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Monday
Oct202014

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

**CORRECTION:  THE HEADLINE IS A TYPO - THE ELECTION IS TOMORROW NIGHT**

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...

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Saturday, October 25

Sunday, October 26

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

Friday
Oct172014

Road Closures for Saturday, October 18

The following parkways will be temporarily closed October 18 from 7:00am to 11:00am for The Big Gay Race:

West River Parkway - Main Street - Stone Arch Bridge

Please note, the duration of the closures is subject to change based on the event's start and finish times.

A complete list of current and upcoming parkway closures is available online.

Thursday
Oct162014

Vote For Your Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant - 2014 Charlie Awards

The Charlie Awards is a Twin Cities event that recognizes the exceptional contributions that our metro area restaurant, food and drink industry make to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative Twin Cities lifestyle and economy.

Here's how it works:

Find your favorite restaurants and food trucks online, try the food item they've chosen, then vote for which item(s) you believe should receive the 2013 Charlie Award for “Outstanding Food Item.”
 
To cast your vote, simply click on the restaurant and/or food truck, which are organized by neighborhood.   Restaurants participating in and around our neighborhood are listed in the Downtown Minneapolissection, including Sea Change, Spoonriver, The Bachelor Farmer, Zen Box, Sawatdee, Red Stag and Gorkha Palace.

The 4rd Annual Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, November 16, at the Pantages Theatre.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) Improvements = Cleaner Air

Via an October 14 Hennepin County News Release:

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center improvements aim to cut smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 25%

Hennepin County is installing new pollution control equipment at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by about 25 percent. NOx contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog. Smog can aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

The new equipment injects a urea solution, a non-toxic chemical, into the boilers to reduce NOx levels. This technology has been proven effective and efficient at other waste-to-energy facilities. The estimated cost is $1.5 million and was approved by the county board Tuesday. The cost of the new system to reduce NOx will be paid out of the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, which comes from tipping fees paid by waste haulers delivering garbage to HERC.

In Hennepin County, 38,000 tons of NOx are released annually. About 80 percent of it comes from the exhaust of transportation sources; only 1.5 percent comes from waste incineration at HERC. The total amount of NOx released into the atmosphere in Minnesota annually has decreased by nearly 20 percent in the past decade. The county has contributed to the reduction of NOx by improving energy efficiency in county buildings and in its fleet, and by promoting public transportation and bicycle use.

Hennepin County residents and businesses generate more than one million tons of waste each year. Processing waste for energy at HERC is just one part of the county’s integrated waste management system that emphasizes waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. About 45 percent of the waste generated in the county is recycled or composted. The remaining trash can either be buried in the ground or burned for energy.

HERC has fewer environmental impacts than landfills. It is located where the trash is generated, minimizing the NOx and other air pollution from the transportation of waste to landfills. HERC captures more energy from waste than landfills, which reduces the use of fossil fuels. Waste in landfills continues to decompose, producing methane and organic compounds. 

The county is making progress toward the goal of zero waste and waste generation per capita is decreasing as recycling rates are increasing. It is committed to making recycling convenient and expanding opportunities to compost. It offers grants, educational materials and professional staff assistance to improve recycling at businesses, schools, apartment buildings, events and public spaces.