We’re in the thick of one of the worst pothole seasons in years. That, paired with state, county and local budget cuts, has drawn our attention to the state of our infrastructure.

You can help MPR News cover pothole season and infrastucture issues in a couple ways:

1) Report the most bothersome potholes you’ve come across: click here. By reporting a pothole, you will alert the public as well as officials and MPR will be tracking when they get fixed.

2) Tell us about the other infrastructure problems in your neighborhood or beyond: click here.

Your responses will help us report on potholes and other infrastructure issues in Minnesota.

Molly Bloom
Public Insight Analyst
Minnesota Public Radio News
mbloom@mpr.org

Remember the days of Nicollet Pothole? Dark chocolate ice cream and dark fudge, with a sea salt edge and a smattering of toffee gravel? The first ever ice cream, as far as we know, to effectively be used as a lobbying tool to hustle up a street repaving project! Sebastian Joe’s mixed up that wonderful concoction in honor of Kingfield and donated it to us for National Night Out last year…who could ask for better neighbors than this amazing locally-owned ice cream company?

BUT…it is now 2010, and with Nicollet Avenue improvements in the planning process, we need a new flavor for a whole new decade. What flavor and name will indentify and unite us this year? What tastes will remind us, long into the future, of the year 2010? Who gets to decide? Well, for the first time, YOU get to decide…you and your neighbors, that is!

Here’s how it works: The block that has the most cumulative households participating in the 2009-2010 Energy Efficiency Workshops (both the fall ’09 and spring ’10 sessions) will be invited to visit the Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Commissary. Your block will get to tour the facility, meet the owner, and sample whatever goodies are being made that day! Additionally, you will brainstorm the ingredients and a name for the 2010 Kingfield flavor and cast votes for the winner. Sebastian Joe’s will donate a batch of your own flavor to be scooped at National Night Out across the neighborhood!

Pretty cool, huh?!

So what do you do? Even if you’ve already participated in a workshop, there’s still time to get more of your neighbors involved. Contact KFNA at info@kingfield.org to get materials to hand-out to your neighbors.  We need your help to get your entire block to the workshops, which will occur on March 18th and 20th. It has been proven that your neighbors will be more likely to attend if YOU ask them, rather than me!

If you have not attended, register now for the Home Energy Assessment Workshop with Ashley at (612)335-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org.  (And you still cna get materials from info@kingfield.org and invite your neighbors to come with you!)

We need your help to grow the green environment in Kingfield…and you can make your mark in Kingfield with a signature 2010 flavor, as well!

Note: The winning block will be announced at the KFNA Annual Meeting on April 19. In case of a tie in the number of households participating per block, a coin toss will determine the winners!

Sunday Feb 28 from 1-4pm
All Ages Welcome!
On-Going: Kingfield Neighborhood reveals site plans and gives info on their Community Gardens. Come and see how you can be a part of it!
Free Sample Classes:
Sunroom
1:10–1:50: Tai Chi Chuan with David Prost
2:00–2:50: Aalim School of Middle Eastern Dance

Chapel
1:10–1:50: Youth Class with Steppingstone Theatre
2:00–2:40: Young Dance Sample Modern Dance Class
2:45–3:15: Irish dancing for all ages
3:20–4:00pm: Beginners Salsa Dance Class for Parents and kids + Performance

Studio 107
1:10–1:50 Gyrokenesis Sample Session
2:00–2:50 Gyrokenesis Sample Session
Next Open Houses March 28 and April 25

Fifth Precinct loses veteran community liaison

By Jake Weyer, SW Journal, Febraury edition

Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson was laid off Feb. 11 after a decade of service

To many Southwest residents, he was the face of the Minneapolis Police Department and the first point of contact for any non-emergency crime and safety information.

As a Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS) for the 5th Precinct’s second sector, Tom Thompson served as a community liaison between the police department and residents in the neighborhoods of West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, Lyndale, East Harriet and Kingfield. He worked in the sector for five years after transferring from the 3rd Precinct, where he started his career with the police department in 2000.  Read more here.

A Note fromTom….

It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell to all my friends, co-workers and neighbors in the 5th Precinct.  Thursday February 11th, will be my last day with the Minneapolis Police Department.  Everyone knows there have been and continue to be budget issues; I will be officially laid-off on Thursday.

I do not look at this as a negative thing, but rather a positive thing.  The “stars are aligning” (to steal a quote from Jack Kelly) for me and my family to pursue opportunities.  So, please don’t take this as a negative event.  Besides, it’s more important that you’re here, and you’re active and involved.

So, now for contact information; if you live in East Harriet, Kingfield or Lyndale you will contact
CPS Amy Lavender at;
612-673-5407
amy.lavender@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

or, if you live in ECCO, CARAG, Linden Hills or West Calhoun you will contact CPS
Chelsea Adams at;
612-673-2819
chelsea.adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Welcome Chelsea and Amy into your groups.  They are wonderful people and will do a fabulous job working with you.

It has been an honor to have met and worked with you.  I wish you the best and if our paths cross again, please say hello.

Thanks

Tom

 
CPS Tom Thompson
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN  55408

thomas.thompson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
(612) 673-2823

Serving the neighborhoods of;
CARAG, East Harriet, ECCO, Kingfield, Linden Hills, Lyndale, West Calhoun

Email crime trend alert subscription:  http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crimealert/signup.asp.
Crime prevention resources: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/.
Crime maps and statistics: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-statistics/.
Weekly MPD highlights: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crimealert/highlights.asp.

This month we will host a discussion of the 2010 U.S. Census with action steps for you to take in your own neighborhood. Come learn about the Census, why it is critical to the future of Minneapolis, and you can help make sure WE ALL COUNT!

What’s at stake? Minnesota’s share of Money, Power, & Information. $400 Billion each year and each at large seat in congress is allocated by the U.S. Congress based on this census count.
What’s going on? Update from the U.S. Census Bureau, The Minneapolis Complete Count Committee, and other key census partners within the community.
What’s your role? Educate and motivate your neighbors towards a complete count. Recruit Census Captains to reach Hard to Count Areas. 

Friday, February 26th
7:30-9:00am
Turtle Bread
4762 Chicago Ave. S.
In the Pizza Biga Room
Free Coffee- courtesy of Turtle Bread!

Andrea Jenkins, Senior Policy Aide
Office of Elizabeth Glidden
8th Ward City Council Office
(612) 673-2208
andrea.jenkins@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Martin Luther King Park/Minneapolis Parks & Recreation and the KFNA Youth & Schools Committee  invite families to enjoy an evening with your friends and neighbors watching a movie indoors..

Martin Luther King Park Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Avenue
Friday Febraury 26, March 19 and April 16, 2010
6:00pm – 8:30pm (Social ½ hour begins at 6pm movie starts at 6:30pm)
Bring the whole family.

Movie titles (“G” or “PG”) to be announced—visit www.kingfield.org or watch the KFNA email blast for titles (sign up for the weekly Kingfield email list at the KFNA website on the left). Refreshments available for $1 each.

Online Registration required–limited to 60 (including Parents).  Follow links at  http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=88&parkid=283
For more information call King Park at 612-370-4908.

Motorists will encounter detours and increased congestion on metro area roadways when the 46th Street ramp to southbound Interstate 35W closes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The 46th Street bridge will remain open during the closure. The ramp closure is needed as crews continue freeway work in the area as part of the Interstate 35W/Highway 62 Crosstown reconstruction project. Motorists should follow the posted detours during the closures, which include using Diamond Lake Road ramp to reach southbound I-35W.

For more information on the I-35W/Highway 62 Crosstown reconstruction project, visit www.mndot.gov or call the Crosstown Project hotline at 1-866-743-6590 or send an e-mail to crosstown@rranow.com.  For up-to-date information on Mn/DOT projects, go to www.511mn.org, follow Mn/DOT at www.twitter.com/mndottraffic or visit the “Minnesota Department of Transportation” page on Facebook.
 
For More Information on the Crosstown Project
Crosstown Project Hotline: 1.866.743.6590
Email: crosstown@rranow.com
Website: www.mndot.gov
Crosstown Project Office: 6242 Lyndale Ave S, Richfield*
*For office hours, call the Crosstown Project Hotline.

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