December Events in the Parks: Gingerbread Houses, International Festival, Santa Brunch and Holiday FUN

December Events in the Parks: Gingerbread Houses, International Festival, Santa Brunch and Holiday FUN


MnDOT I-35W@94 update


I left out two closures next week in the original email. I-94 west and I-94 east will undergo overnight closures on consecutive nights next week. The added closures can be found in yellow.

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Please visit project web page or for real-time updates.


10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27

· I-94 westbound will be closed between I-35W and I-394 for beam setting on a bridge leading to downtown.

10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

· I-94 westbound will be closed between I-35W and I-394 for beam setting on a bridge leading to downtown.

10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29

· I-94 eastbound will be closed between I-394 and I-35W for beam setting on a bridge leading to downtown.

10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 to 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30

· I-94 eastbound will be closed between I-394 and I-35W for beam setting on a bridge leading to downtown.

Special event:

Our next Sips and scoops event is coming up. MnDOT commissioner Charlie Zelle will take part in an interview with the Theater of Public Policy. Tane Danger will ask the commissioner questions about the I-35W@94 project. This fun-filled event takes place 4:30-6 p.m. Tue, Dec. 4 at Finnegan’s Brewery, 817 5th Ave. S Minneapolis. Bring your friends and your questions.

Take the I-35W@94 survey:

We want to know what you know about this project. Please take our short survey here.

University and Broadway signal and sidewalk work

The right turn from Broadway to southbound University Avenue reopened Tuesday. Some signals still need to be installed. The project is expected to be complete by Dec. 3.

Highway 55 safety improvements

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21

The left lane of Highway 55 in both directions is closed between Winnetka Avenue and Revere Lane.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23

  • The left lane of eastbound Highway 55 is closed between Highway 100 and Douglas Drive

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

  • The right lane of eastbound Highway 55 is closed between Theodore Wirth Parkway and Penn Avenue North.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending November 5, 2018

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Join us November 11 for 100th anniversary World War I remembrance

World War I remembrance November 11 at Victory Memorial Drive
minneapolis park and recreation

Special Event

Please join us for the 100th anniversary of World War I remembrance

Join us along Victory Memorial Drive Sunday, November 11, to recognize Veterans Day and the centennial of the World War I armistice. The armistice ended fighting on land, sea and air between U.S. allies and their last opponent, Germany.

Event details

  • Sunday, November 11, 10 am
  • Flagpole plaza at 45th Avenue North and Victory Memorial Drive

Featured program

  • Lowering of the flag
  • Prominent speakers on the war’s local history
  • Musician Robert Robinson
  • Moment of silence at 11 am

The flagpole will cast a shadow on the plaza around 11 am, weather permitting.

Victory Memorial Drive is part of the historic 50-mile Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System owned and managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). Hennepin County is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and City of Robbinsdale.

Invite Phillips West Community Meeting Thursday @ 6pm!

Phillips West Community Meeting Thursday November 1st, 2018

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

(Jakeeno’s Pizza Delivery Dinner & Beverages will be provided)

(Meeting held at The Center for Changing Lives in the Centrum Room, 2400 Park Avenue the purpose of this meeting is for residents & Community stakeholders to have an opportunity to hear updates from Neighborhood Partners, Police & City Leaders, give input & network with other stakeholders)


6:05 pmPhillips West Business

o City of Minneapolis 3rd Precinct Police Crime Update- presented by 3rd Precinct Lieutenant Brian Sand (10 minutes).

o Minneapolis 6th Ward City Council Update- presented by Abdi Warsame’s Senior Policy Aide Ryan SanCartier (10 minutes).

o Annual Legislative Update from State Representative Karen Clark- (20 minutes).

o September Financials- in your packet for review.

o Phillips West 3 NEW Housing Programs- Flyer in packet!

6:58 pm Upcoming Phillips West Meetings

o Phillips West Board Meeting, Monday November 26th, 6 to 7 p.m. (CFCL, 182)

o Phillips West Community Meeting, Thursday November 1st, 6 to 7 p.m. (CFCL, Centrum)

6:59 pm Adjourn

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

Check out our Website:
Like our facebook page!

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


Here is an update on what’s happening with road closures in Hennepin County. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Please check for real-time updates.


Now open: On Monday, MnDOT opened one lane into downtown from I-35W north. The ramp from I-94 west to I-35W south also opened.

We are monitoring traffic patterns. The opening of the lane to downtown provides another option for motorists to go along with the many options available while the access was fully closed.

The Third Street, Washington Avenue exit from I-35W remains a good option into downtown with the added lane from Lake Street and 31st. Other options include transit, carpooling, telecommuting or Highway 62, Highway 100 to I-394.

Buses are no longer using the transit only lane on Portland Avenue. The lanes there are open to all traffic. MnDOT will stripe Portland and Park Avenue back to two lanes and a larger bike and parking areas in the spring of 2019.

The transit lane on Park Avenue continues until further notice.

Coming up:

I-35W: Full weekend closures from Highway 62 to I-94 planned for Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 16-19. They will run from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Opening: 26th Street bridge opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

Closing: 28th Street bridge closes at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

I-494 East Bush Lake Road Bloomington:

I-494: Westbound I-494 will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday Oct. 29 from Highway 100 to Highway 212. I-494 is the detour.

Coming up: Eastbound I-494 will be closed Nov. 2-5 from Highway 212 to Highway 100.

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge

Watch for lane and ramp closures. Check the web page for details.

Highway 62 Edina and Eden Prairie:

Highway 62: Single lane closures in both directions at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today from I-94 to Rowland Road.

University and Central sidewalk and signal improvements:

Work continues at intersection of University and Broadway into mid-November.


Ramp from I-94 east closed to Highway 55 (Hiawatha) east. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Please consult and seek alternate routes. I-94 east to I-35W south ramp is also closed. That detour is I-394 to Highway 100 south to Highway 62 to I-35W. You can still get to Hiawatha east from I-35W south and by the ramps at 8th Street and 4th Street from downtown Minneapolis.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending October 15, 2018

Hello again. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 10-15-18. The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo.

For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown. The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo.

There were 18 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown this week, up from 14 last week.

There were 5 violent crimes reported in Midtown last week-1 rape, 2 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. Arrests were made in 1 of the aggravated assaults. By comparison, there were 3 violent crimes last week.

Police took 10 offenders in Midtown into custody this week. 4 of these arrests were for felony crimes.

The 3rd Precinct had 1 focused enforcement area in Midtown this week-29th St E to 31st St E, Oakland Ave S to Bloomington Ave S. Officers made a total of 50 proactive stops and 2 arrests in this area.

I have 6 announcements this week. See the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

· The American Swedish Institute hosts a family “playdate” Kids at the Castle: Autumn is Here on Saturday, October 20. This is one of many fun activities for all ages at ASI this fall; check out for more

· In the Heart of the Beast continues its Saturday TaDa! Family Puppet Show series with Loon’s Song on Saturday, October 20 andMonarcas En Camino / The Way of the Monarchon Saturday, October 27.

· CANDO, Central’s neighborhood association, invites people to their Annual Meeting, Mixer and Dinner on Saturday, October 20. Enjoy a free meal with neighbors and learn more about CANDO’s activities.

· Midtown Greenway Coalition has rescheduled its Dockless Bike Demo for Wednesday, October 24. Learn how you can use this great new transportation option.

· Lake Street Council invites all to its annual fundraiser, Lake Street Bash on Thursday, October 25. Have a look at the many interesting silent auction items.

· On Friday, October 26 Love East Lake sponsors Health Truck Rally featuring a wide variety of onsite health care options at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midway.

I always appreciate your comments. Please let me know what kinds of information you would like to see added or removed. I want the reports to be as useful as possible.

Also, please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports. Thank you!

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report, Week of 10-9 to 10-15-18

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

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

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


· There were 18 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported in Midtown during the week. This is up from 14 Part 1 crimes last week.

· Part 1 crimes this week included homicide (0), rape (1), robbery (2), aggravated assault (2), burglary (3), auto theft (4), arson (0) and larceny/theft (6).

· There were 5 violent crimes reported in Midtown this week-1 rape, 2 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. By comparison, there were 3 violent crimes reported last week.

· There were 0 homicides and arsons reported during the week.

· There were 0 business robberies and 0 business burglaries reported during the week.

· MPD officers arrested and took into custody 10 offenders.

· 4 of these 10 arrests were for felony crimes, which are marked in yellow.

Reported Part 1 Crimes in Midtown This Week (Excluding Larceny)

Rape (1)

10-13, 6:30 pm 27xx Bloomington Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood) Victim stated that Suspect attempted to sexually assault her at the above location. Victim was transported by Emergency Medical Service to Abbott Northwestern where a SARS (sexual assault) exam was later completed. Victim’s cell phone and clothing were property inventoried. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card and advised…There did not appear to be a crime scene for car 21 (mobile crime lab) to process. [CPS note: Victim recently met the suspect through a co-worker.]

Robbery (2)

10-9, 4:14 pm 8xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) Officers were dispatched to an aggravated robbery of person. Victim reported he was robbed at gun point and the suspects were no longer on scene. [CPS note: Loss was cash and prescription medicine. 2 unknown suspects.]

10-15, 10:00 pm 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)The victim reported he was car jacked at gunpoint by an unknown suspect at the above location. The victim was not injured and refused medical attention. The victim was given a blue (victim resources) card, The Auto Desk was notified. [CPS note: 1 unknown suspect.]

Aggravated Assault (2)

10-9, 4:00 am 29th St E & Bloomington Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)Officers responded to the listed area for an assault report. Suspect fled the scene. Victim was seen by Emergency Medical Service. Victim was given a blue (victim resources) card. Recommendation: Further investigation. [CPS note: When suspect tried to hit victim with her car,
victim climbed onto the car to avoid being hit. Suspect then sped up and victim fell off. Victim knows the suspect. ]

10-14, 2:34 am 5xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood)Officers responded to report of a person with a gun. A stolen handgun was recovered and three males [Bryan Lara-Saavedra,
Brian Cortez-Navarro,
Mario Irving Figueroa Morales]
were arrested for assault and possession of a stolen gun. [CPS note: There were 2 assault
victims in this incident.]

Burglary (3)

10-14, 5:00 to 11:00 am 30xx Oakland Ave S (Central neighborhood)[CPS note: Entry made by smashing a lower duplex window. Loss was electronic equipment. No suspect information.]

10-15, 7:45 to 7:53 pm 31xx 15th Ave S(Powderhorn Park neighborhood)[CPS note: Victim heard someone trying to enter his apartment window and found that a window screen had been removed. No entry was made. No suspect information.]

10-15, 8:00 to 8:50 pm 32xx 14th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)[CPS note: Method of entry unknown. Loss was a laptop, personal items and cash. No suspect information.]

Auto Theft (4)

10-9, 12:00 pm 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note: Victim left the vehicle running with the keys inside. No suspect information]

10-12, 3:15 pm 29xx 4th Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)[CPS note: 4 suspects took a van with keys from a parking lot, crashed it on the way out and fled by foot. A camera in the vehicle captured images of the suspects.]

10-14, 11:45 am 29xx 16th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note: Vehicle had been started remotely and left running. Suspect drove to an underground garage, left the vehicle, seemed disoriented to the responding officer and was transported
to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation.]

10-15, 4:00 pm 28xx 18th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note: Vehicle was left parked with a key inside. No suspect information.]

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Booked into Hennepin County Jail (4 Felony, 10 Total)

10-9, 8:00 am 8xx 28th St E Marai Nicole Frelix: Gross Misdemeanor Warrant.

10-9, 11:32 am 30xx Columbus Ave S Romaris Marc-Anthony McDowell: Misdemeanor Warrant.

10-10, 2:11 am 32xx Hiawatha Ave S Aleaha Marie Carmona:Auto Theft (Felony).

10-12, 8:15 am Lake St E & 15th Ave S Jose Julio Cesar Cerenil:Auto Theft (Felony).

10-13, 4:30 pm 31xx 14th Ave S Juvenile:5th Degree Domestic Assault. (Transported to Juvenile Division.)

10-13, 4:50 pm 29th St E & 13th Ave S Kelly Ann Boswell:Gross Misdemeanor Warrant (Trespass).

10-14, 2:34 am 5xx Lake St E Bryan Lara-Saavedra:Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Felony); Brian Cortez-Navarro:Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony); Mario Irving Figueroa Morales:5th Degree Assault.

10-15, 1:00 pm 31xx 14th Ave S Juvenile:5th Degree Domestic Assault. (Transported to Juvenile Detention Center.)

Focused Enforcement in Midtown

Midtown’s Lake Street area had 1 focused enforcement area for violent crime this week, 29th St E to 31st St E, Oakland Ave S to Bloomington Ave S

Proactive enforcement results: 50 total proactive stops, 34 directed patrols, 2 arrests.

Violent Crimes: 1 robbery, 2 aggravated assaults.

Strategies used during the week included:

Patrol Tactics

All shifts: Directed patrol, foot beats, proactive stops, business checks.

Beats: Extra patrol on Lake St corridor

• Increased traffic stops in focus zone and immediate area.

Investigative Tactics

Beat: Collaborative effort between 3rd Precinct and 3rd Precinct Probation to do more specific details.

CRT-Details focusing on Lake St utilizing Precinct cameras.

• Ongoing CRT focus on livability/nuisance crimes.

• Joint collaboration between MPD & Hennepin County Probation focusing on the Phillips 50 offenders.

• Sgt McDonald continues to collaborate with Mad Dads Street Team in monitoring Lake/Bloomington area.

• Mobile diesel trailer camera in place at 29th St E & 15th Ave S.

Problem Properties

• Hamdi Alley (the alley between 812 and 818 Lake St E)-Fencing and gates have been ordered.

American Swedish Institute Presents

Kids at the Castle: Autumn is Here

Saturday, October. 20, 9-10 a.m.

Explore the colors and sounds of the season during this morning playdate at the castle! Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. $8 per family. No registration required.

In the Heart of the Beast Offers 2 TaDa! Puppet Shows

Saturday, October 20

Loon’s Songcreated and performed by Julie and Gustavo Boada

As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle waits with anticipation for the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. He remembers the Ojibwe stories he told her and some of the lessons they carry that he used to guild her as she matured. The piece is told with hand and rod puppets. It touches on Ojibwe culture and loon biology. Music by Jim Parker.

Saturday, October 27

Monarcas En Camino / The Way of the Monarchcreated and performed by Laurie Witzkowski

The Way of the Monarch follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly. This beloved creature transforms from egg to larva to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly to international traveler. Performed in Spanish. Actuado en español.

Schedule for Both Saturdays

10 am Performance

11 am Make ‘n’ Take* Workshop

12 pm Performance

WHERE: All shows in our cozy theatre lobby

$2 tickets for residents of Powderhorn and Phillips Neighborhoods; $7 for the general public

* Make ‘n’ Take workshops are offered at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning. Participants create a puppet in the theme of the day’s show. Workshops are a family activity. $5 Children and $3 Adult


CANDO’s Annual Meeting, Mixer and Dinner 2018

Saturday, October 20, 5 to 7pm

3023 4th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55408 (part of Urban Venture’s campus)

  • Activities for kids will be available in the same room where we are meeting.
  • Spanish and Somali interpretation provided.
  • Parking is limited to street parking so we recommend walking, biking, busing or carpooling when possible!

This year’s event will be a chance to get to know the people who are currently involved with CANDO in different capacities and let us know what kinds of things you want to see CANDO work on in the coming year.

We’ll break for dinner (FUNKY GRITS!) then finish with elections to our Board of Directors and approving a ‘Plan Mod’ funding proposal.

We have a very diverse neighborhood and, to reflect and best represent our neighborhood, we need Board Members from a variety of backgrounds.

Dockless Bike Demo

Moved to Wednesday, October 24th at Noon

Nice Ride and the Midtown Greenway Coalition are partnering to offer a free lunchtime “dockless” bike ride on Wednesday, October 24. (The ride was rescheduled from this week due to rain.)

This is your chance to try out the new dockless Nice Ride bikes and hubs and check out the fall colors along the Greenway.

We’ll start at the brand new Nice Ride Dockless Bike Hub located at 2860 10th Avenue S, right across from the ramp down to the Greenway.

Bring yourself and we’ll provide the FREE bikes, FREE helmets (to keep), and FREE snacks.

Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

RSVP Here:

Health Truck Rally

Friday, October 26, 2018

12:00 to 6;00 pm

Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown, 2901 Chicago Ave S

A highly visible, highly convenient, and high energy afternoon focused on healthcare. This event aims to have up-to six health related trucks that provide a variety of onsite care from dental services to breast cancer screens.

Lake Street Bash!

Thursday, October 25, 5-8-pm

FIVE Event Center (2917 Bryant Ave S)

$25 Presale $35 Door

RSVP on Facebook for updates on silent auction items and more!
What are you doing next Thursday? We hope the answer is joining us at FIVE Event Center for our annual Lake Street Bash fundraiser!

Use Promo Code: BASH2018 to receive $5 off your tickets and no fees!

Here’s a preview of some of the silent auction items that could be yours! See a full list on our website.

  • Two Club Level Tickets to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami Dolphins donated by N.R. Development
Join us this year to raise $20,000 to support economic development in South Minneapolis! If you are unable to attend, but still want to show your support, please consider making a donation instead.

Thanks to CenterPoint Energy, Lupe Development Partners, Bridgewater Bank, Ryan Companies, US Bank & Wellington Management for their generous support of this event!

For more information or to donate an auction item, please contact ZoeAna Martinez at zmartinez or 612-822-1912.

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MPD Warrant List, 10-19-18

Hello. Here is the 10-19-18 warrant list for 3rd and 5th Precincts in Minneapolis, issued by Beth Clark, Paralegal with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. Previous lists are inaccurate and should be discarded.

When this list was compiled, the people on it were wanted by police and could be arrested on sight. If you see any 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 as possible.

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

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

David Vincent Brenner

Paul Vernon Clock

Emily Iyotte

Daniel Robertson

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

Aleaha Carmona

Michelle Carter

Abdiqani Hassan

Steven McDavid

Alphonso Nabors

Jessica Tucker

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

Thank you!

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Warrant List 10-19-18 docx.pdf