Superintendent Presents Recommended 2020 MPRB Budget

Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 6, 20 and Dec. 4, 11
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2020 Budget

Superintendent Presents Recommended 2020 MPRB Budget

Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 6, 20 and Dec. 4, 11

Superintendent Al Bangoura’s Recommended 2020 Budget for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) focuses on four priorities adopted by the Board of Commissioners last year and organizational performance goals adopted by the Board in April 2019 to support those priorities. The four priorities are: invest in youth; be financially sustainable; protect the environment; and engage communities’ power. The recommended budget maintains most current service levels, continues the use of racial equity tools throughout the budget process, and includes initiatives to address environmental concerns and critical funding gaps for youth programs and jobs.

“We have a responsibility to invest in, and serve, the youth of Minneapolis with quality, innovative programs, regardless of the youth’s ability to pay for services,” explained Superintendent Bangoura. “This budget begins to address the $2 million funding gap identified in the Closing the Gap: Youth Investment report shared earlier this fall with commissioners and city leaders. Because the Board of Estimate and Taxation did not approve additional funding for the Board’s youth and environmental priorities, this budget includes funding a portion of those priorities through service reductions within every division and careful, thoughtful increases to fees for a variety services.”

The Closing the Gap: Youth Investment report shows the MPRB’s investment in youth has increased slightly but not enough to address prior periods of decline in service levels. The MPRB has been held to current service level funding, without additional funding, to address youth programming and while general park service demands grew as the city’s population increased.

The report identifies several city and MPRB reports that outline the needs and desires for Minneapolis residents and leaders to support youth and youth programming: 2013 City of Minneapolis Blueprint for Violence; 2015 MPRB Closing the Gap; 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between MPRB and Minneapolis Public Schools; and 2018 MPRB RecQuest. In addition, the 2020 City Youth Coordinating Board Master Plan, which is working through approvals, echoes the call to better serve youth.

“We have ten years of community input and plans, but without additional funding these plans aren’t implemented and annually more than 80,000 Minneapolis youth go without the needed services that have been identified,” explained Bangoura. “We need to accept the good analysis that has already been done and get to work, or we will miss the current generation.”

Bangoura’s recommended budget includes almost $300,000 for additional youth employment opportunities within the park system, almost $200,000 for programming and $600,000 for capital to implement two ideation spaces converting outdated computer labs and providing staff and equipment to expand digital skills for youth, slightly more than $100,000 for free afterschool programming at four sites across the city, almost $25,000 for the formation of a new youth council, and almost $400,000 for environmental initiatives to reduce the MPRB’s carbon footprint, reduce energy and manage water resources.

The recommended budget includes a proposed 5.7 percent property tax levy increase that includes 5.8 percent increase for the General Fund annual operating increase, and 3.9 percent increase for the Tree Preservation and Reforestation Levy to address Emerald Ash Borer infestation and tree loss due to storms. The Superintendent’s 2020 Recommended Budget proposes utilizing the maximum 5.7 percent tax levies authorized by the Board and Estimate and Taxation. Of the total property tax paid by Minneapolis homeowners, approximately seven cents of every dollar will go to the MPRB. The proposed 5.7 percent property tax increase will result in an estimated annual increase of $17 for the owner of a median-value $266,000 house.

The Superintendent’s Recommended 2020 Budget totals $126.1 million, including $89.2 million for the general operating fund, $3.2 million for the special revenue fund, $13.2 million for the enterprise operating fund and $20.5 for capital project funding.

For details about Proposed 2020 Budget, public-comment opportunities and 2020 budget initiatives, read the full news release on the MPRB website.

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Job Development Career Fair – November 4

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Job Development Career Fair – November 4

All are welcome to attend the Job Development Career Fair. Over 40+ employers will be attending this event.

  • Monday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
  • 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 55401

This event is free and open to all job searchers. Over 40 employers attending this event! The employers attending have several job openings, so bring copies of your resume and be prepared for interviews! Please dress professionally. This event is sponsored by Hennepin County Workforce Development.

Employers attending:

  • ACR Homes
  • Award Staffing
  • AZZ
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of St. Paul
  • Costco
  • Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel
  • DGS
  • Doherty Staffing
  • Dominos
  • Dungarvin
  • Elior North America
  • Endeavor Air
  • FedEx Ground
  • Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hilton Minneapolis
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown Minneapolis
  • Independent Packaging Services, Inc.
  • Johnson Screens
  • Kelly Services
  • Magnum Companies
  • Metropolitan Council
  • MSS
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • New French Bakery
  • Nico Products
  • Nike
  • Osseo Area Schools
  • Personnel Plus
  • Phasenext Hospitality
  • Pridestaff
  • Protolabs
  • Resource MFG for Boston Scientific
  • Right at Home Care
  • SAS Retail
  • Sheraton Minneapolis West
  • Thomas Allen
  • TPI Hospitality
  • Triple Shift Entertainment
  • TSA
  • Two Betty’s Cleaning
  • UPS
  • US Aviation
  • Wells Fargo

Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employmentservices

Upcoming Events

Employer of the Day – MSS

Monday, October 21, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hennepin County Library – East Lake – 2727 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Employer of the Day – MN Department of Revenue

Monday, October 28, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Hennepin County Library – Pierre Bottineau – 55 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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MPD Warrant List, 10-11-19

Hello from John B at Midtown Safety Center. Here is the 10-11-19 warrant list for 3rd and 5th Precincts in Minneapolis, issued by Beth Clark, Paralegal with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office.

When this list was compiled, the people on it were wanted by police and could be arrested on sight. If you see one of them, please call 911 immediately. Tell the operator that you know the location of a person who is on this warrant list. Be as specific about their location and the time you saw them.

If you personally know someone on this list, please encourage them to turn themselves in at a police precinct or at Midtown Safety Center.

Previous warrant lists are inaccurate and should be discarded.

Since the last time a list was released these people wereadded:

Ahmed Areis

Jovauna Gill

Anthony Lussier

These people were removedfrom the list because they no longer had warrants:

Joe Belgarde

David Vincent Brenner

Ableza-Win Cavanaugh

Heriberto Najera-Gomez

Lydia Rose Sargent

Vincent Skinaway

This list is public information-please post it and/or share with others who are interested.

Thank you! Please let me know if you have any questions.

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407

612-825-6138

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MnDOT I-35W@94 project update

Greetings,

This is an update for the I-35W@94 project. I have included some other projects in Hennepin County for those interested.

This weekend, MnDOT will be closing ramps near downtown for resurfacing work. They are noted under the I-35W@94 project highlighted in yellow.

Also, Metro Transit is building the Orange line bus service. The work is currently near I-35W and I-494 at Knox Avenue in Richfield. The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed for three weeks starting Thursday. Please see details below under projects in other jurisdictions highlighted in light blue.

Please check www.511mn.org for real-time updates and the project web page. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Here is the list with highlighted updates:

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

· New Both directions of I-35W are closed between Highway 62 and I-94 from 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

· Weekend closure The ramp from I-35W south to I-94 west is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Detour: Highway 280 to I-94 west.

· Weekend closure The ramp from I-35W north to 3rd/4th/Washington is closed 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

· Weekend closure The ramp from Highway 55 west to Washington Avenue and 3rd Street is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

· UpdateThe 40th Street bridge will open Friday, Oct. 18.

Upcoming:

· New The ramp from I-35W north to 31st Street and Lake is closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; daily Oct. 21-23.

· Weekend closure Both directions of I-35W north between Highway 62 and between I-94 are closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4. This is to switch traffic to different lanes of I-35W to allow for construction.

Please visit the web page for local Minneapolis street closures.

Here are some updates on some other projects in Hennepin County:

MnDOT projects:

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

· Watch for overnight lane closures of I-94 in both directions starting at 7 p.m. and ending at noon westbound between Maple Grove and Rogers. These are nightly except Saturday night.

· Watch for overnight lane closures on I-94 east between I-494 and Highway 241 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through November.

· I-94 east is reduced to one lane along the median between Wright County Road 19 and Highway 241 in St. Michael 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Nov. 1.

· I-94 west is reduced to one lane along the median or shoulder between Highway 241 in St. Michael and Wright County Road 19 in Albertville through Nov. 1, Monday through Fridays.

· I-94 east between Highway 25 and Wright County Road 8 will be reduced to one lane from 6 p.m. to noon nightly through November.

· I-94 west between Wright County Road 8 and Highway 25 will be reduced to one lane from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. through November.

· Central Avenue bridge over Highway 12 Wayzata http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy12andcountyroad101bridge/

· The Central Avenue/County Road 101 bridge is closed through mid-November. See web page for detours.

· The ramp from Highway 12 west to County Road 101 south is closed through mid-November

· The ramp from Highway 12 east to County Road 101 south is closed through mid-November

I-35W Fifth Street Bridge Minneapolis http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

· The 5th Street pedestrian bridge over I-35W is open. However, the project is not complete.

I-94 Minneapolis 22nd and 25th Avenue bridges http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94and25thavebridge

Upcoming

· Work will start in late-October.

I-94 Maple Grove (Drainage repair on ramp from Hemlock Lane to I-94 west)

· Watch for shoulder closures on the ramp from Hemlock Lane to I-94 west

· New The ramp from Hemlock Lane to I-94 west is closed from 10 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Highway 55 Plymouth

· The ramp from Highway 169 south to Highway 55 east is closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

· The ramp from Highway 55 east to Highway 169 north is closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

MnDOT maintenance:

Upcoming

Lowry Tunnel washing

I-94 Minneapolis

· I-94 in both directions will be closed at the Hennepin/Lyndale ramps from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Vehicles may exit at Hennepin/Lyndale to return to I-94.

· I-94 in both directions will be closed at the Hennepin Lyndale ramps from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Vehicles may exit at Hennepin/Lyndale to return to I-94.

· The ramp from Highway 55 east to I-94 east is closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct 23.

· The ramp from I-394 east to I-94 east is closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct 23.

Tunnel washing in other areas:

· The ramp from Highway 55 west to I-94 west is closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. This is to wash the ramp tunnel.

· Watch for rolling closures on Highway 55 east and west 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Oct. 22 and Oct 23. This is to wash the tunnel at Minnehaha Parkway.

· Watch for closures on Highway 5 at the Fort Snelling tunnel and I-35E at 5th Street in St. Paul. The closures will occur overnight between Oct. 22-24.

Highway 100 Brooklyn Center

· The ramp from Highway 100 north to Brooklyn Boulevard is closed from closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 for paving.

Projects by other jurisdictions affecting MnDOT highways and ramps:

I-494 and Rockford Road bridge (City of Plymouth project) https://www.plymouthmn.gov/departments/public-works/project-spotlight/street-projects/county-road-9-bridge-over-i-494

· The Rockford Road bridge over I-494 is open to one lane in each direction until late October.

· Watch for lane closures of I-494 overnight near the bridge.

I-494 / Highway 100 (Southwest Light rail) https://metrocouncil.org/transportation/projects/current-projects/southwest-lrt.aspx

· Highway 62 east is reduced to one lane from Shady Oak Road to Highway 212 until Oct. 22.

· New The left lane of Highway 62 west is closed from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

I-494 Bloomington/Richfield(Orange Line) https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-orange-line

· The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 through Nov. 7. Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south to I-494.

Event:

40th Street Pedestrian bridge opening

Tue, Oct. 22

5:30–7 p.m.

Stevens Ave and 40th Street (west side of the new bridge), Minneapolis

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at: 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota) or janet.rae.miller.

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

Reminder: Phillips Fall Clean Sweep tomorrow October 12th at 9 a.m.!

I’m ready for lunch

On Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 11:22 AM Phillips West Neighborhood Org <pwno2005> wrote:

Phillips West Residents & Community Stakeholders,

Please join us tomorrow for the Phillips Wide Fall Clean Sweep Event which includes all 4 Phillips Neighborhoods & Little Earth conducting a block by block litter pick-up! There will be 2 breakfast sites. 9 a.m. at Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives Building, 2400 Park Avenue South, enter from 24th Street between Park & Portland Avenues. Welna Hardware (outdoor parking lot) at 9 a.m. on Bloomington & 25th Street. Volunteers will get free t-shirt, bags, gloves, maps & breakfast

In addition to litter pick up residents may also leave a variety items curbside for free pick up. Items must be out before 8 a.m. Saturday. Please see attached flyers for more information!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217
PWNO2005

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Reminder: Phillips Fall Clean Sweep tomorrow October 12th at 9 a.m.!

Phillips West Residents & Community Stakeholders,

Please join us tomorrow for the Phillips Wide Fall Clean Sweep Event which includes all 4 Phillips Neighborhoods & Little Earth conducting a block by block litter pick-up! There will be 2 breakfast sites. 9 a.m. at Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives Building, 2400 Park Avenue South, enter from 24th Street between Park & Portland Avenues. Welna Hardware (outdoor parking lot) at 9 a.m. on Bloomington & 25th Street. Volunteers will get free t-shirt, bags, gloves, maps & breakfast

In addition to litter pick up residents may also leave a variety items curbside for free pick up. Items must be out before 8 a.m. Saturday. Please see attached flyers for more information!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217
PWNO2005

Check out our Website: www.phillipswest.info
Like our facebook page!

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Job Development Career Fair – November 4

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Job Development Career Fair – November 4

All are welcome to attend the Job Development Career Fair. Over 40+ employers will be attending this event.

  • Monday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
  • 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 55401

This event is free and open to all job searchers. Over 40 employers attending this event! The employers attending have several job openings, so bring copies of your resume and be prepared for interviews! Please dress professionally. This event is sponsored by Hennepin County Workforce Development.

Employers attending:

  • ACR Homes
  • Award Staffing
  • AZZ
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of St. Paul
  • Costco
  • Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel
  • DGS
  • Doherty Staffing
  • Dominos
  • Dungarvin
  • Elior North America
  • Endeavor Air
  • FedEx Ground
  • Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hilton Minneapolis
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown Minneapolis
  • Independent Packaging Services, Inc.
  • Johnson Screens
  • Kelly Services
  • Magnum Companies
  • Metropolitan Council
  • MSS
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • New French Bakery
  • Nico Products
  • Nike
  • Osseo Area Schools
  • Personnel Plus
  • Phasenext Hospitality
  • Pridestaff
  • Protolabs
  • Resource MFG for Boston Scientific
  • Right at Home Care
  • SAS Retail
  • Sheraton Minneapolis West
  • Thomas Allen
  • TPI Hospitality
  • Triple Shift Entertainment
  • TSA
  • Two Betty’s Cleaning
  • UPS
  • US Aviation
  • Wells Fargo

Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employmentservices

Upcoming Events

Job Development Career Fair

Monday, October 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central – 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Employer of the Day – MSS

Monday, October 21, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hennepin County Library – East Lake – 2727 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Employer of the Day – MN Department of Revenue

Monday, October 28, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Hennepin County Library – Pierre Bottineau – 55 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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MnDOT I-35W@94 project update (weekend ramp closures postponed)

Greetings,

This is an update for the I-35W@94 project. I have included some other projects in Hennepin County for those interested.

The recent and anticipated rain has changed some plans. The weekend ramp closures to and from I-35W near downtown are postponed until the weekend of Oct. 18-21. Anything with a new date is highlighted in yellow and marked updated.

lease check www.511mn.org for real-time updates and the project web page. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Here is the list with highlighted updates:

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

· The ramp from I-35W north to 3rd Street is closed until Oct. 11. See item below highlighted in light blue for more info about city of Minneapolis project.

· I-35W south is closed between I-94 and Highway 62 from 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 to 12:01 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4.

· I-94 east between I-394 and I-35W is closed from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

· Postponed The ramp from I-35W south to I-94 west is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

· Postponed The ramp from I-35W north to 3rd/4th/Washington is closed 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

· Postponed The ramp from Highway 55 west to Washington Avenue and 3rd Street is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

Upcoming:

· The 40th Street bridge will open in early October.

· Both directions of I-35W are closed from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

· Both directions of I-35W are closed from 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

· Updated The ramp from I-35W south to I-94 west is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Detour: Highway 280 to I-94 west.

· Updated The ramp from I-35W north to 3rd/4th/Washington is closed 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

· Updated The ramp from Highway 55 west to Washington Avenue and 3rd Street is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

·

Please visit the web page for local Minneapolis street closures.

Here are some updates on some other projects in Hennepin County:

MnDOT projects:

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

· Watch for overnight lane closures of I-94 in both directions starting at 7 p.m. and ending at noon westbound between Maple Grove and Rogers. These are nightly except Saturday night.

· NEW Watch for overnight lane closures on I-94 east between I-494 and Highway 241 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through November.

· I-94 east is reduced to one lane along the median between Wright County Road 19 and Highway 241 in St. Michael 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Nov. 1.

· I-94 west is reduced to one lane along the median or shoulder between Highway 241 in St. Michael and Wright County Road 19 in Albertville through Nov. 1, Monday through Fridays.

· Central Avenue bridge over Highway 12 Wayzata http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy12andcountyroad101bridge/

· The Central Avenue/County Road 101 bridge is closed until early November. See web page for detours.

· The ramp from Highway 12 west to County Road 101 south is closed through Oct. 25.

· The ramp from Highway 12 east to County Road 101 south is closed through Oct. 25.

I-35W Noise walls Bloomington http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/noisewallrepairs2018/

· Upcoming: Work will resume near 106th Street ramp in Bloomington in October. Work on all other noise walls on the project is complete.

I-35W Fifth Street Bridge Minneapolis http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

· The 5th Street pedestrian bridge over I-35W is open. However, the project is not complete.

I-94 Minneapolis 22nd and 25th Avenue bridges http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94and25thavebridge

Upcoming

· Update Work will start in late-October

MnDOT maintenance:

The next three closures are for ramp paving:

Highway 7 Minnetonka

· Update The ramp from Highway 7 west to Baker Road is closed from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

· Update The ramp from Highway 7 west to Baker Road will close at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

· Update The ramp from Lake Street extension to Highway 7 west is closed from 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Highway 212 Eden Prairie

· Update The ramp from Highway 212 east to I-494 east is closed from 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

I-494/I-35W Bloomington

· Update The ramp from I-494 east to I-35W north is closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

· Update The ramp from I-494 west to I-35W south is closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 to 5 a.m. Tuesday. Oct. 8.

· Update The right lane of I-494 in both directions is closed between Lyndale Avenue and Penn Avenue from 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

· Update The right lane is closed of I-35W in both directions between 82nd Street and 76th Street from 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

I-394 Minneapolis

· Watch for double lane closures in both directions at Penn Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 11.

Highway 12 Minnetonka

· Watch for lane closures in both directions at Carlson Parkway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 11.

I-35W Minneapolis

· I-35W in both directions the left lane is closed between University Avenue and Washington Avenue for bridge inspection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

· NEW The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 east is closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Projects by other jurisdictions affecting MnDOT highways and ramps:

I-35W Minneapolis (11th Avenue bridge repair) (Minneapolis project http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/currentprojects/major-bridge-repair

· The ramp from I-35W north to Third Street and Fourth Street is closed until Oct. 11.

· The ramp from Highway 55 west to Third Street is closed until Oct. 11.

I-494 and Rockford Road bridge (City of Plymouth project) https://www.plymouthmn.gov/departments/public-works/project-spotlight/street-projects/county-road-9-bridge-over-i-494

· The Rockford Road bridge over I-494 is closed until late October.

· Watch for single and double lane closures of I-494 overnight near the bridge.

· I-494 south is closed at the bridge from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

· I-494 north is closed at the bridge from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 to 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

I-494 / Highway 100 (Southwest Light rail) https://metrocouncil.org/transportation/projects/current-projects/southwest-lrt.aspx

· Highway 62 east is reduced to one lane from Shady Oak Road to Highway 212 until Oct. 22.

· The right lane of the ramp from Valley View Road in Eden Prairie to Highway 212 is closed until Friday, Oct. 4

I-494 Bloomington/Richfield(Orange Line) https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-orange-line

Upcoming:

· Updated The ramp from I-35W south to I-494 west is closed Oct. 21-Nov. 4. Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south to I-494.

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

NB I-35W traffic switch continues through the weekend

Nightly northbound and southbound I-35W lane closures will continue through Sat, Oct. 5
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Metro – I-35W Minnesota River Bridge: 2018-2021 construction

NB I-35W traffic switch continues through the weekend

Nightly northbound and southbound I-35W lane closures will continue through Sat, Oct. 5, so crews can relocate barrier, restripe the travel lanes and complete the traffic switch south of the river. After 10 p.m., I-35W in both directions may be reduced to a single lane. Once complete, all northbound I-35W travel lanes from Cliff Rd. to 106th St. will be on the new northbound bridge. Drive with care and watch for crews and trucks entering and exiting the work areas.

The ramps from Cliff Rd. to northbound I-35W are expected to reopen later in the day on Sat, Oct. 5, weather and schedule permitting. If delayed, the ramps would reopen on Mon, Oct. 7.

On the week of Oct. 7, the southbound I-35W travel lanes over the river will also be switched to the new northbound bridge. We will provide more information, including approximate dates and times, in our next email update.

Please note that time frames are all approximate, subject to change and weather and schedule permitting.

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An exciting line-up of artists this fall!

October 2019
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An exciting line-up of artists in October and beyond!
Our Mainstage Season just launched with an explosion of color and creativity from Liz Howls’ hugely popular FULL MOON PUPPET SHOW, and continues with a highly anticipated (and already sold out!) new work by Artist-In-Residence Michael Sommers. Meanwhile, our dynamic Guest Artist Series showcases a wide array of original work by music-makers, theater artists, storytellers, poets, and dancers. This autumn we’re thrilled to partner with so many emerging and established artists and ensembles to share their unique work on our stage!
We howled at the Full Moon!
FULL MOON PUPPET SHOW drew crowds this last weekend with standing-room-only, all-ages audiences both nights! Thanks to all who join us for this raucous evening of original puppetry curated and hosted by visionary puppeteer Liz Howls, with performances by Alex Young, Shelby Richardson, Denise Hanh Huynh, Adriana Foreman, Steve Ackerman, Izzy Welsh, and Oanh Vu. If you missed this one, don’t worry, FULL MOON will be back again in April with a new line up! Artists interested in performing this spring can email Liz for more info.
Two fall concerts with extraordinary musicians!
Open Eye is becoming well known as an intimate venue for a wide range of unique concerts, and this fall we’re excited to have some of the Twin Cities’ most notable performers appearing on our stage!
In what is sure to be a wonderful evening of music, singer/composer/lyricist Eric Peltoniemi makes a rare Twin Cities appearance performing highlights from his 35-years of work on regional and national stages, including classics from his hit shows “Plain Hearts” and “Ten November,” songs from the Spanish Civil War musical, “Heart of Spain,” and gems from lesser-known shows and a new work-in-progress.
A stirring singer and guitarist in his own right, Eric is joined by acclaimed vocalist and theater artist Prudence Johnson (one of the original cast stars of “Ten November”) and violinist/mandolinist/pianist Randy Sabien (founder and former chair of the string department at the famed Berkeley College of Music in Boston.)
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This mysterious celestial rock has inspired countless musical outpourings, ancient to modern, in a host of languages and styles. SONGS TO THE MOON is a musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing, and performances coincide with the full moon on November 12. Join pianist Sonja Thompson, baritone Bradley Greenwald, and sopranos Maria Jette and Janet Gottschall Fried as we turn our thoughts toward the divine orb that has inspired countless poems and reflections, songs and arias, beloved piano pieces, and more.
8eb53e39-7ed3-4bfb-a79a-f874a9004f01.jpeg“I’m so jazzed about this program! Every piece features, or is about, the MOON, and illustrates how fascinated humanity has always been by the silvery orb. Expect to hear “Moonlight Sonata”, “Clair de Lune”, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” “Moon River”, Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon”, and more, and learn some surprising facts about where some of our Moon songs come from.”
— Sonja Thompson
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THE EDGE BETWEEN is an evening of stories and reflections exploring Matt Guidry’s paradoxical journey, simultaneously normal and unique, of raising a child with significant disabilities. Through lyrical storytelling, movement, and projected imagery Matt takes us along to that place in life where we have a foot in two worlds. It’s a story that lives at the intersection of perception and perspective, where it’s always a matter of finding balance. ASL and audio description are offered for select performances.
fdab8e5b-1896-4d45-bdfb-20de75855b36.jpeg“THE EDGE BETWEEN is a first step in what I hope to be a long life for these stories. Never have I told such personal ones on stage. Open Eye, and the artistic community which it fosters, along with a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, have allowed me the time, the space, to take risks, to search for new ways, and to truly hone my personal writing and storytelling practice. I’ve learned more as an artist this year about myself and my craft than I have in many years. Simply because I have been allowed the time to work at it. From the beginning I knew that Open Eye was the place and space where I wanted to nurture this work, so that it could grow.” — Matt Guidry
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SOLD OUT! For one night only,Artist-in-Residence Michael Sommers creates Hexentanz (Witch Dance)—part lecture, puppet theatre, dance, spectacle and fellowship in a collage of image, song, dance and fire.
Eerie puppets, paintings, and ritual objects are continuing to materialize in the Open Eye workshop!
5a5b48d1-a084-451b-bd04-13f99c877278.png“Hexentanz is the night when our world and the underworld cross—the night between The Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. It is the time when the herds are driven from the pasture and the ones are chosen for the slaughter to sustain us through the dark Winter.”
— Michael Sommers
CALL FOR SINGERS! Audition to be part of the volunteer community choir that performs with THE HOLIDAY PAGEANT this winter! This is a great community holiday experience with a short rehearsal schedule and flexible performance dates! Email us at info if you’re interested in learning more.
A tin soldier built not quite like the others, a ballerina that dances but cannot travel, and the carelessly cruel circumstances that pushes them apart. Take a journey through movement, shadow play and sound as two outsiders strive against their limitations and seemingly impossible challenges to find acceptance and connection.

A non-verbal retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, STEADFAST is a bittersweet tale of loneliness and belonging, love and loss, and keeping the light of hope alive in the face of darkness.

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Learn more about our 2019 – 2020 season at openeyetheatre.org.
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