Ward 8 Update - July 6, 2018

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Ctr, 310 E. 38th St.

Council Vice President Jenkins selected for Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program for elected officials


I am pleased to announce that I was selected for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard Kennedy School.  For the next three weeks, July 9-27, I will be working in Boston to further develop my leadership in governance skills on behalf of the City. 

The Eighth Ward Office will continue to be staffed by my very capable Senior Policy Aide Sara Lopez and Policy Aide Deebaa Sirdar, who have over 8 years of combined experience serving Eighth Ward residents.  Our office will continue to be available to you, and I will continue to consult with my staff and colleagues while at Harvard.

I am deeply honored to be chosen to participate in what will be an inspiring and challenging learning environment and curriculum.  I believe this experience will be an asset to the ward, the City Council and the City of Minneapolis.


Early voting in full swing for Aug. 14 primary election


Early voting has begun for the Aug. 14 primary election, and Minneapolis voters may cast their ballots at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., in downtown Minneapolis. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the final two weeks before each election, these hours will be extended and will include weekend times. All early voting hours are posted on the Elections website: vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. Early in-person voting is convenient. It especially helps voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, that the extra time, attention and onsite resources of early in-person voting afford more readily than the polls might on the day of the election.

You can also vote early (with an absentee ballot) by mail. This option can take longer than seven days due to additional mail processing time. Absentee ballot applications are available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee and may be submitted anytime throughout the year.

The primary election will determine which candidates advance to the general election in November. The 2018 election includes races for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and the Minneapolis School Board, among other offices. Go to vote.minneapolismn.gov for more information or call 311.

Election judges needed

Election judges are needed for the primary election Aug. 14 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $14 per hour ($15.75 per hour starting July 1, 2018) for their service, which includes training. Depending upon schedule and preferences, people can choose which elections they work in, and whether they want to be at a polling place close to where they live or anywhere else in Minneapolis.

Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language.

Find out more about this opportunity at vote.minneapolismn.gov/judges or call 311.

New mural on display in City Hall depicts experiences of immigrants, refugees


A new mural depicting the experiences of immigrants and refugees is now on display in City Hall. “El Camino del Corazón,” Spanish for “The Journey of the Heart,” can be seen on the building’s third floor of City Hall outside of City Council Chamber.

ReCAST Minneapolis (Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma) partnered with Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) to create the mural, which depicts the real-life experiences of immigrants and refugees who came to this country.

To get the imagery, GoodSpace Murals hosted seven sessions with 10 community members to get their experiences for incorporation into the artwork. City staff participated in the last four sessions to help paint the mural alongside the community members. This process also made it possible for the City to learn better ways to help immigrant and refugee communities and get a deeper understanding of their experiences.

    35W Closures: prepare for detours


    Lane closures

    June 18, 2018 through fall 2021

    NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis
    Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane
    View map of all lane closures (PDF)

    June 18, 2018 through fall 2019
    SB I-35W is reduced to two lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St.
    View map of all lane closures (PDF)

    Ramp closures
    June 15, 2018 through fall 2020
    SB I-35W to 35th St. is closed
    Detour: Continue on I-35W and take the 46th St. exit to Nicollet Ave (PDF)

    June 8 through fall 2018
    NB I-35W to 31st St/Lake St is closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
    Detour: 36th St. to 3rd Ave. (PDF)

    June 8, 2018 through fall 2021

    31st St. to SB I-35W is closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
    Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 46th St.

    35th St to NB I-35W is closed
    Detour: Nicollet Ave. to E. Diamond Lake Rd (PDF)

    March 2, 2018 through fall 2021
    36th St. to SB I-35W is closed
    Detour: Portland Ave. to 46th St. (PDF)

    March 2 through early July 2018
    38th St. bridge is closed over I-35W

    EB Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 36th St. to 3rd Ave. S
    WB Detour: 3rd Ave. S to 35th St. to Nicollet Ave.
    Bicycle Detour: 1st Ave. S (NB)/Blaisdell Ave. (SB) to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    Pedestrian Detour: 1st Ave. S to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    View map for all 38th St. bridge detours (PDF)

    May 17 to mid-August 2018
    Stevens Ave. is closed between 38th St. and 39th St.

    March 2 to early August 2018
    Intersections of Stevens Ave. and Second Ave. S are closed between 37th St. and 38th St.
    Access Routes map (PDF)

    Note: Residents will be able to access Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S from 37th St. or 39th St. During the closure, two-way traffic on Stevens Ave. between 37th St. and 38th St. will be allowed.

    Get the most updated info related to the 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project

    • To learn more about this project, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, click here to visit the MNDOT website.
    • Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, click here.
    • Follow MNDOT on Facebook at facebook.com/mndot and Twitter: @mndotnews
    • Email the MNDOT project team at: info@35w94.com
    • Call the project MNDOT hotline at: 612-284-6125 
    • For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit http://www.511mn.org/or dial 5-1-1.

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    Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415


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