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Friday
Sep152017

MPRB & Minneapolis Parks Foundation to partner with The Sioux Chef on Water Works restaurant and event venue 

The Sioux Chef’s Native American cuisine will bring to life the riverfront’s Indigenous culture; education, healthy living, and revitalized food systems are key to The Sioux Chef mission

Today, The Sioux Chef, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Boardand the Minneapolis Parks Foundation announced their intent to partner to open a riverfront restaurant and food service venue for the future public pavilion at Water Works. The Sioux Chef is a diverse, Indigenous-led team committed to revitalizing Native American Cuisine and reclaiming an important culinary tradition that has been long buried and often inaccessible. Water Works, a park development project overlooking St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge, will bring visitor services and recreational and cultural amenities to one of Minnesota’s most highly visited areas. 

The Water Works design includes a park pavilion embedded into the historic remnants of the Bassett and Columbia mills, and expands outdoor gathering spaces with a rooftop patio, outdoor seating plaza, tree-sheltered city steps, playspace for children and families, and an open lawn overlooking the river.

The pavilion will include the new restaurant as well as a public lounge, restrooms and support spaces; a flexible room for small group activities and a Park Board staff desk; and elevator to the rooftop. The restaurant will be the first year-round, full service food venue within the Minneapolis Park System, which is known for seasonal destinations such as Sea Salt. In addition to its full-service venue, The Sioux Chef will also provide casual, counter-service food options.

“Our work within the evolution of the Indigenous food systems offers many opportunities for supportive nutritional and spiritual experiences,” says Dana Thompson, co-owner of The Sioux Chef. “With the removal of colonial ingredients, our plan is to drive economic wealth back into indigenous communities by sourcing food from these growers first. We look forward to sharing and enjoying these diverse and healthy foods with all communities.”

Opportunities to celebrate historic and current cultures

Water Works is within the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, one of the most popular public spaces in the region; its estimated 2.5 million annual visits is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Also within the regional park, St. Anthony Falls is an incredibly important landmark, as a spiritual place that has shaped culture and traditions for Indigenous people, and as the birthplace of the city’s milling history.

“We are thrilled The Sioux Chef was interested in this location for their restaurant,” says Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. “Water Works will celebrate the complex history of this area, through a layered park design, as well as programming, art, play, and performance. Co-owners Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, along with their team, are sharing powerful stories through food about the intricate relationship between people and land.”

The Sioux Chef has a mission beyond serving food. The team will work with the pavilion’s architects and landscape architects to create places within the park to grow native plants traditionally used for food and medicine. The Sioux Chef plans to create events and educational opportunities to help bring diverse voices into a larger dialogue about Native American cultures, the river, and food.

“We realize that the river corridor is Dakota homeland and the river remains important to many Indigenous cultures,” says Jayne Miller, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “Our partnership with The Sioux Chef opens up opportunities beyond what the Park Board could achieve on its own. Our goals of providing healthy, locally sourced food and meaningful recreational and economic opportunities are well-aligned with the vision of The Sioux Chef.”

In addition to serving food, The Sioux Chef intends to have their restaurant support training and jobs for people interested in related fields. 

“We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help honor the Indigenous history of Owamni Yamni (Place of Whirlpools). This location has been a sacred site of peace and well-being for the Dakota and Anishinaabe people for millennia,” says Thompson. “We plan to leverage this wonderful partnership with the Minneapolis Park Board, through our aligned mission of nutritional, physical, and spiritual health for all, as well as to create food access and education about the rich history of the Native people in this beautiful area.”

Grand Opening Anticipated in 2019

The Minneapolis Park Board approved the Water Works concept in June 2017. The design team is continuing with schematic design and construction documents and will share updated plans during community engagement events this fall. Limited archaeological work and selective deconstruction of the Fuji-Ya building have begun and will continue through early 2018. Construction is expected to begin in the late summer of 2018.

Through the Parks Foundation, the majority of Mezzanine Phase funding will be provided by philanthropic investment. In 2015, the Parks Foundation launched the RiverFirst Capital Campaign, which has, to date, raised $12.3M in philanthropic gifts and commitments.

About The Sioux Chef

The Sioux Chef is a team of Anishinaabe, Mdewakanton Dakota, Navajo, Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, Wahpeton-Sisseton Dakota and are ever growing. We are chefs, ethnobotanists, food preservationists, adventurers, foragers, caterers, event planners, artists and food lovers. The Sioux Chef was founded by Chef Sean Sherman, and is co-owned by Dana Thompson. The team is now twelve people, with the hope of expanding to all tribal areas. This fall, Sherman and Thompson co-founded a non-profit called NāTIFs.org (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems) for the purpose of Indigenous focused education, research and food access, which we plan to leverage in order to align with the mission of the Minneapolis Park Board as well as other projects.  

About the Minneapolis Parks Foundation

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation transforms human lives through parks and public spaces by aligning philanthropic investment and community vision. The Parks Foundation co-leads the RiverFirst Initiative with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and is responsible for private fundraising and implementation of the Water Works and Great Northern Greenway River Link projects. The Parks Foundation also supports innovative Minneapolis parks projects through equity funding and champions world-class design through its Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series. Learn more at MplsParksFoundation.org.

About the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an independent, semi-autonomous body responsible for the Minneapolis park system. With 179 park properties totaling 6,804 acres of land and water, the Park Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. Its Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. More than 22 million annual visits are made to the nationally acclaimed park system, which was named the number one park system in the nation in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by The Trust for Public Land’s 2016 ParkScore® Index.

Thursday
Sep142017

Exploring the Upper River: Bridges

Article by Kathleen BoeMinneapolis Riverfront Partnership

Exploring the Upper River

A look at places that are hidden gems along the Minneapolis Riverfront

Photo by Michael Hicks 

We tend to think of bridges as utilitarian objects, when we think of them at all. A transit point between two parts of a city. An inconvenience to be gotten past.

Stopping on a bridge is probably last on most people’s minds, since generally it would mean one is stuck in traffic, a major inconvenience.

I’m here to suggest you park your vehicle, get out, walk and look. Slow down. For this is a great time of year to do so.

Stopping along any of the three bridges will give you some of the best views of the Minneapolis skyline. We’re heading into fall, and the river is incredible with fall colors. Every day you can be surprised and awed about how beautiful the river is, whether we’re talking about the Plymouth Ave. Bridge or Broadway or Lowry.

It’s very easy to make an afternoon of it. You could drive between the bridges, but instead, you should think about biking. Or even walking. From the Plymouth Ave. Bridge, it’s only three-quarters of a mile to walk to Broadway and a total of two miles to Lowry. That’s easily manageable by foot, although there are Nice Ride stations where you can easily rent a bike all through this area.

There are, of course, things that are common to the view to all three of these bridges. Plymouth is your closest view to downtown. That’s where the skyline and entrance, the flow of the river into downtown is more apparent. You have Boom Island Park right there for a green setting. It’s also the most bike-friendly of the three bridges.

If you want to get out and walk, or park and bike, you can park along the river roads, especially along West River Road. There is also a paid lot here at Boom Island.

On the Broadway Avenue Bridge, you get a sense of the expanse of the river, both to the south and the north. You’re in the center of the upper river area, with downtown on one side and industry on the other.

Parking is similar, again, especially along West River Road. On the Northeast side, there is street parking along 13th Avenue NE, as well as parking for Sheridan Memorial Park.

The Lowry Avenue Bridge is the newest of the three and it’s the only one with lighting in this corridor. Now there is talk about lighting even more bridges. The thing about the Lowry bridge is it’s the best place to get a view of the Upper Harbor Terminal. It’s also by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization building, and there’s a path down to the shore.

From Lowry you can get a sense of all the river activity, including the docks by The Sample Room, the houseboats along the river. You realize that people use the river in lot of ways that one never thinks about. You just get a sense that there’s this river community when you are looking at it from the Lowry Bridge toward the south, from the northeast side.

There is parking along Marshall Avenue in this area.

Of course, there is one more bridge even further up, and from the Camden Bridge you get a completely different sense of the river and of downtown. Think of it as the entrance to Minneapolis. This will also be the place to watch the UHT work once it gets underway.

These crossings serve to do more than help get us from Point A to Point B. They’re a beautiful vantage point above the Minneapolis riverfront which can give us a new perspective.

Kathleen Boe is Executive Director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. She can be reached at kathleen.boe@minneapolisriverfront.org.

Thursday
Sep142017

Presale Tickets Now Available for City Pages Iron Fork - Nov 2 at IMS

Via a September 14 e-newsletter from City Pages:

Join us at City Pages Iron Fork on Thursday, November 2nd at International Market Square for a flavorful evening of cuisine, cocktails & competition!

This year it’s a BATTLE OF THE FOOD TRUCKS! The most reputable food truck Chefs in the industry will take center stage in a fierce competition to see who can create the most appetizing dish incorporating a secret ingredient revealed by Whole Foods. Shaking it out on the spirits stage, top bartenders from local watering holes will go head-to-head for the title of ‘Absolut Mixologist’. Amidst the action, event-goers can feast on an eclectic variety of signature bites from 25+ local restaurants and indulge in samples of featured beer, wine and liquor.

General Admission tickets ($25) include food, beer, wine & liquor sampling, plus 7pm event entry for the live entertainment.  Upgrade to VIP! ($45) Tickets include one hour early event entry from 6pm – 7pm, access to the third level for preferred seating and premium sightlines, bites from restaurants and spirit sampling exclusively in VIP as well as private cash bars for expedited service.

Presale:
Exclusive presale opportunity to purchase discounted tickets:

Starts: September 14 @ 10am
Ends: September 17 @ 10pm
Promo Code: PROMO
Purchase Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/2wZFBBd
Public On sale: 9/18 @ 10am 

Ticket prices increase on Monday, September 18, to $30 for GA and $50 for VIP.

Thursday
Sep142017

MPRB is Seeking Sports Officials for Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball

Volleyball Official

Via a September 14 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is looking for dependable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals to officiate youth and adult sports for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board athletic leagues. Officials have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of sports at various Recreation Centers in Minneapolis. Previous sports officiating experience preferred.
 
Qualifications:
• At least 16 years old
• Submit and pass a Criminal Background Check
• Complete CDC Concussion Awareness Training
• The ability to interact well with adults and children
• The ability to understand and apply rules
 
Preferred Requirements:
• Able to work weekends and some weeknights
 
Sports that need officials:
• Youth Soccer (Pay Rate: $24-$32/game)
• Adult Volleyball (Pay Rate: $22/game)
• Youth Volleyball (Pay Rate: $22/game)
• Youth Basketball (Pay Rate: $21/game)
• Adult Basketball (Pay Rate: $26/game)
 
Contact Anthony DiBella:
Phone: (612) 719-8035
Email: adibella@minneapolisparks.org

Wednesday
Sep132017

Upcoming Weekend Road/Ramp Closures and Reopenings on I-94 Project

Weekend road closure details:

Beginning 10 p.m. Fri, Sept. 15, eastbound I-94 between I-694 and I-394 will close until 5 a.m. Mon, Sept. 18. Motorists will be detoured to I-94/I-694 to southbound Hwy 169 to eastbound I-394.

Beginning midnight Sat, Sept. 16, the ramps from Third St. and East Lyndale to westbound I-94 will close until 5 a.m. Mon, Sept. 18.

The eastbound Lowry Hill Tunnel will also be reduced to a single lane this weekend, along with lane reductions in the Portland Ave. Tunnel.

Ramp reopenings:

When the eastbound paving is completed Monday, the ramp from westbound I-694 to eastbound I-94 will reopen. Also, the speed limit will return to its normal 60 mph.

The ramps from eastbound I-94 to Dowling Ave. and from eastbound I-94 to Fourth St. will also reopen Mon, Sept. 18.

Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

More about this project:

Visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

Tuesday
Sep122017

Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association Board Meeting is September 14

Neighborhood Association

NIEBNA Board Meeting

The regular board meeting of the Nicollet Island - East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA) will be held September 14, 2017 at 6:30pm. The location is DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Place (on Nicollet Island). Use leftmost door closest to Downtown.

Click here for the full agenda.

Presentations will include:

A. Initial findings regarding the draft Natural Resource Management Plan for the north part of Nicollet Island (Alex Roth, FMR Ecologist) — the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is writing the Plan that will guide habitat restoration efforts in the current natural areas of the Island. The project is funded by a grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) with the support of NIEBNA. Dr. Alex Roth, along with representatives from MWMO, will present and discuss their initial findings and recommendations.  As part of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session and an opportunity for comment and feedback.  In addition, helpful information about actions residents can take to improve water quality on their own properties will be covered.

B. Mortenson / US Bank Site development (Brent Webb, Mortenson) —  this project was approved by the NIEBNA Board at the June 2017 meeting and by the City Planning Commission in July 2017. The project is now “fully entitled”(in city planner/developer lingo) and construction can proceed. Brent will discuss the schedule and other general info about the project.

C. Current Traffic Situation in the NIEBNA East Bank (speakers to be announced).

Tuesday
Sep122017

Road Closures for September 14 and 17 Events

Thursday, September 14 - Dave Ryan Special Olympics 5K
5:30pm-8pm
SE Main Street
Stone Arch Bridge
West River Pkwy from Plymouth Ave to Stone Arch Bridge

Sunday, September 17 - Minneapolis Bike Tour
7:30am-1:00pm
Grand Rounds - West River Parkway – Nokomis Parkway – Minnehaha Parkway – Lake Harriet Parkway – Lake Calhoun Parkway –Cedar Lake Parkway – Theodore Wirth Parkway – Webber-Victory Memorial Parkway – St Anthony Parkway – William Berry Parkway.
Each road section will open as the last biker rides through.

Monday
Sep112017

Lowry Bridge Lights up Red, White and Blue to Commemorate 9/11

The Lowry Bridge will be lit up red, white and blue tonight to commemorate 9/11.

  

 

Sunday
Sep102017

Main Street SE Closes Between Hennepin Avenue and 3rd Avenue SE on September 14

Closure necessary for major HVAC equipment replacement project; expected to last 7 am-3:30 pm

On Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Main Street SE will be closed to motorized traffic between Hennepin Avenue and 3rd Avenue SE. Local access will be maintained for nearby businesses and residential properties, but a hard closure in the area of 210 Main St. SE will prohibit motorized traffic from traveling all the way through the affected area.

The closure is necessary for a major HVAC equipment removal project. It is expected to last from 7 am until 3:30 pm, weather permitting.
 
Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the west (river) side of the street and motorized traffic to University Avenue/4th Street SE. Another day-long closure for new HVAC equipment installation is planned Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 . Another notification email will be sent when that is finalized.
 
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while this project is completed.

Sunday
Sep102017

Scenes from the September 9 Mill City Farmers Market

Can you believe we're already four months into the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market outdoor season? Although summer is fading, the Market continues to get better with each week. It's that glorious time when just about everything is available, and soon we'll be seeing edamame and pumpkins. Enjoy!

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Surly Brewing sampled their award-winning beers throughout the day.

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat!

September 9, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Sep092017

Out of the Box Opera presents the All Star Sopranos Diva Cage Match

Article by Claudia Kittock

Have you ever seen a cage match? Me neither! Do you know what a cage match is? Well, I had to look it up.  According to Wiktionary.org, a cage match is: “An event in which wrestlers battle in an enclosed location, escaping over the top to win!” I’m sure you are asking yourself why Claudia Kittock, who writes about non-profits in the Mill District, is writing about a cage match. Great question!!

Noah Eisenberg and Jim Berman, opera aficionados and great friends, have spent decades of their friendship going to operas and delighting in the wonder of the sights and sounds of opera. As time progressed, Noah and Jim discussed a mutual concern about how to introduce opera to younger people and by introducing it, make sure to show the humor, the showmanship, and the skill needed to be a performer in the world of opera. So along with artistic director David Lefkowich, Noah and Jim formed Out of the Box Opera, whose mission is to bring opera to new audiences in new ways. 

David conceived of the idea for the cage match as the perfect fusion of world-class opera and competitive sports. Next, they sought out a venue that would take the cage match concept to a younger audience. The Uppercut Boxing Gym in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis’ Arts District provided the perfect setting. Opera in a boxing gym? As you can tell, these are wildly creative men who think way outside any known box!

Come to Uppercut Boxing Gym in Northeast Minneapolis on October 28 to watch as six opera stars compete in a three-round, knockdown, drag out fight to be crowned the ultimate Opera Diva Champion. Experience a sensational night of singing, featuring an unbelievable display of vocal fireworks by some of the top young operatic talent from around the country. With celebrity judges Dessa, JD Steele, and RT Rybak, Diva Cage Match puts you in the front row for the sing off of the century.  

Check out the Diva Cage Match video.

Tickets are available at outoftheboxopera.com. This will sell out early, so best buy your tickets as soon as you can. See you there!!!

Friday
Sep082017

Submissions for Annual Northeast Calendar due by October 1

In 2011, local nonprofit Northeast CDC launched an annual project to celebrate and commemorate the Northeast Minneapolis community. The Northeast Calendar highlights local artwork as well as information about the Northeast’s 14 unique neighborhoods.

The Northeast Calendar will be designed by local artist Kevin Cannon.

2018 Submission Information  2018 Ad/Sponsorship Form

Artwork submissions for the 2018 NE Calendar are due October 1, 2017!

Thursday
Sep072017

Section of West River Parkway Trail will be Closed September 12-14

Via a September 6 Minneapolis Park and Rec Board e-newsletter:

Closure necessary for Franklin Bridge painting project

West River Parkway will be closed for a short stretch around the Franklin Avenue Bridge beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017, through Thursday, September 14, 2017. The closure will affect both parkway and trail traffic. It is necessary for workers to clean and paint the Franklin Avenue Bridge.

Bicycles, pedestrians and motorized traffic need to follow the posted detours. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while this project is completed.

Thursday
Sep072017

TODAY: Minneapolis Visitor Information and Love From Minneapolis Celebrate Having a Sidewalk with First Thursday Crazy Days Sale

Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI) can’t contain its excitement over having a Nicollet Mall sidewalk again! As the construction continues, access is open so join them in celebrating with the MVI’s retail partner, Love from Minneapolis, at their extended September First Thursday event -- a four-day Crazy Days (indoor) sidewalk sale in honor of the long-awaited completion. It will run Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10 during regular store hours: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Overview of Crazy Days Clearance Sale:

  • Sale: Select merchandise up to 50 percent off*
  • Luck of the draw: Get an additional discount at the register based on the card you draw from the deck*:
    • Numeric card – 10 percent discount
    • Face card – 20 percent discount
    • Joker – 25 percent discount
  • Enter to win: Gift certificates to the Love from Minneapolis store will be drawn at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day

*This promotion excludes transit passes.  

First Thursdays are held each month to encourage visitors and Minneapolis locals alike to learn more about Minneapolis Visitor Information and our partners, Love from Minneapolis and Move Minneapolis, as well as highlight community organizations, local partners and events. MVI is located at 505 Nicollet, Suite 100, directly across from the Nicollet METRO station. 

More information on the First Thursday event: http://www.minneapolis.org/things-to-do/visitor-information/events-at-minneapolis-visitor-information/  

ABOUT MINNEAPOLIS VISITOR INFORMATION ON NICOLLET: SHOP. MOVE. FIND.

Minneapolis Visitor Information includes three services in one convenient location:                                                              

  • Shop: Love From Minneapolis offers Minneapolis- and Minnesota-themed apparel, art, specialty foods, souvenirs and gifts, including many made by local artisans. Products are also available at: https://lovefromcompanies.com/shop-minneapolis
  • Move: Move Minneapolis (formerly the Commuter Connection) provides services to commuters, carpool information, transit passes, schedules and maps, MnPass and bicycling commuting information and accessories. Visitors seeking help with transit options should make this their first stop downtown.
  • Find: Meet Minneapolis staff is available to answer questions, share visitor maps and provide suggestions about things to do in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. The Visitor Information Center in the Minneapolis Convention Center also is available to provide similar information to visitors and convention attendees.
Thursday
Sep072017

Two Minneapolis Bridge Closures to Have Significant Traffic Impact

Minnesota Department of Transportation's 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction project will impact two county roads in Minneapolis soon. Road users should be prepared for the following changes:

Short-term lane closures starting September 7:

Portland Avenue over I-94 and I-35W
Starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, vehicle and bicycle traffic on Portland Avenue (County Road 35) between 15th and 19th streets will be reduced to a single lane. All lanes of road are expected to reopen on Saturday, September 9.

Longer-term bridge closures start September 18:

Franklin Avenue Bridge over I-35W
The Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) over I-35W is tentatively scheduled to close for reconstruction on Monday, September 18. This closure is expected to last through mid-2018. Detour route and additional information will be sent out in advance of the closure.
Portland Avenue Bridge over I-94 and I-35W
The Portland Avenue Bridge over I-94 and I-35W is expected to close in late September for approximately two months of pier work.

More about this project
The 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project is a four-year reconstruction project of I-35W between 42nd St. and downtown Minneapolis. The project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the project area including better access to the Lake Street business district and transit service on I-35W and Lake St.
To learn more, visit the project website: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis

Stay Connected
• Visit the project website: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis
• Follow us on Twitter @mndotnews
• Email the project team at info@i35lakestreet.com
• Call the project hotilne at 612-284-6125
 
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit http://www.511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1.

Thursday
Sep072017

Eat Northeast Restaurant Event (Sept 15 – Nov 15) to Benefit Police Substation and Little Kitchen Food Shelf

Eat Northeast Restaurant Event

Proceeds from this September 15 to November 15 event will be split between the NE police fund (which supports the neighborhood substation, a full time beat cop and extra patrols that keep our neighborhood safe) and the Little Kitchen Food Shelf in Northeast Minneapolis.

How it works:

Buy an Eat NE card for $40 (an $80 value), then dine at an Eat NE participating restaurant. Get your ticket/card validated and you’re ready for your next NE restaurant experience. You’ll get a $10 credit or a special menu item valued at $10 at participating NE restaurants.

Participating restaurants:

Geno's, JL Beers, Keegan's Pub, Red Savoy Pizza, Kramarczuk Sausage Company, Red Stag Supper Club, Whitey's World Famous Saloon, and Stem Wine Bar.
Thursday
Sep072017

Upcoming Weekend Road Closure on Westbound I-94

Beginning 10:00pm Friday, September 8, westbound I-94 between I-394 and I-694 will close until 5:00am Monday, September 11. Motorists will be detoured to Hwy 169 to I-94/694.

The ramps leading to the closed parts of I-94 will start closing at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and the Lowry Hill Tunnel will be reduced to two lanes.

Ramp reopenings
• 49th Ave. to eastbound I-94 reopened to one lane (of three) last week. The plan is to fully reopen it tonight (9/6)
• Eastbound I-94 to Seventh St. is scheduled to reopen tonight (9/6)
• The ramp from eastbound I-94 to 53rd Ave. is scheduled to reopen Thursday night (9/7)

Other upcoming traffic impacts:

Ramp closures
• Eastbound I-94 to Fourth St. will close Thu, Sept. 7 for 10 days
• Eastbound I-94 to Broadway Ave. will close Fri, Sept. 8 for three days
• Eastbound I-94 to Dowling Ave. will close Mon, Sept. 11 for seven days

Weekend road closure
Eastbound I-94 from Shingle Creek Pkwy to I-394 will close Fri, Sept. 15 through Mon, Sept. 18 and again Fri, Sept. 22 through Mon, Sept. 25 for paving, weather permitting.

More about this project
Visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

Wednesday
Sep062017

Buses will replace Blue and Green Line Trains September 10-11

Due to scheduled maintenance, buses will replace trains for 24-hours beginning Sunday, September 10 during a partial shutdown on the METRO Blue and Green Line.
 
Customers can board replacement buses near the affected stations. Buses run on similar schedules as trains but can take more time. Customers are urged to plan accordingly.

From 3:00am Sunday, September 10 until 3:00am Monday, September 11, buses will replace Blue and Green Line trains for these stations:

Green Line
Stadium Village
East Bank
West Bank

Blue Line
Franklin Avenue
Cedar-Riverside

Downtown Minneapolis - Shared stations
U.S. Bank Stadium
Government Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Warehouse-Hennepin Avenue
Target Field

See maps for boarding locations.

Tuesday
Sep052017

Schedule of Events Announced for Twin Cities Startup Week, October 9-15

Via a September 5 Press Release:

The first 300 Gold/VIP ticketholders receive a free Love Your Melon hat

Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW) is pleased to announce the schedule of events for its 4th annual week of festivities occurring October 9-15, 2017. The schedule aims to celebrate startups, innovators, makers, hackers and artists disrupting across various industries in the Twin Cities. Activities will be spread out across the metro area, giving attendees an opportunity to explore different office buildings, event spaces and neighborhoods.

Throughout TCSW there will be countless events, demonstrations, networking events, parties and panels to learn about the work being done that is making the Twin Cities a hotbed for startups and innovation. Several industry tracks will be featured throughout the week including Technology, Healthcare, Youth/Student Education, Food/Agriculture, Impact Ventures, Marketing and Advertising, and Investing. In 2016, Twin Cities Startup Week hosted over 80 events with more than 10,000 attendees. This year’s event is expected to grow to 100 events, attracting an estimated 15,000 attendees.

“Twin Cities Startup Week is about more than technology,” says Twin Cities Startup Week Founder Nels Pederson. “Twin Cities Startup Week highlights diversity in Minnesota across all industries that are innovating, disrupting in respective markets and demonstrating entrepreneurship. No longer is Minnesota a fly-over state, but a fly-in state where individuals are coming to innovate and collaborate not just within the state but from across the country and take advantage of the state’s accessible market.

Tickets, which are free, but necessary for TCSW events, are available now at TwinCitiesStartupWeek.com. For those looking to support TCSW, there are two (2) package upgrades available. Gold tickets, which can be purchased for $25, include an official TCSW T-shirt and drink tickets to the Opening and Closing night parties. VIP tickets cost $100 and come with an official TCSW T-shirt, hoodie, and exclusive access to opening and closing day parties. The first 300 Gold and VIP ticketholders will also receive an official TCSW Love Your Melon hat.

ABOUT TWIN CITIES STARTUP WEEK
Twin Cities Startup Week is a volunteer-lead event to showcase the best of the Twin Cities startup community. Lead by the area’s top startup organizations and supported by the region's globally-recognized companies, the 4th Annual TCSW is taking place October 9-15, 2017 with thousands of participants convening for over 100 events in seven days across the region. Learn more at http://www.twincitiesstartupweek.com/ and follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sep052017

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul Announces Dates and Call for Submissions for the 37th Mpls St. Paul International Film Festival

THE FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 37th MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul announced the dates and call for submissions for the 37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF).

MSPIFF will return April 12-29, 2018, bringing filmmakers, audiences and industry members from around the world to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester, MN for 17 days of films, events, panels, and more. Produced by the  Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, this highly anticipated celebration of international independent cinema annually debuts more than 250 films to a large and diverse audience, and welcomes the attendance of more than 150 filmmakers from around the world.

The Film Society seeks to build off the success of the 36th MSPIFF, which saw over 45,000 attendees, an expanded slate of short and feature-length films, and innovative new programming that included a Virtual Reality exhibit, silent film screenings, and popular gallery of local, national and international music videos.

Submissions are now open for all facets of MSPIFF, from short to feature length films, narratives and documentaries, music videos and animation. Creators are able to submit their feature-length and short films to 2018 MSPIFF 2018 through Withoutabox and FilmFreeway, the online festival submission systems favored by filmmakers for their ease of use and streamlined processes. Filmmakers may visit the Film Society’s website for information and links to those sites for submission: http://mspfilm.org/mspiff-submissions/

“For almost four decades, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival has given filmmakers from around the world a platform to present their short and feature films, and engage with enthusiastic audiences, instructors and members of the local, national and international filmmaking community,” said Susan Smoluchowski, Executive Director of the Film Society.

Featured programs include: Asian Frontiers, Childish, Cine Latino, Frame Forward (avant garde and experimental), Images of Africa, Midnight Sun (Nordic films), New American Visions, World Cinema. Shorts programs include Documentary and Narrative, Childish, Dark Out, Frame Forward, Music Videos and Nextwave, the Film Society’s youth cinema program.

In recognition of Minnesota’s filmmaking community, MSPIFF offers one complimentary submission per individual for projects that qualify as “Minnesota Made” and are submitted before the Late Deadline, November 15, 2017. Eligible “Minnesota Made” films submitted between November 16 – December 22, 2017 may request a 50% discounted entry. To qualify as “Minnesota Made”, a film’s director must be a current Minnesota resident OR a combined 50% or more of production and/or post-production must have taken place in Minnesota. Please email submissions@mspfilm.org to claim this fee waiver.

Films completed after January 1, 2017 are now being accepted for consideration. Submitters will be notified of their acceptance status on or around February 23, 2018.

MSPIFF is presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to inform and transform individuals and communities.