Changes to bus routes go into effect on Saturday the 4th. We will have Metro Transit staff on hand to assist customers and hand out coffee on Monday morning (early) the 6th at the new I-35W and 46th Street Station. Questions can be directed to 612-373-3333, option 2 for a LIVE person. Transit Information hours are: Weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transit Information is closed on Christmas Day.

Steet-level Bus Route Changes are itemized in the following document: I35W-46th_St_Bus_Plan_Dec_10_-_Highlights

Please also plan on attending the celebration and ribbon cutting on the bridge for Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m.!
Jill Hentges
Metro Transit – Hop on.
Community Outreach

Driftwood Char Bar has expressed an interest in applying for an upgrade of their current “On-Sale Wine Class E W/Strong Beer License” to an “On-Sale Liquor License”.  The purpose of this meeting is to listen to community members’ opinions regarding this request so the Kingfield Neighborhood Association can determine whether the organization should, or should not, support Driftwood Char Bar’s potential application.

This property received an exemption from the State of Minnesota in 2001 to allow the City of Minneapolis to approve an on-sale intoxicating liquor license at this address.  Because Driftwood Char Bar is a new owner at this location, it needs to apply for a new license.

Community Meeting Regarding a Liquor License Upgrade
At Driftwood Char Bar
Wednesday December 1
7-8:30 PM
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.
Arts and Crafts Room

The City will present the history of this property.  Community Members are invited to be present and express their opinions at this meeting, and/or in writing.  Please use the other side to make written comments.  These can be mailed or e-mailed to KFNA (addresses listed below) on or before December 1, 2010.

This meeting is hosted by:
Kingfield Neighborhood Association Redevelopment Committee
3754 Pleasant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612.823.5980 /

The Aliveness Project is busily working to make 38th and Nicollet their new home—and at the same time they are creating over 700 custom Holiday Baskets for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) wants to support this fellow non-profit in their mission to be a community resource and support system to those living with this disease.  You can help us do this!

Visit any of the neighborhood businesses listed here between Friday Nov. 26 and Wednesday Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) and there will be a basket accepting donations for The Aliveness Project.  You may purchase a gift item from the store, bring a gift card from another local business, or simply provide a gift of cash; credit card forms will also be available to facilitate giving at these locations.  Holiday Baskets will be collected and delivered to The Aliveness Project on Dec. 2, wrapped by countless volunteers, and distributed to the many men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in our community.

Participating stores serving as collection locations for The Aliveness Project Holiday Baskets (11-26 through 12-1) include:

Color Wheel Gallery, 46th & Grand
Sugar Sugar, 38th & Grand
Butter Bakery Cafe, 35th & Grand
Nicollet Ace Hardware, 38th & Nicollet
Odds & Ends, 43rd & Nicollet Read more

On December 1st the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Planning Committee will receive staff reports on:

  • Public Meetings Regarding the Memory and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr at Martin Luther King, Jr Park
  • Serving Dog Owners of the Sixth Park District near Kingfield Neighborhood and Community Service Area 10.

KFNA will be participating in both of these important initiatives as they move forward. The meeting and background information can be found on the MPRB website.

Dogpark: MPRB will receive a 106 page report on the dogpark issue which you can read here. Please contact Commissioners with your thoughts and support for an off leash area that will serve Kingfield and our diverse neighbors. As they consider potential locations, it is important that they hear from supporters who live east of 35W, so spread the word!

The public can attend and observe on December 1st. Dogpark supporters, come show your silent support! If you cannot be there, you can watch online or cable channel 79.

Kingfield Uses Local Photography to Repel Graffiti on Utility Boxes

Kingfield’s unique and innovative approach puts art where graffiti once dominated.

By Ashle Briggs Horton
Biking Pleasure 40th & Lyndale

Biking Pleasure 40th & Lyndale

In Kingfield, an innovative program that cuts down grafitti by wrapping often-tagged utility boxes with local photography has been a resounding success, spurring a possible expansion of the program to other parts of the city. 

The utility boxes, which currently sit at 25 intersections across Kingfield, are covered with brightly colored wrap that’s printed with locally-made photography. 

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, said the images serve as a deterrent to vandalization…

Read more here!

Restructured bus service in south Minneapolis, Bloomington, Richfield and Edina will launch on Dec. 4.

The changes will provide faster access to suburban employers and schools, add more frequent service on some routes and modify service to downtown and the U of M. 

A key element of the changes is the new I-35W & 46th Street Station. This two-level station allows easy connections between local routes traveling on 46th Street and express buses on I-35W that can pick up or drop off customers without having to leave the freeway.

The routes affected by the plan include 11, 18, 46, 135, 146, 152, 156, 535, 558, 576, 578, 579 and 597. Get more details at

The Friends of the Washburn Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, 12/4, from 10:00AM-4:00PM and on Sunday, 12/5, from 11:00AM-2:00PM.  Most books/books on tape/DVDCDs will be sold at $1.00 or less.  On Sunday there will be a $5.00 bag sale.

The sale will be held at 5315 Lyndale Avenue South (the former Hollywood Video/Boulevard Theater) and entry will be at the rear door off the parking lot.

All proceeds from the sale will go to support programs at the library including an upcoming Valentine Making Party on Saturday, 2/5.

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