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Monday
Apr042011

The Benefits of Being a Mill City Commons Member - An Ongoing Series

Earlier this year Dave and I became members of Mill City Commons.  We joined for a number of reasons, including the ability to attend interesting member-only events, meet fascinating people, and to have more of a hands on role in helping with their various fundraising activities. 

Unfortunately, our schedules prohibit us from attending as many events as we'd like.   For example, last week more than 30 members enjoyed hearing New York Times columnist and PBS News Hour contributor David Brooks talk about his latest book, The Social Animal.

This week members will have the opportunity to attend two educational and interesting tours. 

The first will provide a first hand look at how emergency 911 operators and police and fire dispatchers perform during a tour of the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center.  The second is a tour of the Goldstein Museum of Design's latest exhibit, Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future.  This exhibit explores the housing trend of aging in place.  Mill City Commons is sited at the exhibit as an innovation village supporting this trend.  Included will be the premier screening of "Smart House, Livable Community," a tpt production based on the exhibition.

To learn more about Mill City Commons, please visit the website, or contact Linnea at 612-455-3329 or linneatweed@millcitycommons.org.

Sunday
Apr032011

Up to 40% off Over 2,600 Wines at Sorella's thru April 16

We stopped by Sorella Wine & SpiritsFriday night for some Blue Moon, and literally had to wade through the crowd of customers who were enjoying the in-store wine tasting and Spring Wine Sale.

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You can follow Sorella on Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday
Apr032011

Hennepin County Commissioner Updates

April 1 e-newsletter Board updates from Jan Callison, Hennepin County Commissioner:

FY2012 Federal Funding Requests Approved:

- Hennepin County Medical Center: $500,000 for family medicine residency educational facilities and equipment;
- NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center: $18 million for North Minneapolis Community Wellness Center;
- 911 Dispatch Center:  $3.5 million for technology;
- Juvenile systems integrations:  $700,000 for technology to move critical data electronically between justice partners;
- Electronic data and information sharing:  $900,000 for develop,ent and enhancement;
- Minneapolis Interchange:  $21 million for project development; 
- Southwest Transitway:  $1 million for environmental studies and project development
- I-35W and Lake Street:  $6 million for road and transit access from Lake Street<<Nullam felis>>

March 29, 2011:

- A policy to ban use of tobacco products on all county property was approved.  All county sites must be completely tobacco-free by December 31, 2011.
- Victory Memorial Drive re-dedication is scheduled for June 11.  This year is the 90th anniversary of the World War I memorial which recently underwent a $6 million restoration and renovation.
- County commissioners return pay and encourage employees to take special leave without pay to help address county budget deficits.
- Approved the use of the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) exterior walls for an artistice light projection display highlighting processes from within the facility that convert waste to energy.  The light display is part of the Northern Lights' Northern Spark Art Festival June 4-5
- The board, acting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), approved Kimle-Horn and Associates, Inc. to conduct the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Bottineau Corridor for transitway development.
- The board accepted a $347,548 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue providing intensive case management services for multi-problem, chronic shelter-using families.
-The board approved an agreement with Project for Pride in Living Enterprisses, Inc. (PPL) and The Network for Better Futures to help increase reuse/recycling efforts while providing job training and living-wage jobs for hard-to-employ individuals.
- The board re-appointed or appointed several residents to citizen advisory boards.

For video and minutes of County Board meetings: Hennepin County website.   

Saturday
Apr022011

Nice Ride is Back!

Well, at least the parking station is, but the bikes can't be far behind... Last night an 18-bike Nice Ride station was installed in front of the Aloft on Washington Avenue South.

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Spring is finally here! :)

Saturday
Apr022011

Countdown to May 7 Opening Day at the Mill City Farmers Market!

We're only 5 short weeks away from the May 7 Opening Day at the 2011 Mill City Farmers Market!

Every Saturday until opening day, we'll be posting pictures from the 2010 MCFM to help get you in the mood...

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

See you there!

Friday
Apr012011

30 Days of Biking Kick-Off Ride Tonight at Gold Medal Park @30daysofbiking

From 30 Days of Biking website:

Location: Gold Metal Park

Description: Friday, April 1. Starts at Gold Medal Park. This is sure to be an epical ride! We meet at 6 p.m., we ride at 6:30 p.m.

Start Time: 6:00 p.m.

Friday
Apr012011

This Weekend in Mill City / April 1 - 3 

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

Friday, April 1

Friday - Lunch With MacPhail

Mentor Series: Kristin Naca with Kimberly Brown and Carolyn Williams-Noren at The Loft

MacPhail Faculty Concert Series

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, April 2

Second Story Reading: Donna Jo Napoli and Ricki Thompson at The Loft

Keyboard Master Class: Julia & Irina Elkina Russian Traditions in Piano Pedagogy at MacPhail

Food Blogging at Open Book

Central Library Spring Clearance Sale: All the books you can fit in a grocery bag for $2! (8 days - ends April 9)

Benefit for Japan at MacPhail Center for Music

How'd They Do That Workshop at the Guthrie - Arms and the Man

Family Class at MCBA

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Sunday, April 3

Chamber Music at MacPhail

Guitar Workshop at MacPhail

ensemble dal niente at the Southern Theater

NT Live Filmed Frankenstein at the Guthrie

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
Mar312011

Tonight - Cuban Film Festival at St. Anthony Main

Time: 7:30pm

Location: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

With sell-out crowds at last year's festival, Minnesotans' love affair with Cuban cinema is clear. And it is also clear that there is a hunger for information about this intriguing island to our south, so rich in music and the arts. Yet, despite all that we have to share with one another, our government still denies us access. So, although most of us can't get there in person, we can get a taste of Cuban life through the movies.

The film is subtitled, and will be followed at a nearby bistro with a discussion.

Admission: $7.00.

For more information: www.minnesotacubacommittee.org or 763-228-2899.

Thursday
Mar312011

Volunteer Opportunities at the 2011 Mill City Farmers Market

Join Mill City Farmers Market as a VOLUNTEER and help keep them celebrating "Healthy Foods, Local Farmers" for its 6th season!
 
Living Green Expo
Represent Mill City Farmers Market at the Living Green Expo! Market Staff will be busy hosting Opening Day at MCFM, so we need your help spreading the good word at this great event! 
 
Make Dirt, Not Waste!
Interested in minimizing waste and promoting composting in your community? Volunteer as a Zero Waste Educator (ZWE) and help sustain the 1st Zero Waste market in Minnesota! ZWEs staff Zero Waste stations to direct and educate customers on waste diversion and zero waste opportunities. 
 
Mill City Cooks 
Mill City Cooks is our weekly cooking demo featuring market goods. This role includes assisting market chefs Nick Schneider and Heather Hartman with set-up, demo food prep, plating & serving samples and is ideal for novice or experienced foodies!

Events & Office
Occasionally we need help during the work week on various projects behind the scenes, including making signs, stuffing envelopes and more! 
 
For more information about the volunteer opportunities at the market, visit the website, or contact volunteers@millcityfarmersmarket.org.

Thursday
Mar312011

Tonight - Free Yoga Workshop at the Zentih

Time: 6:30pm

Location: The Zenith, 901 2nd Street South - Unit 904

The next Yoga event in an ongoing series hosted by Victoria Rico will be March 31.  Victoria is excited to have Inanna Jessup, the Assistant Manager atCorePower Yoga, 501 Washington Avenue South, lead this session.  Inanna will guide the class through a C2 practice.

Space is limited - the first 15 people to call, text or email Victoria will enjoy this yoga class with beverages and snacks afterwards.  To make a reservation for this free yoga class at the Zenith Condominiums, contact Victoria at 612-554-7755 or victoria@victoriarico.com.

Victoria teaches at CorePower Yoga and wants to remind everyone that at Corepower Yoga (CPY) the first week is free.  Seven days of free yoga – what a treat! Even if you do not want to join CPY – it's worth it just to take a couple classes in the heat – although there are classes without heated studios.   Not only are some of the classes heated, but the humidity is cranked as well.  As you tap into your breath you will stretch, bend, twist, bind, sweat & detoxify. 

CorePower Yoga, 501 Washington Avenue, is located on the 2nd floor.  With 3 studios, there are a variety of classes throughout the day.  For additional information regarding the various classes at CorePower Yoga, click here.

Wednesday
Mar302011

Tomorrow - Arms Around our Shelter Tour at People Serving People

Time: 8:30am-9:30am

Location:  People Serving People, 614 South 3rd Street

Tour People Serving People with staff members, and find out what a typical day at People Serving People is like in just a half hour.  Coffee and light breakfast served, and Q&A with staff afterwards. 

RSVP to Lauren at 612-277-0219.

Wednesday
Mar302011

Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival Set for April 14-May 5, 2011 at St. Anthony Main Theatre

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT FILM!
 
(Minneapolis, Minn.) The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul has announced that the 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is slated for April 14 through May 5 - presenting over 170 films from some 50 countries at the five-screen St. Anthony Main Theatre. For three weeks, the Twin Cities celebrates the arrival of the best of international and independent filmmaking in the region.
 
Included in this year’s programming is a great slate of French films marking the Year of France in Minnesota.  Also noteworthy: an impressive group of music-themed films, and the ever-popular Minnesota-Made Showcase.  In addition, the festival will host many visiting filmmakers from all corners of the globe participating in panel discussions and presentations, and attending a host of festival receptions and gala events.
 
In fact, Michael Henry Wilson and Carole Wilson, the filmmakers behind South Africa’s Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle, will attend the festival!
 
As a part of the Minnesota-Made Showcase, we are thrilled to host the Minnesota sneak preview of Stuck Between Stations on our closing night, directed by Brady Kiernan, and featuring the likes of Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones, Michael Imperioli, and Josh Hartnett. What’s more, we are excited to announce that director Brady Kiernan will attend the showing!
 
In addition, we are proud to present Minnesota producer Harvey Cook as he displays his work on the film King of Luck, documenting life on tour with Willie Nelson and Billy Bob Thornton.
 
Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle
Documentary
Directed by Michael Henry Wilson
South Africa, 2010, in English
Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation. Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle details the events that lead up to what South African's have coined "Mandela's miracle," a strategy that shepherded in a peaceful transition from apartheid to a democracy. It is driven by the notion that even the most terrible tyranny can be overcome through reconciliation, as both the oppressed and the oppressors need to be liberated from the vice-grip of prejudice and injustice. Additionally, we visit Clint Eastwood on the set of Invictus. His outsider's perspective finds in Mandela an exemplary hero who broke down an inhumane ideology after having been its most notorious victim: "a Biblical figure" whose wisdom will be a source of inspiration for future generations. He sums it up simply: "The world needs people like him."  -Michael Henry Wilson
 
Broken Dreams
Documentary
Directed by Fathia Absie
USA, 2010
Broken Dreams is documentary film about the Vanishing Somali youth of Minneapolis, MN, home to the nation’s largest Somali immigrant community. Most of these boys left Somalia as refugees when they were very young. Some of them came here in the United States as toddlers while some of them were born outside Somalia in refugee camps and elsewhere. These boys were the lucky ones who have been given the opportunity to come to the United States of America as refugees. Many of these young men had a bright future and were pursuing their American dream, when somehow they decided to just give up everything and to go back to Somalia to fight alongside Al-Shabab, the terrorist group that has links to Al-Qaida. 6 of them are now dead and were killed when the rest of the group, and 16 or more are missing in action. No one knows there whereabouts. This documentary tells the story of some of the deceased boys and their parents. This is the first time that these parents openly talked about the hopes and dreams of their sons. This documentary talks to the community leaders, imams and the youth in order to examine how this story affected the entire Somali American community in the U.S. -Fathia Absie, director
 
Aftershock
Narrative
Directed by Xioagang Feng
China, 2010, Mandarin with English subtitles
Seven-year-old Fang Deng is enjoying a tranquil summer night with her parents and younger brother, not knowing that in a few hours her father will be gone and her mother will make a decision that will haunt her life for the next 32 years.
On the early morning of July 28, 1976, the northern Chinese city of Tangshan is flattened by an earthquake that measures 7.8 on the Richter scale.
The disaster kills more than 240,000 residents, including Fang Deng's father. Now, her mother, Li Yuanni, has to make a decision. Her two children are both buried underneath a thick cement slab, and saving either one of them will put the other's life at risk. Li Yuanni can only hear her son from the debris, and she is running out of time, so she chooses to abandon Fang Deng, unaware that her daughter is conscious enough to realize what the decision means for her. But Fang Deng eventually survives and grows up with adoptive parents until another major earthquake 32 years later brings her back to her lost family.
 
Wrecked
Narrative
Directed by Michael Greenspan
USA/Canada, 2011, in English
A man wakes up in a mangled car in the middle of the woods, covered in blood, with a dead body in the backseat, a gun on the floor, and no idea who he is. Through the static of the half-working radio, he learns that three men are wanted for double murder, and the name of one of the suspects matches a debit card he finds in the car. Discovering a bag of cash in the trunk, he begins to connect the dots and tries to come to terms with the fact that he’s probably a vicious criminal on the run. Then the hallucinations start. Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody almost one-handedly carries this intense psychological thriller. Director Michael Greenspan and writer Christopher Dodd have crafted a tense, unnerving story of man against nature, and the depths of the unhinged mind.
 
For more information about the 2011 International Film Festival and other Film Society Programming contact Ryan Oestreich, at 612 331-7563, or visit the 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival website.

Wednesday
Mar302011

Tonight - Open House at Open Book

Time:  6:00-8:30pm

Location: The Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South

(Rescheduled due to February blizzard.)

Join us as Open Book opens its doors to celebrate the results of new cultural exchange community partnerships. Hear from participants in our community outreach writing and bookmaking residency programs and listen to them read from their finished works.

From 6:00 to 7:30, drop in to MCBA's studios and enjoy hands-on activities at MCBA for kids and families -- explore origami by making your own petal-fold book, and customize your outfit by making your own buttons with our popular button-making machine! At 7:45, head to the Open Book Performance Hall to see the finished book arts projects produced as part of Open Book's recent residency with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, and enjoy readings by residency participants, led by award-winning writer Katie Ka Vang.

Before the readings, refreshments will be provided at a pre-show reception. Free and open to the public!

Tuesday
Mar292011

American Academy of Neurology HQ Construction Update

They've moved a construction trailer and a new piece of equipment onsite.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Tonight - The Upper River Forum with Tim Griffin at Mill City Museum

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South

Creating a dynamic riverfront can transform our city, but is also critical for our region's competitive advantage. 

You're invited to hear Tim Griffin, a Twin Cities expert with national experience in shaping cities through their riverfronts, challenge us to see our Mississippi shaping our region's future. 
         
Refreshments will be served.

This monthly series of Upper River Forums are hosted by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee to highlight the place-changing opportunities ahead in 2011 for the Minneapolis Riverfront.

For more information e-mail info@minneapolisriverfrontpartnership.org or call Cordelia Pierson at 612-465-8780 x212.

About the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership - A Great River for a Great City 
The City and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board received state authorization in 2008 to form a new nonprofit corporation to revitalize the city’s eleven-mile Mississippi riverfront.  The charitable organization’s twenty-three directors include nine elected and public sector leaders and fourteen private sector leaders from international corporations, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and riverfront neighborhoods.  Its 2011 priorities include strengthening connections to the river, and championing riverfront revitalization.

About The Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee (AFCAC) 
AFCAC is dedicated to helping guide and support the Above the Falls Master Plan for the Upper River in Minneapolis.  Representatives are appointed by businesses, environmental groups and neighborhood associations. 

Tuesday
Mar292011

Where Does Your Garbage Go? Watch This HERC Video to Find Out 

On March 19 we posted an article about the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) tour enjoyed by Mill City Commons members.

The March issue of Hennepin County Green Notes included a great video of the facility:

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To sign up for future issues of Hennepin County Green Notes, send an e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to greennotes@co.hennepin.mn.us

Monday
Mar282011

Construction on Minneapolis' First Rooftop Garden Scheduled for People Serving People

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. 

At the March 21 Chefs for Change fund raising dinner at PSP, we learned about urban gardening and plans for the upcoming PSP Rooftop Garden Project - the first of it's kind in Minneapolis.  The garden will be used to grow vegetables and herbs for meals served at PSP.  It will also be integrated with their Culinary and Early Childhood Programs.

The evening started with a view of the rooftop prior to start of the project:

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We were welcomed by Craig Lewis, President/CEO, and over the course of the evening we heard from people involved with this project.  Below, Nick Schneider, a Chef at Spoonriver, presented information on Urban Agriculture in our community and other cities and countries.  One example he cited was Growing Power, Incin Milwaukee. Nick will serve as PSP's Project Manager for the Rooftop Garden Project.

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Above, Brenda Langton of Spoonriver described the organic courses she and her team created for the evening.   She shared her passion on topics such as teaching people the importance of sustainable and organic food production, healthy eating to counter the countries growing rate of obesity, and the Mill City Farmers Market (which Brenda founded in 2006).

Ecological Gardensof Minneapolis has been contracted for the Rooftop Garden Project.  Their cornerstone rooftop farm is located in Richfield.  Lindsay Rebhan (below),  Designer and Project Manager from Ecological Gardens, described the planning and materials needed for this project.

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Lindsay explained the various needs and challenges they consider when planning for a harsh environment such as the roof of a 10-story downtown building.  That list includes, but is not limited to:  Incorporating self-watering containers, maximizing sun angles, raised beds with light soil, onsite composting, "insectory islands" which grow flowers to attract bees and other beneficial insects required for healthy gardening, and trellises for vertical gardening.

Mill City Times plans to post weekly pictures of the project progress from start to finish.

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Above, Linnea Tweed, Executive Director of Mill City Commons, spoke about the value of community to Mill City Commons members and Mill City residents, and the importance of being involved with fund raising activities for organizations such as People Serving People.

Amy Jenkins, PSP Director of Development, fielded a Q & A session at the end of the night.  One person inquired as to how this project differs from the Central Library roof.  Amy explained the library has a "green roof", with the purpose of moderating the building temperature and preventing rain run off from transporting pollutants to the river.  That green roof is not constructed to handle food production.

Regarding the Chefs for Change event, Amy stated, "We are excited about how much interest this event generated for the Rooftop Garden.  This project is revolutionary in so many ways and will have a positive impact on our community and the families at People Serving People.   We look forward to future events that will involve key leaders in our community and an Open House in August to celebrate the harvest.”

Unrelated to the Rooftop Garden Project, I'd like to add a suggestion.  As you plan your philanthropic activities this year, please consider contributing items on PSP's ongoing Donation Needs List:
 
• Alarm Clocks
• Blankets, Quilts, Comforters, Bedspreads
• Feminine hygiene products
• Sleeping bags
• Inflatable mattresses
• Children's books (new or gently used)
• Formula (powdered)
• Strollers
• Diapers (sizes 3 through 6)
• Wipes
• Pull Ups

Also, to get a first hand look at the incredible work being done at PSP, the next 'Arms Around Our Shelter' tour is scheduled for 8:30am to 9:00am on Thursday, March 31. Coffee and breakfast will be served after the tour. You'll see what's being done to help end family homelessness.

Monday
Mar282011

Tonight - Panel Discussion: Is This Love? Wuthering Heights, the Opera at The Loft

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South

Panel Discussion: Is This Love? Wuthering Heights, the opera

In tandem with the Minnesota Opera’s production of the opera Wuthering Heights, a panel of experts pose the question “Is This Love?” focusing on the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Diana Postlethwite is chair of the St. Olaf English department and a Bronte scholar. She has taught Wuthering Heights many times.

Sarah Hoppe is co-owner and staff psychologist at Grove Pyschotherapy in Minneapolis, specializing in couple’s communication, parent/child issues and backgrounds of abuse of various kinds.

Eric Simonson is the stage director for the Minnesota Opera’s production of Wuthering Heights as well as an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

Cosponsored with the Minnesota Opera and MinnPost Book Club Club.

Sunday
Mar272011

Ramps and West River Parkway Closures While LRT Bridge is Built Over I-35W

MINNEAPOLIS - March 25, 2011 - Announcement from the Metropolitan Council - Central Corridor Project Office

Two Interstate 35W ramps will close for several months as crews prepare to build a bridge over the interstate to join Central Corridor and Hiawatha Light Rail Transit tracks.

On March 30,  the Fourth Street ramp to southbound I-35W will close until July 2011. The alternate route is the entrance ramp from eastbound Washington Avenue to southbound 35W.

On April 4, the ramp from northbound I-35W to the Washington Avenue East Bank exit will close until the end of November 2012. An alternate route to the East Bank will be the Fourth Street SE/University Avenue SE exit from I-35W.

West River Parkway to close for two days in April

Other closures are in store for adjacent areas to the east.  Work to strengthen the Washington Avenue Bridge to carry Central Corridor trains will close West River Parkway and the adjacent bike trail April 5 and 6.  These closures will be from 7:00am to 7:00pm both days. The closures will facilitate work on the bridge piers.
 
Cedar ramp to westbound Third to close mid-April to mid-September

In mid to late April, work will close the Cedar Avenue ramp to westbound Third Street until mid-September 2011 when it will reopen in a new configuration with two-way traffic. Detour information will be provided in future weekly construction updates for Minneapolis at http://www.centralcorridor.org/ under the construction section.

The work will relocate the Metro Transit bus stop to the southwest ramp; no other changes are planned to bus service as a result of the ramp closure. This work is the first phase of rebuilding the ramps and creating a signalized intersection just west of Cedar Avenue. Central Corridor tracks will be built in the middle of Washington Avenue under Cedar Avenue where they will turn and head south to where they will merge with Hiawatha tracks on an existing bridge over I-35W between the Cedar Riverside and Metrodome stations.
 
More detailed information will be made available about additional ramp closures and detours for this area at http://www.centralcorridor.org/ and distributed via a weekly electronic construction update. The public can sign up for these updates online.
 
About the project: 

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in late summer 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council will be the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties' regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The Central Corridor LRT Project website is http://www.centralcorridor.org/

Saturday
Mar262011

Countdown to May 7 Opening Day at the Mill City Farmers Market!

We're only 6 short weeks away from the May 7 Opening Day at the 2011 Mill City Farmers Market!

Every Saturday until opening day, we'll be posting pictures from the 2010 MCFM to help get you in the mood...

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010 

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

Mill City Farmers Market 2010

 See you there!  :)