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Fridley Hall of Fame Dinner 2008



The Fridley Historical Society is now seeking nominees for the Fridley Hall of Fame. The quality of individual who would qualify for inclusion in the Hall of Fame would be someone whose dedication, work and accomplishments in Fridley significantly contributed to the growth, quality of life and success of the City. The nominee can be living or deceased, currently or formerly lived in Fridley or was employed in Fridley now or in the past.

If you wish a nomination form, call 763-571-0120 and leave your name and telephone number. Nominations must be received at the Fridley History Center by July 31, 2009. For more information, contact Hall of Fame Chair Al Taylor at 763-422-3878.

The 6th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner will be Saturday, September 12 at 11:30 AM at the North Air Banquet Hall (formerly the KC Hall), 6831 Highway 65 in Fridley. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Mary Sue Meyers at 763-717-7987.

The Fifth Annual Fridley Hall of Fame Dinner was held on Saturday November 8th at North Air Banquets (formerly known as the Knights of Columbus). A large crowd of approximately 170 people where on hand to honor this year’s three inductees into the Fridley Hall of Fame.

The Fridley Historical Society established the Fridley Hall of Fame to recognize and honor those individuals who, through dedication, work and accomplishment, have contributed most significantly to the growth and success of the City of Fridley.

The inductees have spent much of their lives making Fridley a better place. These people who have meant so much to Fridley too often received little recognition for their service to the community. We hope to begin rectifying that situation by giving them some of the recognition they deserve.  


The Fridley Hall of Fame Class of 2008 in alphabetical order is:

  • Bob Cook: Long time member of the Fridley Police force. Lions Club for 40+ years, VFW  lifetime member, American Legion 40+ years, member of first 49ers day 

committee and announcer of the parade for many years, community fundraiser.

  • Ed Fitzpatrick: City council 18 years, Parks and Recreation Commission Chair, Created “Kiddie Parks”, Planning Commission Chair, Fridley rep to Metro League of Cities, School Board member, charter member of the Anoka County Mental Health


  • Bob Barnette: Teacher, Counselor, Coach, Assistant Principal, PTA, early promoter of girls sports in Fridley, one of the founders of FRIDFANS (scholarships), City Council 20 years, American Legion, Values 1st.


The emcee for the afternoon, Mayor Scott Lund, introduced each inductee. The inductees were presented with an engraved acrylic award to keep. Their Hall of Fame plaques were shown, which are now on display in the Fridley Hall of Fame at the Fridley History Center.

Other participants in the Hall of Fame dinner were the Fridley Historical Society’s Past President, Robert Christenson who provided the opening and closing remarks and Mel Manley, Chair of the Fridley Hall of Fame Committee spoke about the Hall of Fame. The musical entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Jim Shannon and his piano.

Financial contributors to the event were All Temp Distribution and the Fridley Lions Club. The Fridley Historical Society would like to thank them for their support.

Thanks must also go to the entire Fridley Hall of Fame Committee. Without their hard work of over the last year, the Fridley Hall of Fame and the Fridley Hall of Fame Dinner would not have been possible. The members of the committee in alphabetical order are, Pete Bonesteel, Robert Christenson, Dorothy Gargaro, Jerry Manley, Mel Manley, Sue Meyers.

Planning is now underway for next years Fridley Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be held on Saturday November 14, 2008.