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Thursday
Sep182014

Absentee Voting Opens September 19

Via a September 18 Hennepin County e-newsletter:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
09/18/2014

Absentee voting opens September 19

Absentee voting for the 2014 general election begins on Friday, September 19 and runs through Monday, November 3. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

This year Minnesotans will elect a U.S. senator, U.S. representatives, the governor and a wide variety of state, county, city and school district offices. In Hennepin County, residents will elect three commissioners, the sheriff and the county attorney.

Any eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot for any reason, and absentee ballots can be cast by mail, in person, or by having someone you know pick up and deliver the ballot.

For more information about voting and elections, go to www.hennepin.us/elections or call the Hennepin County at 612-348-5151.

Tuesday
Sep162014

Dickman Park Playground Grand Opening September 25

Via a September 15 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board e-newsletter:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and MPRB President Liz Wielinski invite you to the official grand opening of the new playground at Dickman Park on Thursday, September 25th. Join us for a brief program at 6:00pm followed by a ribbon cutting, light refreshments, and activities for kids.

The new playground equipment features swings, two play structures for children ages 2-5 and ages 5-12, a seesaw, and a spinning feature. Sand play is provided in a separate circular container formerly used for tether ball. Two benches and a picnic table have been added for parents. The playground is a full replacement of the former play equipment and meets current accessibility and safety guidelines. The MPRB plans to add several new trees around the playground other areas of the park in the spring of 2015.

The concept plan was developed with public input provided through three community meetings and an on-line survey. St Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) helped publicize the three public meetings to plan the playground improvements. This project is funded with $200,000 from the MPRB Neighborhood Park Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
 
Dickman Park is a 2.11 acre neighborhood park located at 636 2nd St. NE, in Minneapolis. Other amenities in the park include an open field, a wading pool, restrooms, basketball court, and a picnic area.
 
MPRB staff look forward to celebrating this new neighborhood play area with you!

Monday
Sep152014

The Week Ahead in Mill City

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Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

Monday, September 15

Tuesday, September 16

Wednesday, September 17

Thursday, September 18

Friday, September 19

Saturday, September 20

Sunday, September 21

Monday
Sep152014

Mississippi River Forum September 26

Mississippi River Forum: Live from the Storm Drain: Monitoring Stormwater Pollution in Minneapolis

Friday, September 26, 8 – 11 am

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall Street NE

You are invited to join the National Park Service for the Mississippi River Forum--your opportunity to learn about issues impacting the Mississippi River and to make sure other decision makers understand your perspective.

Drinking water and sanitary wastewater are critical components of our water lives, and Mississippi River Forum participants have had the recent opportunity to tour drinking water treatment plants and wastewater treatment facilities. Stormwater—the water that runs over land during storms or after a winter thaw—is a third critical factor. However, stormwater is not treated before it enters waterbodies such as the Mississippi River, and we don’t often know what kind of pollution, specifically, is in this runoff.

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) has a unique monitoring program to help determine what’s in the stormwater entering the Mississippi River. Come learn how the MWMO is monitoring stormwater pollution and visit one of its outfall monitoring sites on the river. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a cutting-edge pollution monitoring program first-hand! Light refreshments provided. Free. RSVP to lark_weller@nps.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will meet at MWMO’s offices for an initial presentation. In order to reduce pavement runoff, there are only 15 parking spots in the MWMO parking lot, so please be prepared to utilize street parking. After the presentation at MWMO, those interested in touring a stormwater outfall will carpool to the site. Access to the site requires walking on uneven surfaces and hillsides, and the tour will take place rain or shine. If you have mobility concerns, please contact Lark Weller at 651-293-8442 or lark_weller@nps.gov. Those choosing to join the tour will be asked to carpool with others to the site from MWMO’s offices. The Mississippi River Forum is made possible by the generous support of the park's charitable partner, the Mississippi River Fund and the McKnight Foundation.

Monday
Sep152014

Mill City Times Newsletter September 15, 2014

“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
― Marian Wright Edelman



TONIGHT – WHO’LL SAVE ST. ANTHONY FALLS?

Mill District Neighborhood Association Meeting
Monday, September 15 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Mill City Museum, Main Floor Commons

Special guest presenters:

Raymond Dehn, State Rep. District 59b
Jamie Long, District Director for Congressman Keith Ellison
Jacob Frey, City Council Member, Ward 3

Will the falls run dry two years from now?  Three new hydro projects propose to divert water from flowing over St. Anthony Falls - Crown Hydro, A Mill Hydro, and Symphony Hydro.  One existing facility - Xcel Energy - is planning to ask permission to increase the amount they divert.

Individually, each of these projects warrant close scrutiny.  Should all 4 gain approval, the falls could be effectively shut off for weeks, even months, every year.  Learn details on each of these projects, and hear new policy initiatives from our elected officials.

Open to the Public - Learn what can be done, and share your opinion:
Monday, September 15 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Mill City Museum, Main Floor Commons

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TUESDAY NIGHT - MEETING #1 FOR NEW EAST BANK BIKE & PEDESTRIAN TRAILS
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be constructing a new trail for bicyclists and pedestrians along the east bank of the Mississippi from Plymouth Avenue north to Marshall St. NE near the BNSF railroad bridge.  MPRB invites you to three meetings to help plan the trail:
http://millcitytimes.com/news/public-meetings-for-new-east-bank-bike-pedestrian-trails.html

HEADLINER CHEF FOR RAMEN ATTACK ON CONAN O'BRIEN
Chef Keizo Shimamoto, Chef/Owner at RAMEN.Co NYC & Berg'n, creator of world famous original 'Ramen Burger' featured on Conan.  The Ramen "Massive" Attack is Sunday, September 28 at the Mill City Museum Train Shed.
http://teamcoco.com/video/ramen-chef-keizo-shimamoto-secret-ingredients

NORTH LOOP TO KEEP HISTORIC BRICK ROADS
The fastest developing neighborhood in Minneapolis is also one of the toughest areas on vehicles and their suspension systems. You could call it the “North Loop Bounce” — the feel of driving over brick streets built for a different century.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/09/10/mpls-wants-to-keep-north-loops-classic-brick-roads/

THURSDAY - EAST DOWNTOWN COUNCIL FORUM
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Valspar's Applied Science and Technology Center, 1101 S. Third Street (map)

"Committed to Corporate Growth in the East Downtown."
The first business  EDC Business Forum of the 2014-2015 season is coming up on Thursday, September 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will take place at Valspar's Applied Science and Technology Center.
http://millcitytimes.com/mill-city-minneapolis-events/september-18-2014-thursday-east-downtown-council-forum.html

THURSDAY NIGHT - ELLIOT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
The Building, Land Use & Housing Committee (BLUH) will meet Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. (Winter hours!) at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th Street.

AGENDA
Soccer Field & Parks Report:  Anita Tabb, District 4 Park Commissioner
Armory Project:  Doug Hoskin
Stone Mountain Pet Lodge

UPDATES
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VALSPAR MOVING HEADQUARTERS BACK TO MILL DISTRICT
Valspar Corp. will move its headquarters back to the 111-year-old building on the east side of downtown Minneapolis that it left in 2009.  In January, about 270 corporate employees will return to the former headquarters building at 3rd Street and 11th Avenue S., which underwent a $30 million renovation and reopened in June as an R&D center for the paint and coatings company. The R&D center houses 110 scientists.
http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/274681811.html

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

RIVER PARKWAY SLOPE REPAIR TO START SPRING OF 2015
http://millcitytimes.com/news/barr-engineering-approved-to-head-west-river-parkway-slope-r.html

RAMEN "MASSIVE" ATTACK
http://millcitytimes.com/news/zen-boxs-2014-ramen-massive-attack-coming-to-the-mill-city-m.html

[DOWNLOAD] NICOLLET ISLAND - EAST BANK SMALL AREA PLAN (DRAFT)
http://millcitytimes.com/news/download-nicollet-island-east-bank-small-area-plan.html

[DOWNLOAD] MARCY HOLMES NEIGHBORHOOD MASTER PLAN AND DINKYTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT PLAN (DRAFT)
http://millcitytimes.com/news/download-marcy-holmes-neighborhood-master-plan.html

[VIDEO] BLACK HELICOPTERS BUZZ THE GUTHRIE THEATER
http://millcitytimes.com/news/video-black-helicopters-buzz-the-guthrie-theater.html

MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRITICAL AREA RULEMAKING COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30
http://millcitytimes.com/news/mississippi-river-critical-area-rulemaking-comment-deadline.html

SOAP FACTORY - TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR UNHINGED IN THE HAUNTED BASEMENT
http://millcitytimes.com/news/tickets-now-on-sale-for-the-soap-factorys-unhinged-in-the-ha.html

WATER WORKS DESIGN NEARING COMPLETION
http://millcitytimes.com/news/water-works-design-nearing-completion.html


[VIDEO] HILL'S FOLLY: JAMES J HILL AND THE STONE ARCH BRIDGE
http://millcitytimes.com/news/video-hills-folly-james-j-hill-and-the-stone-arch-bridge.html

[VIDEO] PILLSBURY A-MILL HYDRO PROJECT - PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 27
http://millcitytimes.com/news/a-mill-hydro-project.html

$100M THRESHER SQUARE DEVELOPMENT FILLS DOWNTOWN EAST GAP
http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/263918271.html

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THE WEEK AHEAD
Get the highlights for the week of September 15:
http://millcitytimes.com/news/the-week-ahead-in-mill-city.html

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*Note: The next meeting of the Mill District Neighborhood Association is Monday, October 20 at the Mill City Museum.

Sunday
Sep142014

Week 19 at the Mill City Farmers Market

September 13 was an eventful day at the Market.  In addition the overwhelming selection of produce, meats, cheeses, canned and dried items, etc., there was the 4th Annual Bread Festival and baking contest, crop art with OHK GrangeOliver H. Kelley’s Farm introduced kids to farm animals, plus music by the Roe Family Singers and demonstrations by Compatible Technologies International.

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

A little veggie humor...

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Pam from Prairie Hollow Farm continually introduces us to something new.  Saturday, it was this hen-of-the-woods mushroom:

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

And then she proceded to build a snowman with the puffball mushrooms...

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Yes, it's getting to be that time of the year for hats and mittens.  I love my hat from Barn Swallow Garden.

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

By some odd coincidence, both Ames Farm and Swede Lake Farm had conjoined produce:

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat!

September 13, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market