Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 7-13-20

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

Below is the text of the Midtown weekly report with community announcements for the week ending July 13, 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.

Crime and Arrest Information

  • 22 Part 1 (most serious) crimes were reported, up from 17 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 4 robberies, 6 aggravated assaults, 5 auto thefts and 7 larcenies.
  • 10 violent crimes were reported-4 robberies and 6 aggravated assaults. Up from 8 violent crimes last week.
  • Police took 7 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • All 7 arrests were for felony offenses.
  • Arrests were made in 1 robbery and 1 aggravated assault.

Community Announcements

I have included information from 9 organizations this week:

  • Midtown Farmers Market: Summer Veggies Are More Than Just Tomatoes-Next Markets on Saturday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 21; What’s Available and In Season?
  • Midtown Global Market: Celebrate Our Grand Reopening with a Day of International Festivities!
  • Lake Street Council: $2.8 Million in Grants Awarded to Businesses Damaged During Unrest;We Love Lake Street; We’re Hiring!
  • City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention: Upcoming Trainings and Healing Circles.
  • City of Minneapolis-Neighborhood & Community Relations Department:Neighborhood Network Meeting on Tuesday, July 21.
  • Project for Pride in Living: ACCELERATE *New*; Pharmacy Technician* Apply Now*; Financial Services; Community Health Worker.
  • Lutheran Social Services Employment Services: Virtual Job Club Connection-Thursdays at 11 am; 1-1 Career Support.
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc: A Community Forum with Senator Jeff Hayden on Tuesday, July 28.

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

3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist

Minneapolis Police Department

New Cell Phone: 612-286-7849


Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 7-7 to 7-13-20

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, 612-286-7849.

Policing Update: Due to the surge in violent crime, the MPD has formed a citywide directed patrol of officers to go where the need is greatest.

Summary of Reported Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

  • 22 Part 1 crimes. Up from17 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-4, Aggravated Assault-6, Auto Theft-5, Larceny (including Theft)-7.
  • 10 violent crimes– 4 robberies and 6 aggravated assaults. Up from 8 violent crimes last week.
  • 0 business robberies; 0 business burglaries.
  • 7 offenders arrested and taken into custody.
  • All 7 arrests were for felony offenses, marked in yellow.
  • An arrest was made in 1 robbery and 1 aggravated assault.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Robbery (4)

7-9, 3:30 pm Lake St E & Cedar Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)The victim said that 2 unknown suspects approached him and demanded his wallet. Both suspects punched the victim in the head and took his backpack.

7-9, 6:50 pm 17xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was at the rear of his business, backing up his car when the juvenile suspect appeared at his window and yelled for him to get out. The suspect then pulled a handgun, the victim got out, the suspect fled in the car and then crashed it. Officers then arrested the juvenile.

7-10, 4:30 pm Lake St E & Cedar Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)The victim said he stopped to get food for his family and that 3 unknown suspects took his car keys and cash and left in the vehicle.

7-10, 7:00 pm 18xx 32nd St E (Corcoran neighborhood)The victim said she was in her car listening to music when a group of suspects asked her to roll down her window and to give them some change. Suspect 1 then said he was going to take the car and punched her one time in her face. The suspects took her keys, she started to scream and they ran off.

Aggravated Assault (6)

7-8, 5:13 am Lake St E & Cedar Ave S (East Phillips, Powderhorn Park or Corcoran neighborhood) DomesticThe victim met up with her boyfriend to see if he needed a ride. The boyfriend got angry and hit the victim in her face and then began to strangle her. The boyfriend, Wesley John Winston, was arrested.

7-9, 1:20 am 32nd St E & 2nd Ave S (Central neighborhood)The 2 victims said they were at a memorial for the 7/7/20 murder when they heard shots and found they had been hit. There is no suspect information.

7-9, 7:00 am Lake St E & Chicago Ave (Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, Central or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was shot but did not give any additional information to officers. There is no suspect information.

7-10, 12:03 am 29xx Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said he was driving when a vehicle pulled up next to him and an unknown suspect started shooting.

7-12, 5:20 pm 14xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Victim 2 said he left his vehicle running with Victim 1 (his mother-in-law) inside. When he returned the vehicle was gone. Victim 1 was thrown out of the vehicle by unknown suspects.

7-13, 9:00 pm 8xx 28th St E-Exact location unknown (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)A nurse said that the victim was shot outside of a tobacco store somewhere in Minneapolis. The victim and his brother refused to cooperate with officers.

Property Crimes

Auto Theft (5)

7-7, 12:40 pm 30xx 15th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

7-7, 3:00 pm 28th St E & Columbus Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)

7-8, 10:00 pm 31xx 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

7-11, 7:00 pm 28th St E & Longfellow Ave (East Phillips neighborhood) Keys inside.

7-10, 4:00 pm 28th St E & Longfellow Ave (East Phillips neighborhood)

Note: Times listed are sometimes approximate.

Larceny (Including Theft) (7)

Theft from Person

7-7 14xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7-9 31xx 22nd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)

7-9 18xx Lake St E (Corcoran neighborhood)

7-10 30xx Cedar Ave (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

7-11 10xx 29th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

7-12 31xx 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

Other Theft

7-11 29th St E & Cedar Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (7 Total, 7 Felony)

7-8, 5:13 am Lake St E & Cedar Ave S (East Phillips, Powderhorn Park or Corcoran neighborhood) Wesley John Winston: Domestic Assault by Strangulation (Felony).

7-8, 2:07 pm 5xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood) Jarvae Josiah Somerville and Ronald Donte Finley Jr: Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Felony).

7-9, 6:50 pm 17xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Juvenile: Aggravated Robbery of Person (Felony).

7-9, 8:00 pm 29xx 5th Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Alexisus Jarmon Mosby and Julist Dewight King: Narcotics Violation (Felony).

7-11, 11:46 am 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Cody James McGrath: Damage to Property (Felony).

Please let me know if you’d like additional information about any of these arrests.

Community Events and Announcements

Midtown Farmers Market

Summer Veggies Are More Than Just Tomatoes

Next Markets on Saturday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 21

Although let’s be real, tomatoes are pretty dang great. But don’t sleep on leeks, zucchini, patty pan squash, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, green beans, cucumber, bok choi, kale, fennel, carrots, and more. You can find all these veggies at both the Tuesday and the Saturday markets.

There’s also lots of take and eat food options on Saturday. Baked goods, bread, cheese curds, pizza, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, curries and samosas., and the always popular mango lassis.

We’ll have soap and craft vendors at both markets this week! That’s two chances to stock up on some self-care products for yourself or your loved ones.

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

What’s Available and In Season?

Bedding plants, cucumbers, carrots, green onions, kohlrabi, radishes, rhubarb, chard, collards, kale, and other greens, tomatoes, herbs, beets, green beans, summer squash, blueberries, pickles, jams, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, samosas, mango lassis, bread, coffee, nuts, breakfast burritos, eggs, cheese, pizza, maple syrup, honey, and more!*

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

Midtown Global Market

Celebrate Our Grand Reopening with a Day of International Festivities! Saturday, July 18, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a day of lively entertainment, prize drawings, trivia and free family-friendly fun. This event is FREE and open to everyone in the community.

Travel the Globe

Pick up a Passport to Food and Fun and “travel the globe” by visiting our more than 30 restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and services representing 16 countries of origin, many offering specials throughout the day.

Music Makes the World Go ‘Round

Enjoy music, dance and performances from local entertainers throughout the day including the Command Steppers featuring J Most.

Win Prizes!

Take a chance at winning $500 in Midtown Global Market gift certificates and many other prizes that will be awarded throughout the day.

Masks and Social Distancing Required

In accordance with City of Minneapolis policy, attendees are required to wear masks and honor social distancing measures. Entrances will be marked.

Necessities for Neighbors Drive

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for our Necessities for Neighbors drive. We are collecting personal care items such as toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, dental products and soaps. These items will be distributed to those in need in our neighborhood by the Cultural Wellness Center. You can drop off or purchase these items at the Produce Exchange.

Thank you in advance for supporting our entrepreneurial businesses that have experienced hardship for months due to COVID-19 and the unrest on Lake Street.

Lake Street Council

$2.8 Million in Grants Awarded to Businesses Damaged During Unrest

The Lake Street Council announced Wednesday (July 15) $2.8 million in grants will go to 175 Lake Street businesses which were damaged in the days following George Floyd’s death.

Of the business which received grants, 86% are owned by Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) or immigrants. 81% have fewer than 10 employees.

Businesses or non-profits could apply for up to $25,000 in grants to rebuild or replace damaged inventory.

“The Lake Street Council’s first round of funding helps to provide a valuable lifeline for BIPOC and Immigrant-owned businesses at an extremely fragile time,” said Nasibu Sareva, a member of the Lake Street Recovery Fund Committee.

Over 70,000 people, corporations, and foundations donated for the recovery of Lake Street, according to Allison Sharkey, Lake Street Council’s Executive Director.

Because the council saw so many requests for support, they have allocated an additional $1 million for grants, which they will review over the next few weeks. To apply, click here.

The announcement comes just days after the federal government refused Gov. Tim Walz’s request for aid to rebuild and repair damage from the unrest following George Floyd’s death.

We Love Lake Street

Applications are now available for our We Love Lake Street Recovery Grant.

Apply for a Recovery Grant Here

The Lake Street Council (501c3) will utilize 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.*

Donate via PayPal or Credit Card:

Or if you prefer, donate through GiveMN.org

You can also send us a check to the Lake Street Council at PO Box 7091, Minneapolis, MN 55407

If you’ve got more to give, check out these additional fundraisers for Lake Street businesses: Additional Fundraisers

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

As of Wednesday, July 15th, at 12:00PM, we have raised $8,857,122

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.

We’re Hiring!

Office Administrator

Posted: July 6, 2020

Deadline: Resume review will begin immediately

Learn More & Apply

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Posted: July 13, 2020

Deadline: Resume review will begin immediately

Learn More & Apply

City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention

Upcoming Trainings and Talking Circles

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence

2-hour online training

When terrible things happen, like COVID-19, racism, police brutality, our peace is stolen from us.
Most people want to build peace back into their lives and community.
These 2-hour online trainings are partially funded by the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention to promote racial trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice for all who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.
Pay-what-you-can up to $30

Click the date/time link to register:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 31, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST

This 2-hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported community education training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality for increasing cultural competence. All are welcome to join us. Space is limited to 30. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. This training is not only for “staff.”
Training objectives:

1. Learn and reflect on the various types of trauma and common responses to psychological trauma for increased racial healing and equity.
2. Learn and reflect on the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of harm and violence experienced by all people.
3. Learn and reflect on the basic STAR trauma healing and resilience models and associated practices for increased racial healing and equity.
4. Explore ways to apply trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice practices toward building peace within your sphere of influence.
Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses can earn 2 hours of continuing education for $45. These trainings are in high demand. Register early.
Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Online STAR-Lite Training:

Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day for Cultural Competence

8-hour online training

This training is being partially grant-funded by the Engelsma Family Foundation for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.
Pay-what-you-can-up-to $40.

Click here for details and to register: Wednesday, July22, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based online training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. STAR-Lite is for professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypeople. All are welcome to join us. This training is partially funded by the Engelsma Family Foundation. Space is limited to 60. Optional 6.5 CEs and 5.5 CLEs available for an additional $35. Please register as soon as possible and at least by 9am the day before the training.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)

CTT are free, monthly racial healing talking circles to address interpersonal, community, and structural racial harm, violence, and trauma. At CTTT, descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn. CTTT provides ongoing relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism. Join Peacebuilding Assistant Executive Director and CTTT facilitator Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming racialized trauma into nonviolent power with positive productive alternatives to revenge to make Minneapolis a peacebuilding power city for all. 20 people maximum per circle. Register for these free monthly online talking circles at:

We are grateful to the Engelsma Family Foundation for funding our CTTT Minneapolis talking circles in 2020.

Introduction to Restorative Justice for Community Healing and Transformation

2-hour online training
Relationships are ruptured by harm and violence. Restorative justice heals and repairs individual and community relationships to prevent violence.
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50
This training is for everyone who wants to learn the basics of Restorative Justice.
Details and registration are at: Friday, July 24, 2020, 10am – 12noon

Training objectives:
1. Learn the basic Restorative Justice philosophy, principles, and practices.
2. Learn the differences between Restorative Justice and other types of justice.
3. Discuss how to apply Restorative Justice concepts through a trauma-informed lens for community healing and transformation.

City of Minneapolis

Neighborhood & Community Relations Department

Neighborhood Network MeetingTuesday, July 21, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

This meeting is open to all 70 neighborhood organizations for the purpose of sharing information and best practices; asking questions; and, receiving updates from City staff. This is a great time to network with other neighborhood organizations and share your stories of success. If you would like to join or have any questions please contact Steven Gallagher, steven.gallaghe​r.

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Project for Pride in Living (PPL)


Join our first self-paced program and fast-track to a great career! This free program is designed to help you navigate local employment opportunities and gain necessary transferable 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: interviewing, customer service, conflict resolution, resume & cover letter writing, computer skills, and more! This will be a great opportunity for those who are looking for a program that grants flexibility and offers high levels of one-on-one support. For more details on Accelerate, you can check out our websitehere.

Attend a virtual information session to learn more!

Pharmacy Technician *Apply Now*

Have you been looking for a career that allows you to utilize customer service skills and spend much of the day on your feet? Are you interested in the healthcare industry? Then our Pharmacy Technician program could be for you!

Beginning July 27, 2020, this free 5-month, online training provides you with valuable soft skills, technical training, and registration with the Board of Pharmacy. Through PPL classes, you will cover topics such as resume writing and interviewing essentials, and the National Retail Federation (NRF) customer service curriculum to obtain the NRF Certification. You will also take free Minneapolis College classes online to cover pharmacy policies and procedures. Interspersed with your classes will be 80 hours of a paid externship with employer partners, including CVS Pharmacy, Hennepin Health, and Walgreens.

Attend a virtual information session Monday, July 20 to learn more!

Financial Services

Interested in a career in the finance industry? Train for positions with Ameriprise Financial, TCF, US Bank, Wells Fargo, or many other banks and credit unions in the Twin Cities!

Running from August 24 through October 2, 2020, this free 6-week, online training helps you gain the skills necessary to set yourself apart from other job applicants and successfully career ladder in the financial sector. Soft skills training, NRF Certification, networking opportunities, and first round interviews with local recruiters are included. Class runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m, but is also fairly flexible to your schedule.

Upon graduating, you will be prepared for position such as Bank Teller, Phone Banker, Customer Service and Sales Representative, or a Financial Adviser in Training! Must have prior customer service experience to apply.

Attend a virtual information session to learn more!

Community Health Worker *New*

The PPL Career Center is proud to be partnering with Normandale Community College to bring you free training for this in-demand position, as well as the opportunity to earn college credits!

For those who enjoy customer service and working with diverse populations, and who may be looking to start a career in social work or healthcare, this position is the perfect intersection of all four. You would take on an important role helping people navigate healthcare resources and complex systems, so they can lead healthy lives.

Beginning August 24, 2020, and running for approximately 8 months, you would take classes online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with PPL and Normandale. Topics of these classes include care coordination, basic first aid, and much more. There would also likely be an internship opportunity for you to put these skills into practice – more details to come.

View Normandale’s flyer to learn more!

Attend a virtual information session to apply!

Lutheran Social Services Employment Services

Virtual Job Club Connection – Thursdays at 11 am

Join our Virtual Job Club! This is a free, weekly drop-in time to connect with others looking for jobs. We will be offering this 1-hour weekly, drop-in group via Zoom with the option to join over phone or video. All are welcome!

Register Here

1-1 Career Support

Looking for help in preparing for a phone or virtual interview? Nervous about using Zoom or Microsoft Teams and not sure where to start?We got you!

We offer free, individualized career support over phone or video call (Zoom or Microsoft Teams) and can help you practice, prepare and feel comfortable using online platforms in an interview!

Set yourself up for success with 1-1 career support from LSS!

If you would like to set up a time to chat with LSS, click the register link below and put ‘1-1 career support’ in the comments section.

Register Here

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc

A Community Forum with Senator Jeff HaydenTuesday, July 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Join us for discussion on current topics
Send your questions ahead of time to

Topic: MPNAI Community Forum with Senator Hayden

Time: Jul 28, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Artspace Consulting

Stress Test Analysis

We have developed a new financial tool (Stress Test Analysis) to help organizations or groups of organizations approach scenario planning for the future that we’re offering to creative businesses and non-profit organizations. These best- and worst-case projections (Stress Test Analysis) will help organizations develop a sustainability plan during these uncertain economic times. We can see this being especially useful for individual organizations, as well as larger creative districts, and neighboring organizations.

Pro Bono Counseling

If you are interested in any sort of pro bono consulting please fill out a short questionnaire here:

In particular, Artspace Consulting can help with the following creative space-based needs:

· Reviewing existing capital and operating budgets, and outlining potential scenarios

· Evaluating space related project priorities and recalibrating timelines

· Creative thinking around space-based project resources

· Reviewing written fundraising materials and other communications

· Coaching organizations on how to access the new emergency resources

Space Available

We own and operate the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis and have a few vacancies there right now. If you are in need of immediate space please reach out to nkb and we would be happy to assist you further.

Please Let us know if you want more information or have questions or ideas on any sort of technical support you may need during this unprecedented time.

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