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Crown Hydro Seeks New Location on St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam Property

From local resident Doug Verdier: 

This latest effort by Crown Hydro to advance the hydro plant at Upper St. Anthony Falls indicates that they now are trying to cut a deal with the Corps of Engineers to build the plant on Corps-controlled land, thus bypassing the MPRB and local government authorities. This letter announces that Crown wants to amend their license again so they can proceed with the project.

View a digest of Crown Hydro documents...


Tonight - "Let the Bullets Fly" at the St. Anthony Main Theater

Director: Jiang Wen
Run Time / Year: 132 min | 2010
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Showtime: Sat, 1/21 @ 6:30

St. Anthony Main Theater

One of the highest grossing domestic Chinese films in history, director/screenwriter/actor Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly propels the audience through an unpredictable world of gunslingers, bandits, physical comedy, bloody combat, and surprising plot twists. Set during the Warlord Era of the 1920s, Jiang’s character “Pockey” Zhang embarks on a Robin Hood like escapade to benefit poor townspeople. Malevolent mobster Master Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) opposes Zhang’s efforts, highlighting both actors’ comedic abilities as well as Jiang’s directorial talent for fast-paced action.


The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents three films representing the diversity of contemporary Chinese cinema in honor of the Chinese New Year. The program is co-curated by Tom Rose, Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. “What I find interesting [with White Gardenia] ... are the visible links to the past enhanced with stunningly beautiful contemporary cinematography. Wang Hong Hai’s beautiful My Dream is also stylized and mannered in that it highlights the Chinese love of spectacle.” Let the Bullets Fly combines both elements, with an added comic slant, to make for one wild cinematic ride.


Open Houses This Weekend in the Mill District of Minneapolis

Here's a link to open houses this weekend in the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis -

Courtesy of Cynthia Froid Group


North Loop Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting on January 25

For more information about this meeting or to make a nomination for theNorth Loop Neighborhood Board email us at


Job Posting from Riley Hayes

User Experience Architect

35+ Person Minneapolis ad agency with a strong commitment to strategic and creative excellence is looking for a talented and energetic User Experience Architect to help drive the customer experience on many of our client’s Web initiatives.

You will lead a small team of designers, UX analysts and developers that will be responsible for developing the user experience for marketing Web sites and Enterprise applications.

*Riley Hayes is located in the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Championing the users needs, making workable recommendations for improving the user experience
  • Conducting user research such as usability testing, expert reviews and surveys
  • Conducting requirements analysis, task analysis, stakeholder workshops, competitor analysis
  • Developing personas & scenarios, user journeys, design concepts and prototypes
  • Detailed design of new screens by producing wireframes, sitemaps and other standard Information Architecture documentation
  • Documenting interface specifications for developers (e.g., how functionality will work, how data will be displayed)
  • Coordinating the design workstream using a user-centered design process

Candidate Requirements

  • Strong customer focus and a passion for UX
  • Experience with all forms of prototyping from low-fidelity to high-fidelity
  • Expert UX skills and knowledge (Information Architecture/User Research/User Centered Design)
  • Experience with agile development methodology
  • Confident persuasive communicator – experience working with stakeholders
  • Strong team leader and knows how to take advantage of collaboration with other team members
  • A keen interest in current / future developments in Web trends and innovations
  • An understanding of Web site development, back end technologies, browsers, plug-ins, etc.
  • Experience with accessibility guidelines and standards
  • Proficient in Visio, Omnigraffle and/or Balsamiq
  • Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, Silverlight and/or Sketchflow, a plus.

Come join a fun and enthusiastic team (learn more about our culture by visiting our Facebook page).

Apply Now:

Interested candidates please send a resume to


CPED and Shamrock Speak on Izzy's Ice Cream Factory

Miles Mercer from Minneapolis CPED speaks on the proposed land sale of 1100 2nd St. S. to Izzy's Ice Cream:

Shamrock Development counsel speaks on the land sale:

Several local residents spoke against the sale, Eric Roper of the Star Tribune summarizes their views well in the article he published on the meeting:

Opponents worry that the facility will be an eyesore in the area and could become a nuisance if Izzy's expands or another industrial tenant moves into the building. Izzy's also does not have immediate plans to sell scoops of ice cream at the factory -- only prepackaged items.

"This is not about ice cream. This is about a factory," said Judith Borger, a novelist who lives at the lofts, near the site. "And if you start thinking of it as Acme Nuts and Bolts, then the picture changes considerably."

Read the full article here...

The matter goes next to the full City Council for approval.