Thank you, Journal land!

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December 20, 2010
By: Journal readers
Journal readers
Editor’s note: This is our inaugural “Thank you” feature for The Journal. I so appreciate everyone who sent in a note of gratitude about someone special in the community. This has become a celebrated tradition for our sibling paper — the Southwest Journal — and I’m eager to see it take off for The Journal, too. So if you missed a chance to send in a tribute this time, be sure to do so next year. Finally, thank you so much to all of our readers.

I am so grateful for the kind words about our expansion into Northeast. We’re excited about 2011 and will keep striving to deliver you important news and compelling features about life in downtown and NE Minneapolis.

Litter patrol

I’d like to say thank you to the fast-walking man wearing headphones who goes around NE picking up litter. I see him carrying a big bag of trash past my house on Johnson Street on the weekends, and have spotted him elsewhere in the Audubon and Windom neighborhoods. I don’t know his name, but he’s doing more than his fair share to keep Northeast beautiful. Thank you, anonymous trash-picking-up guy!

— Becky Hoffmann


Looking out for the homeless

I would like to recognize one of my top agents in my office. Not for being the No. 1 sales agent or selling the most properties, but for his kindness. BJ LaVelle almost a year and half ago came to me about this very cool nonprofit organization called I asked what the heck does that mean. He said, “Simple, the homeless get fed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but who feeds them the other 363 days?” 

So the Downtown Resource Group has made it a pledge every month for the past year and a half to participate. We as an office make 150 sandwiches for the homeless each month.

— Joe Grunnet Downtown Resource Group North Loop

Thanks, Vision Runners

A warm “Thank You” to LaBresha Saulsberry and Bryant Smith, founding members of “Vision Runners,” a teen service of North Minneapolis’ Spirit and Truth Worship Center. Under the leadership of Pastor Stephanie and Willie Bond, the teenagers have gathered supplies for backpacks, designed Powerpoint programs, attended youth leadership councils and donated countless hours to provide Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens and single parents and children. I have watched these young people mature into beautiful and caring Christian neighbors. Thank you, Vision Runners!

— Catherine M. Deponty, Loring Park


Kind neighbors

Our neighbors Carly and Marc and John and Kate have really made our little neighborhood more like a family.

I want to thank them for all the things they do for the kids, the help with yard and home projects, the entertainment and the all around camaraderie and support.

We just can’t imagine a more fun, close knit neighborhood than what we have. Thanks,  guys!

Julie and I truly cherish your friendship and are so thankful to have you all on the block.  Happy Holidays!

— Shawn Thorud, Edina Realty, Bryn Mawr


Thanks for supporting the Skyway Senior Center

Seniors who enjoy our Skyway Senior Center are very thankful for the many ads in past Downtown Journals and look forward to more in the new Journal. Also we are thankful that UCare is our new sponsor for at least the next three

years. We look forward to many new and exciting programs. These will promote a healthier growing senior population.

— Joanne Labernik


Hats off to 501 Fit

Thanks to Phil and Diana at 501 Fit for guiding me down the path to being in

the best shape of my life. Despite the turmoil of this crazy year, the gym and the great people there have served as a mental and physical oasis for me.

— Scott Parkin, Realtor, Hoffman Parkin Urban Realty