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MacPhail to Host August 6th National Night Out in Gold Medal Park

Article by Claudia Kittock 

National Night Out is returning to Gold Medal Park on August 6th. Grab a blanket and picnic lunch and join your friends in celebrating the spirit of the neighborhood.

MacPhail Center for Music is the host and will be bringing musicians. They will be joined by a photo booth, sponsored by Emanuel Housing. Open Eye Theater will be performing a puppet show at 7:00, sponsored by Friends of the Mill District. The staff of The Legacy will be passing out free root beer floats. We are hoping for stops from the Bike Cops for Kids and the Fire Department.

There is much more news to come, so stay tuned. Make your plans now to join your neighbors on August 6th in Gold Medal Park. See you there!

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).



Oratorio Society of Minnesota Summer Chorus presents A Night at the Opera Concert August 3 at Ted Mann Concert Hall


The Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents A Night at the Opera featuring popular movements from 12 beloved operas on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.

Following the popularity of 2015’s Great Opera Choruses concert, A Night at the Opera includes songs from CarmenPirates of PenzanceToscaRigoletto, and more. The program will beperformed by the Society’s Summer Chorus—a festival chorus of 150 singers—with soloist and a full orchestra and conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey.

Tickets: $30 (preferred seating) and $20 for adults (general seating); $15 for students; children under 12 are free with adult admission (use promo code CHILD) available at


In the News - Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

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

WEEK OF JULY 15, 2019

ApartCondOtel? Sable project allows condo owners to use units for short-term rentals.
New condo buildings remain relatively rare amid the ongoing boom of apartment development. Minneapolis–based developer United Properties was planning 57 rental apartments next to its new Nordic office building in the North Loop.

North Loop parking ramp denied by Minneapolis Planning Commission
The Federal Reserve Bank wanted the 800-spot ramp for its employees.

Why is southeast Minneapolis located northeast of downtown?
When Harlan Nickerson drove delivery trucks, he often cruised across Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue Bridge into the neighborhood surrounding the U, where the streets are labeled “southeast.” After driving the route for years, the 64-year-old realized this nomenclature didn’t quite make sense.

Downtown Minneapolis may get a new fire station as developer remakes block with apartments, ramp
Before Sherman Associates can build apartments, it must create new downtown station for city.

Electric scooters will be available in Minneapolis parks under new agreement
Companies previously weren't allowed to leave vehicles on park property.

University Ave SE and 4th St SE Restriped in “Protected Bikeway Study”
Within the last two weeks, University Ave SE and 4th St SE, both arterial one-way roads, have been restriped to reduce the lanes of vehicular traffic and to start to create a protected bike lane in each direction on the corresponding roads.

Citing problems on Nicollet Mall, Haskell's Wine Bar has closed
The longtime wine and spirits shop remains open.

Surge of new apartments fuels fear over a changing northeast Minneapolis
St. Anthony West, a quiet area with modest homes, is growing more densely populated.

Fast-growing Foodsby headed to Downtown Mpls HQ
CEO Ben Cattoor said Foodsby has vacated 7,000 square feet on Broadway St. N.E. and relocated to 16,000 square feet of interim space in the Baker Building at 705 Marquette Av.

California-based CommonGrounds Opens Minneapolis Co-Working Space
The company has signed a 130-month lease for the second floor of the former TCF Bank Building.

The Face Foundry to Open Second Location in North Loop
After a successful launch at Galleria, the unique spa concept is expanding into Minneapolis.

Hazel & Rose Boutique Closing in North Loop
After only a year, Hazel & Rose is leaving their North Loop storefront for a long-term stay at Winsome Goods.

Butcher & the Boar named top-rated restaurant in all of Minnesota
As of July 2019, not only does Butcher & the Boar serve City Pages-certified fantastic steaks, it’s also the very best restaurant in the whole state of Minnesota.

Cut Out of Work Early with These Minneapolis Happy Hour Deals
The best post work plans involve drinks and snacks on the cheap.

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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, July 15

Tuesday, July 16

Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21


River Hub: News from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Our weekly digest of news relating to the Minneapolis Riverfront, in collaboration with The Great River Coalition:

WEEK OF JULY 15, 2019

Watch & Read: A trip down the mighty Mississippi
From the gentle rising headwaters in Northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico over 2,300 miles downstream, Mo Rocca takes a trip on the Mississippi River.

Watch: Paddle Share on the mighty Mississippi River
Paddle Share is expanding locations along the Mississippi.

Watch: Kayaking the Mississippi with Paddle Share
hayne Wells meets up with Katie Nyberg from the Mississippi Park Connection to learn all about the abundant kayaking opportunities they have along the Mississippi.

Position announcement: Administrative Assistant with Friends of the Mississippi River
The position is right for an organized and detail-oriented person with a genuine commitment to protecting the environmental and cultural resources of the Mississippi River.

FMR opposes proposed riverfront parking ramp
The proposed Federal Reserve Bank parking ramp 

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June by the Numbers

Downtown real estate market update from Cynthia Froid Group:


Get Ready for the 2019 Aquatennial - July 24 thru 27!

Click here for all 2019 Aquatennial events listing

NOTE: Residents should print this Resident parking pass for July 26 and 27 and put it in their windows so they will be able to easily get through to their building. The residents impacted will be those with parking access off of West River Parkway on either side of Portland and also any apartment building on 1st Street S (across from old Fujiya building).
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Here is a partial list of events - it's going to be a busy 4 days!

Life Time Torchlight 5KWednesday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Location: From Minneapolis Convention to Boom Island

Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5K in Minneapolis is the fun run for everyone! Grab your family, friends and running shoes because the Torchlight 5K starts with a bang and ends with a brew. That’s right, Life Time Fitness’ legendary post-race party features musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments. Then take the NEW shuttle bus system back to the start area. It’s the party of the year that just happens to start with a run! The Torchlight 5K starts near the Minneapolis Convention Center and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route down Second Avenue. From there, the course weaves to West River Parkway and offers up-close views of the mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins Park, and more, before finishing at Boom Island.

LifeTime Torchlight 5K After Party - Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 – 10 pm

Location: Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE

Celebrate Aquatennial at the Life Time Torchlight 5K After Party! Stop by Boom Island for beverages, music, activities and more as the sun sets on the Minneapolis Skyline and the torchlight hits full force. No need to be a runner to attend this event–it is open to the public, so you can participate whether you are one of the 5,000 Life Time Torchlight 5K racers or not.

Twin Cities River Rats Ski ShowThursday, July 25, 7 pm

Location: West River Road between Plymouth and Broadway

Join the Twin Cities River Rats for a humorous, family-friendly water ski show on the Mississippi River. Watch high-flying stunts, fast-paced barefooting, graceful swivel skiing and even human pyramids courtesy of the talented Twin Cities River Rats crew. Bring beach towels or lawn chairs, and enjoy this free water ski show for the whole family along the banks of the Mississippi River – located just south of the Broadway Bridge. Click Here for more information on the Twin Cities River Rats.

Frey’s Fry Throwdown at Aquatennial - Friday, July 26, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Location: Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets

Minneapolis has a celebrated culinary scene, and it also has a mayor with a dynamically delicious name. Why not combine the two? The inaugural Frey’s Frey Throwdown at Aquatennial will combine our city’s food scene with our Official Civic Celebration. Mayor Jacob Frey will help Minneapolis celebrate our famed food scene with a fun event that highlights our city’s creativity. The event will offer a chance for eight Minneapolis restaurants to build a brand new French Fry-centric dish. Celebrity judges will help taste-test these dishes and collectively choose a winner. Join us Friday, July 26 from 12-1 pm on Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets as we enjoy a fun lunch hour taste-testing Frey-tastic creations in downtown Minneapolis!

Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial - Friday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Location: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Join us at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (726 Vineland Place) on an early July evening to take in the weather and the atmosphere that comes with the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Celebrate summer in the City!
This class is free and open to all abilities. Check-in begins at 5 pm. Mats are not provided for this class. No pre-registration required, come early to reserve your spot.  Alchemy 365 combines yoga, strength, and conditioning into one class to change the body and renew the mind. Bring a yoga mat and water.

Aquatennial Yoga with Corepower YogaSaturday, July 27, 9 am and 10:15 am

Location: Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE

Join the Minneapolis community in celebration of the historic Mississippi riverfront with an all-levels CorePower Yoga class. From 9 to 10 am, explore one of CorePower’s most popular formats C2 + Yoga Sculpt in one class, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation from 10 to 10:15 am. Come for one or both to experience the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely-physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga. Bring your own mat and stay for giveaways after class! 

Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks EventsSaturday, July 27, 4 – 10 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Portland Avenue

Join the fun for the Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks events leading up to the Target Fireworks at 10 pm. Stop by for music, food and more as you await one of the nation’s top five annual fireworks shows. The fun includes live music, a kid’s zone, food trucks and more!

AquaJamSaturday, July 27, 4 – 8 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge 

An Aquatennial classic event is back! Join us for AquaJam, a legacy event that was a popular Aquatennial destination during the 1980s. This year’s event is taking place right along West River Parkway. Stop by and either take part or watch incredible skateboard just steps away from foods, beverages, shopping, live music and more. AquaJam is presented by Fulton Beer and Familia Skateshop.

Minneapolis Craft Market – Pre-Fireworks Festivities - Saturday, July 27, 4 – 10 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge 

Minneapolis Craft Market is joining the fun of the 2019 Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities on the Mississippi Riverfront with the first annual Aquatennial Night Market. The marketplace will feature 50 local artists selling handmade goods including woodwork, jewelry, apparel, home goods and more. They’ll be joined by local record store Solsta Records with their Rockin’ Roller mobile record store and DJ bus. Find the market on Chicago Mall (Mill City Farmers Market site), a prime location for gathering with friends and enjoying the activities while waiting for the fireworks to start. Minneapolis Craft Market is a mobile marketplace highlighting independent artists and designers of the North. Founded in 2015, the market is hosted at venues throughout the Twin Cities more than 60 times per year and has an approved vendor roster of more than 1,000 local artists.

Target Fireworks ShowSaturday, July 27, 10 pm

Location: Along the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis

Join the Minneapolis Aquatennial in celebrating another year with the Target Fireworks, considered one of the top five annual fireworks displays in the nation. Get there early! Space fills up pretty quickly at this beloved event along West River Parkway and on the Stone Arch Bridge. Bring sunscreen for the afternoon and bug spray for the evening. The best spots are between Gold Medal Park and the Third Avenue Bridge on West River Parkway. While you’re there: enjoy a show, tour or walk on the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater, learn about Minneapolis’ history at the Mill City Museum, enjoy a morning at the Mill City Farmers Market or a leisurely afternoon at Gold Medal Park. Stop by Stone Arch Bridge and check out the skyline view from the Mississippi River. And tune into Go 96.3 to enjoy the simulcast of music set to the Target Fireworks display.


North Loop Reconstruction & Pedestrian Improvements

Editor's note - This is an ongoing series of updates as the North Loop Reconstruction and Pedestrian Improvements project.

North Loop Reconstruction & Pedestrian Improvements

The North Loop Reconstruction & Pedestrian Improvements Project consists of two separate projects:

  1. A full street reconstruction along 3rd St N between 10th Ave N and 5th Ave N
  2. A pedestrian improvement project generally bounded by 10th Ave N on the north, 1st Ave on the south, West River Parkway on the east, and 4th St N on the west

North Loop Reconstruction Updates


5th Ave N

  • Continuing water work at 5th and 3th St N

7th Ave N

  • Grading complete
  • Gas work complete

8th Ave N

  • Finished removing poor soils and backfilling
  • Finished placing aggregate base, in preparation for paving the first lift of asphalt

9th Ave N

  • Finished utility work
  • Finished removing poor soils and backfilling
  • Began placing aggregate base in preparation for paving the first lift of asphalt

3rd St N

  • Continued water work between 8th Ave N and 5th Ave N


5th Ave N

  • Continuing water work at 5th and 3rd St N (8th Ave N to 5th Ave N), there will be a temporary water shut off on the night on Sunday July 14, 2019. If your property is effected, a notice will be placed on the door of your property  48 hours’ in advance for impacted businesses, 24 hours’ in advance to impacted residences
  • Starting the removal of poor soils -work will begin at 4th St N and move towards Washington, this work may impact traffic flow on 5th Ave N
  • Starting storm sewer work

7th Ave N

  • Tentatively planning on placing the first lift of asphalt 7-17 and 7-18
  • If the first lift of asphalt is placed on 7-17/7-18, curb and gutter installation will follow

8th Ave N

  • Tentatively planning on paving 7-17 and 7-18 at Washington and 8th Ave N (not the entire stretch, just the Washington end)
  • If the first lift of asphalt is placed on 7-17/7-18, curb and gutter installation will follow at the intersection of Washington and 8th Ave N
  • If the first lift of asphalt is placed on 7-17/7-18, curb and gutter installation will follow at the intersection of Washington and 8th Ave N
  • Access to properties between Washington and 3rd St N will partially reopen at Washington.

9th Ave N

  • Finish placing aggregate base in preparation to place the first lift of asphalt at Washington and 9th Ave N
  • Tentatively planning on paving 7-17 and 7-18 at Washington and 9th Ave N (not the entire stretch, just the Washington end)
  • If the first lift of asphalt is placed on 7-17/7-18, curb and gutter installation will follow at the intersection of Washington and 9th Ave N
  • Access to properties between Washington and 3rd St N will partially reopen at Washington.

3rd St N

  • Isolated removals for water work only between 8th Ave N and 5th Ave N, there will be a temporary water shut off on the night on Sunday July 14, 2019. If your property is effected, a notice will be placed on the door of your property in 48 hours’ in advance for impacted businesses, 24 hours’ in advance to impacted residences
  • Begin salvaging brick pavers, crews will start on the north ½ of 3rd St, all meters along 3rd St N are hooded between 5th Ave N and 10th Ave N in order to maintain two way traffic on 3rd St N

For more information on this project, visit the project website.

North Loop Pedestrian Improvements Updates


2nd St N NW Corner

  • Crews were off the job from June 27 through July 8
  • Started saw cutting on 1st St N at 2nd, 4th and 5th Aves N


2nd St N NW Corner

  • 4th Ave N pour remaining concrete
  • 5th Ave N pour remaining concrete
  • 8th Ave N begin installing conduit for new pedestrian flasher system

1st St N

  • 1st St N and 3rd Ave- Water work, 9 meters will be hooded between 2nd Ave N and 3rd Ave N to maintain two way traffic during the work.  The water work is expected to take less than two weeks. there will be a temporary water shut off on the night on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. If your property is effected, a notice will be placed on the door of your property in 48 hours’ in advance for impacted businesses, 24 hours’ in advance to impacted residences
  • 3rd Ave N – NE corner will be removed
  • 2nd Ave N -SW corner will be removed
  • 1st Ave N – SW corner will be removed

4th Ave and W River Parkway

  • SE corner will be removed
  • Replacement work may begin

For more information on this project, visit the project website.


Stakeholder Meeting -These meetings are informal, held biweekly and intended to offer residents and businesses on the job an opportunity to get construction updates, ask construction and access related questions.

Date/Time: July 24, 7:30 am to 8:30 am

Location:  Corner Coffee 514 N 3rd St #102, Minneapolis MN 55401

As always, feel free to contact myself (612-673-3365) or John Benjamin (651-443-1096) with any construction related questions or concerns.

Contact Information

Project Manager:

Stephanie Malmberg,, 612-673-3365

Chief Field Inspector:

John Benjamin,, 651-443-1096


Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program Newsletter

Excerpts from the July 11 City of Minneapolis office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter:

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events and special announcements.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter at

Upcoming "Radical Playground" community events at The Commons

2019 Creative City Challenge winner "Radical Playground" will be hosting community events at The Commons this summer. Upcoming events include:

Everyone is invited to immerse themselves in the interactive public art installation “Radical Playground,” now through August. The participatory art installation “Radical Playground” artists Candida Gonzalez and MaryAnne Quiroz invite participants 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.

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 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 and Northern

For information about these and other events happening at The Commons this summer visit The Commons website.

Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy office welcomes new arts program assistant

We are pleased to welcome Violeta Rotstein to the role of Arts Program Assistant for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy office, focusing on communications. When she isn’t in the office she is also a freelance illustrator/designer, with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her design subjects consist mainly of community building, nature appreciation, and empathy. She calls Minnesota home as well as Argentina, where she immigrated from as a child. For the past five (5) years she has worked with non-profits and local design companies and is looking forward to getting more involved in city arts programming and using the arts to aide underserved communities.

Violeta can be reached at

Making of the 'first' Somali-English comic book

Somali Artist, M. Hajji Ahmed, combined his love for visual art and storytelling to create a tangible manifestation of identity, struggle, and home for Somali children, teenagers, and even adults to enjoy, connect, and relate.

Ahmed believes that the most impactful way to touch a young person is through the creation and interpretation of visual art.

Read the full news item: Making of the 'first' Somali-English comic book.

Loring Park Art Festival July 27 and 28

Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis. 

The event features 140 visual artists selling original work, with something for everyone. Visitors will encounter strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, engaging children's activities and adventurous culinary options.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter at


Peavey Plaza Grand Opening Celebration set for July 18

Peavey Plaza reopens with restored fountains and water features, new trees, enhanced lighting and improved accessibility

The revitalized Peavey Plaza will be unveiled by the City of Minneapolis on July 18 at 11:30am.

Highlights of the revitalization project include restoring the plaza’s fountains and water features, adding more durable and environmentally friendly paving materials, updating lighting and making design updates to ensure the plaza is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. The City has a contract with the landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners and Global Specialty Contractors for the rehabilitation work. 


Historic Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming to Union Depot July 18

Via a July 9 News Release

On Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 will stop at Union Depot to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary. Appearing with No. 4014 will be “Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car,” a multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse into the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. At this free event, visitors can enjoy food trucks, model train sets, local rail vendors and family activities. 

Twenty-five Big Boys were built for Union Pacific in the 1940s. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the only operating Big Boy and is the world’s largest steam locomotiveFollowing the railroad’s anniversary celebration in May at Promontory Summit, the newly restored No. 4014 returns to the rails for its “Great Race Across the Midwest” after leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 8.

Union Depot is one of the few stops along Big Boy’s “Great Race” at which visitors can take photos in close proximity to the front of the engine, as it will be located on a non-active track. Visitors can also step up to see into the locomotive in a Dynamic Display and view the Promontory Experience Car. Union Pacific’s Steam Team will be on hand to answer questions. Metro Transit is offering free passes for rides to Union Depot for the event.

About Union Depot:

Union Depot is a regional multi-modal transportation hub and event venue in the heart of the Twin Cities. One of America’s great rail stations since its completion in 1926, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, beautifully restored in 2012, and certified LEED® Gold in 2014. Union Depot offers a full complement of transportation services—including Amtrak®, Jefferson Lines, Metro Transit, Greyhound, Megabus and Hertz—as well as parking and bike storage. Owned by Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority and operated by JLL, it’s an ideal setting for weddings, large events, meetings and more. Visit for more information.


July 8 Statement from mpls downtown council President and CEO Steve Cramer

July 8 statement from mpls downtown council President and CEO Steve Cramer:

“Concern about public safety downtown is understandable given events so far this year. The people who live, work and visit there deserve better than what they too often experience at present.

“The business community remains committed to—and financially invested in—partnerships with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and community outreach agencies to make downtown as safe as possible. We celebrate and support the many attractions, events and activities downtown has to offer.

“What is also needed at this critical juncture is greater police presence, and clear support for their efforts to root out drug activity, gun violence and intimidating behaviors.

“It is an article of faith for the mpls downtown council that downtown is a place for everyone who comes exhibiting and expecting in return respectful conduct. Upholding that standard must be an immediate priority to insure confidence in the days and weeks ahead.”


News from Minnesota Fringe

Image: 'Therukkothu' by Minnesota Tamil Sangam, 2016 Festival. Photographer: Ann B Erickson.

Tix, shows & passes now available

Visit to preview all 135+ productions, 15+ venues, and 600+ performances. Create a log-in to select your faves and start building your schedule!

New multi-show passes

Daypasses are gone. New, improved discount passes are usable any day, any showtime, and even multiple patrons seeing the same show.

Want to Fringe-binge 7 shows in a row? Great. Want to treat your friend to 3 shows along the way? That's cool, too. Just buy a 10-show pass, and swipe your way to your artistic adventure. New multi-show passes are limited, so get yours while supplies last. Want to Fringe-binge 7 shows in a row? Great. Want to treat your friend to 3 shows along the way? That's cool, too. Just buy a 10-show pass, and swipe your way to your artistic adventure.New multi-show passes are limited, so get yours while supplies last.

Your July scheduling guide

Here's a cheat-sheet for your July artistic adventuring. We've got a ton of ways to get involved including upcoming free events Beyond the Box and Family Fringe Previews. Want to learn more? Visit for up-to-date deets.

July 8 & 15 Family Fringe Previews

See snippets for free

In partnership with Ramsey County Libraries, we're featuring FREE excerpts from the jury-curated Family Fringe lineup, July 8 & 15 from 6:30p-7:30p.

Learn more about these exciting samplings of this year's adventurous, family-friendly shows.

The Barbara Barker Center for Dance, home of the 2019 Family Fringe, has limited seating, so we recommend purchasing tickets in advanced.

July 11: Beyond the Box

Join us for a lunch-time adventure July 11 at 12n on Nicollet Mall.

Taiko Arts Midwest's Enso Daiko with live brush painting by Laughing Waters Studios will perform back-to-back with dancer-choregrapher Micah Chermak + Company.

Beyond the Box is a site-specific incubator in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District, Vibrant & Safe Downtown, and the Minneapolis Central Library.

Social Spotlight

Coming Up: World Fringe Day

On July 11th, we're joining a worldwide celebration of artistic expression and creative liberty. Share how you've been impacted as an artist, audience member, volunteer and/or staffer on social media tagging us (@MNFringe) and using the hashtag #WorldFringeDay. You'll be entered to win a free 5-show pass to the 2019 Festival Season!


News From Metro Transit

Excerpts from Metro Transit's July 2019 e-newsletter

State Fair Express – Let us get you there!

You go to the State Fair for the food, the animals, the rides and more! Getting to the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" on the bus is a fun, blue ribbon tradition, too.

Instead of driving, park your car for free and take a stress-free, non-stop, air-conditioned ride straight to the fairgrounds from one of 17 locations around the Twin Cities. Take a State Fair Express bus and you'll save on gas and parking costs. Plus, we'll drop you off and pick you up right outside the gates!

You can buy your Bus Bargain tickets online and on the app to save money over paying cash! Visit in August to learn more. 

Service starts at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends and Labor Day unless otherwise noted at all Metro Transit locations.

NOTE: We anticipate high usage at State Fair Express sites, so please plan accordingly. Ticket purchase does not guarantee a parking spot.

Overnight adjustments coming in August for METRO Green Line

Beginning Monday, Aug. 19, four METRO Green Line weekday trips between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. will be replaced with Green Line buses. This affects only Sunday through Thursday nights – Green Line trains will continue to operate 24-hour service on Friday and Saturday nights, similar to the METRO Blue Line.

The Green Line buses will operate as frequently as Green Line trains do today and stop near each Green Line station.

This change allows for safer and more timely maintenance along the Green Line. It will also provide more time to clean and maintain our light-rail vehicle and stations.

Schedules for these trips will be available at beginning July 26.

Take a tour of public art on light rail this summer

Metro Transit is hosting free guided public art tours on the third Saturday of July, August, and September 2019. For each date, a tour will be offered on either the METRO Blue Line or  METRO Green Line (see list of dates below). The tours are roundtrip and last approximately two hours.

Learn more about Metro Transit's collection of public art! 

Tour dates:

July 20 (Green Line)
Aug. 17 (Blue Line)
Sept. 21 (Green Line)

Start time & location:

Blue Line tours: Meet at 10 a.m. at the 28th Avenue Station platform

Green Line tours: Meet at 10 a.m. at the Union Depot Station platform

RSVP Required! 

Visit here to RSVP for a tour and learn more!

Now is a great time to kickstart your career with Metro Transit. Right now, new bus drivers who start between now and July 29 will receive a $1,000 hiring bonus!

If you like working with people and want to make a difference in your community, come help us run our growing transit system!

APPLY NOW!   Get more info here.

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Millers vs. Saints: A Streetcar Rivalry

Article by Michael Rainville, Jr.

Baseball runs deep in the Twin Cities. Currently, the Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints sit atop their respective divisions and are having historic seasons. They might be in separate leagues now, but there was a time when Minneapolis and St. Paul had one of baseball’s most heated rivalries. Since the 1890’s, various teams have used the nicknames Millers and Saints, but it wasn’t until 1902 when a minor league baseball league, the American Association, was founded with the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints being two of the eight inaugural teams.

The first iteration of the Minneapolis Millers started playing baseball in 1884, and from then until the first season of the American Association in 1902, they were in four minor leagues and one major league, the American League. However, before they could play a game in the American League, the Minneapolis team was abandoned for a team in Baltimore. The St. Paul Saints were also in multiple leagues before joining the American Association. The Saints, too, were one of the first members of the American League, but before the first major league season kicked off, the owner, Charlie Comiskey, moved the team to his childhood neighborhood in Chicago and changed their name to the Chicago White Stockings. So, technically the three World Series titles the White Sox have from 1906, 1917, and 2005 have roots in St. Paul.

On April 23rd, 1902, the longest lasting and most well-known iterations of the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints opened the first season of the American Association on the road in Ohio. The Millers shutout the Columbus Senators 5-0, and the Saints lost a close one to the Toledo Mudhens 8-7. As the years and decades rolled on, the rivalry between the two teams grew to become the hottest ticket in the cities. “Streetcar double-headers” were very common during the season, with the teams playing a game in the morning, the fans taking the Lake Street – Marshall Avenue trolley line to the next city over, and then watching an afternoon game.

The ballparks of the Millers and Saints were arguably as iconic as the teams themselves. Located on the block between Nicollet and Blaisdell Avenues and 31st and Lake Streets, Nicollet Park, home of the Millers, was built in 1896 and upgraded from wood to steel and concrete in 1912. Initially the ballpark was known as Wright Field, in honor of one of the founding fathers of baseball, Harry Wright. While the name was not the most creative, the local newspapers would have fun with it. A reporter noted a homerun during a game by saying the ball was “knocked by the right-fielder, across right field, out of Wright Field.” What a zinger. In 1955, the Millers won the American Association in their final year at Nicollet Park, and they played their last five seasons as a franchise at the new Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Installation of lights at Lexington Park in 1937

Entrance to Nicollet Park in 1955 

The Saints played in the legendary Lexington Park, located between University and Fuller Avenues and Lexington Parkway and Dunlap Street. Opened in 1897, the wooden structure caught on fire in 1915 and was quickly replaced with steel and concrete. In 1937 both Lexington Park and Nicollet Park added lights to their stadiums, and on July 15th and 16th, the Millers and Saints played against each other for their stadium’s first night games. In the final game at Lexington Park 1956, the Saints defeated the Millers. The Saints would play their last four season in the new Midway Stadium, which later became the first home to the current iteration of the St. Paul Saints.

Willie Mays in a Millers jersey in 1951

Throughout the seasons both teams have seen many hall-of-famers come and go. The Millers were minor league affiliates to the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants, and saw legendary players like Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and Carl Yastrzemski play for them and make their way up to the majors where they became some of the best outfielders to ever play the game. The Saints were affiliates to the Chicago White Sox and the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and saw players like Lefty Gomez, Roy Campanella, and Don Zimmer grace the field at Lexington Park.

Roy Campanella rounding the bases after hitting a home run at Nicollet Park in 1948

The Millers-Saints rivalry was always intense, but their affiliations with the Giants and Dodgers only added fuel to the fire and raised the stakes for the streetcar double-headers. The two teams were beloved by everyone in the Twin Cities for sixty plus years, but the arrival of the Minnesota Twins was their ultimate demise. The Millers folded and the Saints moved to Omaha, but all good things must come to an end. The Twins have won the World Series two times, maybe three, ask me in four months, and the Saints have one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country in CHS Field. Minneapolis and St. Paul may not have the baseball rivalry they once had, but now is a tremendous time to be a baseball fan in the Twin Cities.

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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 an intern at the Hennepin History Museum and a lead guide at Mobile Entertainment LLC, giving Segway tours of the Minneapolis riverfront for 6+ years.

He can be reached at


Hennepin Avenue Downtown Reconstruction Project

Hennepin Avenue Downtown Reconstruction Project

Hennepin Ave. reconstruction project, led by City of Minneapolis Public Works, will be reconstructed between 12th Street and Washington Avenue beginning Spring 2019. The project will reconstruct the pavement from building face to building face, including improvements to public and private utility infrastructure, and improved infrastructure for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles.
Latest Project News
Utility work continues along the corridor.  The watermain mainline replacement work is completed and work is continuing on connections, tie-ins, hydrants, etc.  The sanitary sewer work continues at 8th street progressing towards 7th.  The sanitary sewer jacking work has begun at the intersection of 9th, this work will continue into late August.

Work at the Gateway Development is progressing and Xcel Energy has begun their work at the intersection of 3rd in conjunction with the development work.

What's Coming Up 

Hennepin Ave will be closed 7/5 Friday this week to remove trees, benches, and planters.  This closure will be from 7th St to 10th St., 6am to 6pm.  This a one day closure on Friday only.

The utility work zones and activity will continue approximately as is for the next couple weeks.

See Construction Update attached for more details on work and intersection restrictions/closures.


For more information on this project contact: 

Construction Manager, or 612-225-4049


The Southern Theater Announces the July Installment of Good Night at The Southern!

Via a July 2 News Release:

Dance and Music to Grace The Southern Stage at 7:30 pm on July 22nd

The July 22 installment of Good Night at The Southern will preview new works by four artists in the Twin Cities. The program features music artist PaviElle, choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Elena Hollenhorst, dance groups Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey, and dance company Rhythmically Speaking. PaviElle will be performing musical improv and debuting new music. Choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Elena Hollenhorst will show excerpts of the two works in Interlace, an evening of work at The Southern Theater August 22-24. At Least, At Last by Berit Ahlgren is a contemporary dance born out of many discussions with many women around many examples of gender-based violence. Elena Hollenhorst’s When We Met Under the Juniper Tree is a compilation of women's stories twisting together to explore themes of abrupt change, group dynamics, regeneration, and women's innate connection to the earth. Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey will collaborate to present 2/3 = 4/6, a piece about the ritual of settling in, putting down roots, and making do with what you’ve got. Rhythmically Speaking will present Feist(meist)er, one of the four works being presented in their reimagined annual summer production, The Cohort, running August 15-17 at The Southern. Join us at the bar starting at 6:30 for a local beer, glass of wine, pop, or a snack.

Tickets are Pay What You Can and are purchased at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to support the artists and The Southern Theater.

About Good Night at The Southern

Good Night at The Southern is a monthly series that highlights new ideas, works in progress and previews. It is an opportunity for artists and companies to share their upcoming work, and for audiences to get a first glance into what’s coming up in the Twin Cities arts scene. 3-5 companies or artists are selected for a different Monday night each month with performance genres ranging from theater, dance, music, spoken word, comedy and more.


This Saturday at Currie Park: Make Art for the Park - and Yourself

Youth of all ages are invited!
Screen-printing art activity at Currie Park on July 6

Make and take home your own print - and help create temporary and permanent artwork for Currie Park.

Join staff from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) at a special art-making event this Saturday, July 6, from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Just show up - no registration needed.

Youth will create prints using screens and ink, a centuries-old technique used around the world. 

Participants will take home their own prints, and the designs they create will be incorporated into temporary artworks at the park: along the wading pool fencing and for future construction fencing.

The screen-print designs will also help to inform a permanent artwork for the exterior of the future restroom building, to be constructed as part of the Currie Park Phase 1 Improvements project. Thanks to our partners, the Art in Public Places program at the City of Minneapolis, for funding the permanent artwork!

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About the Currie Park improvements project


Sign up for New Adult Bags Leagues at The Commons this Summer!

Eight-week season launches in late July

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to announce new adult Bags leagues at The Commons in Downtown Minneapolis this summer!

Bags, also known as cornhole, sack toss or bean bag, is a popular lawn game in which players take turns throwing square cloth bags at a raised board with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the board scores 1 point. Play continues until a team reaches or exceeds 21 points by means of cancellation scoring.

The new leagues are on Tuesday or Thursday nights beginning July 23 and 25. Two-person teams will compete during a seven-week regular season, followed by a championship round on Sept. 12, in which teams from both nights will play against each other to crown an overall champion.

Skip Happy Hour and enjoy some friendly competition outdoors this summer! Follow the link below to sign up:

Summer Adult Bags Leagues

When: Tuesday and Thursday nights, July 23 or 25-Sept. 12
Where: The Commons, 425 Portland Ave. S
Leagues: Two-person teams; no gender requirements
Season: Eight weeks scheduled, including championship round Sept. 12 
Cost: $100


Celebrate Summer: Hennepin County Fairs and Festivals on Display in Hennepin Gallery thru September 26

Via a July1 Hennepin County e-newsletter:

Hennepin History Museum presents Celebrate Summer, an exhibit that highlights the history of our local summer fairs and festivals, at the Hennepin Gallery.

Come learn more about big events such as the Minneapolis Aquatennial, Twin Cities Pride, and the Minnesota State Fair, which can trace its roots to Hennepin County. You'll also learn about many of the smaller fairs and festivals in communities across our county that residents look forward to each summer.

The exhibit will display artifacts and images that span well over a century and present the many traditions that residents of this county celebrate each year.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibit location and hours:

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis.

The exhibit is sponsored by and the gallery is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

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