News: Absentee voting for 2018 primary election begins June 29

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Ginny Gelms, Hennepin County elections manager, 612-348-9289

Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Absentee voting for 2018 primary election begins June 29

Vote early through August 13

All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee—either in-person or by mail—beginning Friday, June 29.

Vote early in person

In-person absentee voting will be available June 29 through August 13 at city halls across Hennepin County and at the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis at 217 S. Third Street. Each city location can accommodate voters who live in that particular city.

Voters who live anywhere in Hennepin County can in-person absentee vote at the Hennepin County Government Center – 300 S. Sixth Street, Minneapolis – skyway level. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Learn more about absentee voting in person.

View a sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website.

Vote early by mail

Voters must fill out an application online or on paper to receive a ballot. Paper applications are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer and Amharic.

Voters do not need to be registered to vote to apply to vote absentee. To make the process easier, voters may want to register or ensure you are registered before applying for an absentee ballot.

Ballots will be mailed to voters within one to two days of receiving the application.

Completed ballots must be received on or before Primary Election Day, August 14. Voters can return ballots by mail or in person.

Learn more about absentee voting by mail.

Election judges still needed for Primary Election Day, August 14

Cities throughout Hennepin County are looking for election judges to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place during the 2018 elections. Training occurs during the summer, so interested community members should sign up now.


Many cities are particularly looking for multilingual election judges who speak English and Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese or other languages.

Residents who are eligible to vote are eligible to be election judges. Students who are 16 or 17 years old and who are in good academic standing are also eligible.

Judges should be available for one paid training for a few hours plus a paid shift on Primary Election Day, August 14, and/or Election Day, November 6. Pay and shift lengths vary by city.

Interested residents can contact election officials in any city, or use Hennepin County’s online form. Hennepin County elections staff will forward all completed forms to local election officials. Residents may be election judges in cities other than where they live.

Sign up to be an election judge in Hennepin County.

For more information about elections in Hennepin County, visit

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Uptown Food Truck Festival – SUNDAY!



SUNDAY, JUNE 24 | 11-9 PM

One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events
– The Uptown Food Truck Festival –
to invade Lake & Hennepin
Midwest’s Largest Food Truck Festival Will Include More than 65 trucks Including 17 new to the festival. Live music, mini-golf and more! With proceeds to Benefit Feed My Starving Children.
Uptown Association | 1406 West Lake Street, #LL C, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Minimum Wage increases July 1st in Minneapolis

Minimum wage increases July 1 in Minneapolis

On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $10.25 for small employers and $11.25 for large employers.

The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance defines small businesses as 100 or fewer employees and large businesses as more than 100 employees.

Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage.

The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online.

Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinance comes as inequality climbs nationally, and more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis earn incomes below the federal poverty level. Inaction by federal and state governments has prompted more cities throughout the country to enact their own laws.

Increases in Minneapolis’ minimum wage will benefit tens of thousands of families. Forty-one percent of all black workers and 54 percent of all Latino workers (compared to only 17 percent of all white workers) in Minneapolis previously earned less than $15 per hour and will receive raises.

The ordinance supports the City’s goals of promoting economic inclusion and reducing economic and racial disparities.

For more information about the ordinance, visit minwage.

Time for East Phillips SummerFest in the Park, SUNDAY, JUNE 24th, 1:00 to 5:00pm, Talent Show, Music from Neighborhood Bands, Food, Games

East Phillips SummerFest



East Phillips Park

2307 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Sunday, June 24th

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Minneapolis Park and Recreation

in Partnership with

The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC), Holy Rosary Church,

Little Earth & many neighborhood artists & friends invite you

and your family to a PARTY in the PARK

Purchase Fabulous Food Fun & Kids Games Entertainment
Sherzad & Gloria’s Papi Fresco, Holy Rosary & East Phillips Park Kids & Staff will sell The Best Food Ever! Inflated Bouncers, Cake Walks,

Creepy Crawlees, Kids Activities

Bike Patrol, Piñatas& more

East Phillips Youth, Ethnic Dancers, Talent Show,

Open Microphone & more

Craft & Resource Tables.

EPIC Drawings for 2 Bikes

Music by your Neighbors

Young and Old

Police Horses & Dog Patrols, Fire Truck

Bring folding chairs or blankets & enjoy the entertainment.

Come hungry and feast on the fabulous food

Don’t miss this! Bring Family and Friends!


Summer in the


Sunday, June 24th

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Contact Brad Pass for more information 612-916-8478 bpass

or Jeanne Whitehill

MnDOT I-35W@94 update


This is an update on the I-35W@94 project. We have our second of three weekend closures coming up. This one, people we will see some significant changes when they return to work on Monday, June 8. The web page is here: You will find schedules, maps and information about getting around.

The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change. Please plan ahead, provide additional time and be patient.

This weekend:

June 8-11

We will start work on the bridges and stretch of highway that leads in and out of downtown Minneapolis. Access into downtown to 11th and East Grant streets and Fifth Avenue will close for four months starting at 10 p.m. Friday, June 8. Access from downtown at Fourth Avenue at 12th Street will close to general traffic for three years. When northbound opens into downtown in four months, it is possible only one lane will be available for all traffic.

Motorists will see I-94 closed at 10 p.m. Friday, June 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 11 from I-394 to I-35W while crews knock down bridges over I-94.

I-35W north will close at 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday from Highway 62 to I-94. Because I-94 is closed, the detour is Highway 62 east to Hiawatha Ave. to I-35W north. A map is attached with detours for the weekend closures.

The ramp from I-35W north to Lake and 31st will close to general traffic, 10 p.m. Friday, June 8. And the ramp from 31st Street to I-35 south will close to general traffic until fall. MnDOT will evaluate that set up in the fall.

The ramp from 35th to northbound I-35W will close Friday night.

The ramp from I-94 east to I-35W south will close Friday, June 8 for three years.

Express buses will start using the transit lane on Park and Portland avenues during rush hour Monday.

Make a new connection

Commuters will want to decide what option they prefer to get downtown as these closures start. Here is a reminder at what is available:

If you prefer to drive, take I-35W north to Third Street. Also, Hiawatha to Seventh Street, I-394 east to downtown, I-94 east to Fourth and Seventh Streets will get you into downtown.

To get out of downtown, Fourth Street will get you to I-35W, Eighth Street to Hiawatha, Sixth Street to I-94 east and Third Street to I-394 west and I-94 west. You can find these details and maps one the project web page.

For people seeking alternatives to driving alone, please consider whether any of these fit your schedule and lifestyle:

If you would like to take a bus. Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority are expanding service and will have dedicated express routes using Park and Portland Avenues in and out of downtown Minneapolis during rush hour. Metro Transit has a website dedicated to the project with updated route information and an opportunity to sign up for Rider Alerts. The web page is

For route updates from Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, go to

If you want to carpool, bike, walk or take transit. Move Minneapolis assists employers with transitioning employees to carpooling, riding the bus, train or bicycle. People who carpool can get a construction special and park in the ABC ramps in downtown Minneapolis for $20 a month if they live in an approved area. A card is attached with more info about the ABC ramps carpool construction special.

If you would like to work from home for a few hours a day. eWorkplace assists employers in helping employees telecommute.

June 15-18

Motorists will see fewer lanes on I-35W south of downtown Monday, June 18. They can use three lanes going north with one MnPass lane beyond 31st Street. Three lanes for all traffic will continue north from 31st Street to Third Street, which can be taken into downtown. Two lanes will be available for all traffic going south.

I-94 west will be reduced from three lanes to two between Nicollet and Chicago avenues. This will be for four months.

Getting this set up will require a full closure of I-35W from Highway 62 to I-94 while crews reconfigure the freeway. The closure will start at 10 p.m. Friday, June 15 and end by 5 a.m. Monday, June 18.

Commuters will want to consider one of the options other than driving I-35W to get downtown or around the closures because fewer lanes will be available and there is expected to be congestion.

The 24th Street pedestrian bridge will close June 15.

Metro Transit has some repairs planned on the blue line light rail from Franklin Avenue to Target Field Station. Buses will replace train service from 7 p.m. Friday, June 15 to 3 a.m. Monday, June 18.

What has MnDOT done to provide additional travel lanes?:

Motorists will see an additional lane on I-394 west from downtown to Highway 100, an additional lane on Highway 62 west from Valley View Road to Highway 100 and an additional lane on I-35W north from 31st Street to Third Street is being added this weekend.

Please do not drive through local streets if you do not live or work there. City streets are not designed for freeway-level traffic. Thank you for your consideration. If you want to drive around I-35W, please use state highways such as Highway 100, Hiawatha or I-394.

Thank you for your patience during this project. MnDOT understands that it will be inconvenient and a challenge for some people. We apologize for the inconvenience. This project seeks to build better roads and bring improvements to I-35W that will make it safer, more efficient and will provide better access for bus riders, walkers and bikers. Please see the web site for the details on the benefits of this project.

June 7 event for photographers on 24th Street bridge

Don’t miss out on your last chance to get photos of the Minneapolis skyline from the 24th Street pedestrian bridge. The bridge will close on Friday, June 15 until fall 2021. The new bridge will sit 20 feet lower than the current bridge, which means you won’t have the same view when it reopens. Take your photos by Thursday, June 14, or join us Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 8 a.m. on the bridge for a send-off event with Glam Doll Donuts. Send current and past photos to info. We’ll include them in our bridge opening celebration in 2021.

New web site

MnDOT launched a new web site Tuesday for motorists detailing critical road and bridge improvement projects underway in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area this summer. These projects represent a significant effort to build better roads and multimodal transportation system that supports a growing economy and stronger community. Visit:

I-35W@94 hotline

If you have questions about the project, you can call 612-284-6125 or email

Thank you

Thank you for your patience during this project. MnDOT understands that it will be inconvenient and a challenge for some people. We apologize for the inconvenience. This project seeks to protect the taxpayers investment in the infrastructure and will bring improvements to I-35W that will make it safer, more efficient and will provide better access for bus riders, walkers and bikers. Better roads make a better community to live, work and play. Please see the web site for the details on the great benefits of this project.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261



Tonight Phillips West Annual Meeting!

The Phillips West Neighborhood

Annual Community Meeting invite!!!

Thursday June 7th, 2018

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Located in the Centrum Room of the Center for Changing Lives building at 2400 Park Avenue

(Free Parking is available at the rear entrance of the building located on Oakland & 24th)

We will be Celebrating Phillips West! Famous Dave’s Catered Dinner will be provided. We will have updates from 3rd Precinct Police and will have Christopher Lutter (artist for the 35w Green Cresant Project) present to gather your input & ideas for the space.

The Phillips West Neighborhood Organization is open to all people who live, work and play in the Phillips West Community. The Phillips West Neighborhood is defined as the geographical area between 22nd Street on the North; Lake Street on the South; Chicago Avenue on the East and I-35W on the West.

There is also a flyer attached for the Center for Changing Lives Summer Celebration! That event will take place Tuesday June 19th from 3 to 7 p.m. free entertainment & food for all who attend!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217

Check out our Website:
Like our facebook page!

2018 CFCL Summer Celebration – flyer.pdf

Free Financial Literacy classes start Wednesday



Create a budget

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Make credit cards work for you

Reduce your debt

Repair your credit

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Questions? Email or call 612-879-5256

The TEC (Training and Education Center)

LSS Center for Changing Lives

2400 Park Ave S., Minneapolis (2nd Floor)

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Hennepin County to hold 2018 Health and Safety Fair

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Media contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Hennepin County to hold 2018 Health and Safety Fair

Hennepin County experts and more than 25 exhibitors will share resources on health and safety topics. Attendees can learn tips for staying safe at work and at home.

The Health and Safety Fair is held each year in conjunction with National Safety Month. Special topics for 2018 include the opioid epidemic, hoarding and emergency preparedness.


Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Hennepin County Government Center, skyway level, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis


Hennepin County

  • Emergency Management
  • Environment and Energy
  • Environmental Health and MN Hoarding Task Force
  • HealthWorks
  • Hennepin 5K
  • Maternal Child Health (early childhood)
  • Human Resources
  • Omada Health
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Team
  • Public Health (opioid crisis)
  • Public Works Transportation
  • RedBrick Health
  • Sand Creek Group EAP
  • Volunteer Connection
  • Workplace Safety


  • Hennepin Healthcare — Minnesota Poison Control System
  • Hennepin Healthcare — Traumatic Brain Injury Center
  • Melanoma Awareness and Prevention
  • Memorial Blood Centers
  • Minnesota Department of Health

Public safety

  • Minneapolis 911
  • Minneapolis Fire Department
  • Minnesota Safety Council


  • Move Minneapolis
  • Nice Ride Minnesota


  • Xcel Energy
  • CenterPoint Energy


  • Three Rivers Park District
  • Minneapolis 311
  • Downtown Improvement District/Block by Block

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Youth Training and Paid Internship Options at Waite House for the summer! We’re up to $11.25/hr on July 1!

Hello Neighborhood orgs,

At Waite House, we know that neighborhood associations play a vital role in connecting residents to opportunities. Please feel free to disseminate the following employment and training opportunities for young people living in your community!

Please follow us on Facebook, where you can share our posts related to these opportunities.

Waite House – Home | Facebook
Waite House, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 625 likes. Waite House is a neighborhood center in S. Minneapolis that integrates civic engagement with human…

Also of note- minimum wage increases to $11.25 on July 1st, so all of our paid intern wages will go up at that time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with more questions!

PS- Youth who self-attest to be homeless or highly-mobile with Minneapolis connections are always eligible, despite residency requirements.



Julie Graves, M.Ed.
Director of Youth Development

Interim Waite House Director

Pillsbury United Communities

2323 11th Ave. S | Minneapolis, MN 55404
Direct: 612-455-0365 | Front Desk: 612.721.1681 |

Pronouns: she/her

Are you ready to take it to the next level—launch a business or build a career? Earn a Braiding License!

  • We will pay for your 30 hour training @ Bonita’s Extensions & Braids Salon (value: $400)
  • We will pay for your license with the State of MN (value: $30)


Bonita’s Extensions & Braids Salon


Ages 18-24 | Residing in Minneapolis | Not attending school | Meet income requirements

Connect with us for competitive internships & job placement services!

  • PAID summer internships @ $11.25/HR
    • *Internships begin July 1st; Enroll now!
  • Train the week of June 18th or of July 16th & get set up with a 110-hour paid internship afterwards


b. Resale| Sisterhood Boutique | Seward Community Co-Op


Ages 18-24 | Residing in Minneapolis | Not attending school | Meet income requirements

Connect with us for competitive internships & job placement services!

  • PAID summer internships @ $11.25/HR
    • *Internships begin July 1st; Enroll now!
  • Train the week of June 18th or of July 16th & get set up with a 110-hour paid internship afterwards


Wedge Table | Waite House Community Cafe | Seward Community Co-Op | Cookie Cart


Ages 18-24 | Residing in Minneapolis | Not attending school | Meet income requirements