Posted by Jeff Benson on May 28, 2019

Our Guests today were:

   Shelley Streeper from Salem Covenant Church,

   Rotary Exchange Student Maria Klakegg,

   Sunniva Klakegg (Maria’s sister) and

   Ed James’ sister, Grace.


Shelley Streeper was here to line up help for a “Kaboom” playground at Global Academy, the new owner of the United Theological Seminary building near the park where we hold the Easter Egg Hunt.  Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch on Thursday, June 27th.  If you can help, please contact Cindy Carlson.


The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event.


Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.


Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!


Speaking of Maria, Cindy Carlson organized a Top Golf event for last Friday evening to give Maria and her sister Sunniva an opportunity to experience golfing.  Cindy, Dana, Jeff, David and Susan joined Maria and Sunniva.  Both girls are naturally athletic and they were hitting the targets in no time at all.  It was a total joy to watch their excitement at learning a new skill.  See photo below.


Margaret Johnson had the honor of presenting Geoff Hollimon with a Paul Harris Fellowship +5.  This recognizes Geoff’s contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $6,000.  Congratulations, Geoff!


Ed James reported that he got several positive comments about Rotary’s community involvement while he was representing our club at the Irondale Awards Night.


John Risdall was celebrating a birthday this week which made him eligible to wear the birthday hat; see below.


Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event took place tonight before I had finished this newsletter, so I’m including the summary here.  We had a great Rotary turnout, Ed brought several family members and Maria and Sunniva were able to join us as well.  Ed James presented our club’s check to FMSC for $1,000.  See photos below.


John Ordway introduced today’s speaker, Mark Lindeberg, project manager for the I-35W North MnPASS project currently underway.  Mark was accompanied by Bre Grand from Zan Associates.  Mark presented a project summary, outlining each phase of the project which should be completed by fall of 2021.  The purpose of the project is the addition of MnPASS lanes to both the North and Southbound lanes of I-35W from County Rd C in Roseville to Lino Lakes.  The project will include new bridges at County Road C and County Road I as well as complete concrete overlays on the entire project length.  Addition of the MnPASS lanes will increase the number of cars that can move through this corridor at peak times and provide more reliable trip times, especially during rush hour.  The 2019 phase will include construction on the southbound lanes and erection of new sound barriers.  The 2020 phase will involve construction of middle lanes and completion of all construction north of 95th Avenue in Blaine.  The 2021 phase will involve the northbound lanes from County Road C to 95th Avenue.  An online project summary can be found by clicking here.  Questions or concerns about the project may be directed as follows:


     Phone:            651-800-4965


Mark and Bre are pictured below.