Welcome to the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) website. Kenwood is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just southwest of the downtown area. Please scroll down for postings of news for our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend our monthly KIAA Board meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, then we meet on the second Monday. 2017 meetings will be held on January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5.

If you wish to be added to the list of Kenwood residents receiving future copies of Kenwood neighborhood news or if you want to be removed from that list, please contact Jean Deatrick at KIAA55405@gmail.com. Please provide your name, email address, and home address.

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KIAA Meeting Agenda for Sept. 12, 2017

Kenwood-Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

September 12th, 2017

7:00 – 8:30pm


7:00      Welcome, Approval of the Agenda                                                         Shawn Smith


7:05      City of Minneapolis Update                                                                    CM Lisa Goodman

7:30      Treasurer’s Report                                                                                 Matt Spies


7:35      MPRB Equity Criteria for Park Spending                                            Ron Werner

Criteria:  Racial Concentrated Areas of Poverty, Park Access,    Neighborhood Safety, Historic Investment, Intensity of Use, ADA Considerations, Natural Resources


7:50      East Cedar Lake Beach Committee Update         Will Stensrud, Amanda Vallone

                        2017 Recap

2018 Ideas:  Sauna 612, Beach Opener, Music at the Beach, Yoga,   Coffee and Canvas, Pirates and Mermaids Party, Pedal to the Medal, Summer Luau, Shakespeare, MN Off Road Cycling

Survey Monkey Idea


8:00    Ward 7 Candidate Forum                                                                       Shawn

                        September 28th, City Council Candidates only

                        From $100-$300 needed from KIAA

                        Moderated by the League of Women Voters

                        KIAA, CIDNA, Bryn Mawr, Lowry Hill, East Isles co-sponsored


8:15      Community Relations Grievance Process                                                        Shawn


8:30     Adjourn                                                                                                     All


KIAA Board Priorities 2017-2018                                                                                       All

-       Approve Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mike Bono

  • Address Southwest Light Rail Issues
  • Protect our Lakes/Parks/Environment
  • East Cedar Lake Beach Safety
  • Support Kenwood Rec Center
  • Support Kenwood School and Neighborhood Events

New Business/Misc Since Last Adjournment       – FYI Only                                   

-       Angie Presented Opportunities to the Board for a clinic on Narcan, and narcotic overdose treatment kit.

-       Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Neighborhood Associations.  Volunteers Needed to sell tickets and manage the event.  Thursday Oct 26th at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.  Monica Smith – CIDNA

-       KIAA approved to fund an incremental $350, total of $500, for an August 26th Luau event at ECLB (cancelled due to rain)

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Kenwood News


KIAA meets this evening, September 12, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  All are welcome.

Future meetings in 2017 are on October 2, November 6, and December 4.



Urgent Notice! Please pass the word to your neighbors.

KIAA is postponing the Annual Gathering that was scheduled for this evening.  This morning we learned that Red Wagon brick oven Pizza is available to cater next week so we quickly decided to postpone for a more enjoyable sunny day.  We hope you can make it for the neighborly fun!


New Annual Gathering Date is Monday, May 8, Time 6-7:30 p.m.



 Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA)

Annual Gathering

Monday, May 8, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Bockley Gallery: Rain Option



6:00 — Gather, socialize, eat Red Wagon Brick Oven Pizza


6:30 — Welcome and introduction of Board members

          Please greet your neighborhood representatives: Mike Bono, Mark Brown, Jeanette Colby (Chair), Angie Erdrich, Jack Levi, Larry Moran (Vice Chair), Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (Secretary), Matthew Spies (Treasurer), Will Stensrud


6:35 — Review/Preview of KIAA

          KIAA Chair Jeanette Colby


6:40 — Recycling: Learn More, Do More

Angie Erdrich will introduce staff from Hennepin County Solid Waste and Recycling, who will offer information and tips at a table.


6:45 — Deb Pilger of Minneapolis Parks: Goats at East Cedar Beach!

The MPRB Environmental Management division is considering using Cedar Lake Park for a pilot project to manage invasive species such as buckthorn.  Learn how goats (yes, real goats!) will likely visit our neighborhood in early June.


7:00 — Louise Erdrich of Birchbark Books: What’s new in Downtown Kenwood?

When Stephen Dean retired, Louise took over his former basement tailor shop.  She’s been exploring potential uses and has begun remodeling.  Come hear what she’s planning for the space.


7:15 — Request for new Board members


7:20 — Adjourn


Many thanks to ARTrageous Adventures and Bockley Gallery for being so accommodating.  Rain is one thing but rain and super cold just seemed too much!


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Kenwood Neighborhood Annual Gathering

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) Annual Neighborhood Gathering!

Please join us on Monday, May 1st, at 6:30 pm for the KIAA annual gathering in downtown Kenwood (21st & Penn). Enjoy social time at 6PM with (KIAA-sponsored) FREE! Red Wagon Pizza made fresh in their mobile wood-fired oven, meet elected officials, and catch up with neighbors. 2017-18 KIAA board members will be elected, and we invite any Kenwood resident with interest to join the board.

Agenda May 1, 6:30 pm

Welcome from KIAA – Jeanette Colby
Brief overview of 2015-16 accomplishments – Jeanette Colby and KIAA Board
Election of 2017-18 Board members
Update on Birchbark Branch

Adjourn, More Pizza!! And, we will also have activities for kids courtesy of Artrageous Adventures!

Rain or Shine – Rain Location is the Bockley Gallery, Corner of Penn and 21st St.  As the weather is not looking great – please join us at Bockley so we don’t have too much leftover pizza!

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Kenwood News

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

February 6, 2017

7:00 – 8:30


 7:00        Welcome                                                                                Jeanette Colby

                Approval of the Agenda


 7:05        City of Minneapolis Update —        Council Member Lisa Goodman                                                                      Discussion of Parking in Downtown Kenwood


7:30      MPRB Police Chief Jason Ohotto                                          Jason Ohotto

                Recommendations for Summer 2017


7:50        Lake of the Isles Skating Party — February 12             Jeanette Colby


 7:52        Financial Report                                                                       Matt Spies


 7:55        Letter of concern over 3020 Calhoun Parkway         Jeanette Colby


 8:00        Annual Gathering                                                                  Angie Erdrich                                

8:05        Kenwood School contribution request                           Angie Erdrich


 8:10        SWLRT Update                                                                        Shawn Smith

                                                                                                                         Jeanette Colby


8:25        New Business


 8:30        Adjourn 


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Kenwood News

The Lake of the Isles Skating Party has been
RESCHEDULED to February 12th

Due to inclement weather and poor ice conditions.
The annual Lake Of The Isles Skating Party will take place on 
Sunday, February 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy skating* and socializing with friends and neighbors!
Get warm by the fire and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, and goodies.
Sponsored by Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Isles, Kenwood Isles & Lowry Hill Neighborhood Associations.

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Kenwood News



Kenwood Neighborhood News


Minnehaha Creek Watershed District seeks comments and questions

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) oversees construction permitting within its boundaries. The Metropolitan Council has applied for a permit for the SWLRT Project, a proposed $1.85 billion 14.5-mile light rail transit line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.


Within the MCWD, the SWLRT project involves approximately five miles of freight rail, light rail, and paved trail construction, the construction of six LRT stations, and the redevelopment of three park-and-ride lots. The Project crosses Minnehaha Creek and the channel between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.  It triggers five MCWD rules: Erosion Control, Stormwater Management, Waterbody Crossings and Structures, Floodplain Alteration, and Shoreline and Streambank Stabilization.

Please submit comments or questions about the permit application at:  http://www.minnehahacreek.org/permit-16-221-metro-green-line-lrt-extension-comment-notice-period.

The permit application, including all comments received, will be presented to the MCWD Board of Managers for consideration at the February 23rd Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:45 PM at the MCWD offices located at 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345. The comment period will end on February 3rd, 2017.


Kenwood-Isles Area Association

2017–2019 Neighborhood Priorities Plan Survey

At the end of 2016, the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) surveyed the neighborhood to help identify neighborhood priorities for 2017-2019. We publicized the opportunity to participate widely, and received 125 responses.  We greatly appreciate those who took the time to respond.

For the survey, the all-volunteer KIAA board identified 12 possible priorities, and respondents were asked to rate these on a scale from one to five (one being not at all important, five being very important). They were also asked about problems, issues, and opportunities for the neighborhood.  Here is what you told us:

1.  Addressing SWLRT impacts

Addressing the impacts of Southwest LRT, if it is built, was by far the neighborhood’s highest priority, with 80% of respondents saying they consider it “very important.”  The average rating for this priority was 4.54.  Examples of neighbors’ elaboration on the issue include:

“SWLRT is a huge issue and one that we need to assure has the least possible impact as far as noise, etc., both during construction and once running.  Assuring the SWLRT takes every step to reduce their noise (no bells and horns, etc.) and that the area is built out to mitigate noise (berms, natural and built structures, etc.) will be critical.

2.  Protecting our Lakes

“Promoting landscaping that protects our lakes,” with an average rating of 4.22, was considered the second highest priority.  About 53% of respondents ranked it as “5 – Very important.”

“As a neighborhood of lakes, proactively promote protecting the environment, in particular water quality in the lakes.”

3.  Policing East Cedar Beach

Items relating to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach) were also deemed important, though not quite rising to the level of the first two issues.  This may reflect the success of recent KIAA initiatives; serious problems have declined significantly over the past two years, so ECB issues may seem less urgent.  “Additional police patrols” at ECB ranked as the third top priority at 3.79, “capital improvements” at ECB averaged 3.38, and “sports and youth arts programming” at ECB averaged 3.32.


“Hidden beach continues to be an issue.  I like the approaches that have been started and hope they continue.”

4.  Supporting Kenwood Recreation Center

At an average rating of 3.64, supporting Kenwood Recreation/Community Center programming comes in just below policing East Cedar Beach.  Related to this, capital improvements at Kenwood Park are also seen as somewhat important with an average rating of 3.35.

5.  Sponsoring neighborhood events; supporting Kenwood School

These two categories round out the top priorities, both with an average rating of 3.34.

Addressing parking congestion in Downtown Kenwood, creating “public art installations” and “expanding Nice Ride bike share in the neighborhood” all ranked at 3.0 (somewhat important) or below.

Open-Ended Questions

Respondents offered many unique issues and suggestions. KIAA will refer a number of these to the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  Some of the responses can be grouped into categories for consideration:


Several neighbors identified the need for traffic calming (in both streets and alleys), traffic enforcement, and signage.  Some specified specific problematic areas and offered suggestions.

Crime and Safety

A number of people expressed concern about crime, primarily garage and car burglaries.  There is a perception that the problem is increasing or that the neighborhood is being targeted.

Street Lighting

Several respondents noted that streets seem very dark, and that improved lighting would be a positive addition to Kenwood.

Community Gathering Space

While Downtown Kenwood is thriving, many respondents lamented the lack of a casual gathering space where neighbors could get together.

Community Events

A number of people suggested events that could improve Kenwood’s livability and vitality, such as winter activities, meet-ups for families with young kids, neighborhood clubs, and coordinating National Night Out.

KIAA will submit our “Neighborhood Priorities Plan” to the City of Minneapolis in support of our Community Participation Plan.  We hope to receive $15,000 annually during 2017-2019 through the Neighborhood and Community Relations department to support local efforts.

The KIAA board thanks our neighbors for your thoughtful responses and ideas.  We welcome any Kenwood resident who would like to help work on any of these issues.  Please feel free to contact KIAA chair Jeanette Colby at jmcolby@earthlink.net or any other board member, or come to our regular meetings held on the first Monday of most every month at the Kenwood Rec Center, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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Kenwood News Update

Kenwood News June 8, 2016

Jim Gilroy who served on the KIAA board of directors died this spring.  To honor him, a Jim Gilroy Memorial Bench will be placed on Lake of the Isles.  The site has been reserved at West 21st Street near Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.

Checks should be written out to ”Minneapolis Finance Department”, Memo:  

  Jim Gilroy Bench.  Receipt will be from the Minneapolis Parks. 

  Checks may be mailed directly to: MPRB Memorials & Tributes Program 

  (Attn:  Sue McGrath) 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.



                June 10-12 Kenwood Neighborhood Rummage Festival

Plan your own rummage sale or donate goods to the Kenwood School Benefit 

 Rummage Sale!  Location: Kenwood Recreation Center. 

Drop off donations: June 10, 4-6 pm. Sale: June 11, 9-2 pm. 

 100% of proceeds will benefit Kenwood Elementary School. Volunteers welcome and needed to haul goods to charity directly following the sale.             


 Summer Solstice Potluck Party June 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm

 Bring a dish down to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach) and celebrate the

 longest day of the year at your community beach with family, friends, and 

 neighbors.  ARTrageous Adventures will provide henna, face painting, and   

  a fun Creation Station for families.

  Participate in a fun Cedar Beach scavenger hunt too!

  Sponsored by KIAA.  In case of rain, the event will be canceled.


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Kenwood News

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

June 6, 2016

7:00 – 8:30


7:00 WelcomeApproval of the Agenda Jeanette Colby
7:05 Introduction of board members All
7:10 Council Member Lisa Goodman – Updates and discussion Lisa Goodman
7:30 Election of Officers

  • Resolution to transfer check writing authority to new treasurer
  • Recognition of Ed Pluimer
7:35 Financial Report Matt Spies
7:40 Memorial Bench for Jim Gilroy

  • Contributions from the community through KIAA
  • KIAA contribution – discussion and vote
Angie Erdrich
7:45 East Cedar Beach Committee report

  • Artrageous Adventures
  • Pop Up Adventure Playground
Matt SpiesAmanda Vallone
8:00 SWLRT

  • Community Advisory Committee update
  • Project Office presentation to the neighborhood?
  • Lakes and Parks Alliance
  • FEIS Response – discussion and vote
Jody StrakoschShawn SmithJeanette Colby
8:15 Kenwood Restaurant parking – signage Jeanette Colby
8:25 New Business

  • Recognition of Angie Erdrich’s completion of Kenwood School rain garden
  • Louise Erdrich – space in Downtown Kenwood
8:30 Adjourn


The Driveway Tour is coming to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach)!

Saturday, June 4th at 2:45pm

Since 2003, the Open Eye Figure Theater has been performing puppet shows throughout the Twin Cities, brining communities together with original family-friendly theatre.

Bring a picnic and celebrate the beginning of summer with the Driveway Tour at East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach).

Molly and the Magic Boot

Molly gets to spend a whole week at her Grandma’s farm, but you won’t believe what happens when she goes to pick flowers for the Hootenanny!

Free and open to all, sponsored by the Kenwood Isles Area Association. Kenwood Rec Center if it rains.


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Kenwood News

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

February 1, 2016

7:00 – 8:30


7:00 Welcome

Approval of the Agenda

Jeanette Colby
7:05 Council Member Lisa Goodman – Updates, and discussion of name for proposed SWLRT station Lisa Goodman
7:20 MPRB Chief Ohotto – Recommendations for 2016 East Cedar Beach funding Jason Ohotto
7:30 Financial Report Ed Pluimer
7:35 Thrill Kenwood Video

Rock Kenwood – Dance Party Feb. 27th

Amanda Vallone
7:40 East Cedar Beach Committee report Matt Spies

Amanda Vallone

8:00 SWLRT

Updates from the Community Advisory Committee

Responses from legislators

Discussion/vote on FTA engagement

Reminder – Marion Greene “Community Update” Feb. 2

Jody Strakosch

Shawn Smith


8:25 New Business All
8:30 Adjourn  

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You do not have to contribute to be a member. Contributions are welcome however. If you wish to contribute, please send your tax-deductible check to: KIAA, P.O. Box 3660, Minneapolis, MN 55403.


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