The Out of Towners’ Guide is  a collection of places their contributors take out-of-towners (or suggest others take visitors).  It includes praise for Five Watts, Victor’s 1959 Cafe, Grand Cafe, Sun Street Breads, Blackbird Cafe, and Butter Bakery Cafe!  Rad all about them, and other great spots here!


Dear Neighborhood Authors & Literary-types,

We know that many of you write in the quiet of your offices and read to hushed audiences, but there’s an opportunity to take literature to the streets. The Open Streets, to be exact. The Kingfield Neighborhood Association is looking for Kingfield and Lyndale neighborhood writers who’d like to share their work with the community during the Open Streets Festival on Nicollet Avenue. (And sell a few books, too) on September 14th, noon to 5 pm. Your commitment can be flexible. You can give us as little as an hour or help us out for a several hours.

It’s an opportunity to share your work with a neighborhood audience. A traditional reading might be tough, but anything interactive—from a discussion to a story told with audience input—would be a lot of fun.

We’re also looking for people to staff a book sales table and help with activities. We’ll be hosting a giveaway for the Little Free Library. Other plans include a book-related scavenger hunt, a literary button-maker, and community-written, round-robin stories. The more people who volunteer, the more we can do.

Interested? Contact

5th Precinct’s Jennifer Waisanen will be at the Kingfield Neighborhood Association’s table at today’s Farmers Market from 10am-noon. Stop by to ask all those burning questions you have about crime trends, crime prevention, and, “When should I call 911?”

MPD Officer Do spent two hours on burglary prevention in the Kingfield neighborhood the other day (34th to 40th street and from Stevens to Lyndale) and gave out 11 placards for opened garages and 1 for an unattended truck that had numerous tools in back of the truck. One garage, which is shared by four different tenants, had bins all stocking up and ready for whoever wants them. Officer Do reported that some of the homeowners were appreciative of the reminder but still think running in and out of their houses for few minutes is not going hurt them.

Thanks to Officers who take the time to do these preventive actions, but it is really all of us that can have the biggest impact on reducing these types of crimes: lock your house and garage, even when you are at home; keep your garage door closed unless you are in it, and call your neighbors if you see their garage door up; lock your bikes, even if they are on your front porch or in your garage.

Join the Kingfield Block Walkers! Our first orientation will be Tuesday, September 16th, 7pm at MLK Park. Come and learn what you can do to make our neighborhood safer, while getting some exercise and hanging out with great people (and maybe a few terrific dogs, too)!!

Saturday, August 23, 11AM- 4PM

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual park event to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s free celebration will include musical entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors and the unveiling of the Beloved Community Project. Years in the making, the project includes a paved walkway, granite benches and landscaping around the Freedom Form II sculpture and a plaque marking its significance in the park.

The Beloved Community Project was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Legacy Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, and Chicago Fire Arts, partially funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.  Read more

August 12, 2014

BY: Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal
Minneapolis neighborhoods investigate community-shared solar projects

With most of Minneapolis’ roofs too shady for solar panels, neighborhoods across Southwest are exploring the idea of solar gardens.

In a solar garden, homeowners or businesses can buy a share in a new solar installation and see their proportion of power generation deducted from Xcel energy bills. State legislation approved in 2013 first allowed community-shared solar gardens, and a decision last week by the Public Utilities Commission cleared the way for projects to begin.

Read the rest here:


The Seward Coop is opening a grocery store, the “Friendship” store, at the corner of East 38th Street and 3rd Avenue, across from Sabathani Community Center.  Seward purchased the site from the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and now has finalized all city and neighbor approvals for the project.  Construction will begin soon and Seward Coop plans for the store to open in fall 2015. Find out more at:

Seward Co-op Construction jobs

Anyone interested in learning about the construction of the new Seward Coop Friendship Store, and the requirements and qualifications needed for construction employment, is invited to attend an informational meeting:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3 p.m., Sabathani, 310 E 38th St, 2nd floor gym

Can’t attend? Visit project page

Anyone interested in construction work is invited to fill out the construction referral form, found at (in left column) and return it to HIRED, Seward Coop’s employment assistance partner, at HIRED, c/o Barbara Doyle, 310  E 38th Street Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (inside Sabathani).  You can also call HIRED at (612) 822-9071 or visit HIRED’s office, located in Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street Suite 101, in person.

Construction Job Fair 

Meet multiple employers with openings, get training and tuition assistance information, and updates on construction jobs at Seward Coop Friendship Store, at this job fair:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3-5 pm, Sabathani, 310 E 38th Street, 2nd floor banquet room

Complete info at:

BRING: your resume, references, identification

Seward Coop Grocery Store Jobs

HIRED, located in Sabathani Community Center, has partnered with Seward Community Co-op in assisting the co-op with hiring efforts, specifically their commitment to hiring a perment staff (for grocery store and administration jobs) that closely reflects the diversity of the community.   Questions about jobs? You can contact Barbara Doyle at HIRED at 612-822-9071.  You can also apply for grocery store/permanent jobs directly at: or click on “careers” on the Seward Coop homepage.


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