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Covering life, work, and play in the Historic Mill District and Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhoods. Have local news or events to share?  Contact us.

Gold Medal Park to Be Preserved for 50 Years

Letter to the Editor - Together We Can Stop Crown Hydro

Opinion: Water Works Design Threatens Historic Riverfront

Crown Hydro Action Alert: Submit Your Comments to the Feds

Saturday
Sep242011

Week 21 at the Mill City Farmers Market

It was an action-packed day as the Market celebrated Oktoberfest in conjuntion with the Mill City Museum.  We tried a donut from Sweetland Orchard for the first time - WOW - now I understand what all the fuss is about!

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

September 24, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Mill City Farmers Market - Oktoberfest 2011

Friday
Sep232011

Wow! - Things are Hopping This Weekend in Mill City / September 23-25

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis and across the Stone Arch Bridge in Old St. Anthony.  Submit your events here...

Friday, September 23

Farmers Market Feast Cooking Class at Local D'Lish

Central Library Book Store Fall Clearance Sale (9 days)

Big Wine Tastings at Sorella Wine & Spirits

Live Music at Aster Cafe

Saturday, September 24

Minneapolis Beer Fest (near the Dome)

How'd They do That Workshop: Much Ado About Nothing

Gabriel James at The Southern Theater

Paws to Read at Central Library

Spotlight on Local Presses: Coffee House Press at Central Library

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour at Mill City Museum

Mill City Oktoberfest at Mill City Museum

Mill City Farmers Market

Heart and Soul Gala for People Serving People

Live Music at Aster Cafe

Live Music at Crooked Pint Ale House

Sunday, September 25

Autumn Colors Paddle with Wilderness Inquiry

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour at Mill City Museum

Herb Garden Fun Cooking Class at Local D'Lish

Vikings and Detroit Lions at the Dome

Live Music at Aster Cafe

Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at Spoonriver
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-436-2236

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu...

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at the Aster Cafe
St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-3138

Until 2pm.

See the menu...

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar.

Thursday
Sep222011

Positions Open on Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

The City of Minneapolis currently has four seats available for appointment or reappointment on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC). All four seats will be appointments of the City Council. The HPC, Minneapolis CPED Department and the Minneapolis City Council seek your help in filling appointments to the HPC. If you or someone you know is a resident of Minneapolis, has an interest or knowledge in historic preservation, architecture, archeology, social history, restoration, rehabilitation or another closely related field, and would like to serve on the HPC, please see the posting on the City Clerk’s website and fill out an application:

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/boards-and-commissions/open/HPCVacancy%202011%20Fall%20Cycle.asp.

Persons may apply on their own behalf, nominate others for consideration or inform the Office of the City Clerk of persons to whom they wish application materials be sent. Please note that, at this time, there is a particular need for appointees with demonstrated expertise in the fields of historic property development and/or preservation architecture. Applications are due by Friday, September 30, 2011.

Thursday
Sep222011

Central River Forum 9/15/2011 [Video]

David Wiggins of the National Park Service highlighted the big stories this place tells, and previewed how and when you can most effectively inform public decision makers. Developers Dominium Apartments and Doran Companies shared their proposals for developing the area, including this National Historic Landmark.

Thursday
Sep222011

People Serving People 'Change a Life Coalition Matching Gift Challenge'

There are numerous ways to help People Serving Peoplecontinue the great work they do day in and day out.  In previous postings we've mentioned donating items such of children's books, toiletries and baby items, and women's career clothes.  There are fund raisers such as ongoing Chefs for Change dinners, and the Heart and Soul event coming up this Saturday night.  Here's a new opportunity:  Change a Life Coalition Matching Gift Challenge.

Join the Change a Life Coalition with a monthly gift and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will match your gifts 100% for 12 months.  (First donation must be made by October 15 to qualify.)

The Change a Life Coalition is a group of individuals acting together to provide homeless children and families with new opportunities for healthy and stable family life. Members make monthly recurring donations to People Serving People’s Family Support Services. This includes employment services, family advocacy, financial fitness, early childhood education, tutoring, family activities and more. The Coalition ensures that People Serving People keep programs going continually.

Wednesday
Sep212011

Vote to Preserve Minnehaha Park and Mill Ruins Park

Just received from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:

Help us out! If you love our parks, take a minute each day to vote for Minnehaha Park or Mill Ruins Park in the Partners in Preservation contest!

Both parks were announced Tuesday as two of 25 historical sites competing for a share of $1 million in funding for proposed projects aimed at preserving the sites’ historical significance.

Vote now, vote often

How to vote:

Please support our Parks System by taking the time to vote daily for Minnehaha Park or Mill Ruins Park and encourage your friends and family to do so as well. To vote:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation
  2. ‘Like’ the page
  3. Click the VOTE tab on the left side
  4. Scroll down to find Minnehaha Park or Mill Ruins Park among the list of 25 sites
  5. Cast your vote!
  6. Vote once each day through Oct. 12

Site with most votes is guaranteed funding of up to $125,000

If funding is received, the parks will address important preservation projects.

Minnehaha Park proposes to address repairs needed for its limestone retaining walls along the creek as well as replacing stones in four of the five bridges along the creek. Mill Ruins Park proposes to implement Dig In!, a program that will engage people of all ages in a transformative, hands-on, archaeological experience within the Milling District of St. Anthony Falls in effort to unveil historical features that remain buried within the park.

Open houses: Oct. 8, 2011 

Please join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at open houses for each site Saturday, Oct. 8. Mill Ruins Park will host an open house from 9 a.m.-noon while Minnehaha Park will host its open house from 1-4 p.m. The open houses, free and open to the public, will allow visitors to learn about each sites’ history, its bid to win funding for proposed preservation projects and details about the projects and the effort to preserve historical significance.

Share your stories

We’d love to hear your stories about Minnehaha Park and/or Mill Ruins Park. Tell us what the parks mean to you and how they may be significant in your life. You are encouraged to share photos, too! Visit our Minnehaha Park and Mill Ruins Park Facebook pages to share your stories and photos.

About the parks

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park, one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, is home to several historic structures dating from 1894 and the WPA era of the 1930s. Minnehaha Park’s 850,000 annual visitors enjoy numerous summer activities, as well as the park’s natural beauty.

The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river outlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native prairie and woodland wild flowers.

The park currently offers a number of activities. Concerts, picnics, a disc golf course, volleyball courts, a bike and pedestrian trail and the wading pool are popular during the summer months. Many visitors enjoy viewing the falls and the park has become a popular site for weddings. The proposed project will preserve the historic structures currently in the park and ensure the enjoyment of Minnehaha Park’s current amenities for future generations.

 

Mill Ruins Park is located along the Mississippi River adjacent to St. Anthony Falls. The falls were the literal driving force behind the development of Minneapolis, providing power for lumber and flour mills. Minneapolis served as the Midwestern hub to transform wheat to flour and was known as the “flour capital of the world.” Iconic companies, mill owners and civic leaders that got their start at the river have left their mark on the Minneapolis landscape including Pillsbury, General Mills, Washburn, Cargill, Peavey and Loring.

As part of the Central Mississippi Riverfront Park with its 1.6 million annual visitors, Mill Ruins Park is mostly used for its trails, its up close access to ruins and the tailrace canal, its scenic overlooks and self-directed river quest. The proposed project would reveal mill features, engage the public in archaeology and increase opportunities for interpretation. The proposed use will contribute to the preservation of the Mill district for future generations.

St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam Tour with Mill City Commons