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

Good afternoon,

Here is an update for the I-35W@94 project email list. 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/

· New I-94 east is closed between I-394 and I-35W from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 27.

· Please visit the web page for local street closures.

Other MnDOT projects in Hennepin County:

Around The Airport www.aroundtheairport.com

· New The ramp from I-494 west to 34th Avenue is closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

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

Ramp closures through early August:

· Highway 62 west to/from Highway 5 west

· Highway 5 west to Highway 62 east

· Highway 5 west to Bloomington Road

· Highway 62 west to Bloomington Road

· Sheppard Road to Highway 5 west

Upcoming http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494invergroveheights/index.html

· New I-494 east is closed between I-35W east and the Minnesota River Friday, Aug. 7 to Mon, Aug. 10

· New I-494 east is closed between I-35W east and the Minnesota River Friday, Aug. 14 to Mon, Aug. 17

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

I-394 Dunwoody Bridge Minneapolis

· New I-394 west is closed from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 29 between I-94 and Highway 100.

· New I-394 east is closed from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 30 to 5 a.m. Friday, July 31 between I-94 and Highway 100.

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

· Highway 55 west is reduced to a single lane at the bridge over the Luce Line Trail through August. Watch for flaggers and delays.

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

· New I-94 east is reduced to two lanes between I-94/494/694 and Highway 101 from 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5 a.m. Saturday, July 25.

· New The ramp from I-94 east to Weaver Lake Road is closed 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 and 9 a.m. Saturday, July 25

· New The ramp from I-94 east to Highway 610 is closed 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 and 9 a.m. Saturday, July 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

· The Third Avenue Bridge is closed 8 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5 a.m. Monday Aug. 3

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

MnDOT Maintenance

Highway 100 St. Louis Park

· New The ramp from Highway 100 south to Excelsior Boulevard is closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 to 6 a.m. Thursday, July 23.

Highway 169 St. Louis Park

· New Highway 169 north is reduced to one lane between Cedar Lake Road and Medicine Lake Road from 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.

Highway 62 Edina

· New Highway 62 west is reduced to one lane between I-494 and Shady Oak Road from 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 to 4 a.m. Thursday, July 30.

Highway 7

· New The ramp from Highway 7 east to I-494 south is closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

· New The ramp from I-494 north to Highway 7 west is closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Highway 62

New The ramp from Highway 62 west to Highway 169 south is closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

I-35W Minneapolis

New The ramp from I-35W north to 3rd Street is closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

Other projects on MnDOT Highways:

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

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

Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south.

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

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

· New I-494 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Highway 169 and Valley View Road 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily July 22, 23, 24 and 25.

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

Please let me know if you have questions.

Thanks

Dave

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

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

john.baumann

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)

ACCELERATE *New*

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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Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 7-6-20

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 6, 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.

  • 17 Part 1 (most serious) crimes were reported, up from 15 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 1 rape, 5 robberies, 2 aggravated assaults, 1 burglary, 5 auto thefts and 3 larcenies.
  • 8 violent crimes were reported-1 rape, 5 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. Up substantially from 1 violent crime last week.
  • Police took 2 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • One arrest was for a felony offense.
  • An arrest was made in 1 of the aggravated assaults.

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

United States Attorney Erica H MacDonald has announced the formation of a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force. I have included a copy of the press release.

I have included information from 9 organizations this week:

  • Lake Street Council: We Love Lake Street.
  • Midtown Farmers Market: It’s a Heat Wave-Next Markets on Saturday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 14; What’s Available and In Season?
  • Project for Pride in Living: Virtual Information Sessions: Now Every Monday While We Are Working Remotely; Community Health Worker Program
  • Lutheran Social Services Employment Services: Virtual Career Fair on Monday, July 13;Virtual Job Club Connection-Thursdays at 11 am; Employer of the Day-AmeriCorps on Friday, July 17; 1-1 Career Support.
  • City of Minneapolis-Neighborhood & Community Relations Department:Neighborhood Network Meeting on Tuesday, July 14.
  • Hennepin County Employment Services: Virtual Hiring Event on Wednesday, July 15.
  • City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention: Upcoming Trainings.
  • Midtown Global Market: Food Available!
  • American Swedish Institute: New Community Fund Established.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments.

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

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

John R. Baumann

Crime Prevention Specialist

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

New Cell Phone: 612-286-7849

john.baumann

Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 6-30 to 7-6-20

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.

Summary of Reported Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

  • 17 Part 1 crimes. Up from15 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-5, Aggravated Assault-2, Burglary-1, Auto Theft-5, Larceny (including Theft)-3.
  • 8 violent crimes– 1 rape, 5 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. Up substantially from 1 violent crime last week.
  • 0 business robberies; 1 business burglary.
  • 2 offenders arrested and taken into custody.
  • 1 of these arrests was for a felony offense, marked in yellow.
  • An arrest was made in 1 of the aggravated assaults.

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

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Rape (1)

7-1, 4:10 am 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim, a hospital patient, said she was sexually assaulted by an unknown suspect while in her bed and under the influence of medications.

Robbery (5)

6-30, 10:21 am 14xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was getting into his vehicle when the suspect demanded the keys. The suspect hit the victim in the arm with a golf club and punched him in the face. The suspect grabbed the keys but couldn’t start the vehicle, so fled in a different vehicle.

7-3, 10:05 pm Powderhorn Terrace & 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victims said they were walking home and were jumped by 2 unknown suspects who demanded money and threatened to shoot them. The suspects struck the victims with handguns and kicked them. Both victims lost their wallets, cash and ID.

7-6, 6:36 pm 28th St E & Oakland Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said 2 unknown suspects took his vehicle at gunpoint. The victim later located the vehicle using his GPS.

7-6, 7:00 pm 29th St E & 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The 2 victims said that the suspect got out of a black SUV, pointed a pistol at them and demanded money. The victims gave the suspect their wallets and phones and the suspect fled in the SUV.

7-6, 11:00 pm 28xx Bloomington Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim said she was on the sidewalk when 2 unknown juvenile suspects ran up and pulled her purse off her shoulder with force.

Aggravated Assault (2)

7-4, 5:45 pm 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim, a nurse, removed a restraint to reposition the suspect’s arm. The suspect lashed out and scratched the victim and later spit in her face. MPD Sgt Dean Christiansen is the lead investigator.

7-6, 6:21 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)Domestic The victim and her partner got into an argument. Later, the partner slapped the victim several times and then strangled her. Officers arrested Byron Compos Ortiz. MPD Sgt Paul Albers is the lead investigator.

Property Crimes

Burglary (1)

7-1, 12:49 am 20xx 28th St E (Phillips West neighborhood) BusinessEntry: Broken glass door. Loss: Medicine.

Auto Theft (5)

7-1, 3:00 am 32nd St E & 23rd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) The victim said a vehicle containing 4 unknown suspects pulled up next to his vehicle. One suspect sprayed him with a likely chemical irritant and then the suspects began punching him. The suspects pulled the victim out of his vehicle and one or more of them drove away in it.

7-1, 8:50 pm 32nd St E &10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle running with keys inside while he made a delivery and then it was stolen by an unknown suspect.

7-5, 1:00 pm 30xx Oakland Ave (Central neighborhood) The victim said she left the vehicle parked with the doors unlocked and a key inside. There is Ring video that shows several suspects. The vehicle was involved in an accident on 7-6-20 and towed to the MPD impound lot.

7-3, 1:00 am Lake St E & Columbus Ave (Phillips West or Central neighborhood) The victim said she had been hanging out with the known suspect. He took her keys and later assaulted her. Eventually, he drove away in the vehicle.

7-4, Between 7:30 and 8:00 pm Lake St E & 17th Ave S (East Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle with doors unlocked and keys inside before it was stolen by an unknown suspect.

Larceny (Including Theft) (3)

Theft from Person

7-4 29xx Bloomington Ave (East Phillips neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7-4 29xx Chicago Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

7-5 29xx 11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (2 Total, 1 Felony)

7-4, 7:31 pm 28xx 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Trevon Pierre King: 5th Degree Domestic Assault.

7-6, 6:21 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Byron Compos Ortiz: Domestic Assault-By Strangulation (Felony).

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

National Night Out Date Change

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 8, 2020

United States Attorney Announces New Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the formation of a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force (Task Force) in response to the extraordinary spike in gun violence and violent crime across the Twin Cities. The Task Force brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in our communities.

The Task Force will serve as a coordination hub for intelligence and law enforcement operations focused on violent crime in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement partners will utilize the Task Force to maximize intelligence gathering and information sharing capabilities to ensure swift and precise identification of those individuals who are perpetrating violence.

“This increase in violence, particularly the shootings, is unacceptable and it must end – that is why I am launching a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force to help turn the tide,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “The goal of this Task Force is not to flood our communities with law enforcement, but rather to leverage law enforcement’s collective resources to allow for focused and effective enforcement actions. Bringing safety and security back to our cities requires collaboration, and we need law enforcement, city leaders and community members all working together toward the common goal of bringing an end to this violence.”

The Task Force operates from a multi-agency command center and is comprised of federal agents and analysts from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police officers from the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments and deputies from the Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota counties Sheriff’s Offices, as well as federal and state prosecutors.

The public may report tips by calling 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit pictures and/or videos at www.fbi.gov/violence.

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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

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Community Events and Announcements

Lake Street Council

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 that has donated.
We are amazed by your generosity.

As of Wednesday, July 8th, at 12:00PM, we have raised:

$8,844,622

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.

Midtown Farmers Market

It’s a Heat Wave

Next Markets on Saturday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 14

Uff da, it’s a hot one out there. Many of us live in homes built before the days of air conditioning or choose not to use it for environmental reasons. On days like these, the idea of turning on your stove or oven to cook can feel daunting. Come to the Midtown Farmers Market instead and pick up supplies so you don’t have to.

On Saturday, you can get fresh meat for grilling outdoors, all the seasonal salad ingredients you could ask for, fermented pickles and relishes, fresh bread, and so much more. And as always, you can grab curries, samosas, burritos, pizza and other ready to eat foods.

At the Tuesday Market we’ll have all the ingredients for a delicious garden salad. Greens, radishes, garlic, snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, herbs and more. You can even top it with a little cheese! Caprese salad, here you come! Or pick up a fresh and ready to eat pizza and avoid cooking entirely for the evening. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh blueberries too! There is no better ice cream topping than market fresh fruit.

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, and other greens, tomatoes, herbs, peas, 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.

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

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

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

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

OR search for “Zoom” in the App Store

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

The schedule of the meeting is as follows:

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

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

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

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

Community Health Worker Program

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 legal and ethical responsibilities, communication skills, conflict management, 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. In addition to your coursework, you would receive PPL’s Employment Specialist and Financial Coaching services during, and after, the program. Upon graduating in Spring of 2021, you would be prepared to apply for positions such as Community Health Worker, Contact Tracer, Outreach Educator, among others.

Attend a virtual information session this month to learn how to take part in this exciting opportunity! See additional details below.

You may view Normandale’s flyer here!

Lutheran Social Services Employment Services

Virtual Career Fair Monday, July 13, 10:30 to 11:30 am

This online event is an opportunity to meet employers and learn more about their companies and job openings. Have your resume ready to email directly to participating employers. Registered participants will receive information on how to connect to the Virtual Career Fair prior to the beginning of the event. Registration will take place on MinnesotaWorks.net. For more information see July 6th and July 13th 10:30 – 11:30am – Virtual Career Fair

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

Employer of the Day-AmeriCorps Friday, July 17, 12:00 pm

Join us as we welcome AmeriCorps for a 30-minute information session to share about their different service programs, including Math Corps, Reading Corps, Opportunity Corps, and Recovery Corps.

Hear about the valuable career and education benefits AmeriCorps members receive and learn how to apply! AmeriCorps Staff will be available for questions following each session.

To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit their website page here.

Participants can join this Zoom call via phone or video.

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

City of Minneapolis

Neighborhood & Community Relations Department

Neighborhood Network MeetingTuesday, July 14, 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.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1 612-276-6670 United States, Minneapolis (Toll) Conference ID: 867 375 160# Local numbers | Reset PIN | Learn more about Teams | Meeting options [https://i.imgu​r.com/Jke8vQH.p​ng] Anyone can join a Microsoft Teams web meeting. A free software download may be required. The type of download may vary based on how you join the meeting (computer, android device, apple device).

Hennepin County Employment Services

Virtual Hiring Event Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hiring-event-tickets-111172885092.

Event links and registration will also be posted on the Hennepin County Employment Service website, at s.

Virtual Event Agenda:

Join the event online at ttps://hc.adobeconnect.com/july15/.

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

Participating Employers:

Marsden – General Cleaners (FT & PT)

Minnesota Department of Corrections – Corrections Officers

Valvoline – Auto Technicians

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

If you have questions, please contact:

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

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

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

City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention

Upcoming Trainings

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 14, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 17, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
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, July 22, 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 o 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.

Midtown Global Market

Food Available!

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

Groceries & Retail

Produce Exchange | 612-879-0050 ORDER ONLINE

ORDER ON

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

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

Cuisine

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

To order delivery: BITE SQUAD GRUBHUB

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

To order delivery: GRUBHUB DOORDASH BITE SQUADBITE SQUAD

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

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

To order delivery: CHOW NOW BITE SQUAD DOORDASH

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

ORDER DELIVERY

ORDER DELIVERY

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

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

DOORDASH

DOORDASH

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

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINEONLINE

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

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINE

Los Ocampo| 612-872-8562

Pham’s Rice Bowl | 612-870-2622

GRUB HUB

Mapps Coffee | 612-229-2201

American Swedish Institute

New Community Fund Established

We at ASI are reaching out to our community partners to learn what we can do as an organization to best assist them in this time of crisis. We stand prepared to act and to be of service.

Donations have been coming in to various organizations across the Twin Cities to help businesses, families and individuals affected by the recent burning or looting of businesses that were essential sources of food and supplies in Phillips West and other neighborhoods. To aid organizations, such as PICA Head Start which was the beneficiary of an earlier donation drive organized by ASI, we have established a Community Fund that will allow us to help direct support where it is needed.

Gifts can be made to the American Swedish Institute Community Fund, designated to local organizations including PICA Head Start.

The American Swedish Institute has long-standing partnerships with our neighbors in the Phillips West community including Ebenezer and PICA, also working with schools including Bancroft and Anderson Elementary. PICA serves preschool children and their families through play-based museum experiences, outdoor play and garden opportunities and family programming. PICA Head Start serves nearly 2,500 children and families in Hennepin County and offers a variety of programs and services for children and families in addition to Head Start and Early Head Start. We are also considering additional donation dates and will share details as they are confirmed.

We encourage and implore friends of the American Swedish Institute to assist in the rebuilding of our community. Here are some of the organizations working toward that goal:

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

Drug disposal bags new available by mail and Narcan training available online
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hennepin county sheriff

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Jeremy Zoss, 612-919-5918

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

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

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

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

Deterra Bag Mailing

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

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

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

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

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

Online Naloxone Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City/County/Park Board Joins to Address Encampments

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July 1, 2020

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About District 4

Dearest Community,

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

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

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

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

In wellness,

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

Contact us

Angela Conley
Commissioner, 4th District

Cacje Henderson
Policy Director
612-348-5204

Shanese Reed
District Outreach and Scheduler
612-348-3204

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

Good afternoon,

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

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

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

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

· Please visit the web page for local street closures.

Other MnDOT projects in Hennepin County:

Around The Airport www.aroundtheairport.com

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

Ramp closures through early August:

· Highway 62 west to/from Highway 5 west

· Highway 5 west to Highway 62 east

· Highway 5 west to Bloomington Road

· Highway 62 west to Bloomington Road

· Sheppard Road to Highway 5 west

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

I-394 Dunwoody Bridge Minneapolis

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

I-494 France Ave. bridge Bloomington

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

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

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

MnDOT Maintenance

I-35W Richfield

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

Other projects on MnDOT Highways:

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

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

Detour: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 south.

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

Please let me know if you have questions.

Have a great July 4 holiday.

Thanks

Dave

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

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



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

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WADING POOLS

MPRB announces opening of 20 wading pools on July 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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