LET  BLUE COLLAR BRUCE FIX THE PROBLEM!

                                 This is my good buddy and current partner, Petey


I was born at the old Minneapolis Swedish Hospital in 1950, grew up in South Minneapolis, and went to Howe Elementary and Sanford Junior High.  In 1964 I moved to a farm outside Red Lake Falls Minnesota and attended Lafayette High School for two years, leaving to join the United States Marine Corps for four years starting in 1968.  I was in Viet Name for two tours as a Forward Air Controller Radio Operator in "K" and "M" companies, 3 Battalion, 7th Marines Infantry Regiment.  When I returned to state-side Marine Corps I took and passed the GED, first going to North Carolina State University and later graduating from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst Campus with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981.  I married and was divorced from a woman with whom I lived on Martha's Vineyard, fished on offshore trawlers and gill netters around Cape Cod, the Islands, and the North Atlantic.  After that I Captained tour boats and worked on a tug in Alaska.  Since 1991 I have lived and worked in Minneapolis, mostly running my own refrigeration, air conditioning and heating company, Bruce Arnold Mechanical. 

"The reason I seek office is because I think I will serve Ward 10 better than the Ward is being served now"

Ward 10 is located immediately South of downtown Minneapolis and encompasses the neighborhoods East of Lake Calhoun.  While Whittier and Lowry Hill East and the Wedge are both some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and are mostly rental, as much as 90%.  ECCO, CARAG, and East Harriet are also older Minneapolis neighborhoods, but there is more home ownership with many single family homes.  All Ward 10 neighborhoods are enduring increasing property tax and utility costs, so much so that home owners are sometimes being forced out by costs and affordable rentals are becoming difficult to find.  New high density, multi-housing projects are often not affordable and are changing the neighborhoods.  Variances and conditional use applications are too often approved, frequently with resident disproval.  Whittier and Lowry Hill East especially, but also northern CARAG and ECCO areas see new five and six story apartments and condominiums built, and increasing numbers of drinking and eating establishments.  East Harriet and southern ECCO and CARAG neighborhoods are more stable but enduring increasing taxes and traffic congestion.  Strong Neighborhood groups with visionary action plans provide opportunities for neighborhood community development, citizen awareness and participation.


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