DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on December 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum

The DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on December 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

AGENDA – Updated
Wild Greg’s Saloon Business / Security Plan
Oakland Apartments – Meyer Goneya Partnership HPC application to demolish an historic resource

DMNA Board meeting on November 19

The DMNA Board meets next Monday, November 19, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the Cargill Room.

Minutes from the October 15, Board Meeting
November 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
October Financial Report – Excel
October Financial Report – PDF
Letter of support for the Target Field Plaza Enhancements
Letter of support for the Bus Stop Brewhouse liquor license application
Letter of support for Wild Greg’s liquor license application
Letter of support for 1111-1113 Hennepin Avenue CoA
Letter of support for Sherman Associates project at Portland and Washington Avenues – REVISED

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on November 13

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.

AGENDA – Updated

DMNA elects three board members at Annual Meeting

The DMNA Annual Meeting took place on Monday night, October 15, at Open Book.  Elections to the Board of Directors were held. Two incumbent board members were re-elected; Tomek Rajtar and Joey Senkyr.  In addition, Max Erickson was elected to the third open seat.  All of the newly elected board members will serve three-year terms.








In addition to the elections, the annual meeting included a presentation by Board Chair Joe Tamburino on the past year’s accomplishments; a Treasurer’s Report by Dianne Walsh; a Land Use Committee Report by Kevin Frazell; and Outreach and Engagement Reports by Dianne Walsh, Kevin Frazell and Pam McCrea.



Thank you to the elected officials that came to the meeting and provided updates:








Finally, as part of the DMNA’s ongoing outreach and engagement efforts, DMNA Board Chair Joe Tamburino invited attendees to identify what the believe should be the organizations top priorities in the coming year.  All of the attendees were asked to rank the importance of the following areas: Affordable Housing; Land Use; Safety & Security; and Transit and Traffic.  The four priorities were identified through the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Survey and through outreach meetings at several downtown residential buildings.  The priorities were ranked in the following order of importance:

  • Safety & Security
  • Land Use
  • Affordable Housing
  • Transit and Traffic

A big thank you goes out to Downtown East resident and owner of Zenmation Peter Zenner for creating the amazing PowerPoint presentation shown at the meeting.  We appreciate his creative talents and his technology help.


Annual Meeting Agenda
Annual Meeting PowerPoint presentation
2018 Outreach and Engagement Summary PowerPoint
2018 Outreach and Engagement Results PDF

Hennepin County Seeking Candidates for the 2018-2019 Economic Gardening Program

Hennepin County, along with Scott County, Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul are currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 Economic Gardening Program.  We are looking for growing second stage companies (10-99 employees, $1M+ annual revenue) who want to take their businesses to the next level through peer roundtables, customized research, and networking opportunities!   This (free to the business) program runs from November 2018 until June 2019.  A program overview is attached.  To learn more about the program please contact Elise Durbin at 612-348-4191 or via email at

DMNA Annual Meeting on October 15: Two DMNA Board Members seeking re-election

The DMNA 2018 Annual Meeting is coming up on Monday, October 15, at Open Book.  There are three board seats up for election this year.  There are two incumbent board members seeking re-election:


Tomasz was elected to the DMNA Board at the October 27, 2016 Annual Meeting.  Tomasz moved to Minneapolis in 1985 from the East Side of St. Paul, and use to work at Dayton-Hudson Corp.

Tomasz has resided at The Archie Givens’ Atrium Apartments/314 Hennepin Ave., of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority {MPHA} since 2002. MPHA owns and manages 42 Low-Income High Rises in Minneapolis, totaling 42 Buildings and 5000 Tenants. Tomasz has been awesomely blessed to Serve 4 cycles (or 8 years) Upon the Tenant Organization; Minneapolis High Rise Representative Council {MHRC} as an MHRC Board Delegate, bringing info Up into MHRC from the Atrium Apartments Resident Council to MHRC, and MANDATORY Information back down to the level of the individual tenant while also being a trusted servant of the Atrium Resident Council Officers and the Board or Tenants at-large out of 299 Units/Apartments.

For at Least 4—8 Year Cycles, Tomasz has also been blessed, to chair the MHRC City-Wide Security Advisory Committee, which also has a seat upon the MHRC Executive Committee. These actions/activities have Taught Tomasz, to greater appreciate the diversity within the city of Minneapolis, as well as the needs of low-income renters’ or tenants residing within the city of Minneapolis.

Joey lives at the Crossings, at 121 Washington Ave S, and works as a substation engineer for Xcel Energy. I love living and working in Downtown Minneapolis, and watching it grow and change. He’s running for the DMNA board to help make Downtown West and East a livable, welcoming communities for neighbors new and old.

If you have an interest in filling the third seat up for election, please send your name, contact info, a brief bio and a statement explaining why you would like to sit on the DMNA Board to

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Random Reverie:  Improvisation Rearranged”

from 5 -8 pm for the opening of The Mill Yard’s upcoming show,
“Random Reverie: Improvisation Rearranged.”

Opening Reception Sunday, October 14, 5:00-8:00PM
Exhibition dates October 15 – December 31, 2018
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Random Reverie:  Improvisation Rearranged” showcasing four award winning artists. You are invited to experience visual representations of fleeting moments and illusionary spaces, as well as beauty in creative functionality.

Artists featured at the new show include
Teo Nguyen (Painting)
Ann Ledy (Sculpture, Painting, Graphite)
Opening reception only: Robert Briscoe (Pottery), Ernest Miller (Pottery)

At The Mill Yard opening reception the food truck El Taqueria Victor will be serving snacks to full dinners for purchase. Wine, sparkling water and sweet drinks are complimentary.


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.
The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

Contact us at:


Teo Nguyen
Teo Nguyen is a second-generation artist. His father was a glass painter who experimented in several artistic mediums, and his mother is a poet. A native of Vietnam, Nguyen moved to the United States when he was sixteen and currently lives in Minneapolis. Nguyen studied art and design at De Anza College, San Francisco; Fresno State University, California; and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Nguyen describes his serene landscapes as “an interpretation of what I feel and see: moments in which we are alone even as we are connected to each other. I hope that my work will create for the viewer that moment — when ordinary things become remarkable and beautiful.” Of Nguyen’s abstract works, he writes: “I paint to connect to specific moments in my life. As I let go of self-consciousness — this is when I am fully immersed in my work and I am able to paint in the moment.” Teo’s work is currently exhibiting at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In addition, he has been included in exhibitions at: Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; Minnesota History Center, St. Paul; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul; Burnet Fine Art & Advisory, Wayzata; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; and numerous other venues within the Twin Cities.

Web site:

Ann Ledy
Ann Ledy recently returned to New York where she had lived for thirty years. She currently splits her time between her studio in Millbrook, NY and New York City. Ledy has exhibited her artwork in Germany, South Korea, New York, and Minnesota, where she exhibits at Circa Gallery. Her
works on paper are collected by museums across the country including the Walker, MoMA, Fogg, National Gallery, Weatherspoon, & Yale University Art Museum, to name a few. The ghost images that hover beneath the surface of Ledy’s works on paper create an illusionary space that is both real and imagined. The drawn elements are juxtaposed against a grid for orientation while the imagery musically dances across the surface. Ledy’s wall pieces and sculptures physically move beyond their three-dimensional surface. They play with light and shadow as a means of projecting and creating an illusionary space. Like the works on paper, the viewer is invited to engage and reinterpret what is given. Ledy’s works on paper and sculpture are a visual dance captured between layers of notations and shapes created by light and shadow.

Web site:

Robert Briscoe
Robert Briscoe lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a potter for over 50 years making functional stoneware. Selected collections of his work include the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis; Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; Margaret Harlow Collection, at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN; Coleen and Dennis Bindley Collection of Wisconsin; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and the Arizona State Ceramic Research Center. Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1947, Robert graduated from Kansas State University with a Ceramics Studies degree with Angelo Garzio. He apprenticed with James Vandergriff of Zarah, Kansas in 1967, and Lou and Al Wynne of Black Forest, Colorado in 1968. He currently works in Clearwater, Minnesota.

Web site: 

Ernest Miller
Ernest’s ceramics are inspired by mid-western landscape, architectural features and historical pottery. His rural upbringing instilled the virtues of utility which he brings to his ceramic art. Ernest’s works have appeared in numerous regional and national shows, including the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.

Web site:

lightworks scheduled for October 11 at the Bridgewater

Bridgewater Neighbors and Friends of the Arts invites you to the next art opening at the Bridgewater:


Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bridgewater Lobby

Art, wine, appetizers and performance by Oboebass!, a double reed and double bass duo.

The Art @ the Bridgewater program exhibits over 150 pieces of art created by Twin Cities artists and provides the opportunity to discuss and discover art in the context of our own home environment, with our friends and neighbors. For more information, go to our Facebook Page, Art@The Bridgewater. All artwork is for sale.

Artists exhibiting at the Bridgewater include: Kristi Abbott, Amy Ballinger, Laurie Borggreve, Allison Johanson, Guillermo Guardia, Jeff Lohaus, Chris Nystrom, Chris Price, Danny Saathoff, Andy Tinkham, Susan Fryer Voight and James Wrayge.

All Mill District neighbors are welcome to attend this art opening reception. The Bridgewater is located at 215 10th Avenue S, across from Gold Medal Park. Please RSVP to

This FREE event is generously sponsored by an anonymous Bridgewater resident, an enthusiastic supporter of the Art @ the Bridgewater program.

MPRB Announces Public Learning Sessions to Discuss Park Safety and Policing

Sessions scheduled Oct. 1 at Phillips Community Center and Oct. 2 at North Commons Recreation Center

Please join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as it listens, learns, acknowledges, educates and gathers public input on the desired level of Park Police service needed to serve the community.

The MPRB is committed to providing safe places for children and adults to gather and play. Since the July 10 incident at Minnehaha Falls, there has been an internal work group comprised of the superintendent, commissioners, staff and consultants who have discussing short- and long-term strategies related to safety and park policing.

In mid-September, the MPRB started a series of Listening Sessions with a focus group of community leaders and sessions for youth. The MPRB encourages the public to attend one of the two community sessions scheduled in early October. Interpreters, children’s activities, light food and refreshments will be provided at each session.

  • October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S
  • October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave

Accessibility and Interpretation

Somali, Hmong and Latinx interpreters will be at the Oct. 1 and 2 Learning Sessions. For reasonable modification because of a disability or other language interpretation, please contact the MPRB Community Outreach Department in advance of the listening session so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting. Contact Radious Guess at (612) 230-6419, or use the Minnesota Relay System at 711. Providing at least 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

English Listening Sessions Flyer                  Hmong Listening Sessions Flyer
Spanish Listening Sessions Flyer                 Somali Listening Sessions Flyer

Park Safety Initiatives

The MPRB is committed to working with the community to identify ways to improve park safety. Findings from these Learning Sessions will be reported to the Board of Commissioners and shared with the community before the end of the year. They will also inform recommendations for a Park Police Service Level Plan that will be drafted in 2019.

Other initiatives being developed related to park safety and park policing include expanded youth programming, formation of a Park Police Advisory Council, and development of legislative agenda language to build awareness and strengthen laws and/or penalties related to reporting inaccurate information to law enforcement. All these strategies will include community engagement and discussions. The strategies are being approached, and will be evaluated, through a lens of equity.

DMNA Seeking Candidates to Run for the Board

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Elections to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to