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 continue on October 2, November 6, and December 4.

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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Kenwood School asks for your Support! Starting at midnight on November 15th, local residents will come together to help support Kenwood School  - a diverse community serving the children of our neighborhood and families who live in downtown Minneapolis  -  by donating online as part of the annual Give to the Max (givemn.org).  Give to the Max is a massive one-day online fundraiser that unites local communities to support nonprofits in their area.  Our generous and caring community has a strong history of supporting its neighborhood school and Kenwood needs that support more than ever this year! We would like to ask you to consider giving to Kenwood on Give to the Max Day and help Kenwood be able to continue to deliver the wonderful education that it does year after year, making our neighborhood an even better place to live. Thank you and remember to Give to the Max on November 16th!
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Kenwood Neighborhood News

Kenwood-Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
November 6th, 2017, 6/7:00 pm

6:30      Closed Meeting

 7:00      Welcome, Approval of the Agenda                                         Shawn Smith

 7:05      City of Minneapolis Update                                                CM Lisa Goodman 

  7:30      KIAA Contractor Discussion                                                                All


                        KIAA Website/Communication

                        Neighborhood Programming

 7:50      Annual Gathering Food Option,

               Community Oven Association                                                  Rico Morales

 8:00      NRP/CPP Allocation Discussion                                                   Shawn

 8:20     Warming Hut Funding Request                                                      Shawn

 8:30     Adjourn                                                                                                        All

 KIAA Board Priorities 2017-2018     (standing topic and reminder)                                    

-       Address Southwest Light Rail Issues

-       Protect our Lakes/Parks/Environment

-       East Cedar Lake Beach Safety

-       Support Kenwood Rec Center, School, and Neighborhood Events

-       Contract consultant to assist with communication/compliance

 Action Between Meetings

  • Submitted $80 to EIRA to reimburse for September Ward 7 Forum
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Message from the Chair

Dear Neighbors:

The KIAA Board works on issues affecting Kenwood residents. Our priorities today align to our NRP/CPP priorities, which are listed below.  We invite your input and involvement in any of these issues and we are glad to hear from you.  And, we invite you to attend our monthly board meetings, volunteer to be part of the board, or work on a committee that might be of interest to you.  Our board is working hard to keep the quality of life in our neighborhood high.  Another current focus is on our website so that it has timely and useful information for you.  Thank you for your patience as we work on this.

Thank you for making Kenwood your home!

Best regards,

Shawn Smith

KIAA Chair

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Kenwood News

This summer the KIAA board was approached by The 612Sauna Cooperative to explore the possibility of bringing their innovative portable sauna to East Cedar Lake Beach for a weekend residency. We are happy to announce the MInneapolis Park Board granted approval and 612Sauna will be hosting Sauna sessions the last two weekends in October.

Sessions are limited to 7 individuals per hour. 612Sauna has reserved sessions at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 p.m. each day (October 21, 22, 28 and 29) for non-coop members to come experience the health and community benefits a good sauna can provide. The cost is $20 per person per session and reservations can be made at www.612saunasociety.com

Please sign up and bring a friend to enjoy a beautiful fall evening with a hot sauna and a Cedar Lake cool-down.



E-poll books debut this November

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk

In November, voters will find new technology in the polls. These are the electronic poll books, or EPBs, and they’re bringing a heightened level of service to Minneapolis voters. In a nutshell, these devices replace the bulky printed roster books used for voter verification and check-in at the polls on Election Day. As a result, EPBs help reduce long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Until now, election judges have been dependent on printed roster books containing lists of registered voters in a particular precinct. Expensive and cumbersome, these roster books required significant effort to produce and compile before Election Day, and an equal investment after Election Day to update voter history in the statewide registration system. The transition to an electronic roster not only expedites voter check-in and verification processes and makes it easier to look up voter data, but also saves money, makes post-election data updates faster and easier (and less prone to human error), and strengthens the integrity of the election.

Each EPB unit includes an iPad, a stand, battery pack, and a mini-printer. The iPads have limited functionality, tied specifically to the single purpose of checking, verifying, and—when necessary—registering voters. By limiting their functionality, the security of the voter data, access, and potential hacking is significantly minimized. Because multiple devices can be interconnected and working at the same time in a single precinct, the EPBs are able to synchronize voter data in real-time throughout the day, helping ensure the integrity of the election by preventing individuals from voting more than once.

EPB technology is currently deployed in 32 states, plus the District of Columbia. Last year, the technology was deployed throughout Hennepin County, with the exception of the City of Minneapolis. The EPBs worked well for other cities in the 2016 Presidential Election, and this year Minneapolis joins the other cities in using EPBs. The agreement with Hennepin County provides that the EPB hardware, software, operating equipment, license, and vendor support are all provided at no cost to the City. The entire EVS team completed training provided by the vendor, KNOWiNK, and is preparing specialized training programs for the City’s election judges. Training for election judges will be held in the months of September and October.

Be sure to look for the EPB in your polling place this year. We’re confident that this new technology will help ensure a successful, seamless, and positive implementation to improve service to our voters.


Make sure you’re “election ready” this year

On November 7, Minneapolis voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard by ranking their choices for all municipal races; that includes: Mayor, City Council, Park & Recreation Board of Commissioners, and Board of Estimate & Taxation.


Remember, there are several ways to cast your ballot.


Early Voting

Since 2014, Minnesota voters have benefitted from “no-excuse” absentee balloting, which means any voter has early access to their official ballot. The absentee voting period this year begins September 22 and runs through November 6. That relates to Vote-By-Mail options as well as early in-person voting (see below).


Early Voting – In Person

This year, Elections & Voter Services will support in-person early voting at its Downtown Early Vote Center, located one block north of City Hall, at 217 S. Third Street. The Early Vote Center will be sufficiently staffed to ensure curbside support, translation and language assistance, and information to assure a smooth process for everyone choosing to take advantage of this voter convenience. The City will also offer extended in-person service hours in the two weeks leading to Election Day. That includes service hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays (Oct. 28 and Nov. 4) and from 12 to 5 p.m. on the two Sundays (Oct. 29 and Nov. 5), as well as extended weekday service hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, and then 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, the day before Election Day.


Early Voting – By Mail

Voting by mail is one of the greatest conveniences because it allows voters to cast their ballots from any location, with all the same security protections, without the hassles and pressures that can be associated with the narrow window of time on Election Day. Vote-by-Mail options also ensure voters who are actively deployed in the military, who are overseas and away from home, or who otherwise cannot participate in-person—for any reason—can still participate in the election. The City’s elections website has helpful instructions on how to request and complete an absentee ballot by mail.

Election Day – At The Polls

And, of course, voters can opt to go to their assigned polling place on Election Day to cast their ballot.

Preliminary results will be posted on Election Night to the City’s Elections & Voter Services website, at vote.minneapolismn.gov. If tabulation is required in any race, it will begin the following day and results will be posted continuously until all races on the ballot have been completed and unofficial winners declared.

No matter which option you choose, be sure to get involved, get informed, and participate in this year’s municipal election. Your voice is your vote, and every vote counts!


City Elections Turnout: 1993-2013

Minneapolis voters will go to the polls this November to elect their city leaders. Sadly, despite the fact that local government has a more significant impact on voters’ daily lives, turnout for municipal elections lags participation compared to state and federal elections. In recent years, that downward trend has worsened — in Minneapolis, across Minnesota, and throughout the nation. Research shows that declining participation in municipal elections skews representation in favor of whiter, more-affluent, older, property-owning voters. That disproportionate level of participation can result in policy priorities and outcomes that create disadvantages (or worsen existing disadvantages) for some communities and uneven prioritization of public spending, investments, and the allocation of resources.

In 2013, Minneapolis achieved a 33% turnout rate, which reversed a declining trend over the previous decade. Still, that level of participation is far lower than in previous years. For example, in 1997, Minneapolis achieved a 46.5% turnout rate. This year, we want to push turnout as high as possible. To support that goal, Elections & Voter Services is working to make access to the ballot as easy as possible. Here are some examples:


1.       Get registered – or verify your registration status

You can’t vote if you’re not registered. You can register in advance using on-line tools from the Secretary of State, or you can register at the polls when you vote. Learn more about registration requirements.


2.       Use your sample ballot to practice

Your sample ballot is the key to being prepared. It shows all races on the ballot exactly as they will appear on your official ballot. Here’s a pro tip: print your sample ballot and use it to review and make your decisions, then take it to the polls with you and use it as a guide in filling out your official ballot. You’ll save time that way, and reduce the potential for errors in the process. Sample ballots can be accessed from the website a few weeks before Election Day.

Vote early, at your own convenience, either—

§  Early In-Person: If you want, you can come to the City’s Early Vote Center and cast your absentee ballot in-person, get assistance in the process, and check this year’s election off your to-do list. The Early Vote Center opens Friday, September 22, and will be open Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through November 6. Extended in-person service hours will be available in the final two weeks, so check the City’s website for more details about available hours at that time.

  • By Mail: If you opt to vote by mail, then you have the luxury of completing your ballot from your favorite spot—the couch, the park bench, the bus, wherever. It’s up to you! Just be sure to follow the vote-by-mail instructions that are included with your packet and get your completed ballot submitted by no later than October 30 to ensure it’s received and counted in the final tally of results. To request and complete an absentee ballot application, visit our website.

3.       Vote at the Polls on Election Day

Finally, you can go to your assigned polling place on Election Day (November 7) and cast your ballot. Again, remember to use your sample ballot to practice, and bring it to the polls with you to expedite the time spent in the booth completing your official ballot. Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the EVS website for information about poll locations and other voter resources.


No matter how you choose to participate, it’s important to engage, to cast your ballot, and to make sure your voice is heard in this year’s election. Remember, it’s Your City. Your Vote.

Rank Your Choices: Easy As 1-2-3

2017 is a municipal election year, and that means time for Ranked-Choice Voting. RCV is easy as 1-2-3. You have the option of ranking the candidates in each race on the ballot as your first, second, and third choice (including the ability to include a write-in candidate). With RCV, voters choose the candidate they prefer, just like they would with a traditional ballot. However, they also have the ability to rank other candidates in the same race, if they wish. If a candidate receives a majority of first-place choices, that candidate wins. If not, the least popular candidate(s) is/are eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are divided among the remaining candidates based on a voter’s subsequent choices. That process continues until one candidate gains a majority of support. Or, in the case of multi-winner elections, until all seats are filled.

Minneapolis voters approved the use of RCV for municipal elections in 2006. It was first used in the 2009 Municipal Election and then again in the 2013 Municipal Election. In a 2013 post-election survey, 92% of participating voters knew they would be given the option of ranking their ballots and 82% of voters did so. Of the respondents, 87% found RCV simple to use and 81% indicated they understood RCV fairly or perfectly well. Those high marks reflect an informed electorate. In the end, a solid majority—53% of voters—said RCV should continue to be used for municipal elections in Minneapolis.

RCV fosters wider participation in political processes by expanding ballot access through a single, high-turnout general election in November. It also promotes greater civility in political campaigning, as shown in the 2013 election here in Minneapolis. And, most importantly, it increases choice and the strength of a voter’s voice in the electoral process. In order to prepare, the City’s Elections & Voter Services Division encourages you to review the educational materials available on our website, at vote.minneapolismn.gov, and to use your sample ballot to practice making your choices in each race. You can bring your marked sample ballot to the polls with you to help complete your official ballot, too. Election workers will be attending a number of community events this summer to help promote awareness and turnout for the municipal election on November 7. That includes education about Ranked-Choice Voting and the options it provides to all voters.


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Kenwood News and Update

Kenwood-Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

October 2nd, 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      Annual Gathering Food Option, Community Oven Association                                                                                                                                              Rico Morales


7:40      ECLB Programming                                 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      Changes to Contract Consulting Role                                     Shawn Smith

NRP, Neighborhood Programming, KIAA Website/Communication

                        Interested Individuals may Apply


8:15      Open Discussion/New Business                                                 Shawn Smith


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
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Kenwood News January 23, 2016

In July, 2013, KIAA advanced a position statement opposing “co-location” of freight rail and SWLRT.  We continue to maintain that position, as this routing decision adds enormously to project costs without evidence that it can preserve the environment, protect quality of life, and create a safe and equitable mode of transit.

Since then, the KIAA board and other Kenwood residents have engaged with planners through public processes such as environmental review, Section 106 historical review, and the Community Advisory Committee.  In this spirit, we pass along the information below.

SWLRT Community Update

On Tuesday, February 2, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene will host a community update on SWLRT, “to discuss project goals and opportunities for community input in 2016.”  SWLRT Project Office staff will be joined by staff from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Please come with your questions and concerns. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, February 2nd 6:00 to 7:00 PM

 Proposed SWLRT Station Names

It seems like putting the cart before the horse, but the Met Council is considering different names for the proposed 21st Street station and the proposed Penn Ave station.  For Penn, they’re proposing “Bryn Mawr station.”  For 21st Street, they are proposing “Kenwood station” or “Cedar Lake station.”  If you would like to weigh in or propose a different name, please contact any KIAA Board member or KIAA at your earliest convenience.

KIAA Chair Jeanette Colby: jmcolby@earthlink.net; KIAA55405@gmail.com

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Kenwood News: Resolution

Approved January 5, 2015; posted July 28, 2015

Resolution to Recommend Review of Metropolitan Council’s Policy Regarding Project Administration and Accountability to Property Owners

Whereas, It has come to the attention of the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) that a number of homeowners in the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood apparently suffered damage to their properties as a result of the Metropolitan Council’s Cedar-Lakes Sewer Improvement Project (MCES Project No. 804122), and

WHEREAS, Neither the Metropolitan Council’s contractor nor the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services have taken responsibility or satisfactorily addressed CIDNA homeowners’ documented property damage claims, and

Whereas, This lack of accountability leads to legitimate concerns about this and all other projects the Metropolitan Council administers, especially the construction and operation of the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), and

Whereas, This dereliction of responsibility with regard to property damage will potentially affect all properties – public, park or private property alike – along the 16-mile proposed SWLRT route.

THEREFORe Be it resolved, That the KIAA Board of Directors urgently requests that the Metropolitan Council review its policies for resolving property damage disputes resulting from its construction projects and its role in administering projects;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That based on this review and before construction begins on the SWLRT, the KIAA Board of Directors urges the Metropolitan Council to put clear and reasonable processes in place to resolve damage disputes and fairly compensate property owners who experience damage as a result of Metropolitan Council projects.

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Kenwood News and Meeting Update January 17, 2015

Community Update on SWLRT: 

What 2015 Holds

Kenwood Rec Center Gym
2101 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis,MN 

Wednesday, January 21st, 6-8 PM

This event is hosted by Hennepin County District 3 Commissioner Marion Greene and co-sponsored by the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), the Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA) and the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA). In response to feedback from these neighborhood groups, the meeting will offer presentations by the County and Southwest Light Rail Project Office, rather than an open house, with ample time for questions and answers. It has also been requested that the staff identify future opportunities for meaningful community input into the planning process. Commissioner Greene and other presenters will begin at 6 pm and answer questions afterwards, starting sometime between 7 and 7:30. Questions may be submitted to Marion Green in advance or asked at the meeting. Marion.Greene@hennepin.us

Commissioner Greene states: “All are welcome; we anticipate this meeting being of greatest interest to people who live in the area of the West Lake, 21st Street, or Kenwood side of the Penn Avenue Stations, who want to know how the project will move forward in 2015, and ways to get involved.”


How should the City of Minneapolis gauge its success?


The City of Minneapolis has launched a project soliciting public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals.  For example, what does “Living Well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work, and play in Minneapolis?  Does it mean connected neighborhoods?  Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Through the project, the City is looking for input from the community to help define what success looks like.  through community outreach and online engagement, the City wants to hear from folks on what Minneapolis looks like when the City achieves its goals.

Folks are encouraged to share their thoughts using an online engagement tool (Success.MinneapolisMN.gov) now until Feb. 6 and encourage others in Minneapolis to also weigh in with their feedback.  Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users.  Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information!  It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

The City is using tailored engagement strategies to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors, youth, and City employees.  The community will have opportunities to provide input through community listening sessions and paper surveys in addition to the online engagement tool.

Once the engagement period closes, City staff will develop measures for the most popular themes within each City goal.  Thank you for participating in this important project.



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Kenwood News and Update

8/24/2014  KIAA Hidden Beach “Final” Resolution

Whereas the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) and Kenwood and Cedar Lake neighbors deeply appreciate Cedar Lake Park and East Cedar Lake Beach (a/k/a “Hidden Beach”), and recognize that the great majority of both neighbors and others who use the beach are good citizens looking to swim, relax, and play at an easily accessible beach with a comfortable atmosphere; and

Whereas neighbors have observed an increased use of East Cedar Lake Beach this year and a concurrent increase in disruptive and/or criminal behavior, a sizable portion of which has not been documented by police or reported by citizens, which was demonstrated at the public meeting on August 18, with reports of incidents that had not reported to the police; and

Whereas this behavior includes such things as home invasions, car theft, street brawls, drunken and intoxicated driving, theft of property, driving cars into residential yards, criminal intent to crash into parked vehicles, urinating on lawns, spitting on wedding guests, breaking car windows, etc.; and

Whereas the July KIAA meeting was devoted to discussing the impacts to the neighborhood of these behaviors with neighbors, representatives of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Park Police, and the Minneapolis Police Department; and

Whereas a joint neighborhood-MPRB task force was established after the July KIAA meeting, which will work to develop long-term solutions to neighborhood problems caused by disrespectful and/or criminal East Cedar Lake Beach users; and

Whereas that KIAA held a special public meeting on August 18, 2014 focusing on the need for short-term “fixes” to the serious nature of civil and criminal ongoing at present, which brought out the reports of outrageous and/or criminal activity centered on East Cedar Lake Beach and adjacent areas; and

Whereas KIAA appreciates the efforts of the Park Police and MPD which has thus far prevented serious injury to people, and believes that East Cedar Lake Beachhas necessitated an inordinate amount of police time which should eventually be freed to address serious crime throughout the city; and

Whereas KIAA and its directors have been contacted numerous times by concerned residents who have asked that the beach be temporarily closed or its hours be restricted because of some of the most egregious incidents that have occurred in recent weeks; and

Whereas these neighbors and others have asked that KIAA help to find a creative solution that allows all users to enjoy the beach and our neighborhood safely; and

Whereas Minneapolis City Councilmember Lisa Goodman, MPD, Park Commissioner Anita Tabb and Park Police have all brought up the ideas of closing the beach temporarily or restricting the time East Cedar Lake Beach   and surrounding areas are open to the public; and

Whereas KIAA took an informal poll at its August 18 public meeting, and sought further emailed expression of citizens’ view of three possibilities:

  1. close East Cedar Lake Beach (will not be open at all, not even to neighbors) with active police enforcement, or
  2. close East Cedar Lake Beach at 6 pm instead of 10 pm with active police enforcement, or
  3. request more/better police patrols with no change of Beach hours.


Whereas, numerous citizens (more than 120) expressed their views via email in the last few days following the KIAA meeting of Monday, Aug. 18 and over 80% favored some closing of East Cedar Lake Beach, and a slight majority favored total closing; and

Whereas, the KIAA Board met on Thursday afternoon, August 21 to review all the information

Therefore, be it resolved that KIAA concludes that emergency measures must be applied this Summer and Fall, and KIAA endorses and requests the following compromise solution based on the information available and the expressions of concern by citizens who attended the public meeting held by KIAA on August 18 and also those who expressed their concern and preferences via email since August 19:


    1. KIAA urgently requests that the Minneapolis Park Board and/or the Minneapolis City Council make an immediate but temporary change in the ordinances or regulations such that East Cedar Lake Beach  and adjacent vicinity will be closed (i.e., not be available for the public to visit) at 4:00 pm  rather than 10 pm starting now through October 31, 2014.This will permit use of the area during mornings and afternoons, but will also permit police to tag/ticket people in the Cedar Beach East area to prevent the grave civil and criminal misconduct that has been occurring in the late afternoons and evenings this year.


    1. KIAA and neighbors will support the added police attention to the East Cedar Lake Beach area by offering up to $5,000 to pay for additional police patrols and hiring off-duty police officers or security officers to insure that there will be active enforcement of the restrictions to East Cedar Lake Beach and vicinity  after Park closing hour of 4:00 pm.  If the issues that have prompted this temporary closure are not eliminated by October 31, 2014, KIAA may request an extension of this action.  If a long-term plan is not in place by April 30, 2015, KIAA may request that the East Cedar Lake Beach be temporarily re-closed until such a long-term plan is in place.


    1. KIAA will assist and support certain streets that wish to implement temporary parking restrictions that will restrict non-residents from parking on public streets during specific hours to partly coincide with beach closure times. 



    1. KIAA requests MPRB staff to engage with beach users to encourage respectful use of park property and neighborhood streets and become involved in the process to find a long term solution to the issues currently affecting the neighborhood.


PASSED by the Board on August 24, 2014.

                                                                                                 ___________________________Board Chair Larry Moran

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