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Covering life, work, and play in the Historic Mill District and Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhoods. Have an opinion, local news or events to share?  Contact us.

Sunday
Apr262015

In the News

Soccer Stadium

APRIL 27, 2015:

Betsy Hodges: Soccer stadium subsidy would open can of worms

Hodges criticizes financing plan for soccer stadium

Blong Yang: Can't we at least listen to what soccer team has to say?

They're young and talented, and leaving Minnesota

Ramp jams make getting into downtown Minneapolis a trying experience

One-story building proposed for Northeast parking lot

Dreams and hopes for the Guthrie as it enters its next stage

The 12 Best Craft Beers In The Twin Cities

Who was Betty Crocker?

Low condo inventory keeps prices high downtown

Downtown Council launches campaign to attract new residents

Downtown farmers market relocates to Hennepin

Everwood Development opens the Grain Belt Apartments

Ryan, Shorenstein plan apartments at North Loop's edge

Supportive housing development planned for North Loop

Hines plans June start for T3 offices in Minneapolis' North Loop

Sharing and Caring Hands shelter razed for new facility

Alliance Francaise plans $2.5M renovation in North Loop

Ryan splits with development partner on stadium-area tower

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Grant for Sheridan Memorial Park (from Minneapolis RiverCurrent)

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/300866761.html

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/park-grant?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MPR_LawJustice+%28Law+%26+Justice+from+Minnesota+Public+Radio%29

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/park-board-receives-500000-grant-for-sheridan-memorial-park

http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3773412.shtml

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/28859613/minneapolis-to-receive-500k-from-feds-for-new-northeast-park

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/11411314-natl-park-service-to-give-500k-to-minneapolis-for-new-park/

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/04/21/natl-park-service-to-give-500k-to-minneapolis-for-new-park/

http://bringmethenews.com/2015/04/21/minneapolis-park-gets-500k-federal-grant-to-expand/

Sunday
Apr262015

Water Works: A Gateway Park to the Mississippi River

SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE presents a 3-D flythrough animation of Water Works, a schematic vision for a new public gateway to the Mississippi River’s only true waterfall.

View on large screen...

Sunday
Apr262015

New Tour this Summer from the Mill City Museum: Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

This summer the Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy are partnering on a series of weekday walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant.

During the early 20th century over two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy’s Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour of Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park led by a Mill City Museum guide, participants will get special access to this power plant. Along the way participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling, and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy’s green energy and energy efficiency initiatives, and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.

Tours are scheduled for June 18, July 2, July 30, August 13 and August 27 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, with approximately 1.5 miles of walking.  Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.

Sunday
Apr262015

The Week Ahead in Mill City

THE 2ND HENNEPIN AVENUE SUSPENSION BRIDGE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEEL ARCH BRIDGE M0386 (2)

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, April 27

Tuesday, April 28

Wednesday, April 29

Thursday, April 30

Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

Sunday, May 3 

Thursday
Apr232015

West River Parkway – James I Rice Parkway Trail Improvement Construction Begins

Veit and Company has begun its spring construction activities along the new West River Parkway – James I. Rice Parkway trails.  Construction is expected to be completed by the end of May.  Much of the work remaining includes grading and seeding, planting trees, installing signs and creating a small trailhead plaza at Bohemian Flats.  Please obey detour signs and trail closures during this period. 

For more information, please see the project page (or go to www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects and select "West River/James I. Rice Parkway Trail Improvements").

Thursday
Apr232015

Minneapolis Downtown Council announces Explore Downtown Living Event

Via an April 21 Press Release from the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Explore Downtown Living Event Offers First-Hand View Of Downtown Minneapolis’ Booming Residential Options

MINNEAPOLIS (April 21, 2015) — The Minneapolis Downtown Council and its Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan Development Committee today announced the launch of the Explore Downtown Living campaign.

On May 16 and 17, Explore Downtown Living will offer an exclusive tour of 22 residency communities spanning five distinct downtown neighborhoods with an emphasis on showing all the great amenities that can’t be fully shown or appreciated on a property listing. Neighborhoods include the North Loop, Loring Park, Central Business District, Downtown East/Mill District and Northeast.

“This is an exciting time to be considering a move downtown,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. “With so much development and growth happening all around us, downtown is, now more than ever, a desired place to call home. We want to make sure people have a chance to explore downtown and decide which neighborhood works best for their lifestyle.”

Downtown’s population has steadily increased since 2006, jumping by 18 percent over the past nine years to 38,909. Explore Downtown Living celebrates and welcomes this trend of downtown residential growth, and it offers individuals and families—ranging from Millennials to Baby Boomers—a chance to see first-hand some of the apartments available in the downtown area.

A new website, ExploreDTLiving.com, also launched and is designed exclusively to showcase Explore Downtown Living’s featured residencies. It highlights downtown’s specific neighborhoods, maps out apartment community locations and identifies, biking, car-sharing, parking, retailers, and, restaurants, making it easier than ever to live downtown and be mobile with or without a vehicle. Explore Downtown Living Field Guides will also be printed and available at the featured communities for those interested in exploring the residential tour.  Registration is required and available now on the website.

Full Press Release below:

Wednesday
Apr222015

Current Job Opportunities with the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board (MPRB)

Via an April 22 Minneapolis Park and Rec Board e-newsletter:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to provide a new, easy way to learn about job opportunities with the MPRB. You can now subscribe to receive timely email notices about full-time, part-time and temporary / seasonal job opportunities as they are posted on the website. Simply visit www.minneapolisparks.org/subscribe, enter your email address and then select “Jobs” within the “News” category.

There are a lot of great part-time and seasonal job opportunities now available! Year-round part-time positions include photographer, childcare worker and interpretive naturalists. Summer seasonal positions include aquatic invasive species boat inspectors, lifeguards, maintenance workers, gardeners, research assistants and many other positions within the environmental and recreation divisions. 

You can view all of our current openings at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs, or by one of the categories below:
• Full-Time
• Part-Time, Temporary / Seasonal

Wednesday
Apr222015

Job Opening - Account Executive at Stone Arch

Are you passionate about your clients’ success? If so, read on…

At StoneArch we’re committed to solving healthcare’s biggest marketing challenges. If you have a proven track record of turning healthcare clients into true partners, we’d like to meet you.

As an Account Executive, you’ll join our Client Services team to provide outstanding service to clients, develop a solid understanding of clients’ business objectives and ensure that all strategies and tactics are aligned to those objectives. You’ll act as a liaison between clients, their brands, and our agency team to deliver stellar creative work to clients. This assignment will be for a minimum of four months as an independent contractor, with potential to become full-time employment.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need at least four years of account management experience. Previous healthcare (marketing/communications or public relations) experience and/or experience working in an agency with medical device and/or healthcare clients is preferred. You’ll also need a bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, communications, journalism, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

We’ve spent the last 30 years partnering with health and medical organizations to communicate, educate and connect with their audiences. And we’ve won more than our fair share of awards along the way, both for our work and our culture. Our neighbors include the Guthrie Theater, the Stone Arch Bridge, the scenic Mississippi River, and the historic Mill Ruins district with a maze of walking and biking paths just outside our front door.

Sandra Peterson
Human Resources Manager

612.200.5035
careers@stonearchcreative.com

Tuesday
Apr212015

MPRB Receives $500,000 Grant for Sheridan Memorial Park

Sheridan Park

Excerpt from an April 21 announcement shared by the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board:

Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis Announce $3 Million to Develop and Enhance Parks, Outdoor Recreation Facilities in Minneapolis and Seven Other Cities

Revenue from Offshore Oil and Gas Royalties Used to Benefit Disadvantaged Neighborhoods with First-of-a-Kind, Competitive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $3 million to assist eight cities in constructing and enhancing parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is receiving a $500,000 grant for development of recreation facilities at Sheridan Memorial Park, located on a former industrial site on the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis. Other projects range from the renovation of an athletic complex in Detroit, Michigan to construction of a new skate park in Madison, Wisconsin.

The grants, part of a new competitive grant program called the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, are funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested revenue from federal offshore oil and gas royalties into more than 40,000 outdoor recreation facilities and conservation projects in every state.

“These eight projects are models of what we have been able to accomplish through the Land and Water Conservation Fund over the past half century,” Jewell said. “We are reinvesting revenues from offshore oil and gas development into parks and open spaces, giving back a portion of what we have taken from our lands and waters. These investments will bring badly needed outdoor spaces and recreational opportunities to urban areas where people, especially young people, will benefit from improved places for healthy outdoor activities.”

“Supporting local communities as they create and improve spaces for outdoor recreation through the LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grants allows the National Park Service to meet our goal of connecting all Americans to spaces where they can enjoy the great outdoors and establish meaningful relationships in their communities and with their public lands,” said Jarvis.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will apply the grant funds toward development of the 3.5-acre Sheridan Memorial Park, located in an area that is underserved by recreation opportunities and characterized by significant low-income and minority populations, a larger youth population, and above-average rate of negative health issues.  The park’s master plan includes a playground, multi-purpose field, picnic area, picnic shelter/restroom building, pathways connecting to a regional trail network, and an environmentally restored riverfront.
 
“We are thrilled to receive this grant for Sheridan Memorial Park. It will allow us to develop some of the recreational features within the park and increase park use by the community and the region,” said Liz Wielinski, President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “Sheridan is part of our RiverFirst initiative to transform 5.5 miles of the Mississippi River from Downtown Minneapolis to the northern city border, an area that has historically been industrial. We have done a lot of work with the Department of Interior, National Park Service, City Parks Alliance and other public and private agencies to create awareness of the significance of RiverFirst and the long-term environmental, recreational and economic benefits it will bring to the city.”

Tuesday
Apr212015

Wednesday, April 29 - Lunch with Lisa / Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Renovation Projects

WALKER ART CENTER/MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN RENOVATION PROJECTS   

DATE: APRIL 29, 2015

TIME: 11:30PM, DISCUSSION STARTS PROMPTLY AT NOON

ST THOMAS UNIVERSITY—MINNEAPOLIS

OPUS 202

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation.   

Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center along with Dana Murdoch from the Park board, project manager, Sculpture Garden discuss the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Renovation Projects.

Come and hear first hand about the exciting changes and upgrades to these wonderful City treasures.

$10 Lunch is offered

Come early to get your lunch and a good seat.

RSVP’S not necessary but appreciated for food count to 673-2207

*May Lunch with Lisa is a tour of the Emergency Preparedness Facility*


Tuesday
Apr212015

City of Minneapolis to Host Open Data Forum April 27

From the City of Minneapolis website:

If you're interested in learning more about what the City is doing around open data, staff from the City’s Information Technology department are hosting an open data public forum Monday, April 27, to give folks an opportunity to learn more about the City’s open data efforts and what will be new this year on the open data portal.

During the forum, staff will provide an overview of the City’s open data policy and give a presentation of the City’s open data portal. There will be time for discussion about what data sets are currently available and also what data sets will be available in the near future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the portal and policy and provide feedback.

Open data public forum:
Monday, April 27, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Flour Exchange Building, 310 4th Avenue S, Suite 400

Monday
Apr202015

Natural Food Cook Opportunity at Spoonriver Bar & Restaurant

Spoonriver, 750 South 2nd Street, is seeking a full time Natural Food Cook to share their commitment to local, sustainable and organic cuisine in the exciting and vibrant Mill District. Ideal candidate is a multidimensional kitchen expert, possessing experience with creative vegetarian specials and natural foods. Join a team of dedicated food professionals in an independently owned and operated establishment. Serious, responsible, creative and flexible applicants please call 612-436-2236.

Monday
Apr202015

Major Changes Planned for Pedestrians, Bikes in Downtown East

As a result of the major transformation happening in the Mill District (Downtown East), Minneapolis Public Works is developing a long term plan for a major revamping of the Pedestrian Realm.

The City of Minneapolis identified a study area bounded by Washington Avenue to 6th Street and 5th Avenue to Chicago Avenue.  Within that 12 block area, there are a number of development changes under construction with more being planned and proposed.  As such, the movement by all modes in this area will also change. 

Sunday
Apr192015

Job Opening at 1010 Washington Wine & Spirits

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits seeks part time employees to greet customers, stock shelves and displays, run the cash register including both cash and credit card transactions.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 10 PM.  Shift time as well as length of shift are negotiable, as is hourly wage.  Knowledge of Wines, Spirits and Beer is preferable but not necessary.  A ready smile, a good attitude, and a willingness to work will overcome everything else.

Please Contact Don Hanson at (612) 339-4040 or by email  at Don@1010wws.com.

Sunday
Apr192015

Repeal of Bike Speed Limits Fails at MPRB

A resolution to repeal the speed limit on Park Board trails failed last week.  Commissioner Anita Tabb summed up the opposition viewpoint succinctly (1 minute, 6 seconds):

Watch the entire discussion (20 minutes, 2 seconds):

Sunday
Apr192015

[Video] Why the Lock at St. Anthony Falls is Closing - Rowers Attacked By Flying Asian Carp

A new video illustrating why the lock is closing - Washington University in St. Louis freshman men's crew team gets attacked by giant Asian Carp during a Friday morning practice at Creve Coeur Lake:

Friday
Apr172015

800 Youth Expected to Attend Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair at Central Library on April 25

Via an April 17 City of Minneapolis e-newsletter:

Over 800 Twin Cities Metro Area Youth Expected to Attend the Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair on Saturday, April 25

On Saturday, April 25, between 800 and 900 teens are expected to attend the Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair taking place at the Minneapolis Central Library from noon to 3:00 p.m. 

The Minneapolis Teen Job Fair is an opportunity for teens aged 14 to 19 to connect to job-search resources and find out more about available volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.  Approximately 30 businesses and organizations are expected to take place including TJ Maxx, JC Penney and Taco Bell. 

Additionally, the Minneapolis Youth Congress will host two workshops “How to Get a Job?” and “Who We Hire” presented by a panel of employers including: North Community YMCA, Juxtaposition, TJ Maxx, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Youth will also have the opportunity to learn easy and fun ways to dress professionally during the event from Aveda Institute Minneapolis.  The flagship institute is planning two “Work Couture” fashion shows for the fair to demonstrate to youth how to use dress to leave a lasting positive impression when networking, inquiring about a job opening, and/or interviewing.

The Teen Job Fair is free and open to the public.  Preregistration is not required.  A complete list of exhibitors is available on the City of Minneapolis website.  The event can also be followed on social media by using the hashtag #Jobs4yoUth.

The Teen Job Fair is produced by City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development, Hennepin County Library, AchieveMpls, Minneapolis WorkForce Centers, Lunds and Byerly’s, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Youth Congress, and Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. 

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
            12:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
               
Where: Minneapolis Central Library
             300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401
             Second Floor

Thursday
Apr162015

Neighborhood Volunteer Opportunities

Our Mill District neighbor, Claudia Kittock, would like to spread awareness of two volunteer opportunities in the area: Webster Elementary and Mile in My Shoes.

Webster Elementary opens this fall to serve downtown Minneapolis. Initially the classes will be K-2, and a grade will be added each year thereafter. 

They will need volunteers to assist teachers throughout the day, help with the literacy hour by reading with children (every day, but times are yet to be determined), in the lunch room and possibly at recess.  Once staff is hired and final numbers are received from the district office, details will be provided.  Whatever time you have is welcome!

To volunteer for Webster, email Kaylie Burns Gahagan at Kaylie.BurnsGahagan@mpls.k12.mn.us. An application can be filled out online.  All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session -to begin August 4.

The other organization is Mile in My Shoes (MiMS). Their goal is to foster wellness, empathy and empowerment within individuals and communities by bringing together diverse populations through the power of running. Members are made up of guests of the Emanuel House and the local running community.  

This group meets 6:00am – 7:00am Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Emanuel House, 818 South 3rd Street - rain or shine. They warm-up, run, and cool down together, with routes ranging from 1-3 miles. If interested, please send an email to Mishka at mn.mileinmyshoes@gmail.com and specify that you wish to run with the Emanuel House group.  This Minneapolis Running article from last Fall provides insight on what MiMS is all about.

Feel free to contact Claudia at cjkittock@gmail.com with questions on either of these opportunities.

Wednesday
Apr152015

Traffic Alert - One block of Fourth Street in Downtown Closing for Construction 

Via an April 15 e-newsletter from the City of Minneapolis:

Crews will be filling in a tunnel that connected two Star Tribune buildings

Fourth Street South, from Portland Avenue to Park Avenue on the east side of Downtown, is closing to traffic today, Wednesday, April 15. Over the next couple months, crews will be filling in a tunnel that used to connect two former Star Tribune office buildings. They will also be rerouting utility lines located in that tunnel. 

The affected block of Fourth Street is one way eastbound. Traffic will be detoured onto southbound Portland Avenue, to eastbound Sixth Street, to northbound Park Avenue and back onto Fourth Street. The bike lane along Fourth Street is closed until the construction is complete, which is tentatively set for July 8. 

This is one of many construction projects that will affect traffic in Downtown this year. To help drivers know about all of the current and upcoming work, the City has mapped these projects. Links to the maps are available at www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/traffic.

Tuesday
Apr142015

Hennepin County Board Adopts Updated Bicycle Plan

Via an April 14 Hennepin County News Release:

Hennepin County board adopts updated bicycle plan

Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District worked together to update a county-wide bicycle plan that reflects current and growing use of cycling in the region. The plan, called the Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan, will guide the county’s work to expand the bikeway system, improve safety for people who bicycle, walk or drive, increase bicycling for transportation, and improve the health of county residents.

This plan, replaces the 1997 plan. Since 1997, the county has made great progress in enhancing its bicycle transportation network. It has built and funded more than 136 miles of new bikeways and closed 59 gaps in the bicycle network. Bicycle commuting has doubled in Hennepin County since 2000 from 0.8 percent to 1.6 percent of trips to work.

The plan includes 45 strategies and more than 170 action items that address infrastructure, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. The plan also recommends the continuation of current county practices that contribute to the goals of the Hennepin County Pedestrian Plan and the Transportation System Plan.

Bicycle usage and interest continue to grow in Hennepin County. Transportation costs have increased and there is greater public concern about the environmental impacts of transportation. There is also a greater emphasis on active living and the public health benefits of bicycling.

Goals of the county bike plan:
•Quadruple the number of bicycle commuters from 2012’s 12,000 people to 48,000 people by 2040
•Complete an average of 20 miles of the bikeway system each year.
•Close an average of five bikeway gaps each year
•Achieve an access level where 90 percent of homes in Hennepin County are within one-half mile of a bikeway or within a mile of the enhanced bikeway network by 2040
•Move toward zero bicycle deaths
•Halve bicycle crashes per capita from 2010 levels by 2040

Development and implementation

Hennepin County will lead implementation of the plan, but also partner with other agencies and cities. This plan is a guide for supporting the vision of increasing bicycling within Hennepin County. Implementation of the plan requires additional action by the county board through the annual capital appropriations and cooperative funding agreements.

Development of the plan began in spring 2013, with community engagement activities throughout the plan drafting process. The plan was available for public comment in fall 2014 and winter 2015. It has been revised based on comments received.

For more information or to view the full plan, visit www.hennepin.us/bike.