Wells Fargo WinterSkate Continues through March

Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate is a refrigerated sheet of ice located in Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. It is FREE to skate, and we do have complimentary skates available for use during all warming house hours. The rink is open daily 3-9 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-9 pm on Saturdays and 10 am-6 pm on Sundays. It is also open 12-9 pm on Minneapolis Public School release days.

Plus, we have great prize opportunities and free activities all winter long! When you’re here, tag “@WellsFargo #MplsWinterSkate” in your social media posts, and you could win 2 tickets to sit in Wells Fargo’s suite at Xcel Energy Center as the Minnesota Wild host the Buffalo Sabres on March 28!

Don’t miss out on fun, FREE activities all winter long, including:

  • Skating lessons with the Figure Skating Club of Mpls: Each Saturday 3-4 pm now through Feb. 29
  • Fitness Skates with music, CorePower Yoga prizes & giveaways: Each Tuesday 3-4 pm now through Feb. 25
  • “The Mighty Ducks” movie skate: January 17, 6-8 pm
  • Silent Disco skates: January 10 & February 7, 6-9 pm
  • And more!

View the full schedule at www.mplsdowntown.com/winterskate


Help the families displaced by the fire at the Drake Hotel

Thank you to everyone who has reached out looking for ways to help the victims of the Drake Hotel fire on Christmas morning.

The The Minneapolis Foundation has now established a fund specifically for the residents and families displaced by the fire. ‬Info available via the link below.


The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers announced that they are collecting gift cards for Target, Cub, Aldi, and other places that can help families rebuild. They will ONLY accept gift cards as the community has shown up and met the immediate needs for clothing, food, and hygiene items. The displaced families, however, will need support in rebuilding once they have a new place to stay. Gift cards are absolutely critical for meeting their needs moving forward. (Please do NOT bring clothing, food, or cash.) They are located at 67 8th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN.

DMNA Supports Mayor Frey’s Proposal to Increase MPD Funding in FY2020

At their meeting on November 18, the DMNA Board approved submitting a letter to the Minneapolis City Council in support for Mayor Jacob Frey’s FY 2020 Budget proposal to increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department.  The text of the letter is available below.

November 28, 2019

Minneapolis City Council
City Hall, Room 307
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

RE:       Support for Mayor Frey’s Budget Proposal for the MPD

Dear Minneapolis City Council Members:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Board of Directors regarding Mayor Jacob Frey’s FY2020 Budget.  The DMNA has reviewed and discussed Mayor Frey’s proposal to increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department on several occasions over the past three months.  Mayor Frey also presented his plan to the neighborhood at our annual meeting this past October.

The DMNA is submitting this letter in support of Mayor Frey’s proposal to increase the MPD authorized force by at least 14 additional police officers in the 2020 budget.  Further, the DMNA strongly encourages the Mayor and Council, the MPD, and the Minneapolis Police Federation to collaborate in identifying and revising any staffing and assignment policies that might impede the best use of those new resources in addressing the highest public safety needs of the community.

If you have any questions about this letter, please feel free to contact me at christie@thedmna.org or by phone at 320-583-4573.


Christie Rock Hantge
DMNA Neighborhood Coordinator

Mayor Jacob Frey
Darwin Forsyth, Office of the Mayor
Pam McCrea, DMNA Board Chair
Joe Tamburino, DMNA Board Chair (former)
Kevin Frazell, DMNA Vice Chair

DMNA Board Elects New Officers

The DMNA Board of Directors elected new officers at its meeting on November 18.  The new slate includes the following:

Pam McCrea – Chair
Kevin Frazell – Vice Chair
Carletta Sweet – Secretary
Dianne Walsh – Treasurer

Congratulations to them all.  The next DMNA Board meeting will take place on Monday, December 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

DMNA 2019 Annual Meeting was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the DMNA Annual Meeting last night. We had well over 60 community members in attendance. Thank you to Mayor Jacob Frey for coming and providing an update on his goals and priorities. Thank you to Mark Andrew for introducing his new job with the Friends of the Lock and Damn. Congratulations to our newly elected board members Laurie Rice, Carletta Sweet and Dianne Walsh. Thank you to outgoing DMNA Board Member Stephan Hill for contributing her time and talents to the board for the past three years. Thank you to outgoing DMNA Board Chair Joe Tamburino for being a tireless advocate of the downtown community. And thank you to Open Book for hosting our event.

DMNA 2019 Annual Meeting PowerPoint

A link to our 2019 Highlights Video is available below.  It includes two wonderful interviews with recipients of DMNA funds from St. Stephen’s Human Services and YouthLink.  A big THANK YOU to Peter Zenner from ZenMation for creating this video and to DMNA Board Member Pam McCrea for coordinating the interviews with St. Stephen’s and YouthLink.

Photos from the 2019 DMNA Annual Meeting


Mayor Jacob Frey will speak at the DMNA Annual Meeting on October 28

Mayor Jacob Frey’s Office has notified us that he plans to attend our Annual Meeting coming up on Monday, October 28, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd Floor Performance Hall.  Please plan to attend to hear from him regarding his priorities for 2020.


DMNA Annual Meeting Agenda

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit announces our new Autumn show!

Opening Reception Sunday, October 27  5:00 – 7:00PM
Stonebridge Lofts
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The new show runs from October 27 – February 5, 2020

Artists featured at the Autumn show:

  • Mary Meuwissen, painter
  • Greg Preslicka, painter
  • Susan Wagner, painter
  • Peter Wong, painter

Join us at The Mill Yard opening reception for an Autumn-inspired cocktail, wine, beverages, snacks and beautiful art.  Local chef Jessi Peine’s popular food truck, Peeps Hot Box, will be out front selling world street foods inspired by seasonal ingredients.


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMillYardatStonebridgeLofts

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts

The Mill City.  Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.

Contact us at:



Mary Meuwissen

Inspired by ordinary experiences; recurring shapes such as houses, multiple dwellings, stairways or ladders often appear in Mary’s finished paintings. These shapes and marks evoke thoughts of safety, comfort and a feeling of being grounded. She uses a color palette of bold, unexpected colors to define a sense of energy, joy and surprise. Each finished abstract painting is a culmination of ideas which are defined by marks and playful discovery. Mary believes that each painting tells a story and her goal is that the viewer may find their own story while they look and delve into the nuances of each painting.

CONNECT: www.marymeuwissen.com

Networking in the Middle of Orange

Greg Preslicka

Greg is primarily a plein air painter, which is painting in the field directly from life. His main career has been the commercial side of art, specifically Design & Illustration. He has also spent the last 10 years painting murals in schools, libraries and other public spaces. For Greg, plein air and studio painting offers a much needed break from the client driven work he is often doing for his job. He paints for the love of putting brush to canvas and the challenge of capturing a moment in time. He primarily paints landscapes because he enjoys getting lost in the solitude of nature while painting a scene.

CONNECT: www.preslickastudio.com/fineart

Lower Falls TETT

Susan Wagner

Susan has roots in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she moved to NYC for 13 years where she had a successful career in film while studying painting at various ateliers. After returning to Minneapolis, she joined the artist community of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District where she maintains a studio in the Casket Arts Building. Traveling and hiking is essential to Ms. Wagner’s work, taking pictures and making sketches to take back to the studio. Landscapes and structures hold stories – the countryside, rivers and bodies of water, ancient architecture – geometric forms and nature are her guideposts.

CONNECT: www.susanwagnerart.com


Peter Wong

After four decades as a professional commercial photographer, Peter has in recent years entered the worlds of fine-art and travel photography, working as shooter, teacher and guide. Melding these genres gives Peter the opportunity not only to capture new experiences but also to share his knowledge and advance the skills of other enthusiasts. The results go far beyond travel postcards with images that show real connections with the places visited, and a deep understanding of the hearts of other people.

CONNECT: www.peterwongfineartphotography.com


DMNA Annual Meeting on October 28, at 6 p.m., at Open Book

The DMNA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd Floor Performance Hall.  Come to the meeting to learn what’s going on downtown with new land uses, public improvements and safety.  In addition, you can participate in our Open Community Forum and suggest and topics or projects that you would like to see the DMNA work on over the next year.

Elections to the Board of Directors will also take place at this meeting.  Anyone who lives, works or owns property in the Downtown East or Downtown West neighborhoods can run for a seat on the board.  If you have an interest in running for the board, please submit your name, address, a brief bio, and a statement explaining why you want to be on the board to info@thedmna.org.





Mill District Condominium Community To Showcase Works

By Nine Artists From Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (September 30, 2019) Art @ the bridgewater continues its noted series of rotating exhibits with “Inclusive Space,” October 18, 2019 through January 25, 2020 at The Bridgewater Lofts, 215 10th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Nine artists from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District will be featured in the show:  Davie Duke, Patricia Canney, Mary Simon-Casati, Michael Johnson, Susan Wagner, Brendan Kramp, Denise Tennen, Gerri Reid Skjervold and Peg Palaskas. An opening night artists’ reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the condominium’s lobby.

“Inclusive Space” has been curated by artist Alison Price, whose own Tres Leches Gallery is located in the Northrop King Building.  Price has curated thirteen shows for Art @ the bridgewater since its launch in July 2016.

For “Inclusive Space” Price used the compositionalconcepts of positive and negative space as a jumping off point for the new exhibit.  “The exhibit is designed to bring the viewer into the art, enveloping them and allowing free exploration of the work,“ she explains.  “Some of the work metaphorically holds our heart, our life breath, our imagination. Other works speak to the isolation that some in our community encounter daily.  And still others, a physical place to be,” she notes.

About ART @ the bridgewater

ART @ the bridgewater is an ongoing program developedin 2014 by the Bridgewater Neighbors and Friends of the Arts, a resident-driven steering committee whose mission is to enhance, enliven and enrich the condominium community.

In addition to rotating exhibits, the condominium community also has embarked on an acquisition program,The Bridgewater Collection, purchasing works for permanent display from local artists including ceramic artists Maren Kloppmann, Leila Denecke and Warren MacKenzie, painter Michael Schmidt and sculptor Peter Vanni.

For information about ART @ the bridgewater, please contact Peter Zenner, pczenner@comcast.net or Dianne Walsh, dwalsh2009@comcast.net



DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on October 1

The DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 1, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.