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Retiring Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Canine Officer Jake Hosting Dog Adoption Event on Friday, March 29th

Via a March 20 Press Release from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office:

After nine years in the K9 unit and 563 deployments, canine officer Jake is retiring from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. But before he leaves the force to live as a family pet, Officer Jake is taking on one final assignment: To help other local dogs find loving “forever homes!”

Jake and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with Minneapolis Animal Care and Control and the Municipal Building Commission for “Jake’s Last Assignment,” an adoptable dog event in the rotunda at Minneapolis City Hall/Courthouse, 350 S 5th Street, on Friday, March 29. From 11 am to 1 pm, the public is invited to visit approximately 25 adoptable dogs from various animal rescue agencies. Jake and other (human) members of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions about the HCSO K9 unit.

Participating animal rescue partners include:

  • Minneapolis Animal Care and Control
  • Aussie Rescue of Minnesota
  • Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
  • Ruff Start Rescue
  • 4 Pits Sake Rescue
  • The Rescue Crew
  • Underdog Rescue
  • Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM)
  • Northwoods Humane Society
  • Save-A-Bull Rescue

“Jake has been the best partner I could have ever have, and I’m excited for him to spend his retirement years with my family and me,” said Jake’s partner and handler, Deputy Jason Majeski. “Jake has dedicated his life to serving Hennepin County, and I’m proud that his last official act with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be to help some local dogs find new homes.”

“Jake’s Last Assignment” Dog Adoption Event will be held in the Minneapolis City Hall/Courthouse rotunda on Friday, March 29, 11 am – 1 pm. A media preview of the event will be held from 10 – 11 am.

Officer Jake Quick Facts

  • Age: 9 years
  • Breed: German Shepard
  • Weight: Approximately 85 lbs.
  • Joined HCSO: March 2012
  • Deployments: 563
  • Apprehensions: 10
  • Training Hours: 1,300+
  • Biggest narcotics find: 5.51 lbs. of heroin hidden inside an air vent in a laundry room
  • Accolades: HCSO Medal of Merit, 10 Medallions for outstanding deployments through the USCPCA Region 12

Saturday, March 23, Parkway Closures for Hot Dash Races 

The following parkways will be temporarily closed on Saturday, March 23 for the Hot Dash 5K & 10 Mile from approximately 7am-1pm:

Stone Arch Bridge, NE Main Street - 6th Avenue SE to Hennepin Avenue, West River Parkway - Plymouth Avenue to E 27th Avenue

Course map and info.


This September - The Red Bull Flugtag Returns to the Mississippi

Via a March 19 News Release:

Red Bull Flugtag Soars Back To St. Paul for the Second Time in Event

Teams can apply until June 26 to launch their human-powered, flying crafts as far as possible into the Mississippi River on September 7 at Harriet Island Regional Park

Red Bull Flugtag, the world's one-of-a-kind, human-powered flying craft competition, will triumphantly return to St. Paul, Minn. for the second time in event history on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Harriet Island Regional Park.

At this year’s Red Bull Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, 50 teams will launch their homemade aircrafts as far as possible into the Mississippi River from a 30-foot-high platform, vying to earn their wings in this unique and exhilarating event. Each team of five will be scored by a panel of celebrity judges on how far their flying craft glides, their creativity and their showmanship. The sky’s the limit on flying craft design submissions, and past applicants have drawn inspiration from their favorite superheroes, music, movies, food and more.

Interested teams of adventurous aviators and creative makers can apply by visiting the event website for their chance to coast into the Mighty Mississippi. There is no cost to request an application, and the deadline to submit a completed application is June 26. All team members must be at least 18 years of age to compete in Red Bull Flugtag St. Paul.

The first time St. Paul hosted Red Bull Flugtag was in 2010, when the then world-record was set at 207 feet by ‘Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies’ in front of tens of thousands of people. This year’s event marks the second time in history that the competition will be held at Minnesota’s capital.

“Red Bull and Saint Paul have teamed up for nearly a decade to create unique, family-friendly events in our city,” said Mayor Melvin Carter. “I am thrilled to continue this partnership by hosting Flugtag in Saint Paul this summer.”

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter skydived into Harriet Island Regional Park on March 19 to make the announcement. Photo credit: Ryan Taylor / Red Bull

Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag has made 162 stops around the world, entertaining millions of spectators per year. The current Red Bull Flugtag World Record of 258 feet (78.64 meters) was set in 2013 in Long Beach, Calif. by ‘The Chicken Whisperers’.

For more information, including applications, rules, photos and video footage, visit the Red Bull Flugtag website at Red Bull Flugtag St. Paul is supported by Visit St. Paul, BFGoodrich, Discount Tire, RED HYDROGEN and proud local partners Holiday Stationstores and Cub.


March Newsletter from 7th Ward Council Member Goodman

Winter parking restrictions in effect to improve access for emergency vehicles

Minneapolis officials have implemented Winter Parking Restrictions to ensure city streets are passable for emergency vehicles, buses and other travelers in the face of heavy snow accumulation this winter.

When Winter Parking Restrictions begin tomorrow, parking will be banned on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on Snow Emergency routes, parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, unless otherwise posted. Drivers parking in Minneapolis must follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed. Winter parking restrictions include critical permit parking areas as well.

Minneapolis had more than 53 inches of snow as of late February and a record 36.2 inches for the month of February. The heavy accumulation has narrowed streets, which pose a safety hazard when emergency vehicles cannot navigate these streets to reach people who need assistance.

It is possible that Snow Emergencies can be declared while Winter Parking Restrictions are in place. When it snows, people should take advantage of the many tools the City offers to stay informed of parking rules.

Stay informed about Winter Parking Restrictions and Snow Emergencies

  • Hotline: By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, you can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared and how that affects the Winter Parking Restrictions. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website: Go to to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone calls to residents: Minneapolis uses automated phone calls to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared and Winter Parking Restrictions implemented. The system can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at
  • Email alerts: You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or text messaged to you. Go to for more details.
  • App for Android devices and iPhones: Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It will also have Winter Parking Restrictions information. It also has a street lookup, which allows users to see the parking rules in detail by entering an address or using the device’s location services features.
  • The news media: News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect or Winter Parking Restrictions have been implemented.
  • Cable TV: Tune in to Minneapolis City TV (Comcast channel 859 or CenturyLink channel 8502). These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared or Winter Parking Restrictions have been instituted.
  • Facebook: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to
  • Twitter: If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.
  • Videos: Informative videos are available online in multiple languages to help explain Winter Parking Restrictions:

Winter Parking Restrictions (English)

Watch your mailboxes for property value notices

Minneapolis homeowners will soon begin receiving their property value notices in the mail. The estimated market values of homes in these notices are used to calculate 2020 property taxes.

Property owners can review the values of their homes with an appraiser, ask questions and, if so desired, appeal their value at the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. Each notice includes the name and phone number of the appraiser assigned to the property in question. Contacting the appraiser is the fastest and most efficient way for homeowners to get answers to questions or to start the appeals process.

The local board convenes April 23 and begins hearing cases May 7, 2019. More information about the appeals process is available on the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization’s webpage at

For more information, visit

‘Radical Playground’ wins 2019 Creative City Challenge

The participatory art installation “Radical Playground” by Candida Gonzalez and MaryAnne Quiroz has won the 2019 Creative City Challenge under this year’s Northern Spark theme of “We Are Here: Resilience, Renewal & Regeneration.” During the summer of 2019 on The Commons, participants will be invited to heal through play with whimsical interactive “alebrije”: animal sculptures inspired by dream creatures from the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the indigenous cultures of Minnesota. “Radical Playground” will debut on The Commons June 14 as part of Northern Spark, an annual nighttime arts festival in Minneapolis with tens of thousands of participants. The art will remain on The Commons through August 2019 for a summer of everyday interaction and special programming.

The artists intend “Radical Playground” to invite indigenous communities and communities of color to a space where they feel free to gather, to play, to heal. They want their project to bring a feeling of play, of free joy, of giving people’s bodies a break from stress and worry.

The installation shape follows eight posts circling a large center post. The center post is topped by a large, striking alebrije and has a pyramid-shaped base that will serve as an ofrenda (altar) during programming. The outer posts are topped alternately by alebrijes and flowers representing the four directions. Four interactive panels anchor the four direction posts at the bottom and invite people to become alebrijes themselves as they put their faces in the panel cutouts. The color palette is bright and tropical for exciting, colorful viewing from long distances. Solar lights will create a magical nighttime experience.

More about the Creative City Challenge The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds. The challenge: create and install a temporary, destination artwork that acts as a sociable and participatory platform for two months of onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city and its rich cultural and natural offerings. The Creative City Challenge is conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and a tangible symbol of the complex narratives that make up the many stories within our urban landscape.

Past competition winners were Carry-on Homes in 2018, Orbacles in 2017, Wolf and Moose in 2016, mini_polis in 2015, Balancing Ground in 2014 and the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) in 2013.

The seventh annual Creative City Challenge is a program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy of the City of Minneapolis created in in collaboration with The Commons, Northern and the Northern Spark festival.

Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program leverages the creative sector toward social and economic growth in the City of Minneapolis; coordinates arts and creative economy activities; works with the Minneapolis Arts Commission; collaborates with City departments on eliminating racial disparities; and develops arts, culture and creative industry policies and programs for the City of Minneapolis.

The Commons The Commons is a 4.2-acre public green space and an anchor in the Downtown East area’s transformation. Spanning two city blocks, the park is an active space for the public to relax and play. More than 150 free public programs have been offered at The Commons since its opening in 2016 including a weekly farmers market, music performances, film screenings, poetry readings, fitness classes and children’s activities. In the summer of 2019 it will also be the venue for Northern Spark June 14 and 15. Learn more at

Northern Lights.MN and Northern Spark Northern Spark is a late night participatory arts festival taking place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, 2019. During Northern Spark, tens of thousands of people gather throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces and under bridges. Late into the night, the city surprises with friendly crowds, glowing groups of cyclists, unexpected paths through the urban landscape, and the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing art and experiences. See more at

Northern Spark is produced by Northern, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to artists working innovatively in the public sphere, exploring expanded possibilities for civic engagement.

Meet the artists behind the new Nicollet Mall signature artworks

Three new City-produced videos highlight the artists behind three new signature art pieces for Nicollet Mall.

Tristan Al-Haddad discusses the story behind “Nimbus,” a large sculptural piece in front of the Minneapolis Central Library. Constructed like an airplane wing, “Nimbus” is cantilevered over the Theater in the Round seating area.

Ned Kahn reflects on his “Prairie Tree” sculpture – a kinetic piece at 11th and Nicollet. The sculpture is inspired by the local typography of the area and the meeting of the prairies and the forests.

Blessing Hancock talks about her project “Nicollet Lanterns,” 12 illuminated sculptural lanterns featuring poems by local writers: Junauda Petrus, Vincent Moniz, Sagirah Shahid and Moheb Soliman.

Nicollet Mall features the largest collection of public and private artworks in Minneapolis. For more information on Nicollet Mall Public Art, visit

$15 workshops: creating resilient yards

Unseasonable warmth, droughts and flooding rains are the new normal in Minnesota. A resilient yard meets these challenges head-on and protects the local ecosystem.


Planning Your Resilient Yard builds an understanding of resilience and how to support it in your yard using site planning, intentional plantings and more. The workshop includes one-on-one design assistance from Blue Thumb landscape designers and UMN Extension Master Gardeners — Hennepin County.

Turf Alternatives focuses on converting traditional lawns to low-input turf alternatives that support pollinators and clean water.

Healthy Soil digs into the world beneath our feet and reveals specific practices to build resilience from the ground up.

Scholarships are available on request. Space is limited.

The City of Minneapolis sponsors these workshops as part of its focus on the well-being of people and our environment.

For more information, dates and to register, go to or call 651-699-2426.

City Council approves Renter-First Housing Policy prioritizing renter protections

The City Council has approved a Renter-First Housing Policy — a framework that affirms the City’s commitment to advancing renter protections and developing new tools to support affordability and stability in rental housing.

The policy prioritizes the safety, stability, health and dignity of people who rent their homes in City decision-making. It directs departments to view their work through a renter-centric lens to minimize impacts on the housing stability of renters. Regulating rental housing has been one of the City’s core functions since 1956 when it established some of the first housing maintenance ordinances in the country.

The implementation of the Renter-First Housing Policy will include both early intervention and safety-net strategies. Highlights include strengthening enforcement measures to ensure repair issues are addressed quickly while minimizing negative impacts on the renter; targeting inspections efforts toward properties in disrepair or with a high volume of renter complaints; and creating financial opportunities for property owners to maintain housing conditions and affordable housing without increasing rents. 

The City’s Regulatory Services Department has already been involved in renter-centric projects, including Hearing Tenants Voices, a three-year initiative that brings together community artists, housing inspectors and renters to build relationships and discuss the inspection process from all perspectives. The department also has new tenant navigators who work to ensure renters are partners in the inspection process and understand the City’s regulatory process.

The Renter-First Housing Policy builds on a growing body of work City leaders have advanced to address the challenges facing renters, such as the recent advance notice of sale ordinance that provides more protections for tenants when an affordable rental building is sold, and the amendments to the City’s Conduct on Licensed Premises ordinance that provide more tenant protections and resources for landlords to solve problem. In 2019, the City will expand legal services for low-income renters living in housing that needs repair and/or renters facing eviction.

A majority of residents rent their housing in Minneapolis. People of color and indigenous people are more likely to be renters than white people in the city. Renters are vulnerable to challenging market conditions, including low vacancy rates and limited affordable housing options.

City participating in Earth Hour March 30

The City of Minneapolis is planning on participating in Earth Hour again this year and encourages its residents and businesses to show their commitment to burning less fossil fuels by turning off their lights for an hour 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 30.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown into a global movement.

When we burn fossil fuels such as coal and gas, we pump more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This buildup creates a blanket effect, trapping in heat around the world. If nothing is done to halt this process, the planet we leave our children will be hotter with more violent weather, fewer species and disrupted systems such as food chains.

In 2015, 38 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis came from electricity. The City has set targets of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025 (using 2006 as a baseline) and 80 percent by 2050. Emissions from citywide activities decreased 17.8 percent in 2015 from the 2006 baseline, exceeding the first reduction goal of 15 percent by 2015.

Reduce fossil fuel energy use every hour of the year

Residents and businesses are invited to join the City of Minneapolis in this important global initiative and encourage their families and friends to switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday March 30. Check out the actions people can take to benefit the planet beyond the hour.

The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, adopted in June 2013, provides a roadmap for reducing citywide carbon dioxide pollution. To learn more about Minneapolis’ sustainable policies and practices, visit

Open Streets 2019 calendar set

The Open Streets calendar is set for 2019 with seven events scheduled around the city beginning Sunday, June 2 on Lyndale Avenue South. Mark your calendar for one or all seven.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event series that opens city streets to folks biking, walking, rolling and playing. At each Open Streets Minneapolis event, local businesses, artists, community groups and institutions come out into the street to play.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhoods in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Open Streets gets folks out of their cars so neighbors can explore their communities in a whole new way.

Open Streets Minneapolis invites people to be curious about their city as they:

  • See live performances.
  • Create art.
  • Discover local businesses.
  • Use active transportation.
  • Make connections with those around them.
  • Rethink our streets as public space.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Find more information at

“Movies Under the Domes” offers free movie nights at Minneapolis Convention Center

One night a month through May, the Minneapolis Convention Center will show a complimentary feature film in one of its auditoriums. Seating is limited; moviegoers must RSVP through Eventbrite for general admission tickets. If you’ve never been to an event at the Minneapolis Convention Center, now’s your chance.

Date night, family night or a hang-out-with-friends night, each Movies Under the Domes evening is free to the public. The first 100 people through the door at all movies will receive a free, two-pack set of Pepsi stainless steel straws.

Doors open at 5 p.m. All movies start at 6:30 p.m.:

  • March 21 – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (PG-13).
  • April 25 – “Moana” (PG).
  • May 16 – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG).

In addition to free feature films, guests can relax in the Minneapolis Convention Center’s Craft Bar and Lounge, which will have Minnesota craft brews and light snacks available for purchase. Those under age 21 can purchase snacks and beverages outside the Craft Bar and Lounge including ice cream sandwiches hand-crafted with fresh-baked, made-from-scratch cookies.

The Minneapolis Convention Center is owned by the City of Minneapolis and marketed through Meet Minneapolis.

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Block 1: Ryan Companies Downtown East Project

UPDATE: The City Planning Commission approved this project on a unanimous vote on Monday, March 11.

Ryan Companies is proposing a 25 story, 342 unit apartment building as part of the Vikings stadium driven redevelopment of a major portion of the Downtown East neighborhood. The project goes before the Planning Commission today, meeting starts at 4:40 pm. From the staff report (download complete report below):

SITE DESCRIPTION AND PRESENT USE. The site is located on South 4th Street between Park Avenue and Chicago Avenue. The site is currently vacant.

SURROUNDING PROPERTIES AND NEIGHBORHOOD. The site is surrounded by office and commercial buildings, residential developments of varying densities, The Commons, US Bank Stadium and structured and surface parking lots. The site is located in the Downtown East neighborhood

PROJECT DESCRIPTION. Ryan Companies has redeveloped the majority of five blocks on the east side of Downtown Minneapolis over the course of the last six years in four phases. Three of the blocks are bounded by South 3rd Street, 5th Avenue South, South 4th Street and Chicago Avenue South and the two additional blocks are bounded by South 4th Street, 5th Avenue South, South 5th Street and Park Avenue. The entire development has been reviewed as a multi-phased Planned Unit Development (PUD).

PHASE V - Current proposal: The fifth phase of the PUD will be a 342-unit residential building located on the southern half of the block bounded by South 3rd Street, Park Avenue, South 4th Street and Chicago Avenue. The building will be approximately 320,000 square feet in size and 25 stories tall. There will be ground floor lobby and residential amenity space and rooftop amenity space provided in the building. Some of the ground floor amenity space could also be used as commercial tenant space depending on the market. There will also be a ground floor parking and loading area. Access to this space will be from South 4th Street. There will be 120 parking spaces in the building. Access to the parking will be from South 4th Street, Park Avenue and the adjacent parking garage. The building will connect to the city’s skyway system. 

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Submissions for Izzy's 2019 People's Flavor Awards are due by April 21

Enter the Flavor Contest for your chance to win a $100 Izzy’s gift card!

Four finalists will be chosen in five categories: Kids, Chocolate, Mix-Ins, Fruit and Specialties Plus new this year: six Non-Dairy flavor finalists. Customers vote at the contest on June 16 (Father’s Day), at the Minneapolis Izzy’s location. Ballots will be counted and winners announced in each ice cream category.

New this year - two BEST IN SHOWS (one Ice Cream winner and one Non-Dairy winner). Tasting Event tickets go on sale April 2.




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In the News - Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

Our weekly digest of stories about Downtown Minneapolis and the Central Riverfront neighborhoods:

WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2019

Why midcentury motels failed in downtown Minneapolis
Affordable, accessible motor inns were once the place to stay downtown. That all began to change in the 1960s.

After shutdown scare, Minneapolis' Soap Factory will reopen by Labor Day
This fall, the Soap Factory will receive 6,000 square feet, rent-free, in the basement-level of the 130-year-old soap factory near the downtown riverfront for the next two years. Its board of directors voted to accept the offer on March 4.

Soap Factory Safe for Now, Following Deal to Resolve $3.8 Million Debt Issue
RJM will take over ownership of the Soap Factory building in Southeast Minneapolis and allow the arts organization to remain there for two years rent-free.

Two Twin Cities takes on Mozart opera that 'treats women like they're idiots'
Get the scoop on this year's Mill City Summer Opera production - “Così fan tutte,” scheduled for July in the Mill City Museum courtyard.

I-35W reconstruction project is where time (and traffic) stand still
We can state for certain that time travel will never be invented. The proof is right under our wheels.

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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, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20

Thursday, March 21

Friday, March 22

Saturday, March 23

Sunday, March 24


River Hub: News from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Our weekly digest of news relating to the Minneapolis Riverfront.


Minneapolis City Council approves concept plan for riverfront project
The redevelopment would be one of the city's biggest projects in recent years.

Mpls. council backs concept for riverfront development
The Upper Harbor Terminal plan concerns 48 acres of riverfront. It envisions entertainment facilities and affordable housing, and it would restore river access to nearby neighborhoods.

With Minneapolis' first amphitheater, city walks fine line between national and community attraction
Minneapolis riverfront plan has raised concerns for North Siders about their role in redevelopment.

Despite opposition, Minneapolis approves Upper Harbor Terminal amphitheater concept
Residents of North Minneapolis say their views have been ignored during the process.

Everything You Need to Know About Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal Project—And What Happens Next
The massive plan to turn 48 acres of riverfront land into housing, businesses and an outdoor performance venue was approved Friday. Here's a look at the costs and the challenges ahead.


See the Mississippi River in its natural flow state

City Council committee approves N. Mpls. riverfront development 'concept plan'

Minneapolis City Council panel advances North Side riverfront development, with pledge to listen

After leading a Minneapolis riverfront revival, MSR Design heads downtown

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March Newsletter from 3rd Ward City Council Member Steve Fletcher

Join Me Next Wednesday for Good Morning Ward 3


Our guest speaker will be Micah Intermill, Budget Director for the City of Minneapolis. He will discuss how City staff build our budget every year, share how YOU can help shape the budget, and outline a proposal to shift from an annual to a biennial (two-year) budget.
Good Morning Ward 3
Wednesday, March 20 - 7:30a-9:00a
Kramarczuk's Sausage Company, 215 E Hennepin Avenue

Ward 3 Youth Meeting with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board


The Minneapolis Youth Congress and I are co-hosting a Ward 3 youth meeting on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. at the Downtown Central Library in the Doty Board Room to gather recommendations for the Youth Master Plan.

This ward meeting is intended for a youth audience, and is a valuable opportunity for youth to share your ideas and experiences with local decision-makers and help shape the Youth Master Plan. More info on the Youth Master Plan available at

The Youth Master Plan is an effort to mobilize an agenda on the behalf of youth and children in Minneapolis to the Youth Coordinating Board (YCB)’s board, which is made up of elected officials from the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The Youth Master Plan will encourage collaboration across city, county, school, and parks systems and reflect the voices of youth in our city.

Coffee With Your Council Member


Council Member Fletcher holds regular open community office hours at 5:00 p.m., normally on Wednesdays, at a rotating neighborhood coffee shop in Ward 3 for constituents to drop by, ask questions, and raise any issues you see in the community.

All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook or just show up. If you want to discuss a specific issue or project, email and we'll add you to the agenda.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all the details on future scheduled events, or contact our office at 612-673-2203.


Northern Spark 2019 Artists Announced

Radical Playground concept sketch courtesy the artists.

Meet me at the Radical Playground

Visitors to The Commons this summer are invited to heal through play at the Radical Playground, the winner of the 2019 Creative City Challenge. This multi-part installation by lead artists Candida Gonzalez and Mary Anne Quiroz is centered around whimsical interactive “alebrijes”: animal sculptures inspired by dream creatures from the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the indigenous cultures of Minnesota.

The artists intend Radical Playground to invite indigenous communities and communities of color to a space where they feel free to gather, to play, to heal. “In this time of fight–protest, politics, policy change: deeply important and often draining–it is essential to us that we create an experience that claims space and time for the BIPOC communities in the Twin Cities.”

Radical Playground will debut on June 14, the first night of Northern Spark, and will remain on view on The Commons through August 2019 for a summer of everyday interaction and special programming.

Jesse Buckner, Heart and Soul Academy, at Northern Spark 2017 in Rondo. Photo by Caleb Timmerm

Announcing Northern Spark 2019 Artists

Northern is proud to announce the roster of installation artists for the ninth annual Northern Spark festival. Roughly 30 artist projects will illuminate public spaces and explore the theme We Are Here: Resilience, Renewal, and Regeneration through a myriad of vibrant and thought-provoking projects located in three neighborhoods — the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis, The Commons in downtown Minneapolis, and the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul.

In The Commons, grab a digital spray can and tag the Digital Graffiti Wall (presented by Walker Art Center), see the transformation and evolution of ancient Ethiopian string musical instruments (Yilma H Woldemedhen), and use your body in joyful protest by dancing in the streets (Don’t You Feel It Too?). Walking down Franklin Ave you’ll see a multimedia installation of animated Anishinaabe stories (Jonathan Thunder), power a moving cyclist sculpture by pedaling stationary bikes (Victor Yepez), and explore a re-imagined Franklin Library designed by and for the local Indigenous community (Marlena Myles with Hennepin County Library). In Rondo, experience a Visual Jazz Odyssey (Miko Simmons) and make solar peace poles that light up the community with regenerative solar energy (Illuminate and Regenerate Rondo Regiment).

View the full list of artists here. Full project descriptions and performing and video artists will be announced in April.

This year’s Northern Spark features two nights of art and connection with community—Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 — starting at dusk (9:00 pm) and ending at 2 am.

Creative City Challenge Launch and Opening Ceremony, The Commons, Northern Spark 2017. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.

Partner Spotlight: The Commons and Green Minneapolis

With the success of our partnership over the past two years, we are excited to continue staging challenging and exploratory, temporary art in downtown Minneapolis at The Commons this summer.

Thanks to the partnership and sponsorship of Green Minneapolis and our joint support and collaboration with the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program for the Creative City Challenge, Northern Spark returns to this urban park for the third time this summer. Opened in 2016, The Commons provides some much needed green space in the rapidly developing East Town neighborhood.

Northern Spark is far from the only event that takes place in The Commons. Green Minneapolis – the non-profit conservancy that works to keep the park safe, active and beautiful – has hosted over 150 free public events since the park’s opening, from poetry readings and ping pong tournaments to a weekly farmers market and outdoor film screenings. Keep an eye on The Commons website for posting of the full 2019 Summer Season, including programming by Creative City Challenge winner Radical Playground.

We are thoroughly grateful to the staff of Green Minneapolis and The Commons for working with us to ensure that Northern Spark artists achieve their visions.

Michael Murnane, Under Ice, 2012, Northern Spark. Photo: Patrick Kelley

Under Ice at Spring Howl

Dial your mind back to Northern Spark 2012. You’re walking down the middle of SE Main Street, weaving in between cyclists and people playing body pong in the street. You look up to see images of ice fishing lighting up the entire facade of the Pillsbury A-Mill. Wonder ensues!

Witness an indoor reprise of this iconic Northern Spark project at Spring Howl. This one-night-only version comes with a recorded sound score by Evan Murnane on cello. Get your tickets in advance and save!

Spring Howl for Northern Spark

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 - 8 pm, at The Holden Room, Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door.


Hayes Carll Comes to The Cedar

Article by Brianna Ojard

Photo credit: David McClister

Acclaimed singer/song writer Hayes Carll brings his Americana sound to The Cedar Cultural Center March 29th in promotion of his new and highly anticipated album, What It Is. The new album, hailed as one of Carll’s best by NPR, Rolling Stone, and Associated Press, showcases his skill as a storyteller. From “I Will Stay”, a classic love song that sweetly closes the album, to more challenging topics like the current state of American society (“Times Like These”) and the changing view of masculinity (“Fragile Men”), Carll manages to write songs that touch on an array of topics in a way that’s both unassuming and eloquent. Beyond the deftly written lyrics, the album also delivers songs that will get your body swaying and your toes tapping, which is always a good thing. 

Tickets for this all ages show can be purchased both online and by phone through The Cedar.

Hayes Carll
with Ben Dickey
Friday, March 29, 2019
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


UPDATE: Stone Arch Bridge will be closed 7a-5p, March 15, 18, and 19

Closure necessary for Xcel Energy to perform maintenance on overhead power lines

Weather permitting, the Stone Arch Bridge will be closed for power line repairs from 7 am to 5 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019, and potentially 7 am to 5 pm on March 18 and 19, depending on how long the repair project takes. Xcel Energy is performing maintenance on overhead power lines running between towers at Gold Medal Park and Boom Island Park.

This closure was originally scheduled March 13-15, but it was pushed back due to forecasted rain. 

Please follow posted detours and stay away from areas where work is being performed. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while this project is completed.


Retro Minneapolis Promotional Video from 1965

Our friends at Meet Minneapolis shared this 3-minute promotional video from the 60s. I dare you NOT to smile as you watch it. (The actual music and footage will start about 10 seconds after you click play.) 



Washburn Fair Oaks

Article by Michael Rainville, Jr.

Nestled right in the heart of a part of town that features some of Minneapolis’ oldest and most stunning architecture, Washburn Fair Oaks Park is a place of natural beauty that complements the historic and artistic beauty found in the museums around it.

A portrait of William D. Washburn from 1880The story of this park starts back in 1857 when a lawyer from Maine by the name of William D. Washburn moved to Minneapolis to help his brother Cadwallader run his mill, the Minneapolis Milling Company. During the next two decades, he and his brother would help establish the milling industry in Minneapolis while also perusing his passion for politics. In 1871 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, in 1878 he was elected to the US House of Representatives where he served for six years, and in 1888 he was elected to the US Senate where he also served for six years.

Once the 1880s got started, Washburn had become one of the wealthiest people in the state. In 1883 he decided to build his home among his colleagues and friends in what is now the Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion District. Designed by Edward Townsend Mix, who also designed the old Metropolitan Building that was demolished in 1961, William Washburn’s mansion was accompanied by gorgeous landscaping, an artificial pond and footbridge, a greenhouse, and a carriage house. His estate was spectacular to say the least. Washburn named his property the “Fair Oaks Estate” after the 10-acre oak grove that stood on the land before he purchased it.

Photo of the estate taken from 3rd Avenue facing west, Washburn's mansion is on the right.

The artificial pond, 1910

He was also very fond of the Minneapolis Park system and intended to give his property to the Minneapolis Park Board once he passed away. In 1911, the property immediately south of his estate, the Villa Rosa owned by Dorilus Morrison, the first mayor of Minneapolis, was donated by Morrison’s son to the city with the intention to build an art museum on the site. Eventually, the Villa Rosa made way for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This gave William Washburn the idea to offer his land to the Park Board. The deal was that the city would only pay the appraised amount of the land, and not the land and its buildings. This was a huge deal because Washburn’s buildings were valued at roughly $400,000, or over $10.5 million in today’s dollars. He sold the land to the Park Board for $250,000, or $6.6 million today, with the condition that he and his wife could reside there for as long as they lived. The land officially changed hands in 1915 when his wife passed away.

Once the Park Board acquired the land, they tore down the greenhouse and stables but the left the mansion standing as it was used as a meeting place for local groups. During the next decade or so there were many ideas for the park. In 1917, Park Board President Theodore Wirth suggested installing a 1,100-seat amphitheater. Wirth also suggested to build a children’s playground on the site, but the neighbors were not fond of that idea. Meanwhile, the mansion was quickly falling into disrepair and becoming a hazard for the children who were playing in the park, so the neighbors offered to give the Park Board $25,000, or $368,000 today, to buy a new park where a playground and ball courts could be installed. They accepted this deal and in 1924 the Fair Oaks mansion was razed, and two years later, Clinton Field Park was created just a few blocks away.

After the mansion was brought down, the initial idea for the park was to make it into a landscaped plaza that lead up to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and it would also serve as the head of an esplanade that would extend a mile north to the Minneapolis Auditorium, which is now the Convention Center. Just think if that project happened. We would have our own version of the Tuileries Garden to lead up to our own version of the Louvre. How glorious would that be?

The park today

Nevertheless, this plan never got started, and instead the park turned into a peaceful place to take a break from the bustling city. If you’ve never visited this park, I highly recommend it. The next time you make a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the Hennepin History Museum, take a stroll through Washburn Fair Oaks Park. Sit on a bench and imagine how life might have been like in this part of Minneapolis in the 1880s and 1890s with towering mansions and marvelous landscaping. This city’s passion for parks can be traced back to before the city even started, and it is because of patrons of the arts and parks like William Washburn that we have so many breathtaking parks spread throughout the Mill City.

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About Michael Rainville, Jr.

A 6th generation Minneapolitan, Michael Rainville Jr. received his B.A. in History from the University of St. Thomas, and is currently enrolled in their M.A. in Art History and Certificate in Museum Studies programs.

Michael is also a lead guide at Mobile Entertainment LLC, giving Segway tours of the Minneapolis riverfront for 6+ years.

He can be reached at


Miller Free Rides on March 16 (in conjunction with the Minneapolis and St. Paul parades)

Celebrate the luck of the Irish responsibly and get a free ride on Metro Transit on Saturday, March 16 – one day prior to St. Patrick’s Day – in conjunction with the Minneapolis and St. Paul parades.

Customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on all Metro Transit routes on the day before St. Patrick’s Day– buses, METRO lines and Northstar. Simply hop on and take a seat for free. 

If you’re celebrating that night – or want to avoid driving alongside those who are – riding the bus or train is a worry-free and safe alternative.

Watch for Metro Transit in the St. Patrick’s Day parades in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul on Saturday, March 16; not Sunday. 

Free rides will also be available on Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Anoka Transit routes.

Check which routes go late here.

Miller Lite Free Rides is a community service program made possible through a partnership with Metro Transit and MillerCoors. 

Call 1-800-FREE-RIDES 
Text “FREE RIDES” to 90464 

March 16, 2019, Saturday - Miller Free Rides (in conjunction with the Minneapolis and St. Paul parades)


Award-Winning HAUS Salon to Open a Third Salon and Spa in Northeast Minneapolis this Spring

Construction is underway on a new HAUS Salon location in Northeast Minneapolis with an expected opening date in Spring 2019. This new 4,000 square foot salon and spa is the third HAUS Salon for award-winning duo Charlie Brackney and Jessica Reipke, who also own and operate HAUS Salon locations in South Minneapolis and in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. They’ve partnered once again with Jonathan Gomez Whitney to design the salon located at 309 First Avenue NE on the main floor of NordHaus, a luxury mixed-use apartment community. The space offers a modern industrial aesthetic, incorporating iron, wood, stone, and greenery in a space with lofty ceilings and ample natural light.

Growth at HAUS Salon has been organic. The company started by offering only hair services with just eight chairs in January of 2011 at their flagship salon on Nicollet in South Minneapolis. In a few short years, they outgrew their space and opened a second, larger location in 2014 that included a spa in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis. They’ve since remodeled both locations to accommodate for their increasing clientele and 70+ employees. “We had no grand plans to grow our company at this rate. It’s happened organically while we were focused on building a team of talented artists and giving the best possible service,” said Jessica Reipke, co-founder and Salon Director of HAUS Salon. “If we were going to grow, it had to be in the right way, at the right time, in the right space. And it has become vividly clear to us in the past few months that we simply must expand.”

“It’s a beautiful new space in one of our favorite neighborhoods in Minneapolis”
Charlie Brackney
“Our company’s vibe is and always has been urban. It might seem ambitious to have three salons all within the City of Minneapolis, but we’ve chosen three distinctly different neighborhoods, and it’s truly the right fit for our brand and our clientele,” said Charlie Brackney, co-founder and Creative Director of HAUS Salon. This love of all things Minneapolis brought HAUS Salon to the popular Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood. The NordHaus community at First and University near Surdyk’s, approached Charlie and Jessica about considering their ground-level retail space. “It’s a beautiful new space in one of our favorite neighborhoods in Minneapolis,” said Brackney.

HAUS Salon Northeast will initially feature HAUS artists transferring from both locations to allow more new clientele to experience all that HAUS has to offer the people of the Twin Cities. Services offered will include haircuts, color services, and hair extensions plus a spa with facials, body waxing, and brow services including waxing, threading and microblading. HAUS Salon offers convenient online scheduling and shopping, featuring carefully curated beauty and wellness essentials in their online shop, shopHAUS.


The first HAUS Salon opened eight years ago in January 2011 at 42nd and Nicollet in South Minneapolis. Their second HAUS Salon location opened in October 2014 at 7th and Washington in the North Loop. Guests receive world-class haircuts, color, waxing and facials from some of the most talented and expertly trained artists in the Twin Cities. To schedule an appointment at HAUS Salon, call 612-827-4287 or schedule online at


Registration Now Open for Summer Youth Sports and Activities in Minneapolis Parks

Youth Sports

Register your child for fall sports in Minneapolis Parks! Check out the links below to find a league that works for your family:


Ages 9-14, March-May
Available through Armatage, Audubon and Lake Nokomis Recreation Centers

RBI Baseball

Ages 8-18, May-August

RBI Softball

Ages 8-18, May-August

Slow Pitch: 10U Girls and 18U Co-Ed
Fast Pitch: 12U, 14U and 18U

Track and Field

Ages 9-18, May-July

Umpires Needed!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is always looking to hire baseball or softball umpires! Earn extra cash and stay involved in the game!

To apply or learn more information please contact Anthony DiBella at or 612-230-6546.

Activities and Classes

If your child is not into sports, please browse the hundreds of activities and classes linked below:


Art, Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music and Theater

Computers and Technology

Film, Tech Academy, Video Games

Cooking and Nutrition

Cooking, Baking and Kid's Night Out programs

Health and Fitness

Acrobatics, Boxing, Dance, Martial Arts, Indoor Playgrounds, Yoga and more!

Hobbies, Clubs and Games

Archery, Biking, Billiards, Board Games, Books, Movies and dozens of Summer Camps!

Language and Culture

African Culture Camp, East Phillips Culture Connection, Spanish Language Lessons

Mentoring and Development

Building values and self-esteem to develop tomorrow's leaders

Nature and Environment

Archery, Canoeing, Day Trips, Fishing, Gardening, Junior Naturalists, Nature Nuts and many different Outdoor Summer Camps


Kindergarten prep programs and camps available at recreation centers across the city

Water Activities

Swimming Lessons at Lake Nokomis, Lupient Water Park and Wirth Beach; Log Rolling, Sailing and Swim Camp

Recreation Fee Assistance

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford instructional fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.

Questions? Contact your local recreation center (Recreation Center List) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board information line at 612-230-6400 or


Hennepin Healthcare offers “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event March 13

Unlike a wrist or ankle fracture where a cast, splint or minor surgery can help return function back to “normal,” an injury to the brain can present unique challenges. No two brain injuries are alike; recovery and treatment recommendations are based on the severity of the injury and other factors – and can have life-changing effects.

Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center cares for more than 3,000 patients each year, providing a full range of state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitative services from prevention to emergency care, neurosurgery, critical care, rehabilitation and the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program.

Experts from many of those services will be available to answer questions in person at the “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event on Wednesday, March 13 from noon-1pm at the M. Stillman Education and Community Center located on the first floor of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 S 8th Street, M. Stillman Education and Community Center (parking is available beneath the building). A live Twitter chat will also take place during that time so anyone who cannot attend in person can ask questions using the hashtags #TBIMonth and #TBIChat to @hennepinhc.

Throughout the month of March the TBI Center is sponsoring educational events for the public to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. Although they are free, some of these events require registration. For more information go to 

Each year, more than 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Among children and young adults, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability. In Minnesota, nearly 100,000 brain injuries occur annually. A large percentage of those injuries are mild to moderate cases and often go untreated. As a Level I Trauma Center, Hennepin Healthcare admits and treats the most traumatic brain injuries in the state. For more information about TBI programs and services, go to