18th Ave NE Reconstruction Project

From the Minneapolis Department of Public Works:


Dear Minneapolis Resident or Business Proprietor:

Spring is here and it’s time for the 18th Ave NE reconstruction project to begin again.  Last fall, we wrapped things up for winter with plans to return and finish starting in the spring.  Items remaining include the removal of the temporary path and placement of the new shared use path on the south side, complete the remaining driveway aprons and pedestrian ramps, plant the grass boulevards, complete the signal work at Monroe St NE and Johnson St NE, remove the asphalt pavement wedges that were installed to protect the curb edges, and place the final layer of asphalt.  Minneapolis Forestry will also plant trees in the new boulevard areas along 18th Ave NE, this is expected to occur in the spring of 2019.  The project area is shown in red on the enclosed map.

You can sign up to receive email project updates on the project web site: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114.

Construction activity for this season is expected to begin with the week of April 16th, weather permitting, and estimated to be substantially completed in early summer 2018. Please understand that the construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

If we need to do work on the approach to your driveway, we will notify you in advance of placing your new driveway approach and ask you to park at another location for eight days after concrete placement to allow time for the concrete to cure. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

As a reminder, our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum.  If you have any questions or concerns about this improvement project, please call me, at 612-673-3762.  You can also contact the Chief Field Inspector on the Project, John Benjamin at 651-443-1096.


  • Our equipment is large and heavy and can be extremely dangerous if one is not alert around it. We urge you to stay at a safe distance at all times. Please, above all, impress upon your children not to go beyond the sidewalk at any time and to stay away from material piles and equipment parked on or near the job site. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs and arrange to park on side streets or on another block when work is under way in your immediate area.
  • Help us prevent vandalism during construction. It not only delays the project but adds to the costs. Your cooperation in reporting or preventing such acts is critical and directly benefits you.
  • To save yourself time and money, if you have experienced any problems with your sewer and/or water connection it is recommended that you contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible to correct the problembefore the street is paved. One problem frequently encountered in connection with street paving is the condition and age of the private water and sewer services from the house or business to the City main in the street. Occasionally, because of the age and condition of these services, they may require repair or replacement within a relatively short period of time after the new paving is completed. So, if you are planning to upgrade your water or sewer service, please call me at 673-3762 to coordinate with the project’s schedule.
  • To install new shared use path, we will need to excavate within the City right of way. Please note that the City right of way extends beyond the back of the temporary path on the south side.   After we complete this work we will remove our construction debris and place new topsoil and sod where it was disturbed.  If you have concerns or questions regarding your specific property, contact me or John.

Once again, we ask that you impress upon all children the dangers near construction equipment.  We hope to inconvenience you as little as possible and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding while your neighborhood is being improved.


Beverly Warmka, P.E.                                                        
Project Manager                                                     
Minneapolis Department of Public Works

Kevin Reich’s First Ward April Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

Recently the city released a draft of our Comprehensive Plan, Minneapolis 2040. The Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document that provides a road map to manage our city’s growth and development. Municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. To that end we have developed a framework, organized around the 14 city goals the Council adopted in 2017.
Now we need your engagement and input to shape the final product. I invite you all to spend some time assessing the draft and offering your input. Comments can be made at the Minneapolis 2040 website or shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040. You may also contact me directly at [email protected] or 612-673-2201, attend one of my Community Conversations or participate in an upcoming forum in the First Ward (date to be announced shortly). The final plan needs to serve us all, so I hope the voices of each and everyone of us will be part of the conversation.

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always eager to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. Just contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the April schedule:
Tuesday, April 10, 8 – 9 a.m., Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson Street NE
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore Street NE

The Spring Street Sweep Begins April 17

With spring approaching, Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away the grime from winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 17, for the first day of sweeping. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
Starting April 17 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to find out more about street sweeping:
  • “No Parking” signs – Crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
  • Interactive web tool – Folks can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. By the Friday before the first week of the sweep, people can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the website to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves, trash and other pollutants from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.
Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall.
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or anything else into City streets. It’s bad for our lakes and waterways, and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes, creeks and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

18th Avenue NE Reconstruction Update

The 18th Avenue NE reconstruction from Monroe to Johnson Street NE was begun in 2017 and could not be completed by the end of last year’s construction season. The available options were to keep the road closed for the winter or to re-open it in less than optimal condition. Because the first option would have created significant hardship, Public Works has made provisions for the roadway and path to be useable throughout the winter.  This includes paving a temporary path around power poles to be relocated, installing temporary asphalt pedestrian ramps, and place temporary asphalt along the curb lip to protect it from snow plows.
The work to be completed this spring includes removing the temporary work and constructing the shared use path and pedestrian ramps, finalizing the signal system construction, and landscaping including trees and sod.  After this work is completed, a final layer of asphalt will be installed on the roadway which will provide a smooth driving surface.  It is anticipated it will take 4 to 6 weeks this spring to accomplish all the remaining work. While this work is weather dependent, Public Works hopes to begin in mid-April. Visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114 for further information and updates.

City’s Draft Comprehensive Plan Update Released

A draft of the City’s comprehensive plan is now public and for review. The online plan, called Minneapolis 2040, is a draft framework of interdependent policies, topics, actions steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit.
In the online draft report, policies are organized under 14 goals the City Council adopted in 2017, and also under 10 topic areas.  These draft policies include:
  • Increasing the supply and diversity of housing in all Minneapolis neighborhoods, including small-scale multi-family buildings.
  • Committing to the production and preservation of affordable housing  and to limiting housing displacement.
  • Enhancing transportation options and reducing air pollution from transportation.
  • Prohibiting new heavy industrial uses while preserving land for quality living-wage production and processing jobs.
  • Supporting businesses by making it easier to have commercial uses near transit.
  • Supporting entrepreneurship particularly in communities of color.
  • Supporting the arts and creative economy.
  • Supporting workers through living wages and workplace protections.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient buildings.
This draft plan is the result of extensive civic engagement over a period of three years, involving residents, business owners, developers and just about anyone with an interest in the future of Minneapolis.
Public comment period
Over the coming months, the City will do extensive outreach to residents to hear their concerns and ideas to improve the quality of life in the City. Comments will be collected at public meetings as well as online through July 22, 2018. That feedback will be taken into consideration as City staff revise the plan for City Council consideration.
Comments can be made at minneapolis2040.com or shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040.

Save The Date

East Side Job Fair

Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE. 20+ companies will be accepting resumes, assisting with applications, conducting onsite interviews and answering questions. For further information, call 612-787-4035.

Celebrate Southeast with a Taste of Southeast

Saturday, April 28, noon – 3 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE. This fundraiser for SE Seniors will feature food, an auction and a program celebrating the 30th anniversary of this organization. For information about tickets and the auction, visit https://www.auctria.com/ev?site=d62a5459-fe9f-4860-b97b-8cb1943cd9fc.

Waite Park Spring Social

Saturday, April 28, 6 – 11 p.m., Food Building, 1401 Marshall Street NE. This benefit for Waite Park students includes dinner, as well as live and silent auctions. Visit https://waiteparkpta.blogspot.com/ to purchase tickets.

Connect with Your Council Member

You’re invited to join Council Member Kevin Reich at any of these upcoming public events:

Creating a Cooperative Economy with ABEP

Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Association for Black Economic Power are co-hosting a panel discussion about creating a cooperative economy through black cooperatives. Panelists will include Ward One Council Member Kevin Reich and Ward Five Council Member Jeremiah Ellison.

 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 22, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave NE

Conversation with Council Member Kevin Reich

 Meet up with Kevin to offer input, share a concern or just say hello. No appointment necessary.

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave NE

Fire Station 15 Open House

 Join Fire Chief John Fruetel and CM Reich to tour the newly remodeled station, enjoy refreshments, try on equipment, and meet your local firefighters.

 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3, Fire Station 15, 2701 Johnson St NE

NE Network: City Logistics

 Council Member Reich will talk about upcoming infrastructure projects In Northeast Minneapolis.

 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8, Eastside Food Co-op, 2551 Central Ave NE

Fire Station 15 Open House – Saturday, March 3!

Last August, Fire Station 15 was closed to allow for significant repairs and renovations, including the complete replacement of the apparatus floor, new wiring, kitchen remodeling, wiring and HVAC work. The work is done and Fire Chief John Fruetel and Council Member Kevin Reich invite you to an Open House to celebrate the newly remodeled station.

When: 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3

Where: 2701 Johnson Street NE

Join your friends and neighbors to tour the station, meet your neighborhood firefighters, try on gear and enjoy some refreshments!

CURA’s February Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color

Neighborhood Board Representation Training!
If you are a Person of Color or know a Person of Color interested in joining their neighborhood association or district council, CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership Program is looking for participants for a free training to empower and assist them in their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color will be Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Stassen Room 170 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

We believe neighborhood residents are the most powerful force against injustice in their community. Our Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color values recruiting and supporting people of color to join their local neighborhood board to create change in their community and to transform the injustice of not having diverse voices and leadership in neighborhood groups. Our program creates learning sessions and a support networks for people of color join their local neighborhood board and use their power to make their vision for their community a reality through organizing.

Who is this for?

The training is open to people of color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community.

Register now!

For more information or to register, interested participants should fill out this short registration form.

Questions? Email Malik Holt-Shabazz or call 612-791-7734.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color offers:

  • Community Organizing 101
  • The Power of YOUR Narrative / Story
  • Neighborhood Association / District Council Board Basics
  • Asking questions about neighborhood associations and district council from a former director of both bodies
  • Relationship building with other board of members and leaders of color

First Ward February Newsletter from Kevin Reich’s office

Council Member’s Message

I have some great news to share on the sustainability front both in Ward One and the city as a whole, which makes for a positive start to 2018! In January the city received a grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and install up to $550,000 in stormwater management infrastructure at our new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility. This infrastructure will be an important piece of the many sustainability elements incorporated into the facility, which will be designed to LEED certification standards. See the story below for more information.

In October 2012 I joined Ward 1 stakeholders, representatives from Minneapolis Public Schools and Sundial Solar to talk about applying for a grant to do a major solar project at Edison High School. Early in January 2018, the Public Utilities Commission approved our application to install solar panels on Edison’s roof and put a solar canopy over the new Edison Plaza next to the gym. It was a long wait, but work can now begin to make the Edison Green Campus even greener! Look for more details about this exciting project in next month’s newsletter.

On a citywide basis, I’m proud to announce a couple of exciting achievements.  Our Solid Waste & Recycling Division was named 2017 Recycler of the Year on the basis of our highly successful organics recycling program.  Minneapolis is also now the first in the nation to go “perc-free”thanks in large part to our innovative green business cost-sharing programs. Check out the stories below to learn more about these achievements.

East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility Stormwater Grant

The City of Minneapolis has received a substantial grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and construct enhanced storm water infrastructure as part of the development of the new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility.

The grant will be used for a storm water storage and filtration system, as well as onsite education resources so that the general public can learn more about storm water management systems and their impacts.  The water treatment area will be incorporated into the landscape design so that it provides aesthetic as well as educational benefits. Pictured at right is one representative type of storm water management strategy.

The grant will fund up to $550,000 in design and construction work, depending on the final scope of the project.

Minneapolis First Perc-Free City in Nation

Minneapolis became the first city in the nation to go entirely “perc-free” as the last dry cleaner switched over to a safer process. With help from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, East Isles Resident Association and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, Osman Cleaners switched its machines over from using perchloroethylene – also called “perc” – to a process using clean solvents safer for employees, neighbors and customers. In less than six years since the City’s cost-sharing program began, Minneapolis has helped the last nine dry cleaners in the city using perchloroethylene replace their equipment to make the switch.

Perchloroethylene is the main chemical solvent used in dry cleaning. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies perchloroethylene as a “likely carcinogen”; it also has the potential to damage the kidneys, liver, immune system and blood system, and affect reproduction and fetal development. A 2015 Minneapolis Health Department study detected 99 occasions of perchloroethylene above levels that are considered health risks over a long period of time in outdoor, ambient air in Minneapolis.

Financial assistance from the neighborhood groups made this and other cost-prohibitive projects possible for small businesses and also laid groundwork for more healthy City-neighborhood partnerships.

The funds for the program come from pollution control fees that businesses pay to the City. Find more information about the City’s green business cost-sharing programs here.

Minneapolis is 2017 Recycler of the Year

At the end of last year, the Recycling Association of Minnesota awarded the City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste and Recycling its top honor: 2017 Recycler of the Year. The award was given in recognition of the creation and promotion of a city-wide organics program that has produced outstanding results in participation and waste diversion. The award also recognizes the inclusive, multi-faceted and multi-lingual educational campaign that has accompanied the program.

The City of Minneapolis citywide opt-in organics recycling program was rolled out 2015-2016. As of September 2017, 43.27% of households have signed up to participate in the program.

New Data Practices Charging Policy

To promote greater transparency and improve public access to government data, the City of Minneapolis Records & Information Management (RIM) Division recently introduced a new enterprise-wide charging policy for data practices requests. Previously, departments largely set their own rates, which resulted in requestors having to pay varying rates to access City information based on which department held the responsive data. So, for example, one department might not charge anything for a handful of simple black-and-white copies of easily-retrievable data, whereas another department might charge for each page — and even then, the per-page charge varied from department to department, from as little as 10 cents per page to more than $1 per page. Furthermore, because many departments lack the capacity to accept on-line payments, requestors were forced to travel to City Hall or to mail payments before being allowed to access public data. The combination of these variable rates and inconsistent practices were, in effect, creating a barrier to the public in terms of accessing public data from the City.

The RIM Division recently implemented a new Data Request Charging Policy. A key feature of this new policy is the introduction of a charging threshold of $30; in other words, the City will no longer charge for data requests that have a total fee of less than $30. This is a significant step forward in improving service to the public and ending the restrictive processes which created barriers to data accessibility. Moreover, the new policy eases the internal administrative processes for staffers who no longer will be required to generate invoices, track payments, and process receipt of funds. That, in and of itself, will present a cost-savings to the enterprise simply in terms of eliminating bureaucratic paper shuffling. This new policy is part of larger enterprise efforts to make the City’s data and information assets more easily accessible to the public, and to ensure our processes are fair and transparent to the community we serve.

City of Minneapolis New Downtown Office Building

The City of Minneapolis is moving forward with plans for a new downtown office building near City Hall to better serve residents and businesses. City employees are currently working in several leased and owned sites scattered around downtown Minneapolis. The new Consolidated Public Office Building will be diagonally across the street from City Hall at501 4th Ave S, currently the site of a parking lot. It will be a sustainable and resilient building that will feature a welcoming, customer-centric public service area while reducing the City’s overall real estate footprint.

City staff and the project design team of MSR Design and Henning Larsen will be hosting a community engagement meeting to present information about the building, answer questions and receive community input about the public service center, the conferencing center and the public art component. All are welcome to attend:

Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.

Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street (first floor)

Edison’s Art as Profession Class and “Change” Exhibit

dison High School offers an Art As A Profession class for juniors and seniors, as well as arts focused sophomores, so that students can explore a variety of career paths in the arts. As part of a unique collaboration, Edison worked with local artwork services company Art Force to bring in professional artists to show their work and talk to students about career options and the business aspects of the art world. Art Force, which relocated from Plymouth to the Arts District several years ago, offers complete services from procurement to installation and conservatorship.

Students also went on field trips to local studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, museums and the U of M. They learned firsthand how to work with a client to create a work of art and to work within contract guidelines. They built portfolios and learned how to market themselves, design business cards and post professionally using social media.

Their final gallery show, which is currently on display in the media center, focuses on the concept of “Change” and features the work of 18 students. In addition to creating the works of art, they also planned the exhibit, created labels, flyers and postcards, and built the gallery walls in the Edison wood shop.  

Pillsbury School Named “Bike Walk School of the Year”

Pillsbury School, which is the home of the bike education program Pedal Power, was one of two schools in Minneapolis named “Bike Walk School of the Year” by Our Streets.

The Pedal Power program, which was created by Pillsbury staff members Mark Trumper and Susan Tuck, offers bikes and bicycle education to children who might otherwise not learn to ride. With the help of dedicated volunteers, Pedal Power students learn bicycle safety and basic maintenance and travel around the Twin Cities on bicycle outings several times a month.

The Pillsbury Pedal Power team was awarded one of the City of Minneapolis Health Department’s “Local Heroes” awards in 2014.

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. just contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.[email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the January schedule:

Friday, February 16, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE

Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Avenue NE

Save the Date

Community Connections Conference

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. This event is free and features workshops, speakers, panels and a catered lunch. For more information and to register, visithttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/CommunityConnectionsConference.

2nd Annual Edison Soup Wars

Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 – 7 p.m., 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. Cook and compete or come just to eat at this delicious fundraiser hosted by the Edison Activity Council. Tickets are $10/advance or $15/door. Kids & Student tickets are $5.

Local Author Talk: Steve Atkinson

Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE.  Join local

Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events, and special announcements.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter at www.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts.

Creative City Challenge finalists selected

Clockwise from left to right: Project sketch of Carry-on Homes by Carry-on Family, Project sketch of Uncommon Courtesies by Yes Let’s, Project sketch of United Nations by Samuel B. Ero-Phillips

Clockwise from left to right: Project sketch of Carry-on Homes by Carry-on Family, Project sketch of Uncommon Courtesies by Yes Let’s, Project sketch of United Nations by Samuel B. Ero-Phillips

Three teams have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Creative City Challenge. This year, taking its cue from the site of the installation, The Commons, artists proposed projects on the theme of Commonality: What is the 21st century commons? What do we share when we gather together in outdoor spaces? Is it possible to share common ideas and goals while acknowledging significant differences in heritage, lifestyle, income and interest?

A jury will select the winning team to install its project at The Commons for an unveiling at Northern Spark June 16 and remaining on The Commons for several weeks.

The finalists

Carry-on Family proposes “Carry-on Homes,” a multi-functional venue for story sharing, where individuals can come together and speak to their homes – near and far – on a stage or by writing notes and tying them on a “journey wall.” Home is a universally shared concept that transcends race, gender, class and polemics.

Samuel B. Ero-Phillips takes inspiration for “United Nations” from the way the United Nations relates to our common human experience around the world. The base of the assembly hall would create a space to gather with an overhead structure displaying and illuminating our best shared ideals. Murals on the lower wood deck seating area and custom globes would respond to a theme of commonality curated by the artist’s network of youth worker community artists.

Yes Let’s proposes “Uncommon Courtesies,” setting up an interactive radial experience with a common question, a common experience and a common community. Visitors would move through stations in four different levels having recorded stories from diverse communities paired with supplementary graphics and text.

About Minneapolis’ Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a temporary public art commission program managed by the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program and conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and a tangible symbol of the complex narratives that make up the many stories within our urban landscape. Each year the selected project receives a commission, and the winning work is showcased at the annual Northern Spark festival.

Find more from the artists and see their preliminary project sketches at http://northern.lights.mn/platform/ccc-2018/.

Tour Nicollet Mall’s Public Art Now


Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn


Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn

Nicollet Mall reconstruction ushered in three NEW public artworks to downtown Minneapolis, and welcomed back the return of six artworks. The new mall includes artworks that you can experience, use, study, and enjoy – it is the largest collection of public art in the city outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. These artworks feature different generations of artists, styles, approaches, materials, and technologies – from the 1960s to the present day. We encourage you to visit these artworks over and over again, as their qualities and meanings continue to be revealed over time and through the seasons.

The Nicollet Mall virtual tour is now available, along with six other tours featuring the Minneapolis’ Public Art Collection. Each tour provides information on each individual artwork such as its location, materials, an image, and other public artworks nearby.

Check out the Nicollet Mall Tour and our other tours at: www.arcg.is/mplsart

Streets closing near U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl

Several streets near U.S. Bank Stadium will close Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29 to prepare for Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the following will close:

  • Fourth Street between Park Avenue and Interstate 35W (detour via Washington Avenue).

On Monday, Jan. 29, the following will close:

  • Sixth Street between Chicago and 11th avenues (detour via Eighth Street).
  • 11th Avenue between Third and Sixth streets
  • Hiawatha Trail between 15th Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood and 11th Avenue in downtown Minneapolis (detour: use Washington Avenue, or ride Metro Blue Line LRT between Cedar Riverside and U.S. Bank Stadium stations.

The closures will be in place until after the Super Bowl.

Additionally, streets, sidewalks and bikeways may see intermittent closures near U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Over the past several months, the City of Minneapolis has worked closely with stakeholders, including the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, NFL, their vendors and several other local partners to craft a traffic management plan that will enhance the Super Bowl LII experience while providing the minimum disruption to traffic and parking possible.

Stay up-to-date on the latest information related to Super Bowl LII street closures by signing up for City traffic alerts at minneapolismn.gov/traffic. For more City-related Super Bowl LII information, go to minneapolismn.gov/SuperBowl. For additional travel tips for the 10-day Super Bowl festival, visitmnsuperbowl.com/transportation.

Call for our Art of Hosting participants!

From Christina Kendrick, City of Minneapolis:

Our Community Connections Conference is coming up fast and our new Mayor and City Council want to be a big part of this year’s event.

The closing general session is going to be facilitated dialogues with our elected officials.  The structure will be several “circle conversations” that are structured by 3 questions… much like our Art of Hosting Neighborhood’s 2020 community dialogues.  The dialogues will be for roughly ½ hour and then the elected officials will “report out” their take-aways from their specific circle.

We need

  • Facilitators (to simply ensure the conversation moves along and sticks to the questions)
  • Note Takers (not verbatim – just capture the general themes of the conversations)

Having our neighborhoods and community partners be front and center of these dialogues is a great way to demonstrate our partnership. The time commitment is from 2:45-3:30 (but of course we encourage you to participate in the whole conference!)

Please let me know if you are willing to help us out!  Also, feel free to pass to friends/family/colleagues who you know have skills with facilitation or/and notetaking.  We are hoping to get 15 or more volunteers!

Christina Kendrick, MA  MBA       
Senior Community Specialist
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 5th Ave S   Ste. 425
Minneapolis MN 55415
[email protected]

Pronouns: she/her

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.


MnDOT 2018 projects in Hennepin County

Here are the Hennepin County projects:

[email protected]: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

This project started in August of 2017 and will really get going in June of 2018 with the closure of the access to downtown (Fifth and Grant and 11th) and from downtown at Fourth Avenue for four months. The ramp from I-35W north to I-94 west and I-94 east to I-35W south will close this summer for 3 ½ years. You will also see numerous ramp closures and lane closures on I-35W. Encourage people to sign up for email alerts and consider alternate transportation downtown. MnDOT has a contract with Move Minneapolis and eWorkplace to help with these efforts. MnPASS is an option too. This project continues through 2021.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

This is year two. We have repairs to two bridges to complete that will require ramp closures. I-394 east to I-94 west and I-94 west to Highway 55 will be closed for between 30 to 90 days.

MnDOT added improvements to the Whitney Bridge over I-94 in Minnepolis that connects the Walker Art Center to Loring Park. This project runs from early May to August. That will require two closures of I-94 from I-35W to I-394  this summer. This also could require some lane closures on I-94 and Hennepin and Lyndale. We are working on finalizing specifics and updating materials.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html

This is a resurfacing job from Fourth and University to Ramsey County Road C in Roseville. It will require six weekend closures, some directional and some full, between mid-July and the State Fair that will reduce access to downtown for those coming from the north. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Kevin Walker: [email protected]

Highway 47 Minneapolis to Columbia Heights: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/

This is a resurfacing project in northeast Minneapolis that will close University Avenue from Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis to 44th Avenue in Columbia Heights from late April to early July. The project is planned to allow trucks and local traffic access while work is not being done in certain areas. The web page has the schedule maps. Those will be updated to reflect recently changed timelines. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

University/Central Avenue sidewalk and signal improvements: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47andhwy65/

This is the third year of MNDOT and Minneapolis working to bring northeast Minneapolis intersections into American with Disabilities Act compliance. This year, work will happen on five intersections. You can see those on the web page or fact sheet. The work will start after the Highway 47 project is done. A fact sheet is attached.

Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]

University of Minnesota Research Opportunity for folks 80+


My name is Hannah Hagy and I am a research coordinator at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota has been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to participate in the Human Connectome Aging Project.  This ambitious project will measure 3,000 images in order to improve knowledge on connectivity within the brain throughout aging. We really hope that this project will help us better understand healthy aging and eventually how to detect and eliminate various aging related diseases. We think that this study would interest some of your organization members and supporters. I was wondering if you could consider sharing the enclosed information about the project with the members of the Logan Park Neighborhood Association. I have read many outstanding reviews online of your organization and think that many of your community members may find this opportunity to be interesting. We have a Facebook page, too, if you’d like to take a look!

I have attached a flyer with more information about the study. I would be more than willing to come hang up a flier if you have a place that would be appropriate. If you’d like for us to mail you some fliers or brochures to pass out, we could do that as well.  We also do presentations and information sessions, if that is something that interests you. We love getting out into the community to talk about aging research. We are dedicated to achieving a diverse study sample, striving to have all members of the community represented.

We are looking for healthy adults 80 years and older with no diagnosed history of neurologic or major psychiatric disorders, to participate in our study. It would start with a brief (15 to 20 minute) telephone interview to see if they are eligible to participate.  If they qualify, they will be asked to complete two sessions at the University of Minnesota.  The study session will include a fasting blood sample (with a light breakfast provided after the blood draw) and questionnaires administered on a computer. The study also includes two MRI scans. We use a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, specially developed for this project, for our imaging studies and it includes no X-rays or other harmful exposures. Participants will be compensated up to $400 for the time that they spend volunteering for the study.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, or have your members contact the research team themselves at 612-301-1705 or HCP-[email protected].  If you do not publicize research studies, I understand.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Hannah Hagy
Research Coordinator 
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
University of Minnesota
2021 6th St. SE              
Minneapolis, MN 55455
T: 612-301-1788

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.