Hennepin County Sheriff Announces New Tools to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis During COVD-19 Updated

Drug disposal bags new available by mail and Narcan training available online
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Media Contact: Jeremy Zoss, 612-919-5918

Hennepin County Sheriff Announces New Tools to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis During COVID-19

July 1, 2020 (Minneapolis) – Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said today his office can’t – and won’t – lose sight of the opioid crisis even though the issue has been overshadowed of late by violence in Minneapolis, peaceful protests following the tragic death of George Floyd, talk of overdue police reform measures, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hennepin County has seen several distinct spikes in overdoses in the overdose tracking tool ODMAP since the beginning of the pandemic. Since March 16, 2020, 615 suspected overdoses have been recorded in ODMAP, including 52 that were fatal.

“We have seen an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses nationwide and in Hennepin County over the past four months,” said Sheriff David Hutchinson. “We’re not hearing or reading about these tragedies as often, but they are still happening.”

Today, the sheriff announced two new strategies to combat the opioid addiction crisis specifically designed for the pandemic era: mailing Deterra drug disposal bags and offering online naloxone trainings. Funding for both programs has been provided through grants from the Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation and the RX Abuse Leadership Initiative of Minnesota (RALI Minnesota).

Deterra Bag Mailing

As part of Sheriff Hutchinson’s Survival Through Overdose Prevention (STOP) campaign, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) had several in-person drug takeback events around the county planned for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of those events. The HSCO will now mail Deterra drug disposal bags to anyone in Hennepin County who needs to dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

Deterra drug disposal bags offer a simple, safe way to dispose of medications at home. People place their unwanted medication in the bag, add water, seal, and shake. The entire bag can be disposed of in household trash. More detailed use instructions can be seen in the video here.

“Reducing the harms of the opioid addiction epidemic is one of my core missions, and I won’t lose focus of it now – or ever,” Sheriff Hutchinson said. “It is vitally important that we continue to offer tools to fight this problem in this time of increased mental, spiritual, and economic stress.”

Anyone who needs a Deterra bag can request one by emailing the HCSO at drugdisposal and providing their mailing address. The HCSO will mail out Deterra bags at no cost.

In 2018, about 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time. Flushing medication or throwing it in the trash is damages our natural environment. Proper storage and disposal of medication is a critical component of addressing the opioid epidemic. Most prescription drug abusers say that they obtained their supply of prescription medications from friends and family. Properly disposing of prescription medication, such as opioids, can significantly decrease the likelihood of individuals having access to these highly addictive drugs.

Online Naloxone Training

In partnership with RALI Minnesota, the HCSO is now offering online trainings on how to properly administer naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan® is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.

“If you know someone living with addiction, knowing how to properly administer naloxone may mean the difference between life and death,” Sheriff Hutchinson said. Naloxone is safe and effective and has been used by emergency medical professionals for decades. Minnesota State law allows anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone.

To schedule an online naloxone training, send an email to drugdisposal.

Upon completion of the online training, the HCSO will mail the participant a supply of naloxone, free of change.

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If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, resources are available. Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or reach out to Hennepin County social services at 612-348-4111.

For more information about the opioid addiction crisis and how the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is working to fight it, visit hennepinsheriff.org/stop.

– HCSO –

This press release has been update to correct a typo on the contact email.

Look for more news on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s website at http://www.hennepinsheriff.org.

City/County/Park Board Joins to Address Encampments

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July 1, 2020

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About District 4

Dearest Community,

As you know, the encampment at Powerderhorn Park and the 100 other encampments across our district, are expanding.

While Hennepin County has spent millions to provide services and operate hotels to accommodate people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, we know that we have little room to do more without significant help. Together, with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park Board, we coordinated a specific ask to our Lt. Governor to meet the immediate needs of people in Powderhorn Park and in other areas of our city.

Here is the list of joint initiatives the City/County/Park Board are working on that would benefit greatly from state resources:

  • Funding for AVIVO and other outreach staff to do outreach at encampments to connect people to shelter and housing
  • Response to the City/County join request to the SEOC for staffing support, either re-assigning state workers as the County has done, or new staff for hotels and shelters
  • Capital and operating support for emergency shelter: dormitories at the State Fair Grounds, the quarantine housing location identified by SEOC or other new shelter locations including but not limited to hotels
  • Finance the purchase of hotels using CARES Act dollars or bonding across the state and region, a long-term investment in shelter and housing that would supplement this strategy that the City and County are jointly pursuing
  • Support for longer term shelter needs for culturally appropriate shelter and proposed medical respite shelter
  • Funding for incidental expenses at encampments (mostly by Park Board): bathrooms, handwashing stations, showers, medical services and security

In wellness,

district 4This 4th district serves parts of east and downtown Minneapolis, and Fort Snelling.

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Angela Conley
Commissioner, 4th District

Cacje Henderson
Policy Director
612-348-5204

Shanese Reed
District Outreach and Scheduler
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MNDOT: I-35W@94 and other Hennepin County projects update

Good afternoon,

Here is an update for the I-35W@94 project email list. I-394 closes overnight Tuesday. Work starts on a Highway 55 bridge in Plymouth. See details below. Please visit the project web pages and www.511mn.org for real-time traffic updates.

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

I-35W@94 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

· The ramp from 46th Street to I-35W north is closed through September 2021.

· The ramp from I-35W north to 36th Street is closed through September 2021.

Upcoming:

· New I-35W south is closed between I-94 and Highway 62 from 10 p.m. Monday, July 13 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 14

· New I-35W north is closed between Highway 62 and I-94 from 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.

· Please visit the web page for local street closures.

Other MnDOT projects in Hennepin County:

Around The Airport www.aroundtheairport.com

· Highway 5 east is closed between I-494 and Davern St. in St Paul through July.

Ramp closures through early August:

· Highway 62 west to/from Highway 5 west

· Highway 5 west to Highway 62 east

· Highway 5 west to Bloomington Road

· Highway 62 west to Bloomington Road

· Sheppard Road to Highway 5 west

· Please check the web page for long-term ramp closures and detours.

I-394 Dunwoody Bridge Minneapolis

· Update I-394 east is closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 between Highway 100 and I-94. Detour: HOV lane.

I-94 Nicollet to Highway 280 resurfacing http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/schedule.html

Upcoming

· I-94 east is closed between I-35W and Highway 280 July 31-Aug. 2

· I-94 west is closed between Highway 280 to I-35W Aug. 7-10

· I-94 is closed in both directions between the I-394 and I-35W Aug 14-17.

Highway 55 over Luce Line Trail Plymouth http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy55bridge-plymouth/index.html (Fact sheet attached)

· Highway 55 west is reduced to a single lane starting Tuesday, July 7 through August. Watch for flaggers and delays.

I-94 Maple Grove to Clearwater https://www.dot.state.mn.us/i94-mg-clearwater/index.html

· The ramp from Maple Grove Parkway to I-94 east is closed through Sunday, July 26.

o Detour: Maple Grove Parkway to 93rd Ave. to Elm Creek Blvd. to Weaver Lake Road to I-94 east

· The ramp from I-94 east to Maple Grove Parkway is closed through Sunday, July 26.

o Detour: I-94 east to Highway 610 east to Maple Grove Parkway

· Please visit web page for closures between St. Michael and Clearwater

Third Avenue bridge http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy65andthirdavebridge/

· The Third Avenue bridge in Minneapolis will be reduced to one lane in each direction with a transit lane and lanes for walkers and bikers through Dec. 31.

Upcoming

· The Third Avenue bridge is closed January 2021 through November 2022.

I-494 France Ave. bridge Bloomington

· The ramp from I-494 east to France Avenue is closed through Tuesday, July 7

· The ramp from southbound France Avenue to I-494 west is closed through Tuesday, July 7.

· The loop ramp from southbound France Avenue to I-494 east is closed through Tuesday, July 7.

MnDOT Maintenance

I-35W Richfield

· I-35W is reduced to two lanes in both directions between 76th and 86th streets through Aug. 31.

Other projects on MnDOT Highways:

Metro Transit Orange Line https://www.metrotransit.org/orangeline

· The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed through September

Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south.

Southwest Light Rail https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Light-Rail-Projects/Southwest-LRT.aspx

· The ramp from I-494 west to Flying Cloud Drive is closed through 6 a.m. Oct. 16.

Upcoming:

· New I-494 is closed in both directions between Highway 169 and Highway 212 from 10 p.m. July 16 to 5 a.m. July 17.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Have a great July 4 holiday.

Thanks

Dave

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces opening of 20 wading pools on July 4



Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces opening of 20 wading pools on July 4

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WADING POOLS

MPRB announces opening of 20 wading pools on July 4

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation (MPRB) will begin to open 20 wading pools across Minneapolis on Saturday, July 4. The locations focus on areas of the city without lakes or other water bodies.

The wading pools will be open seven days a week from noon – 6:30 pm. All wading pool areas will have a limited capacity to ensure that social distancing practices can be followed. Wading pool capacity numbers vary by location and MPRB staff will be on site to help monitor capacity.

Public restrooms will be open for use during the wading pools’ open hours. Drinking fountains will not be available, so please plan to bring your own water in a non-breakable container. Because of the limited number of children and adults who can be in the wading pool area at one time, we ask that visitors limit their time to two hours to allow others to use the wading pools.

The openings begin Saturday, July 4 with wading pools at the following locations:

  • Audubon Park 1320 29th Ave. NE, 55418
  • Bethune Park 1304 N 10th Ave., 55411
  • Bohanon Park 4917 Bryant Ave. N, 55430
  • Bossen Field Park 5701 S 28th Ave., 55417
  • Bryant Square Park 3101 Bryant Ave. S, 55408
  • East Phillips 2399 S 17th Ave., 55404
  • Folwell Park 1615 N Dowling Ave., 55412
  • Harrison Park 503 N Irving Ave. 55405
  • Hiawatha School Park 4305 E 42nd St., 55406
  • Jordan Park 2927 N Irving Ave., 55411
  • Keewaydin Park 3030 E 53rd St. Minneapolis 55417
  • Logan Park 690 13th Ave. NE, 55413
  • Luxton Park 112 Williams Ave. SE, 55413
  • McRae Park 906 E 47th St., 55407
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, 55409
  • Stewart Park 2700 S 12th Ave., 55407
  • Waite Park 1810 34th Ave. NE, 55418
  • Whittier Park 425 W 26th St., 55405

Two additional wading pools will open as soon as mechanical repairs are complete:

  • Franklin Steele Square 1600 Portland Ave. S, 55404
  • North Commons 1801 James Ave. N, 55411

Occasionally, pools may be temporarily closed for maintenance or repair. Please visit http://bit.ly/MPRBpools-status to find the status of wading pools.

All park visitors are asked to follow the Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines for social distancing in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Do not use parks if you feel sick or have symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or runny nose.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park or trail.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people. Masks should be worn if physical distancing is not possible.
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Extending Neighborhoods 2020 public comment deadline to September 30

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The City of Minneapolis and its residents have experienced heartbreak, tragedy and multiple crises over the past four months. Given the difficulty of engaging the community at this time, the Neighborhoods 2020 Steering Committee has recommended that the Neighborhoods 2020 public comment period be extended until September 30, 2020.

The Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines are more consequential than ever for the future of our City. The equity and inclusion recommendations outlined in this document form the cornerstone of our commitment to have an equitable neighborhood funding program for all of our residents.

During this extended public comment period, if your neighborhood organization would like to submit an updated public comment to replace an existing submission, please email neighborhoods2020 with the subject line “Revised Public Comment.”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your steven.gallagher.

As always, NCR is available to assist organizations in this unprecedented time.

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REMINDER: Hennepin County small businesses can apply for state COVID19 Small Business Relief Grants by Thursday July 2

Application deadline this Thursday
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Reminder: State COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Program closes Thursday

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for grants of up to $10,000 through the Small Business Relief Grants Program.

The program will support Minnesota owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, July 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Learn more and apply at DEED’s website

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Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 6-22-20

Hello. I continue to work from home to serve the Midtown community. Please email me at john.baumann or call/text 612-286-7849 if you have questions or need information.

Below is the Midtown weekly report with community announcements for the week ending June 22, 2020. The attached document may be easier to read.

For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha Avenue, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown.

  • 24 Part 1 (most serious) crimes were reported, up from 14 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 5 robberies, 5 aggravated assaults, 2 burglaries, 2 auto thefts, 1 arson and 9 larcenies.
  • 10 violent crimes were reported-5 robberies and 5 aggravated assaults. Up from 2 violent crimes last week.
  • 3 of the robberies may have been committed by the same 2 suspects.
  • Police took 1 offender in Midtown into custody this week.

Due to the pandemic, the date for National Night Out has been changed to Tuesday, September 15. You can choose an alternate date if one works better for your group.

Independence Day is fast approaching so I have include some fireworks safety and reporting tips.

Many public meetings and events throughout Minneapolis have been cancelled, rescheduled or reformatted to be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.I have included information from 9 organizations this week:

  • Lake Street Council: We Love Lake Street.
  • The Neighborhood Center: Free Legal Clinics for Small Businesses and Nonprofits That Suffered Losses Due to the Riots.
  • Midtown Farmers Market: Take a Deep Breath…Markets on Saturday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 30; What’s Available and In Season?
  • Project for Pride in Living: Virtual Information Sessions: Now Every Monday While We Are Working Remotely; Virtual Workforce Ready Program; Virtual Computer and Job Readiness Program.
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc: MPNAI Community Forum-Phillips Neighborhood Fun Facts & How to Research Your Home’s History with Sue Hunter Weir on Tuesday, June 30.
  • Hennepin County Employment Services: Virtual Hiring Eventon Wednesday, July 1.
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office: HCSO To Adopt Appointment System for Permit to Carry Applications. The new system goes into effect on Wednesday, July 1.
  • Midtown Global Market: Food Available!
  • Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace: Curbside Pick-up Available.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments.

Please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports.

Please contact me if you would like (non-emergency) help from the Minneapolis Police Department or have any questions about crime or policing in Midtown.

John R. Baumann

Crime Prevention Specialist

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

New Cell Phone: 612-286-7849

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Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 6-16 to 6-22-20

By CPS John R. Baumann, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct

Midtown Community Safety Center, 612-286-7849

Midtown is the area between Highway 35W and Hiawatha Ave, from 28th St E to 32nd St E in Minneapolis, MN

john.baumann or my cell phone number, 612-286-7849.

Summary of Reported Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

  • 24 Part 1 crimes. Up from14 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-5, Aggravated Assault-5, Burglary-2, Auto Theft-2, Arson-1, Larceny (including Theft)-9.
  • 10 violent crimes-5 robberies and 5 aggravated assaults. Up from 2 violent crimes last week.
  • 3 of the robberies (all on June 16) may have been committed by the same 2 juveniles.
  • 0 business robberies; 2 business burglaries.
  • 1 offender arrested and taken into custody.

*Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, arson and larceny.

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Robbery (5)

6-16, 2:08 pm 29xx 18th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)A witness said 2 unknown juvenile suspects approached the victim (his daughter) by foot, pointed a gun at her and demanded her phone and purse. She complied. The suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle but crashed. The witness returned with his shotgun and the suspects hid in a vehicle they had parked nearby and then fled by foot. The suspects’ vehicle was towed. There may be security footage. MPD Sgt Stephen McBride is the lead investigator.

6-16, 2:57 pm 30xx 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was near his vehicle when 2 juvenile suspects approached. One suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his keys. The victim complied but the suspects couldn’t start the vehicle and fled by foot. MPD Sgt Stephen McBride is the lead investigator.

6-16, 2:20 pm 31xx 13th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he had just parked when 2 juvenile suspects approached. One put a gun in the victim’s ribs and demanded his keys. The victim complied and the suspects fled in the vehicle. MPD Sgt Stephen McBride is the lead investigator.

6-18, 5:00 am 29xx Chicago Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said he was on foot when 2 suspects assaulted him and took his car keys and phone. The suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle. MPD Sgt Francisco Porras is the lead investigator.

6-22, 10:59 pm 29xx Chicago Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said he was parked when a group of suspects surrounded his vehicle. One threatened to shoot the victim unless he left the vehicle. The victim complied and the suspects drove away in the victim’s vehicle.

Aggravated Assault (5)

6-16, 10:04 pm 29xx Columbus Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said that he heard gunshots and tried to take cover but felt something hit him in the back and realized he had been shot. There is no suspect information. MPD Sgt Sara Metcalf is the lead investigator.

6-17, 3:10 pm 28th St E & Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said that he was in his vehicle when another vehicle pulled up next to him and the suspect started shooting at him. The victim wasn’t hit but struck 4 parked cars while trying to get away. There is no suspect information. MPD Sgt Christopher Tucker is the lead investigator.

6-17, 9:57 pm 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood) The witness said she was with the victim in a vehicle. The suspect asked the witness if she wanted drugs and she declined. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and said to turn the vehicle off. The witness began running and heard shots. The victim sustained 3 gunshot injuries. There is no suspect information. MPD Sgt Adam Lepinski is the lead investigator.

6-21, 12:00 am Lake St E & Bloomington Ave (Midtown Phillips, East Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Exact location unknown. The victim said he was outside, heard gunshots, began running and felt himself get hit twice in the back. There is no suspect information.

6-22, 5:00 am Lake St E & Cedar Ave (East Phillips, Powderhorn Park or Corcoran neighborhood)

The victim said that he was in his vehicle and the suspect asked him for a ride. The victim refused and the suspect struck him with an unknown object. The victim lost consciousness.

Property Crimes

Burglary (2)

6-19, 7:38 am 30xx 4th Ave S (Central neighborhood) Business Entry: Broken window. Loss: None

6-19, Between 11:00 and 11:10 pm 11xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Business Entry: Broken windows. Loss: Business files.

Auto Theft (2)

6-16, Between 9:00 am and 5:50 pm 31xx Chicago Ave (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said the vehicle was parked possibly with keys inside before it was stolen. There is no suspect information.

Between 6-21, 8:30 pm and 6-22, 10:00 am 32xx Longfellow Ave (Corcoran neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle parked in his driveway near another vehicle that had a spare set of keys for the first vehicle. There is no suspect information.

Arson (1)

6-17, 4:25 am 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) A witness saw the suspect start a fire behind a building. The suspect has been identified.

Larceny (Including Theft) (9)

Theft from Person

6-17 Lake St E & Hiawatha Ave (East Phillips, Corcoran or Longfellow neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

6-18 30xx Bloomington Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

6-18 31xx 10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

6-19 31xx 4th Ave S (Central neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

6-18 28xx 13th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

6-16 30xx 22nd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)

6-16 12xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

6-17 31xx 21st Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)

6-19 Lake St E & Chicago Ave (Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, Central or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (1 Total, 0 Felony)

6-16, 9:49 am Lake St E & Bloomington Ave (Midtown Phillips, East Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Troy Anthony Franson: 1 Felony Warrant.

Please let me know if you’d like additional information about the above arrest.

Focused Enforcement in Midtown This Week

There were 2 focused enforcement zones in Midtown this week:

  • 29th St E to 31st St E, Clinton Ave to 15th Ave S
  • 29th St E & 16th Ave S

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National Night Out Date Change

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the City’s date for this year’s National Night Out has been changed from August 4 to Tuesday, September 15. You can also pick an alternative date that works better for your block. Contact Luther Krueger, luther.krueger or 612-673-5371 with any questions.

Be Safe with Fireworks, Keep 911 Open for Emergencies

Fourth of July fireworks are part of Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they can generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country. The City wants to make sure folks stay safe during “fireworks season” and know what to do if they have fireworks-related complaints.

Fireworks safety

  • Read, understand and follow the instructions on each device prior to using.
  • Use fireworks with close adult supervision.
  • Choose a safe place to use fireworks. Fireworks should only be ignited outdoors and away from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush or combustible materials.
  • Anyone acting in an irresponsible manner or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should not handle or discharge fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from small children and store them in a cool dry location away from sources of ignition (heat and flames).
  • Never ignite fireworks inside another container, such as inside a bottle or can.

What’s legal, what’s not

  • Non-explosive fireworks are legal in Minneapolis. Examples include sparklers, cones, tubes that spark, snakes and party poppers.
  • It is legal to use these types of fireworks in your yard or on your sidewalk.
  • Fireworks that explode or take off are illegal in Minneapolis. Examples include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
  • It is illegal to use any fireworks on public property including roads, alleys, schools and parks.

When to call 911

For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911, and police, fire or medical help will be dispatched.

Examples of calls that should go to 911 include:

  • A person injured by fireworks.
  • Airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk.
  • The size of a fireworks gathering and unruly behavior beginning to pose a threat to others.

Make noise reports online

Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will allow emergency calls to be answered as quickly as possible. On a typical Fourth of July evening, Minneapolis 911 receives hundreds of calls per hour, most of which are related to fireworks noise complaints. On a normal day, Minneapolis 911 will receive fewer than 100 calls per hour. Because of the volume, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident around the Fourth of July but calls will be prioritized to ensure public safety.

Instead of calling 911 for Fourth of July noise reports, people are asked to make noise reports online; the reports will be reviewed during normal business hours. Noise reports may also be made through the 311 mobile app or by calling 311. Although Minneapolis 311 is closed July 4, the mobile application can be used any time to make a report. City staff will review the complaint during normal business hours when offices open again and may follow up with the property owner the complaint references.

For more fireworks safety tips visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips

Community Events and Announcements

Lake Street Council

We Love Lake Street

Make a donation to the Lake Street Recovery Fund to help rebuild Lake Street’s small businesses and community organizations.

Learn more and donate: https://www.visitlakestreet.com/we-love-lake-street

Business recovery help: https://www.visitlakestreet.com/business-recovery-help

Business grant application: https://www.visitlakestreet.com/grant-application

Thank you to everyone that has donated. We are amazed by your generosity.

As of Monday, June 22, at 9:00 AM, we have raised: $7,580,336

We are overcome with gratitude for the outpouring of support for our Minneapolis businesses. It will take millions of dollars to rebuild, and over 65,000 people have chipped in to make that a reality.

Neighborhood Development Center

Free Legal Clinics for Small Businesses and Nonprofits That Suffered Losses Due to the Riots

When:

  • Monday, 6/29 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6/30 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7/1 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 7/2 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Midtown Global Market, Graves Foundation Offices

Legal Issues to Consider:

  • Contract issues
  • Banking/Consumer/Debt issues
  • Leases/Real Property
  • Insurance

If you are not able to attend, call 612-492-8078 for assistance.

Midtown Farmers Market

Take a Deep Breath…

Markets on Saturday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 30

Right now, especially in Minneapolis, there is a lot going on that can cause anxiety, stress, and tension. While it’s important not to forget why we are where we are right now, it is also important to remember to take care of yourself.

We invite you to come to the market and take a breath. Focus on feeding your body and your spirit with fresh and local foods. Take this week to try your skills on a new recipe or make an old family favorite. Get some maple syrup for a Sunday brunch. Make the most colorful salad you’ve ever seen. Eat all the strawberries in the box before you even make it home. Do what makes you feel some joy.

If what makes you feel joy is not cooking at all, we have you covered there too. On Tuesdays you can get pizza from Geek Love Cafe or munch on some cheese curds. On Saturdays, we have breakfast burritos, sandwiches, curry, samosas, pakoras, empanadas, pizza, baked goods, nuts, and more. Let our vendors do the cooking for you.

We also wanted to remind people about our SNAP/EBT program. We match up to $10 at each market. So if you spend $10 we give you $10, and you can do that twice a week. And for everyone, don’t forget to bring some cash to the market as well. Not every vendor takes cards, and the closest ATM is not very close.

We are open Tuesdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm. We hope to see you there!

What’s Available and In Season?

Bedding plants, asparagus, cucumbers, green onions, radishes, rhubarb, arugula, collards and other greens, tomatoes, napa cabbage, turnips, garlic scapes, strawberries, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, samosas, mango lassis, bread, coffee, breakfast burritos, eggs, cheese, pizza, maple syrup, honey, and more!

*Always subject to change. Not every item listed is available at both markets.

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

Virtual Information Sessions: Now Every Monday While We Are Working Remotely

We at the PPL Career Center hope you are staying happy & healthy during this unprecedented time. The Career Center building is still closed until further notice. We want to reach out and let you know that we are here for you, even while we are working from home.

We are going to continue Virtual Information Sessions running every Monday at 10:00am until we are back in our offices. The platform we will be using to conduct our meeting is Zoom, which can be accessed via a computer or a smartphone. We recommend downloading the application now and testing it prior to the Virtual Information Session:

https://zoom.us/ OR search for “Zoom” in the App Store

The Virtual Information Sessions will run from 10:00am to 10:40am every Monday and 40 participants are allowed to join. The Intake Team will be hosting, and members from our Employment Specialist and Access Lab team will be in attendance.

The schedule of the meeting is as follows:

  1. 10:00am – Welcome & introductions of PPL staff members
  2. 10:10am – Brief overview of services presented by Intake Team
  3. 10:20am – Questions from the audience (via the chat feature)
  4. 10:35am – Wrap up & email-share

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in attending, please email ONE of the following emails to receive the Zoom URL link. Do not respond directly to this email. You will click on the link you receive from us at 10:00am on Monday to access the Information Session:

Rachel Werch – Rachel.Werch OR Maggie Brown – Maggie.Brown

* When emailing, please briefly mention the service you are interested in. For example, “I am interested in the Virtual Workforce Ready program.” OR, “I am interested in resume and cover letter help.” *

Virtual Workforce Ready Program

Join our brand-new Workforce Ready program! This program is designed to help you navigate local employment opportunities & gain necessary soft skills to lead you to a successful career in the industry of your choosing.

Offered entirely online, this program gives you the flexibility to complete on your own time, at your own pace. Additionally, our rolling enrollment means you can apply at any time!

This program is highly customizable and offers training in areas such as: reading & math, customer service, interviewing, resume & cover letter writing, & more! This will be a great opportunity for those who are looking for a program that grants flexibility & offers high levels of one-on-one support. For more details on Workforce Ready, you can check out our website here. Attend a virtual information session ASAP to learn more!

Virtual Computer and Job Readiness Workshops

Attend our Computer and Job Readiness workshops online for the first time! All workshops are free and provide you with valuable skills for the workplace. Gain more confidence in your basic computer skills or learn how to increase your success with your job search, no matter what step of the process you’re on. You could also receive 1:1 job search assistance with an Employment Specialist who has knowledge about industries and employers who are still hiring!

Click here to learn more about the monthly workshops!

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please call 612-455-5291 to inquire. Thank you!

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc (MPNAI)

MPNAI Community Forum-Phillips Neighborhood Fun Facts & How to Research Your Home’s History with Sue Hunter Weir Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Did you know the bread slicer was invented in the Phillips neighborhood? Or that the first Minnesotan soldier to die in WWI was a parishioner of St. Paul’s ELCA? Join us to learn more about your neighborhood and how to find out even more on your own!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98765063122?pwd=RWYxTnU5Wmk2aXhNK2pKaEdKRnlsQT09

Meeting ID: 987 6506 3122

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Hennepin County Employment Services

Virtual Hiring Event Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

To register for the event, please visit .

Registration will also be posted on the Hennepin County Employment Service website, at https://www.hennepin.us/employmentservices.

Virtual Event Agenda:

Join the event online at https://hc.adobeconnect.com/july1/.

The employers will give a short presentation about their company, the positions they are currently hiring for and how to apply. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to speak with each employer to get your questions answered.

Participating Employers:

Genesis Group Homes

  • Direct Support Professionals (Full Time)
  • Direct Support Professionals (Part Time)

Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • General Maintenance/Housekeepers
  • Cook
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Registered Nurse

USPS

  • City Carrier Assistant
  • Assistant Rural Carrier (Part-time)
  • Rural Carrier Assistant

This event is free and open to all career seekers, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors, etc. This event is hosted by Hennepin County

If you have questions, please contact:

Lisa Cain at lisa.cain2 or 612-596-1990

Colleen Dufek at colleen.dufek or 612-543-5159

Meykal Ahmed at meykal.ahmed or 612-348-9872

For more information, please visit the website http://www.hennepin.us/employmentservices.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

HCSO To Adopt Appointment System for Permit to Carry Applications

Since the beginning of pandemic, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has maintained full operations for issuing permits to carry firearms in room 22 of Minneapolis City Hall. We have adjusted the layout of the office and added technology to protect our staff and the public applying for permits.

As we continue to adjust to best practices for managing public contact during a pandemic, and to reduce wait time for people seeking permits, we will be going to an appointment system for receiving permits effective Wednesday July 1, 2020.

People walking in without an appointment will not be able to apply for a permit.

Those seeking a permit to carry a firearm will need to make an appointment by calling 612-348-8008. At their appointment time, permit seekers should bring their completed application, application fee (payable by cash or check, or credit card with an additional 2.5% processing fee) and Identification. Details can be found here. We anticipate appointments should last about ten minutes.

Per Executive Order, the City of Minneapolis requires all people coming into City Hall to wear face masks.

Midtown Global Market

Food Available!

The following businesses continue to offer freshly prepared food and groceries. You can now do pick-up at the counter. (Please adhere to mask requirements. Please call or go online to arrange curbside pickup or delivery services.

Groceries & Retail

Produce Exchange | 612-879-0050 ORDER ONLINE

ORDER ON

Grass Roots Gourmet | 612-871-6947 Hours may vary.

Rituals (Aromatherapy products)| Curbside pick-up 612-729-5522

Cuisine

Manny’s Tortas | Curbside pick-up 612-870-3930

To order delivery: BITE SQUAD GRUBHUB

Jakeeno’s Trattoria | Curbside pick-up 612-767-1102

To order delivery: GRUBHUB DOORDASH BITE SQUADBITE SQUAD

InfusedLife Plant-Based Eatery | Curbside pick-up 612-208-7302

Hot Indian Foods | Curbside pick-up 612-236-4423 or online

To order delivery: CHOW NOW BITE SQUAD DOORDASH

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Eastlake Craft Brewery | Curbside pick-up 612-276-2262

ORDER DELIVERY

Sabbai Cuisine | Curbside pick-up 612-353-6326

Moroccan Flavors | Curbside pick-up 651-410-0361

DOORDASH

Salsa a la Salsa| Curbside pick-up 612-872-4140VIEW MENU

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINEONLINE

Andy’s Garage | Curbside pick-up 612-886-2602

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINE

Los Ocampo| 612-872-8562

Pham’s Rice Bowl| 612-870-2622

GRUB HUB

Mapps Coffee|612-229-2201

Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace

Curbside Pick-up Available!

Ingebretsen’s retail locations will, for the next few weeks, remain closed to the public. However, we will fill orders for local curbside pick-up, for both the Butcher Shop and the Gift Shop!

For Butcher Shop orders, call 612 729 9331 between 10 -3, Monday through Saturday, to place an order and arrange a time for pick-up.
For Gift Shop orders, or if you’d like items from both parts of our store, call 612 729 9333 during those hours.

Thank you SO much for your support!

Click Here for more info on our Butcher Shop and Scandinavian specialties.

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Virtual Hiring Event – July 1

career fairs and events

Virtual Hiring Event – July 1

All are welcome to attend the Virtual Hiring Event.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hiring-event-tickets-111165232202.

Registration will also be posted on the Hennepin County Employment Service website, at https://www.hennepin.us/employmentservices.

Virtual Event Agenda:

Join the event online at https://hc.adobeconnect.com/july1/.

The employers will give a short presentation about their company, the positions they are currently hiring for and how to apply. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to speak with each employer to get your questions answered.

Participating Employers:

Genesis Group Homes

  • Direct Support Professionals (Full Time)
  • Direct Support Professionals (Part Time)

Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • General Maintenance/Housekeepers
  • Cook
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Registered Nurse

USPS

  • City Carrier Assistant
  • Assistant Rural Carrier (Part-time)
  • Rural Carrier Assistant

This event is free and open to all career seekers, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors, etc. This event is hosted by Hennepin County.

If you have questions, please contact:

Lisa Cain at lisa.cain2@hennepin.us or 612-596-1990

Colleen Dufek at colleen.dufek@hennepin.us or 612-543-5159

Meykal Ahmed at meykal.ahmed@hennepin.us or 612-348-9872

For more information on upcoming events, please visit the website

http://www.hennepin.us/employmentservices.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Hiring Event – Marsden, Minnesota Department of Corrections and Valvoline

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hiring-event-tickets-111172885092

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612-596-1990

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