Safely get rid of your household hazardous waste-9am – 4pm, check locations

You can safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes at a community collection event.
October 2-4 Public Works Department 24200 Smithtown Road Shorewood, MN  55331
October 9 – 11 Minneapolis Public Works Dept. Snelling Ave. 3607 East 44th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406
Items can also be dropped off year round at Drop-off Facilities located at 1400 W. 96th St., Bloomington; and 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. For more information, call 612-348-3777. Promote the collection events. We have an article, social media posts and flyer available. Learn more.


Materials are accepted for free from households only. Businesses must manage their waste properly – see our commercial hazardous waste information. PLEASE NOTE: The county will NOT be accepting electronics at the collection events.

Household, lawn and garden products

  • Adhesives (flammable or petroleum based)
  • Aerosols (pressurized or containing product)
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Drain cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable products
  • Gas cylinders – propane less than 40 lbs.; specialty gases less than 59 lbs. will be evaluated; some may not be accepted due to management restrictions
  • Paint (limit three 5-gallon pails; no limit on pails 1-gallon or smaller)
  • Paint thinners, solvents and strippers
  • PCB ballasts (must be removed from fixtures)
  • Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Photographic and hobby chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable tools
  • Wood preservatives

Mercury-containing items

  • Fluorescent bulbs and HID lamps (limit 25)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Auto and fuel wastes

  • Diesel fuel
  • Fuel additives
  • Gasoline (containers will not be returned)
  • Kerosene
  • Starter fluid
  • Vehicle lead-acid batteries
  • Waxes
  • NO motor oil

Not accepted

  • Appliances*
  • Asbestos
  • Electronics*
  • Explosives
  • Garbage (food waste, furniture, carpet, lumber, empty paint cans, etc.)
  • Gas cylinders – propane greater than 40 lbs.; gases requiring special management and all gases greater than 59 lbs.
  • Medicines or infectious wastes – find medicine disposal drop boxes
  • Motor oil and filters*
  • Photocopiers
  • Radioactive wastes (i.e. smoke detectors)
  • Recyclables (scrap metal, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, etc.)*
  • Tires*

*Accepted at the county’s permanent drop-off facilities. Fees may apply on certain items.

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Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch – October 18th

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 at 3600 Penn Avenue North from Noon until 3 pm. There will be music, face painting,  food, a Compost Workshop and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts! We hope we see you there!

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

City of Minneapolis News: Make sure you’re preregistered to vote in the November 4 General Election

The City of Minneapolis Elections Office reminds eligible voters that pre-registering is an easy way to save time at the polls during the General Election (Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014). Individuals are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen who has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to the election. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.  Minneapolis polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Contests on the ballot in Minneapolis include federal, state, county, school board, and judicial offices. There are also two referendum items. All Minneapolis voters are encouraged to vote in the General Election and make their voice heard. Are you pre-registered? Pre-registration is now open for the Nov. 4 General Election. Voters who newly register will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote. If you are not registered with your current name or address, you can register online or at government offices, libraries, park buildings, fire and police stations. More information is available on the elections pre-registration website. Registration cards in Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese are available on the elections language support website. If you don’t pre-register, you can still vote. Minnesota is one of several states with Election Day registration. Individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. Beginning with this election, the list of documents allowed for proof of identify and address has been expanded, making it even easier to register at your polling place. Please allow extra time at the polls to register. See our website for identification allowed for Election Day registration. Absentee voting opened Friday, Sept. 19 As of Friday, Sept. 19, the City began accepting absentee ballots for the General Election. This is the first year voters are not required to provide a specific reason for not voting Election Day. That makes absentee voting available to all voters. Voters can choose to vote absentee either by mail or in person. The rotunda area of City Hall, 350 5th St. South, has been transformed into Minneapolis’ largest polling place, open to all voters who want to come in to cast their absentee ballots in person. Absentee ballots can be requested online or applications are available on our website and may be sent anytime leading up to Election Day. Online tools help voters participate in this election  A full array of online tools are available to voters to make participating in this election even easier. Minneapolis voters can visit for access to all of these tools and complete information about voting. The Voter Registration Lookup  allows voters to enter their name, birthday, and address, and this tool will quickly tell voters whether they are registered at that address. Voters who need to register or update their registration can do so using the Online Voter Registration Application. To find out where to vote, use the Minnesota Polling Place Finder. Eight new polling places have been added in Minneapolis since the 2013 election, and five other precincts have changed where the polling place is located, so all voters are encouraged to double check their polling location before Election Day. In addition to now being able to request an absentee ballot by mail completely online with the absentee ballot request tool recently introduced by the Secretary of State, the Absentee Ballot Lookup is an easy and convenient way for voters to check on the status of their absentee ballot. To use the secure service, voters must provide the following information: first and last name (name must match voter’s name entered on the absentee ballot application or voter registration), full date of birth, and the same identification number the voter used on the absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot lookup tool informs absentee voters about the current status of their ballots with one of the following types of messages:

  • Your absentee ballot application has been received
  • Your absentee ballot has been sent to you on (date)
  • Your absentee ballot has been received
  • Your absentee ballot will be counted
  • Your absentee ballot has been rejected for (reason)
  • Your replacement ballot has been sent on (date)

Information about the absentee voting procedures for military and overseas voters is at City of Minneapolis seeks election judges  The City of Minneapolis is seeking election judges, especially those who are fluent in a second language. Minneapolis seeks language support specifically in American Sign Language, and Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, Oromo, Laotian and Russian languages. If you are eligible to vote and are fluent in English and a second language, please contact Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services at 612-673-3870 or apply online to be an election judge at Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy. Who represents me in the City of Minneapolis? Current city elected officials continue to represent the Ward or District from which they were elected through 2017. Here’s what voters need to know:

  • City Council Members elected in 2013 continue to represent the Wards from which they were elected through 2017.
  • Park District Commissioners elected in 2013 continue to represent the Districts from which they were elected through 2017.
  • City-wide officials elected to city-wide office continue to serve the entire city.

2014 General Election Calendar Sept. 19          Absentee voting for General opened Oct. 14                        Voter pre-registration deadline for the General Election Nov. 4             Election Day, polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information The Minneapolis Elections and Voter Registration Office is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit the website at or call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000.

City of Minneapolis News: Call for entries for 2015 Creative City Challenge

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Creative City Challenge.

The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza a temporary, destination artwork, which acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings. The Plaza is a green roof that is located directly across from the MCC at 1301 Second Avenue South.

In its inaugural year, the Creative City Challenge selected the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) as the winner, and in 2014, Balancing Ground. The 2015 competition is emphasizing public participation in the design, creation and/or use of the artwork throughout the summer. This year, the competition is challenging teams to engage the broader community to participate in a meaningful way in the design, creation and/or ongoing use of the artwork.

Entries are accepted until 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 (see entrant information below). On Nov. 18, an informational session will be conducted for entrants. A panel of stakeholders will select three finalists to develop their proposals by Feb. 23, 2015. Each finalist will receive a fee of $2,500 to prepare a final proposal. A jury comprised of local and national experts will select a winner, who will be announced March 11, 2014. The commission fee for the selected project is $75,000. The winning project will be installed at the MCC Plaza in early June 2014 as a part of the annual Northern Spark festival, and remain on the Plaza throughout the summer.

Entries are due by 4:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Submission information can be found online at

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – September 24, 2014

*****Events and Activities***** Whole Foods Market Hennepin One-Year Anniversary Block Party Friday, September 26, 7 – 10 pm Washington and First avenues North Whole Foods Market Hennepin invites you to help them celebrate their first anniversary. You’re invited to join them for eats, drinks and jams. Event entry is free. Eats will include Tru Pizza and Dandelion Kitchen, drinks will include Minnesota-brewed beer and hard cider and music will be provided by Aaron & the Sea, Umami, and DJ Christy Hunt of Pink Mink and Lady Heat Hot Soul. With special guests and supporters: Joia All Natural Soda, Mason’s Restaurant and Barre and Free Arts MN. For information on this and other events at the WFM:

Mill City Farmers Market – Oktoberfest! Saturday, September 27, 8 am – 1 pm Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway Celebrate Minnesota’s brewing history this Saturday as the Mill City Museum and Mill City Farmers Market team up for their eighth Annual Mill City Oktoberfest! Make sure to check out special activities at the Farmers Market, inside the museum and outside in the Ruin Courtyard. It’s harvest season at Mill City — fill your baskets with luscious pears, Honeycrisp apples, all types of squash, farm fresh meats and cheeses, fresh ginger  and more. Don’t forget the market will open one hour later for the month of October and in November, they will move indoors for their monthly Winter Markets-every Second Saturday from November 8 to April 11 inside the Mill City Museum. Local favorite Indeed Brewing will be pouring samples of several brews from 9 am to 1 pm, including their Sweet Yamma Jamma Ale, the perfect beer to pair with your fall harvest finds. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, Market Chef Heather Hartman will be making a hearty fall recipe: Grilled Bread with Sausage and Sauerkraut. Make sure to stick around for a Q&A with Midwest Brewing Supplies. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at Congrats to the winners of the market’s 4th Annual Bread Festival Baking Contest. Recipes are now posted, so check ‘em out and try these winning breads at home. From 9:30 am to 1 pm, Mill City welcomes back long-time Market favorite, the Elk River German Band, a 10-musician strong group featuring Bavarian-style German music. Prepare to polka! The Community Booth will feature Mighty Axe Hops, a local hops farm and hub in Ham Lake, Minnesota, that grows and sells high quality, locally grown hops for Minnesota’s brewers. Stop by the booth to learn about different types of hops, chat hops gardening tips and (maybe) purchase some Mighty Axe hops of your own. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Ink OrchardFringe and Fettle Ceramics, and Old World Cabinet. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: Minnesota Dance Theatre presents: The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

MDT Gala Saturday, September 27, 6:30 pm For Gala tickets, call 612-338-0627.

Edifice Wrecks unabridged October 3 – 12 A fuller spectrum from angles yet unseen. “Hypnotic, almost-narrative, full of life…charming mixture of dance and theater” … the wreckage, the rebuild, the what ifs? Choreography by Lise Houlton, in collaboration with the dancers and Dane Stauffer. Performing Arts Division October 17 – 19 The excitement of the next generation. For information and tickets:!minnesota-dance-theatre/cubh

Wits at the Guthrie Sunday, September 28, 7 pm Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, McGuire Proscenium Stage For the first time in its history, the live public radio show “Wits” crosses the Mississippi River for an evening at the Guthrie Theater, featuring award-winning actor Colin Hanks with musical guest Father John Misty. “Wits” is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. “Wits” mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation, music and genuine beauty in a program praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny” (Huffington Post) and “on course to become a national hit” (USA Today). “Wits” is produced by Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. For information and tickets:

2014 Manhattan Short Film Festival Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main Street SE Filmgoers in Minnesota will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world at the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens. For more information: National Theatre Live presents;

A Streetcar Named Desire October 6 – 87 pm St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main Street SE The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desirewill be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great ExpectationsThree Sistersat the Young Vic) as Stella. For information:

NE Minneapolis River Cleanup Saturday, October 4, 9 am Start at Keegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE You’re invited to join the NE Minneapolis River Cleanup. Gather at Keegan’s from 9 to 10:30 am for Kegs and Eggs and to register. The cleanup will run from 11 am to 1 pm, followed by an after party from 1 to 5 pm at Keegan’s, where each participant will receive a token for one free Shift Beer. For information: All proceeds from new Belgium Beer sold that day will benefit the North East Business Association River Clean Up Fund.

Carmen Vetter: FOLDING | FAULTING October 4 – November 15 CIRCA Gallery, 210 First Street North Carmen Vetter’s kiln-formed glass work will make its Minnesota debut on Saturday, October 4. FOLDING | FAULTING is Vetter’s first solo exhibition at CIRCA Gallery and will be on view through Saturday, November 15. It is free and open to the public. Glass master, Chihuly, redefined glass art and is best known for his vibrant, free-form blown glass sculpture, an example of which, “Sunburst,” hangs in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Vetter is increasingly being recognized for her kiln-formed glass wall installations, with pieces that are just as surprisingly unexpected. Vetter layers colored powdered glass and course frit (glass the size and consistency of kosher salt) on a glass sheet. The work is continually built up or scraped away, then placed in the kiln for firing following each “painting” of the surface. The artist herself describes her process as “Painting with a dry medium.” Symmetric, repetitive patterning lends a deeply meditative quality to the work, but her process is organic and adaptive, ever adjusting to the whims of the firing. “FOLDING and FAULTING are terms that have multiple meanings having to do with change, which is what the heart of this work is about.” For information:

Weisman Art Museum Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Table Talk with Artist Dylan Miner Sunday, October 5, 1 – 3 pm (public tour at 1 pm) Talk with the artist about the exhibition Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes).

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District) North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

My Preschooler & Me: Nature Explorers – Rocks Tuesday October 710 — 11:30 am Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature! Explore different themes each week through hands-on play, stories, art and games. Head outside to see what we can discover. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-08. This program is for ages 2-5.

My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: Nighttime Animals Thursday, October 9, 10 – 11 am It’s never too early to begin exploring the natural world! Increase your knowledge while introducing topics to your child through sensory play. Get ideas for playing at home and enjoy the company of other parents. Reservations required, by phone only. $5 per adult-child pair.

Apple Cidering at Kroening Saturday, October 11, 10 am – 12 noon Explore apple cidering and the history of local truck farmers. Make cider with an old-fashioned apple press and taste it! Hike along the river while the cider flavors. Reservations required. $5. 20% discount for groups of four or more. For information and to register:–.aspx.

Free Family Fun Day: Voyageur Life Sunday, October 12, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.

Upcoming Regis Center for Art Activities Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

Fred Larson and David Moore October 7 – 18, 2014 Regis West Gallery

Sip of Science: The Secret Life of a Tweet Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 pm Aster Café, 125 Main Street SE, River Room The rise of social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter enables people to communicate information instantaneously, whether it be a breaking news story, interesting video or personal updates. While some of the content and contributions from social media users may have us rolling our eyes, the information conveyed through these media portals connects individuals and organizations who may not have connected otherwise. For example, social media is increasingly bringing good science to a wide, interested and influential audience. Join the October Sip of Science as they use a case studies approach to explore the communications of a well-regarded academic scientist to explore the knowledge ecologies of social media communications. Presenter Joanne Richardson is the digital information strategist for the University of Minnesota’s River Life program []. Her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota focused on geology, architecture, computer science and French, and she received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the College of Design. Having spent many childhood weekends and holidays backpacking through many of the great American landscapes, she developed an early and lasting love of geology that has colored her interests ever since. She has a particular interest in digital media, strategic communications and responsive design. A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Food, beer and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling. To RSVP:

American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Five Questions Live! Wednesday, October 8, 7 pm American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200 Join ten of the twin-cities most interesting makers and doers for a rapid fire live presentation of the ACC’s popular blog post series 5 Questions. Each artist will have five minutes to present answers to a series of five questions, naturally followed by a Q&A with the audience and social hour. Featuring Kent Begnaud, Lisa Elias, Marvin Freitas, Josephine Geiger, Maren Kloppmann, Nick Lundeen, Jennifer Merchant, Sarah Peters, Anabella Sardelis and Dustin Yager. In conjunction with American Craft Week. For information:

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft 1011 Washington Avenue South For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: Approaching the Gate: Lynette Reini-Grandell Wednesday, October 8, 7 pm Lynette Reini-Grandell’s long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker “knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse/ rushing the gate / and leaping over my head.” Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts 1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520 Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Preschool Fall Session: Object Printing Crazy Shapes Thursday, October 9, 1:30 – 2:30 pm MCBA’s workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day’s art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities. For families with children ages 3-5. For information and to register:

Youth Class: Making Comics Saturday, October 11, 9 am – 3 pm Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class with MCBA and The Loft Literary Center, you will learn all about the building blocks of comics: panels, text, pacing and so on, as well as how to conceptualize your characters and story. These combined efforts of form and content will result in a unique comic story of your own making. Students will then bind their original comic story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, construct a variety of books for sketching and to use as a portfolio. For students ages 9-11. $117 ($105.30 MCBA or Loft members) 
. For information and to register: Cartonnage: Art Deco Box with Sue Bjerke Sunday, October 12, 9 am – 5 pm Modern cartonnage grows out of the long-standing French tradition of covering small containers with decorative materials and offers a great use for your marbled papers. Make a box in the Art Deco style: an upright disc with a lid. Review the essential elements of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative papers, using a plinth, making curved sides and making variations on design and size. All skill levels welcome. $130 ($115 members) + $25 supply fee. For information and to register:

Activities at the Soap Factory Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… Interviews Friday, October 10, 6 — 10 pm An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which the artist interviews participants and writes impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, artist Jan Estep invites participants to sit and talk with her one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterwards she turns in her seat and writes a biographical text for her guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document. There are eight events scheduled during the Soap Factory’s 2014 season, staggered between April and October. A collection of the texts based on the interviews will be published at the end of the series. No appointment necessary; just stop by. For information: Mill City Museum Programs and Events 704 Second Street South For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit Pie Making Demo with Beth Dooley Saturday, October 11, 12 noon Join seasoned cook and food writer Beth Dooley for a pie baking demonstration in the Baking Lab as part of the Mill City Farmers Market’s “Family Kitchen Day and Apple Festival.” For more information visit Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Baking Memories: Cake Mix and the Rise of Convenience Foods Saturday, October 11, 2 pm The postwar years of the late 1940s and 1950s ushered in a new era of kitchen conveniences. Many of the technologies that made this possible were developed by the American food industry during the Second World War. Did housewives want these easy-to-use products and appliances or were food companies creating a market for their goods by exaggerating the drudgery of home cooking? Using the example of the cake mix, this demonstration will answer this question, highlighting the dramatic changes in cooking habits during this era and how those innovations affect our lives today. Visitors will learn about food history, sample cakes made from scratch and from mix and take home a copy of a recipe. Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Second Annual Explore the North Loop Saturday, October 11, 2 – 6 pm See what makes the North Loop one of the hippest neighborhoods in the nation. Explore condos, apartments, offices and businesses in the North Loop neighborhood at Explore the North Loop. Tickets are on sale at

Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring – Fossils and Rocks Saturday, October 11, 9 am – 12 noon 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South Paleontology is the theme for October’s Second Saturday family-friendly events. Stop by and try geocaching, a scavenger hunt, a make-and-take activity and a chance for kids to earn a Junior Ranger badge. No registration needed; just show up, ready to play. For information:{834BA92F-C5DB-420E-AA33-DBDFA610173B}&DE={1CA8D401-F3EF-4C18-AC8F-AC30D83138A1}.

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music 501 Second Street South For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: or 612-321-0100. Theatre Latte Da presents: Master Class October 11 – November 9 Antonello Hall Master Class is a fictionalized account of the series of classes the glamorous and commanding Maria Callas, the most influential vocal artist of the 20th century, instructed on the art of performing opera. In these classes Callas coaches the students while sharing recollections about the glories and struggles of her own life and career, including stories about her affair with the formidable Aristotle Onassis. Directed by Peter Rothstein, with musical direction by Andrew Bourgoin and featuring Star Tribune2013 Artist of the Year Sally Wingert. For information and tickets:

Keeping the Flame Alive Outward Bound 50th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, October 12, 5 pm Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street Gather for an evening of celebration with the Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS)/Minnesota Outward Bound School (VOBS) community spanning five decades. The Mississippi River creates a spectacular backdrop to this unforgettable event. Highlights include vintage VOBS/MOBS photographs and artifacts, photo opportunities with the VOBS sled dogs and other interactive experiences. This event will raise funds to support the life-changing work of Voyageur Outward Bound School. Celebrate that history and pave the way for the next 50 years of changing lives through challenge and discovery! The 6:45 pmprogram will highlight polar explorer Will Steger and the Second Annual LTC Mark Weber Service Above Self award. $75 per person. For more information and to register:

*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities***** Submitting Input to FERC Mill City Times has prepared an informational page with instructions on submitting comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about any of the pending hydroelectric license applications: FERC has final approval of all new hydroelectric projects, as well as changes to existing projects.

*****Planning Ahead*****

An Evening with Shawn Phillips Monday, October 20, 7:30 pm Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage With no other intent than create his own music, Shawn Phillips has been a visionary in a score of musical genres, which may be why Phillips has been so broadly defined – Folk Rock, New Age, Acoustic Rock, Classical, Mystical, even Progressive Rock; it’s hard to put a label on an innovator of such a musical amalgamation. His album titles have come to take new meaning of contribution and collaboration because as it turns out, that’s just what Phillips has done throughout his career. Phillips has also done something else amazing during a musical journey that now spans over five decades: he and his music have stayed relevant. In 2010, he took his successful 50th Anniversary Tour to over 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. His previous tour included a first-time reunion with Paul Buckmaster and J. Peter Robinson, key musicians in his early recordings and resulted in the DVD Living Collaboration: Reunion Concert. Now singer/songwriter Shawn Phillips returns with his latest releasePerspective, a double CD featuring 20 tracks of previously unreleased songs written over the last 15 For information and tickets:

Business of Beer Panel Discussion and Hoppy Hour Wednesday, October 29, 3 – 5:30 pm Aria Event Center, 105 First Street North The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and its co-sponsors invite you to join them for the first Business of Beer and Hoppy Hour. Leaders from local craft beer breweries will share their insights on what’s happening in the beer industry, how they launched their businesses, lessons learned, their favorites beers as well as what new brews are coming our way soon. The event will include a Hoppy Hour and Beer Tasting before and after the panel discussion. Confirmed panelists include Jacque Berglund (Finnegan’s Inc.) and Mark Stutrud (Summit Brewing). To reserve your testing spot: Ragamala Dance Soloists present: Margam November 6 and 7 The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North Two solo evenings of Bharatanatyam, performed by Jessica Fiala and Tamara Nadel, with choreography by Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy. Performed with live music by Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy (nattuvangam), Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia (vocals), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) and Anjna Swaminathan (violin). For information and tickets:!ragamala/c1hmm. *****

Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Live Jazz Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:

Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.

Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action) Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour: Birthday Party Options Depot Waterpark The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South Birthday party packages available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at For additional info, visit

Depot Rink (thinking ahead to next season) The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at For additional info, visit

Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go to

*****Informational Resource

s***** River Trip Planner Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to:

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit

Above the Falls Destinations Map The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:

Mississippi River Field Guide Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:

Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit

Minneapolis Bicycling Map The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out attp://

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

A-Mill Artists Lofts

Alexa Horochowski’s Club Disminución at Soap Factory Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehab

Zen Box Ramen Attack at Mill City Museum

Upper River Redevelopment New Route for Medtronic 10-Mile Race

Start-Up Venture Loft

Shoesters Opening in North Loop

New Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director

 Like You in Northeast Minneapolis

The Heidi Chronicles at Guthrie

Colonial Warehouse Parklet

Unison Expansion

Pillsbury Machine Shop Rehabilitation

Outward Bound

Straightline Dance Fitness Opening in Keg House

Police Advisory – 4th Precinct – September 23, 2014

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Gun Crimes – 4th Precinct September 23, 2014



In recent weeks the 4th Precinct has seen an increase in gun related crimes. These include incidents where guns were implied, displayed or fired. To reduce the frequency and in an attempt to prevent future gun related incidents we are asking for the public’s help. If you have information on involved people, addresses, or vehicles, please contact us through one of the below options. You may remain anonymous and the information will be provided to the correct investigative unit within the MPD.


Contact options:

  • 911 – If you see a crime in progress, or believe one is about to be committed, call 911 right away!

• Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if you know of an illegal firearm or believe one may be used in a future crime.

• Log on to Crime Stoppers at and click on “Give a Tip.”

• Call the MPD Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

• Use MPD’s Tip 411 app to text in your tip from your mobile device. The MPD Tip 411 app is free for iPhone and Android devices and available in the App Store and Google Play. You can also send pictures with your tip. Tip 411 is 100% anonymous.

• You can also access Tip 411 from the MPD’s website ( or Facebook page (


Please call the Violent Crimes Investigations Division at 673-2941 if you have any information about any robbery or shooting. You can remain anonymous

For additional questions and other information on making your community safer, please call your sector


Crime Prevention Specialist:

o North Of Dowling, call CPS Tim Hammett at 612-673-2866

o Between Dowling and Broadway call Officer Blake Moua at 612-673-3364

o South of Broadway call CPS Rowena Holmes at 612-673-2833


Receive time sensitive crime prevention alerts, gain valuable knowledge and crime prevention resources by signing up for crime alerts at:

The Minneapolis Police Department never shares your email address with solicitors.

Court Watch-Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System-October 22, November 5, November 19

In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System taking place on October 22, 6-8pm, November 5, 6-8pm and November 19, 6-8pm. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North.

4th Ward Report – September 2014

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

September 2014


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

FREE Trees for Northside


Trees are available, free of charge, to residents of North Minneapolis. This program was launched following the tornado disaster of 2011 and received initial funding from the Tree Trust Rob MacIntyre Fund. This fund was set up to honor the life of a great friend of Tree Trust who lost his life during clean-up following the tornado. Memorial contributions for Mr. MacIntyre and a generous anonymous family foundation have provided funding support for this program. Beginning in 2014, we have also secured a commitment from a generous corporate partner, Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Company, to provide funding for this program which will also help us expand the free tree planting beyond the “tornado zone” to all of North Minneapolis. Thank you to all of the generous partners who have made this program possible!  Interested residents must attend a mandatory workshop at North Regional Library – space is limited and an RSVP is required.  For more information visit

Open Streets/Harvest Fest on Lowry


Harvest Fest has teamed up with Open Streets Mpls which provides people a chance to explore urban streets in a safe, vehicle-free environment. Bike, skate, walk or dance your way down Lowry Avenue!  Enjoy music, local artists, mingle, shop, play, and have a great time with family and neighbors all while promoting healthy living.  This year’s festivities will be held on Lowry Avenue from Vincent to Emerson on Saturday, September 20, 11am – 6pm.  Celebrate fall and the Northside with this fun-filled annual event!

Problem Properties Forum


Join Council President Barbara Johnson and staff from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County Attorney’s office to learn more about what is being done to deal with problem properties. The forum will featurePaul Scoggin, Hennepin County Attorney,Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, Director of Regulatory Services, Inspector Mike Kjos, MPD 4th Precinct, Tim Hammett, 4th Precinct CPS, and Luther Krueger, Crime Prevention Analyst who will speak about problem properties – conduct on premise, Hennepin County nuisance property and ordinance enforcement.  Thursday, September 25, 6:30 – 8pm at Fowell Rec Center (1615 Dowling Ave N).

Cracking Down on Bad Landlords

The City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services is increasing its enforcement to ensure that all property owners and managers are meeting minimum rental licensing standards and providing safe and high quality housing to all our residents. A recent focus on the city’s worst managed properties as determined by data analysis and objective criteria has yielded a new policy that will restrict poor property owners from obtaining additional licenses where they have proven they cannot manage their existing properties. This new policy will come into effect later this month. The department is also increasing its use of rental license conditions that require landlords to agree to specific property management improvements and is currently working with the Minneapolis Police Department on tightening the conduct on premises ordinance to better and more effectively address behavioral issues (loud parties, fights, disorderly conduct etc.) that impact our neighborhoods.

Highrise Community Garden Project Pilot at Hamilton Manor


The Minneapolis Health Department is working with the Minneapolis Highrise Representatives Council to help residents start and maintain community gardens at public housing sites. Creating community gardens on available public housing land is an untapped opportunity with many potential health benefits including increased access to healthy affordable foods, increased physical activity, and improved social connectedness. This year, a highrise community garden project is being piloted in one building at 1314 44th Avenue North (Hamilton Manor) – with the goal of expanding to an additional five to six sites by the end of 2015. More than ten residents have been involved in planting, tending, and harvesting the garden for themselves and other residents, with education and assistance provided by community partners including Gardening Matters, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. This community gardening effort is supported by funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program, Minnesota Department of Health.

City Leaders Hosting Youth Summit on Restorative Justice Sept. 22


Minneapolis City Council members along with the Hennepin County Youth Restorative Justice Collaborative and the Minnesota Restorative Services Coalition will host a youth summit on restorative justice Monday, Sept. 22. City Council Member Andrew Johnson will lead the summit and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis Board of Education, and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board members are among the summit’s participants.

This summit will be an opportunity for youth to engage with City leaders on restorative measures within the justice system. There will also be a panel discussion with those who have experienced the juvenile justice and restorative justice systems. The summit will take place from10am – 2pm at the North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP.

First Minneapolis Transgender Equity Summit to Take Place Sept. 25


Registration is now open for the City’s first-everTransgender Equity SummithappeningThursday, Sept. 25, at the Humphrey Center for Public Policy.

This summit will serve as an introduction to the City’s Transgender Issues Work Group and the process it follows and provide a mid-point update to the community on the work that’s been done so far. There will also be resource tables staffed by the City of Minneapolis Police Department, Fire Department, Human Resources and Civil Rights Department. In addition, community organizations including OutFront MN, Rainbow Health Initiative, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and others will have information tables and staff at the summit. The half day event will also feature nationally recognized speaker Angelica Ross, co-founder of “Trans 100,” an annual recognition celebration.

The City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established in March 2014 to look at issues facing the transgender community. The group’s goal is to examine issues, engage the broader community, and make policy recommendations for City government that will affect the lives of transgender residents of Minneapolis.

Learn more about the summit and RSVP here.

I’m in the Dog House Fundraiser for Animal Care & Control


City of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control will “kennel” local celebrities and average citizens for the annual “I’m in the Dog House” event to raise money for the animals cared for each year at the animal shelter.

I’m in the Dog House
11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control
212 17th Ave. N.

During the event, City Council Members, Mayor Hodges and other local celebrities will be “kenneled” until they are able to raise money and then be “adopted.”

In addition to showcasing these folks in kennels, staff and volunteers will be giving tours of the shelter and coordinating the following fun events — educational booths in our parking lot, face-painting, Ask the Vet, food, and much more. 

More information on Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is available

North First: Education


Join your neighbors for North First: Education, a northside social event, for the fall education-themed gathering on Monday, October 6 from 6 – 8:30 PM at the Capri Theater (2927 West Broadway). This is a great opportunity to spend an evening socializing and networking with others committed to seeing north Minneapolis become a thriving and vibrant community. Participants will enjoy delicious food, hear spoken word artists and flash presentations about a variety of education topics of interest to northside neighborhoods.  Come for a bite and stay for the conversation. For more information and to register, visit

Mississippi Messages from Friends of the Mississippi River – September 2014

FMR Updates


The Minnesota DNR is accepting comments until September 30, 2014 on the proposed Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rules. Be sure to comment by sharing your connection to the river and how you want to see it protected and enhanced for generations to come!

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This coming October, FMR is celebrating its valued partnership with REI. Accordingly, we are offering these special benefits, courtesy of REI, to our members and supporters throughout October:

  • Generous REI coupon for new or renewing FMR members.
  • Complimentary “REI Steward 2014″ t-shirt if you are both an FMR and REI member.
  • REI Passage 2 tent raffle.


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From 1945 until 1966, the Ford Motor Company dumped unknown quantities of industrial waste, including solvents and paint sludge, on the floodplain of the Mississippi River below the bluff adjacent to its St. Paul assembly plant. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is now asking Ford to conduct further investigation of the dump before deciding whether to require Ford to clean it up. Friends of the Mississippi River has numerous concerns about the thoroughness of the proposed investigation and the possibility that the dump will be allowed to remain at the river’s edge permanently.

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We all know it’s important to conserve water and decrease pollution, but how exactly do you go about doing that in your own home or yard? And what really makes the biggest difference for our local rivers?

At FMR, we’re asked these questions all the time. This fall, we’re offering a trio of Vermillion Stewards workshops to answer them as best we can, as quickly and concisely as possible. Join the movement to make your home river-friendly. Sign up for one or all!

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now 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!

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FMR’s hungriest volunteers have returned to Gores Wildlife Management Area to dine on invasive shrubs.

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Congratulations to the city of Rochester for earning the Blue Star Award. Rochester, like all Blue Star communities, is taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota’s water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management.

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FMR is delighted to officially welcome events intern Amy Kilgore as our new Outreach Assistant and Events Registrar. Her smiling face will be familiar to many Mississippi Messages readers. Since March, Amy has worked with hundreds of FMR volunteers at our restoration and education events. Now she’ll also be the person signing everyone up, staying in touch about details and directions and sending Facebook-worthy photos after each event.

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Mississippi River News


The Star Tribune recently covered a decision by Judge Margaret Marrinan to send a nearly two-year old lawsuit over White Bear Lake water levels to trial next spring.

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Triclosan made headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. New research on the risks on triclosan in personal care products, and newly released data on the FDA’s original approval in triclosan in toothpaste, shined a less-than-flattering light on the controversial chemical.

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In response to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, the Star Tribune authored this recent editorial highlighting the importance of Minnesota’s new standards, and calling for additional state action to protect and maintain our waters for both aquatic recreation, environmental health, and public safety.

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Calendar of Events


Thursday, September 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Join Friends of the Mississippi River ecologist Karen Schik and Washington Conservation District’s Angie Hong as we explore Ravine Lake and the wetlands surrounding it. You’ll learn about the plant life in and around the wetlands — aquatic, amphibious, and terrestrial — and the important role these plants play as they provide habitat and filter pollutants from our waters. Then we’ll use dip nets to get a closer look at macroinvertebrates living in the marsh, and discuss what these tiny creatures reveal about the impacts of water pollution!

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Children are welcome with a parent or guardian. Learn more on theevent page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.orgor 651-222-2193 x31.

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Sunday, September 21 — noon-4 p.m.
University Avenue, Central Corridor, St. Paul

St. Paul Open Streets encourages residents to get out and see our community up-close in a safe, car-free environment. This year’s event also includes a Water Festival, focused on making the connection between our local streets and the health of our local waters. Join FMR’s Kate Clayton to learn about the 450 miles of storm drains that run below the streets of St. Paul, what flows through them, and where all this stormwater — and the pollution that comes with it — really goes. Participants can also help educate others and reduce water pollution by joining Kate to stencil storm drains in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more on the event page.

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Thursday, September 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville

Every time there’s a heavy rain, rainwater has washed over your roof, your yard and pavement — carrying bits of roof shingles, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil and dirt into the nearest storm drain. All of this pollution goes right into our local creeks, lakes and the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers — unfiltered, untreated! Rain barrels help reduce this runoff pollution, and offer many other benefits as well. Learn more, sign up and purchase your barrel and supplies ($30) via the event page.

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Saturday, September 27 — 9:00-11:00 a.m.
River Oaks Park, Cottage Grove

Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Roughly 30 years ago this remnant prairie was renown as a very high quality area with excellent biodiversity. Over the years, however, it has steadily declined, and is now at risk of slowly being taken over by non-native species.

Recently, FMR began working with the City of Cottage Grove to preserve and restore this important site. Now volunteers are needed to join FMR Ecologist Joe Walton at our first restoration event at River Oaks Park. Volunteers will primarily haul pre-cut buckthorn, helping to open the canopy and making way for more beneficial native prairie and savanna plants to return.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with or651-222-2193 x31.

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Through mid-October
City of Saint Paul

If you’re looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It’s just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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Saturday, October 4 — 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Near 36th & West River Pkwy., Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 11 — 9 a.m.-noon
Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Hastings

After a brief training, volunteers will help collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and Assistant Stewardship Coordinator Kate Clayton in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities — of volunteers and seed alike — are needed!

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more about this Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 18 — 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Centered around one of the most impressive landscape features in southern Washington County, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park totals nearly 600 acres. The ravine for which it is named is approximately a half-mile wide with 80- to 100-foot slopes, and bisects the park north to south before ending in a small lake. Known as a “tunnel valley,” the ravine was carved by a subglacial drainageway that carried large volumes of water, eroding the valley.

Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik to continue and expand the restoration of this beautiful park by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn. (There may also be some brush-cutting for volunteers comfortable working with handsaws or loppers.) This will help open the canopy, making way for native plants beneficial to local wildlife and waters to return.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with or651-222-2193 x31.

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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 or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 25 — 9:00 a.m.-noon
Pine Bend Bluffs near Highway 52, Flint Hills property, Rosemount

After a light breakfast and hot coffee, enjoy a nice fall workout removing pre-cut invasive buckthorn at this annual event in beautiful Pine Bend Bluffs. At the end, we’ll enjoy a hot lunch (in a heated tent) to say thank you and celebrate a day’s good work.

Learn more on the event page, or sign up now or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Tuesday, November 4 — 6-7 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 or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Whose View? From Where?


We continue our trip down memory lane this month with a scene of the Mississippi River from years past. This month we take to the air! Can you identify this view and the year the photo was taken?

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Last month’s photo was a trickier one because of its age. Only a few were able to correctly guess the “from where” of our image.

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Resource of the Month


Residents, homeowners, business owners, and seasonal workers can all benefit from the recently released Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) lawn care videos. The 21-minute videos promote techniques for maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn while keeping our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater clean and safe.




There are squadrons of large white birds overhead.

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Supporting FMR


The Pohlad Foundation has offered FMR a $10,000 challenge grant to match new gifts before October 27. Thanks to an awesome show of support we are $500 away from the goal! To help us earn the final $500 and add your voice to the community voice for the river, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Friends of the Mississippi River today. You can call Heather at 651-222-2193 x30 to make a gift by phone, mail in a check or make your gift right now.

All new members get an attractive FMR magnet with our thanks!

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Quote of the Month

“The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light”

        - “For the Children” by Gary Snyder

FMR Updates

Mississippi River News

Calendar of Events

Whose View? From Where?

Resource of the Month


Supporting FMR