Metro Blooms Minneapolis Garden Awards Event – Thursday, November 6

 

Some of the most beautiful, creative and sustainable gardens in the Twin Cities will be honored at the Minneapolis Garden Awards from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 6 at Columbia Manor in Minneapolis. The annual event recognizes outstanding work in publicly visible gardens and is presented by Metro Blooms, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices.

 

The garden awards program originally started in 1983 to recognize boulevard gardens in Minneapolis but has since grown far beyond its roots. Today Metro Blooms sends scores of trained volunteer evaluators to visit as many as 2000 gardens in the metro every year, and the program recognizes a wide range of categories, including congregation gardens, edible gardens, container gardens, and residential and business raingardens, among others. This year marks the first time an award will be given for a permaculture garden.

 

The event will benefit Metro Blooms’supporting the evaluation and recognition of beautiful and ecologically functional landscapes. Metro Blooms partners with organizations, businesses, governments and watershed districts to encourage gardening and landscaping activities that protect the environment. One of its main initiatives is teaching people how to plant raingardens that prevent polluted stormwater from draining into lakes, rivers and wetlands.

 

The awards ceremony will feature light fare, music and a cash bar. Tickets are $30.00. Advance ticket purchases are required by October 30. They are available at www.metroblooms.org.

 

Minneapolis Garden Awards is supported by Midwest Home/Minnesota Monthly Magazines, Bachman’s, Plaisted Companies, Northeast Bank and others.

 

Minneapolis Garden Awards

Time:  7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m., Thursday November 6, 2014

Place: Columbia Manor at Columbia Golf Course

3300 Central Ave. NE

Minneapolis, MN  55418

 

What is Court Watch?

Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to promote sentencing accountability with the court system. Community participation makes Court Watch successful. At Court Watch meetings, Minneapolis City Attorneys, Hennepin County Attorneys, Neighborhood Probation, Minneapolis Police and social service agencies respond to questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dates and outcomes. The community leads and drives a Court Watch by * Sharing valuable information about offenders and crimes * Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability * Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim of a neighborhood crime, including drug sales, weapons offenses, property crimes and prostitution * Making communities safer   4th Precinct Court Watch The Fourth Precinct Court Watch focuses on chronic offenders, habitual burglars and felons in possession of firearms. This collaborative meets monthly to address public safety needs and write impact statements. Meeting Time and Location Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 North Regional Library 1315 Lowry Avenue North Contact: 4thPrecinctCourt Watch@minneapolismn.gov

Cancelled-Court Watch: Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System-October 22 – RESCHEDULED

Tonight was to be the first in a series of three Court Watch Forums on how the juvenile justice system works in Hennepin County. All three will be rescheduled.

City of Minneapolis News: Every day is Election Day at City Hall through November 4

 

Extended hours for in-person absentee voting begin

Election Day is officially the first Tuesday in November. However, starting Monday, Oct. 20, all voters in Minneapolis can cast their absentee ballots in person at City Hall on any day of the week until Election Day. Whether it’s on a weekday or a weekend, every day is an Election Day at City Hall.

This is the first year voters in Minnesota are not required to provide a specific reason for voting absentee. That means all voters now have the option to vote absentee either by mail or in person prior to Election Day. Also, the City Council voted last month to extend the in-person absentee ballot hours available at City Hall, 350 5th Street South. These two changes have created this unprecedented voting opportunity in Minneapolis.

From now until Election Day, the hours for in-person absentee voting in City Hall are:

  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, through Oct. 31
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3

As always, voters can also do absentee voting at home. Ballots can be requested online at vote.minneapolismn.gov. All completed mail ballots must be received by the Elections & Voter Services Division by Election Day.

 

City of Minneapolis News: How can Minneapolis be a better arts and creative city?

The City of Minneapolis is leading a planning process to think more strategically about how its arts and creative assets can best contribute to the local and regional economy and improve Minneapolis’ quality of life. We would like to hear from you about your participation in Minneapolis arts and culture. You can take a survey by Nov. 21 either online or by downloading a PDF. Results from this survey will greatly inform the Creative City Road Map, a plan for Minneapolis arts and culture for the next 10 years.

Watch www.creativeminneapolis.org for updates and more information about the process and events, a survey, and what Minneapolitans are saying and thinking about how the arts and creative activities connect to their lives.

 

Mississippi Messages from Friends of the Mississippi River – October 2014

 

FMR Updates

MAKING OUR HOMES RIVER-FRIENDLY, FALL FMR WORKSHOPS

Our recent rain barrel workshop quickly reached capacity, but we still have three free fall workshops to help you make your home river-friendly inside and out! Capacity is limited and early registration highly encouraged. Read more »

RSVP FOR NOV. 1ST, OUR FINAL OUTDOOR EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Join us Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the beautiful bluff-top prairie and oak woodlands above the river in Cottage Grove. Volunteers are needed to help FMR staff remove invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. No experience is required and all supplies (pizza included!) will be provided. Learn more and sign up via the event listing, or contact Amy Kilgore atakilgore@fmr.org for details and directions. We look forward to hearing from you! Read more »

ACT TODAY! SUPPORT THE EPA’S WORK TO PROTECT U.S. STREAMS AND WETLANDS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on their draft Waters of the U.S. rule – a clarification of the Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to protect our nations streams and wetlands today! Read more »

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL “EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER”!

Friends of the Mississippi River held our 13th annual “Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River” on October 1, 2014 at the Weisman Art Museum – overlooking the great river we are all working to protect. The evening was a success on many accounts, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make it a success. For photos, numbers and more, read on! Read more »

OCTOBER IS REI MONTH AT FMR!

In recognition and appreciation for the individuals and families who also support our work, REI is offering special benefits during the month of October. Read more »

THANK YOU FOR A YEAR OF ACTION TO STRENGTHEN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RULES

FMR has called on activists to write letters, sign petitions, attend trainings and meetings, and send formal comments to the DNR over the past year. We would like to extend our thanks to nearly 2,000 FMR advocates that acted to better our river for future generations. Read on for what’s next in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rulemaking process. Read more »

RESTORATION OF COTTAGE GROVE’S RIVER OAKS PARK IS UNDERWAY

Restoration of the city of Cottage Grove’s River Oaks Park has started. This park’s primary ecological feature is a small (half-acre) remnant Bedrock Bluff Prairie. The vista of the Mississippi River, from the bluff prairie, is sweeping and gorgeous. Read more »

Mississippi River News

VIKINGS KICK IN ANOTHER $500K FOR AMENITIES, BUT NOT FOR BIRD-SAFE GLASS

The Vikings are paying another half-million for upgrades including an eighth elevator and additional food stands, but refuse to upgrade to bird-friendly glass for their new stadium. Due to its location in the Mississippi Flyway and towering glass wall, Audubon Society and many others, including the Minneapolis City Council, expect the new stadium to be a death trap for birds. Read more »

Calendar of Events

HELP US WITH A BIG MAILING

Tuesday, October 21 and/or 28 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. FMR Headquarters, Robert & 5th, Downtown St. Paul We have a big mailing that we need last-minute volunteer help to get out the door. Let us know if you can helpTuesday the 21st or the 28th! (Sign up for one or both.) We’ll provide the pizza and sodas! Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the FMR calendar listings, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. (Be sure to let her know which night(s) you’re committing to.) Read more »

MAKE YOUR HOME RIVER-FRIENDLY

Wednesday, October 22 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. Dakota County Western Service Center (next to Galaxie Library), Apple Valley Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to learn about practices and small projects you can take on inside your home — be it a mansion or a small apartment — to significantly improve your water footprint. We’ll quickly cover the basics, touching on both well-known lessons and lesser-known tools to help you figure out the most effective steps to take to make your home river-friendly. Topics include the biggest water users in your house or apartment (both direct and indirect usage), where to take leftover prescription drugs, alternatives to household products containing triclosan and other river polluters. Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more about this free Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. Read more »

T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY AT REI IN BLOOMINGTON — LAST CHANCE!

Saturday, October 24 – 3:00-7:00 p.m. REI Bloomington, 750 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420 Throughout October, FMR and REI are celebrating their longstanding partnership with special member benefits. One of these perks, is a complimentary REI “Steward 2014″ t-shirt ($20 value) for individuals that are both REI and FMR members. T-shirts will be available only for pick-up on the date provided above. Additionally, when picking up your t-shirt you can enter to win a light-weight REI Passage 2 Tent — it’s great for backpackers. Come out and join us onOctober 24th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at REI Bloomington. T-shirts available while supplies last. Only one per member please. Contact John Briel, Development Associate, with questions at jbriel@fmr.org. Read more »

BLUFF PRAIRIE AND OAK WOODLANDS INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL

Saturday, November 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3M Cottage Grove facility natural area Join us in the oak woodlands and bluff prairie near the Mississippi River, part of a natural area owned by 3M-Cottage Grove being restored in partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River. Alongside FMR Ecologist Joe Walton and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will learn about, explore and then help restore the woodlands and prairie by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn, and removing honeysuckle. This will immediately create openings for the return of native plants that benefit our local wildlife and waters. No experience is required and all supplies will be provided. Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. Read more »

LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)

Tuesday, November 4 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. Read more »

LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)

Thursday, December 4 – 6-7 p.m. Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials. Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. Read more »

Whose View? From Where?

OCTOBER 2014

Each month in this section, we feature a photo from somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant, important, or just plain scenic. Individuals may then e-mail us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally. Read more »

SEPTEMBER 2014 ANSWER

September’s photo was a popular spot and many of our readers recognized it. The Hastings High Bridge has a lot of history that many shared their stories about! Read more »

Phenology

RARE FALL MIGRANTS

Mid to late fall can be a rewarding time to see rare birds in the Twin Cities. Read more »

Supporting FMR

PLEASE SUPPORT FMR’S IMPORTANT WORK!

If you’ve read this month’s Mississippi Messages down to this point, you are well aware not only of what FMR has accomplished but what we still need to accomplish. And to do that, we need your support. Your gift in any amount today will help us accomplish more for your river and your community. And if you are able to consider a sustaining, monthly gift – the impact will really add up! If you value the work that we are doing, please make a gift today. Thank you!

Quote of the Month

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”         - Albert Camus

FMR Updates

Mississippi River News

Calendar of Events

Whose View? From Where?

Phenology

Supporting FMR

4th Ward Report – October 2014 – Council President Barbara Johnson

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

October 2014

Neighborhoods

Cleveland
Folwell
Jordan
Lind-Bohanon
McKinley
Shingle Creek
Victory
Webber-Camden
Willard Hay

Fall Street Sweeping

Watch your neighborhood for fall street sweeping.  Starting later this month onOctober 20th, look for posted signs marking out the areas designated for street sweeping. Signs are usually posted 24-hours in advance before a street is swept, so be on the lookout.

This is part of the comprehensive street sweep that will take about four weeks to complete. More detailed information will be available later this month on the city website, including the street lookup function. Right now, frequently asked questions are available. More information will be coming out soon as well aboutyard waste collection dates.

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Patrick Henry High School a REWARD School for the 2nd Year in a Row!

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Congratulations to Patrick Henry High School for being named a REWARD school by the Minnesota Department of Education for the second year in a row.  REWARD schools are the top 15% of Title I schools based on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR).  The Minnesota Department of Education plans to share practices from these schools with struggling schools in an effort to replicate best practices across the state.  Patrick Henry is ranked 6th in reading growth in Minneapolis Public Schools, 2nd in math growth and has the highest focused rating in the district. Way to go Patriots!


Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin Will Deliver Energy Assistance Programs in Minneapolis

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Following the State of Minnesota’s termination of its contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis is committed to ensuring that those who need the services that Community Action provided will still receive them. Effective immediately Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) will deliver the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) in Minneapolis.

Energy assistance applications that were previously submitted to Community Action of Minneapolis (CAM) will be delivered to CAPSH and processed in the order in which they were received. Clients do not need to submit new applications unless notified by CAPSH. Minneapolis residents who have received energy assistance applications should mail them to CAPSH rather than the address printed on their applications (see address below). The energy assistance application can be downloaded online at www.capsh.org or by calling 952-930-3541.

Mail new applications to:
Energy Assistance Program
8800 Highway 7, #403
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Residents who are interested in weatherization services for their home should contact Sustainable Resources Center at 612-870-4255.


Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau Holding Public Forums

Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau are hosting a series of public forums on public safety, police accountability, and public trust. The first public forum was held on October 8th at Macedonia Baptist Church in South Minneapolis.  More than 100 people attended the forum, which lasted just over two hours. An additional forum will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 – 9pm at Church of the Ascension, 1723 Bryant Ave N.  It will be moderated by Yvonne Cheek.

The final public forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 6:30 – 8:00pm at a location to be determined in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

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Find Out About Job Opportunities at the City’s Public Works Department

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The Minneapolis Public Works Department is hiring new service workers, and you can learn more about this job opportunity at one of several upcoming information sessions.

City staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the application process and the skills needed for these positions.

The open positions are for “service worker I” and “service worker I trainees.” All applicants must be at least 18 by Oct. 31; possess a high school diploma, a GED or equivalent; be able to perform manual labor and also have the ability to drive trucks and light construction equipment. Those who possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL – Class B) with no air brake restrictions and also have one year of previous labor experience in a similar environment including operating construction equipment will be considered for service worker positions. Applicants with no related experience or commercial driver’s license will be considered for service worker trainee positions.

Can’t make any of the information sessions?  No problem. You are not required to attend an information session to apply. Just go to the City of Minneapolis jobs website at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs and look for “Public Works, Service Worker I” under “featured jobs.”

Information sessions:

 

10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 16
Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave S

3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

2-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21
Midtown Exchange, 2929 Chicago Ave.

2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.


Camden Haunted House

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Are you brave enough for Folwell Recreation Center’s Haunted House? The community center we all know and love will be transformed into a scary haunted house with new illusions and haunting scenes this year. This fun, scary event is right around the corner on October 27, 29 and 31 from 6:30 – 9 PM, the cost is $4.  For more information, check out MPRB’s Fall Activity Brochure.


Victory Crossings Re-Opening Event October 18

The businesses at 44th & Penn will celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of 44th & Penn with a treasure hunt, sidewalk chalk art competition, refreshments and more! Join this FREE family-friendly celebration on Saturday, October 18 from 10am – 4pm.

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Get Ready to VOTE in the General Election onNovember 4

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Voters will be asked to choose their candidates for governor, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, Minnesota representative and other elected positions. There will also be two questions to amend the City Charter on the ballot.

To vote on Election Day, you will need to go to your precinct. Find out how to get the address of your precinct and see your sample ballot on the elections website.

If you want to cast your ballot early, you can submit an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested online. Applications are also available on the Minneapolis elections website and may be sent anytime leading up to the primary. You can also vote absentee in-person by visiting the Minneapolis Office of Elections & Voter Services, 350 Fifth St. S.

Before you vote, make sure you’re registered. It is possible to register on the day you vote, but registering in advance is fast and easy and will save you time at the polls. You can register online or at government offices, libraries, park buildings, fire stations and police stations. Voter registration applications are available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese on theelections language support website.


Grants Can Help Your Community Reduce Waste

Hennepin County has Green Partner grants of up to $15,000 available to organizations to implement environmental education projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce and properly dispose of household hazardous waste, conserve energy and protect water quality. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 15, 2014. Eligible organizations include non-profit organizations, community and youth groups, congregations, schools and park districts.  For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/greenpartners.


Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch October 18

Come join your friends, family and neighbors at the Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch. Lots to see and do!  The Party will be on Saturday, October 18th from Noon until 3pm at 36th and Penn Avenue North.  There will be music, face painting, food, a compost workshop – Project Sweetie Pie will be there so will STS and Hennepin County Community Works and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts!  We hope to see you there!

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Public Hearings on the City’s 2015 Budget

The City Council is now in the process of considering Mayor Betsy Hodges’ 2015 recommended budget. The final approval of the 2015 budget is scheduled forWednesday, December 10, 2014. Two public comment hearings give you an opportunity to tell council members what you think about the budget. The public hearings will be held in Room 317 of City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, onNovember 18 at 6:05 p.m. and December 10 at 6:05 p.m. Presentations are being made to the City Council’s Ways and Means/Budget committee. You can watch committee hearings on Minneapolis 79 or online atwww.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79.


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.

Hennepin County Library News: Family History Fair is Saturday, November 1 at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central

 

Family History Fair 2014 is Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Connect with leading genealogists and local experts, and learn how to start or expand your own family history project using exceptional state, local and library resources.

National genealogy expert Alice Eichholz will kick off the fifth-annual event with a 9:30 a.m. keynote talk, “Finding Ancestors in All the Right Places.”

Other experts will lead workshops 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and share tips for using resources including NARA, Fold3, HeritageQuest, Genealogy Connect, FamilySearch and Ancestry, and advice for storytelling, finding family in courthouse records, and researching Native American, Irish, and German ancestors.

More than 30 genealogical, historical and heritage groups will be available at resource tables between workshops 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to answer questions and share information. A photography expert will be available to offer one-to-one assistance with placing historic photographs.

Hennepin County Library staff will give an optional tour of the genealogy and government documents area at Minneapolis Central Library at 1:45 p.m.

Family History Fair 2014 is sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Register for this free event at www.hclib.org or call 612-543-8000.

Hennepin County libraries offer Genealogy Research events throughout the year to help you trace your family history. Additional genealogy and local history resources are available at www.hclib.org.

About the presenters:

Alice Eichholz, PhD, CG is a nationally known family history researcher, writer and adult educator. She is best known for her publication Ancestry’s Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources and as a mentor to doctoral students at Walden University. Presenting: Finding Ancestors in All the Right Places

Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She has three degrees in history, and she has studied at major genealogical institutes. She writes for Minnesota Genealogist and is the 2013 winner of the Minnesota Genealogical Society Founders Award for visionary leadership. Presenting: Finding Military Records in All the Right Places – NARA and Fold3.com

Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker is a librarian at Minneapolis Central and Southdale libraries, and has been doing genealogy for 15-plus years. Her special interests are English, Scottish, Irish, Prussian, Swedish, and early American and Quaker genealogy. Presenting: HeritageQuest and Genealogy Connect 

Jerry Blue is a librarian at St. Anthony and Pierre Bottineau libraries, a freelance Twin Cities storyteller, and Residency-Storytelling artist for COMPAS, a statewide non-profit arts organization. He has been researching his family history and stories for the past six years to help him understand and promote the legacy of African American stories. Presenting: Life Stories – We are All Storyteller 

Jeanne Boutang Croud has been conducting genealogical and historical research for more than 40 years. She has researched a number of Native genealogies, including her own, and has consulted on Native probate investigations and provided information and corrections for federal probate hearings for the Department of the Interior. Presenting: Finding Your Native American Ancestors

Ann Eccles has been researching her Irish family lines for the past dozen years. She is editor of The Septs, the quarterly journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International, and she serves as secretary of their board of directors. She is a retired Hennepin County librarian. Presenting: Searching for Irish Ancestors in the U.S. and Irish Records

Jay Fonkert, CG specializes in Midwest genealogy, with interests extending to Scandinavia, The Netherlands and England. His teaching articles have appeared in Minnesota GenealogistThe Septs,Family Chronicle and NGS Magazine. Past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, he is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Presenting: Finding Your Family in Courthouse Records

Lois Hemmeter Edwards is author of Beginner’s Guide to Germanic Genealogy, published by the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) in Minnesota. She is a past president and former journal editor of GGS. She has been researching her German families for 25 years and has given presentations on German genealogy in Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin. Presenting: Finding Your German Ancestors in Europe

Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, past officer and current director of the Irish Genealogical Society International, managing editor of The Septs, and Minnesota Historical Society genealogy help desk volunteer. Presenting: FamilySearch – The Gateway to the World’s Largest Genealogy Library

Mary Wickersham is co-president of Midwest Ancestor Research. She has given many talks on family history and technology. Mary is president of the Irish Genealogical Society International and a past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Presenting: Tips for Finding Records on Ancestry.com

Participating groups include:

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

Anoka County Genealogical Society

Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International

Danish-American Genealogical Society

Dating a Family Photo

Daughters of the American Revolution

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

DNA Interest Group, Minnesota Genealogical Society

Family Search Minneapolis

Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota

Friends of the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Germanic Genealogy Society

Hennepin County Library Genealogy Volunteers

Irish Genealogical Society International

Meet Minneapolis

Mid America (ScanPro)

Minnesota Genealogical Society

Minnesota Historical Society

Norwegian-American Genealogical Association

Romanian Interest Group

Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

West Indian/Caribbean Genealogy Group

Look for more news on the Hennepin County Library website: www.hclib.org/about/news

 

Fall street sweeping begins October 21

Fall is here, and that means crews are preparing to sweep streets across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 21. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 20, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

  • “No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.
  • Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed atwww.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79.  Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.

o    English:  See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.

o    Spanish:  Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.

o    Somali:  Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.

o    Hmong:  Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

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, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

 

News from Barb Johnson: Fall Street Sweeping Begins Today, Tuesday, October 21

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

October 21, 2014

Ward 4 Neighborhoods

Cleveland
Folwell
Jordan
Lind-Bohanon
McKinley
Shingle Creek
Victory
Webber-Camden
Willard Hay

 

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping on streets throughout the city today, Tuesday, Oct. 21. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. More detailed information is available on the city website, including the street lookup function.

City 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, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

 

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

·        “No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

·        Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.

·        Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.

·        Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.

·        Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed atwww.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79.  Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.

o   English:  See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.

o   Spanish Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.

o   Somali:  Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.

o   Hmong:  Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”