Category Archives: Northeast

Call for Art: Northeast Art Calendar

The deadline for art submissions for the 5th Annual Northeast Arts Calendar is October 8th at 6 PM. The calendar is produced and distributed by the Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC). Artists should send in works that represent one or more of the 14 Northeast Neighborhoods with an address or clearly defined location that inspired the work. (See map at bottom). Neighborhoods include:  St. Anthony West, St. Anthony East, Beltrami, Mid-City Industrial, Northeast Park, Logan Park, Sheridan, Bottineau, Holland, Windom Park, Audubon Park, Waite Park, Columbia Park, and Marshall Terrace.

Artists will be paid $50.00 per each work selected and the artist’s work that is chosen for the calendar’s cover will be paid $250.00. Artwork must be formatted in 300 dpi and submitted electronically to [email protected]. Click here for a printable flyer (pdf).

New this year:  Northeast Neighborhood residents, artists and business owners are encouraged to attend the art selection open house at East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 2nd St NE) on October 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Highest ranked artworks will be used in the calendar. Snacks and beverages provided.

Call 612-801-7834 regarding submissions for event.

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Friends of the Mississippi River – Calendar of Events

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Sheridan Memorial Park Raingarden Tending

Thursday, September 10 — 6-8 p.m.
Sheridan Memorial-Above the Falls Regional Park, Northeast Minneapolis

Help maintain the riverfront raingarden in Minneapolis’ newest park. In addition to beautifying this memorial park, the raingarden provides bee, butterfly and bird habitat while reducing the amount of polluted runoff flowing into the Mississippi River.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.


Native Wetland & Green Infrastructure Planting

Thursday, September 17 — 6-8 p.m.
Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul

Near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, volunteers will work in a raingarden, a runoff-reducing berm and in a demonstration prairie, planting a variety of native plants in each. This “green infrastructure” reduces erosion, filters water pollution and provides much-needed pollinator and wildlife habitat in the urban river corridor.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.


Woodland Seedling Tending

Thursday, September 24 — 6-8 p.m.
Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Farmington

Join us in Dakota County’s newest park, 456-acre Whitetail Woods! Working alongside FMR and Dakota County staff, volunteers will install and repair tree tubes to protect seedlings recently planted by local volunteers from Dakota Electric. In addition to protecting the young trees from rabbits and deer, the tubes will shelter the seedlings from high winds and create a sort of microclimate to help them make it through their first winter.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.


Community Spirits Night

Thursday, September 24 — 6-9 p.m.
Wander North Distillery, 771 Harding St. N.E., Ste. 150, Minneapolis

FMR is the nonprofit of the night at this new local distillery! Enjoy a tour (8 p.m.), drink raffles and craft libations in the cocktail room. Plus a dollar of every drink sold goes towards FMR, and it’s a great way to introduce friends or family to your favorite local nonprofit. Rusty Taco food truck will also be there. No RSVPs necessary!


Seed Collection in the Sand Coulee/Rare Prairie

Saturday, October 3 — 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area, near Hastings

After a brief training, volunteers will help collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. All seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities —— of volunteers and seed alike —— are needed!

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.


Showy Demonstration Prairie Planting

Thursday, October 8 — 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ole Olson — Above the Falls Regional Park, Minneapolis

Join us as we break ground on FMR’s newest restoration site in north Minneapolis! Working with FMR Ecologist Alex Roth and Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will install a demonstration native prairie garden along the bike trail — beautifying the park and providing much-needed pollinator habitat.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.


Hayride + Buckthorn Blast — Join one or both!

Saturday, October 17 — 8:30-1 p.m.
3M-Cottage Grove bluff top woodlands and prairie, Cottage Grove

Thanks to community volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore a rare prairie and oak woodlands at 3M’s Cottage Grove facility just above the Mississippi River. Former invasive species thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, and help connect adjacent natural areas to create a green corridor in southern Washington County. Come help celebrate our success and continue this important restoration project!

This special event kicks off with a light breakfast followed by a prairie nature walk and hayride with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik. Next, volunteers are needed to work with FMR Ecologist Alex Roth and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to help restore the oak woodlands by hauling pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, and then enjoy a catered lunch. You can sign up for the walk and hayride (8:30-10:30 a.m.), the buckthorn blast (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), or both!

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31. Don’t forget to let Amy know if you’re planning to join the nature walk and hayride, the buckthorn blast — or both!


Restore Habitat at Pine Bend Bluffs

Saturday, October 24 — 9 a.m.-noon
Pine Bend Bluffs, Flint Hills Resources restoration area, Rosemount

Join FMR, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems remaining in the metro area. The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions such as this annual restoration and celebration event.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at [email protected] or 651-222-2193 x31.

Grand Opening: A New Backyard on the Mississippi River

New Stormwater Park and Learning Center Demonstrates Sustainable Development, Green Infrastructure

MINNEAPOLIS — The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) invites the public to celebrate the completion of its one-of-a-kind Stormwater Park and Learning Center on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The family-friendly grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature tours, interactive displays and exhibits, and kids’ activities. The event will mark the completion of the MWMO’s public park and facility, which serves as a showcase of landscape features that save, clean and reuse stormwater.

“We have built a beautiful green space for people to enjoy — but more importantly, it’s a place where people can see what green infrastructure looks like and how simple features like raingardens and tree trenches protect our natural resources,” said MWMO Executive Director Doug Snyder.

The park is built around 11 unique, visible stormwater management features. Highlights include a green roof, a 4,500-gallon cistern, large raingardens with native prairie vegetation and a special experiment station to test different soil mixtures for filtering stormwater.

“Not a drop of water that falls on our site runs off into the river,” Snyder said. “Our stormwater treatment train can absorb and clean up to seven inches of stormwater runoff in a single day from our site and the surrounding area.”

The MWMO’s building, which hosts many energy and water-saving technologies, has been upgraded with a number of educational and interpretive features to teach the public how stormwater runoff pollutes water.

The opening of the Stormwater Park and Learning Center involved removing nearly 18,000 tons of contaminated soil and restoring a piece of riverbank to a natural, sustainable state. The project won a Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award and provides a new public access point to the Mississippi River.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Minneapolis Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Project created by the Institute For Figuring, in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center
2522 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Eastside Resource Fair

Council Members Kevin Reich & Jacob Frey invite you to attend
Eastside Resource Fair

When: Saturday, October 3, 10 – 11:30 A.M.
Where: East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE

Need funds for home improvements? Help with winter heat bills? Chore assistance for seniors? These questions and more can be answered at the Eastside Resource Fair. Attend this 1-stop shop for info about the many resources, services and assistance programs available to you and your community. From renters to homeowners, young people to seniors, this event has something for everyone.

Presenting partners include:

  • Center for Energy & Environment
  • City of Minneapolis 311, Regulatory Services and Solid Waste & Recycling
  • Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County
  • East Side Neighborhood Services
  • Housing Resource Center
  • Senior Community Services
  • Sustainable Resource Center

For further information or if you plan to attend the event and will need translation services or other accommodation, please contact:

Ward 1 Council Associate Lisa Brock       612-673-2201    [email protected]
Ward 3 Council Associate Zach Farley    612-673-2203    [email protected]

Block Leader Training & Property Crime Prevention

Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention presents:
Block Leader Training & Property crime prevention

Join other residents throughout the 2nd Precinct to develop skills for effectively working with your neighbors and securing your property.

When: October 8th, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: MPD 2nd Precinct, 1911 Central Ave NE

Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Community Crime Prevention
  • How to organize a block/apartment club
  • Services of Community Crime Prevention
  • Responsibilities of a crime prevention block leader
  • How and when to use 911
  • How to solve problems effectively
  • Meet your crime prevention specialists
  • Best practices of property crime prevention

Please RSVP
Call 612-673-2874 or email
[email protected]

The Best Defense Against Crime

NE Farmers Market at Grain Belt Apartments

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The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market is pleased to announce the opening of a new weekday market at The Grain Belt Apartments (1215 Marshall St. NE, Mpls, 55413). As always, fresh, locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods, jam, specialty foods, and cold treats will be available from a wide variety of local vendors. There will also be food trucks and great live music, too!

Come celebrate the new expansion and community spirit of the Northeast Farmers Market.

Thursdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm
July 9th – September 24th
1215 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Edison Tommies Baseball Fundraiser

Support your local high school baseball team–The Edison Tommies–by attending the Florida Run Beer Bust and Silent Auction fundraiser. All proceeds will help the Tommies Baseball team travel to Florida in the Spring of 2016.

When: Friday, June 5
Where: Shaw’s Bar and Grill (1528 University Ave NE)
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Suggested $10 door cover charge

In addition to the fundraiser, cash donations are also welcome and can be made directly to – please specify “Edison Baseball Florida Run” when doing so.

Hosted by the parents of the Edison baseball team and Shaw’s Bar & Grill

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Northeast Ride 2015

NE RIDE logoFamily-friendly bike ride cycles through
Northeast Minneapolis’s 14 neighborhoods June 13th, 2015

Minneapolis, MN, May 6, 2015—Organized by the Northeast Community Development Corporation (Northeast CDC), the fourth annual Northeast Ride is set for June 13, 2015. This year, NERIDES’s theme is “Cultivate Art and Community: Bike Northeast” and its route will highlight new attractions throughout Northeast Minneapolis.

Everything starts at Beltrami Park (at the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore St. NE) with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride beginning at 10 a.m. Riders will be blessed by Native American drummers as they leave the park. Then, after touring NE Minneapolis’s 14 neighborhoods, the ride will conclude with an after party at Indeed Brewing Company. Eclectic Ensemble, a bicycle-powered band, will provide music.

NERIDE’s route is family-friendly and designed for riders at all levels of experience. Participants will leave Beltrami Park at 10 a.m. in small groups equipped with route maps and, if desired, NERIDE group leaders. Mechanics from Recovery Bike will be on hand to help with emergency repairs if necessary.

Covering approximately 13 miles, NERIDE’s creative cycling tour will visit every neighborhood in NE Minneapolis, pedaling past historic landmarks like the Grain Belt Brewery and visiting new public art installations at Sheridan Veterans Memorial Park and Jackson Square. A new stop this year will be at Stinson and Broadway where new bike lanes on Broadway St. NE have been proposed for 2016. And, as always, riders will be directed to “pit stops” where they can receive bicycle “bling” such as bike bells, key lanyards, bird seed for wild turkeys, and much much more.

Advance registration is $20 per rider. Same day registration is $25. Children (12 and under) ride for free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration includes a NE Ride T-shirt, spoke card, and door prizes at the after party. Registration and sponsorship forms are available online at

The Northeast Ride is a fundraiser benefitting the Northeast CDC, which supports the arts, community, and economic development in NE Minneapolis.

Sweetest Fundraiser of the Year

NE Farmers Market Pancake Breakfast

The Northeast Farmers Market will host its 8th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The event will run from 9:00am–1:00pm. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under the age of 13.

Not your typical pancake breakfast, the Northeast Farmers Market exceeds expectations with a local and organic menu.  It will include organic Whole Grain Milling pancakes, local syrup from Sapsucker Farms, butter and half-n-half from Co-op Partners Warehouse, milk and buttermilk from Kalona SuperNatural, OJ from Sno-Pac, sausages from Gerhard’s, and gluten-free pancakes from Domata. Our long time market vendor SiP Coffee Bar will provide an espresso coffee bar. The event also will be zero waste, with market sponsor Chowgirls providing compost service.

Matt Yetter and The Wheat Pennys will perform for guests at the pancake breakfast. Matt will keep your feet tapping from 9:00am–11:00am and The Wheat Pennys will keep the vibe going from 11:00am–1:00pm.

Everything takes place at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. For more information, go to:


FYI: What’s Going on at Nye’s?

Project proposal for 112-116 East Hennepin Ave Site (Current site of Nye’s Polonaise Room)

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From the Project Description, submitted by the developer:

Schafer Richardson is proposing to redevelop the 112-116 East Hennepin site in Northeast Minneapolis. The 20,000 square foot site currently accommodates a 12,000 sf surface parking lot and 8,000 sf of combined building footprint area. The existing buildings are currently occupied by Nye’s Polonaise Room on the ground floor with residential apartments above. The 1-story infill buildings, built in 1950s-1960s, will be demolished. The existing 2-story building, built in 1907, at the corner of Lourdes Place and East Hennepin will be preserved in its present location. The 3-story “Harness Shop” building, built in 1905, will be moved south on the site to abut the existing 2-story building.

A new mixed-use development, not yet named, will be incorporated with the existing, rehabilitated buildings on site. The new tower will be a 29-story structure with approximately 189 market rate apartments and approximately 9,000 square feet of retail. The development will include 2 levels of underground parking with approximately 66 parking stalls. There will also be 5 levels of enclosed podium parking above the first floor retail/residential lobby space. The podium will provide approximately 174 additional parking stalls.

From the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development to the Heritage Preservation Commission:

The St. Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines were adopted in 2012. The design guidelines establish standards for determining the appropriateness of work that is planned in the district, including alterations to historic buildings and the design of new structures. The design guidelines provide general guidance for the district as well as specific building rehabilitation guidance and standards for new infill buildings in the district.

To see what these design guidelines are and to read the whole 97 page document sampled in this article, click here for the PDF file: Nye’s Site Development Proposal.

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