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Covering life, work, and play in the Historic Mill District and Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhoods. Have an opinion, local news or events to share?  Contact us.

Friday
Jun102011

Road / Sewer Construction on West River Road [Video]

Across the street from Gold Medal Park and the 35W Bridge Memorial.

Friday
Jun102011

This Weekend in Mill City / June 10 - June 12

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis and across the Stone Arch Bridge in Old St. Anthony.

Friday, June 10

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, June 11

MCBA Rummage Sale

Mill City Farmers Market

Washburn A Mill Tour at Mill City Museum

How'd They do That Workshop: God of Carnage at the Guthrie

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday - Dog Day 5K

Sunday, June 12

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour at Mill City Museum

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at Spoonriver
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-436-2236

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu...

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at the Aster Cafe
St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-3138

Until 2pm.

See the menu...

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar.

Thursday
Jun092011

August Rush! - Noah Grose - MacPhail Center for Music

Shot at the MacPhail Center for Music in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Thursday
Jun092011

Tonight - Power of the Falls: Past, Present and Future - Central River Forum

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Minneapolis Park Board HQ
2117 West River Road

The waterfall at the heart of our city - St. Anthony Falls - has powerfully shaped our city's past.  Dakota people honor "Owahmenah" - falling water - as a sacred place.  Before 1850, it attracted hundreds of artists, writers, and politicians, becoming one of the best known tourist destinations on the North American continent.  Harnessing the falls for hydropower sparked growth of the city and transformed the Upper Midwest.

How will these falls shape our future?

A panel of experts will highlight key issues, and contribute to a lively discussion, with questions from the audience.

Geology, Spirituality, Tourism, and Early Settlement History
Karen Campbell, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

River Health
Charlotte Cohn, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (invited)

Developing Hydropower, Building a City
William de la Barre (David Berg), Minnesota Historical Society

Hydropower Today
Matthew Miller, Xcel Energy

Public Issues in Hydropower Licensing
Susan Overson, National Park Service

For more information, contact Cordelia Pierson at 612-465-8780, ext. 212, or cordelia.pierson@gmail.com

Thursday
Jun092011

501SP1N Announces New Instructors and Classes

501 Spin New

The pilates program includes private and semi-private trainig, as well as small group classes. Click here to find out more about 501SP1N's Reformer Pilates program and schedule.

Wednesday
Jun082011

Stone Arch Bridge During Northern Spark

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June 4, 2011 shortly before sunset.  The Stone Arch Bridge is located in the Historic Mill Diistrict of Minneapolis.

Wednesday
Jun082011

Bad Behavior: Bikers, Motorists, Pedestrians from @bslotterback

Great video of an intersection in New York City.  This could have been taken almost anywhere I think.  Maybe we could all do better in sharing our roadways and sidewalks.

Found by @bslotterback on Twitter.

 

Wednesday
Jun082011

Tonight - A SIP OF SCIENCE: Agricultural Crossroads: Food, Fuel and the Future at Aster Cafe

Time: 5:30pm

Location: The Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street, St. Anthony Main

The rhetoric surrounding agriculture in the state of Minnesota almost invariably invokes a future of sacrifice. Some fear that maintaining the status quo will damage our ecosystems, while others are concerned that alternative approaches to agriculture will lead to economic woe and inadequate food supplies.

Nick Jordan, professor of agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota, wants to change the terms of the dialog from sacrifice to shared opportunity. Jordan wants to facilitate the adoption of land-use practices that take local agriculture in a new, multifunctional direction. Join Jordan, local farmer Tony Thompson, Warren Formo from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Coalition, and Jim Kleinschmit and Anna Clausen from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy for a discussion of a new vision for local farmland use, and how we might get there from here.

It will be an evening of science, policy, music, and art. Nick Jordan, featuring images by Anna Clausen and music from Mother Banjo

SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Food, beer, and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that offers the opportunity to talk with researchers about their current work, its implications, and its fascinations.

Tuesday
Jun072011

Behind the Scenes Nice Ride Article in the Journal

For some insight on what keeps Nice Ride running smoothly, click here for Jeremy Zoss' Journal article on the program, "Behind the Bikes -  A look at what it takes to run the bike-sharing program Nice Ride".

Tuesday
Jun072011

Nominate Mill City Farmers Market for 'America's Favorite Farmers Markets'

I noticed this link to vote for the 2011 America's Favorite Farmers Market on the Mill City Farmers Market website, and of course I cast a vote for them.

American Farmland Trust holds the annual America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™  contest to raise national awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms and saving the farmland where it's grown.

From June 1 thru August 31, 2011, market shoppers can vote to support their favorite farmers market. 

At the end of the contest, one small, medium, large, and boutique, farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. The reward for the winning market in each category will be a feature article on the award winning foodsite Epicurious.com, plus other prizes from American Farmland Trust partners and sponsors.

Monday
Jun062011

Sanctuary Freshens Up Patio for Outdoor Dining @SanctuaryRest

Just in time for the summer season, the Sanctuary patio, the coziest outdoor hangout in the Mill District, is getting a fresh coat of paint for it's fence.

http://www.sanctuaryminneapolis.com/

Patio Refreshed at Santuary

Patio Refreshed at Santuary

Patio Refreshed at Santuary

Patio Refreshed at Santuary

Sanctuary Patio

Monday
Jun062011

Tonight - Music in the Park: Folk Singer Bob Frey at Nicollet Island Park

Come watch Bob Frey, a regular in Twin Cities folk scene at Nicollet Island Park.

Time: 7:00 PM

Visit his website...

Monday
Jun062011

Runners Start/Finish the Minneapolis Marathon in the Mill District

According to the announcers at the 2011 Minneapolis MarathonFinish Line, 4,800 runners participated in yesterday's race.  (According to Team Ortho's website, there were 3,576 finishers.)  500 volunteers were on hand to keep things running smoothly.  The race started at the Depot and ended at the Guthrie.

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The Guthrie's Endless Bridge provided a birds eye view of the finish line:

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Below, coming up on the finish line - runners pass the 35W Memorial construction site. 

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Above, the vertical flags list each state represented by participating runners.

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Sunday
Jun052011

Spectacular Week 5 at the 2011 Mill City Farmers Market

GrazeFest was the theme of this Saturday's Mill City Farmers Market.

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

More produce is appearing each week.

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

The  Blackberry Sorbet from Sonnys hit the spot after meandering around in the sun for an hour...

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

The animal babies are back!

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

June 4, 2011, Mill City Farmers Market

See you there next week - rain or shine (but hopefully shine)!  :)

Friday
Jun032011

This Weekend in Mill City / June 3 - June 5

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis and across the Stone Arch Bridge in Old St. Anthony.

Friday, June 3

Writers with Disabilities Reading at The Loft

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, June 4

Mill City Farmers Market

Northern Sparks Festival

All Night Square Dance and Book Making Marathon at MCBA

Ard Godfrey House Opens for the 2011 Season

Lucia Watson, 'Eating Local' At Mill City Museum

Author Talk: Kevin Kling at Central Library

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Sunday, June 5

Minneapolis Marathon

Accordo at Southern Theater (2 nights)

Literary Death Match at Aster Cafe

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at Spoonriver
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-436-2236

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu...

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at the Aster Cafe
St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-3138

Until 2pm.

See the menu...

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar.

Thursday
Jun022011

Tonight - The Pillsburys of Minnesota at Mill City Museum

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704  2nd Street South

Fee: Free

Mill City Museum will host a conversation between authors Lori Sturdevant and George Pillsbury to celebrate the publication of their new book, “The Pillsburys of Minnesota,” which chronicles the family’s role as local pioneers in the milling and lumbering industries, and the part they played in Minnesota politics, the growth of the University of Minnesota, and other civic developments in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Sturdivant recounts how succeeding generations of Pillsburys blended private enterprise with public service, and probes the enduring effect the family has had on the civic culture of a state.

After the discussion Sturdevant and Pillsbury will sign copies of the book, which will be for sale in the museum store.

Thursday
Jun022011

People Serving People Provides Shelter, Food and Other Necessities to North Minneapolis Tornado Victims

People Serving People (PSP) located at 614 South 3rd Street, provides emergency housing and community services that assist families experiencing homelessness in becoming self-sufficient and reconnected with the community. 

Though often near capacity, PSP is providing shelter to a few families with special needs who were displaced when a tornado tore through North Minneapolis on May 22.

They also delivered clothing and diapers to the Francis Drake Hotel, where the majority of families are sheltered.

Additionally, PSP has supplied pallets of food to the Salvation Army where families are able to go for assistance.

Thursday
Jun022011

Parking Meter Out of Service? You'll Still Get a Ticket, but...

Scenario:  You find an open parking spot and absentmindedly start feeding quarters into the meter, only to discover the meter is out of service.  Do you:

A) Curse, kick the meter, and then drive off in search of another parking spot.

B) Park there anyway, with the assumption that if the meter is broken, you won't get a ticket (and besides, you already put money in, so you're entitled, right?).

If you've been in this situation and chose "B", chances are you're $42 poorer thanks to Minneapolis' extremely diligent parking enforcement.

You can dispute this type of ticket by contacting the City of Minneapolis Parking Services to report the issue.  During business hours (8A-4P, Monday-Friday), call 612-348-2040, Option 4 for Defective Meters, and follow the directions.  Make sure you have the Parking Meter ID (which should also be listed on the citation).

Wednesday
Jun012011

Get Ready for the Northern Spark!

The Northern Spark gets under way at 8:55pm this coming Saturday night (June 4) with two simultaneous world premiere fanfares:

In Minneapolis, Chris Kallmyer's commissioned composition, for dawn or dusk // homeward for 100+ local musicians playing trumpet, trombone/baritone, percussion and piccolo along the Stone Arch Bridge will kick things off.  Afterwards, there are numerous projects to experience in Zone A of the Festival.

Car Horn Fanfareby Philip Blackburn in collaboration with ArtCars of Minnesota will take place in Saint Paul along the Upper Landing Park across from Harriet Island. Immediately following the fanfare, Jim Campbell's Scattered Light will illuminate, Andrea Stanislav's Nightmare will gallop past, the Jonathan Paddleford will have already left with its Mississippi Megalops – A Floating Chautauqua organized by Works Progress, and, if all goes according to plan, the searchlights along Wabasha Bridge will be switched on for the second time in a decade.

At first the notion of trying to take in this Minneapolis to St. Paul riverfront festival seemed a little daunting. However, a thorough review of the website brought things into perspective.

For example, there are 5 Zones - our neighborhood is Zone A: Minneapolis Riverfront Central Avenue and Stone Arch Bridge.  The website shows events, food vendors, etc., for each Zone.   There's also a Getting Aroundpage from which you can download a pdf of the guide book prior to the event.  There will also be guide books available at the festival.  For those who want to take in both Minneapolis and St. Paul projects, free buses will be running a continuous loop between the two cities.

Tuesday
May312011

FERC Begins Process of Terminating Crown Hydro License

With a letter dated May 25, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has begun the proccess of termintating the license of Crown Hydro to build a hydroelectric powerplant at Mill Ruins Park in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Download the letter...

Other comments from the web:

FROM MINNEAPOLIS PARKWATCH -

FERC PULLS THE PLUG ON CROWN HYDRO

Park Watch has learned that in a letter dated May 25, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) informed Crown Mill Hydro President Tom Griffin that FERC staff consider the "Crown Mill Hydro Project to be abandoned."

In a discussion of the project, which was described as "unconstructed," it was pointed out that there has been no progress moving the Crown Mill Hydro Project forward and Crown's mandatory reporting on plans, activities and filings "are long overdue."

Crown Hydro has 30 days "to show cause why the Commission should not initiate proceedings for terminating the license."

It is interesting to note that FERC refers to the Crown Hydro Project by its proper name--the Crown Mill Hydro Project. That's because the FERC license that Crown holds is not for the Mill Ruins Park location.  The license that Crown holds was issued on March 19, 1999, and it was for the basement of the Crown Roller Mill Building--not for Mill Ruins Park. So, while Crown was attempting to pressure the Park Board to gain control of the Mill Ruins Park location for its proposed facility, Crown never held a license to construct its hydro facility on MPRB property.  In order to build on Mill Ruins Park, it would have had to get an amendment of the license it had for the obsolete Crown Roller Mill site.

FROM SHAWNE FITZGERALD on e-Democracy

In a letter dated May 25th, FERC notified CH that it has 30 days "to show cause why the Commission would not initiate proceedings for terminating the license...." FERC notes the project is unconstructed and lists four required plans never submitted:

-Schedule for submission of design documents and plans and specs for the project (Art. 301)

-Memorandum of Agreement with the Corps (Art. 303)

-Pedestrian Walkway and Bridge construction (Art. 402)

-Operation and Management Plan (Art. 406) These plans were due 90-365 days after CH received a FERC license on March 19, 1999.

FERC also enclosed information on surrendering a license. The letter is posted at the FERC Online e-library.

Search for docket number P-11175. http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/fercgensearch.asp

FYI, Shawne FitzGerald