Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts

Sunday, November 2, 2014 | Domingo 2 de Noviembre del 2014

10am – 12pm

Free and open to all kids, parents, and families  

Gratis y abierto a todos los niños, padres y familiares

Artmaking Activities | Actividades de Artes Manuales

 Papel picado, paper maché calacas, and more with Irina Barrera and Joanna Nunez | Papel picado, calacas de papel maché, y más con Irina Barrera y Joanna Nunez

Danza Performance & Demo | Espectáculo de Danza y Demo

With Con Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue at 10:45AM | Con Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue i 10:45AM

Latin American Music | Música Latinoamericana

With Colombian Guitarist Juan Figueroa | Con Guitarrista Colombiano Juan Figueroa

Healthy Snacks + Beverages | Botanas Saludables + Bebidas

More info at: | Mayor información comuníquense al:

(612) 871-4444


A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything

Intermedia Arts// 2822 Lyndale Ave South // Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 // (612) 871-4444

Court Watch-Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System-October 22, November 5, November 19

In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System taking place on October 22, 6:30 pm,, November 5,6:30 pm., and November 19, 6:30 pm. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North (1925 Plymouth Avenue North). Parking available across the street.

What is Court Watch?

Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to promote sentencing accountability with the court system. Community participation makes Court Watch successful. At Court Watch meetings, Minneapolis City Attorneys, Hennepin County Attorneys, Neighborhood Probation, Minneapolis Police and social service agencies respond to questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dates and outcomes. The community leads and drives a Court Watch by * Sharing valuable information about offenders and crimes * Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability * Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim of a neighborhood crime, including drug sales, weapons offenses, property crimes and prostitution * Making communities safer   4th Precinct Court Watch The Fourth Precinct Court Watch focuses on chronic offenders, habitual burglars and felons in possession of firearms. This collaborative meets monthly to address

public safety needs and write impact statements. Meeting Time and Location Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 North Regional Library 1315 Lowry Avenue North Contact: 4thPrecinctCourt

FNA Annual Meeting, Monday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Folwell Park

Folwell Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

Hennepin County Community Works will present the Penn Corridor Project and there will be an open discussion about what that project means for Folwell neighborhood. Bring your questions!! Snare your comments!! Other business includes the Annual Report to the Community and Board elections.

News from the County Attorney’s Office: October 16, 2014


October 16, 2014


Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney 12-2013


Michael O. Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney
300 S. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN  55487

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We serve justice and public safety through our commitment to ethical prosecution, crime prevention, and through innovative and reasoned client representation.


Domestic Violence Awareness

NFL star Ray Rice’s assault of his-then fiancée, now wife, has brought a spotlight on domestic violence.  He is not the first high profile person who has abused his partner. Domestic violence is an issue that affects people from every walk of life, income bracket and community.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when advocates work to raise the profile of this issue. They also highlight the warning signs of domestic abuse and ways for victims to seek help.

Far too many women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in Minnesota and across the country. This year, there have not been any homicides directly linked with domestic violence in Hennepin County. While some luck is involved, this may also be due to the work of the county attorney’s office and our partners. We know there have been many incidents that could have escalated to murder.

“It’s a major problem, one of those where we see only the tip of the iceberg,” Freeman said. “Tragically, too often we see cases after they have proceeded beyond mere hitting, slight injuries, until they are serious injuries. All the studies I’ve ever read said we can do something best about domestic violence if we intervene early.”

If you or someone you know needs help

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911
  • Call the Domestic Abuse Service Center at 612-348-5073 or 612-348-2620 (TDD) or visit the center on the A Level of Hennepin County Government Center
  • Call the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 1-866-223-1111

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has worked hard on reducing domestic violence and protecting its victims for more than two decades. In fact, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of theDomestic Abuse Service Center, a nationally-recognized model for service delivery.

The center provides victims of domestic violence access to the legal assistance and social services they need. You can file for an order for protection, learn about your rights, create a safety plan, apply for temporary housing and get other information from advocates on site.  The staff is ethnically and culturally diverse and many advocates are bi-lingual.

Learn more about the center and its services.

Learn about the Juvenile Justice System

The Fourth Precinct Court Watch is hosting a series of forums about the juvenile justice system. The first meeting is nextWednesday, October 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Fourth Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave N.

Representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Attorney, Hennepin County Probation and the Juvenile Supervision Center will discuss specific rules and criteria about juveniles and the criminal justice system from police interactions through prosecution.

Juvenile Forum Announcment

Former teacher guilty of stalking student

Dan Arlen Anderson, a former teacher, pleaded guilty to a single count of felony stalking for aggressively pursuing a 17-year-old student in his Minneapolis South High School class. Anderson, 46, of Oakdale, will be sentenced on Jan. 6.

Under the sentencing guidelines, Anderson would receive probation. Prosecutors will ask for five years on probation and for him to serve some jail time. He also must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and enroll in any recommended sex offender treatment. Prosecutors also will request that Anderson register as a sex offender as part of his sentence and seek conditions that make it difficult for him to hold a position of authority over children. Read more about this case.

Two charged with cheating employees of prevailing wage

The two owners of C & S Electric Co. were accused of failing to pay employees the prevailing wage and pocketing the difference.

Thomas Robert Clifton, 50, of Lake Elmo and Earl Keith Standafer, 57, of Burnsville were each charged with one count of theft by swindle over $35,000. The swindle was perpetrated against the general contractor, but it was the electricians who were shortchanged. Both men are scheduled to make their first court appearance on Oct. 21.

Read the criminal complaints and watch video of the news conference about these charges.

Fall street sweeping begins October 21

Fall is here, and that means crews are preparing to sweep streets across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 21. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 20, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

  • “No Parking” signs – City 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. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • 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 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.
  • Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed 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.

o    English:  See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.

o    Spanish:  Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.

o    Somali:  Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.

o    Hmong:  Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris 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 other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.


Hennepin County: Save the date! November 12, Community Open House

Save the date: Community open house for Bottineau LRT

Help plan station areas for Bottineau LRT in North Minneapolis and Golden Valley

  • Get information on station areas along the proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) at Van White Blvd. – Penn Ave. – Plymouth Ave. – Golden Valley Road.
  • Share ideas for bike, pedestrian and transit connections and development that will help neighborhoods near the stations thrive.
  • Learn about related Penn Avenue improvements, including bus rapid transit connections.


Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Welcome/presentation at 6 p.m.


University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Information/RSVP: or 612-348-4454
Hosted by Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis and City of Golden Valley
Learn more at


Patrick Henry High School is a REWARD School for the 2nd year in a row


Congratulations to Patrick Henry High School for being named a REWARD school by the Minnesota Department of Education for the second year in a row.  REWARD schools are the top 15% of Title I schools based on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR).  The Minnesota Department of Education plans to share practices from these schools with struggling schools in an effort to replicate best practices across the state.  Patrick Henry is ranked 6th in reading growth in Minneapolis Public Schools, 2nd in math growth and has the highest focused rating in the district. Way to go Patriots!  Information from the 4th Ward Report.

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – October 15, 2014

*****Events and Activities*****

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Breakfast Lecture | CreativeMornings: CROSSOVER

Friday, October 17, 8:30 am

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. With over 80 chapters around the world, CM provides a free, short-burst event held on Friday mornings that inspires, connects and pours into the local creative community. The concept is simple: breakfast and a short talk (20 minutes) followed by a Q&A, one Friday morning a month. Every event is free of charge and open to anyone. Attendees gather in cities around the world each month to enjoy fresh coffee and friendly people. This October’s theme is CROSSOVER. Join us for breakfast and hear from hometown DJ Mark Wheat about his crossover between the University station Radio K to Minnesota Public Radio. Anyone can attend. Just register to reserve your spot. TheMinneapolis chapter launched in November 2013. Attendees have a range of backgrounds: many are local artists and designers, but there’s a growing number of entrepreneurs, people from the municipality and small business owners who attend as well. With that, this could be a great chance for you to market to some new clients. For information:

Co-sponsored Event | The Center for Girls’ Leadership

Saturday, October 25, 9 am

The Steps to Success program of the Center for Girls’ Leadership allows high school girls to explore possible future career options in various industries. Participants will have the opportunity to explore art-related activities and join in small group discussions after a panel of local women in the arts shares their leadership journeys.

Mill City Farmers Market – Preparing for Winter

Saturday, October 18, 9 am – 1 pm (Note earlier start time)

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

Join us this Saturday for the second-to-last Market of the outdoor season and stock up on lots of local fall produce to take home and store for these upcoming winter months. Freezing, canning, drying and pickling are all wonderful ways to preserve the season’s bounty. For helpful tips on preserving pumpkins and winter squash, check out the University of MN extension website. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, Market Chef Heather Hartman will be joined by local chef Ian Gray of The Curious Goatfood truck. The duo will be preparing Goat Meatballs with a Fingerling Potato Salad and sharing some tips on winter storage and preparations. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back local solo artist Ben Glaros to the Market. Stop by the Minneapolis Park Board booth and give your input to help develop and improve trail standards for their system. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Barn Swallow GardenFringe & Fettle Ceramics and Old World Cabinet. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter:

“Beyond the Surface” WARM Mentor Program Show

Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Avenue NE

On exhibit through October 30

Reception: Saturday, October 18 6 pm

WARM Mentor Program Artist Panel

Thursday, October 30, 6 — 9 pm

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE #200

Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) connects emerging and professional women artists, encouraging them to create and exhibit art and to increase their participation in the art world. As a catalyst for women artists to assist each other in achieving their goals, WARM promotes and provides advocacy and assistance for its member’s projects. Membership is open to all who support WARM’s mission, whether you are an artist or not. The two year cycle culminates in an exhibition of the protegees’ work and the mentors at the show “Beyond the Surface” at the Grain Belt Bottling House. The artist reception will be an amazing celebration of this two year journey.

Wags & Whiskers at Izzy’s

Saturday, October 18, 12 noon – 3 pm

Izzy’s, 1100 South Second Street

You can’t say no to ice cream and fuzzy friends! Come join Wags & Whiskers – Animal Rescue of Minnesota at Izzy’s Minneapolis in their driveway. Meet some of the staff, get some information on adopting or just stop by to say hello to the wonderful adoptable dogs! Check out their website for more info on adopting.

Ruination: City of Dust

Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19

Lake Nokomis and along Minnehaha Creek

Experience a clean-water themed mystery game on bicycles. It is the year 2314. The city of Minneapolis is abandoned and covered in dust. Teams of explorers brave the harsh conditions to dig the ruins, searching for answers. Which deadly problem ruined the city? This is the mystery you must solve. Sign up for a 2-3 hour time slot to complete challenges (spoiler: there’s a voyageur canoe!), gather clues and then learn the location of the secret ending after you solve the mystery. Brought to you by Northern (the people who organize the all-night Northern Spark festival) in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, game designer WriterGuy Ken Eklund and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Register, $15 per team of up to six players.

ECLIPSE Air Water Fire Light

On exhibit: October 23 – December 19

Opening artist reception: Thursday, October 23, 4 – 7 pm

Gallery One TractorWorks, 800 Washington Avenue North

Marcia Soderman paints abstractions based on the natural world as visual metaphors for inner states of mind as well as a concern about climate change. Her subjects have included water distillations (healing, meditation) and solar and fire distillations (determination, spirit, inner fire). She has always been fascinated with nature in all its intricacy and often paints small watercolors outdoors as studies for larger acrylic paintings. Never satisfied to repeat the same image twice, the large abstractions evolve from one painting to the next in her continuing quest for greater artistic understanding. NOTE: On October 23, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible in the Twin Cities at 4:45 pm.

Activities at the Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

The Soap Factory and Live Letters Present: Bad Bad Hats and Har-di-Har

Monday, October 27, doors at 7:30 pm with show at 8 pm

LIVE LETTERS is a series created to document live music by hosting small concerts in alternative spaces around Minneapolis. The Soap Factory is excited to partner with LIVE LETTERS in a new catalog of shows continuing this October. The October 27installment features songwriting duo Bad Bad Hats and the sounds of dream pop/experimental folk group Har-di-Har. Tickets available now!

Minneapolis Music Company presents:

Devilish Dances

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 pm

Minneapolis Music Company presents their inaugural production Devilish Dances at The Soap Factory. Combining music by Wynton Marsalis, prose by Stanley Crouch, theater and dance by Live Action Set, plus musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, MacPhail Center for Music and St. Olaf College. Marsalis’ composition The Fiddler’s Tale is a classic cautionary story, featuring the devil as the main protagonist. His victim, Beatrice Connor, a violinist and band leader, gets seduced by the promise of easy fame, untold wealth and all the glitz and glamour of the commercial music industry. Written in 1998, the story captures the challenges facing artists and is strikingly relevant to the world today. Wynton Marsalis was inspired by Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, written almost a century ago. Marsalis brilliantly moves across styles and genres from neoclassical to blues. Stanley Crouch’s words are evocative and haunting, forming a perfect companion to this colorful score. Join us for this hour-long production, the Twin Cities premiere of a rarely heard masterpiece! For tickets:

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Preschool Fall Session: Papermaking

Thursday, October 30, 1:30 – 2:30pm

MCBA’s workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day’s art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities. For families with children ages 3-5.

Adult Class: Tooling Around

with Jana Pullman

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 210 am – 5 pm

Pick up a book. The first clues to what hides inside are discovered on the cover. The primary evidence provided by the title, mark or image attracts our attention. This workshop presents a practical investigation into the use of hand tools and stamping machines for the titling and decoration of book covers. The use of sample boards allows participants hands-on experience as they learn about materials and train in techniques using foils, pigment and gold leaf on leather, cloth and paper. All skill levels welcome. $220 ($200 members) + $45 supply fee.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Halloween Fun

Friday, October 31, 10 — 11 am

Watch the animal puppets put on a show! After, enjoy a short hike, craft or other themed activity. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $4, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-05. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is for ages 2-6.

Dia de los Muertos: Skulls and Sugar Skulls

Saturday, November 1, 10 am – 12 noon

Celebrate the Day of the Dead! Explore animal skulls and decorate a candy skull. Assemble a skeleton or dress up the animals. Enjoy traditional crafts, make a mask, and discover the history of the holiday. Reservations required. $5. 20% discount for groups of four or more. To register:–skulls-and-sugar-skulls–.aspx.

Free Family Fun Day: Nature Collage

Sunday, November 2, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: or 612-321-0100.

Free Family Music Series: Jack Brass Band!

Saturday, November 1, 10 am and 11 am

Art and instrument explore area at 10, 10:45, 11 and 11:45 am

Antonello Hall

Venture away from the cold metropolis and find yourself in the heart of New Orleans with the Jack Brass Band. Discover new twists on old favorites as you hear the brass band treatment of a traditional jazz tune, a spiritual, a modern street tune and even an R&B cover. Follow the historical progression of the New Orleans brass band as the ensemble reveals the different roles of each member of the group. Hear original compositions by group members and discuss how they embody elements of the brass tradition. For more information:

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, November 1, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities:

EQ: Surviving the Mic with Nikki Patin

Saturday, November 1, 8 pm

Performance Hall

To speak truth to power is to tell what has happened with no apologies and no shame. For the poet, the challenge becomes how to make the hard stories into beauty and magic, how to connect the personal to the universal, how to turn truth into power. Join us and witness the powerful voices of Surviving the Mic as they speak truth and invoke their own power. Featured this evening will be Mojdeh Stoakley, Edith Bucio, Nazirah P. Mickey and Nikki Patin. Learn more at For more information: 

*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****

Water Works Park Vision Presentation and Public Open House

Presentation to Park Board: Wednesday, October 22, 5 pm meeting start time at MPRB headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

Public open house: Thursday, October 23, 6 — 7:30 pm at Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South

It’s been more than 50 years since the Mississippi River thundered through the 34-ft deep and 50-ft wide “great canal,” a feat of engineering that made Minneapolis the world’s milling powerhouse over 100 years ago. Now in the 21st century, theMinneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) has underwritten the creation of a new vision for excavating and experiencing the historic canal, the prominent feature in an experiential future Water Works park. MPF will present the Water Works design, developed through a 13-month collaborative process, to Commissioners as a study item at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s regular meeting, Wednesday, October 22. In addition, MPF and the Park Board invite the public to see the Water Works design and meet the designers on Thursday, October 23, when MPF also will officially debut a 3D flythrough animation of the future park. Water Works is a Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board-owned site located on the Mississippi River adjacent to its only true waterfall – St. Anthony Falls. It is also on the edge of downtown Minneapolis within both a growing mixed-use neighborhood and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage District. The area has long been significant to First Nations, and, because of its milling past, has several important historic features. For more information on these presentations: For more on the Water Works park process and to subscribe to news about the project, please visit Major funding for the Water Works design project is provided by Pentair Foundation, St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and General Mills Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation and many generous individuals.

East Bank Trail Public Meeting

Meeting #3: Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seeks community input to help plan a mile of new bicycle and pedestrian trails and related amenities along the east bank of the Mississippi River from Plymouth Avenue to Marshall Street NE at the BNSF railroad bridge in Minneapolis. This final meeting in the series of community meetings will include a review of the final plan and discussion of next steps. For more information:

Input Sought on Draft Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan

Public comment period runs through December 5

Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District have worked together on updating a county-wide plan that reflects the growing use of bicycling in the region. The Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan emphasizes a safe and comfortable system that encourages “interested but concerned” bicyclists to bike for everyday trips. The draft plan would add 536 miles of bike lanes, protected bike lanes, cycle tracks, trails and shoulders to the existing 651-mile system. It reflects input gathered from more than 2,700 people, as well as cities and other stakeholders. Now the county and park district are seeking public comments on the plan before a revised version is brought before the county board of commissioners for approval early next year. The public comment period runs through Friday, December 5. There are several options for reviewing and providing comments on the bicycle plan. It is posted at (where copies can also be downloaded), and printed copies are available atall 41 locations within the Hennepin County library system. The plan will also be presented at open houses and other public events during the comment period (see web site for list of events).

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours

The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info at

Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour

The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit

Comedy Corner

Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South

The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule:

Mpls Photo Center

Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street

The Mpls Photo Center offers a wide variety of classes for everyone from beginner to pro, as well as photography exhibits and events and talks. For information on classes and other events:

Music at Red Stag Supper Club

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm

Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE

The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit

Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks

Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

*****Informational Resources*****

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide

Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources

As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit

*****Informational Updates*****

ReScape Award Finalists

The list of finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Brownfield ReScape Awards that was recently announced by Minnesota Brownfields includes two riverfront projects. Congratulations to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for being recognized in both the Community Impact and Environmental Impact categories and to the 222 Hennepin project for being recognized in the Economic Impact category. The winners will be announced on October 23. For more information:

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Conservation District Ordinance

Brownfields Awards Finalists

 Migratory Birds along Mississippi

Romeo and Juliet at Open Book and Master Class at MacPhail

Bachelor Farmer Expansion

A Steady Rain at Guthrie

Dogwood Coffee in North Loop

Unison Expansion

The Bridges Apartments

Red 20 Apartments

4th Ward Report – October 2014 – Council President Barbara Johnson

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

October 2014


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Fall Street Sweeping

Watch your neighborhood for fall street sweeping.  Starting later this month onOctober 20th, look for posted signs marking out the areas designated for street sweeping. Signs are usually posted 24-hours in advance before a street is swept, so be on the lookout.

This is part of the comprehensive street sweep that will take about four weeks to complete. More detailed information will be available later this month on the city website, including the street lookup function. Right now, frequently asked questions are available. More information will be coming out soon as well aboutyard waste collection dates.


Patrick Henry High School a REWARD School for the 2nd Year in a Row!


Congratulations to Patrick Henry High School for being named a REWARD school by the Minnesota Department of Education for the second year in a row.  REWARD schools are the top 15% of Title I schools based on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR).  The Minnesota Department of Education plans to share practices from these schools with struggling schools in an effort to replicate best practices across the state.  Patrick Henry is ranked 6th in reading growth in Minneapolis Public Schools, 2nd in math growth and has the highest focused rating in the district. Way to go Patriots!

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin Will Deliver Energy Assistance Programs in Minneapolis


Following the State of Minnesota’s termination of its contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis is committed to ensuring that those who need the services that Community Action provided will still receive them. Effective immediately Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) will deliver the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Minneapolis.

Energy assistance applications that were previously submitted to Community Action of Minneapolis (CAM) will be delivered to CAPSH and processed in the order in which they were received. Clients do not need to submit new applications unless notified by CAPSH. Minneapolis residents who have received energy assistance applications should mail them to CAPSH rather than the address printed on their applications (see address below). The energy assistance application can be downloaded online at or by calling 952-930-3541.

Mail new applications to:
Energy Assistance Program
8800 Highway 7, #403
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Residents who are interested in weatherization services for their home should contact Sustainable Resources Center at 612-870-4255.

Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau Holding Public Forums

Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau are hosting a series of public forums on public safety, police accountability, and public trust. The first public forum was held on October 8th at Macedonia Baptist Church in South Minneapolis.  More than 100 people attended the forum, which lasted just over two hours. An additional forum will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 – 9pm at Church of the Ascension, 1723 Bryant Ave N.  It will be moderated by Yvonne Cheek.

The final public forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 6:30 – 8:00pm at a location to be determined in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.


Find Out About Job Opportunities at the City’s Public Works Department


The Minneapolis Public Works Department is hiring new service workers, and you can learn more about this job opportunity at one of several upcoming information sessions.

City staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the application process and the skills needed for these positions.

The open positions are for “service worker I” and “service worker I trainees.” All applicants must be at least 18 by Oct. 31; possess a high school diploma, a GED or equivalent; be able to perform manual labor and also have the ability to drive trucks and light construction equipment. Those who possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL – Class B) with no air brake restrictions and also have one year of previous labor experience in a similar environment including operating construction equipment will be considered for service worker positions. Applicants with no related experience or commercial driver’s license will be considered for service worker trainee positions.

Can’t make any of the information sessions?  No problem. You are not required to attend an information session to apply. Just go to the City of Minneapolis jobs website at and look for “Public Works, Service Worker I” under “featured jobs.”

Information sessions:


10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 16
Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave S

3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

2-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21
Midtown Exchange, 2929 Chicago Ave.

2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.

Camden Haunted House


Are you brave enough for Folwell Recreation Center’s Haunted House? The community center we all know and love will be transformed into a scary haunted house with new illusions and haunting scenes this year. This fun, scary event is right around the corner on October 27, 29 and 31 from 6:30 – 9 PM, the cost is $4.  For more information, check out MPRB’s Fall Activity Brochure.

Victory Crossings Re-Opening Event October 18

The businesses at 44th & Penn will celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of 44th & Penn with a treasure hunt, sidewalk chalk art competition, refreshments and more! Join this FREE family-friendly celebration on Saturday, October 18 from 10am – 4pm.


Get Ready to VOTE in the General Election onNovember 4


Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Voters will be asked to choose their candidates for governor, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, Minnesota representative and other elected positions. There will also be two questions to amend the City Charter on the ballot.

To vote on Election Day, you will need to go to your precinct. Find out how to get the address of your precinct and see your sample ballot on the elections website.

If you want to cast your ballot early, you can submit an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested online. Applications are also available on the Minneapolis elections website and may be sent anytime leading up to the primary. You can also vote absentee in-person by visiting the Minneapolis Office of Elections & Voter Services, 350 Fifth St. S.

Before you vote, make sure you’re registered. It is possible to register on the day you vote, but registering in advance is fast and easy and will save you time at the polls. You can register online or at government offices, libraries, park buildings, fire stations and police stations. Voter registration applications are available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese on theelections language support website.

Grants Can Help Your Community Reduce Waste

Hennepin County has Green Partner grants of up to $15,000 available to organizations to implement environmental education projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce and properly dispose of household hazardous waste, conserve energy and protect water quality. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 15, 2014. Eligible organizations include non-profit organizations, community and youth groups, congregations, schools and park districts.  For more information, visit

Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch October 18

Come join your friends, family and neighbors at the Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch. Lots to see and do!  The Party will be on Saturday, October 18th from Noon until 3pm at 36th and Penn Avenue North.  There will be music, face painting, food, a compost workshop – Project Sweetie Pie will be there so will STS and Hennepin County Community Works and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts!  We hope to see you there!


Public Hearings on the City’s 2015 Budget

The City Council is now in the process of considering Mayor Betsy Hodges’ 2015 recommended budget. The final approval of the 2015 budget is scheduled forWednesday, December 10, 2014. Two public comment hearings give you an opportunity to tell council members what you think about the budget. The public hearings will be held in Room 317 of City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, onNovember 18 at 6:05 p.m. and December 10 at 6:05 p.m. Presentations are being made to the City Council’s Ways and Means/Budget committee. You can watch committee hearings on Minneapolis 79 or online

Help Shape Our City – Apply for Openings on Minneapolis Boards and Commissions

Applications are accepted in the spring and fall for boards and commissions positions. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.