City of Minneapolis News: Join City leaders and staff for the Development Services Customer Service Center spring open house April 30

Minneapolis residents and business owners are encouraged to come and learn more about the City’s Development Services Customer Service Center where staff are committed to helping contractors, developers, business owners, homeowners, and landlords navigate the City development process effectively and efficiently to obtain all necessary reviews, licenses, permits, and inspections needed to complete projects.

Wednesday, April 30th, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Speak to City staff to make sure your home remodeling project meetings zoning, building code, and other requirements.
  • Learn the ins and outs of home business licensing.
  • Learn how to request a critical parking permit.
  • Meet Mayor Hodges and Council Members 4:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Take home a FREE radon home test kit (while supplies last)
  • Purchase residential home building permits until 6:30 p.m.
  • ·Attend FREE 15-30 minute informational breakout sessions.

250 South 4th Street
Third Floor, Room 300
Map and Parking Information

Open House Event Flyer PDF


City of Minneapolis News: City completes upgrade of outdoor warning sirens

The City of Minneapolis has completed the replacement of its system of outdoor warning sirens, which will modernize the system and provide better coverage to outdoor areas around the city. The new system now includes 42 sirens spaced out around the city, replacing the 30 sirens that covered the city outside downtown.

Minneapolis residents will hear these sirens twice tomorrow during statewide tornado drills that will be conducted as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The first drill is statewide at 1:45 p.m. to allow homeowners, schools, retail businesses, hospitals and other organizations to practice their emergency plans. The City of Minneapolis will be activating its tornado sirens at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their severe weather response. Please take a few minutes that evening to talk with the members of your household about where you’ll take shelter.

Time for upgrade
The City’s old sirens were installed between 1950 and 1965 so an upgrade was necessary. The old sirens were electromechanical while the new sirens are electronic. The new sirens also have a battery backup, so they can sound even if the area they’re in loses power.

What to do when you hear the sirens
For severe weather warnings, outdoor warning siren activation in Hennepin County is based on the following criteria:

  • Tornado Warning, and/or
  • Sustained straight line winds in excess of 70 mph
  • Outdoor warning sirens are meant to be heard outside. The system is not designed to provide notification inside your home or business. When sirens sound, residents should always seek shelter and tune to local weather information on radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for more information.
  • The threat of severe weather does not stop when the sirens stop. Residents should continue to shelter and stay tuned to local weather information on radio, television or NOAA Weather Radios for the duration of the warning period.
  • If the siren sounds while you are in your vehicle, seek shelter immediately. The safest place to be is in a sturdy building, on the lowest level away from windows. If there is not a building nearby and the tornado is approaching quickly get as far away from the road and cars as possible and lay in a low area covering your head with your arms. Do not go under an overpass, the bridge may collapse and/or create a wind tunnel with debris.

City of Minneapolis News: Celebrate Earth Day at the April 26 Cleanup

Join your neighbors at the 2014 Earth Day cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26. No pre-registration is required.

The annual Earth Day Cleanup brings Minneapolis neighborhoods, businesses and volunteer organizations together to clean our city’s parks, neighborhoods and watersheds. Volunteers pick up trash and help clean up Minneapolis’ water resources. After the cleanup, volunteers celebrate with refreshments, door prizes and all-ages programs.

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis launched the cleanup in 1995 to demonstrate both the need to improve the quality of Minneapolis lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including: the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett’s Creek and the Mississippi River.

To take part in Earth Day activities, arrive at any site from 9:30 a.m. to noon and check in at the registration table. For more information, go to Earth Day Clean Up page on the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation website.

City of Minneapolis News: Minneapolis Celebrates American Indian Month

Each year, Minneapolis takes part in American Indian Month, a celebration of the community during the month of May in Minnesota. American Indian organizations showcase programs and services that are available to support and enrich the community.

There are a few key events that will kick-off this year’s American Indian Month:

Mayor Betsy Hodges will deliver the annual State of the City address:

The location for this year’s speech marks the first time the State of the City address will be held in the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

When: Thursday, April 24th

Where: Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Avenue

Watch the speech live on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast cable channel 79) or online. The speech will also be replayed on Minneapolis 79. See a replay schedule.

The Minneapolis City Council will vote on a proposal to change October’s Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People’s Day in the City of Minneapolis:

When: Friday, April 25th
Reception: 8:30a.m.
Vote: 9:30am

Where: Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street, Room 319

Watch the meeting live on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast cable channel 79) or online.

A celebration will be held to officially kick-off a month of events and festivities taking place in the City of Minneapolis:

When: Thursday, May 1st
Opening Ceremony at Cedar Field: 10:00a.m.
Parade of Nations: 10:30a.m.
Community Speakers at Wakiagun Lawn: 11:30a.m.
Round Dance at Wakiagun Lawn: 11:45a.m.
Community Feast at Wakiagun Lawn: Noon
Where: Cedar Field – Little Earth of United Tribes
Cedar Avenue and 25th Street

Wakiagun Lawn
1530 E. Franklin Avenue

The kick-off celebration is sponsored in part by the City of Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) and the Native American Community Development Institute.

Visit the 2014 American Indian Month Facebook page to view a full list of events taking place during the month of May.


4th Precinct Community Court Watch

4th Precinct Community Court Watch: Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North.  4-PAC is also at the meeting.   Questions:

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 go questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dats and outcomes.

The community leads and drives a Court Watch by

* Sharing valuable information about offenderws 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

Earth Day Cleanup – Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30 until Noon

There is no Earth Day cleanup this year at Folwell Park or Webber Park. Please check out the list of Earth Day sites to see if there is a location at which you would like to volunteer.
Bassett Creek SE Corner of Penn Ave. N. and 1 1/2 Ave. N
Bluff Street 20 20th Avenue South
Bryant Square Park 3101 Bryant Ave S
Cedar Lake Cedar Lake Pkwy & 25th St. W

Columbia Park Columbia Pkwy & 35 Ave NE, playground parking lot

Creekview Park 5001 Humboldt Ave. N
Dairy Queen 4719 Lyndale N
East River Parkway E River Pkwy & Franklin Ave.
Farview Park 621 29th Ave. N
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park 100 6th Ave. SE
Gluek Park 1926 Marshall St. NE
Heritage Park 10th Ave. N and Van White Memorial Parkway
Kenny Park 1328 58th St. W
Kenwood Park 2101 Franklin Ave. W
Lake Calhoun – East Corner of W. Lake St. & East Calhoun Pkwy.
Lake Calhoun – West Bakken Museum- 36th St. & W. Calhoun Parkway
Lake Harriet 4135 Lake Harriet Parkway, Band Shell parking lot
Lake of the Isles W 27th St and E Lake of the Isles Pkwy
Loring Park 1382 Willow Street
Lynnhurst Park 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy
McRae Park 906 47th St. E
ML King Park 4055 Nicollet Ave. S
Nokomis Park 2401 Minnehaha Pkwy. E
Pearl Park 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E
Pershing Park 3523 48th St. W
Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Ave. S
Riverside Park 2700 8th St S
Sibley Park 1900 40th St. E
Stewart Park 2700- 12th Ave. S.
Theodore Wirth Park 3200 Glenwood Ave., Wirth Beach parking lot
Todd Park 5600 Chicago Ave S
Waite Park 1810 – 34th Ave. NE
Water Works 420 1st Street South
West River Parkway W River Pkwy & 17th Ave.
West River Parkway W River Pkwy & 24th St.
West River Parkway W River Pkwy & 36th
West River Parkway W River Pkwy & 44th
Whittier 425 West 26th Street

Run Camden 5K – Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.

Presented by Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization.

Race Info: 

Registration/Packet Pick up – 8:00 a.m.

5K race Start – 9:00 a.m.

Kids Run Start – 10:00 a.m.

Don Swanson Field Henry HS Track, 1900 N. 42nd Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55412

How to Register:

On line through May 8:

By Mail  through April 30:

Running Ventures, 901 N. 3rd St. #414, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Make checks payable to: Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization

Info: WCNO- 612-521-2100

City of Minneapolis News: Spring street sweeping begins soon

Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis begins Tuesday, April 22. That’s when Public Works crews will start a comprehensive sweeping of all city streets to clean up the dirt and grime the melting ice and snow leaves behind. Beginning Monday April 21, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.

From April 22 through May 16, sweepers will take care of all 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure the crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Residents need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

The below-normal temperatures are causing this spring’s comprehensive street sweeping to start a bit later than in previous years.

Even though city-wide street sweeping has not yet begun, crews have already started sweeping parkways this month. As with the case with the citywide street sweeping, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the parkway sweeping.  Crews will also start sweeping alleys during this time as conditions permit.

  • “No Parking” signs – 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. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
  • 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 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
  • Interactive Web tool – Folks can use a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods.
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • Spanish:  Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
    • 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.
    • 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 and it’s 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.


City of Minneapolis News: Be prepared as storm season approaches

With spring’s return, it’s time for people to think about what they’ll do in the event of a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you and your family when severe weather strikes.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 21 – 25), two tornado drills will be conducted Thursday, April 24. The first drill is statewide at 1:45 p.m. to allow homeowners, schools, retail businesses, hospitals and other organizations to practice their emergency plans. The City of Minneapolis will be activating its tornado sirens at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their severe weather response. Please take a few minutes that evening to talk with the members of your household about where you’ll take shelter.

Home and personal preparedness
To ensure you learn about an imminent weather danger, consider subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends you a notice via email or text message. Learn about options for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps.

This is also an excellent time to create your own home emergency kit. Here are some items you should consider placing in a bag or box in your basement or home shelter site:

  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Cards, games, books or other items to help you pass the time
  • List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.)
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license or State ID card.

What to do if severe weather is approaching:

  • Turn to your local TV, radio or weather channel for updates on alerts and warnings.
  • Listen for sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
  • If a warning has been issued or you hear weather sirens, take shelter. (In an office building, go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. Do not use elevators.) At home, go to the basement or an inner stairwell.
  • Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.

Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week