City briefs - April 2023


New shelter housing on 27th Ave.
This month, Agate participated in two meetings about their new shelter housing project coming to the Longfellow neighborhood. Agate purchased a lot on the 2800 block of 27th Avenue, and plans to build a shelter there for about 54 single adults and with 48 units of housing with on-site case management and other services.

Creek bridge repair
The pedestrian bridge over Minnehaha Creek near 36th Avenue S. was removed for repairs on March 9. The park board plans to replace the deck and install new footings for the bridge this spring. It will be reinstalled in the summer. People can cross the creek on 34th Avenue S. or the pedestrian bridge near 32nd Avenue S.

Veterans support bills
State Representative Emma Greenman has introduced two bills to assist veterans. One, if approved by the legislature and governor, will provide grant funding for Every Third Saturday (ETS), which is located in the East Nokomis neighborhood and provides services to veterans. A second bill would provide funding to rehabilitate a building of the Minnesota Veterans Home to bring it back into operation.

Light rail safe BILL OKED
In February, a Minnesota State House committee approved a bill that would appropriate $1 million and direct the Metropolitan Council to use it to create a transit ambassador program to improve safety on light rail trains. Following the Feb. 27 violent attack at the Lake Street Light Rail Station, and in response to ongoing concerns, Ward 9 Council Member Jason Chavez held a community meeting and listening session on transit safety at the Corcoran Recreation Center on March 21. The meeting included personnel from Metro Transit and Hennepin County, as well as State Representative Samantha Sencer-Mura and others.

The history of your home
Two libraries are offering workshops in April for people to learn about library resources that will help trace the history of Minneapolis houses, neighborhoods or properties, including online permit records, maps, city directories, and photographs. People can register online for sessions Saturday, April 1, 10-11:30 a.m. at Pierre Bottineau Library or Saturday, April 29, 10-11:30 a.m. at Washburn Library by visiting the Hennepin County Library website.

County tree sale SALE THROUGH APRIL 20
Orders are being taken through April 20 for the Hennepin County’s spring 2023 tree sale. These are mostly bareroot trees, not in soil, from 18 to 24 inches long that are being sold in bundles of 25 for $40. You can place your order and learn more at

The Minnesota GOP Congressional District 5 2023 Convention has been scheduled for April 22, at 10 a.m. at the Crystal VFW #494, 5222 Bass Lake Rd. in Crystal. The more local Senate District 63 convention will be on March 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Burroughs Community School, 1601 W. 50th St.

The Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) held ward level caucuses for Ward 12 and 13 on March 14. Ward conventions for each ward will meet in April and May as follows: Ward 7 on May 21 online, Ward 8 on May 20 online; Ward 10 on May 13 in-person, location yet to be determined; Ward 11 on May 21 online; Ward 12 on April 29 at Roosevelt High School; Ward 13 on April 1 at Armatage Park. See for more information. Business to be conducted at the ward convention includes: endorsing a candidate for city council and electing two ward representatives to join the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee.

People are invited to participate in the city’s annual Community Connections Conference that will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It is a free event.

The Park Board plans to host “markets” this summer where local venders can display and sell handcrafted item. The markets that will be held at five parks including at Lake Harriet on Sundays, 2:30-6:30 p.m. from June 4 - Aug. 27 near the bandshell. The initiative is intended to help “local entrepreneurs, producers and artists share their goods and services and grow their business ventures.”


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