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Thursday
Oct232014

Tonight: Water Works Public Open House at Mill City Museum

Water Works Park Vision Presentation and Public Open House

October 23,  6:00pm-7:30pm, at the Mill City Museum, 704 2nd Street South

It’s been more than 50 years since the Mississippi River thundered through the 34-ft deep and 50-ft wide “great canal,” a feat of engineering that made Minneapolis the world’s milling powerhouse over 100 years ago. Now in the 21st century, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) has underwritten the creation of a new vision for excavating and experiencing the historic canal, the prominent feature in an experiential future Water Works park.

MPF and the Park Board invite the public to see the Water Works design and meet the designers on Thursday, October 23, when MPF also will officially debut a 3D flythrough animation of the future park. Water Works is a Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board-owned site located on the Mississippi River adjacent to its only true waterfall – St. Anthony Falls. It is also on the edge of downtown Minneapolis within both a growing mixed-use neighborhood and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage District. The area has long been significant to First Nations, and, because of its milling past, has several important historic features.

For more information on these presentations: http://mplsparksfoundation.org/2014/10/14/mpf-to-present-vision-for-water-works-park-to-minneapolis-park-recreation-board-october-22/.

For more on the Water Works park process and to subscribe to news about the project, please visit http://mplsparksfoundation.org/category/projects/water-works.

Major funding for the Water Works design project is provided by Pentair Foundation, St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and General Mills Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation and many generous individuals.

Thursday
Oct232014

Extended Absentee Voting Hours for November 4 Election

Via an October 22 Hennepin County News Release:

Hennepin County will offer extended hours for absentee voting in the upcoming general election. Any eligible voter may submit an absentee ballot for any reason, and absentee ballots can be submitted by mail, in person, or by having someone you know pick up and deliver the ballot.

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.

Where to absentee vote

Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis (map)
Skyway level

In addition, some cities may offer extended hours for absentee voting. Check with your city for more information.

Extended absentee voting hours

  • Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • MondayFriday, October 27 - October 31 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you aren’t able to submit an absentee ballot, be sure to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To find your polling location, use the Minnesota Secretary of State polling place finder available at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

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

Wednesday
Oct222014

Learn About the New Webster School at an October Friends of Webster Play Date

See the Facebook page for more info. Webster School is located at 425 5th Street NE.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Tonight / Mill City Times Endorses 4 Candidates for the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Election on October 21

What: Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Election & Annual Meeting

Where: The Depot, 225 3rd Ave S

When: Tuesday, October 21, 6:30PM

Early Bird Voting: 6:00PM-7:00PM

From redevelopment of the area surrounding the new Vikings Stadium, to the creation of a new Central Riverfront Master Plan, the complete makeover of Nicollet Mall, and the threat of hydropower drying up St. Anthony Falls, the next few years will reshape Downtown Minneapolis for decades to come.

Last year saw 4 new members join the DMNA Board, and they’ve made great strides revitalizing the organization.  Our endorsed candidates - 2 who would be new & 2 existing members - will complete the transformation and build on the momentum gained over the past 12 months. 

A seat on the DMNA Board should not be viewed as a career enhancing networking tool or a resume builder.  It is an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and serve the community. These four Downtown residents & business owners, all extraordinarily engaged at the neighborhood level, will serve the Downtown neighborhoods well:

Nick Cichowicz is the current Board Chair on the DMNA and has served on the board for two years. His professional background includes experience in both the corporate and nonprofit spheres.  He is currently the Executive Director of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and previously worked at Target and at the Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin in community outreach roles. In his most recent professional positions he has prepared grant proposals and funding requests while also implementing community outreach strategic plans targeting public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Nick has lived in Minneapolis since 2008 and has a passion for the city.  His focus on the DMNA Board has been on making Downtown MPLS vibrant, safe and livable. In the next two years Nick’s goal is for the DMNA to become, “with the help and input of residents, businesses and visitors alike” a key contributor to the strengthening of both Downtown East and Downtown West.

- Ken Searl is a businessman, entrepreneur and community leader.  He grew his first company from one office and $500,000 in sales to a 20-office, $35 million business, and most recently founded a start-up software company that attracted strong interest and support from venture capitalists. He has a long history of serving on both industry and nonprofit boards of directors.

Ken lives in Minneapolis and organized the Safety and Prevention Group of 15 condominiums in the riverfront as part of the Mill District Neighborhood Association. He devotes considerable time to volunteer work in the city, including working with grade school children at Ascension school and serving on the board of Mill City Commons.

- Carletta Sweet is a homeowner at RiverWest Condominiums in the Downtown West neighborhood of Minneapolis and an editor for a small business consultancy also located in the Downtown West neighborhood.

Carletta promotes public and private sector collaborative relationships that foster affordable housing, business development, and cultural as well as educational opportunities for the residents, businesses, employees and visitors to downtown Minneapolis.  To accomplish these goals she has been instrumental in forging relationships between DMNA and:  Aeon on whose board she served as chair; the East Downtown Council on whose board she currently serves as vice president; 2020 Partners as the DMNA representative; the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership on whose board she currently serves as secretary/treasurer; and the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee on whose board she currently serves as the downtown neighborhood representative.

Carletta joined the DMNA to assist in making the downtown neighborhood attractive, safe, economically viable, and a great place to live, work, play and visit, similar to what she experienced during the renaissance in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the South Loop (Burnham Park Neighborhood) downtown community of Chicago, Illinois. Carletta has been a DMNA board member since 1998 and brings a rich historical perspective of the issues that impact the community.

- David Tinjum grew up in North Minneapolis and now lives in the Mill District.  Seeing a need for better communication and community action among Mill District residents, he founded and publishes the Mill City Times website and weekly newsletter, which has mobilized the Mill District residents on important civic issues, such as the proposed Crown Hydro project.  He is Chair of the Mill District Neighborhood Association, he is a member of the Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Planning Citizens Advisory Committee, and he served as Campaign Chair for Jacob Frey’s successful run for the Minneapolis City Council.

David is also a businessman and community activist who would bring enormous energy and passion to the DMNA board. He is a self-made CEO, who started a software company at his kitchen table and grew it into a company with annual revenue of $9 million, employing 75 software engineers.

David will use his experience with Mill City Times and the Mill District Neighborhood Association to build real community engagement Downtown, so that everyone who lives or works Downtown has a seat at the table on the issues and projects that will shape our neighborhood for decades to come.

Call to action - we need your votes. There are four seats up for election to the DMNA Board of Directors. This means if you live or work in the Downtown East/Mill District or Downtown West neighborhoods you have 4 votes, one for each seat.

Make Sure We Have a Seat at the Table.  From redevelopment of the area surrounding the new Vikings Stadium, to the creation of a new Central Riverfront Master Plan, and the infill development already planned, you can ensure our neighborhoods have a seat at the table.  Make note of their names – Nick, Ken, Carletta & David – and use all four votes!

Monday
Oct202014

The Week Ahead in Mill City

The World's Most Dangerous Port-A-Potty

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...

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Sunday
Oct192014

Week 24 at the Mill City Farmers Market

October 18 at the  Mill City Farmers Market.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The Minneapolis Park and Recreaction Board provided shoppers with the opportunity to learn about how signage is being standardized for trails and crossings.  Learn more.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Boot cuffs from The Abbey add color and help keep you warm.  :)

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Beautiful!

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

New item from Barkley's Bistro - Cranberry Wild Rice Treats.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Picked up another new ornament for our Christmas tree - this time from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat!

October 18, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market