Fourth Ward Report March 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

March, 2015


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Nominate Community Members and Organizations for Public Health Heroes

Do you know a person or organization that's working to make Minneapolis a healthier place? Nominate them for a Public Health Local Hero award to recognize their outstanding achievements in public health.

In celebration of National Public Health Week, the Minneapolis Health Department would like to recognize the accomplishments of community partners whose service to public health activities transforms and strengthens the lives of our residents and visitors. Public Health Local Heroes hold critical roles in making Minneapolis a healthier place to live, work and play. Please help us recognize their contributions by nominating individuals or organizations.

Fill out this application to make a nomination and email it to by 4pm, Friday, March 6.

Award winners will be announced Friday, March 13, and the Local Public Health Hero Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 11:30am, in the City Hall Rotunda.

Order a $25 Tree to Plant This Spring


The Minneapolis Tree Sale begins March 9 at 8am for Wards 3, 4, 5 & 6.  This is a special opportunity for specific wards to purchase trees before other neighborhoods of the city (citywide sales begin March 23).  Trees are $25 each and there are several varieties available. Tree Distribution will be May 16 – 19 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.  Choose from several varieties and sizes of trees, including fruit trees. First-come, first-served – order early for best selection. Limit one tree per property, maximum three properties. Visit for more information. 

Watch Your Mailbox for 2016 Property Value Notice


The City of Minneapolis is mailing 2016 property value notices to all property owners in Minneapolis starting this week.

On the first page of the property value notice there is a section titled “Appealing the Value or Classification of Your Property.” On this page, folks will find the phone number of the appraiser who’s assigned to their property and who they should contact if they have questions about their assessed value.

If you disagree with the estimated value for your home, take the following steps:

  • First, call the Assessor's Office to discuss your concerns with a deputy assessor responsible for valuing your property. Explain why you believe your property value is less than that indicated on the statement. The deputy assessor can explain how the property value and classification were determined.
  • Then, if needed, appeal to the City Board of Appeal and Equalization:

For more information visit the City Assessor’s website at

Free Leadership Training Helps Small Businesses Get Bigger

Owners and managers of established Minneapolis businesses looking to build on their company’s success are encouraged to take part in a free Emerging Leaders training program offered by the Minneapolis office of the federal Small Business Administration. Applications are due by March 6.

The Emerging Leaders initiative helps small businesses reach the next level of growth and success, becoming stronger self-sustaining employers. Participants will learn practical skills and ideas from peers and local experts. In addition to new expertise, strong relationships and a better understanding of resources available, small-business owners taking part will walk away with tangible three-year business growth plans.

This training is open to owners of small businesses with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. This is not for new start-ups; businesses have to have been around for at least three years. This program is considered to be a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

Thirteen classes will begin in April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business. There is no cost for the training, but participants should anticipate committing to 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.

To learn more about the initiative and request an application, contact Nancy Libersky at or 612-370-2324 or visit the City of Minneapolis website.

3rd Annual Community Connections Conference Saturday, March 21


The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department invites you to share your ideas, experience and knowledge at the third annual Community Connections Conference Saturday, March 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The free conference is designed to bring together City departments, neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations and residents to share best practices for neighborhood engagement. This year’s theme is “Creative Engagement and Action Using Arts and Placemaking.”

Organizers have dubbed this year’s event a “nonconference” due to its highly interactive nature. Participants will learn by seeing and doing rather than sitting and listening to presentations. They will be immersed in experiences that will give them the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own communities.

To register visit the conference website:

Register for an exhibitor table

Present your ideas, experiences and knowledge as an exhibitor at the conference. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, March 6.

  • Exhibitor tables are an excellent way to promote your services or work, launch a new idea, or simply network with a wide range of participants.
  • As an exhibitor, you will be featured in the Community Connections Conference program that is provided to each conference participant.
  • Hosting an exhibitor table exposes you to a large group of active residents and neighborhood organizations who are looking for information, ideas and assistance to help them further their work.

The cost for an exhibitor space is free to neighborhood organizations and nonprofits with operating budgets of $250,000 or less. The cost is $100 for government, for-profit and large nonprofit agencies. More information on exhibitor registration is available on the City website.

Order a Compost Bin or Rain Barrel Now, Pick It Up In the Spring


Get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a $55 compost bin or a $69 rain barrel for your home. (These regularly cost $105 and $139).

Order now and pick up your compost bin or rain barrel in Minneapolis Saturday, May 30, from the Recycling Association of Minnesota. To pre-order now, find more information or see other dates and locations, go to

Honor Flight Twin Cities Seeks WWII Vets


Honor Flight Twin Cities is seeking WWII veterans for free round-trips to visit our nation’s capitol.  Honor Flight Twin Cities is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's World War II Veterans for all of their sacrifices. We transport our heroes at no cost to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.

Top priority is given to World War II Veterans who have never been to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial. 

Flights depart from the Twin Cities early in the morning and spend a full day visiting memorials in Washington DC, then return to the Twin Cities that same evening.  Opportunities are available for veterans and a companion at no cost.  Upcoming trips are Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, May 16.  For more information visit or email Jerry and Jana Kyser at

Summer Resource Fair


The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave N, will have a Summer Resource Fair, Saturday, March 14, 11am – 3pm. More than 20 organizations will showcase their summer programs and activities. Families can browse different options and plan their child’s summer. Representatives and volunteers from the organizations will be on hand with scholarship, registration and general information. The event, which is for youth of all ages, is free and will include live entertainment and refreshments. For more information, contact Hanna Mihalko at 612-626-8952.