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

Monday
Oct112010

Progress on the Plank Road Replacement Project

These shots were taken Thursday, October 7:

Mill District residents who access parking via West River Road are now entering from the 11th Avenue South entrance and driving on new cement. 

Access is no longer available from the Portland Avenue entrance while the final section is being replaced.

 

Friday
Oct082010

This Weekend in Mill City / October 08-10

Heads up:  We're being invaded by Zombies Saturday afternoon.  They'll be converging on the 501 Club and terrifying passersby as they stagger down Washington Avenue, stopping at Grumpy's and Maxwell's on their way to the 7 corners bars.

Other events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis:

Friday, October 08

Midwest Photo Safari "Minneapolis Nights" on the Heritage Trail

The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement Open Thursday-Sunday throughout October

Live Music at the 501 Club

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, October 9

6th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl

National Fire Prevention Week Celebration

'The Fresh Girl's Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving'

When Last On The Mountain Reading at The Loft

Saturday - Washburn A Mill Tour

Live Music at the 501 Club

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Live Music at Grumpy's

Weekend Brunch

Saturday

Brunch at Spoonriver

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

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.

Saturday & Sunday

501 Club Hash House Brunch

Friday
Oct082010

Father Hennepin Bluffs Regional Park East Falls Feasibility Study 

The Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation hosted an Open House at Pracna's on Main October 5 to present ideas for achieving their vision: To create a more vital, world-class riverfront destination that will honor our past and welcome visitors to generations to come.

Jeff Lee of Barr Engineering presented excerpts from the Feasibility Study his firm is currently composing. The Feasibility Study is a prerequisite to obtaining funding for the project. It addresses issues such as sustainability, aesthetics, environmental benefits, and improving visitors experience.  A component of the project is to restore the East Falls. Below are artists' renderings of what two restored water falls might look like:

These falls are referred to as the Northern Limestone Ledge and Southern Limestone Ledge, both of which are in the park area below the Father Hennepin Bluff pavilion.

The East Falls Team is comprised of individuals from 14 organizations.   A follow up public meeting is planned for early December.  When the date, time and location are finalized, we'll post it under the Event section.

Thursday
Oct072010

Mill City Market This Weekend

Here's the line-up for Mill City market this weekend.  Only 2 markets left.

Thursday
Oct072010

DMNA Board Meeting October 12

Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
Board of Directors Meeting

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Central Library

300 Nicollet Mall, Room N-202

Minneapolis, Minnesota   55401

Phone:  (612) 659-1279

Online: http://www.thedmna.org/

 

Agenda

6:00 pm Call to order and introduction

6:05 pm Consideration of agenda

6:10 pm Land Use Committee Report by Andy Hauer

6:15 pm Crime and Safety Update by George Rosenquist

  • Community Policing Update by First Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist Renee Allen

6:45 pm Update on DMNA Web site conversion project

6:50 pm Staff report presented by Christie Rock

7:00 pm Consideration of minutes from the September 14, 2010 Board Meeting

7:05 pm Consideration of October 2010 Financial Report

7:10 pm Old business / new business / other business

  • 2010 Annual Meeting update and discussion
  • Update on outreach and collaboration with other downtown organizations
    • Downtown Court Watch / Downtown 100 by George Rosenquist
    • Downtown Neighborhood Associations Leaders by Carletta Sweet
    • East Downtown Council by Carletta Sweet
    • Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. / DEEP 2100 Initiative by Carletta Sweet
    • Minneapolis Downtown Council by George Rosenquist
    • Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation by Carletta Sweet
    • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits by Wally Swan
    • Minnesota Orchestra Assn Community Engagement Committee by Andy Hauer
    • 2020 Partners by Carletta Sweet

7:30 pm Adjournment

 

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 11/9/2010

DMNA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 12/14/2010 at the Hennepin County Central Library in Pohlad Hall

Wednesday
Oct062010

Bridgewater Residents Supporting Homeless Family Fundraiser

This is from an email sent to Bridgewater Lofts residents from our HOA manager.  Of course, anyone wishing to support this cause is encouraged to attend.  Sounds like fun too!

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Bridgewater Neighbors,

Join us for an awesome evening of dance and entertainment while helping end homelessness in Hennepin County!

The Bridgewater community supported People Serving People - the largest, comprehensive family focused shelter in Minnesota - with our Holiday drive in December.   And now, we have another opportunity to support goals that are important to all of us:

- Families having a safe place to live
- Children that can attend school and continue their education during difficult times
- Parents that can enroll in job training courses
- Safer communities

Next week, join us for an awesome evening of dance and entertainment while supporting the goals that are important to our community!

SALSA AND SPARKLE
Friday, October 15th
Featuring the music of Salsa del Soul
Salsa and Merengue dance instruction
Solera Restaurant 8-11pm
Tickets: $50
Cash Bar
100% of your ticket price goes to PSP!


The President of People Serving People, Jim Minor, will join us and discuss how we can make a greater impact.

Here's what you can do today:

- Buy Tickets online by October 10th
- Get your dancing shoes ready for the 15th!

Our goals is to raise $15,000 for the organization.  If you can't attend and would like to make a donation, please reference 'Salsa and Sparkle' in the memo line.

Link to event tickets

Please contact Carmen Brace if you have questions.  Thanks for your support!

Carmen Brace
612-708-1691
Carmen.brace@conagrafoods.com

Wednesday
Oct062010

Halloween Wig Sale at Pampered Hair Haven

Some wild hair to top off your Halloween costume.

  

 

Pampered Hair Haven is located at:

1023 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55415

Phone - 612-333-3341

Web - http://www.pamperedhairhaven.com/ 

Tuesday
Oct052010

A "New" Waterfall May be Coming to the Mississippi

Everyone's invited to learn about the Minneapolis Park Board's ambitious plans to restore part of the historic waterfall on the Eastside of the river near St. Anthony Main at the:

Eastside Falls Open House

Presentations by:

  • Barr Engineering
  • Hess Roise Historic Consultants
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation

7:00 to 8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pracna on Main - Inside Courtyard
117 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday
Oct052010

Fitness Together of Minneapolis Introduces Aspire 8

When it comes to exercising, not all workouts are the same.  And that’s just the way Fitness Together of Minneapolis wants it.

The Fitness Together studio located at 1024 Washington Ave. S., part of a franchise network of one-on-one personal training, specializes in tailoring workouts for each and every client’s abilities, needs and goals.  The science of crafting the right fitness routine just got better, according to Randy Zarecki, local franchise owner.  The company recently unveiled Aspire 8, a proprietary program that will guide the studio’s personal trainers as they match each client’s aspirations to a custom fitness program designed to meet clients at their current fitness level and progressively move them forward.

“If we have 60 clients, there will be 60 tailored workouts in one-on-one sessions at our private studio with a personal trainer,” says Zarecki.  “That’s the individual attention that gets results, pushes clients to excel, and takes the routine out of a fitness routine.”

The Aspire 8 program was released nationwide to Fitness Together studios in July.  The system will help Fitness Together trainers classify each client into one of four training zones based on their current fitness level. Then, the personal trainer will work with the client individually to build a customized program designed to progressively move that client toward higher levels of fitness. The workouts will continue to evolve and adapt to the levels of improved health and fitness for each individual client ensuring that they continue to improve.

“The Aspire 8 program evolves with a Fitness Together client who is increasingly getting in better shape,” Zarecki added.  “It addresses the age-old question: How come I work out all the time but don’t lose weight?”

According to Zarecki, the results-oriented approach to exercising is one reason Fitness Together continues to excel as a growing national chain.  And Zarecki expects the Aspire 8 program to keep loyal Minneapolis customers coming back, turning many into clients for life.

“We approach health and fitness as a lifestyle, and our personal trainers and fitness studio play an incredibly important role in the lives of clients,” Zarecki added.  “We’re not a volume business that focuses on dues versus usage.  We’re about a very high level of service for people in Minneapolis who want real results that will last. We make the most of their valuable time each and every session in a way they won’t get anywhere else.  The Aspire 8 program will take that to the next level.”

For more info:

1024 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN   55415

Phone -  612-378-8898

Web - http://www.ftmsp.com/

Hours - Call for appointment

Monday
Oct042010

501SP1N has Officially Launched

Dawn Doll and her staff of instructors, together with 501F1T, hosted the 501SP1N Launch Party October 1.  501SP1N is an innovative indoor cycling program utilizing the Realryder® and Krankcyle®.

Andria Johnson, above, is one of the Krankcyle® instructors.  Andria met Dawn through a friend, and Dawn has been her trainer for over a year.  Andria is currently working towards becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and credits Dawn with her healthy lifestyle.

In addition to spin classes, Dawn teaches Pilates.  She is shown above with a piece of Pilates equipment used in her class.

Andrea Austin, Certified Master Personal Trainer with 20 years of experience, is a Realryder® instructor. 

Joe Hegman is a Krankcyle® instructor and Personal Trainer.

501SP1N is located at 501 Washington Avenue South, 3rd Floor.  For more information, call 612-910-1425.

Friday
Oct012010

This Weekend in Mill City / October 01-03 

Heads up:  The Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile is taking place this weekend on Sunday.  The Marathon starts at the Metrodome and the 10 Mile is going right through the Mill District on South 2nd St.  Based on last year, parking will be in short supply, and 2nd St will be shut down from early morning until early afternoon.

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis:

Friday, October 1

501SPIN Launch Party

Live Music at the 501 Club

The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement Open Thursday-Sunday throughout October

Star Tribune Night at the Guthrie

Yamaha Piano Sale at MacPhail Center for Music

Saturday, October 2

Minneapolis Central Library Tour

Live Music at the 501 Club

Yamaha Piano Sale at MacPhail Center for Music

The Loft presents poet Alvin Greenberg

Sunday, October 3

2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Yamaha Piano Sale at MacPhail Center for Music

Minneapolis Central Library Tour

Weekend Brunch

Saturday

Brunch at Spoonriver

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

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.

Saturday & Sunday

501 Club Hash House Brunch

Thursday
Sep302010

Pet Park Safety Tips - An Ongoing Series from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM

Our neighborhood is a haven for dog owners, and we thought it would be beneficial to have an ongoing series specifically for them.  This is the first installment of Pet Park Safety Tips from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM.

Dark colored, overweight, shorter muzzle and large dogs should not be taken to the dog park during the heat of the day because they can develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Be sure you know the signs of both. They include excessive panting, their gums getting bright red, and eventually becoming disoriented and collapsing. If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, give it a cold water bath with a hose. On very hot days, even light colored dogs and small dogs should not be taken to the dog park. Most dogs prefer early morning and late evening interaction.

Dr. Sanford is a Veterinarian and Owner/Founder of Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital in the Mill District.   He can be contacted at 612-746-0300 or mplsvet@live.com.

Thursday
Sep302010

The Minneapolis RiverCurrent - an Additional Source of Information

A life-long Minneapolis resident and long time City of Minneapolis employee who is passionate about our riverfront generates a weekly e-newsletter called the Minneapolis RiverCurrent.  The RiverCurrent covers a larger geographical scope than we focus on with Mill City Times.  For example, there are events and festivals along the riverfront in other parts of the city that you won’t see listed in the Events section of Mill City Times, but they’ll be included in the RiverCurrent.  At the same time, there are going to be items that both venues list – such as a show at the Guthrie.
 
If you would like to subscribe to the RiverCurrent, send an email to: mplsrivercurrent@gmail.com.

Wednesday
Sep292010

A Private Tour of the Soon to be Occupied Mill District City Apartments

Gina Bachmeier, Sales Manager for Mill District City Apartments, gave us an in depth tour of this beautiful 175 unit building located at 225 Portland Avenue.

Already over 35% leased, the 5-story building offers 39 floor plans and a long list of amenities.  Every unit has something special to offer.  For example, first floor apartments facing South 2nd Street and Washington Avenue have private entries. 

Above, a view of the Mill City Museum and Guthrie from the 5th floor catwalk.  (Being a klutz, I didn't actually venture out onto the catwalk - no railing yet.)

All 4th and 5th floor units are penthouses, half of which are two-story floor plans like the one pictured above.

Fireplaces are included in loft floor plans.

Above, other views from various apartments.

Village Green, the developer of Mill District City Apartments, has partnered with a growing number of companies within the Twin Cities to offer exclusive benefits and discounts to employees.  Examples are Target, Cargill and US Bank. Click here for a full list.

At the time of our tour, the retail space on the ground floor (at the corner of Washington and Portland Avenues) had not yet been leased.  

A model apartment and sales office are scheduled to open in October.  We will post the Open House events when those dates are finalized.

Although the courtyard currently resembles a giant sand box, it will be spectacular when finished.  Visit the photo section of their web site for pictures of what the completed complex will look like - inside and out. 

As a side note, I admit we were skeptical when we heard this location was going to be apartments rather than condos.   We felt better when we viewed the Village Green web site earlier this year - it was impressive.  Now, after touring the site with Gina, we think this is a great addition to our neighborhood.

 

Tuesday
Sep282010

Progress on the Plank Road Project

This shot was taken Sunday, September 26:

 

From West River Road in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

 

Tuesday
Sep282010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the Mill District

This video and picture don't do justice to the gorgeous rainbow that appeared for a few minutes early Saturday morning (September 25).  A faint double rainbow was visible for about 30 seconds or so. 

 

From our balcony in the Mill District of Mineapolis.

 

Monday
Sep272010

Harry's Closes - Mill City Times Exclusive

Harry's Food & Cocktails Closes Doors.

Another scoop for Mill City Times.  I guess the reports of Harry's demise were not so exaggerated after all.  A reader tipped me to a twitter update, which linked to Harry's Facebook page (see below).  Kim and I will be stopping by tonight to see if anyone is still around to fill in the details.  We'll miss the staff and Sunday afternoon food and drink on the patio.

Screenshot from Harry's Facebook page -

Monday
Sep272010

Live at the 501 Club / Matt Dodge

Singing Blackbird by the Beatles, from an acoustical set last Thursday.

Saturday
Sep252010

Baby's First Joke

Why did the tomato blush?

 

Wait for it...wait for it...

 

"He saw the salad dressing"


 

Taken at the Aquatennial Riverfest at Mill Ruins Park in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Friday
Sep242010

This Weekend in Mill City / September 24-26

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis:

Friday, September 24

Guthrie Backstage Tour

The Soap Factory $99 Sale

Live Music at 501 Club

Exploring Wines from Chile and Argentina

Saturday, September 25

Live Music at 501 Club

Discover Saturday: Magical World of Theatre at the Children's Library

Guthrie Backstage Tour

How'd They Do That Workshop at the Guthrie - The Master Butchers Singing Club

Mill City Oktoberfest

Surdyk's Amateur Iron Fork Competition

Sunday, September 26

Guthrie Backstage Tour

Family Tour: Riverfront Quest

Live Music at 501 Club

Vikings and Lions at the Dome

 

Weekend Brunch

Saturday

Brunch at Spoonriver

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

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.

Saturday & Sunday

501 Club Hash House Brunch