Upcoming daytime closures on Lake Street for 35W@94 project

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Lake Street (County Road 3) in Minneapolis

Upcoming daytime closures for 35W@94 project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning two daytime closures of Lake Street (County Road 3) between Stevens and 2nd avenues.

Lake Street to close between Stevens and 2nd avenues

MnDOT currently plans the closures to occur tomorrow, April 9, and Monday, April 13. Both are expected to occur between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The closures are needed for MnDOT crews to work on the northbound I-35W bridge over Lake Street as part of the 35W@94 reconstruction.

Getting around the closure

During the daytime closures, people driving should use the posted detour:

  • Nicollet Avenue
  • 31st Street
  • 3rd Avenue

For more information

For more information, including how to contact the project with questions or concerns and how to sign up for regular updates on Lake Street reconstruction, visit the project website at mndot.gov/35w94.

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Heart of Beast Virtual May Day!

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Save the Date: Sunday, May 3rd

Save the date for a virtual, safe, and deeply celebratory Chrysalis MayDay experience on Sunday, May 3rd!

HOBT and the MayDay Council have been in a chrysalis year working to design a more equitable and accessible MayDay Celebration. Now, collectively, we find ourselves in a moment of Chrysalis in Quarantine.

In this time of physical distancing, we know now more than ever that MayDay lives IN the community. We, all of us, ARE MayDay! And we will continue to create together in this time of quarantine.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon about online art-making workshops with Graci Horne, Ifrah Mansour, and Mike Hoyt, and community activities on May 3rd including a morning grief and healing meditation led by Serita Collette, and a community sing (from the safety of your home, yard, or porch) in the afternoon.

In the meantime, stay safe and take care of each other, beloved community!

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ASI’s April e-newsletter



Staying Connected to the American Swedish Institute

Dear ASI Friends and Supporters,

In normal times, this issue of Klipp, the American Swedish Institute’s long-running, online newsletter, would be packed with information about April’s exhibitions, events, classes and programs. All that has quickly changed and we find ourselves temporarily closed while facing an unnerving global pandemic. This is such a difficult, challenging time for us all! My heart goes out to all our friends throughout this country and other parts of the world whose lives have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in almost every aspect of our daily lives. I trust you are taking good care to remain safe and healthy, and to draw upon the strength of friends, family and loved ones as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

During these challenging times, ASI’s lights may be off, but the ideas are still shining. We’re resilient and trying new things online and otherwise, including virtual language classes and makers sessions, sharing recipes and stories and launching new videos to stay connected to our patrons, members and supporters. Read below for some highlights and activities that you can read, see or do from the comfort of your own home while we look forward to the day when we can reopen. We also invite you to visit our website for additional information: American Swedish Institute

Although our doors are shut for the time being, our work and expenses continue, so I humbly ask that you consider making a special gift to ASI in any amount. Your support at this critical time helps us remain the welcoming gathering place we’ve been for nine decades and to prepare for our reopening. Thank you for patronage, and we look forward to the day when we can sit again in FIKA Café over coffee and a cardamom roll.

Tack för allt,

Bruce Karstadt

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A Drop of Midnight – Virtual Book Talk with Jason Diakité
Join us online April 15 at 5 p.m.

Please join us virtually for a conversation with author Jason Diakité and translator Rachel Willson-Broyles.

$5. Register for the Virtual Book Talk.

A Drop of Midnight is the new biography by world-renowned hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité, who was born to interracial American parents in Sweden. In the book, Jason draws on personal experiences and conversations with relatives to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family and ambition – as well as chronicle how his world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.

The book was translated into English by ASI language instructor Rachel Willson-Broyles.

A Drop of Midnight is available for purchase here.

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Online Language Classes
Spring Term 2020 is going virtual beginning this week!

ASI is creating a virtual classroom through the Zoom program and offering online Swedish and Finnish classes beginning the week of April 6. These supplemental classes are exciting ways to dive deeper into material you’ve covered in class and explore new topics – all while improving language skills. Classes are 90 minutes long, once a week for a seven-week term.

$95 ASI members / $105 non-members. Find your course by level, day and time.

“Come Together” with shirts from the ASI Museum Store

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Inspired by our mission to be a gathering place for all people, these exclusive new t-shirts are the perfect way to show your support for ASI and the spirit of our community, especially at this difficult time.

While the Museum Store may be temporarily closed, these shirts will be available for special order drop-shipping!

Available in black, white or heather indigo and in sizes S – XXL. All shirt styles are $22 each (+ shipping). For more information or to place an order, please contact Claire at clairel.

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Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories
Explore our exhibition online

One of the key messages of ASI’s exhibition extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play is discovering how a seemingly ordinary object becomes extraordinary through the story attached to it. Examples of this are found throughout the objects in ASI’s permanent collection, as well as the objects of some of ASI’s friends that are detailed along the Turnblad Mansion’s second-floor balcony. Since the museum is temporarily closed, we want to make sure that these heartwarming stories are still shared!

Read more about these objects and explore aspects of the exhibition online.

Share your own extraordinary stories and objects with us on social media by tagging #ExtraInTheOrdinary or email them to info@asimn.org.

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A to Zåäö – A Romp Through 29 Letters of the Swedish Alphabet
ASI and the University of Minnesota Press developed a pronunciation video guide to accompany the book

“A” is for “Akta dig! Look out!” Take a video romp through the 29 letters of the Swedish alphabet, which brings to life the picture book A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute. Created by mother-son artists Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson and published by the University of Minnesota Press, the book inspired ASI’s newest exhibition, extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play. This fun pronunciation video guide features a bunch of ASI friends (including some surprise guests from the Minnesota Wild) who will teach you how to say the words from the book!

Watch the video on ASI’s YouTube Channel

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Virtual Makers Mornings
Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

New in April, join our regular Makers Mornings each week via Zoom! Makers Mornings have always been a moment to gather at ASI and to work, share and learn communally. Since we can no longer meet in person, we invite you to join us over video and share your works in progress! This is a great way to take a quick break, practice some self-care and work with your hands every Tuesday morning.
Register online here.

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Stina Wirsén
Swedish author & illustrator

Family Gallery: Water, sky and me
When ASI reopens, one of the first stops for families should be the the new installation in the ASI Family Gallery. This hands-on, imaginative play-based exhibition was developed and designed with Swedish illustrator and children’s book author Stina Wirsén, whose work has been highlighted on video and TV throughout the world.

Check out this YouTube sample based on one of her creations.

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Virtual Våffeldagen (Waffle Day)

Wednesday, March 25, was Swedish Waffle Day, and ASI and FIKA hosted a Virtual Våffeldagen to celebrate. We invited everyone via social media and our website to join us at home in making waffles (or eating the toaster variety!). It was a big success, reaching over 41,000 followers on Facebook, and our ASI volunteers even orchestrated a Waffle Day fika over Zoom!

Even though the “official” Waffle Day has passed, there’s no wrong time to eat waffles! Click here for two traditional recipes and celebrate Våffeldagen every day.

Voices from the Community
“Looks like we will have waffles today. Thank you for sending us a little sunshine!”
“Thanks for the excuse to make a yummy lunch treat!”
“Celebrating Våffeldagen! Thanks for the reminder, American Swedish Institute.”
Nice to share & honor tradition! Miss my Wednesday ASI volunteering!!” from volunteer Linda Dahlquist, who prepared waffles at home using a recipe from her favorite Beatrice Ojakangas cookbook

Connect to ASI through Social Media:

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We miss seeing you at the museum, but hope that you interact with the American Swedish Institute digitally through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
extra/ordinary is produced by the American Swedish Institute. Lead support provided by IKEA. Major support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Leslie Nelson, Lisa Paulson, Mike and Barb Nelson, Joanne Reisberg, Chris and Chick Lane, Laurie Jacobi and Cotty Lowry, Willow Hagens, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’shotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune.

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MnDOT I-35W@94 and other Hennepin County projects update


I have an update for the I-35W@94 project email list. I have included some other projects, including Around the Airport on Highway 5 and I-494. I have attached a fact sheet and detour map for Around The Airport.

Please visit the project web pages and www.511mn.org for real-time traffic updates.

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Here is the update:

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

· Please visit the web page for local closures on Lake Street.


· The right lane of I-35W north is closed between 35st and 28th Streets Monday, April 13 to Sunday, April 19.

· I-35W south will be closed between I-94 and Highway 62 from 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 16.

· I-35W will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. Thursday, April 16 to 5 a.m. Friday, April 17 between Highway 62 and I-94. (This is to pour the deck on the bridge over Lake Street)

· The ramp from I-35W north to Fifth Avenue is closed Monday, April 20 to fall. Ramp to 11th and East Grant Street remain open.

· The ramp from Fourth Avenue to I-35W south is closed Monday, April 20 to fall. Detour is Fourth Street to I-35W south.

Other MnDOT projects in Hennepin County:

Around The Airport www.aroundtheairport.com

9 a.m. April 8 through mid-July

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

o See web pages and attached map for detours.

· The ramp from Highway 55/62 west to Highway 5 east is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 55/62 east to Highway 5 east is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 5 east to Edgcumbe Road is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 5 east to Norfolk Avenue is closed.

· The ramp from Edgcumbe Road to Highway 5 west is closed.

I-494 South St. Paul to Mendota Heights http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494invergroveheights/

7 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 13

· Watch for single- and double-lane closures on I-494 in both directions between Highway 55 and Dodd Road.

5 a.m. Monday, April 13 through June 1

· NEW I-494 west is reduced to two lanes between Highway 55 and Dodd Road.

5 a.m. Monday, April 13 to June 1

· UPDATE The ramp from I-35E north to I-494 west is closed.

· NEW The ramp from I-494 west to I-35E south is closed.

I-494 Edina median cable installation

· I-494 east is reduced to two lanes between East Bush Lake Road and West Bush Lake Road from 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 8.

Highway 12 Carlson Parkway Minnetonka

· Watch for single-lane closures on Highway 12 west near Carlson Parkway intermittently from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; Tuesday, April 7, through Friday, April 10.

· Watch for closure of the ramp from Highway 12 west to Carlson Parkway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10.

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

· I-94 east is reduced to two lanes between the I-94/I-494/I-694 and Highway 101 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; Tuesday, April 7 through Saturday, April 11.

· I-94 west is reduced to two lanes between Highway 101 and the I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange between 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily; Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11.

· Check out the web page for local road closures and I-94 closures between Rogers and Clearwater.

Metro noise wall project http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/noisewallrepairs2018/

· The ramp from I-35W south to 106th Street in Bloomington is closed Sunday, April 12 through Sunday, April 19.

MnDOT Maintenance

· I-94 east will have double lane closures between I-394 and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul from 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 8.

Other projects on MnDOT Highways:

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

· I-494 east is reduced to three lanes between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily; Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10.

· The ramp from I-494 east to Penn Avenue is closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10.


· Update The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed April 27 through September

Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Governor Walz’s Stay at Home executive order and will continue. We are working to be as flexible as possible with scheduling during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward in a timely manner. Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261



Health Insurance Options through MNsure during COVID-19

MNsure. Where you choose health coverage.
April 7, 2020


Health Insurance Options through MNsure during COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange, reminds Minnesotans who have recently lost a job, experienced a reduction in hours, or are otherwise uninsured to visit MNsure.org to get connected to health insurance. On MNsure.org, Minnesotans looking for health insurance coverage can compare plans and see if they qualify for financial help to cover the cost of insurance premiums or low-cost or no-cost health insurance either through Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.

Here’s what you need to know:

Uninsured? Sign up now.

See if you qualify for low- or no-cost coverage.

Recently lost your employer-sponsored insurance? You may qualify to enroll.

  • If you have recently lost or will lose insurance through your employer, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to enroll in a plan through MNsure. This special enrollment period is available year-round to qualifying individuals. To enroll, you must contact MNsure and pick a plan within 60 days of losing employer coverage. To avoid a gap in coverage, you can contact MNsure up to 60 days in advance of your employer’s plan ending to begin the enrollment process.

MNsure offers comprehensive coverage.

Currently enrolled and experience a decrease in income? Update your account.

  • Changes in household income can affect your eligibility for coverage or financial assistance. If you don’t report income changes, you could end up with the wrong amount of financial assistance. Report changes in your current income or changes to your projected annual income by calling the MNsure Contact Center.

Have additional questions or need more information?

  • MNsure has a statewide network of expert assisters who can help Minnesotans apply and enroll, free of charge.
  • The MNsure Contact Center is open between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873.
  • MNsure’s online help tools can be used to access frequently requested services.
  • Special note: if you have questions on what your plan covers, or how to use your benefits at this important time, contact your insurance company.

MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.


Aid for Undocumented Families

With your help, the City steps up to provide for those being left behind.
With your help, the City steps up to provide for those being left behind.



#StayHomeMN was introduced by Governor Walz to further encourage residents to stay home, stop the spread of the virus, and save lives. We can all play a role in protecting our public health.
Dear Vecinos,
Over the past week I’ve been working with Mayor Jacob Frey, Council President Lisa Bender, State Rep. Aisha Gomez, and community based groups to ensure that our undocumented immigrant families are not left behind during the COVID19 crisis. Thank you to the 100 and more people who wrote emails to us over the past 24 hours asking that the City be bold in ensuring direct aid to our undocumented neighbors.
As some of you already know, undocumented families contribute a wealth of public taxes to all of our government systems but Federal and State aid in response to the global pandemic has not included help for them.
I’m thankful the City and our Mayor have heard us on this request to fill this gap in service to ensure that all of our immigrant families can have a social safety net to lean on.
You can read some of the details of the funding package, which also helps small businesses and expands the Stable Homes Stable Schools program, in the Minnesota Reformer Article titled “Minneapolis creates $5M fund available to undocumented families.”
You can also read more about the Mayor’s report on his and our City’s response to COVID19 on the City’s website.

I will continue to stand up for the communities who are being left behind by this pandemic. Working with you, we’re going to continue to protect and uplift all of our neighbors.
En la lucha,

Undocumented residents who live, work, and contribute to our economy are unable to seek support for lost wages due to COVID19. People like you can help, can you contribute to this grassroots fund?
Mutual and community aid funding efforts help fill in the gaps where government does not provide resources. The Immigrant Family Fund is accepting donations at their Go Fund Me account. Please consider donating if you have the financial stability and ability to do so! Click here to donate.


The City of Minneapolis is working with Springboard for the Arts to provide more assistance to artists who have lost gigs due to the pandemic.
Learn how to apply for relief with Springboard for the Arts.

Check out an article from MinnPost about Springboard for the Art’s important work to provide resources to artists impacted by COVID-19.
Sign up for email updates from the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy to access more resources and supports for artists.
To support the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, click here.



There are many opportunities for small business to access low interest loans right now to cover operating costs. These come from a variety of sources including the city, the State of Minnesota and also the federal government.
SmallBusiness with questions.
The City of Minneapolis B-TAP Program connects local service providers that are available to provide technical assistance to business owners. Feel free to contact these entities directly, or reach out to the Small Business Team for info.
The asharkey or (612) 822-0232.

State and Federal Resources
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Emergency Loan Program is now available. DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08, details below:

  • $2,500- $35,000 give based on economic injury and financial need.
  • Interest free
  • Must be back monthly over five (5) years and the first payment will be deferred six (6) months with potentially partial forgiveness
  • Provided to only Minnesota-based businesses.

Please visit the DEED website for detailed eligibility requirements.

The disaster loan program from the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private nonprofits. These loans can be spent on payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments that you’re unable to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.You have the option set up a long-term repayment period of up to 30 years. Gain more information and apply here.

Utilize this handy tool to help support local businesses by seeing what local restaurants offer curb-side pick-up. Thank you, WCCO 4 News! Click here.
If you are a local restauranteur or retailer and are interested in getting a free permit to set up a food or goods pick-up zone at no charge, click here.
Free food for those facing insecurity:
MPS will be providing meals to students at 20 locations around the city while schools are closed. Visit the MPS COVID-19 webpage for meal meal pick-up info. Food Distribution Sites in and near the Ninth Ward:

  • Andersen, 1098 Andersen Lane
  • Folwell, 3611 20th Ave. S.
  • Green Central, 3416 Fourth Ave. S
  • South High, 3131 19th Ave. S.

Please visit the City’s food shelves webpage.

Despite #StayHomeMN, the Governor and the City of Minneapolis are encouraging residents to get outside and enjoy the Spring weather. Exercise will be key to our mental health as we all deal with the impacts of COVID-19. To accommodate pedestrians and bikers and promote six foot social distancing measures, Minneapolis is addressing these roadways:

  • Plymouth Ave. North – Enhancements to the protected bikeway
  • West 36th St., from Dupont Ave. to Bde Maka Ska – Enhancing protected spaces for walking and biking.
  • 26th Avenue South between 9th St. to Franklin Ave. – Enhancements along the curve of the street to better support walking and biking.
  • Main St. from the Third Ave. to Stone Arch Bridge

Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 3-30-20

Midtown Community Safety Center is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. I am working from home. You can reach me at john.baumann

Hello from John B of Midtown Safety Center in the 3rd Police Precinct of South Minneapolis. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending March 30, 2020.

The text of the report is reprinted below the Safety Center logo. 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.

Reported Part 1 crime, including violent crime, increased in Midtown last week. Here are the details:

  • There were 15 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported, up from 13 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 5 robberies, 2 aggravated assaults, 2 burglaries, 3 auto thefts and 3 larcenies.
  • 7 violent crimes were reported—5 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. There were 4 violent crimes last week.
  • Police took 9 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 2 of these arrests were for felonies.
  • There was an arrest in 1 aggravated assault.

The City is now offering a COVID-19 newsletter. I’ve included brief information and a link for signing up.

Community events throughout Midtown (and all of Minnesota) have been cancelled or rescheduled due to Gov Walz’s stay at home order.We do have announcements from 7 organizations:

  • CLUES: COVID-19 Update: CLUES Services Remain Offered Virtually and Over the Phone.
  • Waite House: Food Distribution.
  • Lake Street Council: Stay Safe and Shop Local on Lake St.
  • Midtown Global Market: Meals for Medics, Cultural Wellness Center’s Virtual Options, Friends of Global Market.
  • Ingebretsen’s Nordic Market: COVID-19 Update.
  • Lutheran Social Service: Virtual Job Club Connection,1-1 Services Offered in a New Format,Job Search Resources to Share During COVID-19,Resources During COVID-19.
  • Division of Indian Work: DIW is Hiring!

I always appreciate your announcements and comments!

Also, 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

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 3-24 to 3-30-20

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

Midtown Community Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-6138

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


Summary of Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

Total Part 1 crime, including violent crime, increased this week. Here are the details:

  • 15 Part 1 crimes reported. There were 13 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Robbery-5, Aggravated Assault-2, Burglary-2, Auto Theft-3, Larceny (including Theft)-3.
  • 7 violent crimes reported. There were 4 violent crimes last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Robbery-5, Aggravated Assault-2.
  • In 2 of the robberies, the victim reported being maced.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown: Domestic-0, Non-domestic-2.
  • 0 business robberies; 2 business burglaries.
  • 9 offenders total arrested and taken into custody by the MPD.
  • 2 of these arrests were for felonies, marked in yellow.
  • There was an arrest in 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 (5)

3-25, 8:50 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was walking on Lake St when 2 unknown suspects approached him. One pointed a knife at the victim and demanded he empty his pockets. The victim said he had only a wallet and gave it to the suspects, who then fled.

3-24, Between 8:30 and 9:00 pm Lake St E & 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was propositioned by an unknown female suspect. He ignored her and a short time later he was punched in the head and maced in the face from behind. His shoulder was injured during the assault. The suspect took the victim’s wallet.

3-27, 4:37 pm 29xx Chicago Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim said she was sitting in her vehicle when an unknown suspect entered, maced her and took her phone. A second suspect stood by the driver’s window.

3-28, 10:23 pm 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)The victim said he was walking toward the bus stop when an unknown suspect put an object to his right side and said, “Don’t move.” The suspect then put his hand in the victim’s pocket and removed his wallet, loose cash and passport.

3-29, 5:35 pm 6xx Lake St E (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said he told 2 unknown suspects that he had $250 and wanted to buy crack cocaine. The victim changed his mind and walked away. The 2 suspects followed the victim, assaulted him and took his cash.

Aggravated Assault (2)

3-27, 10:09 pm Lake St E & Hiawatha Ave (East Phillips, Corcoran or Longfellow neighborhood) Officers observed a disturbance and responded. One of the parties involved, Jaylin Andre Bynum indicated he had the coronavirus and breathed heavily on officers. He was arrested and booked for Terroristic Threats and 4th Degree Assault.

3-29, 1:20 pm 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood) Officers responded to a call about a shooting. The victim had a gunshot wound to his right leg but didn’t give officers details. It’s not clear where the shooting occurred.

Property Crimes

Burglary (2)

3-27, 12:27 am 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) Business Entry: Smashed window in door. Loss: Safe containing $1200 cash and checks. There is security footage but the owner was not able to access it at the time of the report.

3-27, 5:03 am 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) Business Entry: Smashed window in door. Loss: Safe containing about $100 cash plus checks. Security footage shows 2 suspects.

Auto Theft (3)

3-26, 6:00 am 22xx Lake St E (Corcoran neighborhood) The victim left said he forgot to turn off the push button ignition when he left the vehicle to use an ATM. An unknown suspect entered drove away. Officers recovered the vehicle on 3-29-20.

3-29, 1:00 am 29xx 14th Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle running and when he returned it was gone. There is no suspect information. The vehicle was involved in an accident on 3-31-20 and officers recovered it.

3-30, 11:06 am 29xx Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood) The victim left 2 vehicles parked near his residence. One was unlocked with the keys to the second vehicle inside. When he returned, both vehicles were missing. The victim located one of the vehicles a few blocks away later the same day.

Larceny (Including Theft) (3)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

3-26 28xx 16th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

3-26 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)

Other Theft

3-30 15xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (2 Felony, 9 Total)

3-24, 12:15 am Lake St E & 2nd Ave S (Phillips West or Central neighborhood) Richard Rodriguez: 1 Warrant.

3-24, 7:10 pm 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood) Sarah Gladys Barton: Trespassing.

3-25, 1:23 am 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Victoria Norma Blue Legs: 1 Misdemeanor Warrant (for Trespassing).

3-25, 7:40 am 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Wainell Ronald Hall: 1 Felony Warrant (for Aggravated Robbery), Additional Warrants.

3-27, 2:10 am 28th St E & Hiawatha Ave (East Phillips neighborhood)Santana Ismail Ruiz-Estrada: 1 Gross Misdemeanor Warrant, 1 Misdemeanor Warrant.

3-27, 7:37 pm 29xx Chicago Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)Thomas Joseph Hanson: Narcotics Violation (Felony), 5th Degree Assault.

3-27, 10:09 pm Lake St E & Hiawatha Ave (East Phillips, Corcoran or Longfellow neighborhood))Jaylin Andre Bynum: Terroristic Threats (Felony), 4th Degree Assault (Felony).

3-28, 6:23 pm 30xx Park Ave (Central neighborhood)Tyler Anthony Vaillancourt: Driving While Intoxicated.

3-29, 7:09 pm Lake St E & Cedar Ave (East Phillips, Powderhorn Park or Corcoran neighborhood)Darnell Lee Anderson: Cancelled (Driver’s License) Inimical to Public Safety.

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

Sign Up for the COVID-19 City Newsletter

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Community Events and Announcements

Note: Public events in the Midtown area have been cancelled or rescheduled due to Gov Walz’s stay at home order and ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio)

COVID-19 Update: CLUES Services Remain Offered Virtually and Over the Phone

March 27, 2020 – Governor Walz has issued an executive order that directs Minnesotans to Stay at Home and limit movements outside of the home beyond essential needs for two weeks and requires distance learning through May 4, 2020. Per the executive order, CLUES is considered essential to the service of our community. CLUES will continue to provide services virtually or over the phone, while offices will remain closed to the public for regular services through at least April 10. Group activities will be closed to participants/students through at least May 4. These include workforce training, ESL and citizenship classes, arts programming, youth activities and Elders Day Center programs.

During the Stay at Home period we continue to encourage our staff to work remotely, although essential services will continue to be carried out for limited access to food, mental health and chemical health support and emergency support services for families and individuals.

We want to provide the best options for our staff, participants/clients and community while we are leading efforts to proactively support the most vulnerable in our Latino community who have suffered the loss of income through layoffs and the closing of Latino-owned businesses.

Our team members are already providing rapid response via phone and virtual support to Latino families and individuals in the following ways:

· Economic security & emergency resources– Staff are providing information and support to fill out forms for unemployment, MNSure and public services where applicable. Other access supports include employment, rental assistance, mortgage assistance/banking support navigation, consumer protections and emergency housing interventions-prevention of lease terminations, evictions and foreclosures.

· Latino Families Emergency Relief Fund – We are actively raising funds to create a pool of funds to provide quick access to financial assistance for low-income individuals and families experiencing income loss due to the COVID-19 economic crisis. Funds will provide access to quick cash for essential household items, food and essential items (diapers, formula, medication), transportation, access to virtual technology, etc. Please consider making a donation.

· Emergency access to food and other essentials– Families need food, baby formula, diapers, toilet paper, etc. Under new practices to avoid physical contact, CLUES is distributing packaged food weekly via delivery to 200 families from the East Metro. We are ramping up efforts to provide access to food and other essential necessities in the West Metro.

· Bilingual COVID-19 Hotline and resource center-We are launching a bilingual Spanish/English hotline staffed by our professionals who can provide access to resources and personal support to fill out forms and navigate complex systems. We have also developed a web page with information about COVID-19, how CLUES programs and services are affected and what additional community resources are available that we will update periodically. View COVID-19 online Resource Center.

· Spanish language telemedicine services– While we are still facing funding challenges to access the right equipment and software to work virtually, our behavioral health therapists have been actively working to launch telehealth services and provide bilingual mental and chemical health therapy via Zoom, following HIPPAA compliance, to support individuals and families to build coping mechanisms and minimize trauma.

In addition, we are working tirelessly on protecting the health and wellbeing of CLUES staff and their families, staying productive to advance our mission and business operations and ensuring CLUES continues to be in strong financial condition to provide support and services to our low-income Latino families.

I am positive that we will get through this together. We look forward to return to normalcy soon, but in the meantime, please remain virtually connected with us. Please visit our website at www.clues.org for ongoing updates and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more information.

Abrazos virtuales a todos,

Ruby Lee, President and the entire CLUES Team

Waite House

Food Distribution

To safeguard our staff and neighbors, Pillsbury United Communities neighborhood centers (including Waite House) will be closed to all non-essential activities through Friday, May 1.

Food distribution will continue in modified form. Individuals and families needing assistance can pick up a pantry bag at Waite House (2323 11th Ave S)

Mondays: 1-5 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm

Thursdays: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm

Take-out meals can be picked up at Waite House, Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Check with Waite House, 612-721-1681, if you have any questions.

Lake Street Council

Stay Safe and Shop Local on Lake Street

Now’s the time to go grocery shopping on Lake Street!

Cedar Lake Market

Super Mercado Morelia

La Mexicana Supermercado

Dur Dur Bakery & Grocery

La Alborada Market

Mercado Central
Stop N Shop

Holy Land Grocery
Produce Exchange
Grassroots Gourmet

La Loteria Market

Minnesota Food Grocery
Carniceria La Huazteca
Bill’s Imported Foods

How to Support Local Business During Covid-19

Check out these pick-up and delivery options – try something new today!

Himalayan Restaurant


Taqueria La Hacienda


Longfellow Grill


Abi’s Cafe

CALL 612-721-0013

Midtown Global Market

Meals for Medics

The entrepreneurs at Midtown Global Market have launched a simple way for the public the show their appreciation for healthcare and medical workers at their neighboring health facilities called “Meals for Medics.”

Donations are being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/f/brv579-meals-for-medics. We encourage the public to donate what they can knowing that one meal costs an estimated $10. Each donation up to $10,000 will be matched by the Minneapolis Foundation.

Beginning on Thursday, April 2, meals and produce will be delivered to Allina doctors, nurses and support teams working tirelessly to help their patients. When we reach our goal, more than 1,000 meals will have been delivered to Allina staff.

Midtown Global Market businesses such as Jakeeno’s Trattoria, Manny’s Tortas, Pham’s Rice Bowl, Produce Exchange, Grass Roots Gourmet, Hot Indian, and Sabbai Cuisine have partnered to provide these meal packages.

Cultural Wellness Center’s Virtual Options

Please join The Cultural Wellness Center through virtual yoga, meditation and Sound Therapy, Zumba, Stepping into Wellness, and Craniosacral. You are able to register for their classes through their Facebook.

Friends of Global Market

Friends of Global Market is our non-profit leg whose mission is to ensure the stability of the Midtown Global Market. Friends of Global Market is establishing funds to immediately help our business owners and the Market. These gifts will provide immediate assistance to the Midtown Global Market.

Please support the Market during this challenging time.

Stay in touch. We’ll get through this together.

Ingebretsen’s Nordic Market

COVID-19 Update

In the spirit of collaboration and cooperation with Minnesota’s stay at home order we are taking these steps:

  • Our deli & butcher shop on East Lake will continue to provide curbside pickup. Please call them directly (612-729-9331) Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Our stores are temporarily closed to the public.
  • Currently we are unable to ship online orders.

You can still browse our website and visit us on Facebook, Instagram & YouTube. Please keep in touch! We’d love to hear from you.

Although it may be best and easiest to send us an email or leave us a voicemail, we’ll have one of our wonderful humans available by phone Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.

Butcher shop-612-729-9331


Gift shop & mail order-612-729-9333 (press 1 to leave a message)

Toll free-800-279-9333

We will do our part, in the spirit of all working together, to help speed the end of this difficult time. We thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for your understanding and caring.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Virtual Job Club Connection

Do you have clients, neighbors, friends or family that could use some extra support and encouragement in their job search during this challenging time? Are they looking for accountability and a small group to share resources, job leads and set-backs weekly?

Our Virtual Job Club will connect others looking for jobs. We will be offering this one-hour, weekly drop-in group over phone or video call. Click tec.

To Register: tec and include a first name, last name, phone number, and date/times that work best to connect.

1-1 Career Services Offered in New Format

We will continue to offer free, individualized career support; however, all appointments will be through phone or a video call (Microsoft Teams or Zoom). To make a 1-1 Career Service appointment or schedule a follow-upregistertec

Job Search Resources to Share During COVID-19

Resources During COVID-19

We recognize the impact of changes to schools, businesses and other important places families rely on for health and safety during this time. Click here for a list of resources related to food shelves, free and reduced meals for children and families, mental health and legal assistance (please note: this is not an exhaustive list).We are encouraging folks to Text ‘MNCOVID’ to 898211 to get connected to 211 United Way.

Division of Indian Work

DIW is Hiring!

Director of Programs: Works with the Executive Director to facilitate program effectiveness and provide supervisory support to the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) and the Strengthening Family Circles Program (SFC).

Be@School Attendance Liaison: The Attendance Liaison will assist school staff at the Anishinabe Academy campus in monitoring the attendance of American Indian students. The staff person will work at the school and will adhere to the guidelines set forth by Hennepin County’s Be@School program.

For more information about these jobs, please visit our website by clicking the button below:


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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board responds to questions about plans for summer closures and cancellations

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board responds to questions about plans for summer closures and cancellations

Following yesterday’s sharing of summer plans, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) hopes the information below addresses the three primary questions it received today, “Why did the MPRB announce these plans so early in the season?”, “Why are pools, water parks and beaches not opening?” and “Are we not offering any summer programs?”

Why did the MPRB announce these plans so early?

The MPRB will continue to monitor the data and public health impacts being shared by the Governor and Minnesota Department of Health and adjust plans as resources allow.

“If the forecast changes and we able to provide summer services beyond what is currently planned, we will do so as resources allow,” explained Al Bangoura, Superintendent. “Right now, our planning is based on the March 25 scenario shared by Governor Walz that predicts the epidemic peak at 14 weeks, or early July. We interpret this to mean people will continue to get sick beyond that peak projection date, and public health and safety measures will be needed well into July and August.”

Bangoura also explains, “We take public service delivery, transparency and managing expectations seriously, particularly during this pandemic. As information was being shared with media and commissioners at the April 1 Board meeting, we felt obligated to share it with staff and the public.”

Unfortunately, some media coverage didn’t accurately reflect information shared. Yesterday the MPRB didn’t say all summer programs are cancelled; it said programs would be cancelled if they could not be modified or done virtually, to ensure social distancing. Staff are working hard to plan for spring and summer (see details below, in program section).

Why aren’t beaches, pools, waterparks and the Webber natural swimming pool opening? The level of public congregation that takes place at our aquatic facilities and the level of staff required to operate these facilities will make it impossible to open and manage these facilities safely to accommodate social distancing. UPDATE: With almost 80 outdoor aquatic amenities (62 wading pools, 12 beaches, two waterparks, one natural swimming pool), we believe the MPRB has more aquatic amenities than any other city in Minnesota and possibly the country. Maintaining and operating these facilities takes significant lead time and requires significant staff resources. At this time, our workforce has already been impacted by COVID-19. Considering concerns about being able to provide these amenities in a way that would support social distancing, the timeframe and resources required to open them and demands on our workforce, we are not opening these facilities at this time.

Do event cancellations include only MPRB programed events or permitted events too? MPRB events held in neighborhood and regional parks that are produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be cancelled through August. Staff will work to determine if an event can be moved to later in the year, but we anticipate the majority of all MPRB spring and summer MPRB produced events will be cancelled, as they are being cancelled throughout the country. UPDATE: This is for MPRB produced events such as Red White & Boom and smaller neighborhood park events; it does not include permitted events to outside organizations, such as:

  • All permitted events and permitted programs as scheduled are still on, unless external organizers choose to postpone or cancel their events. For instance, the Red, White and Boom Half Marathon (which is a non-MPRB event) is still scheduled as planned.
  • All weddings and wedding receptions in Park facilities are still on as planned after facilities re-open

If summer programs and team sports that do not allow social distancing are being cancelled, what is being offered? Unless a program can be done virtually or adjusted for social distancing, spring and summer programs, athletics and leagues will be cancelled. UPDATE: The MPRB is following MDH guidelines and intends to allow as many spring and summer recreational opportunities as possible, including:

  • All restaurants/concessions still intend to open per usual, including takeout options as directed via the Governor’s orders.
  • Sailing School (both in-house and contracted) programming is currently under evaluation for the opportunity of safe summer operation.
  • All watercraft and other rentals are slated to open as normal, with social distancing and sanitization planning.
  • Sailboat buoy program is still scheduled to operate, with a delayed buoy draw process
  • Canoe rack storage are still scheduled to operate this season.
  • Boat launches are slated open May 1.
  • Fishing, sailing, canoe docks will be installed per usual.
  • Lakes are open for boating and fishing.
  • Summer recreation center programming is being evaluated for safe summer operation; however, registration is currently on hold. This includes Music and Movies daily summer programs.
  • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden intends to open for the season – with social distancing measures in place for safe enjoyment of the space.
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I-35W@94 project update


I have an update for the I-35W@94 project email list. I have include some other projects including the Around the Airport project on Highway 5 and I-494, which is going to start next week. I have attached a fact sheet and detour map.

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 right lane of I-35W north is closed between 42nd and 40th streets Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3, 8-10 p.m. daily

· The right two lanes of I-35W north are closed between 42nd and 40th streets Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

Please visit the web page for local closures on Lake Street.


· I-35W will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 between Highway 62 and I-94. (This is to pour the deck on the bridge over Lake Street)

Other MnDOT projects in Hennepin County:

Around The Airport www.aroundtheairport.com

9 a.m. April 8 through mid-July

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

Detour to the airport: Highway 77 north to Highway 62 east to Highway 5 west.

Detour to Highway 5 east: I-494 east to I-35E north to Highway 5.

· The ramp from Highway 55/62 west to Highway 5 east is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 55/62 east to Highway 5 east is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 5 east to Edgcumbe Road is closed.

· The ramp from Highway 5 east to Norfolk Avenue is closed.

· The ramp from Edgcumbe Road to Highway 5 west is closed.

I-494 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494invergroveheights/


7 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 12

· Watch for single- and double-lane closures in both directions between Highway 55 and Dodd Road.

9 p.m. Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 16

· The ramp from I-35E north to I-494 west is closed.

Other projects on MnDOT Highways:

Metro Transit Orange Line

· The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed April 20 through September

Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261