National Night Out on Tuesday Aug. 7

National Night Out is Tuesday August 7th. This year there are 2 events listed on the Minneapolis official website for the Columbia Park Neighborhood.  One is at Hi View Park from 6-8pm.  A pot luck picnic and egg hunt for the kids.  The other is a pot luck picnic at the Architect Triangle from 5-9pm.  Hope to see you there.

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CenterPoint Gasline Construction

Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?
Beginning in late July or early August 2018, and ending in late August 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis along the following streets:

Main Street NE between 37th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE
37th Avenue NE between Main Street NE and 5th Street NE
38th Avenue NE at Main Street NE
39th Avenue NE at Main Street NE

CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done prior to the City of Columbia Height’s “2018 Street Rehabilitation” project. For more information on the city’s project, please visit its website.

What are the estimated traffic impacts?
Local businesses will have access to their properties at all times.

Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

How may the natural gas service line installations affect customers?
As part of this main project, the crews will be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CNP will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?
At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at

Frequent updates will be posted on our “Columbia Heights and Minneapolis – Main Street NE and 37th Avenue NE” web page. For any questions, you can call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369, our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042, or our Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson, at 612-321-5546. Please reference the project name or number 86748098 when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.


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Draft Plans for the Eastside Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has posted the draft East of the River Master Plan for all Eastside Neighborhood Parks.  There are plenty of chances to look at the plans and make comments. For more information look at the East of the River page on the MPRB website.

For the Columbia Park neighborhood parks check out the following PDF links.  The parks are in a groups and there are two options for each park.

Architect Triangle
Columbia Park
and Hi View Park
An  ONLINE SURVEY  is available through July 29th or send your comments to

Carrie Christensen at

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RED, WHITE and BOOM July 4th Celebration

Watch the fireworks along St Anthony Parkway July 4th clipart
for the best views in Columbia Park!!!

For more information on activities in Minneapolis check out the official schedule on the Park Board website!

Have a SAFE and Happy Independence Day from CPNA.


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Canoe the Mississippi for free at the MWMO

Share the River Nordeast 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 5 – 8 pm

MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center, 2522 Marshall St. NE

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization invites you to join them for an evening of community, canoeing and cookies. Stop by anytime between 5 and 8 pm for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab a free cookie from Cookie Cart and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center. This family-friendly event is great for kids and adults of all ages. (Please note that you must weigh at least 30 lbs. in order to fit the provided life jackets.) In addition to learning to paddle on the river, participants also will have opportunities to learn about the Mississippi River’s history, water quality, plants, animals and more. Canoe rides will be led by guides from Wilderness Inquiry, with support from National Park Service rangers from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Mississippi Park Connection staff. Attendees are advised to use on-street parking, as the MWMO’s parking lot will be off-limits for the event. Bike parking, a Nice Ride station and bus transit options are also available in the area. For information:

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Annual Meeting Agenda

Annual Meeting Under the TENT!

Monday June 18, 2018

Hi View Park 3474 2nd ST NE

6:30 – Potluck Picnic

Bring a dish to share ( your best homemade coleslaw or chips from Aldi we aren’t picky) Plates, napkins, and utensils provided as well as water to drink.

Through out the evening there will be a magician performing and the pool and playground are right there….bring the family.  Well behaved pets are welcome too.

7:00 – Call to Order and Approval of the Agenda

– Introductions

– Guest Speakers

Rashid Ali- Crime Prevention Specialist 2nd Precinct (North of Broadway)

Kellie Kish-  Recycling Coordinator-City of Minneapolis

Brenda Yaritz CEE

Tammy Schmitz  MWMO

Kevin Reich Ward 1 Council Member

Linda Higgins County Commissioner

Kari Dziedzic State Senator

Diane Loeffler State Representative

Chris Meyer Park Commissioner

Old Business

Draft CPNA meeting minutes for Monday May 21, 2018 (approve)

Receive and file the June treasurer’s report

New Business

State of the Neighborhood- Co Chair Melody Devine

Approve the End of Year Financials for 2017 to file with the Attorney General’s Office

Election of CPNA board members (10) for 2018-19

Door Prizes!!

8:30- Adjourn

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing please use a relay service to call.

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Ward 1 meeting on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Ward One Community Forum:

Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan


All municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. Toward that end, the City of Minneapolis has been working on an update to the Minneapolis Plan for the past two years. We now have a draft Comprehensive Plan – Minneapolis 2040 – that envisions how the city will grow and change. The draft covers such topics as the built environment, job access, housing and transportation connections.

Adding to the citizen engagement process, Kevin Reich will be hosting a Ward One forum to present highlights of the plan and offer another opportunity for community members to ask questions and offer input.

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE

If you have any questions, please contact the Ward One Office at or 612-673-2201. The draft plan, timelines, opportunities for input, and information about the citizen engagement process can be found at

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Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic is just around the corner on Monday June 18, 2018. We will once again be meeting at Hi View Park under the tent. Potluck picnic, guest speakers, entertainment for the kids as well as the turtle pool open for play.  Picnic 6:30pm program starts at 7:00pm.

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Agenda for the Board/General Meeting for Monday May 21, 2018

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.
For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Draft minutes for CPNA meeting Monday April 16, 2018
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45 – Open Time
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

Gateway Art and Gardens  Talia Moorman
Plaques, water tower, trees, picnic shelter, other garden items

Annual Meeting
Postcard, entertainment, signs, set up, agenda items, supplies

Northeast Garage Sale Days ad for annual meeting

CEE and loan program

Earth Day recap

7:30 – New Business

Neighborhoods 2020 workgroups

Letter of support for City of Lakes Community Land Trust

7:40 – Crime and Safety Update

7:45- Items for next meeting agenda (see under Annual Meeting tasks)

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications

Iris Garden grand opening was a success on Sunday 5/20…stop by the golf course over the next 3 weeks as the different varieties bloom.  There will be a bulb sale as they divide them in August at the Manor weekend of the 25th and 26th.  Watch the website for more information

University AV construction is ahead of schedule.  There will be changes this week to what will be open and what will be closed.

Minneapolis Small Business Team Update

Ø  Below are on-going community library hours the Small Business Team hosts to connect with entrepreneurs/businesses at the community level. Please share with your contact lists.

  • Central Library, second floor: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., every other Tuesday. Next meeting is May 22.
  • North Regional Library: 1 – 3 p.m., every fourth Thursday. Next meeting is May 24.
  • East Lake Street Library: 4 – 5 p.m., every 2nd Monday. Next meeting is June 14.

Ø  Online Business Portal: The Minneapolis Business Portal provides entrepreneurs and business owners with valuable information and resources to plan, launch, and grow a business. By June, we plan to add an online calendar to connect the business community with the various community hours and BTAP training workshops. Please let us know if you have questions about this.

Ø  An event on May 23rd about “Doing Business With the City.” The purpose of this event is to network, information sharing, and strengthening the City’s support for small/minority/women owned businesses.

Event: Doing Business With the City of Minneapolis

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 4-7 p.m. (open-house style)

Location: 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 105


Ø  Menthol Restriction Ordinance goes into effect August 1, 2018. In the lead-up to the implementation of new menthol tobacco restrictions, limiting sales to full tobacco shops and liquor stores only, convenience stores are assessing their options for adjusting their business model to accommodate these new regulations. Attached is a resource guide we created for convenience stores. Please let us know if you have questions or know of a convenience store that needs assistance so that we follow-up to connect with resources.

Ø  The Minimum Wage Ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2018. Please visit the City’s Minimum Wage website: or contact Brian Walsh, Supervisor – Labor Standards Enforcement Division about Minimum Wage and Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. He can be reached at 612-673-3841 or

8:00- Adjourn

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NE Iris Garden Grand Opening May 20th

Opening Celebration!

Come help us celebrate the Iris Gardens’ first bloom season!

WHAT: Juried Iris Show and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12-4pm

WHERE: 3300 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Right in front of Columbia Golf Manor here in Columbia Park!

  • 8-10am: Iris show set-up. Participation is free and fun! Just bring a named iris.
  • 10am-12pm: Closed for iris judging.
  • 12pm: Ribbon cutting, remarks from Mayor Frey and public officials.
  • 12-4pm: Iris Show open to public, iris coloring station, cake served.

More details at

Find out more and get a sneak peek at what’s blooming before you go!

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