Zimmermann plans "Last Supper;" hopes to serve time in Yankton near his brother

class=img_thumbleft>Approximately four months after being convicted of bribery and four weeks before reporting to prison to begin serving what is ostensibly a 30-month sentence, former Minneapolis City Councilman Dean Zimmermann sent the following email to his supporters today. It is reprinted here with Zimmermann's permission.


Greetings Friends, Family & Supporters,

Again I want to offer my deepest thanks to all of you who have been so kind and generous in your support of Jenny and me during the past year and a half. Please continue with your efforts to build a sustainable and just society. I look for a lot of good to come out of this situation.

In answer to the many questions that I am getting about my current status:

On Saturday, January 6th, 2007 there will be a "Last Supper" at the Twin Cities Friends Meeting (TCFM) House in St. Paul, 1725 Grand Avenue. This dinner will be hosted by members of our TCFM Committee of Support: Dorothy Thomsen, Richard Fuller, Betsy Raasch-Gilman, Anne Holzinger, Susan De Vries, and Charley Underwood. There are two parts to this evening:

1)at 5 pm there will be a Quaker Meeting for Worship service with attention to offering words of support for Dean.

2)Part Two is a potluck supper in the Fellowship Hall, lower level, of TCFM, starting between 6-6:15 p.m. Friends & family can share a blessing to give to me to take with me when I go to "camp" (no, we still do not know where I will be serving my time). You are welcome to attend one or both parts. I want to use this evening as a chance to see many of my friends and have an opportunity to thank you and say good bye, until we meet again. I hope many of you can join us on January 6th. After the supper, I will be in the meeting room for conversation until the last dog leaves.

On December 18th I was sentenced to 30 months. While incarcerated, I hope to participate in a substance abuse program. If I complete the course successfully, it can lead to a few months being taken off of my sentence. With time off for good behavior, I hope to be back in 15 to 22 months; we shall see.

I still do not know where I will be going, but I do have to report on January 29th. Judge Ann Montgomery recommended that I go to Yankton, South Dakota, but that is only a recommendation. I asked for Yankton because it has a residential substance abuse program and it is near my brother in Omaha. It will be a 4 hour drive for Jenny, when she comes to see me. The decision is up to the Bureau of Prisons. I have decided that when I get to camp that I will volunteer to be on the maintenance crew, and perhaps I can teach some of the younger guys plumbing, electrical or other such skills. How all of this will play out remains to be seen, but I am sure that I can continue to be a useful person, even on the inside.

If you want to send me letters, contact Jenny and she can give you the specifics. Keep in mind that anything you send will be read and censored by the prison. As far as sending "things," it is hard. For example, books can only be sent directly from the publisher. Again, we will know a lot more once I am there.

Thanks to all who wrote letters to the Judge. My lawyer, Dan Scott, read from many of them at the sentencing, they were all quite moving. I hope that I can live up to the descriptions of me in the letters. Thank you.

My lawyer is Dan Scott, Attorney, Kelley & Wolter, P. A., Centre Village Offices, 431 S. 7th Street, Suite 2530, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Good news! We have decided to keep our home at 2200 Clinton Avenue. Thus Jenny will NOT be moving: hooray! We are still trying to sell our rental property at 2012 Grand Avenue, Mpls. This is a 4 unit building that is always full of good tenants. If you or someone you know might be interested, give us a call. Or better yet, call Bonnie Everts, our realtor, at 612-728-2225.

We have an apartment for rent, available immediately. It is in Phillips at our old house and is very near the Light Rail.

On December 6, Dean injured his left hand in a table saw accident. He still has 8 fingers and two thumbs, so not to worry. Just a couple of broken finger bones in the middle and index fingers and a few stitches in the left pinky. The hand is expected to make a complete recovery. Although this slowed me down, it has not stopped me.

Dean is still working as a handyperson and will continue to do so until he heads out to "camp" on the 29th of January. Thus he is looking for home repair jobs. My last day of work will be January 26th.

Jenny is still working half-time for the Minneapolis Blooms Program (formerly Blooming Boulevards). She is also doing quite well in here home cleaning business.

We have recently had to change our email addresses, and in the process we hit a few glitches. So if you have recently tried to email us and were not successful or if we have not responded, try us again. Note the new addresses.

Stay happy, stay strong and redouble you efforts to build peace and justice. Again, thanks a bunch for the supportive phone calls, the e-mails (especially the humorous ones!), the hugs, the smiles, the love you’ve shared with us through the years, especially this most difficult past year. I hope to see a lot of you on Saturday.

Peace, Dean & Jenny

Jenny Heiser & Dean Zimmermann 2200 Clinton Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404-3655

Jenny's E-mail: [email protected] Dean's E-mail: [email protected]