North Minneapolis news and events round-up


Webber Park redesign

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a community survey and a multi-day design kick-off event for Webber Park. The planning process will bring together the community and a professional design team to create a vision for the future of Webber Park. This vision will guide $4 million in improvements in 2012-2013.  The Webber Park multi-day design kick-off event is scheduled for September 29, 30 and October 1 at 4400 Dupont Ave N.  The 6:30-8:30pm September 29 community meeting is for the design team and community to discuss demographics, program opportunities, natural resources, and community visions for the park. The 3-5pm September 30 design team will be working on concepts based on the September 29 meeting. Community members can watch progress and visit with the designers during the 3-5pm open studio.  From 9:30am-Noon, Saturday September 10, there will be a community open house to review.  For more information contact Jennifer Ringold at 612-230-6464, or

Lowry Avenue Harvest Festival

The Lowry Avenue Harvest Festival takes place 11-5p.m, Saturday, September 17, at the corners of Penn and Lowry in North Minneapolis.  The event features: music, a car show, arts and crafts, food, a kids’ zone with appearances by Pickles the Clown, JoJo the Balloon Guy, the Raptor Center, caricaturist, storytellers, and a magician.   The festival also includes a farmers’ market and community information tables.

The Festival’s ”Biggest Vegetable Contest” awards prizes for the biggest tomato, green pepper, zucchini and pumpkin, as well as the weirdest shaped vegetable.  A pie recipe-baking contest will select a winner’s pie to be featured at the Lowry Café. A percentage of sales will be donated to the charity of the winner’s choice. Donations will also be accepted for the local food shelf.  For more information contact the Webber Camden Neighborhood Organization at 612-521-2100.

Northside Transportation Network

A three day community workshop and open house will take place 9-7pm Thursday September 8, 9-5pm Friday September 9 and 9-5pm Saturday September 10 at Minneapolis Urban League’s Glover Sudduth Center 2100 Plymouth Av.  Minneapolis will explore transportation options for the proposed Bottineau Corridor Light Rail Project, impacting residents, businesses and future of North Minneapolis.  Participants will have the opportunity to fill out a Community Survey, interact with planners, professionals and community leaders.  For more information please contact Vanessa Freeman at 612-275-1621, or Geoff Maas at 763-772-4287

We Want You Back

The Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and City of Minneapolis have joined forces again for the “We Want You Back” campaign..  On Saturday September 10, hundreds of volunteers will be walking throughout the city, distributing information, and talking with young people about re-enrolling in a program or school that fits best for them. Last year, 100 signed up on the spot to talk with Minneapolis school staff about getting on a path to finish their diploma, and 14 students have since graduated.

Volunteers are needed for the Sept. 10 Day of Action.  For further information contact Jo Haberman, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board at 612-673-2720 or visit the

Student Consulting Project

The University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development presents the 2011 Community Health Initiative (CHI) Student Consulting Project.  This program is designed to support community-based organizations that work to address public health issues impacting traditionally underserved communities by matching them with talented graduate students assigned to projects designed by the organization.

The goal of this initiative is two-fold; to provide resources to support non-profits and small businesses in a way that builds capacity and improves overall performance and effectiveness; secondly it provides University of Minnesota professional students valuable applied learning experiences in the community, specifically working in communities that face public health disparities or other socio-economic issues.

These projects attempt to deal with a business need of the organization and may focus on areas including but not limited; to market research; marketing, feasibility studies, implementation planning, health administration, and outreach.

In considering applications, students are expected to work approximately 50-60 hours each on the project for the duration of the school semester (approximately 3 months). One or more students are assigned to a project, depending on the scope and type of project requested.  Applications are due Wednesday, September 14, 2011.  Online applications, including additional details regarding project requirements are available here:

To learn more about the Community Health Initiative program, including more about student consulting projects, visit
For further information  contact Aron Khoury, Project Manager khou0012@umn.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-625-8460.

Tree Stumps

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board began work Thursday, Aug. 11 to remove boulevard tree stumps left by the May 22 tornado on the North Side. The stump removals mean the City of Minneapolis will soon be able to begin repairs to sidewalks damaged in the tornado. The Mayor and City Council approved sidewalk repairs without assessing any of the cost to property owners.  This is similar to what the City did in 2009 when a tornado damaged neighborhoods in South Minneapolis.  Around 1,600 sidewalk panels were damaged when the tornado cut through North Minneapolis, according to a survey of the damage done by the City’s Public Works department. Also, around 600 feet of curb was damaged in the tornado and will need to be replaced. Almost all of this damage was caused when the tornado toppled trees along sidewalks and curbs, causing the roots to push up the concrete. Once the tree stumps and roots are removed, the ground can be patched up and sidewalk work can begin.

Park and Recreation Board crews have spent the last several weeks working with Gopher State to locate utility lines around each of the 1,529 “tipped” stumps on boulevards that have exposed roots, in order to make sure the removal can be done safely. Gopher State Central Minnesota is a general contractor specializing in areas of commercial construction, pre-engineered metal buildings, and construction management.  The work will begin in the northernmost section of the tornado area and move south, and work to remove tipped stumps.  This is  expected to take about a month. The City expects to begin sidewalk work around Sept. 1, once enough stumps are removed to allow crews to work continuously on sidewalk and curb repairs.

The cost of sidewalk and curb repair work is approximately $300,000, and the City Council has approved a resolution seeking reimbursement of these costs from FEMA and the State of Minnesota.


The 7th Annual Riverfest and Heritage Day event from 1-5pm, Saturday September 17, celebrates the history of the Mississippi River.  The event will be held at Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court North. For more information, contact Brenda Yarfitz at 612 335-5891.


Monthly meetings for the Victory Neighborhood Association take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  The September meeting will be held at 7pm, September 28th at The Warren; An Artist Habitat, 4400 Osseo Road, for an annual meeting and board election.  For more information on the Victory Neighborhood Association, contact Debbie Nelson at 612 528-9558 or visit

Polar Pride

The North High Polars celebrate 2011 homecoming with a game against the South High Tigers from 12-2pm, Saturday, September 17  at Minneapolis North High.  For more information, contact Principal Peter Christenson  at 612 668-1700 or or Assistant Principal Carly Jarva at 612 668-1818 or