Precincts need election judges, including our newly revived precinct at Columbia Manor

The 2014 Gubernatorial Primary, is set for Tuesday, August 12th. As we continue to finalize arrangements, we’re short on the number of election judges needed to serve voters in the polls. Specifically, the City is looking to recruit, train, and deploy:

Team election judges provide direct assist to voters in the City’s 125 polling places. They greet voters, provide instructions, answer questions, and manage voter queuing lines; they check voter registration status and, if necessary, register qualified voters; they provide instructions on how to complete the ballot properly; they issue ballots; they operate tabulation equipment; and work together to ensure a positive experience for voters.

These specialized judges assist voters in the polling places who require translation or language support (in addition to other team judge duties). The City is specifically looking for multi-lingual judges fluent in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

You can sign-up to serve as an election judge yourself. Better yet, recruit a friend or neighbor (or two or three) to help serve your fellow residents in this year’s election! For more information about serving as an election judge, or to download the application form, see the City’s election website at:

vote [dot] minneapolismn [dot] gov

There’s a link at the top of the main page titled “Election Judges” that connects viewers with information and access to an application form and other details about serving as an election judge. Or, you can simply contact the Elections & Voter Services Division by calling Minneapolis 311.

Many thanks to all,

Casey Joe Carl
Minneapolis City Clerk

Metro Blooms looking for Garden Evaluators


Blooming Boulevards’ efforts to promote and recognize boulevard gardens began in 1983 under the leadership of the City of Minneapolis’ Committee on Urban Environment (CUE). Member Nate Siegel was so impressed with the beautiful boulevard flower gardens on a visit to Vancouver, B.C., that he started a similar program to beautify Minneapolis.

In 2002, Friends of CUE formed a nonprofit to enable us to secure donations and grants to help carry on our mission of promoting and celebrating Minneapolis gardens.
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Proposed 2014-2016 CPP Budget-Vote at Annual Meeting June 16th

At the annual meeting and potluck picnic at the Columbia Picnic Pavilion on June 16, we will be voting on the proposed 2014-16 CPP (Community Participation Plan) for the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association. Please read the application and more detailed budget. If you have comments or would like to suggest changes please send them to our CPNA email, contact prior to June 14th.

Proposed 2014-16 CPP Application

Proposed 2014-16 CPP Budget

Rainbarrels Available from Friends of the Mississippi River

Saturday, June 21st, 9-11:30 a.m., Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) will be holding a Rain Barrel Rollout in the Target parking lot at the Quarry in NE Minneapolis. Rain barrels and supply kits must be purchased online in advance for $40 (link below). We’ve ordered a large number — 200! But based on how quickly previous rain barrel workshops have been filling, expect them to sell out pretty fast. We wanted to make sure our local partners and community groups had a chance to hear about it.

The complete description and online purchase and signup is available at

Also, FMR is in the process of setting up a planting event near the riverfront for late June. We look forward to being in touch about our first hands-on, outdoor, public volunteer opportunity to help restore the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls.

NCEC Elections coming in June

The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Committee (NCEC) will be having an election for new board members in on Thursday June 12, 2014.  District 4, which represents many of the NE neighborhood is one of the seats up for election.  If you are interested in serving the application is available at

If you live in Columbia Park and are interested in having a vote, the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) will be choosing an elector to attend the June meeting at our May 19, 2014 meeting at the Columbia Manor at 6:30pm.

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Closure/Reroute Info

Planning work on the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge replacement project continues, along with public meetings; the next Citizens Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Activity Room at River Village. (The March St Anthony CAC #7_Meeting Minutes are available in PDF.) Other information on the bridge replacement project, including a rough timetable, is on a dedicated web site. The rerouting of traffic necessitated by the closure is detailed in this map:


Air Quality Study Redux

The next sampling event has been scheduled. It will run from 5 p.m. on Friday May 9th through 5 p.m. on Monday May 12th. In order to participate you need to be available to pick-up and drop-off your canister, as well as turn it on and off at the designated times. Pick-up for the canisters will be:

·         Wednesday, May 7th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Public Service Center: 250 S 4th St, Minneapolis 55415 – more information will follow. There will be no training. You can come anytime during the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. window to pick up your canister. If you are unable to make this time, but need to pick up your canister at the Public Service Center, you may contact me to make alternate arrangements.

·     Monday, May 5th through Friday, May 9th between 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Pace Analytical: 1700 SE Elm St, Minneapolis 55414 – Again, there will be no training. You can come anytime during Pace’s business hours the week of May 5th to pick up your canister. Please pick-up your canister so you can open it by 5pm on Friday, May 9th.

Please reply to Jennifer Lansing, City of Minneapolis Environmental Services – Office: 612-673-3023 Cell: 612-709-9977 Jenni.Lansing@minneapolismn.govby March 26th and let her know if you are interested in and able to participate in the May sampling event. Please include your name and address with zip code if you are able to participate.

Agenda: Board Meeting Feb. 24

Board Members Jane McCarney, Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon,  Matt Stellphlug and Irro Mohamed
Other: Staff: Liz Wielinski
6:30 – Call to Order
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:31- Official acceptance of resignation by Peter Doughty from the board so he can continue as website administrator by contract
6:33 – Approval of minutes of November 19, 2013 and summary of Jan. 24, 2014 gathering
6:35- Treasurer’s Report
6:40 – Old Business

  • Update on Ward 1 issues by CM  Kevin Reich
  • Update by Darielle on the raingarden project with Metro Blooms/ and lottery
  • Gateway Gardens, Sue Bembenek
  • Current update on St Anthony Parkway bridge replacement, Kristin Petersen
  • Review of MNDOT Roadside Project Application

7:30 – New Business

  • Draft comment letter to NCR about their emergency relief fund
  • First look at proposed 2014-2016 CPP/NPP budget  (very preliminary)

7:45- Announcements/ Communications

Hennepin County is hosting the first public workshop for the Lowry Avenue Northeast plan:  Thurs., February 27, 6pm – 8pm  Edison High School Media Room

2nd Annual Community Connections Conference Common Ground: A City that Works for All

Starting March 17, the City of Minneapolis is offering–via TreeTrust–more than 1,000 trees to Minneapolis property owners, including residents, businesses and nonprofits for $25.

8:00 – Adjourn