DMNA February 20 Board Meeting is Cancelled

The February 20, DMNA Board meeting is cancelled.  The next board meeting is Monday, March 19, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

HCMC Clinic & Specialty Center Open House on March 17

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on February 12

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

Agenda – REVISED

Statement from City Council Member Steve Fletcher on Proposed Billboard Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2018

CONTACT: David Zaffrann651-238-8944

Fletcher Statement on Proposed Billboard Expansion

MINNEAPOLIS – Today City Council Member Steve Fletcher released the following statement:

“Toward the end of the last city council term, an ordinance began moving through the committee process that would have loosened restrictions on billboards in downtown Minneapolis. Because my office has received a high volume of constituent contact on this proposal, I wanted to share an update on its status.

In short: it is dead. Any ordinance that was not passed before the end of the four-year council term is automatically ‘returned to author’ and would need to be reintroduced to become active again in the new term. Council Member Warsame, the ordinance’s original author, has expressed to me that he does not intend to reintroduce the ordinance. I join the near-unanimous voice of my Ward 3 neighbors in opposing the ordinance and will not reintroduce it.

I have appreciated the constituent feedback on this ordinance, and appreciate Council Member Warsame’s willingness to incorporate the feedback from Ward 3 constituents into his thinking on the topic. In the process of researching this ordinance, many of us learned that the current law already allows more new billboards than most of us realized or would like to see since much of Ward 3 is in an ‘opportunity zone’ for billboards that was designated decades ago, before the rise in residential land use in many of our neighborhoods. My office will explore whether this zoning policy should be revisited to further restrict billboards in downtown areas with residential land use.”


DMNA Board Meeting on January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum

The DMNA Board meets on Tuesday, January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.  This is one day later than normal due to the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Agenda – Updated on 1/14/2018
Minutes from the November 20, Board meeting
January 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
December Financial Report
December Neighborhood Coordinator / Finance Coordinator Staff Report
Steve Poor staff report for January 8, Planning Commission Meeting
House of Charity Capital Campaign Presentation
House of Charity Capital Summary
Upper Lock Coalition Meeting #2 Outcomes
Outreach and Engagement Proposal prepared by Dianne, Kevin and Pam 01-15-2018


Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan meeting on January 23, at Plymouth Congregational Church

Minneapolis Planning Commission continues public hearing regarding billboard proposal until Jan 22

The Minneapolis Planning Commission passed a motion continuing the public hearing regarding the proposal to revise the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards, and to expand the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District until their January 22, meeting.

At last night’s meeting, Steve Poor reviewed his staff report and summarized the latest version of the proposed ordinance.  The current draft extends the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District further west to Portland Avenue.  He did not explain or provide rationale for this decision.  The current draft also permits wall signs on buildings along Hennepin and Washington Avenues.  He stated that the building wall signs could be lit or dynamic in nature (not just painted signs), and that the intent was “a robust build-out of off-premises signs.”  You can review his entire staff report via the link below:

DMNA Board Chair  Joe Tamburino, Board Member Dianne Walsh and Land Use Committee Member Tom Schmid provided testimony on behalf of the DMNA. Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Executive Director Lynn Regnier also submitted testimony.

The DMNA Board meets next week on Tuesday, January 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.  The board will allow time on the agenda for the billboard issue and for residents to offer comment.  Third Ward Council Member Steve Fletcher, Sixth Ward Council Member Warsame and CPED Development Director / Zoning Administrator Steve Poor have been invited to the meeting.  At this point, none of them have confirmed that they will attend.

DMNA Strongly Opposed to City Proposal to Expand Downtown Entertainment Billboard District

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association has passed a motion strongly opposing the City’s proposal to amend the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards and to expand the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District into Downtown East, around US Bank Stadium and The Commons.  You can read the letter that the DMNA submitted to the City via the link below:

The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission is meeting on Monday afternoon, January 8, at 4:30 p.m. The last item on the agenda is this proposal.  Below is a link to the meeting agenda: 

You can review Zoning Administrator Steve Poor’s staff report via this link:…/webconte…/wcmsp-207587.pdf

Please consider joining us at the Planning Commission meeting on Monday to express your opinions about this ordinance amendment. You can also express your thoughts in writing prior to the meeting to Zoning Administrator Steve Poor at  or you can contact your City Council Members.

Below is a link to the presentation shown at the DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on January 2: 

There have been numerous stories in the local media over the past few weeks about this proposal:

WCCO TV Story regarding billboard proposal

KSTP Story regarding billboard proposal

Star Tribune article regarding billboard proposal

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on January 2, at 6 pm at MCM

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is on Tuesday, January 2, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.  The DMNA will be discussing the City’s proposal to amend the regulation of off-premises signs and billboards. The proposal expands the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District into Downtown East / Mill District, around The Commons and US Bank Stadium.

For more info on this proposal, please watch the WCCO TV story that aired on Christmas Eve, read the Star Tribune article published on December 26, and/or read the staff report from the December 4, Planning Commission meeting.


Downtown Mpls. Residents Concerned Over LED Billboards

Star Tribune article regarding billboard proposal

Steve Poor’s staff report from the December 4, Planning Commission meeting


Mill Yard Art Gala Opening and Reception on Saturday, January 13, 2:00-5:00 PM

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit

“Nature: In the Eye of the Beholder”


Opening and Reception Saturday, January 13, 2:00-5:00PM

Exhibit runs January 13 to March 31

1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis


Join us as we launch The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts.

Opening and reception on Saturday, January 13, from 2:00-5:00PM at 1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415.

We will present the work of eight artists in response to the theme Nature: In the Eye of the Beholder:

  • Bevie Labrie (painting)                           
  • Owen Brown (painting)   
  • Richard James Nelson (printmaking)  
  • Julie Carson (photography)
  • Marilyn Cuellar (graphite)

Opening reception only: Potters Ernest Miller, Nick Earl and Audra Smith




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:


Bevie Labrie,  “Hundreds of days and nights spent in nature over the course of my life have imbedded the colors, textures, smells and intricacies of my natural surroundings into my mind’s eye.  Each of these paintings were completed from a very intuitive, expressive place inside of me.”

Owen Brown, “These works were painted during a residency I received last year in the south of France, in the little village of Pampelonne.  The French countryside was beautiful, low hills, small fields, rivers and streams, copses of wood, barns and tiny storerooms. The sun was spellbinding on the earth.”

Richard James Nelson, “My woodblock prints are inspired by the Inuit and Japanese printmaking and echo the spiritualness of nature.”

Julie Carson, “On any given day, you will find me scouring the ground looking for objects, patterns and colors to photograph. Photography captures and holds the moment to draw upon later.  No matter where I go, I find ideas in a rusted trash can, leaf or  flower.”

Marilyn Cuellar, “I find my vision in the details of life. My art brings out the subtle details in its subjects, creating a picture of life more particular than the fleeting glance with which we normally look at the world. “

Ernest Miller, “As a maker, inspiration comes from field landscape, farm implements, and architectural features such as barns found in the Midwest as starting points for ceramic vessels and glaze surfaces. Observations of source material may be interpreted literally or sometimes abstracted using elements to complement functional or sculptural forms.”

Nick Earl, “I am continually fascinated by the softness and reception of the clay from which my pots are made. These qualities translate into the finished pieces, objects that will hopefully enrich the regular ceremonies of life. I have a strong interest in art history and I try to exhibit the strength and beauty I see in old pots in my own work.”

Audra Smith, “My goal is to make well-made, utilitarian pottery. I continually explore color, pattern, space, and shape in the surface decoration, all of which inform the ongoing discovery of my personal language as a ceramic artist.”