Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 8

Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 8

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make the last day of school for students Friday, June 8, 2018. This change only impacts student attendance and is separate from any current or future discussions with employee bargaining groups about the total number of staff duty days. The vote came at the recommendation of Superintendent Ed Graff after reviewing achievement data since institution of a longer school year, as well as feedback from staff, families and the community.

MPS currently exceeds the state-mandated school year of 165 days by going 176 days. The district will be well within the required school-year length with the reduction of these two days. In addition, MPS has seen no improvement in academic achievement from extending our school calendar several years ago. There have been numerous studies about the relationship between achievement (as defined by standardized test scores and time). In general, when factoring in variables such as teacher quality, leadership, and state standards, it takes at least 10 additional days of instruction to see minor gains in achievement.

Additional data on attendance shows a marked increase in absences the later into June the school year goes. Furthermore, at the end of last school year, Minneapolis experienced a number of extremely hot days that proved detrimental to student learning in buildings without air conditioning, none of which are used as summer school locations. The district heard from a number of families who felt the school year was too long and student learning diminished the further into June classes were held.

This was reflected in a recent MPS budget values survey, which showed staff and families were open to changes in the length of the school calendar. A clear majority of survey respondents favored eliminating the last two days for the current school year, though there was feedback showing some people were less inclined to support changes unless mitigating actions were taken for student learning during those two days. MPS is currently exploring how to provide resources and support to families and students for June 11 and 12.

Beginning Jan. 15, check mpls.k12.mn.us for updates and resources for families.

Holiday Fun in the Parks

Saturday, December 2

Holiday Brunch and Cookie Bake

$8.00 | All ages

Morris Park | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Register online. More Info

Friday, December 8

Senior Snowflake Tea

$8 | Seniors 55+
Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center | 1-2 pm

Register online. More Info

Friday, December 8

Friday Night at the Movies

Free (with popcorn and drinks for sale) | All Ages

Powderhorn Recreation Center | 5-7:30 pm
The movie, Home Alone, will start at 5:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Gingerbread Joy
Friday, December 8

$10 | Ages 2-7

Lake Nokomis Community Center | 5:30-7:30 pm
Register online. More Info

Saturday, December 9

Gingerbread House Making

$10 | Ages 1-15

Keewaydin Recreation Center | 12:30-2 pm
Register onlineMore Info

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
Saturday, December 9

$35 | Ages 18+

Loring Community Arts Center | 11 am-1 pm
Register onlineMore Info

Saturday, December 9

Gingerbread House Making

$5 | Ages 5-13 (children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult)

Folwell Recreation Center | 12:30-2 pm
Register onlineMore Info

Saturday, December 16

Santa Brunch

$6 | All Ages

Audubon Recreation Center | 10 am-1 pm
Register online: Session 1 10-11:15 am
Register online: Session 2 11:45 am-1 pm
More Info

Santa Brunch
Saturday, December 16

$4 Ages 1-12 I $6 Ages 13+

McRae Recreation Center | 10 am-noon
Register online. More Info

Saturday, December 16

Frosty Fiesta!

Free (popcorn for sale) I All Ages

Powderhorn Recreation Center | 1-4 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, December 16

Community Craze

Free I All Ages

Fuller Park | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, December 16

Jammin’ at Logan – Monthly Dance

NEW program for adults with developmental disabilities
$5 at the door, light snack and beverage provided | Adult

Logan Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Gingerbread Joy
Monday, December 18

Free | All ages

Van Cleve Recreation Center | 4-5 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, December 19

Holiday Movie Night

Free with ActivePass | All ages

Phillips Community Center | 3-5 pm
Sign up for your free ActivePass at your neighborhood recreation center
More Info

Wednesday, December 20

Family Futsal Night

Free | All ages

Whittier Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Thursday, December 28

School Release Activity
Tournament Thursday

Free | All ages

Whittier Park | 2:30-4:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, December 29

School Release Activity
New Year’s Count Down

$5 | Ages 6-12

Whittier Park | 5-8 pm
Register online. More Info

Saturday, December 30

Night Before New Year’s Eve Party

Free | All Ages

Lake Nokomis Community Center | 5:30-7:30 pm
No registration required More Info

Other Events

These events are not affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board but take place in our parks. To find information about these events, visit the host organization’s website.

Saturday, December 9

Reindeer Run

Lake Harriet Park | 9 am


Holidazzle at Loring Park

Friday, December 1, 5-10 pm
Saturday, December 2, 11 am-10 pm

Sunday, December 3, 11 am-7 pm

Thursday, December 7, 5-9 pm

Friday, December 8, 5-10 pm
Saturday, December 9, 11 am-10 pm

Sunday, December 10, 11 am-7 pm

Thursday, December 14, 5-9 pm

Friday, December 15, 5-10 pm
Saturday, December 16, 11 am-10 pm

Sunday, December 17, 11 am-7 pm

Thursday, December 21, 5-9 pm

Friday, December 22, 5-10 pm
Saturday, December 23, 11 am-10 pm

Ward 1 December Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

The Eastside has seen tremendous growth in bicycle infrastructure over the past eight years, including the implementation of 18+ miles of bikeways, and that work continues. At the end of November the Transportation & Public Works Committee, which I chair, approved easements and a project layout to remedy the current gap in the 18th Ave NE Trail between 6th St NE and Washington NE. This gap will be filled with an off-street multi-use trail, ADA accessible ramps and a raised street crossing at 6th Street NE. The layout also allows for a future trail extension through the intersection of Washington St NE and Adams St NE. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.

That same day at the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee meeting we voted in favor of a land sale in the Holland neighborhood. The tax-forfeited property at 1919 Monroe Street NE will be sold to Northeast Minneapolis Properties LLC to be developed into a single family home. This property sale is unique in that the parcel is adjacent to the Northeast Green Campus, which has been the site of several major sustainability projects, including the Edison Community Plaza & Greenhouse; the greenest athletic field in the state; a solar installation on the school roof; and a parking lot renovation that includes a Swedish tree trench and other cutting edge stormwater management infrastructure.

Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) worked with city planning staff to offer the property through an RFP that reflected the sustainability vision and goals expressed by these surrounding projects. As a result, the new home will be passive energy certified, a rigorous standard that dramatically lowers energy usage. Other features will allow the building to approach or be “energy neutral” in its performance.

As 2017 comes to a close, these are just two examples of how Ward One’s momentum in terms of livability and sustainability continues into 2018 and beyond.

Station 15 Renovation Update


The renovations at Fire Station 15 on Johnson Street are nearing completion. The apparatus floor, where the fire trucks park, has been completely torn out and replaced (photo at right). Significant work has also been done in the building’s basement and on the HVAC system.

The building re-do is scheduled to be completed in December, at which time Engine Company 15 and Ladder Company 7 will return. Stay tuned for further information about a community celebration of the newly renovated Fire Station in January!

City’s Pedestrian Crash Study

Most pedestrian crashes in Minneapolis are concentrated to a small number of streets, according to a new study presented to the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee.

The study is part of a larger City effort to increase pedestrian safety. The City Council recently approved a Vision Zero resolution outlining a goal of ending traffic deaths and injuries on Minneapolis streets within 10 years. The council also adopted the Complete Streets Policy in 2016, which prioritizes walking followed by biking, transit and motor vehicles in the public right-of-way.

The City’s Public Works Department commissioned the study by Kimley-Horn to better understand where, how and why pedestrian crashes are occurring in Minneapolis. The study analyzed more than 3,000 pedestrian-motorist crash records over 10 years from 2007-2016.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Eighty percent of all pedestrian crashes occurred on 10 percent of streets.
  • Seventy-five percent of all major pedestrian crashes, defined as crashes resulting in fatal and incapacitating injuries, occurred on 5 percent of streets.
  • People of color are over-represented in pedestrian fatalities.
  • Streets with fewer lanes have fewer pedestrian crashes.
  • Pedestrian crashes resulting in severe injuries rise with higher speed limits.
  • Crashes involving turning vehicles accounted for 47 percent of crashes at intersections.
  • Pedestrian crashes involving left-turning vehicles occurred three times more often than pedestrian crashes involving right-turning vehicles.
  • Drivers were at fault in 62 percent of the crashes with driver inattention and the driver failing to yield the most common contributing factors in pedestrian crashes.

The data in the study will be part of the foundation of the City’s work toward its Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes on City streets by 2027.

Solicitation of Technical Assistance, Training or Coaching For B-TAP

The City is requesting proposals to provide training or technical assistance to Minneapolis small businesses through its B-TAP Professional Series program. The Professional Series, a component of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), aims to respond quickly to opportunities to support small business growth. The goal is to sponsor a series of events in 2018 where local professional experts provide training or technical assistance on topics that help entrepreneurs, particularly those who have been underrepresented, take their businesses to the next level.

Awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500 and up to five respondents will be selected. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please click on the following links for further information:

Franchise Fee Increase Public Hearing

The City and its partners are making progress toward the City’s energy and climate change goals, but to continue moving forward at the accelerated pace needed, reliable, ongoing funding sources are required. Raising the franchise fee by half a percentage point – about 59 cents monthly for the average household – would provide one of those sources.

What is a franchise fee?
The City of Minneapolis collects a utility franchise fee from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy in return for their agreement to operate in the city. These fees are passed on to customers as a line item on their monthly energy bills. Fees are set by ordinance as a percentage of charges: currently 4.5 percent for residential customers, 5 percent for commercial customers, and 3 percent for industrial customers. The amount paid on a monthly bill correlates with energy use, which can vary by season.

Why is the city proposing to raise the fee by half a percentage point?
The money would help residents and businesses participate in and make the best use of the utilities’ energy conservation programs and City programs. It would help the City reach its goal of reducing energy use by 1.5 percent each year, annually resulting in about $8.5 million in new savings that benefit residents and businesses throughout the city. Achieving the City’s climate and energy goals would help more residents afford to own or rent their homes, help more businesses succeed and create significant environmental and economic benefits to the city.

How would the costs affect rate payers?
The average residential customer currently pays a franchise fee of about $5.30 per month (about $64 a year). If the increase passes, it would be another half percentage point, which would cost the average residential customer about 57 cents more a month (about $7 more a year) for a total franchise fee of less than $6 a month (about $71 a year).

The average commercial customer is expected to pay about $86 more per year or about $961 total for the 5.5 percent annual franchise fee. Due to significant differences in energy use between small and large businesses, a broad range of impacts (smaller and larger) than this average can be expected.

A public hearing will be held during the City Council’s Ways & Means Committee meeting:
1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4
City Council Chamber, Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

Anyone can also send their comments to [email protected]. More information about current franchise fees and the proposed increase is available here.

Save The Date

Public Hearing on Proposed City Budget

Wednesday, December 6, 6:05 p.m., City Hall Room 317, 350 S. 5th Street.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m., Lions Park at 37th Ave NE & Stinson Blvd. This family-friendly event includes music and kids’ activities and supports the Metro Food Program at East Side Neighborhood Services. This year your non-perishable food donation will be matched pound for pound by Land O’Lakes. The Holiday Train will arrive at 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit http://esns.org/.

“Urinetown” Edison Theater Production

Thursday, December 14 – Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m., Edison High School Auditorium, 700 22nd Avenue NE. Tickets for this award-winning musical comedy are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Northeast Winter Market

Sunday, December 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Solar Arts Building, 711- 15th Ave NE. The market will feature 30+ local vendors, as well as music, children’s activities, meat raffles, and local beer.

Engage online or at one of four Minneapolis 2040 events in December

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city.  Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.

We want to hear from you!

New Online Engagement Activities at minneapolis2040.com

  • What can we do? Explore and respond to how we’re turning what we’ve heard from you into a plan for the future.
  • Make a map.  Show us opportunities to expand housing choice, improve access to retail, and expand connectivity.
  • Meeting in a box. Download a tool kit to host your own engagement meetings and report back.
  • Sign up from our email list
  • Follow us on Twitter @Mpls2040

Engage in Person at Community Meetings in December

Please attend one of the following interactive engagement events. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses.

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave. SE
Co-hosted by SE Como, Waite Park, and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods

Tuesday, Dec. 5
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Farview Park Gym
621 29th Ave.N
Co-hosted by Hawthorne neighborhood

Saturday, Dec. 9
10 a.m.-noon
Roosevelt High School gym
4029 28th Ave. S
Co-hosted by Standish Ericsson and Corcoran neighborhoods

Monday, Dec. 11
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave.
Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

About Minneapolis 2040

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week (WHAW) is November 6-10, 2017

Winter Home and Fire Safety

In the winter months, our heating, lighting, cooking, and holiday activities increase dramatically — and with them, the risk of residential fires. The information below provides facts and tips about the threat of home fires and how to avoid them.

Your Home

Listed below are some common winter safety concerns along with information and tips on how to avoid them and keep your home warm, dry and safe all winter long.


The high cost of heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternative methods of home heating. Wood burning stoves are growing in popularity and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs. All these methods of heating may be acceptable — but without caution, they’re a major contributing factor in residential fires.


Families and guests tend to gather in the kitchen, but it can be the most hazardous room in the house if you don’t practice safe cooking behavior. Careless use of cooking equipment, usually a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries in the United States. ALWAYS have someone watching the stove!

Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday decorating goes a long way to help brighten up our wintery days and long nights. Unfortunately, decorations become a significant hazard if not used carefully. An estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year across the U.S. By following a few simple safety tips on electric lights, candles and Christmas trees, you can avoid creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire or what to do in case of a fire in your home.

Fire Safety Resources from the State Fire Marshal

For more information about home fire safety, smoke alarms visit the State Fire Marshal website.

Attend one of four Minneapolis 2040 upcoming engagement events in December

Minneapolis 2040 graphic

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city.Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.

We want to hear from you!

Engage in Person at Community Meetings in December

Please attend one of the following interactive engagement events. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses.

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave. SE
Co-hosted by SE Como, Wait Park, and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods

Tuesday, Dec. 5
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Farview Park Gym
621 29th Ave.N
Co-hosted by Hawthorne neighborhood

Saturday, Dec. 9
10 a.m.-noon
Roosevelt High School gym
4029 28th Ave. S
Co-hosted by Standish Ericsson and Corcoran neighborhoods

Monday, Dec. 11
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave.
Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Engage Online and with your friends

  • Starting November 20, visit www.minneapolis2040.com and check out our new interactive content and leave feedback.
  • Follow us on Twitter @Mpls2040
  • Sign up for our email list
  • Download the Meeting-in-a-Box tool kit to host your own engagement meetings and report back

About Minneapolis 2040

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Upcoming Events at Minneapolis Parks: November 1-30

Friday, November 3

Wildcat Booster Spaghetti Dinner

$8.00 | All ages

Waite Recreation Center | 6-8:30 pm
Register online. More Info

Saturday, November 4

Day of the Dead Celebration
Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Free | All ages

Longfellow Park | noon-4 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, November 11

Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair

Free | All ages
Lake Nokomis Community Center | 9:30 am-4 pm

No registration required.

Wednesday, November 15

Big Band Music and Luncheon

$10 | Ages 55 and up

Lake Nokomis Community Center | 12:30-3 pm
Register online. More Info

Friday, November 17

Friday Night at the Movies

Free, with popcorn and drinks available for sale | All ages

Powderhorn Recreation Center | 5-7:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, November 18

Community Craze

Free | All ages

Fuller Park | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, November 18

Thanksgiving Community Potluck

Free with ActivePass | All ages

Central Gym | 4-7 pm
ActivePass is required. Sign up at your recreation center for a free ActivePass.
More Info

Jammin’ at Logan – Monthly DanceSaturday, November 18

NEW program for adults with developmental disabilities
$5 at the door, light snack and beverage provided | Adult

Logan Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, November 24

School Release Activity
Movie and Popcorn

Free | All ages

Whittier Park | 3-5 pm
No registration required. More Info

Other Events

These events are not affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board but take place in our parks. To find information about these events, visit the host organization’s website.

Thursday, November 2

PSAI Urgent Run/Walk

Lake Calhoun Park | 7 am

Saturday, November 11

Nearly Naked Ruck March

Boom Island Park | 8 am

Saturday, November 11

Tiger Trail 5K

Theodore Wirth Park | 10 am

Sunday-Monday, November 12-13

Theo Wirth Cyclocross

Theodore Wirth Off-Road Cycling Trails | 9 am

Tuesday, November 14

Girl Scouts – “Girl Rising”

Fuller Park | 6:30-9 pm

Thursday, November 23

Drumstick Dash 10K

Lake Harriet Park | 7:30 am

Thursday, November 23

Turkey Day 5K

West River Parkway | 8 am

Thursday, November 23

Beast 2 Feast 5K

Lake Calhoun Park | 9 am

Friday, November 24


Loring Park | 5-10 pm

Saturday, November 25

Moustache Run

Historic Main Street Park | 9 am

Saturday, November 25


Loring Park | 11 am-10 pm

Sunday, November 26


Loring Park | 11 am-7 pm

Thursday, November 30


Loring Park | 5-9 pm

Reading Partners

Reading Partners is seeking volunteer tutors at Northeast College Prep. Our volunteers fight for educational equity for students in Northeast Minneapolis by working to reduce the achievement gap for students of color and students experiencing poverty. Our volunteers make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading, setting them up for future success.
– Give as little as one hour a week (we welcome more, if you are able)!
– Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday during school hours (approximately 8am-3pm).
– Follow a highly effective, structured, and easy-to-use curriculum.
– No formal teaching experience is required.
– Change your life and the life of a child by developing a positive, mutually transformative relationship.
For more information or to sign up, please visit our website, or contact us at [email protected].org or (651) 362-0430.

Minneapolis 2040 Open Houses

The Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development wants to hear from YOU! Join your neighbors in shaping our city to become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

Over the past year, City planners have learned a lot from Minneapolis residents about the future of our city. We’ve heard that as the city grows, everyone must benefit from that growth. You told us that it can be difficult to access jobs that are not located nearby. We’ve heard concerns about the rising cost of housing, and that not everyone has access to the type of housing that meets their needs. We’ve also heard that people value well-designed and environmentally sustainable buildings, and that there is a desire for the city to be more walkable, bikeable, and mass transit-friendly.

Please attend one of four upcoming family friendly, interactive open houses in early December. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors. For more information and to sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

December 2nd from 10:30-12:30
Van Cleve Park Gym
901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

December 5th from 5:30 – 7:30
Farview Park Gym
621 N 29th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

December 9th from 10:00 – 12:00
Roosevelt High School Gym
4029 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

December 11th from 5:30-7:30   
MLK Park Multi-Purpose Room
4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Energy Assistance Program Applications Now Available

The cold weather is here! CAP-HC is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Energy Assistance Program (EAP) season. EAP is a federally-funded program that provides financial assistance to low income households to help them maintain electricity and heat during the winter months.
Assistance is available to all eligible Hennepin County residents, including the City of Minneapolis.
CAP-HC staff is available at various locations throughout Hennepin County to accept applications and answer client questions.
Important notes regarding CAP-HC’s Energy Assistance Program:
  • Energy Assistance Applications are available now through May 31st, 2018.
  • Both renters and homeowners can apply.
  • It is a grant, not a loan. Benefit recipients do not have to pay the money back.
  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the household’s electric and heating bill. It is important that those who receive assistance continue to make payments and/or request a reasonable payment plan with their utility provider.
  • The grant is paid directly to the electric and heat provider.
  • Homeowners may be eligible for emergency heating unit (ex. furnace, boiler) repair or replacement.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply before they face an emergency.
  • Applications are processed on first-come, first-served basis.
Eligibility for the program is based upon income guidelines. Benefit amount is based on household size, income, and consumption.
How to apply?
The 2017-2018 EAP application may be download from the link below or requested by calling CAP-HC at 952-930-3541.

Spooktacular Events at Minneapolis Parks: October 25-31

Wednesday, October 25

Preschool Halloween Party

Free | For young children and their parents

Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center | noon-2 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, October 27

Halloween Party

Free | For children under age 6

Logan Park | 10 am-noon
Please pre-register. More Info

Friday, October 27

Halloween at the Horn

Free | All ages

Powderhorn Recreation Center | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, October 27

Armatage Fall Fest

Free | All ages

Armatage Park | 6-8:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Halloween Armatage 3

Saturday, October 28

Monster Mash Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Lynnhurst Park | 1-3 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, October 28

“Thriller” Halloween Fun Day

ActivePass Program | All ages

Central Gym | 1-4 pm
ActivePass required, available at recreation center during business hours. More Info

Saturday, October 28

Halloween: Minnehaha Falls of Fun

$5/person, children under age 1 are free | All ages

Minnehaha Regional Park | 1-4 pm
No registration required. More Info

Halloween Minnehaha

Saturday, October 28

Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Van Cleve Recreation Center | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, October 28

Thrill Kenwood

Free | All ages

Kenwood Park | 4-7 pm
No registration required. More Info

Monday, October 30

Tiny Tot Halloween Party

Free | For children under age 6 and their parents

Creekview Recreation Center | 11 am-1 pm
No registration required. More Info

Monday, October 30

Halloween Party

Free | Geared to ages 1-12, all ages welcome

North Commons Recreation Center | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Monday, October 30

Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party: “Safari Adventure”

$3/child, children age 12 months and under are free | Preschool age

Pearl Recreation Center | 10:30 am-noon
Pre-registration is greatly appreciated. Skip the line, pre-register online.
More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party and Parade

Free | All ages

Matthews Park | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Halloween Armatage

Tuesday, October 31

Fuller Halloween

Free | All ages

Fuller Park | 5:30-7:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Bottineau Park | 6-7:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31


Free | All ages

Bryant Square Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Spooktacular

Free | All ages

Farview Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party

Free | Geared to 1-12 year olds, all ages welcome

Harrison Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween at the Hills

Free | All ages

Linden Hills Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Bonfire

Free | All ages

Loring Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Luxton Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Trunk or Treat!

Free | All ages

Webber Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Party

Free | All ages

Windom Northeast Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info


Other Events

These events are not affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board but take place in our parks. To find information about these events, visit the host organization’s website.

Saturday, October 28

North Star Challenge Regatta

East River Flats Park | 8 am

Saturday, October 28

Halloween Run

Father Hennepin Bluff Park | 10 am

Saturday, October 28

Terror Trot 5K

Lake Harriet Park | 10 am

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Grand Opening

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Grand Opening

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward1
October 2017


Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415


City of Lakes

Council Member’s Message

I am pleased to announce that we will be celebrating the grand opening of the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge at noon on Friday, October 27. I invite you to join community members, elected officials, and project partners and stakeholders for a ribbon-cutting at the east end of the new bridge.
This project to replace the original five-span, Warren through truss bridge that was built in 1925 has been a significant undertaking, not least because the bridge crosses over 24 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) North Town Yard. The new bridge’s design was informed by community input and references the industrial history of the location. The bridge will also feature updated amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists, and an historic interpretive plaza. Please visit http://www.stapbridge.com/ for detailed information about the project.
The new St. Anthony Parkway Bridge represents a singularly collaborative effort on the part of the community and many jurisdictional partners. Now that the work is complete, it’s time to celebrate!

Kevin Reich Signature

Ranked Choice Voting

Rank Your Choices: Easy As 1-2-3

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk

2017 is a municipal election year, and that means time for Ranked-Choice Voting. RCV is easy as 1-2-3. You have the option of ranking the candidates in each race on the ballot as your first, second, and third choice (including the ability to include a write-in candidate). With RCV, voters choose the candidate they prefer, just like they would with a traditional ballot. However, they also have the ability to rank other candidates in the same race, if they wish. If a candidate receives a majority of first-place choices, that candidate wins. If not, the least popular candidate(s) is/are eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are divided among the remaining candidates based on a voter’s subsequent choices. That process continues until one candidate gains a majority of support. Or, in the case of multi-winner elections, until all seats are filled.

Minneapolis voters approved the use of RCV for municipal elections in 2006. It was first used in the 2009 Municipal Election and then again in the 2013 Municipal Election. In a 2013 post-election survey, 92% of participating voters knew they would be given the option of ranking their ballots and 82% of voters did so. Of the respondents, 87% found RCV simple to use and 81% indicated they understood RCV fairly or perfectly well. Those high marks reflect an informed electorate. In the end, a solid majority—53% of voters—said RCV should continue to be used for municipal elections in Minneapolis.

RCV fosters wider participation in political processes by expanding ballot access through a single, high-turnout general election in November. It also promotes greater civility in political campaigning, as shown in the 2013 election here in Minneapolis. And, most importantly, it increases choice and the strength of a voter’s voice in the electoral process. In order to prepare, the City’s Elections & Voter Services Division encourages you to review the educational materials available on our website, at vote.minneapolismn.gov, and to use your sample ballot to practice making your choices in each race. You can bring your marked sample ballot to the polls with you to help complete your official ballot, too. Election workers will be attending a number of community events this summer to help promote awareness and turnout for the municipal election on November 7. That includes education about Ranked-Choice Voting and the options it provides to all voters.

Update on the 18th Ave NE Reconstruction project



Concrete Paving

After heavy rain on Monday night, the schedule was pushed back a day. However, Park Construction & Curbmasters finished laying the concrete section of the street between Quincy & Monroe. They followed this by installing concrete curb and driveway aprons between Quincy and Central on Wednesday & Thursday.

The concrete crew use a combination of slip formed curb through a machine and hand poured sections using formwork around intersections, catch basins and driveways. After the concrete has cured, they will continue to prepare the sidewalks for paving and also build up the asphalt layers between the curb to full height. A total of 8 inches more asphalt will be placed between the curb to the finished driving surface.

After the concrete has been laid it will take a number of hours until it can be walked on without leaving marks. Please be extra careful around the fresh concrete while it is being poured and setting. Curbs are sprayed white after installation, this is a curing compound which regulates the moisture content in the concrete while it is setting.


Asphalt Paving

Mid week next week, Park Construction plan to begin laying asphalt from Johnson and heading towards Central Avenue. As they lay the asphalt, it will not be able to be driven on until later in the day when it has cooled and stiffened. We will provide letters to properties through 18th Avenue requesting cars be relocated during paving operations.

Electric conduit

The electrical contractor is also installing gray pvc conduit which will sit behind the curb. This will be used for traffic signals as well as future use.

Xcel Energy

In the coming weeks. Xcel will begin the process of relocating the power poles as the new curb is placed through the project. This will involve planting new poles, transferring cables and removing the old poles to allow the shared use trail to be constructed. Further notice will be provided by Xcel to any customers who may be affected during transfers.

Please be aware once the concrete has been placed it will not be able to be driven over for a minimum of 7 days to allow the concrete to reach sufficient strength. We will speak to the affected business & residential properties prior to placing the concrete to ensure alternate access arrangements are in place.

Further access restrictions will be in place when laying the asphalt paving and concrete curb/driveways through the rest of the project. Notice will be given prior to these being scheduled.

If you have any access concerns please call  651 443 1096 (John Benjamin, Chief Field Inspector) to discuss further.


Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk


Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk will take you through historic Northeast Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and over the Stone Arch Bridge. This is perfect time of year to see the fall colors and the beauty of the tree canopy, river, and cityscape.  Race starts/ends at Boom Island Park (700 Sibley Street NE)

Prizes are awarded to top finishers as well as prize drawings for all that register and attend.

We have partnered with Mill City Museum to provide highlights of the incredible history along the route as well as Kramarczuk’s to treat you to their famous brats when at the finish line.

Whether you participate as a timed chip runner or take a casual walk with your dog or baby stroller, this is a route that everyone enjoys.

Proceeds benefit neighborhood parks and activities in the St Anthony West Neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, which includes the beautiful Boom Island, BF Nelson, and Dickman parks.  Learn more at stawno.org 


Event details and schedule

  • Start/End at Boom Island – 700 Sibley St. NE, Minneaplis
  • Start time at 9am, Saturday, Oct 7 (check-in starts at 7:30am)
  • Early check-in available on Friday, Oct 6th, 4-6pm at Mill City Running
  • Long sleeve Run-Dri shirt and Buy One/Get One admission to Mill City Museum included in registration
  • An estimated $1,000 worth of prizes will be given out, with ALL participants in drawing as well as specific prizes for top winners in male/female, 55+, and 20 and under
  • Enjoy Kramarczuk’s brats hot off the grill at the end of the race
  • Chip timed for accuracy and running enjoyment
  • Limited parking in parking lot w/in Boom Island, additional parking available on side streets.

Learn to Create Beautiful, Low-Input Lawns Turf alternatives support clean water & biodiversity

Learn to Create Beautiful, Low-Input Lawns Turf alternatives support clean water & biodiversity

Increasing numbers of property owners are looking to replace their
lawn with something that is beautiful, ecologically friendly, and
lower maintenance.

Installing Turf Alternatives – your guide to a low maintenance
lawn, a workshop presented by Metro Blooms in partnership with
Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water® covers the advantages of
using perennial ground covers to maximize ecological impact. It also
demonstrates handy how-tos for replacing traditional turf by
installing and maintaining two popular types of turf alternatives:
Low Maintenance Lawns and Bee Lawns.


Tuesday, October 24 2017
Lynnhurst Recreation Center
1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55419

How to
Cost: $25 per household. Register for this event online at
metroblooms.org/events; by sending your name, organization, title,
email address and phone number to [email protected]; or
calling 651-699-2426.

Why Turf Alternatives?
Turf alternatives provide a range of ecological benefits when compared to sterile
expanses of traditional turf. They are drought tolerant, slow growing (less mowing),
require less fertilizer, and are adaptable and weed-suppressing. They can also support
beneficial insects, fix nitrogen in the soil, better infiltrate runoff, and require less
maintenance from property owners.

What is Blue Thumb?
Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership that promotes
native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects and turf alternatives to
reduce runoff and improve water quality. Partners include local governmental units
(watershed districts, conservation districts, cities and counties), non-profit
organizations, and private companies such as nurseries, landscape design and build
companies, sustainable lawncare and tree care services. www.bluethumb.org

Bee Buzz Event

BEE BUZZ – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Join us at Vic’s Dining for an evening of honey-themed festivities and views of Minneapolis’ historic riverfront! Taste local and exotic varieties of honey, sip creative cocktails, and savor delicious dishes—all made possible by pollinators. Proceeds from the event will support our efforts to protect bees and other pollinators.


Bee Buzz

Vic’s Dining
201 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Mississippi Minute film festival deadline extended!

Still considering making a film?
You can have a few more days!

The entry deadline for this year’s Mississippi Minute Film Festival has been extended until 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18. You could use your cellphone or a video camera, shoot something simple or complex. The important thing, however, is to tell a story. Create a vision that tugs at heartstrings or makes people laugh, that showcases an appreciation for the riverfront in Minneapolis. The only catch – films must be 60 seconds or less!

Yes, Monday, Sept. 18.

Start filming – more information at www.mississippiminute.org.

Prize for Best in Show!

This year Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has added an extra incentive: a cash prize for Best in Show! The filmmaker of the entry voted Best in Show by our panel of judges will be awarded $250.


Originality applauded. Tell a story.  For entry information, forms, and “How to Submit,” seewww.mississippiminute.org.

We’ll show even more films!

Films premiered and awards announced at the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership’s annual event, the Minneapolis Riverfront Summit, on Monday, Oct. 23, at Mill City Museum at 6 p.m.We’ve heard filmmakers’ feedback and have retooled the Summit to make room for even more films to be shown!

Investment Fuels Action: 2018 Budget (From the Mayor)

Dear Friend,

Yesterday I was proud to deliver to the City Council and the people of Minneapolis my fourth budget address. I’m even prouder of the budget itself. You can read my address here, watch it here, or look at the full budget document here.

As I said in my address, our budgets are demonstrations of what we value. They can’t just be words. They should be foundations for action that can drive real results for real people. In this budget I’ve included investments that reflect the values of our city, and can bring us closer to our shared vision of One Minneapolis.


Because climate change poses an existential threat to our city and our planet, I proposed nearly $6 million in total funding for clean energy, cleaner businesses, and more efficient commercial and residential spaces in the city. This represents a 60% increase over the last budget before I took office. We’re going to continue our focus on environmental justice, making communities that have faced a disproportionate share of environmental vulnerability a main priority.


I’m proposing $24 million in housing investment, to help ensure that all Minneapolis residents have high-quality housing choices throughout the city, regardless of race or income. We’re taking this on from all angles—investing in strategies to retain and create affordable housing, and doing more to make sure long-time residents aren’t priced out of their own neighborhoods by new development.

Public Safety and Community Trust

Public safety and community trust in law enforcement aren’t mutually exclusive ideas. In fact, everything I’ve learned as Mayor shows that we can’t have one without the other. That’s why I proposed investing $4 million in strategies that will advance both. This includes funding Chief Arradondo’s two top requests—eight Community Liaisons focused on addressing neighborhood issues, and securing body cameras for all sworn MPD personnel, not just 911 responders. We’re also investing in three new officers at MPD, to keep building our capacity for real community policing.

Minneapolis Values

Though I know it pains us to consider, Donald Trump will likely be in the White House through 2020.  I’m proposing investments that will limit the damage he can do to our city and our people over the next three years. He’s come after immigrants, the transgender community, the institution of voting, the media, the arts and workers—and in my budget I have investments to support and strengthen those communities and those values.

The budget is also structurally balanced, to help inoculate us from Donald Trump’s threats to strip federal funds from cities who don’t see the world the way he does, and to allow us to take on big projects, like the 20-Year, $800 million Parks & Streets Investment Plan.

Thank you for sharing with me the priorities and values that shape your lives. Those values have shaped this budget. I look forward to continuing our work together, and getting results for all of Minneapolis.


Mayor Betsy Hodges

First Ward September Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

Traffic safety has always been one of the paramount concerns of First Ward residents and businesses. Everyone, myself included, would like to see safer streets and fewer crashes. And to that end, I’m proud of the work we’ve already done to create a better environment for pedestrians, bikers and vehicles alike. One example is the innovative program we launched this year to upgrade our crosswalks citywide with more visible durable markings. Another is the traffic calming work we continue to do on Johnson Street, including new lane markings and a pedestrian island. We have a curb-separated ped/bike path coming on 18th Avenue and have seen a record number of ADA installations and curb bump-outs across the Ward. However, more needs to be done.

This September the Transportation & Public Works Committee that I chair will take the first steps to establish a Vision Zero policy, aimed at eliminating fatalities and serious injuries while expanding safe and equitable mobility for everyone. This exciting and innovative approach has the potential to dramatically reshape our response to traffic safety.

Vision Zero was first implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, has had impressive results in Europe and is now being considered in a number of major US cities. It utilizes cross-disciplinary collaboration between traffic engineers, transit planners, public safety and public health professionals, policymakers, and the community to address the complex issues of traffic safety and it employs data-driven strategies and community input to craft solutions.

The first step in the process will be a resolution committing to Vision Zero, followed by the development of an action plan. The goal is the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries from crashes within our city by 2027. Stay tuned for more about this initiative which will greatly enhance work moving forward in our Ward and across the city.

New Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

Chief Medaria Arradondo

The City Council has approved Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo, who has served as acting chief since July 21, as the City’s new police chief. Arradondo joined the MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct. He has served as a school resource officer and a northside beat officer. He also has internal affairs and property-crime investigation experience. Arradondo has served as 1st Precinct inspector, deputy chief and chief of staff. He is now the City’s first African American police chief.

Ward One was the first community to get an opportunity to talk with the new chief, at a forum hosted by Council Member Reich just four days before the final confirmation vote. Chief Arradondo recapped his career with the Minneapolis Police Department and talked about his vision for MPD going forward. He was accompanied by Inspector Todd Loining, who heads the Second Precinct, and Troy Schoenberger, the newly appointed Commander of the Special Crimes Investigations Division.

Community members had an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns and issues with the police department. Several discussed the need for the new Chief to restore public trust in the department, while others raised issues about how officers relate to people of color. Incentivizing officers to live in the city and response times for low-level crimes were other topics touched upon.

Council Member Reich intends to offer additional community forums later this year to continue the discussion of various aspects of policing in Minneapolis. Next up will be a discussion about the City’s co-responder program that pairs mental health professionals with officers and new technologies that can assist in interactions between officers and people with


Fall Street Sweep Alert

This year’s fall street sweep will begin Tuesday, October 17, with the first streets being posted “No Parking” on Monday, October 16. The sweep typically takes four weeks to complete. Watch for more details in early October.

Public Input Sought on Zero Waste Draft Plan

In June of 2015 the Minneapolis City Council established a goal to recycle and compost 50% of its citywide waste by 2020 and 80% by 2030. The resolution also called for zero-percent growth in the City’s total waste stream from levels set in 2010. In 2015 the city of Minneapolis formed the Zero Waste Policy Work Group to develop a plan to meet those goals and set new ones. The city is has begun the drafting of a zero-waste plan and will host a series of engagement sessions for residents and business representatives.

 The draft plan can downloaded here: https://www.scribd.com/document/358292142/Zero-Waste-Draft-Plan

 Resident/Community Meetings

 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11, Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14, Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.

 6-8 p.m., Sept. 18, City Church, 1501 W. 54th St.

 6-8 p.m. Sept. 21, Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

 Session for Haulers/Business Community

1:30-3:30 p.m., Sept. 19, CR Currie Conf Ctr 135 PW (100), 1220 Currie Ave. North

 For those residents unable to attend one of the above sessions, an online survey is available. Please share your thoughts by completing the survey.

City Introduces new Legislative Information Management System

The City of Minneapolis is launching a new Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) that will greatly improve public access to legislative and policy-related information, a big step forward in improving the accessibility and transparency of government. This project has been in process for several years and was publicly unveiled on Monday, September 11.

This new system will allow public users to easily access all legislative calendars and agendas and to follow items through the entire legislative process. Users will also be able to find briefing materials, committee reports and a portal to the City Charter and Municipal Code all in one place. LIMS will also enable public users to assemble data and customize reports of that data.

LIMS can be accessed from the City’s website beginning September 11.

City of Minneapolis Public Art Tours

The City of Minneapolis has teamed up with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on six self-guided, interactive tours exploring public art. There are approximately 300 individual pieces of public art to visit in Minneapolis. The Eastside tour alone features 11 works, 74 individual pieces and 12 artists.

The interactive maps feature detailed information about each artwork and directions to the pieces. The maps also provide information on how long each tour will take for those who choose to bike, walk or drive. To learn more about the artworks and featured artists, visit the Minneapolis Public Art Tour interactive website. Tour goers are encouraged to share their adventures using the hashtag #TourMplsArt.

The photo at left is one of the 26 different painted metal motifs created by artist Susan Fiene, as part of the Northeast Gateway public art project located at the intersection of Broadway and Central Avenues NE. The motifs, created in reference to 26 different ethnic heritages, convey the cultural diversity of the Northeast community.

September 22 is World Car-Free Day

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 60% of Minneapolis workers drove alone to work in 2015. Move Minneapolis, an organization that promotes sustainable transportation in downtown Minneapolis, would like to raise public awareness of other, more environmentally-friendly options through an annual celebration of World Car-Free Day. Single occupant drivers are encouraged to consider carpooling, walking, biking, or taking public transportation onSeptember 22. Visit http://moveminneapolis.org/car-free-day/ to take the pledge to not drive alone that day and register for a prize drawing.

World Car-Free Day is observed in 1.500 cities in more than 40 countries. Council Member Kevin Reich will be presenting a resolution at theSeptember 20th City Council meeting designating that September 2 henceforth be World Car-Free Day in the City of Minneapolis.

Save the Date Calendar

Health & Wellness Expo 2017: Your Community for A Lifetime

Tuesday, September 12, 10 a.m. – noon, East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE. Visit with dozens of vendors and participate in wellness exercises, demonstrations, drawings and door prizes.  Health screenings and flu shots will also be available

International Dot Day: Make Your Mark!

Friday, September 15, 9:30 – 4:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE. Celebrate International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, by reading the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and creating your own dot to take home or add to a beautiful display.

Northern Metal Recycling Community Meeting

Tuesday, September 19, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Elim Church, 685 13th Ave NE. Northern Metal Recycling has scheduled the second in a series of community meetings the company agreed to provide under the court settlement.

St. Mary’s Taste of Northeast

Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30, 1701 5th Street NE. This fall festival features music, food, games, iconography demonstrations and raffles

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