City Council honors Lake Harriet Elf for 20 years of service

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August 15, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The City Council honored Thom, the Lake Harriet Elf, with a special resolution this morning recognizing his community service and proclaiming today Lake Harriet Elf Day in Minneapolis. 

City Council Member Linea Palmisano (Ward 13) said she has heard from many people with touching stories about the elf, who has been diligently responding to letters left at his tiny elf house on the south side of Lake Harriet for two decades.

The resolution notes that the elf has "brought joy to children of all ages, from 2 to 92 by enchanting us all with his stories of elfball, minnow cakes, rides on Nickerson the cat, blue ice cream, great elf Martha, and princess elf Alta Lucia."

Following this morning's Council meeting, children were offered tours of City Hall and had a chance to celebrate the elf's birthday.

The elf wrote to Palmisano thanking her for the honor in a letter signed "Mr. Little Guy" on July 29. 

"I am truly honored for all the fuss over simply being an ordinary tree elf with a penchant for letter writing. You are too kind to me," he wrote. "I would be happy to accept this honor in person but I'm afraid some human might step on me in all the excitement and my guts would come squishing out of my mouth. So thanks, but no thanks."

He ended his letter by writing: "My only hope for the city is it continues to be a haven for dreamers, artists, visionaries and nut cases. And finally, a chocolate cake of course. Don't be stupid. Enjoy the summer. I believe in you."