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E.L.E.C.T. Records

Identifier: M/A 0388

Description of Contents

Newspaper clipping copies, correspondence, a few photographs, and press releases documenting the efforts of Emergency Lakes Environmental Coalition Task Force (ELECT) to prevent hi-rise development on Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska) from 1987 to 1990. Records are arranged by date. Materials from later dates relate to other planned hi-rises near the lakes.

These records were originally compiled by Arlene Fried.


  • Creation: 1987 - 2018


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


Emergency Lakes Environmental Coalition Task Force (ELECT) was founded in September 1987 in opposition to a proposed 24-story Calhoun Beach Club addition near Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska). The group created a coalition of neighborhood organizations, environmental organizations, and interested residents to oppose the development. They succeed in limiting the height of the planned development and enacting city regulations to limit the height of buildings near the chain of lakes. The group disbanded in 1990.

ELECT was run by a group of core members, including Sally Anson, David Frenkel, Arlene Fried, Katherine Harding, Joan Higinbotham, Harriet Horwitz, Kenneth Moritz, Jan Prescott, Frederick Thorson, and Steven Woldum. Many of these same community members had earlier opposed the construction of Lake Point Condominiums (2950 Dean Pkwy.) and contributed to the founding of the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association. The core members received donations and support from a larger community.

ELECT and another citizen group, Minneapolis Park LoverS (MPLS), joined in a lawsuit between the building developers and the City of Minneapolis to oppose the Calhoun Beach Club addition. An eventual settlement between the parties led to a height ammendment to the city's Shoreline Ordinance. The Calhoun Beach Club addition was constructed at a shorter height.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box, including 1 audiocassette)

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Donor Information

This collection was donated by Alan and Lawrence Fried in September 2021 as accession 2021.47.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs in February 2021.

E.L.E.C.T. Records
Jenna Jacobs
February 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.