In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
January 2016
SAPCC Gets A New Home on February 1st!

As SAPCC's office moves down the street, we may experience some phone and internet connectivity issues. This next week we'll work on moving all of our office items over to the new place, so you can find us there (2395 University Ave. Suite 300 Ebeginning on February 1st, 2016! Stay tuned for office hours that you can drop by.

We will host staff in that office as well as our monthly Environment and Transportation meetings. We will continue to host our Land Use and Board meetings at Jennings because they have enough space to house the larger meetings.

We owe a huge thank you to Langford Park Recreation Center for being willing to store and moving some of our miscellaneous items that won't fit in our new space!

Thank You to Our Donors!

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the St. Anthony Park Community Council relies heavily on individual donors to make our organization run! Like other 501(c)3 organizations, we apply for grant opportunities to fund our work from institutions like local foundations and the City of St. Paul. Our generous individual donors from this fall and winter helped us reach a new benchmark in fundraising. Thank you to those of you who gave to support our organization's work. We are looking forward to another good year in 2016!
Honor Roll Awardees

This year, our neighborhood has two awardees of the City's Honor Roll: Betty Wheeler and Daniel Sarasti.

A longtime community member, Betty has been an immense asset to our community. Betty goes above and beyond in her service to our community, especially in regards to environmental and transportation issues. From single handedly securing an air quality monitoring station in South St. Anthony Park to spearheading grant proposals, Betty offers support and leadership on a wide variety of community projects. Betty not only leads on community initiatives, she builds community through her both passionate and inclusive attitude.

Daniel embodies community engagement. Whenever the neighborhood needs more hands on deck, Daniel volunteers first. From helping to plan rain gardens and medians, to attending all community functions, Daniel makes sure he stands up to help on any project.

If you want to attend the Honor Roll dinner to support Betty and Daniel and all the other Honor Roll awardees, you can buy a ticket for $10 here or pay $15 at the door.  
Luther Seminary Property Sale to HealthPartners 

Press Release from Luther Seminary: 

HealthPartners to purchase land from Luther Seminary. Site will be home to a new HealthPartners Como Clinic

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Luther Seminary announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell land to HealthPartners. The land, which is across the street and on the north side of HealthPartners Como Clinic, will be the new location for the current clinic. 

The land purchase is part of Luther Seminary's plan for long-term development. These plans include a senior housing project with 49 units that will be built by Ecumen and other renovations to the campus.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with two well-respected organizations," said Robin Steinke, Luther Seminary president. "We are excited about how their work will enhance both the Luther Seminary campus and the surrounding communities."

Como Clinic opened in 1957 as the first clinic for what was then Group Health. It was a new model that provided both medical care and health care financing. The model focused on prevention and maintaining health as a way to reduce medical expenses and make care more affordable. In 1992, Group Health merged with MedCenters to become HealthPartners.

"Como Clinic represents the roots of our organization, and we are pleased to partner with Luther Seminary and Ecumen on an investment that will continue to serve the community for decades to come," said Dr. Beth Averbeck, HealthPartners senior medical director for primary care.

The land deal is HealthPartners' first step in a multi-year process that will start with extensive
community engagement and a thoughtful design phase. Groundbreaking is expected in three to four years and construction will take an estimated 18 months. The current clinic will continue to offer all services until the new facility opens. The new building is expected to be roughly the same size as the  current clinic and will offer similar services including primary, specialty and urgent care, dental and pharmacy.

Join a Committee!

With the new year upon us, SAPCC invites you to join one of our committees! Each of our four tanding committees works on vital community initiatives.

Environment - meets the fourth Wednesday at the month at our new office location, 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E. This committee hosts an annual wetlands clean up of Kasota Ponds and engages the our neighborhood in environmental education and efforts. 

Land Use - meets the first Thursday of the month at Jennings Community Learning Center 2455 University Ave. W. Land Use hosts conversations about development, variances, and planning for neighborhood growth. 

Transportation - meets the first Monday of the month at our new location, 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E. This committee has been vital to the Raymond Avenue Traffic Calming project and will undertake pedestrian awareness efforts this year. 

Equity - our newest committee does not have a set meeting time but also meets monthly. This small, but active group has started looking at neighborhood demographics and equity considerations as a part of our strategic plan as an organization.

Learn more about our committees.   Questions? Comments? Email
Every committee and board meeting is open to the public. You can attend without becoming a member. 
Free! NAMI Youth Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host Hope for Recovery, a six hour class taught by a trained family member that provides practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. 

Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping and communication strategies, the mental health system, and local resources. They design this class for family members and caregivers. 

You can take the St. Paul class on February 13th. 
The class is free but registration is required! Register here

Free 2016 Youth Conference

Casa de Esperanza hosts will host a youth conference open to youth ages 11-18 years old. Topics for breakout sessions will include healthy and unhealthy relationships, suicide prevention and self harming, gender stereotypes and LGBTQ Latino youth. Additionally, staff from Normandale Community College will be given all participants a tour of their campus and providing information about college access and the different opportunities available at NCC. 

2016 Youth Conference
Saturday Feb. 27, 2016
Normandale Community college
9700 France Ave. S
Bloomington, MN 55431

or call 651-646-5553 or email 

Home Tour Nominations

The Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour is accepting nominations. You can go online or request an application by calling Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874. 

For 11 hours, homeowners and contractors open their doors to share ideas with other home enthusiasts, based on their remodeling experience. Visitors are particularly interested in period-accurate restoration and expansions sensitive to the surroundings. 

For more information email Margo at Please nominate homes by early February. 

Job Opportunities  

TakeAction MN

Memorial Blood Center


Urban Design Project Assistant
St. Paul Riverfront Corporation

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute 


Luther Seminary

Get Involved

Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 
Land Use--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm 

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm

All committee meetings of the Community Council are an easy way for you to keep informed, get to know your neighbors and shape your neighborhood for the better. Transportation and Environment Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell), Land Use and Board meetings are held at Jennings Community Learning Center (2455 University Ave. 55114). Community members are encouraged to join any committee- you become a member after attending only three meetings.


About Us

The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our three committees: Land Use, Transportation and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business. Current Board members from North: Michael Russelle, John Mark Lucas, Charles Christopherson. From South:  Matt Hass, Ian Luby, Max Herzberg. The business members are Ray Brian and Scott Simmons Student Delegate: Alex Susko. Board Repair: Amanda Yang. 


Newsletter written by Cailin Rogers. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email