Category Archives: Agenda

September 14, 2017 eNews

September 19th Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Learn about 911
    • Update on changes coming to the service
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Formation of a Small Business Facade Grant Program
      • Reconfirm interest in our Rain Garden proposal ($450 to homeowner, ANA the rest)
      • Approval of July minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – project has started
    • Green Team — additional garden funding or remaining at 10
    • Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
      • Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
    • Summer Festival – Recap
  • Coordinator Update
    • October newsletter
      • Inquiries about advertising and business notifications
    • Accountant services
    • Air quality survey
    • Bylaws – Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly, Laurel
    • Construction updates: Upton, 54th
    • Variance notices
      • 5925 Russell
      • 5728 Oliver
      • 5400 Washburn
    • November event – charity, tree lighting, activities
    • City Grievance Policy
    • City Zero Waste Draft Plan
    • 2020 meeting results available online
    • Court Watch program
  • New Business
    • Consider inviting Mobile Menders
    • Consider arranging community meeting and greet with members of Mpls Muslim community
  • Adjourn

Meetings are always open to the public. We invite you to come learn and share your thoughts about issues that affect our community.



Tuesday, Oct 3 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Join us at Red Wagon Pizza on October 3 for a neighborhood happy hour. We are excited to be welcomed at a new location, and look forward to seeing our neighbors, and enjoying some good food, drink and conversation.

Happy hour drink prices • Snacks provided by the ANA


Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, Sept 23 • 10:00am-Noon • FREE
Armatage Rec Center

Join us for this personal safety workshop. This is the anticipated schedule for the workshop:

  • Initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood (to see what areas are being affected, why certain crimes are being committed and to show each neighbor where crime is in proximity to their home)
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime.
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves & tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations
  • Additional Q&A Session (if time permits)

Sponsored by the ANA. Presented by Stun & Run Self Defense and the Self Defense Bros.
(www.stunrun.com / www.selfdefensebros.com)


E-poll books debut this November

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk
July 21, 2017

Image result for knowink poll pad

They’re here! In November, voters will find new technology in the polls. These are the electronic poll books, or EPBs, and they’re bringing a heightened level of service to Minneapolis voters. In a nutshell, these devices replace the bulky printed roster books used for voter verification and check-in at the polls on Election Day. As a result, EPBs help reduce long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Until now, election judges have been dependent on printed roster books containing lists of registered voters in a particular precinct. Expensive and cumbersome, these roster books required significant effort to produce and compile before Election Day, and an equal investment after Election Day to update voter history in the statewide registration system. The transition to an electronic roster not only expedites voter check-in and verification processes and makes it easier to look up voter data, but also saves money, makes post-election data updates faster and easier (and less prone to human error), and strengthens the integrity of the election.

Each EPB unit includes an iPad, a stand, battery pack, and a mini-printer. The iPads have limited functionality, tied specifically to the single purpose of checking, verifying, and—when necessary—registering voters. By limiting their functionality, the security of the voter data, access, and potential hacking is significantly minimized. Because multiple devices can be interconnected and working at the same time in a single precinct, the EPBs are able to synchronize voter data in real-time throughout the day, helping ensure the integrity of the election by preventing individuals from voting more than once.

EPB technology is currently deployed in 32 states, plus the District of Columbia. Last year, the technology was deployed throughout Hennepin County, with the exception of the City of Minneapolis. The EPBs worked well for other cities in the 2016 Presidential Election, and this year Minneapolis joins the other cities in using EPBs. The agreement with Hennepin County provides that the EPB hardware, software, operating equipment, license, and vendor support are all provided at no cost to the City. The entire EVS team completed training provided by the vendor, KNOWiNK, and is preparing specialized training programs for the City’s election judges. Training for election judges will be held in the months of September and October.

Be sure to look for the EPB in your polling place this year. We’re confident that this new technology will help ensure a successful, seamless, and positive implementation to improve service to our voters.


11th Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour

Sunday, Sept 17 • 8:00am
Start & Finish at Boom Island Park

Come experience the beautiful parkways that make Minneapolis the best place to bike in the country by participating in the 2017 Minneapolis Bike Tour! Spanning the Grand rounds Scenic Byway System, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family-oriented, recreational tour that is great for all ages and abilities.

The tour will take place on Sunday, September 17, at 8 am, with a picturesque start and finish line area at Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE). There are two routes to choose from; 16-mile and 32-mile, both of which are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.

Stick around after the ride to enjoy live music, beer for participants 21+ (must show ID), courtesy of local Utepils Brewing, food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and bike tour merchandise for sale.

For more information, please visit our website at www.minneapolisbiketour.com

Registration September 13-17: $50 (youth $40)


New Minneapolis program available to clean up litter in public spaces

The City of Minneapolis’ Division of Solid Waste and Recycling recognizes that not all volunteers are able to commit to reoccurring cleanup events, or maintaining areas for an extended period of time. The new Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies program offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in one-time, no commitment cleanup activities. The program provides litter clean-up supplies such as bags and gloves at no cost, and delivery is provided. The program is available to Minneapolis residents, business and property owners, visitors and other groups that are interested in volunteering to collect litter in their community. Clean-up areas are limited to public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts, green spaces and other public property within the City of Minneapolis.

Find more information here or contact the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling’s Clean City Coordinator at (612) 673-2789.


New City Information System

We are excited to announce the rollout of the new Legislative Information Management System (LIMS), which supports the City’s goal of increasing accessibility and transparency in local government.

Operating like many popular search engines, LIMS is designed to help the public easily track local legislation, find calendars and agendas, and get involved with the City’s many public advisory boards and commissions. In addition to ease of access, LIMS helps users stay up to date on the latest actions taken by the Mayor and City Council as well as export data from LIMS into individualized search reports that can be used for private research or data visualization.

You can access LIMS at lims.minneapolismn.gov

July 11, 2017 eNews

July Agenda

Tuesday, July 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

Welcome
Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
Park Update, Nikki Friederich
Committee Updates
Community Engagement
Green Team
Consider additional funding for 5 more raingardens in 2018 (from 10 to 15)
Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
Summer Festival
Armatage shirts or such / frisbees
Coordinator Update
July/August Newsletter
Summer Intern
Bylaws (Joel, Judy, Jim, Kelly, Laurel)
Secretary Report – June minutes approved online
Electronic votes
Rita’s House grant
Approval of June minutes
Approval of award and gift for Steve Johnson
Treasurer Report
New Business
Solar Power Hour event, July 26, 4-5pm at Insight Brewing (SE Como group)
Adjourn


Happy Hour and Goodbye to Cafe Maude

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour and a chance to say goodbye to Cafe Maude as they will be closing their doors after a decade. We hope to find a new place to continue hosting neighborhood happy hours – so stay tuned.

The ANA provides food. Cafe Maude offers happy hour drink pricing.

Come on down and meet neighbors, and ask board members questions! 


Lawn Care for Water Quality

‘Tis the season for turf grass maintenance! Most of us have lawns that need maintaining throughout the warmer months, but did you know that how you care for your lawn can have a big impact on water quality? What lands on your lawn can make its way into storm drains that lead straight to streams and lakes without treatment. That means if you fertilize your lawn, blow grass clippings into the street, or don’t pick up after your pet, all that might be going down the drain straight to water we rely on for drinking and playing.

But it’s easy to minimize your impact! Here are some tips:

  1. Mow high and often. Cut your grass to 3 inches or higher, which helps trap pollutants and leads to a healthier lawn that has stronger roots and is more resistant to weeds. Don’t cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time to avoid stressing the grass. You’ll also avoid having large mats of grass on your yard, which smother grass and are more likely to wash off into the street.
  2. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings contain the same amount of nutrients as one round of fertilizer, which is good for your lawn and your pocketbook! Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down a storm drain.
  3. Water wisely. Lawns don’t need as much water as you might think. Lawns generally need about 1-inch per week to stay green. Try to water in the early morning so the grass absorbs the water better and be sure to divert your sprinklers so they aren’t watering impervious surfaces. If a green lawn isn’t a concern for you, try to not water more than is necessary. Grass that turns yellow or brown in the middle of summer is just going dormant and will bounce back in the fall.
  4. Fertilize in fall. If you are planning on fertilizing your lawn, it will be most effective in the fall. It’s also useful to get a soil test of your yard so you know what nutrients your lawn needs. Be sure to use zero-phosphorus fertilizers and sweep up any fertilizer that falls on hard surfaces. As an alternative to fertilizing, you can aerate in the fall instead.

More tips can be found on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website. You can help us improve the watershed, one action at a time!


Southwest High School Soccer Camp

Dear Soccer Families,
This summer, August 7-10, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm, we will be holding our annual Southwest High School Soccer Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-9 in the Fall of 2017. Cost is $75 for the first player in a family and $60 for each additional sibling. The camp is held at Southwest High School Soccer Stadium and led by Southwest High School soccer captains with assistance from coaches and former players.

The camp is limited to 100 campers and has filled each of the last few years, so please sign up early. We are hoping to get up to 100 campers by July 16 so that we can get T-Shirt orders in. Sign up at:

youthcampsignup.southwest-soccer.com Registration is complete once the online registration form is completed and waiver/payment is received. For questions about the youth camp, send an email to: youthcamp@southwest-soccer.com call Dale Peterson at: 612-655-2796 Thanks for supporting SW soccer!


Parks in need of Seasonal Workers

Role Summary

Perform seasonal manual labor in the care and maintenance of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) buildings, grounds, and amenities to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the public.  Position is temporary lasting up to six (6) months, with expected duration from mid-April through mid-October, depending on work location and weather conditions.  May be assigned a modified workweek and workday that includes weekends and holidays.  Start times are between 5-7am, end times are between 1:30-3:30pm.  A limited number of positions required to work 1-9pm.

Check out this opportunity and more online.


Safety Camp

Safety Camp teaches participants safety education through games, demonstrations and hands-on activities in a fun camp setting. Camp is action packed, and safety topics include water, bike, animal, bus, fire safety and more. Police, firefighters, and recreation staff serve as camp counselors. Parents/guardians are invited to join their camper for lunch on July 26, noon-1 pm. Camp includes: drinks, snacks, t-shirt and awards ceremony.

Grades:  2nd through 5th

July 24-26
9am-4:30pm

$65 Resident / $88 Non-Resident

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Register now!  Bus pick ups available throughout the city (including at Armatage Park) or opt to drop your camper off at Wirth. Sign up for the optional 4th day on July 27 from 9am-4:30pm.

June 14, 2017 eNews

Storm Debris Collection

Following Sunday’s storm, Minneapolis residents should continue to use the City of Minneapolis’ regular yard waste services to get rid of small storm tree debris. These services include the collection of limbs that are less than three inches in diameter, are cut less than three feet long and are bundled securely with rope or twine. The bundles should not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Yard waste and small storm debris is collected on scheduled garbage days. Residents should have their bundles of small storm debris at their alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 am. For more details about the City’s yard waste services, visit the yard waste page on the City of Minneapolis’ website.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is not collecting tree debris as a result of Sunday’s storm.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear


Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, June 19

Armatage Park

8:30 – Activities • Dusk – Movie

Join us at Armatage Park for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure! Bike on down and get a safety check and helmet fitting from Perennial Cycle. Ask questions of a Water Steward, and get tips on how to maintain an eco-friendly yard. Enjoy treats for sale from Sweet Dreams. Free popcorn provided by the park.



June Agenda

Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30pm

Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
  • Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Review Post-It Ideas from Annual Meeting
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Safety
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • Garage Sales
    • Cafe Maude
    • August newsletter
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Supporting Hmong event
      • Approval of May minutes
      • Approval of $1,400 for Summer Festival inflatables
      • Supporting Cafe Maude’s 10th Anniversary celebration to take place Sunday, June 25 • 12:00-5:00pm • Live music
  • Treasurer Report
    • Filing of 990 and MN Atty General
  • Board Officer Elections
    • Conflict of Interest document
  • New Business

Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed federal emission limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle infrastructure. The MPCA is developing Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.

How should Minnesota use $47 million?


Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars! More details coming soon!

April 13, 2017 eNews

April Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting Update
      • Speaker: Hennepin County Commisioner Marion Greene
      • Dinner provided by the ANA featuring pizza from Red Wagon and Pizzeria Lola
      • Board Elections
      • Door prizes (TBD)
    • Financial Audit Update
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Dialogues (details below)
    • Garage Sales (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (June 19) 8:30pm
      • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (at dusk)
      • Perennial Cycle (free helmet fittings and bike safety checks)
      • Green Team information tables (Water Stewardship, yard care, etc.)
      • Park to provide popcorn
    • Future of the FixIt Home Improvement Loan program
    • Summer intern
    • Gypsy moth update (details online)
  • Treasurer Report
    • Unfrozen funds from the City
  • Secretary Report – March minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn


Organics Recycling at Armatage Park

Please note, locks will be installed on the organics cans located at the park. Those who have signed up as part of the drop off location have been notified and provided with codes. This is to help prevent organics recycling contamination.

If you have any questions or want to know if an item is compostable or not, check our website, search for the item on BPI’s website, or send us an email at SWRcustomer@minneapolis.com.



Airport Noise Listening Session

April 19, 2017 at 7:00-8:00 PM
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the Eagan Community Center, on April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the Spring NOC Listening Session.

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for residents to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics. Conversation from these sessions will be included as discussion items during future NOC meetings. The agenda for the April meeting is included below.

Who’s Invited?

  • Airport Neighbors
  • MAC Environment Department Staff
  • NOC Representatives
  • MAC Commission Members
  • Local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Staff

Agenda

  • 7:00 Welcome
  • 7:05 Introductions – What is your name? Where do you live and for how long? What would you like to get from this meeting?
  • 7:10 Aircraft Noise Basics Video – Efforts Underway to Reduce Aircraft Noise
  • 7:20 NextGen Arrival Environmental Benefits – Optimized Profile Descents
  • 7:30 Open Floor Conversation 8:00 Closing Feedback – What did you like / dislike about the meeting format?


Earth Day Clean Up Events

Saturday, April 22 • Multiple Locations

Find an event for Earth Day online!



Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop – Just $35!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wood Lake Nature Center

What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our local watersheds? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for Minnehaha Creek, the Mississippi River and area watersheds.

Thanks to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Eagan, FMR has 30 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Minnesota. The barrels are white (but paintable) and connect to your existing downspout.

Taking place at Wood Lake Nature Center, the workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Next, we’ll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then build a rain barrel to take home.

Ready to register?

Claim your spot now via Eventbrite – Just $35! Please note, tickets sales end Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. or if the event reaches capacity.



Join Us at the Neighborhoods 2020 Cafes!

Neighborhood organizations across the City are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and NCR to host a series of community dialogues about neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Each event will include small group discussions to address the following questions:

  • What services, opportunities and information should neighborhood organizations provide?
  • What are characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization?
  • How can neighborhood organizations empower engagement?

These questions were developed by 37 participants at a day-long workshop on the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.

The dialogues are a first step in developing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council on the future work of neighborhood organizations through a process of respectful and inclusive community engagement.

Upcoming Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversations

  • Downtown – Tuesday April 25th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Plymouth Congregational Church – 1900 Nicollet Ave. So.
  • North – Saturday April 29th – 10:00am to 2:00pm North West Corner of Penn and Lowry (Outdoors under tent)
  • East – Wednesday May 3rd – 5:30pm to 8:00pm NE Minneapolis Armory – 1025 Broadway St NE 55413
  • South – Thursday May 4th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center – 2824 13th Ave So.
  • Southwest – Monday May 8th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Park – 4055 Nicollet Ave So. NOTE: 6:00 (dinner) 6:30-8:00 (program) Free child care provided

More information and to register for the events online,



Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

June 3 • 8:00am-4:00pm

The garage sale registration form is now available on our website. This year we are also inviting groups to host sales for charity. You may set-up a table or tent at the park. If interested, please contact our coordinator!



Learn Golf & Earn Money

MMJGA Summer Caddie Program

Informational Meeting & Training
Saturday, March 25 • 9:00am-noon
Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N)

The Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association (MMJGA) invites young people ages 13-17, who are interested in golf, to join us this summer. Opportunities to earn money, meet new people, and learn the game of golf!

For more information visit www.mmjga.org.

NOTE: Parents need to attend the first hour. The last 2 hours will be dedicated to training.



Mpls • St. Paul Home Tour

April 29-30

Make progress toward your new kitchen, bath, suite, your quest to claim unused space or to add on. You’ll find help and encouragement on the 30th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.

Learn more online.

March 17, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • 2040 Plan & Resolution Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement: Renter engagement • Washburn Tot Lot • Happy hour • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Annual Report
    • April Newsletter
    • Financial Audit
    • Trees for Kids
    • Tree lights and charity drive 2017
    • May 8th – Art of Hosting (MLK 6-8:30pm)
    • Garage Sale (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (what do we want to do)
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

Participants receive:

  • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.
  • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

For more information and to register, go to metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.



MSP Aircraft Noise Analysis for 2016 is Now Available

02/27/2017 03:03 PM CST

Each year, the MAC reports aircraft noise exposure associated with operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and uses the results to determine homeowner eligibility for the MAC’s Noise Mitigation Program. To qualify for mitigation, a home must fall within a higher impact area for three consecutive years.

The report, called the MSP Annual Noise Contour Report, details the development inputs for aircraft noise exposure contours that represent the geographical areas exposed to aircraft noise levels of 60 dB DNL and greater surrounding MSP.

The 2016 Annual Noise Contour Report is available now on the MAC Noise Program Office website here:  2016 MSP Annual Noise Contour Report.

The report concluded that a total of 286 single-family homes are eligible for mitigation in 2018. (NOTE: None are in the Armatage neighborhood.) The eligible blocks are shown in blue in the graphic online. MAC will begin reaching out to these eligible homeowners in late 2017 to begin project orientation.

The MAC is also actively initiating mitigation projects for homes that qualified last year. These homes are shown in green on the graphic online.


Southwest Communities “Future of Neighborhoods” Conversation

May 8th, 6:00 pm (dinner) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (program)

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The neighborhood organizations of Southwest Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, invite you to come discuss your viewpoint regarding the future of neighborhoods, including creating stable communities through respecting residents’ voices and empowering local solutions.  Attendees will work with other Southwest residents to discuss current and future challenges facing neighborhoods and suggest policy and funding streams to support communities to creatively address these challenges.

Free Dinner and Childcare provided


City of Minneapolis
Community Connections Conference

Saturday, April 1
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE (meals included)
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Mpls

Register Now


Southwest High School Performing Arts

Sweet Charity (Musical)

March 16-18 & 23-25 at 7 pm and March 19 & 26 at 2 pm.

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon.

Charity works at a dance club and has only seen the dark side of life but thinks things are changing when she meets Oscar.  Even when things turn sour, Charity stays Sweet and hopeful of her dreams

To find our more or purchase tickets go to http://southwesttheatre.org/

February 17, 2017 eNews

February Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Quartely Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Renter engagement
      • Washburn Tot Lot
      • Happy hour
      • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Upcoming events: Sustainable Behavior 2/25; Gypsy Moth 3/1; Home Fair 3/25; City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – January minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least two days in advance.



Change in Happy Hour time!

March 6 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

We will we switching to hosting our neighborhood happy hours to the first Monday from 7:00-9:00pm at Cafe Maude. We hope more neighbors may be able to join us at this bi-monthly neighborhood gathering!

In March, we especially invite area block leaders to join us! We want to continue our discussions about ways we can support your efforts though events, programs and more.

Food provided by the Armatage Neighborhood Association • Cash bar


We’re here to help you use your refund to move from “getting by” to “getting ahead.”

We provide free tax preparation, financial services, and financial coaching. Most services are offered by volunteers who are passionate about helping you maximize your money. We provide:

If you’re ready to get started, find a tax clinic nearest you.


Home Stretch Workshop

February 18 • 9:00am-5:00pm

Smart, sustainable homeownership starts with solid information. Our Home Stretch course is an in-person, classroom-style workshops taught by experienced professionals. Get objective, practical information to make the best homeownership choices for you and your family.

Learn how to:

  • Determine your financial situation
  • Manage credit to make homeownership more affordable
  • Choose your best mortgage options
  • Select the right home for your family
  • Understand the loan closing process
  • Find down payment help, special loans for first-time homebuyers, and other offers
  • And more!

Receiving a homestretch certificate makes you eligible to receive numerous down payment and first-time homebuyer assistance funds and programs. The certificate is good for 12 months.

View the Facebook event

Register through Eventbrite (Enter code Neighborhood50 to save 50% on your registration!)

*This class does not satisfy the NeighborhoodLift education requirements, but DOES satisfy most other down payment assistance education requirements. Please check with your lender for more information*



RecQuest is back! New Community Advisory Committee meeting scheduled February 23

Join renewed push to plan next generation of rec centers in Minneapolis at Feb. 23 meeting

RecQuest is back! The third Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for 6-8 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) headquarters, 2117 West River Road.

At the meeting, MPRB staff will give a project update, an overview of Phase 2 of RecQuest and propose tools and a timeline to get it done. All CAC meetings are open to the public and the MPRB encourages anyone interested in the future of Minneapolis recreation centers to attend and participate.

RecQuest Refresher

Minneapolis’ demographics are changing rapidly, making it more important than ever to ensure that the MPRB meets the needs of the city’s diverse stakeholders. Therefore, the MPRB is developing a plan – RecQuest – for the next generation of recreation centers in Minneapolis.

 The MPRB operates 49 year-round, neighborhood-based recreation centers, and leases two recreation centers to non-profit organizations. Most facilities were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are nearing the end of their useful life.

RecQuest will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of capital improvements at recreation centers. It will also tailor recreation center facilities and programs to meet the current and projected recreation needs of communities across the city.

Please read the RecQuest CAC Meeting #2 Summary or visit the RecQuest project page for more information.

RecQuest CAC Meeting #3

Date: Feb. 23, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: MPRB Headquarters
Address: 2117 West River Road
Topic: Project update, Phase 2 overview, proposed tools and timeline


Registration open for Adaptive Recreation Sports Sampler and Fast Pitch Softball Pitching Clinics from The Windmill Factory

Windmill Factory Pitching Clinics

The Windmill Factory is hosting five pitching clinics at Whittier Recreation Center, Feb. 18-March 18! This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on the softball season and warm up your arm with fantastic pitching instruction.

Athletes will be instructed in the Six Steps to Proper Windmill Mechanics and learn about:

  • Proper Windmill Mechanics
  • Ball Speed
  • Ball Placement
  • Breaking Pitches
  • Off-Speed Pitches
  • Mental and Physical Strategies
  • Injury Prevention

Clinic Details
Ages: 8-18
Cost: $70 (Minneapolis resident); $105 (non-resident)
Location: Whittier Rec Center, 425 W 26th St.
Dates: Feb. 18-March 18 (Saturdays)
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Register


Adaptive Recreation Sports Sampler

Join our NEW interactive adaptive sports sampler! Learn a variety of sports skills through games, drills and activities designed for children of all ability levels.

Kids with various disabilities ages 6-12 years old will engage in a small group environment with trained staff to enhance their learning experience. Activities will be adapted to meet each child’s individual needs.

Activity Details
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $40 (Minneapolis resident); $60 (non-resident)
Location: Logan Recreation Center, 690 13th Ave. NE
Dates: March 16-April 13 (Thursdays)
Time: 5:30-6:15 pm
Location: Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 S 29th Ave.
Dates: March 14-April 11 (Tuesdays)
Time: 4:30-5:15 pm
Register

January 13, 2017 eNews

January 17th Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest speaker: Brad Bourn, Park Board Commissioner
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Renter engagement (1/7)
    • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Happy hours 2017
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting (ideas: Citizens Utility Board)
    • aMEALiorate
    • City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – December minutes approved online
  • Coordinator evaluation
  • New Business
  • Adjourn



Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20
6:30-8:30pm

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!



Happy Hour Survey

Please take a quick moment to respond to this short survey.

Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!



Green Team

We are forming a Green Team to address topics of interest relating to sustainability and environmental issues. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this group! We will be planning an initial priority setting dialog soon.


Rain Gardens

By working in partnership, the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms may be able help you create a rain garden for your yard (with less work and cost for homeowners).  We are gathering contact information for people who may be interested in order to determine how much interest there may be in this sort of program. This program would be for 2018 rain garden installations.



Summer Festival

NEW DAY & TIME:
Sunday, August 13
3:00-7:00pm

Planning starting soon! We’d love to have you on our event team! Please let us know if you’d like to help with part of making this event happen.


What:  Kite Festival

When:  Saturday, January 28   12pm-4pm

Where:  Lake Harriet
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Cost:  FREE

*Kites, food and beverages available for purchase*



A Southwest Business Association Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saguaro
5309 Lyndale Ave S

RSVP NOW!

Running a small business is no small task, but you’re not alone – WE are on your team! Meet up with like minded individuals to bounce ideas, discuss the business climate, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders, and so much more. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis catalysts that can help grow your business.

IT’S FREE TO ATTEND!

There is no cover charge to attend, we’ll have some tasty apps for you to enjoy, and there will be special happy hour drink options for you too!

NEW THIS MONTH – PRIZE DRAWINGS!

RSVP and attend for the chance to win great local prizes courtesy of Warners’ Stellian Appliance! One ticket for coming, earn another for bringing along a fellow business owner. Additional ticket earning opportunities at the event as well. (Prize information coming soon)

November 10, 2016 eNews

November Agenda

Tuesday, November 15 • 6:30 pm
Armatage Community Center

Welcome

Quarterly Safety Update

Jennifer Waisanen, CPS – Police Inspector Waite – Asst City Atty Wilcox – Lance Custer, Safety Chair

Regular Meeting

  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Plan to engage with renters (postcard mailing)
    • Coordinator Update
      • CPP – approve application
      • FixIt Loan – do we want to contribute funds
    • Treasurer Report
    • Secretary Report – October minutes approved online
    • Coordinator Contract
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.


Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details online!


13th Ward Forum – A Conversation with Police Inspector Kathy Waite

Thursday, November 10th, from 6-7pm
at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (5440 Penn Ave S)

Join us as we introduce new MPD Fifth Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite to the community. We will provide pizza and snacks and the church has a nursery in the corner of the room where children can play.

(NOTE: Inspector Waite will also be attending our neighborhood meeting on November 15)



The Taste of Minneapolis International Festival

Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 p.m.
at Phillips Recreation Center (2323 – 11th Ave. S. Minneapolis)

Join community members from across the City to learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live.

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public.

To learn more visit www.minneapolisparks.org. or by calling 612-230-6400.

Entertainment will include:

  • Indigenous Roots Kalpulli Ynocenoxtli Traditional Aztec Dancers
  • Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
  • Somali Museum of MN
  • Yellow Horse Singers
  • Asian Media Access’ Dance Team

Food will be provided by the following restaurants and vendors:

  • Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Kramarczuk’s
  • Sioux Chef
  • Delicias Latinas

Cultural exhibits and demonstrations courtesy of:

  • Somali Museum of MN
  • The Norway House
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Green Card Voices
  • James Autio: Native American Art
  • Gibbs Farm, a program of Ramsey County Historical Society

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is presented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.



New Aircraft Noise Basics Video Series

Do you ever wonder who makes the decisions behind the aircraft activity at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)? A new video called Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions? was produced by the Metrpolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and seeks to provide more understanding about the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Aviation Administration, the MAC, and other aviation stakeholders.

Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions?” is the first in a new video series that will help members of the public learn basic facts about aircraft noise topics.

Each of the Aircraft Noise Basics videos has a fact sheet that offers more details about each topic. Click here to view the Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1 fact sheet: “Who Makes the Decisions?

Members of the public can access Aircraft Noise Basics videos and fact sheets by going to the MAC Noise Program website and clicking on “Aircraft Noise Basics”. We will announce each future video and fact sheet through the MAC Noise Program Office “Latest News.”

December 9, 2016 eNews

December Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • NCEC/NCR Policy Board Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Renter engagement (10-11:30 1/7)
      • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Coordinator Update
      • FixIt Loan – do we want to contribute funds; January newsletter
    • Treasurer Report
    • Secretary Report – October minutes approved online
    • Coordinator Contract for 2017
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.


Thanks to the dozens of neighbors who came out Friday night Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate a season of giving. A truck load of diapers and baby supplies were delivered to the Greatere Minneapolis Crisis Nursery & People Serving People. We hope to grow this event next year – ideas welcome! NOTE: We are working out some lighting issues as the ice rink is built, so the lights may not be on for a few days while some re-wiring is done.



A Local Conversation about Islamophobia

Monday, December 12
6:00-7:30pm
Southwest High School Auditorium
(Enter through Door 1 at 47th & Beard)

Join our City Council Member, Linea Palmisano and her guest panelists for a conversation on how Islamophobia affects our community and what we can do about it. Come with your questions and hear from an excellent group of panelists as we address this important topic. (Facebook event info.)

  • Congressman Keith Ellison
  • City Council Member Abdi Warsame
  • David Scherer, Ward 13 Musician and Youth Minister
  • Yusra Arab, Community Leader

Neighborhood Connections:Focus on Neighbors Who Rent!

Saturday, January 7, 2017
10:00-11:30am
Armatage Community Center

Please join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10-11:30am, at the Armatage Community Center for free food and drink to build community, network, and share any questions or concerns. The ANA is especially interested in feedback on what kinds of workshops, events, or support would be useful to renters in the neighborhood.

Free copies of the book “How to be the Smartest Renter” will be available to attendees (first come, first served).



Armatage Fire & Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party

Friday, January 20
6:00-8:00pm

Join us down at Armatage Park for the 4th annual Fire & Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!

 

 


Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2017 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2017 STEP-UP may go online and fill out the application until February 10, 2017.


STEP-UP is one of the country’s premier youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes youths from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youths of color, youths from recent immigrant families, and youths with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.


aMEALiorate

We connect strangers wanting to find, build, and strengthen their community.

Founded in 2016, aMEALiorate is one answer to the question “How do I get to know others who are in my community, but are outside my everyday life?” The act of eating is shared by all, regardless of age, gender, identity, culture, or heritage. aMEALiorate enables the meal; the participants choose what happens next. Learn more about this program and how to participate!



Easiest Way to Reduce Waste? Food Recycling!

Hennepin County conducted a waste sort to learn more about what residents are throwing away and what opportunities we are missing to recycle more.

The study involved sorting residential trash from Minneapolis into new categories to get better, more specific information about what could be recycled now but is not, and what opportunities need to be developed to increase recycling in the future. 

Food is the most prevalent material in the trash by far. Steps you can take to reduce food waste include using up all of the food that you buy, practicing meal planning, understanding the date labels on food, and properly storing your food. As we enter the holiday season, residents can use holiday parties and dinners as an opportunity to learn about preventing the waste of food and other organics. Find resources at savethefood.com.

Sign up to for curb-side organics recycling in Minneapolis!


12 ways to save energy this heating season

Tips from the Minnesota Department of Commerce

  • Get an energy audit. The first step to energy efficiency is an advanced home energy assessment to diagnose the best ways to save energy. An audit can be arranged through the Home Energy Squad.
  • Lower your thermostat. When you are at home or awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or away from home, turn your thermostat down about 10 degrees—either manually or with a programmable thermostat. This can reduce your heating bill by about 10 percent.
  • Take advantage of heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Cover drafty windows. Tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months to reduce air leakage around windows.
  • Weather strip and caulk windows and doors to eliminate air infiltration.
  • Seal air leaks to prevent cold air infiltration around chimneys, vents, pipes and wires. Plugging air leaks is one of the most cost-effective ways to conserve energy and increase comfort—and is the key to preventing ice dams.
  • Close your fireplace damper when a fire is not in use and install airtight doors to prevent warm air from escaping. If the fireplace is no longer used, seal the flue with an inflatable plug.
  • Maintain your heating system. Have your furnace or boiler inspected annually to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. Also consider replacing mechanical systems if they’re old or inefficient, and clean or replace furnace filters regularly as needed. For wood and pellet-burning heaters, clean the flue vent and the inside of the appliance to improve efficiency.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees F. Not only will this save energy, it will reduce the danger of scalding.
  • Use light-emitting diode—or LED—holiday light strings to reduce the expense to decorate your home for the holidays.
  • Upgrade to LEDs for your entire home lighting. LEDs are the most efficient and longest lasting bulbs.
  • Upgrade to LEDs for your entire home lighting. LEDs are the most efficient and longest lasting bulbs.

October 11, 2016 eNews

October Meeting Agenda

October 18, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
    • Other park amenities to explore
Additional picnic tables/benches
A/C
Shade trees/structure
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
November Safety meeting, new Inspector invited
    • Community Engagement
Plan to engage with renters
  • Coordinator Update
    • 2017 calendar
    • Community Participation Program (CPP) 2017-19 (see below)
    • FixIt Loan
  • Treasurer Report
Bank accounts (2?)
  • Secretary Report (minutes approved by email)
  • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borers

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.


District 6 School Board debate schedule for October 27

7 pm • Lynnhurst (1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy)

Hear from School Board candidates in person or learn more online!


Neighborhood Priorities

In August the Minneapolis City Council approved the revised Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines and the three-year allocations for the years 2017-2019. CPP funds can be used to support neighborhood organization’s community engagement activities and related administrative expenses, as well as to fund work on priorities identified in approved Neighborhood Priority Plans. We will be discussing these priorities and plans during our October meeting. Resident input is welcome!

You can find more information on the NCR website at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/programs/WCMSP-185369.



Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 28 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
(weather permitting)

Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn
Mini donuts and hot drinks by Sweet Dreams will be available for sale.
Costumes Encouraged

Pumpking Carving Contest

Bring your carved pumpkin to the park and be entered to win prizes!
Thursday, October 27 • 2:00-9:00 pm or Friday, October 28 • 2:00-4:00 pm
Pumpkins will be on display during the event.
(You can take your pumpkin home with you after the judging!)

Trunk-or-Treat

Decorated vehicle stations (click for ideas), stationed throughout the parking lot at Armatage Park, will hand out treats.

Get your group together to come up with your display idea!
Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!

Registration is free and we provide the treats*, you just come up with a fun idea, and join us Friday night for the fun!

Be creative! But please remember, this is a family event, so nothing too gory.

Set-up will start at 5:00 pm and all displays must be ready by 6:00 pm.
An adult must stay with the vehicle throughout the event.
We ask that you plan to stay until 8:30 pm, unless otherwise directed that night.

*Treats will be provided by the Park and the ANA. Some treats will be non-candy, and indicated with a Teal Pumpkin.

Trunk-or-Treat Vehicle Display Registration

Due October 22

Mail or deliver to the park or email the following details to anacoordinator@armatage.org
Group/Organization Name • Concept/idea
Main Contact Person• Phone (okay to text?) • Email

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Sewer smoke testing

What is smoke testing?

Smoke testing is used to locate cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rain water in the sanitary sewer system. During the test, workers send white smoke into the sewer system. The smoke will come out through holes in manhole covers, plumbing vent pipes and other locations where rain water can get into the sewer system.

When will the test be done?

Tests will take place in the late summer and fall. Residents and property owners should receive a notice by mail (pdf) prior to testing. A second notice will be placed on the front door one-to-three working days before the test. Each test lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Why is the testing being done?

The City is working to keep costs down for our customers and protect the environment. When rain water enters the sanitary sewers, it increases the amount of sewage we need to pay to treat. Also, during intense storms, a large influx of stormwater into the sanitary sewers can overwhelm the system, triggering a combined sewage/stormwater overflow. The City has done a lot to reduce the chances of these kinds of overflows, but more work is needed.

What should I do to prepare?

Pour a bucket of water down your basement floor drain and any toilets, sinks or showers that have not been used within a month. This water should fill the traps and reduce the chance of smoke entering your home or business. Smoke may still enter through missing or broken cleanout caps, or defective plumbing that needs repair.

Call 612-673-3543 for special notification if you or someone in your home has mobility limitations, respiratory conditions or other health concerns that may be aggravated by the smoke.


Save the Date

Armatage Happy Hour
Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour

Thursday, Nov 3 • 4:00-6:00
Cafe Maude

Meet neighbors, share ideas, express concerns!
Appetizers provided. Cash bar (but great happy hour specials).


Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details!


Anonymous Crime Tips

Want to partner with us to fight crime? All four of the methods below allow you to submit a crime tip anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office. We need your tips about drug activity, cold cases, suspicious activity, or general crime.

  • Call: 1-888-988-TIPS (8477)
  • Text: 847-411, start your text with “HCSOtip” then enter your tip
  • App: Search “HCSOtip” to download the app
  • Online: HennepinSheriff.org then fill-out the form

Do NOT use these tip services if you need an urgent response. In case of emergencies, call 911.

Swap Spot

Do you buy or sell online items from sites like Craig’s List? If so, try our Swap Spots for a safe place to conduct in-person transactions.

Swap Spots are designated public places where residents may exchange items that they have purchased/sold online. This allows people to have a public location to make legal transactions.

Swap Spots are located in the lobby of three Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office facilities.

  • Sheriff’s Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN
  • Enforcement Services Division, 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Public Safety Facility, 401 S. 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Swap Spots are available during regular business hours of operation: 8am-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.