Fourth Ward Report: May 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

May 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate



Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

MPD Precincts Host Open Houses in Recognition of National Police Week

In recognition of National Police Week (May 10 – 16), all of the City’s police precincts are opening their doors and inviting their neighbors to drop by to meet officers, crime prevention specialists and the precinct commander. Visitors will be able to tour the stations, check out police squad cars and emergency equipment, watch demonstrations of law enforcement techniques, view exhibits, pick up crime prevention information and enjoy free snacks.  Demonstrations at the Fourth Precinct/Special Operations Center include SWAT rappelling, flash bang and smoke grenades, canine pursuit and more! 

National Police Week, which was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. National Police Week occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls.

Fourth Precinct/Special Operations Center
Thursday, May 14
4119 Dupont Ave N

Bike Week Minneapolis


Minneapolis Bike Week began Monday, May 11.  Group rides, classes, bike commuter pit stops, free breakfasts and educational events are among the many activities taking place throughout the city. 

Each day of Minneapolis Bike Week has a theme with events and activities to engage and inspire seasoned cyclists and brand new bike riders alike.  A complete list of daily activities, rides and events is available at Minneapolis Bike Week is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition in coordination with local businesses, nonprofits, community groups and government organizations.   

North Minneapolis Bicycle Advocacy Council is hosting two group rides this week.  On Friday, May 15, there will be a slow-paced group Ride to Downtown Minneapolis for Bike to Work Day. The group will meet at the Nice Ride Station adjacent to North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N, Mpls, MN 55411) at 7:30 a.m. We'll bike to Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, where you can join in the Minneapolis Bike Week festivities or head to work.

On Saturday, May 16, there is a Ride Along Queen Ave N & Bike to Small Business Day event beginning at noon in the parking lot of Victory 44 to ride the proposed bike boulevard alternative to Penn Ave N.  Join neighbors, Hennepin County Community Works staff and City of Minneapolis staff for a leisurely ride to get a feel for the route. 

City Adopts Paid Parental Leave Policy

The Minneapolis City Council voted to approve a paid parental leave policy. The measure gives City employees paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.

Under the policy, a typical City employee who is eligible to receive sick days and works 40 hours a week will receive 120 hours of paid parental leave. The employee can be the biological parent, an adoptive parent or the spouse of a biological or adoptive parent.

The United States is the only high income country – and one of only eight countries in the world – that does not mandate paid leave for mothers of newborn children. The City’s paid parental leave will help employees balance career and family life and will provide a safety net in cases when other kinds of leave have yet to be accumulated. The new policy will also help the City retain skilled employees and reduce costs involved with rehiring and retraining replacement employees. 

Artists: Be a Part of FLOW 2015


The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition seeks artists from members of the Northside community for to show and perform their work and create public art installations for the 10th Anniversary FLOW Northside Arts Crawl, July 24th & 25th 2015. 

FLOW starts Thursday, July 23rd with an evening of preview events, gallery receptions and public performances. It continues on Saturday, July 25th, an exciting day of indoor and outdoor events along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave and on N. 2nd from 16th to 24th Streets. FLOW typically draws a crowd of close to 10,000 community members, art enthusiasts, neighbors and families and benefits from strong media partnerships and excellent PR. 


CALL for ARTISTS: FLOW seeks Northsiders to exhibit or perform in select venues along West Broadway July 23rd – 25th, 2015. We define artist in the broadest possible sense of the word and encourage emerging artists and innovative ideas for community engagement.

FLOW will match artists with participating locations along the route of the art crawl or artists may propose site-specific work. Possible locations include (but are not limited to)
businesses, storefronts, vacant spaces, building exteriors, organizations, and outdoor locations.

There is no entry fee and no stipend for artists responding to the Call for Artists (see details about the separate Request for Proposals for Public Art below)
Find the Call and Artist Application here and at

FLOW is looking to enliven the spaces between its programmatic clusters (see map below) with public art. Installations may last from one day to one year and we encourage applicants to consider everything from vacant lots to building exteriors to construction fencing as possible locations for their work.

Proposal budgets should include material costs and artist stipends. As a program of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC), FLOW can leverage funding through other WBC programs like the façade improvement. FLOW and the WBC will work with the artist and the property owner and will handle acquisition of the appropriate permits (plus incur those costs).

FLOW will choose as many proposals as funds allow. Selection will be made by FLOW and WBC staff and the FLOW Advisory Committee. The RFP is available here and at DEADLINE IS MAY 26.

Minneapolis Receives Federal Promise Zone Designation

A large portion of north Minneapolis is one of eight places nationwide selected for this year’s federal Promise Zone designations. The move will prioritize federal resources to the area. There is no money attached to the designation, but preferential points will be given on any federal grants applied for that fall within the Promise Zone boundaries. 

The Minneapolis Promise Zone plan addresses the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight, and poor educational outcomes in the Promise Zone area. The City and a range of community partners worked together to submit the application, developing a plan that focuses on housing stability, educational opportunities and training, economic development and jobs, and safe and healthy neighborhoods.

The boundaries of the Minneapolis Promise Zone are: Queen Avenue North (western), Mississippi River (eastern), Memorial Parkway/45th Avenue North (northern), and Bassett’s Creek (southern). The zone geography was determined based on analyses of the federal government’s priorities of high rates of poverty, unemployment, long-term vacancy, and violent crime.

For more information about the Promise Zones initiative, visit  

Be Prepared for Storm Season


With spring’s return, it’s time to think about what you’ll do in the event of a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you and your family when severe weather strikes.

Home and personal preparedness

To make sure you know when there is an imminent weather danger, consider using a NOAA weather radio or subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends you an email or text notice. Learn about options for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps. Remember that outdoor warning sirens are for people who are outdoors; you may not be able to hear them inside a building.

Minneapolis also uses a telephone notification tool called “Swiftreach” to alert residents to Snow Emergencies and other urgent information. If you have a listed residential telephone number in Minneapolis you are likely already on our list. If you are not receiving these calls, register now and add your contact information.

This is also an excellent time to create your own home emergency kit. Here are some items you should consider placing in a bag or box in your basement or home shelter site:

  • Bottled water.
  • Nonperishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food.
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Flashlight.
  • First aid kit.
  • Cards, games, books or other items to help you pass the time.
  • List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.).
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license or State ID card.

What to do if severe weather is approaching:

  • Turn to your NOAA weather radio, local TV, radio or weather channel for alerts and warnings. 
  • Listen for outdoor warning sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
  • If a warning has been issued or you hear outdoor warning sirens, take shelter while staying tuned to weather updates. (In an office building, go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. Do not use elevators.) At home, go to the basement or an inner stairwell.

Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.

Go Runnin' with the Law


Registration is still open for the 2015 Runnin’ with the Law 5K, which begins at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at Lake Calhoun. Join the Minneapolis Police Department for a night of fun and great exercise that helps promote an active, healthy culture.

The evening will include demonstrations by the Minneapolis Police Department, a kids fun run and a post-race celebration with prizes, a raffle and a food truck. Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids fun run. Proceeds benefit fitness training for the Minneapolis Police Department. Register now.

Interactive Map Makes it Easy to Find Farmers Markets in Minneapolis


Farmers markets are opening soon for the season, and the City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. New in 2015, farmstand information for local urban farms and market gardens will also be added to the map as it becomes available. Clicking on the map pins at will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. The map lists 30 farmers markets now; more will be added as information becomes available.

The Camden farmers market is set to open on Thursday, July 9 at 3pm at The Warren: An Artist’s Habitat (4400 Osseo Road).  They are currently taking applications for vendors of all kinds - food, beverage, arts and crafts, services etc. For more information, email or check out the Camden Farmers Market Facebook page. 

It’s easy for people to buy local produce. Most of the markets accept EBT cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Some of the farmers markets are mini markets, special small markets that the City licenses to get more fresh and affordable produce on the table in all neighborhoods.

Local produce is nutritious and affordable. Buying food directly at a farmers market strengthens the community between the farmer and the eater, and it supports the regional economy by allowing the local farmer to keep 80 to 90 cents per dollar of sales. Many Minneapolis residents can reach a farmers market on foot or by bicycle, which is good exercise and doesn’t pollute.

Minneapolis Marathon May 31


On Sunday, May 31st, 2015, Team Ortho Foundation will be hosting the Minneapolis Marathon in your area. The Minneapolis Marathon will have approximately 6,500 participants. Our runners would love to have you come cheer them on!

The race starts at the Theodore Wirth Park, travels North onto Victory Memorial Drive. The race will exit your neighborhood at North 26th Avenue when it continues north towards Robbinsdale. The race continues onto Victory Memorial Drive turns east just after 45th Avenue North. The course continues onto Webber Parkway. Runners will use Aldrich to get to 42nd before crossing Lyndale to cross the Camden Bridge. Please note Olsen Memorial Highway and Plymouth Avenue will remain open for vehicle traffic throughout the event.

Road Closure Timeline:

  • Theodore Wirth Parkway will be closed starting at 5:00 a.m. between Highway 55 and Plymouth Avenue. The road will re-open at 8:00 a.m.
  • Theodore Wirth Parkway will close starting at Plymouth Avenue starting at 6:00 a.m. between Theodore Wirth Parkway/Victory Memorial Drive north to where Victory Memorial turns east will reopen by 8:40 a.m.
  • Victory Memorial Drive/Webber Parkway from 45th Avenue to the Camden Bridge will be closed from 6:00a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • North Aldrich Avenue between Webber Parkway and 42nd, as well as North 42nd Avenue between Aldrich and the Camden Bridge will be closed between 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Road Closures in Robbinsdale will happen between 6:00 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. Those roads include:

  • Victory Memorial Drive between Plymouth Avenue and where Victory Memorial turns east
  • 40th Ave North between Victory Memorial Drive and Shoreline Drive
  • Shoreline Drive between 40th Avenue North and Chowen
  • Chowen between Shoreline and 42nd Avenue North
  • 42nd Avenue North between Chowen and Victory Memorial Drive   

Minneapolis Police will reopen the roads after the last runner has passed. Please mark your calendar and share this information with others who may also be impacted in your neighborhood.

If you would like early notification on events in your area, please contact your neighborhood council to get on the electronic newsletter. You can see additional information and neighborhood detours on our website at