City leaders want Minneapolis to be a place where everyone has equitable opportunities for success. To help in this work, the City is seeking to be part of a nationwide City Accelerator program and has become one of seven finalists. Of the seven cities, three will be selected in a City Accelerator cohort. If Minneapolis is selected, the program will provide City leaders with tools to help 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.

The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, aims to help accelerate the adoption of innovative efforts that help low-income residents. During an 18-month period, cities participating in the cohort will accelerate progress on their work to eliminate racial disparities. Cities in the cohort will learn how successful practices can be concretely adapted and will meet to learn from each other’s experiences. Cohort cities will also receive coaching, technical help and implementation resources to advance strategy and overcome barriers.

Public Hearing for Nighthawks

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Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Time: 1:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter

Place: Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis MN, 55415

Purpose: To present information and solicit comments for the application from Nighthawks for an On Sale Wine with Strong Beer, Class E and a Sidewalk Café license. If approved, they intend to operate a full service restaurant serving wine and strong beer.

Applicant’s Name (Legal Entity): Nighthawks, LLC

DBA/Trade Name: Nighthawks/Birdie@Nighthawks

Complete Address: 3753 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Telephone Number: 612-248-8111

Current License(s): None

Requested License(s): On Sale Wine with Strong Beer, Class E

Nature of Entertainment: The applicant will be offering prerecorded music and TV. There will be no live entertainment.

Off Street Parking: The Zoning Administrator has determined that five off street parking spaces are required. They have met this requirement

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing. Please use the next page to make written comments or contact License Inspector Julie Casey at or 612-673-3905.

Information in Other Languages: Yog xav paub tshaj nos ntxiv, hu 612-673-2800. Macluumaad dheeri ah, kala soo xiriir 612-673-3500. Para mas información llame al 612-673-2700.

The map that every green-oriented resident of Minneapolis has been waiting for is out.

Reprinted from MinnPost

As the city rolls out its curbside organics recycling system, it is only able to serve about a quarter of the city in Phase 1. Those are the residents who can begin putting organics in new bins for regular city collection starting in August. The map released this morning shows those areas in green.  See more:

You can see the map on MinnPost…sadly Kingfield will have to wait until 2016. Boo! 


“Your Lucky Day” is This Weekend!

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Open Thursday March 26th through Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday March 29th from noon to 5 pm (rain or shine or snow!)
Your Lucky Day
4159 Grand Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
Follow Your Lucky Day on Facebook for pictures and sale dates!

Minneapolis Parks Forum 4/17/2015

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On April 7th, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis’ Parks Committee will host a public forum, “Minneapolis Parks: Old and New Protecting the Public Interest” at Armatage Park, 2500 W. 57th St.  The event will run from 7 -8:30 p.m. For more information, please click here: Parks Forum Flyer

Want to know if crime is up or down in the Kingfield Neighborhood?  Be sure to come to the next Kingfield Crime Prevention and Safety Committee Meeting, tonight, April 18th 7pm at MLK Park.  We will take a look at the crime stats for the area and strategize safety activities.

Each year thousands of bicycles are stolen or recovered in Minneapolis.  Only a small percentage of recovered bicycles are returned to their owners due to lack of reporting or proper identification of the bicycle.

Tips to prevent bicycle theft

  • Always lock unattended bicycles! Use a lock resistant to cutting, breaking or picking (example: a “U-lock”).
  • Make sure both wheels are locked, either by removing one and U-locking it with the other and the frame or by using an auxiliary lock on one. You can also purchase devices that replace the cam and the lever on quick release wheels and seats with a keyed system.
  • Lock the bicycle to something stationary, preferably where you and others can see it. Note that it is illegal in Minneapolis to lock bikes in a manner that will impede normal pedestrian or traffic movement. (Minneapolis Ordinance 490.150)
  • Properly secure garages or storage units where bicycles are kept. Lock your bike inside the garage by the same techniques as listed above.
  • Remove any bicycle components and accessories that are easily taken.
  • Be observant. Call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

How to report stolen or lost bicycles

  • Call 911 to report a theft in progress, from a dwelling or storage unit, or when evidence is left behind (e.g., fingerprints, tools, video surveillance).
  • Call 311 or 612-673-3000 to make a police report if you did not witness the theft in progress or if no evidence was left behind.
  • To request a database search of recovered bicycles, contact Property and Evidence at 612-673-2932. They are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tips to increase the odds of a stolen bike being returned

  • Record the make, model, and especially the serial number on your bicycle. Keep this information in a safe place; it is essential to recovering bicycles. Photographs may also help.
  • Register your bicycle with the Minneapolis Bicycle Registration Program. It can be done by calling 311 (612-673-3000), using the 311 mobile app, or on line through the City’s website.

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