FNA Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, December 1st -Open to the Public

The FNA Board Meeting is  Monday, December 1st, 6:30 pm at the FNA office. The Folwell Neighborhood Association office is located at 1206 37th Avenue North. We hope we see you at the meeting.

New Webber Park Library Update – Next community meeting is Saturday, December 6, 9-11 am at the Webber Community Center

The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community.  The next community meeting for the New Webber Park Library will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9 to 11 am at the Webber Community Center, located at 4400 Dupont Avenue N.   Hennepin County staff and the project architects will review proposed library site plans and discuss early plan diagrams. For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at (612) 543-8555.


Holiday on 44th – Friday, December 5

Join your family and friends on December 5 for yummy food, lots of fun and enjoy the community. 44th Avenue will be closed between Morgan and Upton Avenues. There will be lots to do outside and more fun and food inside at Patrick Henry High School (Morgan Avenue North) and Loring School (Upton Avenue North).  We hope we see you at the 17th Annual Holiday on 44th!

4th Precinct Court Watch

You are invited to attend Court Watch in

the upcoming months

All the sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North

Next meeting: Tuesday, December 9

Beginning in January, there will be a three session series titled

“Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System”

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 Watch@minneapolismn.gov

Mississippi Messages – November


FMR Updates


After 12 years of outstanding service to Friends of the Mississippi River, Development Director Heather Haynes is moving on.

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FMR is seeking a seasoned and creative development professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment and its waterways, a person who wants to use their leadership, experience and energy to grow the organization and increase its impact.

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It’s not too late to stop invasive carp from getting into the Mississippi Gorge, but Lock #1 (also known as the Ford lock) needs to be kept closed as much as possible. That’s why the Stop Carp Coalition is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to limit service at Lock #1 to “by appointment only” when the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closes next year.

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As the snow begins to fall we’d like to thank everyone who helped restore habitat and improve the health of our local waters this volunteer season. We are pleased to report that approximately 2,341 people contributed 6,677 hours to help the Mississippi River at some 96 FMR volunteer events in 2014 — an increase of 20% over 2013! Thank you everyone, and please keep telling your friends about us!

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Eighteen acres of native prairie and savanna restoration will be revealed at Spring Lake Park Reserve next summer.

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FMR is excited to expand our volunteer stewardship work to include most of the Minneapolis riverfront. Building on our successful Gorge Stewards initiative, we’ve greatly increased our volunteer stewardship opportunities north of St. Anthony Falls. Do you know of a youth group in North or Northeast Minneapolis that cares about the river? Let us know!

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A new master plan has been drafted for Saint Anthony Falls Regional Park, previously known as Minneapolis’s Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park. FMR has been actively involved throughout the planning process and we would like you to help us support this great plan. Please comment during the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 45-day comment period scheduled to occur from December 4, 2014 to January 18, 2015.

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Mississippi River News


It has long been known that phosphorus pollution from farm operations makes its way to our state’s waters, sometimes helping feed toxic algal blooms like the one in Lake Erie this summer.

New research concludes that agricultural drain tile systems export far more of the phosphorus pollution than previously believed. The results show that drain tile systems accounted for 47% of the total phosphorus discharge to their watersheds.

These new findings suggest that reducing agriculture’s share of phosphorus pollution to the Mississippi River will require meaningful efforts to address both field runoff and drain tile pollution.

Calendar of Events


Thursday, December 4 – 6-7 p.m.
Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul

Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Whose View? From Where?


Each month in this section, we feature a photo from somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant, important, or just plain scenic. Individuals may then e-mail us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally.

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Last month’s photo should have been a little easier than usual since the same site was also featured in a news article!

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Atomically speaking, the month starts out slow and then peters out all together.

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Resource of the Month


Getting rid of your pharmaceuticals properly can take an extra step or two, but that’s far better than flushing your pills. Our wastewater treatment systems aren’t designed to filter out pharmaceuticals, and after being released back into the environment, our ecosystems feel the effects.

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Supporting FMR


One of the most exciting things about being in development at FMR is that we get to watch the increasing community support for our work. Some of our most energized donors have stepped up again this year to offer a $10,000 challenge gift to encourage year-end giving and help FMR do more for our river and our community! If youcontribute now, your support will be matched dollar for dollar!

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Quote of the Month

“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.”

        - Theodore Roosevelt

FMR Updates

Mississippi River News

Calendar of Events

Whose View? From Where?


Resource of the Month

Supporting FMR

Mississippi Messages is a twice-monthly e-mail update distributed by Friends of the Mississippi River to help our members and subscribers stay informed on issues, FMR events, and opportunities related to the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area.

All subscribers’ names and e-mail addresses are kept confidential.

Original contents copyright 2014, Friends of the Mississippi River

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – November 24, 2014


*****Support Our Riverfront Businesses and Organizations!*****

As we head into our busy winter holiday season and end-of-the-year charitable decisions, please remember that your decisions can help support the riverfront organizations and businesses that you love and that make it such a special place. There are so many wonderful stores where you can find special gifts and supplies for festive gatherings, and gift certificates for riverfront dining and activities are always a great idea, too. In addition, there are so many wonderful nonprofits within (and supporting) our riverfront that would truly appreciate your support. Here are just a couple examples:


French Meat Pies Now Available

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, One Lourdes Place

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s signature French Meat Pies are now available for purchase at the Parish House. For more information: http://www.ourladyoflourdesmn.com/news/news-category/french-meat-pie-bake-october-25. For information on some of the upcoming holiday events at the church: http://content.seekandfind.com/bulletins/02/0846/20141123B.pdf.

Small Business Saturday in North Loop

Saturday, November 29

Shop the North Loop and enjoy carolers, entertainment, great holiday deals and 50 free gift card giveaways.

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

National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men

Sunday, November 30, 1 pm

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 HoursMilk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (BridesmaidsGirls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country StrongGossip Girl) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards®, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd. For information and tickets: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/nt-live-of-mice-and-men/.

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: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

My Preschooler and Me: Nature Explorers – Deer

Tuesday, December 9, 10 – 11:30 am

Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature through hands-on play, stories, games and outdoor exploration. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #116903-08. This program is for ages 2-5 and both adult and child pay.

My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: Nature’s Gifts

Thursday, December 11, 10 – 11 am

It’s never too early to explore nature! Introduce your toddler to new topics and enjoy the company of other parents. Cost is $5 per adult/child pair, and reservations are required; reference activity number #116903-05. This program is for ages 0-2.

Santa in the Floodplain Forest

Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 1 pm

Visit with Santa, sit in his river canoe, and create a special craft. Learn caribou and reindeer secrets, and search for enchanted forest creatures. Walk outside searching for the elf house and hidden message. Refreshments included. Cameras welcome! Activities ongoing. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #116901-01. This program is for all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 16+ are admitted free.

Free Family Fun Day: Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 14, 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.


Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road


Student Study Nights at WAM | WAM Collective

Wednesday, December 10, 5 – 8 pm

On one Wednesday night every month during fall and spring semesters, the Weisman opens its doors to students looking for a study spot. Artworks on the surrounding walls, a carefully curated playlist in the background and supplied coffee and snacks at close hand make studying at the museum much less painful than studying in a dreary dorm room. Features of study nights include the Art Rental program (take a piece of art home with you that night) and meditation breaks. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/student-study-nights-at-wam-wam-collective.

American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Holiday Salon with MCBA

Wednesday, December 10, 7 pm

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200

Executive Director at Minnesota Center for Books Arts Jeff Rathermel will introduce the field of artist’s books, including the historical origins of these unique publications, contemporary trends associated with the genre and the creative opportunities for contemporary practitioners. Following the introduction, attendees are invited to bind a book by hand for next year’s resolutions. Learn the simple and versatile pamphlet-stitch book embellished with marbled paper. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary, but registration is required. Co-presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. For information: http://craftcouncil.org/event/acc-library-salon-series-holiday-salon-mcba.

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: http://www.loft.org.

Art of Series Student Reading

Friday, December 12, 7 pm

Cap off the Loft and Graywolf’s classes celebrating the Art of Series with a student reading.


Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, December 13, 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.


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

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-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.

2014 Winter Book Publication Party

Saturday, December 13, reading at 6:30 pm, reception and signing to follow

MCBA is proud to announce the 2014 Winter Book, The War Between the Water and the Road, by Minnesota author William Alexander. Join MCBA for a celebratory reading and reception, both of which are free and open to the public. The twenty-fourth in MCBA’s perennial Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book, The War Between the Water and the Road is a modern parable regarding justice through the eyes of a young boy, full of cautionary tales, humor and elements of fantasy. Author William Alexander studied theatre and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies; his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, received the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The War Between the Water and the Road will be published in Standard and Deluxe editions. The production team includes master printer Todd Thyberg, master binder Jana Pullman, interns and other members of the MCBA artist community. The artistry, sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of each Winter Book make it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world. Minnesota Center for Book Arts wishes to thank Wet Paint Inc. and Smart Set Inc. for their generous support.



*****Planning Ahead*****

An Eventually Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

Thursday, December 18, 6, 7 and 8 pm

Friday, December 19, 6, 7 and 8 pm

Saturday, December 20, 5, 6 and 7 pm

Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South

This unique play performed in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride, features “The Ghost of Mill City Past” guiding an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party. The script is based on real stories taken from the pages of the company’s employee newspaper, The “Eventually News!” Scenes unfold on different floors of the mill, and visitors will meet different characters along the way. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith; and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, “Eventually-Why Not Now?” This piece is written by playwright Joseph Scrimshaw, directed by Laura Salveson and stars a cast of professional Twin Cities’ actors. Not recommended for children under the age of 8. Ticket includes a voucher for museum admission, and post-performance refreshments. The museum store will be open for holiday shopping. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online at: http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=52. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 for children ages 6-17 and MNHS members; $2 off adult admission with Fringe Festival button.



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

Downtown Service Area Master Plan and Downtown Public Realm Framework Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Board Room

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis are embarking on concurrent planning processes to develop a Downtown Service Area Master Plan and a Downtown Public Realm Framework. These plans will form a vision for parks, open space and the public realm in downtown Minneapolis. You are invited to an initial meeting of a Steering Committee (Community Advisory Committee) as it begins the effort of guiding the creation of these plans. Members of the public are welcome to attend this and all Steering Committee meetings. The Downtown Service Area Master Plan will guide the MPRB’s long-term capital improvements, management and operations of public parks in downtown, including envisioning and identifying new park and recreation opportunities. City of Minneapolis Planning staff is creating the Downtown Public Realm Framework, a guiding policy document for enhancing the pedestrian experience in downtown Minneapolis. The MPRB’s plan will focus on the downtown park system’s existing parks and trails, while the City’s will focus on downtown’s network of streetscapes, urban plazas and other publicly-accessible spaces. Together, these documents will envision the park, open space and public realm features that will support a thriving downtown and a vibrant urban experience. To see a schedule of Steering Committee meetings, sign up for email updates, follow the blog and learn more about the project, please visit the project page at www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects and select “Downtown Service Area Master Plan.”



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

Live Music at Mattie’s on Main

Mattie’s on Main, 43 Main Street SE

Mattie’s on Main offers an ever-changing, but frequent calendar of music and other events. For full information:http://mattiesonmain.com/events/.


Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour

Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)

Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North

If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour: http://www.startribunecompany.com/153.


Birthday Party Options

Depot Waterpark

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages are available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at hjjohnson@thedepotminneapolis.com. For additional info, visit http://www.thedepotwaterpark.com.

Depot Rink (thinking ahead to next season)

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at hjjohnson@thedepotminneapolis.com. For additional info, visithttp://www.thedepotrink.com.


Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank

The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go tohttps://music.umn.edu/events.


Live Jazz

Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight

The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE

Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:http://www.thetangiersmpls.com.


Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours

First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://secure.guthrietheater.org/tickets/calendar/?q=whats_happening/calendar.Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.



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

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to:www.nps.gov/planyourvisit


St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visithttp://www.stanthonyfalls.org.


Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.


Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information: http://fieldguide.fmr.org


Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visithttp://www.mnmississippiriver.com.


Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.



*****Informational Update*****

Last Barge at Upper Harbor Terminal

An era is ending. The last barge to the City’s Upper Harbor Terminal was unloaded on Saturday, November 15. After shutting down for the winter, barge service to the two private terminals apparently will continue next spring until the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closes permanently in June.



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

A Christmas Carol at Guthrie



Love’s Labours Lost at Lab Theater



New Access Ramp to I-35W Northbound Open




Tenth Avenue Bridge Rehab



General Mills/Pillsbury Archives Relocates to Riverfront



Early Closure to River Shipping Season


News from the County Attorney’s Office


Nov 24, 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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Thankful for community partners

Each year we recognize outstanding leaders in our community who toil, often quietly, to make this a safer county and the world a better place. The Community Leaderships Awards are an annual tradition for the office and one way we give thanks to our partners.

Thanking community leaders

Sen. Scott Dibble and other community leaders honored

Sen Dibble and Freeman

County Attorney Mike Freeman presented Community Leadership Awards to 15 people who make our county a better place. The work they have done ranged from providing bicycles to children in North Minneapolis to combating domestic violence to eliminating nuisance properties.

“We need opportunities to celebrate and that is what we are doing today,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said before handing out the awards. “The people here bring a zeal whether they are volunteers or professionals in public safety.”

Read more about the award winners or watch a video of the ceremony.

Holiday safety tips

During the holidays, many people travel to spend time with friends and family. being away can make your home vulnerable to burgalry. By following these tips, it is less likely that you will be the victim of a property crime.

Best practices to protect your home when you are away:

  • Close and lock all your doors and windows.
  • Don’t announce vacation plans on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Don’t post pictures to social media sites while you are away.
  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries or ask a neighbor to pick them up.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and keep up basic maintenance, like picking up packages and shoveling snow.
  • Set up timers for interior and exterior lights.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in plain sight. Store sensitive, expensive and important property in a secure place.
  • Activate your alarm systems.

Learn more about burglary prevention.

Yacht owner guilty of welfare fraud

Chisholm yacht

Colin Chisholm III pleaded guilty to welfare fraud, which included receiving benefits while living on a million dollar yacht.

Chisholm, 62, and his wife, Andrea, 52, illegally received more than $167,000 in public benefits.

Read more about this case.

Intermedia Arts: Live Music, Studio Photography, Performances, Handmade Gifts and more at Intermedia Arts

Intermedia Arts

Are you a performer or in a band?

Are you between middle school and college?
Fun (and Free) Teen Events!
December is full of opportunities to be a performer and watch teen performances
that will blow your mind!

Monday, December 8, 2014 | 4:30-6:30PM | FREE 
Learn how to take stellar portraits using professional studio lighting and camera equipment.
Monday, December 15, 2014 | 6PM | FREE 
Twin Cities youth old performing spoken word poetry related to issues of youth justice, social justice, poverty, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the criminal justice system.

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 6-8:30PM | FREE

Teen Night & Talent Showcase: rapping, painting, singing, dancing, cooking, hair braiding, spoken word, and everything in-between and beyond. All talents are welcome! Created by teens, for teens. Click here for more info!


Every Other Tuesday | 6-8PM | FREE

Young Writers is a free bi-weekly gathering of teen teen poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. At each meeting you will join other young writers and an adult mentor to share writing prompts, set goals, learn new craft techniques, and receive feedback in a community workshop setting. 

Space is limited, so sign up today to get involved.


Sunday, November 30, 2014 | Noon – 7PM
At the Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Avenue South
Consciously shop for unique and finely crafted decorative and functional artisan wares at Handmade/Heartfelt Black Sunday. This event will feature over 40 local artisans, musical entertainment and food by local chefs.



Half of the proceeds from the silent auction will go toward Intermedia Arts’ youth film program Indy: Film for Social Change!


ABOUT INTERMEDIA ARTS | www.IntermediaArts.org

As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities. We provide creative people of all ages with the opportunities, tools, and support to come together across disciplines, sectors, and boundaries to connect, create, share, collaborate, innovate, think big, and act as catalysts for positive community-driven and community-defined change. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to used arts-based approaches to solve community issues. By stimulating deeper community engagement and providing a platform for the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally, and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything

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Board Elections at the FNA Annual Meeting – November 3

Elections at FNA Annual Meeting: Congratulations to the elected or re-elected FNA Board Members: Vice-Chair-Alexis Pennie, Secretary-Karen Taylor, Treasurer-Adam Wesanto and Marilyn Weber-At Large. There are two open At Large positions. If you consider becoming a FNA Board Member, please complete a FNA Candidate Information sheet (available at the FNA office) and attend the December and January board meetings. The goal is to fill the At Large positions at the February Board Meeting.


Clothing Closet

Clothing Closet: Most needed now and always: kids’ clothes!  Where is it located and when is it open?  North United Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont Avenue North, on the first, second, third Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to noon and the first Monday of each month-6:00 – 8:00pm also Mobile Loaves and Fishes Free Meal – 6:30 p.m. Information: 612-522-4497. No charge – donations accepted.