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Friday
Nov172017

Washington Avenue Reconstruction is Complete!

Generic Save the Date AB bannerVia a November 16 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Meet the new Washington Avenue

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis and Downtown Improvement District, has completed reconstruction of Washington Avenue South (County Road 152) between Hennepin Avenue and 5th Avenue South.

The project began in 2016 with utility relocation work. For the past two years, crews completed work along the project corridor. The new Washington Avenue features the following upgrades:

For people driving:
•New pavement, resulting in improved driving experiences
•New medians and curbs, as well as refreshed striping, which help define roadway better
•Dedicated turn lanes at key intersections

For people biking:
•One-way dedicated bike lanes in both directions
•Specialty striping for bike lanes
•Special bike traffic signals

For people walking:
•New concrete sidewalks
•More dedicated space

The reconstruction also provided the opportunity to upgrade curb ramps and crosswalk signals to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities act, as well as the following improvements for safety:
•Shortened crossing distances for people walking
•Behind-the-curb bike lanes
•Striping and stop bars that provide safe distance for all road users

In addition, there is enhanced streetscaping elements, like new pavers, trees and other landscaping. Granite benches, repurposed from Nicollet Avenue, also were added to the corridor.

We thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the construction timeline.
More information is available at www.hennepin.us/washingtonave.

Visual images of the new Washington Avenue

original renderingEarly artist's rendering of new Washington Avenue design.

renderView of completed Washington Avenue in front of 4th Avenue block, roughly approximating the artist's rendering.

signalsView of completed Washington Avenue with all permanent signals functioning, including traffic, pedestrian and cycle track.

Wednesday
Nov152017

MCBA announces Shop Open Book! events - Tuesdays, Nov 28-Dec 19

Via a November 14 e-newsletter from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA):

Shop Open Book! with Milkweed Books and The Shop at MCBA

Tuesdays: Nov 28 - Dec 196pm-8pm
Open Book, First Floor

Milkweed Books and MCBA are pleased to present Shop Open Book!, a series of lively literary shopping events in the Open Book building. Join us for evenings of festive drinks, special deals, art activities, and more. Find something special for the bookworms on your listyourself included.

Tuesday
Nov142017

Big Changes for Northern Spark 2018

Via a November 14 e-newsletter from Northern Lights.mn:

The Night Librarians, The Night Library, Northern Spark 2017. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec

As the seven year arc of Northern Spark indicates, we don’t often do the same thing twice. We’ve moved the festival around the Twin Cities, experimenting with size, site and theme. Being itinerate and experimental is part of our DNA at Northern Lights.mn, much like the artists we support. In this spirit, we’re trying something different this year. We’re making the festival two nights, Friday and Saturday, and starting at dusk – 9:02 pm, but closing up shop at 2 am. 

Why? We love the dawn as much as the 2% of Northern Spark attendees who stay until the end, but after some very bad weather and several years of barely dodging thunderstorms, we want to ensure that the effort artists put into their projects is not washed out by increasingly volatile weather.

We know from all the years past that a lot of magic and connection can be experienced by the time 2 am strikes, so we hope you join us in this trial. We’re also moving to the third weekend of June, so mark your calendars for two nights of late-night adventure on June 15 and 16, 2018, 9:02 pm - 2 am.

Northern Spark 2018 theme: COMMONALITY

Ruthann Godollei, News Flash Flash Cards, Northern Spark 2017. Photo: Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography, LLC.

The theme of this year’s festival takes its cue from its venues: The Commons, the Minneapolis Central Library and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. What is a 21st century commons? A 21st century library that serves everyone? A pedestrian friendly avenue that is friendly to anyone?

At a time when the darkest parts of our collective identity surface daily in public forms — overt racism, no-big-deal sexism, challenges to our rights to free speech, policies that fly in the face of climate science — we at Northern Lights.mn are committed to providing platforms that resist these ideas, that open dialogue and create relationships. What do we have in common? More specifically in the context of Northern Spark, what do we share when we gather together in physical space?

Are you an arts and culture organization who would like to be involved? Send a note to partnership@northern.lights.mn to talk to us.

Monday
Nov132017

2017 Election Recap

Media coverage on the 2017 Minneapolis elections:

'People wanted a fresh start': Election ushers in new mayor and five new council members in Minneapolis
It took a while, but once Minneapolis election results started flowing on Wednesday, the winners came in quick succession.

New Minneapolis leaders pledge work on affordable housing, public safety and police reform
At Minneapolis City Hall under at least the last two administrations, the mayor’s office has been largely closed to the City Council.

Jacob Frey wins mayor election in Minneapolis
Mpls. mayor-elect triumphant, conciliatory after bruising campaign.

Frey elected mayor
Jacob Frey, who led in first-choice votes on election night, was declared the unofficial winner of the 2017 mayoral contest Wednesday.

Mayor-elect Frey calls for end to 'ideological purity' in Mpls.
Minneapolis mayor-elect said he would seek to quell pointed rhetoric and showcase the city's strengths during the Super Bowl.

Voters elect Fletcher in Ward 3
Fletcher, a technology consultant who lives in Downtown East, won over Socialist Alternative candidate Ginger Jentzen in a third round of voting. Jentzen appeared to lead at first, garnering 34 percent of first-choice voters to Fletcher’s 28 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Goodman wins again
Council Member Lisa Goodman is heading into her sixth council term after receiving 52 percent of first-choice votes.

Reich wins third term in Ward 1 race
Council Member Kevin Reich will get a third term in leading the East Side on the Minneapolis City Council.

Sunday
Nov122017

Scenes from the November 11 Mill City Farmers Market 

The Mill City Farmers Market kicked off their 2017-2018 Winter Season on November 11 inside the Mill City Museum. (Just like the outdoor market, only without the wind, rain, snow and cold!) :D

You'll find everything you need to get thru the Holidays at the November 18, December 2, 9 and 16 markets. 2018 dates are: January 13 and 27, February 10, March 10 and 24, and April 14 and 28. 

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

November 11, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Nov122017

In the News - Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

Our weekly digest of stories about Downtown Minneapolis and the Central Riverfront neighborhoods:

TOP STORIES LAST WEEK

For Super Bowl, Minneapolis can expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security
Planners have been going building by building around the stadium figuring out security logistics.

Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee raises $50 million, plans street closures
Meanwhile, it released detailed plans on street closings downtown, beginning two weeks before the game.

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers gather for pep rally
Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for the first collective jolt of excitement they’re expected to provide to visitors during the 10-day event.

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Nov122017

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Friday
Nov102017

Hippy Feet Expands Products and Partnerships to Combat Homelessness

Article by Claudia Kittock, photos provided by Hippy Feet

Last January, I followed up on a chance meeting, and had coffee with Michael Mader, one of the most amazing young men I have ever been honored to know. Michael started a company, Hippy Feet, after a very serious head injury that forced him to take an entire semester away from college during his senior year. While Michael was recovering, he read an ad from the Salvation Army about the incredible need for socks. Socks are the least donated item, and the most needed at homeless shelters. Michael’s reaction to the ad was atypical. “I can do something about that!” Michael thought, and boy has he ever!

Michael returned to college with a mission. Finish college and start a company that manufactured socks. For every sock purchased through Hippy Feet, Michael planned to donate one to someone experiencing homelessness. In the first 18 months of business, Hippy Feet has succeeded expectations and is ahead of the place Michael believed it would be. They have sold and given away over 14,800 socks! 7,400 sold and 7,400 donated, and in case you think Michael is now doing full-time administration, you would be wrong. Michael continues to go out on the street, meeting people and personally handing out socks.

His new focus is developing employment for people experiencing homelessness. He hopes to create at least 10 new jobs this year. Hippy Feet is expanding their employment model starting with what they are calling “Pop Up Employment”. Michael is working with YouthLink to employ 3-5 young people once a week for a month. Hippy Feet would bring socks, tags, and packaging materials to YouthLink and teach the youth how to get the socks packaged and ready to be sent out. The goal is to provide work on an immediate basis that would result in income to support daily needs.

Additionally, Hippy Feet is currently fundraising to raise enough money to buy an embroidery machine, which would be housed at Elpis Enterprises. Once purchased, they will partner with Elpis Enterprises to employ homeless youth, provide training on that machine, and then be able to offer new employment based on the skills learned during the training. Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23. Youth build skills, experience and relationships in the community, and develop as individuals and potential employees by working in real enterprises gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to overcome homelessness and become contributing members of our community.

Expanding apparel choices is also a goal of Hippy Feet. If you check the website you will note the addition of hats, with American made, organic cotton. Sweatshirts are expected before Black Friday.

Some of the collaborative work they are doing includes a partnership with My Sister. My Sister supports women who are survivors of sex trafficking, and in partnering with Hippy Feet, hopes to further highlight this issue, particularly during the upcoming Super Bowl.

As exciting as the work is, the only way for it to go forward is through your help. How can you help?
· Learn more about Hippy Feet
· Buy Hippy Feet at https://hippyfeet.co/collections/all
· Get involved in supporting programs that help people experiencing homelessness including YouthLinkMy Sister, or any other program doing the work.

We are stronger together. This is a solvable problem. Wouldn’t it be exciting to be the first major city in the United States to eradicate homelessness? It can be done if we all work together! We are stronger together.

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org

Thursday
Nov092017

My North Series - 52 Minnesota Stories Leading up to the 2018 Super Bowl (Episodes 36 - 40)

Count down to Super Bowl 52 with this weekly video series of 52 love letters to Minnesota from notable Minnesotans. My North is an editorial video series created by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and presented by Explore Minnesota. Hear from tastemakers and stylemakers. Artists and athletes. Authors and entertainers. These are their odes to the state they love. Below are episodes 36-40 - click here to see more!

Thursday
Nov092017

TONIGHT (Nov 9) - Open House for Water Works Project at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Open House planned to discuss progression of project design, programming, food vendor and schedule

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is hosting an open house to give an update on the Water Works project on Thursday, Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street.

At 6:15 pm, members of the Water Works project team will give a brief presentation highlighting features of the park project design and give general project updates. Also, Frank Haney, culinary ethnobotanist and Indigenous chef from The Sioux Chef team, will be present to discuss the food concept selected for the indoor pavilion at Water Works. Limited samples of The Sioux Chef food will be available.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) invite all interested members of the public to attend and comment on the Water Works project. Families are welcome!

About this project

Water Works is a transformative park development project on the downtown side of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge that will bring significant new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to the Central Riverfront.

Wednesday
Nov082017

ZeSa Expands Class Offerings to Include Balance Builder and Yoga

I've been taking balance classes at ZeSa Fitness for over a year, and can attest to how beneficial it has been in improving my coordination and overall fitness. During class, the body is fully engaged as we balance on various levels of "Activators" (pictured below), while lifting weights, doing crunches and other moves.

They've recently added two new classes that will appeal to those who may be intimidated by the equipment or buff models shown on their website and Facebook page.

The first new offering is ZESA Balance Builder, is a class that starts from the ground up and is specifically designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility, all of which are so important for day to day activities and functional movement. All moves in this class can be done on their mats or on their newly developed Stimulators, which provide all the benefits of Activators, but at a low level of instability. This basic class is perfect for seniors, those recovering from an injury, or anyone who would like to begin gradually to improve their balance. 

Shown standing on the flat-bottomed Stimulators, Jeff started taking classes a few months ago and has since progressed to Level I Activators (with rounded bottoms) and participates in the ZeSa Power Class.

In addition to better balance, other benefits include:

  • Faster reaction time
  • Improved coordination
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Better brain function

Beginning November 13, ZeSa Balance Builder classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Their second new offering is YOGAclass for all levels, performed on their large cushioned mats. This flowing sequence of yoga poses links breath and movement together. You’ll cultivate awareness to help the mind and body achieve balance, while actively building core strength and flexibility. (I've added this class to my weekly routine in addition to the ZeSa Power session.)

YOGA classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00am.

If you'd like to check out either of these new classes, now is the perfect time! ZeSa has a First Week Free promotion (applicable to just the ZeSa Balance Builder and YOGA). They also offer First Class Free, applicable to any class.

ZeSa Fitness is located at 1024 Washington Avenue S, in the retail level of the Bridgewater Lofts. Learn more at www.zesafitness.com (keep in mind, the video and pictures portray participants in the ZeSa Power Pro Class and advanced Yoga Class - not the Balance Builder or new YOGA classes). Private sessions are also available. Contact Cindy Vavra at Cindy@zesafitness.com or 507-461-0681 if questions.

Monday
Nov062017

Tomorrow, November 7 - VOTE! 

Tomorrow, November 7, we will be electing our Mayor, Council Members, Park Board, and Board of Estimates and Taxation.

Hennepin County elections officials will check-in voters using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities that have elections. Watch this video to learn more:

Voters can register or update their registration when they vote (proof of residence is required to register). Find out what’s needed to register at the appropriate polling place.

Election results get reported after polls close. Both Election Day and absentee ballots are counted for a specific precinct. All results are posted on the Secretary of State’s election results website.

County elections staff work with city and school board staff to ensure that every ballot, no matter how it was cast, is counted and verified before reporting election results. To ensure integrity of the ballot counting process, elections workers do not leave their counting location until all votes are counted and reported. For more information about elections in Hennepin County, visit http://www.hennepin.us/residents#elections.

 

Monday
Nov062017

OPINION | OUR PICKS FOR MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL & PARK BOARD

We view these candidates as having the best combination of experience & policy positions affecting Downtown & adjacent communities, as well as our #1 ranked Park System.

Mayor: Jacob Frey

City Council Ward 3: Tim Bildsoe

City Council Ward 6: Abdi Warsame

City Council Ward 7: Lisa Goodman

Park Board District 4: Tom Nordyke

Park Board at Large #1: Meg Forney

Park Board at Large #2: Mike Derus

Park Board at Large #3: LaTrisha Vetaw

Regardless of your choices, vote tomorrow!

Saturday
Nov042017

Classic Italian Eating at Geno’s Northeast

Article and Photos by Merle Minda

Look up for Geno’s signWalking or driving past, you could miss Geno’s in the blink of an eye. This new restaurant is located a few steps past the Lund’s parking lot entrance on 4th Street SE between NE Central and Hennepin Avenues, but if you get to Hennepin you have gone too far. Look for a biggish red sign high above the entrance and you will see Geno’s below.

It is worth finding for many reasons. First, really delicious and classic Italian food at more than moderate pricing. Also, there is a warm ambience about the place as it is decked out in black and white with splashes of red. The long bar with comfy bar stools is fully stocked and also serves specialty drinks plus red and white wines on tap!

Very cute placeVery cute place

General Manager Nick Kelly tells me that everything in the place is thoroughly thought through and intentional. Owned by the Taphouse Group, which also owns restaurants in Uptown and south Minneapolis, this is their first venture into Italian. And it works very well.

General Manager Nick Kelly

Here is the drill, Geno’s-style: First, you choose your “vessel” or plate – could also be an Artisan sourdough sandwich or a Kaiser roll. Step 2, you pick your main course or the “goods”. Everything from chicken to eggplant, pork chops or meatballs. Then you get two sides making for a very full platter. Sides include everything from potatoes or spaghetti to salad or soup. You could add appetizers, or just go for spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. Desserts too. All of this for as little as $15.00 depending on your choices.

White bean bruschetta, yumWhite bean bruschetta, yum

A slushy cocktailThey use limoncello too, one of my favorite liqueurs. You’ll find a limoncello “slushy” or it’s in the Cannoli dessert with mascarpone. I had a limoncello sour cocktail which was wonderful. Because they are on tap, wines are kept at the perfect 45 degrees for whites and 62 degrees for reds; they serve wines from Italy, Argentina and California.

The food is great – the Italian fries are tossed with truffle oil and parsley; the soups are a tasty red pepper, a mushroom bisque and pesto chicken noodle; nice salads and both the spaghetti and lasagna are delicious. What is the secret of their tomato sauce? I could not find out. And then there are the meatballs! Really, I mean really delicious.

Spaghetti and a big meatballSpaghetti and a big meatball

Meatballs!Meatballs!

Definitely give it a try. Geno’s is located at 12 4th Street SE; 612-236-4335, and on the web at www.genosmpls.com. Their hours are amazing: open all day from 11AM – 10PM Sunday through Thursday. But open and cooking 11AM until 2AM Friday and Saturday nights. This is the perfect spot when you are hungry late night.

On the doorOn the door

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About Merle Minda

Journalist and free-lance writer Merle Minda writes about travel, business, people profiles and other subjects for a number of national and regional publications, including Delta SKY, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business, Star Tribune, Twin Cities Statement, Minnesota Monthly, and now Mill City Times. She can be reached at mminda@earthlink.net or TravelOverEasy.com on the web.

Friday
Nov032017

First Covenant Shelter (Right in our Backyard) Expands to Year-round Service

Article by Claudia Kittock, photos by Rick Kittock

As many of you know, since 2009, First Covenant Church has provided shelter to people experiencing homelessness from November 1 to May 1. This is an important part of the shelter system, but for quite some time it has been clear that closing it on May 1 caused real hardship for people needing shelter, and contributed to the lack of shelter beds.

Through very hard work, that has changed. With the re-opening of the shelter this last week, the First Covenant Shelter is now a year-round shelter. This will be done through a partnership with St. Stephen's, which will provide the staff, assign the guests, and share the cost of operations. First Covenant will provide the space and volunteer coordination to provide and serve a hot meal nightly.

Guests of the shelter have access to a comprehensive facility, including employment and savings programs, help finding housing, mailboxes, laundry and showers.

The Adult Shelter Connect office handles intake and shelter placement for the First Covenant Shelter, and any other single adult shelter in Minneapolis. It is located in the lower level of St. Olaf Catholic Church at 215 S 8th Street (entrance by corner of 2nd Avenue & 8th Street). Hours are Monday - Friday 9am to 5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5:30pm. (612) 248-2350

I spoke to a young couple this week who are sleeping in a parking garage. They told me how cold they are every night. He stays awake most nights so that he can make sure they are safe. After the night when it misted/snowed all night, I asked how they kept warm and dry. “We don’t.” Why are they homeless? Each was thrown out of their homes by their parents, and without a place to live have a very difficult time finding employment. There are people and social service agencies doing the very best they can to help, but without a bed, it all becomes so much more difficult.

How can you help support the First Covenant Shelter? There are many ways:

• Serve a meal. Sign up as an individual or organize a group to help purchase, prepare and serve an evening meal to our shelter guests. The schedule is filling up fast, so check out the calendar of available dates at www.1stcov.org/shelter. Then, pick a date for your group and email Norm Blagman, the shelter volunteer coordinator, at shelter@1stcov.org to reserve your date.

• Serve as a volunteer advocate. Advocates work more directly with guests by assisting St. Stephen’s staff with nightly check-in process, building connections with staff and guests, and helping guide volunteer groups as needed. This position requires a somewhat consistent presence (weekly or biweekly preferred), and training is provided. Contact Todd (tbratulich@1stcov.org) or Norm (shelter@1stcov.org) for more information, or contact St. Stephen’s volunteer coordinator Tess Gehring (TGehring@ststephensmpls.org).

• Donate!

1) There is a designated fund that goes directly to the First Covenant Shelter (select the shelter fund on this page: https://1stcov.churchcenteronline.com/giving. The designated funds are used exclusively for Shelter programming and space maintenance and improvements.

2) Visit https://ststephensmpls.org/donate 

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitytimes.org

Friday
Nov032017

Give to the Max is November 16 - Early Donations Count Towards the Days Totals

Give to the Max Day doesn’t take place until Thursday, November 16, but you may make your donation early to count on Minnesota’s giving holiday!

Simply visit GiveMN.org to search for the causes that mean the most to you and make your gifts. All donations made from now through November 16 will count toward Give to the Max Day totals.

All gifts made through November 16 are also eligible for Leaderboards, Golden Tickets and our $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket! In fact, GiveMN is giving away a $500 Scheduled Giving Golden Ticket each day from now until Give to the Max Day—so planning ahead could boost your organizations' chances of winning! Follow GiveMN's Facebook and Twitter accounts to see who wins the daily tickets.

Use this link to schedule your giving.

Thursday
Nov022017

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Urges Us to Take Action to Save the Historic Tax Credit

Via a November 2 e-newsletter from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota:

The Historic Tax Credit was not included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the long-expected tax reform bill introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. This credit, which has been a permanent part of the tax code since President Ronald Reagan signed it into law in 1986, has created millions of jobs and rehabilitated tens of thousands of heritage buildings.

The retention of the Federal Historic Tax Credit is vitally important to Minnesotans because our state historic tax credit, which was passed with bipartisan support in 2010, is tied to use of the Federal credit. We need the Federal Historic Tax Credit to help sustain our robust local construction sector and to continue the efforts to reinvest in established communities across Minnesota.

In Minnesota alone, qualifying historic rehabilitation projects have generated $2 billion (yes, BILLION) in economic activity over the past six years, provided 12,000 jobs, and produced almost $680 million in labor income. The Federal historic tax credit returns $1.25 to the U.S. Treasury for every $1 in credit allowed, while in Minnesota almost $8 in economic activity is generated for every $1 of the state tax credit allowed.

The Conley-Maass-Downs Building in downtown Rochester was successfully rehabilitated using both Federal and state historic tax credits. The building now houses a restaurant and a collaborative work center, and received a Minnesota Preservation Award in 2017. Photo courtesy of CMD Holdings.

The House of Representatives is expected to work on amending the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beginning next Monday, Nov. 6, and their goal is to have it finalized by Thanksgiving. Please join PAM in advocating for this credit by contacting your U.S. Representative and letting him or her know how important the historic tax credit is to Minnesota’s economy. U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (District 3, west metro suburbs) is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee; it is especially important that Congressman Paulsen hears from his constituents who support the Historic Tax Credit. At the same time, please urge Senators Klobuchar and Franklin to include the Historic Tax Credit in the Senate Tax Reform bill. Click here for contact information for all of Minnesota’s Representatives and Senators.

Not sure what to say? Here’s a sheet with key talking points from a national perspective.

Or read more about the Historic Tax Credit on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website. (Hint: you might recognize the two featured examples!) This link also includes a compelling video of President Reagan presenting his reasons for signing the original 1986 historic tax credit legislation.

Or, contact us directly and we’ll help you draft your message! Call 651.293.9047 or e-mail Erin Hanafin Berg, PAM’s Director of Outreach and Policy.

Stay up-to-date on this important issue by following PAM on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday
Nov022017

Minneapolis Water Works Celebrating 150 Years: 1867 – 2017 on Display in Hennepin Gallery through November 29

Via a November 2 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Minneapolis Water Works Celebrating 150 Years: 1867 – 2017 on display in Hennepin Gallery through November 29

In 1867, the Minneapolis City Council authorized the establishment of Minneapolis Water Works to supply water to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

The City established its first drinking water pump station by 1872 on the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls and expanded its distribution to residents—making Minneapolis the first city in Minnesota with a public drinking water system. 

Today Minneapolis Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Services has developed a complex system that pumps approximately 21 billion gallons of water each year from the Mississippi River. It produces an average of 57 million gallons of drinking water each day—a rate that could fill Lake of the Isles in about four days.

This exhibit shows consumers how water is taken from the Mississippi River, treated and delivered to their tap, and provides a rare opportunity for the public to see water infrastructure that is normally hidden.  It also shows how some aspects of water treatment and distribution have changed over the years while others have remained constant over time.

On display are photos of the treatment and distribution processes and infrastructure as well as equipment and pipe actually used in the water treatment and distribution system. 

More information on the water treatment and delivery process: From river to tap:  Exploring how Minneapolis gets its water.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis.

The exhibit is sponsored by Minneapolis Public Works Department. The Hennepin Gallery is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

Wednesday
Nov012017

November 8 - Eat at Wilde Cafe in support of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, and Wilde Cafe will be partnering with Avenues for Homeless Youth on November 8th for Avenue's annual fundraiser, Nourishing Dreams. Visit Wilde Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner to help them raise funds for the more than 30,000 meals Avenues provides each year to hungry adolescents. Along with other local restaurants, Wilde Cafe will be donating 10% of all sales for the day.

Tuesday
Oct312017

Find Your Next Job at Free Career Fair - November 6 at the Convention Center

Connect with employers hiring for jobs in transportation, customer service, healthcare, sales, maintenance and more at the MOnday, November 6th, Career Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 200D, 1301 2nd Avenue S, 9:00am to 2:00 pm.

This location is served by several bus routes. Visit www.metrotransit.org or or call 612-373-3333 for more details.

Job-seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

Career fair features:
- More than 40 employers
- Tips for career fair success
- An employer panel
- Job search assistance
- Lunch and refreshments

Attending employers:
A & M Business Interior Services - ACR Homes - Atlas Staffing - Augustana Care - Blue Plate Restaurant Company - Cintas - CobornsDelivers - Comcast - Delta Global Services - Doherty Staffing - Dominos - DoubleTree Hotel St. Paul - Dungarvin - FedEx Express Airport - First Student - First Transit - Goodwill-Easter Seals - Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota - HMS Host - Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront - Jerry’s Enterprises  -Lorenz Bus Services - LSG Sky Chefs - Macy’s - Mall of America - Menards - Golden Valley - Mission Nursing Home - Orion Associates - Osseo Area Schools - Pinnacle Services - SP Plus - St. Paul Public Schools - SUPERVALU Distribution Center - Target (downtown) - The Family Partnership - Toys R Us – Minnetonka - Travelex - United States Postal Service - UPS - Wells Fargo - WIS International

Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employmentservices.