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


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


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


  • 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

Password: 648383

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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


  • 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


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

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


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

To order delivery: BITE SQUAD GRUBHUB

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


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

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



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


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

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


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


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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