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Volunteer to Help Out with the 6th Avenue SE Greenway!

Volunteers are needed to help plant on June 4 and care for the 6th Avenue SE Greenway!  Gloves provided, you bring a trowel!

Rain Dates: If a Sunday event, will be rescheduled for Monday night. If the Saturday, June 4, event is rained out, planting will take place on Sunday, June 5.

Click here for all volunteer dates thru October 30.

If you have questions, please contact Cordelia Pierson at, or the Marcy-Holmes office: 612-623-7633,


Minneapolis Edges out Saint Paul as Nation’s Best Park System, According to The Trust for Public Land’s 2016 ParkScore® Index

Via a May 26 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board e-newsletter:

Minneapolis – Minneapolis is the nation’s best park system, narrowly besting cross-town twin Saint Paul, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 2016 ParkScore Index, which was released today by the nonprofit organization. Saint Paul ranked second in the analysis of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Last year, the cities tied for first.

ParkScores are based on three factors: Park Access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); Park Size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and Facilities and Investment, which combines park spending per resident with the availability of four popular park amenities: basketball hoops, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, and recreation & senior centers.

“Every American deserves to live within a 10-minute walk of a park, and ParkScore helps us measure which cities are meeting that mark,” said Will Rogers, President of the Trust for Public Land.

“We’re honored by the top ranking, but not resting on our laurels. We are working continuously to improve our parks, with a focus on the most racially diverse and economically challenged areas of the city. During the last five years, we have invested significantly in parks throughout the city but especially in north and upper south Minneapolis with new community centers, athletic fields and the first natural swimming pool in North America. With the support of the city and the citizens of Minneapolis, we recently approved a monumental funding plan that will provide an additional $11 million annually into our neighborhood parks,” said Jayne Miller, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.


This Summer "Go Outside" with Events at the Gov Center South Plaza and Target Field Station

Downtown Minneapolis and Hennepin County encourage you to Go Outside this summer!

Head to the Government Center South Plaza and Target Field Station for live music, fitness activities, free reading material, yard games, outdoor movies and more.

* * Government Center South Plaza, June 1 – August 31 * *

Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza (300 S. 6th Street) is a tree-lined, circle plaza with a grassy knoll located between 6th and 7th Streets in Downtown Minneapolis. Stop by the Government Center South Plaza to enjoy an outdoor piano, added seating options, free reading materials and these special events each week:

- Tuesdays, 12 pm – 1 pm: Scheduled performances on the outdoor piano at South Plaza.

- Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Enjoy the featured food truck every Wednesday, added yard games, a meditation space and the craft/game cart.

- Thursdays, 6 am – 6 pm: Visit the Downtown Farmers Market every Thursday.

* * Target Field Station Events * *

Target Field Station (335 N. 5th Street) is a dynamic transportation hub that connects Downtown Minneapolis with 500 light rail lines and 1,900 buses each day as well as the Northstar Commuter Rail. But it is also a major entertainment destination. Opened in May 2014, Target Field Station offers a large green space for gathering, a big screen for movies and other viewing opportunities, and an amphitheater for musical performances. Located next to Target Field and nestled into the Warehouse District/North Loop, it is close to downtown residential communities, businesses, entertainment, dining, breweries and coffee shops.

Look for free events and entertainment scheduled at Target Field Station through the Go Outside with Hennepin County program. Events will range from fitness opportunities, a movie series and fun for all ages: Monday Movie Nights, Wednesday Trivia, Sunday Family Days, Aquatennial Events


Preserve Minneapolis Announces 2016 Summer Walking Tours 


See the city's history and architcture, from landmarks to hidden gems, with Preserve Minneapolis! The 2016 season runs from June 5 through September 25 and features twenty-four tours.

New topics this year include:

  • Black history and its influence on the East 38th Street Community, led by Ward 8 residents and community leaders;
  • The second generation of brewer’s houses of Lowry Hill East, followed by a tour of the LynLake Brewery;
  • ​A riverfront tour including St. Anthony Falls, Nicollet Island and Boom Island, focusing on the mills, brushes with destruction, and the area’s importance to the original Native American population;
  • The small lake cottages built south of Lake Calhoun in the late 1800s, which are now being replaced by much larger homes and the impact of evolving design styles;
  • ​The old Minneapolis of Nicollet Avenue from 5th St. to the river, ending with an optional visit to the Mill City Museum.

They're also bringing back several popular tours from the past, including visits to the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery; the historic theaters of Minneapolis; and the Fort Snelling Upper Post. 

Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, and distances vary; please see each listing for specific details. Tickets are $9 each.  More Info


Minneapolis Park and Rec Board Summer Highlights Guide Now Available


Via a May 24 Minneapolis Park and Rec Board e-newsletter:

Never have a dull moment this summer

Plan your summer fun with the help of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's (MPRB) latest Park Highlights brochure.

The publication features a sampling of MPRB activities, programs and events, destination and excursion ideas, upcoming park improvements and long-term projects underway, registration dates for upcoming sports leagues, volunteer opportunities, and everything else the parks have to offer between June and August.

You can find the brochures at MPRB buildings (including recreation centers), Minneapolis libraries, coffee shops near parks and other Minneapolis locations. The brochure is also available on our website for online viewing and downloading.


Downtown Real Estate: Nitty-Gritty Night with Cynthia Froid Group, June 1


In the News - News from Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods


New tailgating plan for Vikings games moves forward
A new smaller tailgating zone for Vikings has cleared a City Council committee. The zone includes eight surface parking lots near the new Vikings stadium. The Vikings have been working with neighborhood groups and the city for more than two years to craft a plan for tailgating — a challenging task given that new development has reduced the supply of parking lots available for pre-game festivities.

Smaller tailgating zone near U.S. Bank Stadium wins preliminary approval at City Hall
A revamped, smaller zone for tailgating in downtown Minneapolis near U.S. Bank Stadium won preliminary approval Tuesday at City Hall.

Pollution agency moves to stop operations at Minneapolis metal shredder
A long-running environmental battle in Minneapolis took a new twist Thursday when a state regulator announced legal and administrative action to halt operation of a north Minneapolis metal shredder that it blames for repeated violations of air-quality standards.

Mpls. City Council should approve proposed 40-story condo tower
History and modernity can coexist to the city's benefit.

When a church, developer and nonprofit meet, an apartment project comes together
The rates will be affordable, the views good and there's a mystery partner, too.

Work on Minnesota Vikings' new home drawing to conclusion ahead of equity hiring goals
U.S. Bank Stadium project has hired many women, minorities, workers from poorer neighborhoods.

Housing for low-income artists predominantly serves white people, study says
Fancy rentals go mostly to whites, U researchers find.

The Artist Loft: Affordable Housing (for White People)
Do these tax-subsidized apartments perpetuate segregation by excluding some low-income households?

Sneak peek: Stem Wine Bar brings elegant vino and snacks to Northeast
Since Northeast has become ground zero for breweries, things can seem that much more dire for the oenophile. Where's a wine lover to go north of the Hennepin Avenue bridge?

Drone footage set to Atmosphere is a very Minneapolis video [VIDEO]
We might think of drone operators as renegades, living just on the edge of the law, or in its absence, soaring quietly out of the view of authority and society. But this wholesome video tour of Minneapolis could probably get unanimous approval by the City Council.


The Week Ahead in Mill City

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, May 23

Tuesday, May 24

Wednesday, May 25

Thursday, May 26

Friday, May 27

Saturday, May 28

Sunday, May 29 


Scenes from the May 21 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Phil Nusbaum interviewed Ariel Pressman of Seed to Seed Farm and Mike Noreen of Burning River Farm during a live broadcast of Bluegrass Saturday Morning.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Jenny Breen prepared Spring Greens with Risotto during the Mill City Cooks demo. Look for a separate Mill City Cooks article later this week under our Farmers Market blog.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

History Hound from the Minnesota Historical Society hammed it up with visitors and vendors. 

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Sign your kids up for the Power Of Produce (POP) Club.  It's free, it will introduce them to a new veggie or fruit each week, and they'll receive a $2 token to spend on produce at the Market. Look for POP at the Info Booth.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Talk about addicting - these cheese curds from Cosmic Wheel Creamery are top shelf.  Hint for maximum flavor:  spread them on a plate (trying to not let them touch) and zap them in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. Unless you have more willpower than me, you won't be able to stop until the plate is empty.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Above, shoppers enjoyed wine samples from Saint Croix Vineyards; and below, the sweet smells of custom blended teas from Mrs. Kelly's Teas.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

New art vendor, Brenda Johnson of Billboard Bags, debuted at the May 21 Market.  Look for a separate article on Billboard Bags later this week under our Farmers Market blog.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, The Eddies perform.

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat! :)

May 21, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market


Top Five Reasons to Go to Brasa Premium Rotisserie

Story and Photos by Julie Craven

Before you even walk onto the patio at Brasa Rotisserie there are the smells. From specialties inspired by the traditional flavors of the southern U.S., Caribbean and Mexico, the aromas alone make you think about two things: a local beer and a menu. Chef Alex Roberts, with his Brasa locations and Restaurant Alma, is on the exclusive list of Minneapolis chefs doing amazing things with casual cuisine.

Here are five more great reasons to visit Brasa:

1. The menu has changed a lot in the last two years. Brasa was, and still is, known for shareable, family-style portions and now they've added a plate category. Individual options of their menu favorites. The family option is still on the menu, items that feature their signature, locally sourced and organic ingredients and fair trade coffee and tea.

2. The great outdoors! Patio dining plus stunning weather equals instant amnesia for a Minnesota winter. May 1st is typically when the big doors open, but as the natives know, some years winter tends to hang around, so that date has been subject to change.

3. There are daily specials as well, and the weekend specials sound particularly appealing - ribs and wings! Brasa’s Facebook page is the place to go for live music updates, and the music is oftentimes a month-long residency.

4. The chicken! We ordered chicken two ways: a Rotisserie Chicken Plate, roasted whole with a Creole-style dry rub, and the Pulled Chicken Plate, smothered with a saucy combination of light cream pepper gravy. Both were delicious.

5. Brittany! Our server was a delight, so knowledgable about the menu and enthusiastic with our questions. Brittany's personal favorite entrees are the Rotisserie Chicken and the Slow Roasted Pork. Her favorite sides? Collard greens, rice, and one a bit more unexpected - yucca, thick cut and like French fries with a dipping sauce. She solemnly declared that Brasa, “is the best place to work because everything is so delicious.”

Brittany's advice for first time guests at Brasa? The Rotisserie Chicken with collard greens and the Spicy Masa Corn Cakes. Next time, I'm going for one of the bowl items. The Gumbo Fried Rice with Okra, Shrimp, Peppers Andouille & Scrambled Egg looks absolutely terrific!

Location: 600 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55414


Julie Craven can be reached at


The Sounds and Scenes of Summer - Free Music and Movies in Minneapolis Parks

More than 250 free outdoor concerts and movies, sponsored by Comcast, will be hosted in Minneapolis parks this summer as part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Music and Movies in the Parks program.

Music in the Parks
Lake Harriet Band Shell (Monday–Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm and 5:30 pm)
Nicollet Island Park (Mondays at 7 pm)
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (Tuesdays at 7 pm)
Minnehaha Park (Wednesday–Friday at 7 pm)
Bryant Square Park (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm)
Theodore Wirth Park (June 14, July 12, August 16 at 7 pm)

Movies in the Parks
Monday through Saturday evenings at more than 45 neighborhood parks throughout the summer. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset.  2016 Movie Themes are:  New Releases - Family Favorites - Minnesota Connection - Movies That Inspire - The Classics - Action Adventure

Concerts and movies are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, pack a picnic, and don’t forget bug spray! For the most up-to-date schedules and weather related information, visit You can also get these updates by following Music and Movies on Twitter and Facebook.


Franklin Avenue Bridge Construction Update 


Crews are working extended hours to meet the aggressive schedule of
removing and replacing the bridge deck before Labor Day.

Large sections of concrete have been sawed and removed from nearly
half of the bridge deck. The typical size of each concrete section
being removed measures 12 feet by 28 feet and weighs more than 25

As panels are removed, they are lowered onto barges in the river
below and transported by trucks to a crushing yard. They then
separate the concrete from the steel and recycle.


Cranes are positioned along the bridge to assist in deck panel removal.
In total, there are five cranes onsite - each focusing on a different

deck removal

Crew members assist as a crane is used to remove a deck panel.

beam transport

To support the new deck, new deck beams have been fabricated. They
are made offsite and transported to the bridge site.

crane beam

With the deck panels removed, crews can place the new deck beam using
a crane.

In the context of constructing bridges, ABC stands for "Accelerated
Bridge Construction." The ABC period on the Franklin Avenue bridge
began after crews closed the bridge to traffic on May 8.

A growing trend across the United States, ABC aims at reducing the
duration of traffic impacts. For example, this bridge should only be
closed to traffic for 17 weeks rather than up-to-two years that it
might otherwise take.

To achieve the goal of being complete by Labor Day, 366 deck panels
were manufactured ahead of time. They are ready to be floated down
the river on barges and lifted into place by cranes.


Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month by Entering the #Mplspreservation Photo Contest

May is National Historic Preservation Month! The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is calling all photographers to participate in a photo contest to celebrate the historic resources that make our city a special place to live.

Minneapolis has 170 locally designated landmarks and 15 historic districts. Capture the characteristics of these places for a chance to be featured in the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission’s annual report, the City’s Heritage Preservation website and other CPED websites.

Rule alert: all photos should not contain identifiable people. To enter the contest, post your photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #MPLSpresevation by Tuesday, May 31. By entering, submissions may be used by the City of Minneapolis in future prints and digital publications, with proper credit to the photographer. Winners will be announced in early June. View map of Minneapolis Landmarks and Districts. 


Sunday, May 22: 2-for-1 Admission at Mill City Museum and other MN Historical Society locations

Governor Mark Dayton has declared today, Wednesday, May 18, Minnesota Museum Day. In honor of this day, the Minnesota Historical Society announced new opportunities for guests to visit historic sites and museums for free, including:

This Sunday, May 22, a 2-for-1 deal at the Minnesota History Center, James J. Hill House, Mill City Museum and Split Rock Lighthouse. Just mention #mnmuseumday where you buy tickets.

Minnesota Museum Day is offered in conjunction with International Museum Day, a time to celebrate the role museums play in building strong communities.


Northrup King Artists Featured on MN Original

Maggie Thompson and Leslie Barlow have their art making studios in the Northrup King Building.  

Both women were recently featured on public TPT's MN Original.

Maggie Thompson uses textiles to create cozy knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief.  View the MN Original segment on Maggie.

Oil Painter Leslie Barlow explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of "otherness" through the uses of figure and narrative elements.  View the MN Original segment on Leslie.


Streetscapes Walking Tour: Skid Row Minneapolis: A tour of the old Gateway District

Take a trip into the historic heart of Minneapolis. Today it’s center of a revitalizing downtown, but once it was home to the largest Skid Row in the upper Midwest. Urban redevelopment swept away nearly 200 buildings in the early 1960s, but enough remains of the old city to enable a journey of imagination into a streetscape of cheap bars, flophouses and rescue missions. Your guide is James Eli Shiffer, a Star Tribune editor and columnist, and the author of the new book, “The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis.”

More info and Tickets


Teddy Bear Clinic Invites Children to Explore HCMC’s Pediatric Emergency Department - May 21

Teddy Bear Clinic invites children and their friends to explore HCMC’s pediatric emergency department

Visiting an emergency department for the first time can be scary – but not on Saturday, May 21 from 8-10 AM when kids are invited to bring their Teddy Bears to Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Emergency Department for a special Teddy Bear Clinic.

“The goal of this free event is to expose children to the medical environment before a traumatic situation occurs,” explains HCMC emergency physician Dr. Ashley Strobel. “In addition to preventing trauma, we hope to help children feel more comfortable in this setting and with the procedures that occur during a typical emergency department visit. Allowing Teddy – or any other stuffed animal – to participate demonstrates the friendly nature and loving goal of a visit.”

Teddy Bears visiting the emergency department on May 21 will be “admitted” and may have a variety of procedures performed including blood pressure and heart rate checks, injections, stitches, x-rays, or a splint or bandage placed on their paws.

The Teddy Bear Clinic may be a special occasion, but Teddy Bears are welcome in the emergency department anytime. In fact, parents are encouraged to have their child bring their Teddy Bear or any item that will add to their comfort (electronic games, favorite toys, blanket or doll).

While these familiar items can be helpful, Dr. Strobel reminds parents that they are their child’s source of strength and security during an emergency visit. “Being honest about what might happen and reducing anxiety are important. If a procedure is required in the emergency department, parents can help ease the anxiety by talking to them, calming and supporting their child. They can also remind their child that the doctor or nurse is doing something to make them feel better.”

This is especially true for a child’s biggest fear – the needle. HCMC is implementing a poke plan to minimize injection anxiety with the goal of becoming an “ouch-less” emergency department. This is accomplished with the use of creams, sprays, medications, and even laughing gas.  HCMC’s Child Life Specialists also play a key role in providing activities to help distract children from painful procedures.

“As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center we have a duty to our community to provide the highest level of pediatric emergency and surgical care,” says Dr. Strobel. “And part of the healing experience is to reduce anxiety for the child and family during traumatizing and stressful situations in an unfamiliar hospital environment. Knowing what may happen and having a special friend like Teddy navigate those experiences can minimize these fears.”

In addition to the Teddy Bear examinations, the Teddy Bear Clinic will feature Teddy bear repairs and sew-ups, trauma prevention activities, ambulance and fire truck tours, and free bike helmet give-ways (while supplies last). For more information go to

For more than 120 years, Hennepin County Medical Center has successfully taken care of critically injured and ill children. That experience makes a huge difference when a child’s life is at risk. HCMC is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the right people and equipment in place, ready to care for critically injured children from the time of injury through rehabilitation.


Fourth Annual Foodie 4 Mile Run Benefiting the Northeast Farmers Market Saturday, May 21

Fourth Annual Foodie Four Mile Run Benefiting the Northeast Farmers Market Saturday, May 21, 2016 Opening Day of the Market
Registration Now Open

[MINNEAPOLIS – May 16, 2016] The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market announces The Foodie Four Mile: Race to the Market. It will be a fun run held Saturday, May 21, starting at 8:00 a.m., one hour before the Market opens the season.

Organizers say that the event's purpose is threefold, encompassing a fun run, a fundraiser, and celebration of the 2016 season Market opening. Costumes, dogs and strollers are welcome. This is a zero waste event.

The four mile course will be an excellent opportunity for runners and walkers of every skill level to enjoy a run or walk in Minneapolis' most historic and beautiful areas. The run starts in Northeast at B. F. Nelson Park (400 Marshall Street NE), winds along the Mississippi River through the St. Anthony West, Nicollet Island, and St. Anthony Main districts. After crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, the second half of the run will go through the wooded west side riverfront parks and Boom Island Park.

A portion of the event proceeds will also go to The Food Group's Harvest for the Hungry program. Harvest for the Hungry purchases fresh, locally-grown produce from Minnesota and Wisconsin farms to provide to Minnesota households facing hunger.

As a “Foodie Rally,” the run is a unique opportunity for fitness-conscious foodies to celebrate the Market's seventeenth season, enjoy awesome post-race treats, receive unique dish towel and market bucks to spend at the market during the 2016 season. Runners are encouraged to make it a “Foodie Four and a Quarter” by jogging to the Market to spend their bucks at the market after enjoying refreshments at the finish line.

The Northeast Farmers Market is located on the corner of 7th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE in the St. Boniface Church parking lot.

For more information and to register go to:



Foodie Four Mile
Saturday, May 21st 2016
8:00 am
Pioneers Statue, B.F. Nelson Park

Northeast Farmers Market
Saturday, May 21st – October 22nd
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
University and 7th Avenues NE Minneapolis


In the News - News from Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods


Say what? Minneapolis' Downtown East gets a new, unpronounceable name
The name that no one used for the stadium area of downtown Minneapolis is being replaced with a new name no one's likely to use.

Upper Falls lock observation deck to reopen for summer months
The visitor center deck at the lock and dam will open to the public on May 28 and remain open through Labor Day weekend. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Developers go own way after North Loop joint venture is nixed by neighbors
A recent North Loop land swap between United Properties and Greco LLC frees the two developers to pursue individual projects after their joint venture on a Washington Avenue site in Minneapolis failed.

Caught up in the whirl
Back in Northeast for the 21st annual Art-A-Whirl

City finalizing short-term operations plan for Commons park
Under the proposed agreement, the DID would oversee cleaning, maintenance, coordination of activities and the development of safety protocols, among other things, for the 4.2-acre park next to the new Vikings stadium.

A paddle on the urban Mississippi
There are many points within the Twin Cities for a great Mississippi river water adventure; both above and below St. Anthony Falls.

Franklin Avenue bridge makeover and detours expected to end by Labor Day weekend
With accelerated construction methods, Mpls. span set to reopen by Labor Day.

Nordstrom Rack coming to IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis
After nearly two years of looking for the right spot downtown, Nordstrom Inc. has zeroed in on the former Gap store space in IDS Center on Nicollet Mall.

Minnesota Vikings announce horn-like sculpture on the west plaza of new stadium
The sculpture, which likely won’t be completed until later in August, will be 107 feet long, 25 feet high, 30 feet wide and weigh more than 38 tons.

Field turf being installed at Vikings' new home
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley calls the turf "one of the last visible milestones" of construction.

Event center to open in former Pillsbury machine shop
For many soon-to-wed couples, the Stone Arch Bridge area is a hotspot for photos. Now an event center is breathing life into a nearby Pillsbury machine shop building just steps from the Marcy-Holmes riverfront.

Northeast Minneapolis studio offers yoga by candelight
Soothing music and soft lights make a traditional vinyasa yoga class even more relaxing.

Milkweed Editions to open new bookstore in downtown Minneapolis
Independent publishing house Milkweed Editions is planning to open a new bookstore in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis.

Milkweed Editions to Open Indie Bookstore
Milkweed Books will boast an 18-foot ceiling and shelving that goes from the floor almost up to the ceiling. There will be a street entrance, as well as access from Coffee Gallery. The brick back wall will have a felt covering, so that book-related art, including book jacket art, can be pinned there on a rotating basis.

Milkweed Editions to open new chapter, bookshop in Open Book building
The publishing house will open Milkweed Books in early July at 1011 Washington Av. S.


SUSAN SCHAEFER PHOTOGRAPHY at Grain Belt Bottling House for Art-A-Whirl

Minneapolis, MN, May 16, 2016 - Mill City Times reporter/photographer Susan Schaefer will be one of the artists showing in the historic Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 Thirteenth Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, MN, 55413, balcony level. Hours are: Friday, May 20th, 5 - 10pm, Saturday, May 21st, 12 - 8pm, and Sunday, May 22nd, 12 – 5pm.

Susan will show recent work from: her Portraits of Empowerment: Women’s Wellbeing book and exhibition, the Minneapolis Photo Center “Portraits” exhibit, the University of Minnesota Fine Arts student photography show, select Miksang Contemplative prints, and her new Mississippi River Bridges series. Fine arts prints, books, watercolor cards, and a lush tropical 2017 Contemplative Calendar will be available for purchase.

The artists of the historic Grain Belt Bottling House will kick off with a festive food, wine and  beer event at Friday evening’s opening. Be sure to begin your art adventure at the historic Grain Belt Bottling House.

Art-A-Whirl has been named one of the United States’ premiere art events, attracting up to 30,000 art seekers during its weekend long extravaganza.