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My mom and her brother on the bottom not much past high school age.
Jaimie Cura March 18, 2014 at 09:42 am
I enjoyed seeing the family photos too - thank you for including those!
marilyn March 19, 2014 at 10:41 am
Such a beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss, Mandy.
Mandy Meisner March 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Thank you Jaimie and Marilyn. Your kindness is felt.
I value Patch, but miss the people.
David Postcrossing February 15, 2014 at 09:01 am
Progress? That may be a bit too charitable, Mandy.
Mandy Meisner February 15, 2014 at 10:42 am
I guess it depends on who you ask. I DO believe leaders of businesses must make hard decisions allRead More the time, often based on information the general public isn't even aware of. Personally, you couldn't pay me enough money to be in this kind of position. I don't envy their choices, and I'd be terrible at it!
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Jaimie Cura January 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm
Love the way you describe writing! It's definitely a joyful, frustrating, invigorating, wonderfulRead More thing!
Mandy Meisner January 16, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Thank you Jaimie! Writing is a silent, beautiful anguish, isn't it? Glad you feel the same : D
Christopher Jennings Penders January 19, 2014 at 09:11 pm
I Mandy: Like you I love to write. Been writing for almost forty years now. I started out writingRead More fiction. Been published sporadically in the SF Small Press. But am now only blogging. I write three of them now: --Scranton Page Turner http://scrantonpageturner.com --CJP Photo News http://cjpphotonews.com --Wisdom and Life http://cjpwisdomandlife.com I've found writing to be cathartic and something I have to do just like breathing. -- Chris
My entire family knows who wrapped the "brown presents".
Mandy Meisner December 20, 2012 at 03:25 pm
Thank you. May your days be Merry and Bright!
Jaimie Cura December 25, 2013 at 10:27 am
Very moving - thank you for sharing.
marilyn December 30, 2013 at 07:35 am
Thank you for another thought provoking blog. Happy New Year!
Where everybody knows your name.  A beer tastes even better at the Fridley VFW!
Wendy Olson November 27, 2013 at 04:31 pm
Thank you, Mandy, for reminding us about this organization and their mission. So many posts areRead More struggling to stay viable. They could use more Randys and more Mandys and more supportive businesses like Financial One. Our veterans are a national treasure and we should never forget their service to our country on our behalf.
Mandy Meisner November 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Thank you both for your kind words. It's always a pleasure for me to write about issues and peopleRead More that move me. ******************************************* As a not-for-profit credit union, Financial One exists to help people. Investing in, and supporting our community at large is part of the deal!
Randy Byrne January 23, 2014 at 11:23 am
Better late than never. I finally got signed up for Fridley Patch! Thanks to Mandy. 'Military andRead More Community Support' This article was priceless! I think my dear friend Mandy talked me up just a wee bit much...but I'll take it! haha Thanks :-)
Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Mandy Meisner September 4, 2013 at 07:12 am
One of the things I enjoyed most was meeting the people along the way. A retired man from the army,Read More making his way to Bemidji to start a sunflower farm. A group of young men who we followed for awhile from site to site who had made a tradition to take a summer trip together. In North Dakota we befriended a man who lived on the other side of our modest campsite, we stood in the morning light and talked about fracking as our canvas dried from the rains of the night before. And I met an artist in one of our campgrounds, a sculptor, who lives here in the Twin Cities. She was looking for a new art studio and I recommended the Solar Arts Building! What are the odds?! _________________________________________________ Thank you for reading my epic blogs! My most ambitious to date.
Hannah Gruber (Editor) September 4, 2013 at 02:46 pm
Loved partaking in your trip through your blog - thank you! And thanks for including theRead More misadventures too :)
Mandy Meisner September 4, 2013 at 09:07 pm
Thanks Hannah! Glad you could hang in there, it was a long series.
A road side sighting of buffalo!
Hannah Gruber (Editor) August 23, 2013 at 10:55 am
Those photos are awesome!!
Mandy Meisner August 23, 2013 at 05:34 pm
Thank you Hannah! There is a funny story in my last installment about photography....
The First Lady of Fridley, Cindy Lund
Linda borman March 20, 2013 at 05:49 pm
What a great article. I thought I knew Cindy pretty well, but learned a few things from herRead More responses. And yes, she is my personal Mary Kay consultant...and I just love her!
Theresa Ohlemann March 21, 2013 at 02:38 am
I knew Cindy from growing up inSprigfield going to the same church & schools. I believe Cindy isRead More who she is today due to the wonderful family she has.I knew her grandma and she was the sweetest little lady also..I really enjoyed this article she is a person that is beautiful from the inside out she has been truly blessed.
Scott Carlson August 24, 2013 at 01:02 am
Mandy, thanks much for your great blog!! Well done and very informative.
The vast lands of De Smet, South Dakota
Mandy Meisner August 20, 2013 at 09:22 am
The dress my daughter is wearing is one she sewed herself, with the help of a dear friend and localRead More Fridleyite. She asked for "hoops" from Santa and wears her creation anywhere she can!
Courtney Rathke August 21, 2013 at 09:04 am
This brings back memories of my own trips to SD, both as a child and an adult. The joy of *finally*Read More seeing DeSmet after reading the Little House books for years! I was 10, possibly 11, but it seemed I'd waited all my life to see the places I had only imagined. But, yes. Lots of corn. Hours and hours and hours of corn. Looking forward to the next blog post!
don August 24, 2013 at 12:51 am
I found the description of DeSmet and it's history to be especially interesting because it was theRead More place where my mother and her brothers grew up. The whole family lived in the "surveyor's shack" while the grainary was built on their farm and then they lived in that until the house was built. My mother and her brother's are included and identified in the "class picture" that hangs in the old schoolhouse.
PICTURED: Mayor of Fridley; Scott Lund.  Bakers Square Judges; Holly, Tanya and Chris.  Contest Winner; Tammy (in green shirt) with daughter.  Financial One Credit Union staff; Mandy (front), Jessica (back) City of Fridley; Sue.
Mandy Meisner July 9, 2013 at 03:01 pm
To all the bakers who participated, first and foremost THANK YOU for being part of the first everRead More Pie Baking Contest. ________________________________________________ Second, next year WILL BE smoother, faster, and all-around better. Tweaks will be made for 2014. I've learned a ton, but encourage your feedback. I can't improve, if I don't know. ________________________________________________ Speical Thanks to Bakers Square and their team, and to Tamarisk Bingo who remained flexible- while we went longer than expected. ________________________________________________ I was so impressed by the artistry, creativity, patience and professionalism of all the bakers. I am excited and honored to run this event again, next year!
Previn Solberg April 10, 2013 at 08:20 pm
Mandy, Welcome to the Financial One family. We are delighted to have you join us. As you know ourRead More community is important to us and I know it is to you too. That's why we needed you. You will do a great job! It will be a challenge. It will be stressful sometimes. And I suppose we may disagree from time to time. :) But when we look at all we do and have done, all the challenges and stress are well worth it. I, for one, wouldn't have it any other way. Again, welcome! Previn
Mandy Meisner April 11, 2013 at 12:41 am
Thank you Mary! You can bet I'll be scheming some wonderful plans with YOU in the future!
Mandy Meisner April 11, 2013 at 12:51 am
Thank you Previn (he is our CEO). I am up for the task and ready to serve! I have a lot to learn,Read More and adjustments to make from the arts, but I have no doubt that I am in the right place. The fact that you have a "Director of Community Outreach" position in the first place says a lot about Financial One (I'm pretty sure most Big Banks don't).
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra website.
Mike B. June 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm
The Minnesota Orchestra really shot themselves in the foot. Granted, they perform in a really uglyRead More (both interior and exterior) 1970s building that could have used improvements. But for the orchestra's players and management to not reach an agreement is pathetic. Burt Hara is indeed a great clarinetist, and off to the West Coast. It's very possible that the Minnesota Orchestra will join the many cities that have lost their symphony orchestras, or have orchestra operating in bankruptcy. Indeed, Minneapolis is on its way to becoming a cold Omaha.
Mandy Meisner June 19, 2013 at 03:39 pm
Mike, thank you for your comments. I'm hesitant to reply because I don't want to start a pointlessRead More (and long) debate. And this blog's intent is really a tribute to the MO talents, not a political vehichle. I don't pretend to know the details. Not even close to knowing them. I'll leave my thoughts on two points: 1) I think management is doing a very good job at PR (Based on the MO website's Q& A section), but I don't think it's the full story by a long shot. 2) I think there's a big population that would respond very differently if the musicians were football or baseball athletes.
Wendy Olson June 21, 2013 at 09:14 pm
Loved it; I spent many an evening enjoying the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul ChamberRead More Orchestra. It would be such as shame to lose either one of them!
marilyn April 30, 2013 at 02:51 pm
I truly enjoy your descriptive writing, Mandy....and I can relate, too!
Mandy Meisner April 30, 2013 at 06:10 pm
Thank you Marilyn. Us and Mark Twain, huh? Blah!
Ross Meisner April 30, 2013 at 07:54 pm
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Jill Brown January 5, 2013 at 01:01 pm
Bravo, Mandy. I think you hit the mark with your commitment to having conversations instead ofRead More debates. I'll join you in that effort.
Mandy Meisner January 5, 2013 at 05:25 pm
I hope so too. We can't keep going the way we are...
Mandy Meisner January 5, 2013 at 05:27 pm
Thank you. One person at a time, we can all help to make improvments.
AKA November 7, 2012 at 05:59 am
Comparing subways to commuter lines isn't apples to apples. Metro rail services (aka rapid transit)Read More usually cover a smaller urban area than commuter rail does (exurbs/suburbs to metro core). Of course population density in areas served by metro rail will be higher. This isn't to say that Northstar is allowed any less scrutiny however - it's subsidy per passenger is still far too high. Whether this will ever improve depends on factors impacting ridership, including gas prices and the shelved extension of the line to St. Cloud. Too early to know if those will make a difference, or if the line will have the time to find out. This said, to lump all of rail into the commuter rail discussion is a mistake. The subsidy per passenger for light rail is significantly lower than any form of bus transport operating in the Twin Cities today (and, arguably, the average car trip).
Mandy Meisner November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am
Thank you AKA. You make some very good points and distinctions to think about.
Dale Butler November 7, 2012 at 01:40 pm
Donna, I doubt that you have ridden a crowded bus during rush hour recently. I suspect as gas pricesRead More continue to go up, and that will happen, so will North star ridership increase. Also the cost of parking downtown is already ridicously high that expense is also increasing.
Amy Paddock October 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Oh, love this. It's the same little conversation I think a lot of parents have in their head. LOL
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