Ward 8 News Update February 4, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

February 4, 2013

Help Select the Next Book for Minneapolis' Community Read

It’s time to pick the next One Minneapolis One Read book, and you can help. One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. Do you have a favorite book that you think everyone in Minneapolis should read? Then share it with One Read. Book nominations will be accepted until Feb. 11. 

Three easy ways to submit nominations:

Visit:               www.surveymonkey.com/s/OneMplsOneRead2013
Email:             oneread@minneapolismn.gov 
Call:                (612) 673-2509.


The book selection committee will show particular interest in nominations that prompt conversation on issues of diversity, inclusiveness, integration and race. Our 2011 read was Michele Norris’ “The Grace of Silence,” and in 2012 One Minneapolis One Read selected “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past” by Diane Wilson.


Elizabeth Glidden

Elizabeth Glidden


Share the Love - Animal Love That Is! - in February


Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes desperately need homes in Minneapolis.  Hope one of our four-legged friends from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control find a furr-ever home in February and you can Share the Love … get a $10 coupon off adoption fees and a coupon for a friend, too!  Find out more by calling 311 or go to www.minneapolismn.gov/animals


Take Precautions to Keep Your Pet Safe During Days of Extreme Cold


Temperatures have reached dangerously cold levels in the past week.  Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is urging pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals.  Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and alive:

  • Keep your pet inside and out of direct exposure to the elements.
  • Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.  Water freezes very quickly when sitting outside.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.

If you see an animal outside without shelter or in an unattended car, immediately call 311 (or 612-673-3000) to reach Minneapolis Animal Care & Control.  If you believe the situation to be life-threatening and the animal is non-responsive, please call 911.


Get Involved! Learn About Modern Streetcar and Enhanced Bus Options for Nicollet Ave and Central


A series of three open house meetings is scheduled to give the public an opportunity to learn about modern streetcar and enhanced bus options being considered on the Nicollet-Central Corridor.  The open houses will provide an update on the Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study, including the results of the initial screening of transit alternatives and an overview of the next phase of study, the detailed evaluation of alternatives. 

The corridor being studied extends from the 46th Street/Interstate 35W Transit Station and Nicollet Avenue on the south, through Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, over the Mississippi River, and north along Central Avenue NE to the Columbia Heights Transit Center on Central Avenue at 41st Avenue NE. 

The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study began last fall and will identify a preferred transit enhancement that could serve as the first phase of a longer-ranger vision for transit service in the corridor.

Please consider attending one of these open houses:

Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., HCMC Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave 
Thursday, February 14, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

For more information, visit the project website at www.minneapolismn.gov/nicollet-central/.


Be Alert! Help Prevent Neighborhood Burglaries

Minneapolis police are asking for your help in addressing area burglaries.  In past weeks, there has been an unusual increase in home burglaries South Minneapolis, particularly the area from East 42nd Street to Crosstown Highway and I-35W and Minnehaha Avenue (3rd Precinct).

Extra police in marked and unmarked cars from every shift are on patrol, ready to respond to 911 calls about suspicious people or activity in your area.  According to Inspector Michael Sullivan of the 3rd Precinct, “The officers of the 3rd Precinct depend on the vigilance of neighborhood residents, our ‘eyes and ears on the street,’ to call 911 immediately if they see any suspicious activity.” Arrests often result from good witness information and quick calls to 911, he said.

What can you do?

Request a Free Home Security Audit from your Crime Prevention Specialist (call 311 to connect to the crime prevention specialist in your area).

If you see a broken window or door left ajar, call 911 and wait for an officer.  Evidence, including fingerprints, sometimes can be collected from a crime scene. 


Make your home look occupied even when you aren’t there. Use multi-setting or random-control light timers, motion detection lights, or set a lamp or two to turn on and shut off automatically at darkness and dawn.

Ensure your doors and windows have strong locks and hinges.  Consult your local hardware store or search on-line for door-strengthening techniques and devices.


Sixth Park District Dog Park to Open Temporarily for Winter Months, Grand Opening Planned for Early Summer


In response to overwhelming requests from the community, the much anticipated Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyndale Farmstead Park has opened for a “preview” during the winter months.   

The dog park entrance is located along Dupont Avenue South (Kings Highway) between West 38th and West 40th Streets. Parking for the dog park is on-street on West 38th and West 40th Streets or Bryant Avenue. Please note that there is no parking allowed on King’s Highway between 38th and 40th Streets or in the Park Board's operations center parking lot.

Although there is still a significant amount of work to be done, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) determined that the park could open on a temporary basis to accommodate pet owners who are looking for a nearby area for their dogs to run for the winter months. This opportunity will allow everyone who is eagerly awaiting the new off-leash space to get a sneak preview of what the new park will have to offer.

The Off-Leash Park will close in spring for the remaining construction work with a grand opening planned for Early Summer 2013 when the full park will be completed.  This Dog Park, like others in the Minneapolis Park & Rec system, is primarily funded by user fees from Off-Leash Dog Park Permits.