Ward 8 Update: August 9th, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Save the Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11th for this year's 38th St. Bridge Dinner Event!

I am excited to announce that with the help from the Minneapolis Foundation, MnDOT and Marnita’s Table we have secured the resources to host this year’s 38th St. Bridge Dinner in partnership with Marnita’s Table! The date for the bridge dinner is set for Sept. 11th from 4-8 pm. The 38th St. Bridge is a great community asset with historic significance for uniting our neighbors on both sides of the highway. We are very excited to have an opportunity to plan another bridge dinner in partnership with Marnita’s Table and our community co-hosts from last year. We hope that you can attend! More information will be available in the near future.


Save the Date: Thursday, September 26th the City of Minneapolis will host it's 6th Annual Transgender Equity Summit


What: The 6th Annual Transgender Equity Summit hosted by the City of Minneapolis. This year's Summit theme is "Shifting the Narrative" in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, with a focus on gender non-conforming and non-binary identities. 

When: Thursday, September 26th, this will be an all-day event. More information to come soon!

Where: The Walker Art Center

We are still looking for breakout session presenters. All breakout session leads will be compensated. If you are interested, please fill out the proposal form found here: https://app.smartsheet.com/…/6f7f73f1e6644570a94fd376da020f…

If you have questions, please email RaceEquity@minneapolismn.gov.

I-35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Closures and Updates


Current Updates:

  • Weekend closure: I-35W is closed in both directions between I-94 and Highway 280 from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12.
  • The ramp from Highway 55 west (Hiawatha) to I-94 west is closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12.
  • The ramp from Third Street to I-35W south will close at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 to Aug. 20.


  •  I-35W is reduced to a single lane in both directions between I-94 and Washington Ave. from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.
  •  I-35W north is closed between Highway 62 and I-94 from 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 to 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Please check www.511mn.org for real-time updates and the project web page. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Stay connected with the 35W@94 Crosstown Construction Project

  • Visit the project website:  mndot.gov/35w94
  • Facebook: facebook.com/mndot
  • Twitter: @mndotnews
  • Email the project team at info@35w94.com
  • Call the project hotline at 612-284-6125

City commemorates 400 years of resistance and liberation of African Americans


The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Frey have honored and recognized Aug. 20 as the 400th Year Commemoration of Resistance and Liberation of African Americans in the City of Minneapolis and the week of Aug. 19-24 as the Week of Resilience. In a resolution approved by the City Council, “the City commits to deepening its work to institute policies and practices that will repair the harm experienced by people of African Ascent over the last 400 years as a result of the legacy of slavery and racism.” In the resolution, the City of Minneapolis recognizes the extent of the harm done and is taking active steps to reverse and repair the harm by passing the first racial equity action plan, building out affordable housing, having inclusive economic development policies, and building trust between community and City officials.

City Council approves wage theft prevention ordinance


To help protect employees in Minneapolis, the City has adopted parts of the state’s new wage theft law into local ordinance. This ordinance will provide workers in Minneapolis with an additional avenue to recover unpaid wages through enforcement by the City’s Civil Rights Department. The ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Under the ordinance and state law, employers must adhere to a regularly scheduled payday and provide employees with pre-hire notices of employment terms and conditions and earnings statements at the end of each pay period. The wage theft prevention ordinance complements other new municipal labor standards, including the City’s minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances.

Wage theft is underpayment or failure to pay all wages earned. National estimates of wage theft unreported to authorities translate to tens of millions of dollars annually in Minneapolis.

The City’s ordinance goes further than the state wage theft law by requiring employers to include an employee’s current balance of available sick and safe time hours on all earnings statements. Also in addition to state law requirements, the ordinance requires the following on pre-hire notices: the date when employment begins, a notice regarding sick and safe time rights, a statement that tip sharing is voluntary under state law (where applicable) and relevant overtime policies.

The ordinance covers all employers with covered employees working in Minneapolis but excludes government entities except for the City. Covered employees must work at least 80 hours a year in Minneapolis.

The City’s Civil Rights Department will enforce the ordinance beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Employees are encouraged to report violations online or call 311.

Find more information about the wage theft prevention ordinance here.

Saturday, August 17th from 1-4 pm Beloved Community Event, 4055 Nicollet Ave S.


What: The Beloved Community event is an annual time to renew our energy directed to social and racial justice. It also is a time for the community to assemble and enjoy our collective fellowship. This year will be bigger and better than ever, with an anticipated attendance of over 1,000 people. Nationally known entertainer Tony Terry will headline the show with local artists Mike deCole and Gigi Burnett supporting. There will be food trucks, merchandise vendors, and tables for non-profits that believe their mission aligns with the event's vision and theme.

Bring neighbors and friends, grandparents and kids and come on over to the park for a fun, relaxing, and inspiring afternoon of music and community.

  • children’s activities • music & games • social justice organization information • bring your own picnic or purchase refreshments at the park

When: Saturday, August 17th from 1 pm to 4 pm

Where: 4055 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 

Contact: Lorna Pettis, event coordinator, 612-442-4047 / lmpevents2013@gmail.com  or Peter Jaeger, park director, 612-370-4908

Free immunizations before school starts


Minneapolis is encouraging people to get their children caught up on immunizations before school starts, and to help it’s offering free immunizations on eight dates in August and September. No need for appointments or insurance. The “MMR” immunization is safe and effective, and it protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Measles can be dangerous, and it’s contagious

Measles can be dangerous – especially for babies and young children. About one in five people who get measles will be hospitalized. Measles can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and even death. Measles spreads easily through coughing and sneezing, and the germs can stick around in a room or a car for hours after a sick person has left. This year so far, 1,164 measles cases have been confirmed in the United States – the most since 1992.

Free immunizations Davis Service Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.

  • Noon-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.
  • Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
  • Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
  • 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The immunizations are provided by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. The City of Minneapolis is covering any costs for the immunizations at these events.

More low-cost or free immunizations

People who can’t make it to one of the free immunizations or their regular doctor may qualify for free or low-cost immunizations with these providers:

  • Community University Health Care Center: 612-301-3433.
  • Hennepin County Public Health: 612-543-5555.
  • Indian Health Board: 612-721-9800.
  • Native American Community Clinic: 612-872-8086.
  • Neighborhood Healthsource: 612-588-9411.
  • Northpoint Health & Wellness Center: 612-543-2500.
  • People’s Center Health Services: 612-332-4973.
  • Southside Community Health Services: 612-827-7181.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/immunize or call 311.

August Update from the Community Environmental Advisory Commission (CEAC)


The Community Environmental Advisory Commission is focusing on electric vehicles—for both transit and for personal use. They are also getting out into the City, participating in Minneapolis Urban League’s Family Day and a few of the Open Streets events. Come visit share your environmental concerns with them and learn more about what they do.

They are keeping an eye on a Minnesota Department of Transportation project that might add a new MnPASS lane to I-94 between Highway 252 and Dowling Avenue North. The proposal is to convert an existing interstate lane to an MnPASS lane from Dowling to downtown. Adding another lane will contribute to additional air pollution, noise, and eventually more congestion in a portion of North Minneapolis where air quality already concerns residents. MnDOT will be holding an Open House in North Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Folwell Recreation Center. Currently there are two vacancies on the commission, and they would love to have you join them. Please apply today. If you're interested in learning more about the work of CEAC or have an environmental concern you would like the group to consider, visit their website or their Friends of CEAC Facebook page to get in touch. Their meetings are always open to the public, and they encourage you to join them.

Next CEAC Meeting: September 5, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Library, 4026 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Sips and Scoops: MnDOT Touch A Truck Event at Urban Ventures Farmers Market Wednesday, Aug 21st


Join MnDOT for their 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project Touch-a-Truck event to touch and explore vehicles of all kinds! On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 4 PM – 6:30 PM at 2841 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

Kids will get to climb behind the wheel, get up close, and see what it’s like to drive a real dump truck or snowplow! Attendees will also get a coupon for $2 off a slice of pizza from Urban Ventures Farm Stand Pizza Oven. MN Nice Ride and Adaptive Cycle will be onsite providing information on bike commuting and MnDOT representatives will be at the event talking about the project. Free family fun for people of all ages. Come experience what big trucks are really like.

This event is part of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project between 43rd St. and 15th St. in Minneapolis.

More information: mndot.gov/35w94/#about

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter: 651-366-4720
To request other reasonable accommodations: 651-366-4718
Or call the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529
(TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711 or email your request to adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

MSP Airport customer survey


MSP Airport is working on their Long Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) and is seeking input about how often people fly, for what purpose, how they get to the airport, and what they like or dislike about MSP. 

As the Metropolitan Airports Commission continues to plan for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's (MSP) future in 2040 and beyond, they are asking for your input.

Your responses to a five-minute survey will help our planners know what’s important to MSP’s customers.

Please visit this link to take the survey.

For more information about the long-term planning process for MSP Airport, visit this web page.

The Ward 8 office had a lot of fun visiting with residents for National Night Out! We hit 8 parties and 5 neighborhoods. Although it's impossible, I wish we could make them all!


Visit us at minneapolismn.gov/ward8

Central • Bryant  Bancroft  Field  Regina  Northrop  Lyndale  Kingfield

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


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