. Paul Republican City Committee convened its
for all wards. The meeting was held at the St. Paul Technical
located at 235 Marshall Avenue. While several candidates placed
bids for a seat on the St. Paul School Board, no one from the
Party has stepped forward yet to proclaim their candidacy for Mayor.
Not so on the Democratic side
of the ledger. Over the last couple of months, several Dems have
thrown their hats in the ring. Listed in alphabetical order are
candidates to date: Jay Benanav (D), currently a city council
representing ward 4; Jerry Blakey (D), also now a city council member,
representing ward 1; Randy Kelly (D), who at this time holds a seat as
a state senator representing Senate District 67; Bob Long (D), formerly
a city council member but now employed as an attorney with the
law firm of Kennedy & Graven, Chartered; and Bobbi Megard (D), who
also used to be a city council member, but who now sits on the boards
several non-profit organizations. Also in the running is an independent
candidate, Bob Kessler, whom the City of St. Paul most recently
as the Director of the Office of License, Inspections and Environmental
Protection (LIEP). Kessler, a 28-year veteran of city hall,
from his position so that he could campaign full time.
Each of these six candidates maintains a web site and
readers may consult them for full details regarding individual
stand on various issues and other pertinent information. The
web site addresses are listed in the same oorder as the candidates
were above: www.jayforstpaul.com;
Citizens who do not have computer access are advised to visit any of
St. Paul Public Library branch libraries, where public internet access
is made available.
Incidentally, the incumbent Mayor, Norm Coleman(R),
has announced that he will not seek reelection for a third term.
For those citizens wishing to participate
in the electoral process, the DFL caucus for ward 6 will be held at
Park Middle School and ward 7 will be held at Harding High School on
April 17. Other dates to mark on the calendar include the filing
deadline for candidacy for mayor, July 17; the primary election,
11; and the general election, November 6.
Awards Banquet Features
The Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council
Micro Entrepreneur Neighobrhood Development Center training classes
1993. The classes are designed to help people start their
own business. Each year a banquet is held by Neighborhood
Center to honor people who have taken the class and started a
The 6th Annual Entrepreneur Recognition and Awards Banquet
was held at Bandana Square on March 17, 2001. The evening started
with a social hour, followed by dinner and the award program.
Bluff resident and Micro class graduate Rob Chalmers gave an
speech on attitudes and perceptions. Rob’s business is People
a motivational speaking and educational training firm. US Senator
Paul Wellstone gave the Keynote Address. Wellstone was deeply
by Rob’s Speech.
Senator Wellstone is a long time supporter of the Micro Entrepreneur
Training Program and small businesses
The Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Small Business of the
Year is Webb Lake Software, a Dayton’s Bluff business since 1997.
The proprietors are Tamara Coalwell and Fred Hathaway. Their
provides quality end-to-end internet solutions to businesses.
The Twin Cities Small Business of the Year Award went
to Tortilleria la Perla a manufacturer of fresh corn tortillas owned by
Jose and Noemi Payan. The Runner Up was Hmong Diversified
a light manufacturing business owned by Tsong Sawh Lo. The
Impact award went to the Golden Thyme Coffee Shop owned by Mychael and
Stephanie Wright. The Small Business of the Year Start-Up Award
to Andy’s Garage, a café at University and Fairview owned by Dee
and Sande Traudt.
The Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing
a number of Dayton’s Bluff residents and staff people to the Community
Leadership Institute; Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, North
District Conference at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation was established by an Act of
in 1978 and is affiliated with the Neighborhood Housing Services
There are 9 states in the North Central District and residents from
The theme for the Community Leadership Institute
was Resident Action: Catalyst for Community Change. Participants
from Dayton’s Bluff include Julie Benick, Karin DuPaul, Jim Erchul,
Gugin, Sharon McCrea, Mary Poe, Nieeta Presley, Lisa Probst, Yai Vang,
and Anna Young.
The conference featured a number of excellent workshops
that are geared to active community residents and staff people who work
on improving communities. Mary Poe stated, “I enjoyed the hands
part of the classes. And I enjoyed meeting people from different
states and learning new ideas from them.” When Sharon McCrea was
asked about the conference she said, “The experience at the Hilton
should be nation wide. We could stop the drug lords. We
become united communities across the nation and live in peace and
with our neighbors. We need to bring in strong leadership to our
youth of tomorrow.”
Good Neighbor Program
On March 15th Good Neighbor Code Enforcement
got together and learned about the next steps for the program.
evening was highlighted with a Saint Patrick's Day theme including
food and door prizes. In this coming season “Thank Yous” will be
given to residents who have kept up or who have improved their property
and Good Neighbor volunteers will have the opportunity to participate
a monthly Good Neighbor drawing.
The Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council (DBD4CC),
and the City of Saint Paul have formed a partnership to clean up
Bluff! This program serves as a kind of early warning system that
give residents a heads up to code problems, before the code enforcement
officials are involved
The neighborhood identified two focus areas for
increased code enforcement. We still need citizen volunteers to
with their neighbors on reducing blight and getting problem properties
Good Neighbor Clean Up
If you live in the Good Neighbor target areas you can
the April 28 2001 clean up.
The target areas are:
- Between Mounds Blvd., Forest, Hudson Road, and East 7th St.
- Between Johnson Parkway, the railroad tracks, Earl and East
FREE refuse dumpsters will ve available but you
must reside in the target area to participate. This
serve as an early warning as well. Increased code enforcement
follow, so please use this opportunity. Bring picture ID or Excel
Energy statement to participate. There will be a charge for some
NO APPLIANCES, BRUSH, YARD WASTE, OR
MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The 2001 Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour is being held
May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The tour is once again being run in conjunction with the
Paul Home Tour. Two homes, 951 Burns Ave. and 654 East 4th St., both
built in the early 1900s, are part of both tours.
Dayton’s Bluff is expanding its part of the event into
a neighborhood tour that will include a variety of homes and commercial
buildings. Among the houses are two 1890s Victorian style homes in the
midst of restoration, a restored 1891 Queen Anne mansion, a duplex from
last year’s tour that is now at a new location and a modern dome home.
A Victorian commercial block and a 1920s theater undergoing renovation
complete the tour.
This year’s Home Tour is an excellent opportunity to
the history of Dayton’s Bluff while learning about the community that
there today and getting a glimpse of what it will be like in the
The Home Tour is free and is being sponsored by the
Bluff District 4 Community Council, the Upper Swede Hollow
Association and the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. A
and map will be available at all participating locations during the
For more information, visit or call the Dayton’s Bluff Community
office at 798 E. 7th St., 651-772-2075 or check the Dayton’s Bluff
Home Improvement Problems
This month’s column deals with a variety of home
frequently encountered when renovating older homes. I’d like to thank
Raddatz of Raddatz and Sons Construction for help in answering these
Q. I’ve spent
several weekends painting my house using an alkyd primer and a latex
No matter how thoroughly I clean the brushes, they’re always rock-hard
by the next time I’m ready to paint. What am I doing wrong?
A. Not all brushes
the same “cleanability”. Cheap brushes with hollow-filament bristles
nearly impossible to clean. You should own two sets of brushes-one for
latex, one for alkyd paint. Why? Because changing between paint types
cleaning progressively more difficult. Residue left on the brush from
kind of paint acts like glue for the other. The most effective
cleaning involves three simple steps. With an oil-based (alkyd) paint,
start with a solvent, like paint thinner or mineral spirits. Work the
into the center of the brush, where all the paint is stored, and then
the sides. Continue rinsing the brush with fresh solvent until the
is clean. Finish up with a final washing of soap and water.
When working with a water-based (latex) paint, start with
detergent and water. Household cleaners that contain petroleum products
(check the label for “petroleum distillates”) are the most effective.
many manufacturers have added resins to their water-based paints they
similar to those used in oil-based paints, you’ll also need to rinse
brush in thinner. Finally, rinse out the solvent with soap and water.
cleaning, spin-dry the brush and then shape its bristles with a brush
When the brush is nearly dry, replace it in its keeper (which protects
the shape and keeps the bristles straight).
Q. I’m planning to
my kitchen. Does it make more sense to install wood flooring before or
after the cabinets have been put in?
A. The timing depends
on your choice of flooring. I prefer installing unfinished wood
before the base cabinets go in because it’s faster and makes for a
job. Even with tongue-and-grove flooring, the last row of planks must
face-nailed and if the cabinets are installed later, they will hide
row. The flooring will be sanded and repaired before finishing, but you
should protect it during construction with masonite squares held
with duct tape.
Prefinished hardwood or laminate floors should be
after the cabinets. The factory-applied finishes are tough enough to
ordinary foot traffic, but you don’t want to subject new floors to
construction-grade abuse. With a laminate floor, you also need
to be careful with the finish but more important, the floor needs to be
installed so it can move, or float, which it can’t do if it’s sitting
a kitchen’s worth of cabinets.
Q. I would like
to install new vinyl flooring in our bathroom without removing the
sheet vinyl flooring. Also the flooring is heavily textured. Should I
a self-leveling compound?
A. It’s always best
to remove the old flooring before installing a new one. Or, if you can
build up the floor without doing any harm, lay down 1/4" thick
plywood before installing the new floor. But if the old flooring
is firmly attached and it makes more sense to leave it in place, you
use a floor-leveling compound as long as the existing flooring isn’t
and it is fully glued down. (However, it will still be more vulnerable
to indentation.) Use a compound made specifically for embossed floors,
such as Armstrong’s S-199 liquid underlayment. Most
compounds require that the floor be completely stripped of any wax,
or dirt. The next step is to pour a small amount of leveler on the
and spread it out with a trowel, applying it at a 45-degree angle to
embossing. The trowel should be held at a very low angle (about 15
Remove any material from raised areas. One coat works for most
but some may need a second coat, which you can apply when the floor is
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Bluffing with Science
Electricity in the Walls
by Greg Cosimini
Sooner or later the owner of an old house will
venture into its walls. Many unusual things inhabit those spaces and
are relatively friendly. But one creature has to be handled very
our friend, Mr. Electricity.
First a word about playing with your home’s electrical
system: DON’T. Electricity is perfectly safe when handled correctly.
handled incorrectly there can be some unfortunate side effects such as
fire, electrical burns and death. The most likely cause of death won’t
be from a spectacular shower of sparks. Instead, it will come from
scrambling the electrical signals in your heart, preventing it from
That will spoil your whole day unless the paramedics show up quickly
Other than that electricity is harmless. It is made up
of electrons that individually couldn’t hurt a flea. But when they gang
up in “volts” and get pushed around by “amps”, they can turn nasty. So
what should you do if encounter a wire in a wall? DO NOT TOUCH IT. Even
if you think the power is off, a dead wire is a lot like an “unloaded”
gun. They both occasionally kill people.
You may have heard that it’s safe to touch just one wire,
especially the so-called neutral wire. Not so. Although electrons
travel in wires, they have been known to take shortcuts through
bodies at the most unexpected times and places, rendering them really
quite sincerely dead
Okay, all that being said you’ve taken apart a wall. What
will the wiring be like? Many of the houses in Dayton’s Bluff were
in the very early part of the electrical age when there were few codes
and anyone could and did try their hand at installing the wiring. As a
matter of fact, there is a good chance that amateurs have messed with
wiring in your house no matter what its age, so expect the
In some of the oldest houses you will see individual wires
strung on ceramic posts. Although wires typically occur in pairs, it is
possible that its partner is in the opposite wall and they meet at the
ceiling light. Or you may see one or two wires just running through the
walls or tacked onto a stud, possibly taking a side trip to a switch or
outlet. Sometimes wires were run through old gas pipes that connected
gaslights later converted to electrical fixtures. Newer wiring usually
has individual wires protected in rigid metal conduit, flexible spiral
metal cabling or embedded in nonmetallic cables.
While modern wires are color-coded with green for ground,
white for neutral and black or colored for “hot”, older wiring often
its own unique coding scheme. Popular ones were: all black, all white,
all dirty gray and the ever popular, wires that change color in
Older wires had insulation made of cloth that either provided food for
mice or just got brittle and fell off with age. Almost all wires are
of copper, except for an ill-advised attempt in the 1970s to use
Other things to watch out for are switches, outlets and
light fixtures that may be wired incorrectly. Although these things
be insulated and/or grounded, it is possible to get isolated objects
are electrically hot, which can create some very odd and dangerous
situations. Don’t even get me started on old fuse boxes, auxiliary fuse
boxes, junction boxes containing soldered wire connections and junction
boxes hidden inside of walls. None of these are good things to
So let’s summarize. While you might be tempted to play
with your home’s electrical wiring, it is much better to look but not
There are too many unknowns. Call a professional electrician or else
a good insurance policy so there will be money to hire one after you’re
gone. And do not, I repeat, do not, run a reciprocating saw
through a wall that may contain live wires. If you are lucky, a fuse or
circuit breaker will blow. If not, you’ll never have to worry about
Bluffing with Science will appear at random times in the Forum.
It will attempt to relate topics in science and engineering to life in
Dayton’s Bluff. That is the goal, not a guarantee. Please send
comments or suggestions for future columns to the Dayton’s Bluff
Forum, Attention: Greg Cosimini, 798 E. 7th. St., St. Paul, MN 55106.
Cooking in the
by Shiela Johnstone
Cheapskate Stew; B.L.T. Salad with Basil
For this edition I have chosen a low-sodium, hearty beef
You can use the leftovers you have on hand.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups water
3 carrots, chopped
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1) Brown the hamburger meat with onion
and celery. Drain (if it is fatty hamburger
2) Add water and carrots, then cook ‘til
carrots are beginning to get tender. The
carrots will be crunchy unless you cook
them a fairly long time.
3) Add leftover vegetables, macaroni,
tomato sauce, Italian spices, plus salt
and pepper to taste, and simmer until the
flavors blend and all ingredients are
Nutrition value at a glance:
B.L.T. Salad with Basil Mayo Dressing
This is a tangy, crunchy salad with all the things you love about the
wonderful B.L.T. sandwich!
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 medium slices French bread, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1) Place bacon in a large, deep skillet.
Cook over medium high heat until
evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set
aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the
2) In a small bowl, whisk together the
reserved bacon drippings,
mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let
dressing stand, covered, at room
3) In a large skillet over medium heat,
toss the bread pieces with the salt and
pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue
tossing and cook over medium-low
heat until golden brown.
4) In a large bowl mix together the
romaine, tomatoes, bacon and
croutons. Pour the dressing over the
salad and toss well.
Nutrition value at a glance:
Cholesterol 46mg Carbohydrates 27g
Did you know?
If you want to slice deviled eggs perfectly, dip the knife
in warm water first. Then the slice will be smooth and no yolk will
to the blade.
If you have comments, suggestions, a special recipe that
you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel
free to contact me through the Dayton’s Bluff Forum.
Dayton's Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106
Or call: 651-772-2075 (Dayton's Bluff Community Council
Till next time, bon appetite.
Metro State Celebrates
Although May is the official month for the Asian
Heritage celebration, April has been designated as such at Metro State
since the university’s spring semester ends April 30.
April 13 - Professor Ling-Chi Wang, a scholar of
Asian American history will give a lecture entitled “The State of Asian
Americans in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies in the New
Professor Wang is the Ethnic Studies Department chair at the University
of California, Berkeley. The program will be in the
from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Light snacks and refreshments will be
April 18 and April 25 - A display of East Asian
arts and crafts will be displayed in the Founders Hall reception area
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments from countries of that region will
be provided and a drawing for prizes will take place on site.
Dean's Honor List
Kelly Ann Treanor, a Maria Avenue resident, was
University of St. Thomas Dean's Honor List for the fall 2000
Students named to the list have maintained a minimum of a 3.5
Housing Stability Forum
by Caroline Snyder
A forum on the link between housing stability,
and community well-being was held on February 27th at Metro State
Represented at the meeting were people from the community, Dayton’s
Plus Elementary School and government agencies along with special guest
speakers Professor Will Craig, from the Center for Urban and Regional
U of M and Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Housing Organizer, Mary Poe
and Researcher Laura Davis. It was followed by an open discussion
by all who were in attendance. Metro State and the Dayton’s Bluff
Community Council sponsored the event.
“Giving people a chance” is the goal of Housing Organizer
Mary Poe as she embarks on the task of placing people in homes and
affordable to the disadvantaged and homeless. The housing
issue directly impacts the stability of school attendance and
of our children. Out of a caseload of approximately 205 families,
86 families were placed in the Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School
area. The correlation between employment, permanent residency and
children’s academic success cannot be overemphasized in a
The “stabilizing factor “ with regard to housing is achievable in the
of rent subsidies applicable to both home and apartment renters.
In addition applicants have access to trained volunteer mediators to
landlord/tenant problems and access to buyer training and home buying
To sustain a certain level of housing stability, a community must
jobs, affordable housing, access to transit and quality education in
“In my opinion we need to expand our assistance
relates Mary. We need more case management follow-up to deal with
problems before they arise. We need more monies for emergency
and more homeowners in the community to get involved with the plight of
the homeless and disadvantaged. A supportive role by the
to the special needs and concerns of this transient population, will
to bring about some tangible results in creating a healthy environment
for the families of our community.
“There are some areas of accomplishments which should
not go without recognition.” Dayton’s Bluff “Achievement Plus”
has initiated the before school programs, the health and dental
and the after school activities which are all conducive to implementing
good physical and mental health for the children. “Achievement
is alive and well trying to assist in the personal welfare of the
outside of the classroom. The families involved in the stability
project are benefited directly through the Achievement Plus
Dedicated staff and volunteers have brought significant positive change
in the successes of this program.
Mary relates the special involvement of a landlord in
the area who has committed to a “clean-up/fix-up” policy to properties
which he recently purchased. He is also dedicated to working with
present tenants to avoid conflicts. He realizes the need
mutual empowerment within the landlord/tenant community. He will
undoubtedly be a good ally to all parties in positive communications.
Mary has an agenda which will keep the project ambitious
and ongoing. “Generating more community involvement by having
of the forum type meetings held at Metro State University to
a larger population would be encouraged. Educating the community
in order to provide more communication and dispel misunderstandings and
concerns. Promote better relations between landlords/tenants
workshops and seminars are other tools to encourage a positive outlook
for the neighborhood and future residents of the community.” Mary
has already done some promotional work on her own. She has a
with her clients at least once a week to keep an ongoing relationship
trust and caring. Whenever possible she will personally assist
with simple tasks such as grocery shopping and making arrangements for
Mary has achieved a relationship with her clients that
has brought a meaningful change in their lives through her dedication
their housing needs and concerns.
Mary Poe is the Housing Organizer for the “Children’s
Stability Project” which is a Dayton's Bluff District 4 Community
three year project terminating in December 2002. It is funded by
the McKnight Foundation, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services
Ramsey County. For more information
Letter to the Editor
Recently, the major newspaper in Saint Paul had
highlighting one of our neighborhood schools. Sadly, the article
on the negatives instead of the positives. So often, attention is given
to the negative aspects of schools.
Your article, “Trinity Catholic School ... where Respect is key to
Learning”, in the March 2001 issue was encouraging for readers to see
things are happening in a school right in our neighborhood.
It was refreshing to see an article focusing on the
things Trinity, a school in our Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, has and is
Hour Dollar Meeting
Hour Dollars will have an informational meeting at the Mounds Park
United Methodist Church on April 10th at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
The orientation meetings last approximately 2 hours. The church
located at 1049 Euclid Street, St. Paul. For additional
or childcare call 651-635- 8680. Visit our web site at www.hourdollars.org .
EVENTS AT MARGARET RECREATION CENTER
1109 Margaret Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Rec Check Club
Rec Check is a free after school recreation service with a check-in
component for children in grades 1-6. Registration is required and
is limited. Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m. Free
During regular building hours, we have many games and equipment which
may be checked out for your enjoyment. Items include: table games,
ping-pong, tennis equipment, cards, etc.
The first Friday night of every month will be just for Margaret teens.
School I.D.must be shown, ages 13-17. A variety of activities will be
All neighborhood residents are invited to meet with other community
members to discuss crime and other neighborhood issues. Meetings are
1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Margaret Booster Club
This group specializes in fund raising, community events, assisting
with programs and team sports. Parents and residents are welcome to
Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at
MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES PRESENTS
2ND ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER
SUNDAY, MAY 6TH
11:30 A.M.- 3P.M.
2814 Rice Street
Merrick Community Services Programs
Tickets $6.50 Adult
$4.50 Child under 12
All you can eat!!!!
Tickets may be purchased at the door
Merrick Community Services
Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Home Tour
Mark your calendar.
May 5th and 6th
Interested in Helping?
Call Karin at 772-2075
Good Neighbor Code Enforcement
Call Karin at 772-2075
Advertise in the Dayton's Bluff District
Call Karin at 772-2075
Take a Hike
Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike on the first
of every month meet at 10:30 AM in Indian Mounds Park at Earl Street
Mounds Blvd. We will hike from Mounds Park through Swede Hollow Park
then walk the length of the Bruce Vento Recreational Trail (formerly
Phalen Creek Recreational Trail) to its end, near Phalen Park. Along
way we will share stories and learn some local history of the area. The
hike is about 6 miles with some moderately rough terrain. Near Johnson
Parkway and Maryland, transportation will be available to return to
Park or you may hike back if you wish.
Join recreational trail supporters and explore
this recreational trail. The paved trail runs from East 7th Street and
Payne Avenue through Swede Hollow to Phalen Park. Dayton's Bluff Take a
Hike started in December of 1990 and over the years hundreds of people
have attended these events. For more information, call 776-0550.
Free Acting Classes for Adults
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
800 Conway Street
Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Join us. It's fun!
Off-Leash Dog Area Task Force Meetings
May 15, 2001
The Saint Paul Parks Commission established the Off-Leash Dog Area
(OLDA) Task Force to provide feedback to the Commission on how
the report, “Recommendations on the Establishment of Off-Leash Dog
in Saint Paul,” is being implemented. The Task Force has
a meeting schedule for the year 2001. All meetings are open to
public and comments will be taken at every meeting.
July 17, 2001
August 21, 2001
Meetings will be held at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center,
at 270 N. Kent Street (about a block and a half northeast of Marshall
For more information about the OLDA Task Force, please call: Eric
Division of Parks and Recreation – 651-266-6352
Ever feel like you're the only mother who
stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at home mothers at the
The MOMS Club is a national nonprofit
with hundreds of chapters across the country. We are just for the
mother of today!
Local chapters have monthly meetings with
speakers and discussions, park play days, holiday family parties,
for mothers and their children, and activity groups like playgroups,
n' crafts, a monthly MOMS Night Out, and babysitting co-ops. We also do
service projects to help needy children.
Our activities are during the day, when
need support, and mothers may bring their children with them to our
For more information about our chapter call
Tracie Lemke at 651-771- 5834.