District 10 Como Community Council

Know Your Como

The D10 Neighborhood Relations committee has assembled volunteer writers from the neighborhood to celebrate and appreciate the large and small contributions of our neighbors and the diversity that make Como a special place. The latest Know Your Como pieces will be posted in the D10 website’s newsfeeds and our weekly newsletter, but you can find all the articles archived below.

Do you have an interesting neighbor, live by a unique building, or know some fun history about our neighborhood?  Help share the story of our community by contributing to Know Your Como!

The goal of Know Your Como is to celebrate the diversity and contributions – large and small – of our neighbors and the people who came before us. Through stories, graphics and photos, we aim to highlight the rich history and iconic places that draw people to our community. Help us appreciate and learn about what makes Como a special place by contributing to this project. You can do so by interviewing your neighbors, collecting oral stories, taking photos and researching the many buildings and locations that make this community our home.

To get involved, please send an email to knowyourcomo@district10comopark.org  describing how you’d like to help. If you’d like to submit a story, a photo or graphic, please complete the Submission form below.

It was a search for a new home that brought most people to the United States, but their fight for a roof over their heads didn’t end when the tempest dropped them on our shores. Across the American landscape, clashes erupted where one people tried to start homes in places that millions already called home. Such is the story of the house my wife and I bought our first year of marriage, a house built in 1886 by Lake Como, back when some could probably remember the area as it once was: home to the Dakota.

By Sonjie Johnson It was an astonishing idea. Spend $100,000 in 1873 to buy 260 acres of land, including Como Lake, a lake that was little more than a large swamp at the time? Crazy as it sounded, that’s exactly what the Minnesota Legislature decided to do.

While digging through some papers recently I was reminded of a young mother (me) who was looking for a way to meet others in the community and frankly, get a few moments away from two young children at home. That was over 25 years ago, and marked the beginning of my participation in the Midway Parkway Garden Club.

The crocuses were just poking their heads out on a cold April day at the North Path Garden at Como Lake. This soon-to-be colorful and well-tended plot is the creation of Debby Smith, recipient of the St. Paul’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year award, a distinct and well-earned honor. And she had a lot to tell.

“It’s important to call it out,” asserts a promo now airing on TPT – Twin Cities Public Television. “We need everyone’s perspective -- to come together.” The speaker is Rahel Nardos, MD, a friend of Tseganesh Selameab, MD, a Como neighbor, mother, spouse, and doctor. The ‘it’ Dr. Nardos refers to is race. The show, “Speaking of Race,” is a co-production of TPT and the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Q: What is made out of plastic, filled to the brim with liquid gold, and looks like a friendly little bear with a rendition of the Como Pavilion glued to its chest?

If you are looking for a place to warm up this winter be sure to stop into Sumo & Smoh. Sou Moua’s (Sumo) and Salima Janmohamed’s (Smoh) delicious eats will warm your belly and the couple’s uplifting energy and kind presence will melt your heart.

You remember the one, the one who knew the best car repair shop. The one who could get your snow blower started, or find your dog that got out. If somebody’s kid was playing a local gig, or it was time for a picnic, you’d get an email with a time and place. Every neighborhood had one.

Green is Dave Crawford’s favorite color, which makes sense when you see the dream home that he and his wife, Diane Peterson, designed and built just east of the golf course. If you drive or walk north on Lexington Avenue, surely you’ve noticed it: it’s big, modern, colorful, and passive.

Pick a day. Any day, at Como Lake, 7 or 8 in the morning. Ask another regular walker if they’ve seen Bobby and they’ll know exactly who you mean.

Bikes, planes, streetcars and golf carts. These modes of transportation peppered a chance conversation I had with my neighbor Bob, whose recollections of living in our neighborhood go back 80+ years.

throughout; we just need to take time to find them. One of those gems: an exceptionally talented poet, literary critic, essayist, and teacher. His name is Michael Kleber-Diggs.

Moving halfway across the country with children and a pet cat is stressful at the best of times. The Maierhofers did it during the pandemic.

would be closed until further notice, many students were ecstatic. Despite the pandemic worsening, they took it as a break from school, an early spring break even. But as time went on and distance learning got underway, that joy has vanished, replaced with stress and dread.

Howling with coyotes at midnight while skating on Como Lake is one of the recent ways Tim Silverthorn has enjoyed his neighborhood of 20+ years. Tim, along with a few other District 10 neighbors, helped maintain a do-it-yourself ice-skating rink at Como Lake this season.

than-life red ant that resides in their front yard at 919 Nebraska Ave. Henceforth, she shall be called Marie ANT-oinette.

Jill Miller and her husband, Dan, are the inaugural winners of the Como Community Council’s first Holiday Decoration Celebration. The Millers are Como residents since 2005, but this is their first year putting up lights, a move inspired in part as a way to uplift the neighborhood as the Covid pandemic continues.

in the picture like? Do you like talking with interesting people? Then you could be exactly who we are looking for to help unleash our new project: Know Your Como.