Construction along Columbia Parkway

This spring from April 1st to June 30th Xcel energy will be replacing the power poles and lines along the north end of Columbia Park.  Due to railroad safety rules and no staging near the rails, the project will require closing the walking/bike trails along the north end of the park.  The detour is to use the sidewalk across the street along the north side of the parkway. There will also be a detour to the east side of Central AV from the stop light at 34th to 37th AV NE.   There will also be an inspection of the railroad bridge across the parkway on March 29th.  Expect road closings that day.  Click on the detour map provided by Xcel for a better view.


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2015 Community Gardening Season starts this week!

Columbia Park Community Gardens

Garden plots available to rent for the 2015 Season.

$20 rental fee and $20 deposit due at time of plot assignment.  Water and composting are available and included with rental.  For more information and to rent any remaining plots (yes, there are still plots available) please contact Liz, 612-390-3735 or at

The Gateway

The Gateway

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Community Connections Non Conference March 21st

The 2015 Community Connections nonConference – Creative Engagement and Action using arts and placemaking- will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The nonconference is FREE.

The nonconference theme – Creative Engagement and Action using arts and placemaking - is an in-depth look at creative engagement strategies and creative placemaking. Participants will be immersed into a experiential atmosphere where they will gain the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own community and do it from start to finish.

For more information and to register for this free conference look here

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Columbia Park Meeting Draft Agenda for Monday March 16, 2015

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for  Monday March 16, 2015
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735

 Board Members:  Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon,  Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen, Justin Martin

Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski

# in attendance

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Draft Minutes for CPNA meeting February 23, 2015

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report

7:00 – Old Business

Draft CPNA resolution regarding the proposed rail changes in Crystal and Robbinsdale

St Anthony parkway bridge update

Trucks on 5th ST NE –Jeff Bixler

7:15 – New Business

NCR Community non Conference on Saturday March 21, 2015

Gateway Gardens meeting at the manor on Thur March 26th 6:30  new sign going up soon


7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

2015 Local Food Resource Hubs Seed Distribution

The Hubs are community based networks of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, and preserve fruits and vegetables and increase health and access to fresh food.

The Northeast/Southeast Seed Distribution will be on Wednesday, April 1st from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center located at 1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Seeds available: Herbs: Basil, dill, cilantro, parsley; a variety of fresh and dried beans, beets, broccoli raab, cantelope, carrots, swiss chard, collards, corn, cucumbers, kale, mustard greens, a variety of asian greens, lettuce, scallions, parsnips, snap peas, pumpkin, radish, spinach, summer and winter squash, turnips, and watermelon

TO JOIN, SIGN UP ONLINE AT: WWW.GARDENINGMATTERS.ORG/HUBS or pick up, complete, and mail the form and payment to: Gardening Matters, 310 E. 38th St #204B, Minneapolis, MN 55409


Why join?

  • Grow your own fresh produce!
  • Engage in local food issues, making healthy, locally-grown food more accessible in your neighborhood!
  • Receive seeds, seedlings, to help your garden grow!
  • Connect with other gardeners in your neighborhood to share and swap resources!
  • Share your skills and learn from others about gardening techniques, compost, cooking, food preservation, and more!
  • No gardening experience is required!
  • Beginners are welcome!


Tuesday April 7, 2015 1:30pm City Council Chambers, Minneapolis City Hall

You are invited to comment on Minneapolis’ proposed FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan covers the City’s application and Five-Year Strategy for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) federal entitlement funding.

The Consolidated Plan is an application to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) articulating the City’s housing and community development strategies for low- and moderate-income residents at or below 80 percent of the metropolitan median income level.

We invite your participation by speaking at the hearing and/or submitting written comments before, during, or after the hearing on April 7, 2015. To have your name placed on the Public Hearing Speakers List, call (612) 673-2219. Please indicate if you will require any accessibility assistance or interpreter/translation services.

On April 17, 2015, the City will submit its 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan to HUD.  It will include the 2015 budget for the HUD entitlement funds the City expects to receive beginning June 1, 2015.

Listed below are HUD’s entitlement amounts for the 2015 Consolidated Plan

Entitlement Program 2015 HUD Appropriation
CDBG $10,452,853
HOME $1,953,039
ESG $955,772
HOPWA $1,039,291


If you wish to read the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, it is available for review at the Office of Grants & Special Projects (307M City Hall), at all Minneapolis public libraries, offices of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and on the web at

If you are unable to attend this public hearing, or if you have any questions on the Consolidated Plan, you may send comments to:

Matt Bower, Manager, Resource Coordination

Intergovernmental Relations – Office of Grants and Special Projects

307M City Hall

350 South Fifth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Fax: (612) 673-3250

Phone: (612) 673-2188


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Columbia Golf Course to Open March 13th

The Columbia Golf Club will open Friday, March 13, at noon for walking only play.

On March 13 the tee times are open on a first come, first serve basis.

The course will start taking scheduled tee times on Saturday – with walking and cart play available.

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Rail Changes Proposed-More Trains Crossing Central AVE

BNSF and CP are overloaded with oil train traffic.  In order to unclog traffic on their main line they plan to build a junction in Crystal for their southbound traffic and plan to use the line coming in from the east that crosses at grade at Central, Johnson, 37th (near Unique Thrift) and Stinson to relieve the bottlenecks. (see map) These tracks rarely used in the past will be filled with more and more trains.  The citizens of Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley will be facing the same issues and have asked the Surface Transportation Board for an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for their area.  Other municipalities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin are facing the same issues and are requesting an EIS for the entire upper Mississippi watershed.  If you are interested in supporting a study to see if there is a better way to handle these trains full of highly flammable Bakken oil that takes them around rather than through highly populated areas please attend the following meeting




Community members will have an opportunity to hear from local elected officials as well as share their concerns about the project with the federal Surface Transportation Board.


6:30 PM – 8 PM

Crystal Community Center

4800 Douglas Drive North

Crystal, MN 55429

Can’t attend, please write or call the acting chair of the Surface Transportation Board

The Honorable Debra Miller, Acting Chair

Surface Transportation Board

395 E Street SW

Washington, D.C. 20423


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CPNA to Update Bylaws

The board of CPNA has proposed some changes to the bylaws.  These changes will be voted on at the next board/general meeting of CPNA on March 16, 2015.  The current bylaws can be found here.

The proposed bylaws can be found here with the changes in red.


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Meet with our neighbors to hear about our schools

Waite Park Community Council

Waite Park

Neighborhood Meeting
Topic: Minneapolis Schools

Wednesday, March 4th 7:00pm

Please join us for the upcoming neighborhood meeting on March 4th.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. We will are happy to welcome panalists from Minneapolis schools to speak on what’s happening now and what to look forward to in the upcoming years. Panelists include:

  • Jenny Arneson, Chair Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education
  • Carla Steinbach, Principal Edison High School
  • Dr. Ben Perry, Principal Northeast Middle School
  • Cynthia Mueller, Principal Waite Park Elementary School
  • Jonathan Luknic, Principal Pillsbury Elementary
  • Ginger Davis Kranz, Principal Webster Elementary
  • Sandi McDonald Waite Park Community Education Coordinator

We do hope you’ll join us!

Thank you and we’ll see you Wednesday!

— Anthony Beard, Waite Park Community Council

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Plant a new tree this year!

Beginning Monday, March 23,  residents or property owners in Ward 1 can choose from more than 1,200 three- to eight-foot trees for $25 each. The City of Minneapolis is offering a variety and types and sizes of trees for just $25, including fruit trees. First-come, first-served – order early for best selection.

You can place your order online at or call 952-767-3886. Trees are available for Minneapolis property owners including residents, businesses, and nonprofits. Limit one tree per property, maximum three properties. Trees must be picked up on May 16, 17, 18 or 19 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

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Draft Agenda for February 23, 2015 Meeting

Our apologies for the tardiness of this, the staff was out with the flu.

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for Monday February 23, 2015
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735

Board Members: Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen

Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski
# in attendance

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Draft minutes for CPNA meeting of January 26,2015

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report

7:00 – Old Business
Raingardens for 2015
End of year report for 2014
By Law changes

7:15 – New Business
Annual Meeting 2015, new location and possible draws
March newletter….anything for Jeff

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

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