Fourth Ward Report : April 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

April 2015


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Meet Contractors and Union Workers at State's Largest Construction Hiring Event

On Monday, April 6, the Minnesota Construction Crew will host its second Trades Hiring Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 7-10 a.m. The largest construction hiring event in Minnesota is an opportunity for people seeking careers in the construction industry to meet with contractors and unions. Attendees will be able to speak directly with potential employers and some union halls representing various skilled trades including electricians, roofers and carpenters with up to 200 positions available depending on the trade. 

Construction Hiring Connection, a program of Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, will also be registering job seekers into its talent database for future hiring and job leads. Up to eight union halls will be present to answer questions about their trades and pathways into union apprenticeship training programs. Veterans, women and people of color are encouraged to attend.

Trades Hiring Expo
7-10am Monday, April 6
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave S

The Minnesota Construction Crew Trades Hiring Expo is produced by a volunteer committee made up of construction contractors, unions and government agencies including JeDunn Construction, McGough, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Minneapolis Building Trades Council, Ramsey County, Ryan Companies, and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The event is made possible with support from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. For more event information or a sampling of exhibitors see the event flyer.

Cleveland Neighborhood's 30 Days of Community


30 Days of Community is an effort to promote north Minneapolis community events. For the entire month of April, Cleveland Neighborhood Association will be highlighting community events throughout the Northside of Minneapolis from multiple different organizations and individuals. Some will be during the day, others in the evening; some are 1 hour, others all day. All are opportunities to get out and meet some neighbors and enjoy the amazing community. The initiative was started by the CNA in 2014 with a pop-up store front at Lowry and Penn.  For the full schedule of events and to subscribe for updates, visit Cleveland Neighborhood’s 30 Days page.

MACC Community Advisory Board Seeks Ward 4 Applicants


Every two years, Minneapolis Animal Care and Control accepts applications from residents to serve on our Advisory Board. The group is comprised of individuals that represent the following categories:

  1. Residents
  2. Animal-related Businesses
  3. Veterinarians
  4. Urban Farmers
  5. Non-profit Organizations
  6. Animal Rescue Groups
  7. Animal-related Media

Ward 4 is underrepresented and they are seeking interested applicants.  For more information on the board or how to apply (deadline is April 24), please go to:

Spring Cleaning - You Can Leave Large Items for Collection

solid waste

If you’re a City of Minneapolis solid waste and recycling customer, you can put large and bulky items out to be collected from your curb or alley.

You may place up to two electronics, appliances, mattresses, box springs or other items that are 50 percent or more metal at your collection point on your recycling day. Make sure to mark them “for Solid Waste & Recycling.” The crew will place a sticker on them, and a separate crew will come the following business day to pick them up for recycling. If you are unable to set the item out early, just call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 and tell us that you will set the item out by 6 a.m. the day after your recycling collection.

Solid waste
If you have non-recyclable large or bulky items, you may place up to two pieces at your collection point on any garbage day. Be sure to mark them “for Solid Waste” and your garbage crew will pick them up for disposal when your cart is emptied.

If you have items you don’t know what to do with, look them up here:

Yard Waste Pickup Begins April 13


Yard waste collection begins on your garbage day in the week of April 13. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set compostable bags of yard waste (such as leaves and grass clippings), bundles of brush, and reusable yard waste containers next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage collection day. Please remember that all bagged yard waste must now be in compostable bags – either Kraft (paper) bags or compostable plastic bags – or reusable containers.

Branches and leaves must be tied with string or twine, bagged in compostable bags or placed loose in reusable containers. Branches must be less than three inches each in diameter and less than three feet long. Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds. All compostable bags and reusable containers must be 33 gallons or less and weigh less than 40 pounds.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, call 612-673-2917 or visit

Street Sweeping Begins April 14


Public Works crews will start comprehensive sweeping of all city streets on April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow. The “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law.

Folks can use the street sweeping lookup tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhood. Go to and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The schedule will be updated soon – stay posted for updates! 

McKinley Neighborhood Seeking Board Members


If you live, work or own a business in the McKinley neighborhood you are eligible to be on the neighborhood Board of Directors.  No experience is necessary, but passion for improving the neighborhood, long-term vision and a willingness to collaborate with the whole community is essential.  Time commitments vary, but expect at least 6-8 hours per month for research, meetings, ect.

Residents will vote for six (6) open seats on the Board of Directors during the April 6th McKinley Community Meeting at 7:00 pm in our neighborhood office, 3300 Lyndale Avenue North. Five seats are for a 2-year term, one seat is for a one-year term.

Email if you would like an application or have questions about being a Board member. All applicants must have their completed applications in the office by 5pm Friday, April 3rd. Applicants will have up to 2 minutes during the meeting to tell meeting attendees about themselves and to be followed by a brief Q&A period from the residents in attendance.

Honor Flight Twin Cities Seeks WWII Vets for May Trip


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 trip is Saturday, May 16.  For more information visit or email Jerry and Jana Kyser at

Help Shape Our City - Apply for Openings on Minneapolis Boards and Commissions

Applications are accepted in the spring and fall for boards and commissions positions. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Breaking Bread Café and Catering Opening April 29


The Grand Opening of Breaking Bread Cafe and Catering will be held Wednesday, April 29.  This fast-casual, breakfast and lunch concept will serve “Global Comfort Food” that is inspired by traditional food recipes with international influences to honor the multicultural community in North Minneapolis.

10am – 12pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Tasting
4pm – 7pm Family Friendly Activities
10am – 7pm Food, Fun and Community Building

Who: Everyone!
When: April 29th, 2015 10:00am-7:00pm
Where: Breaking Bread Cafe and Catering, 1210 West Broadway

Rain Gardens and Beyond - $15 Workshops


You can help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean while creating a beautiful and pollinator-friendly habitat in your yard. Metro Blooms workshops offer the latest information on a healthy yard and combine a do-it-yourself approach with expert help to put “rain gardening” in the hands of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. For more information and to register, go to or call 651-699-2426. These workshops are sponsored by the City of Minneapolis as part of its focus on the well-being of people and our environment. For more information about rain gardens, click here.

Artist-City Collaborations to Involve Underrepresented Communities in Setting City Priorities


Artists will be embedded in five City department projects in 2015, as part of a three-year program that is bringing the expertise and unique perspectives of highly skilled community artists to help set City priorities. Creative CityMaking is a collaboration between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that pairs local artists with City staff to develop fresh and innovative approaches for addressing long-term issues facing Minneapolis.

Two of the five artist teams are now matched with City departments for the 2015 Creative CityMaking program:

Creative Asset Mapping in the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development - Long Range Planning Division

Artists Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey will work with department staff and consult with Minneapolis communities to identify important strengths or positive qualities in communities around the city, particularly in areas with the highest concentrations of poverty and people of color. These are those important but intangible assets that communities value but that may not show up on a standard map. For example, a community gathering place might be seen as an asset, or a person or informal network of people might be important to a community’s cohesion. The artists will seek to map and creatively represent those strengths in ways that the City can use to develop plans and policies.

The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement in the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Artists D.A. Bullock and Ariah Fine – both Fourth Ward residents, will work on this multi-year strategic action plan to ensure that the City seeks and values all community voices. The artists will focus on helping make sure neighborhood organizations, City boards and commissions, and City enterprise outreach and engagement groups reflect the communities they serve.

Earth Day Cleanup April 25


Earth Day Cleanup is held at several sites throughout the City of Minneapolis on Saturday, April 25 from 9:30am - noon. It is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2015. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. Every site has a coordinator available to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have.  Some Northside sites include: Farview Park, Creekview Park, and Dairy Queen on 47th and Lyndale.  Visit MPRB’s Earth Day Cleanup Page for a full list of sites. 

Rate Minneapolis Video: Finalist for Help Developing Its Community Engagement Efforts and Combat Racial Disparities

City leaders want Minneapolis to be a place where everyone has equitable opportunities for success. To help in this work, the City has applied to be a part of a nationwide City Accelerator cohort and is one of seven finalists. Of the seven cities, three will be selected for the cohort. If Minneapolis is selected, the City Accelerator will provide City leaders tools to help advance strategies to engage underserved communities in processes throughout City government. This kind of outreach is essential to eliminating racial disparities.

To show your support, watch and rate a video Minneapolis produced as part of its application. The short video explains what’s being done by the City to eliminate racial disparities and how being part of the City Accelerator cohort would help those efforts. Go to and click on the Minneapolis video. Along with rating the video, you can also leave comments. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, April 3. Although this isn’t a “vote” to select the final three cities, the video ratings will be considered as cities are selected for the cohort.

North First: Health Equity Event April 28


Join your neighbors for North First: Health Equity, a Northside social event, for our spring gathering on Tuesday, April 28 from 6 – 8pm. This is a great opportunity to get to know other residents, neighborhood organizations and community at the brand new EMERGE Career and Technology Center, enjoy some delicious food, have fun getting to know your neighbors, stop by the Information Exchange and learn about opportunities and resources, and hear some flash presentations about a variety of Health Equity-themed topics of interest to northside neighborhoods. Come for a bite and stay for some conversation. Just make sure you reserve your spot today!

6:00-7:00pm Social hour and Info Exchange
7:00-8:00 Presentations in the theater
8:00-8:30pm Networking and information sharing

Join the Northside Neighborhoods Council and co-sponsor, Nexus Community Partners, for an evening of socializing and networking with others committed to seeing north Minneapolis become a thriving and vibrant community. Make your reservation now. We look forward to seeing you and bring a friend who might be interested! Learn more at

Upcoming Tax Forfeited Property Auction May 1


Hennepin County will conduct an auction of tax forfeited land Friday, May 1, 2015, with registration at 8:15 and bidding at 9 am in the A Level Auditorium of the Government Center, 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. Tax forfeited land is the result of unpaid taxes. There are several steps the property has to go through legally, first allowing the owner the benefit of gaining their property back, but ultimately, if taxes go unpaid, a property can be sold at auction.

For more information about the auction process, visit (see "Auctions") or call 612-348-3734. Properties are sold “as is.” There are new conditions concerning prohibited purchasers/bidders, and registration and earnest money are necessary to bid. You may also subscribe to automatically receive information regarding future land auctions.

Earlier this year, Commissioner Linda Higgins convened a group including residents and the City of Minneapolis in January to discuss how to best get people back in homes that have sometimes been vacant for years. Star Tribune writer Eric Roper recently did a story about vacant properties in Minneapolis, the great work done by some rehabbers, and efforts by Minneapolis and Hennepin County (see Star Tribune Article). Stay tuned for more information as staff evaluates options.

Serve on a Community Advisory Committee

Applications are now being accepted for open positions on multiple community advisory committees. Those interested in volunteering can find more information and an application for each advisory committee below. Applications are also available by calling Customer Service at 612-230-6400.

Blue Line Extension (BLRT) Community Advisory Committee
The METRO Blue Line Extension (BLRT) Community Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to the BLRT Corridor Management Committee on community issues during the engineering and environmental phases of Bottineau LRT project development. In addition, the committee will advise the Hennepin County Community Works Steering Committee for elements regarding station area planning, other infrastructure investments and elements that may be implemented post revenue service. The MPRB is to appoint one community representative to this committee:

BLRT Community Advisory Committee

Appointment notifications will be made shortly after April 15

MPRB Urban Agriculture Activity Plan, Project Implementation Team
The urban agriculture activity plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process and contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture within the parks. The work of this team is to guide the plan’s implementation for many years ahead.

The MPRB is to appoint three Minneapolis residents to this team:

Appointment notifications will be made shortly after April 20

One Minneapolis Fund Now Accepting Proposals


The One Minneapolis Fund is designed to support the development of diverse leadership development and community engagement in the City of Minneapolis. Community or Cultural organizations should submit proposals for projects that develop leaders and engage communities. The organizations must be both:

  1. Grounded in cultural and/or community organizations and
  2. Actively working toward building an inclusive Minneapolis

The One Minneapolis Fund provides grants to community organizations for leadership development programs and community engagement activities.  Grant proposals are now being accepted through April 6.  Visit the One Minneapolis Fund webpage for more information.