Good morning! It's Melody with your Monday newsletter. I am glad you are here.

Over the weekend I talked with Electric Fetus's music buyer, Jim Novak, about how a national award show like the Grammys impacts the local music store.  As I watched the award show last night, I reflected on our conversation. I will be sure to follow-up with Jim on whether my prediction for the most popular post-Grammys album is correct.


April 4-8 is Ward Week with Minneapolis city councilmembers.
Ward 10 Councilmember Aisha Chughtai is holding office hours in the community Tuesday-Friday. She's requesting you sign up for a slot so she has time to talk with everyone. Here is her schedule:

Tuesday- Espresso Cafe on Nicollet Avenue S from 8:30-11:00am.
Wednesday- Gray Fox Coffee on Lake Street from 8:30-11:00am.
Thursday- Common Roots on Lyndale Avenue S  from 9:15am-12:00pm.
Friday- Gigi’s Café on 36th Street from 8:00-11:00am.We will publish other Southwest councilmember schedules once we receive them.


According to the Star Tribune, "Hundreds of police officers in Minnesota diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have severed ties with their departments in the last two years, resulting in millions of dollars in payouts through workers' compensation settlements and state disability pensions."

This is an issue that has been discussed by the Minneapolis City Council numerous times as settlements for MPD officers come through for approval. In February, City Councilmembers Aisha Chughtai and Jason Chavez voted against a batch of settlements. City attorneys argue that rejecting a settlement could lead to costlier litigation. For this reason, Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison has encouraged his colleagues to vote to approve these settlements.


If you or the kids in your life need some spring kicks, go visit Hennepin Avenue's newest business HYPE (Black-owned), at 28th and Hennepin.

Meet Minneapolis has a collection of restaurants that are offering Ramadan specials, halal and traditional meals. Many local Starbucks have extended evening hours, too. (Meet Minneapolis)

The Futsal Society raised $32,000 at its first annual fundraiser on Friday. Congrats to Metro for winning the League Cup on Thursday night. (Instagram)

Well this is just adorable. WCCO turned up an archived video of Prince talking about the teacher's strike in 1970. (WCCO)

It's pothole season and here is how you can help the street repairers: call them into 311. (Star Tribune)

Public safety officials urged lawmakers on Friday to boost funding for early childhood and family programs as a crime reduction strategy. "Stable childhoods and quality early education are linked to lifelong positive effects on educational attainment, criminal activity, employment and earnings, experts say." (Minnesota Reformer)

Lindsey Whalen, one of my favorite Minnesota Lynx players, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (MPR News)


The city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy invites applications for a second round of the Creative Response Fund-Community Well-Being grant. Community-based artists in Minnesota are invited to gather a team and apply for grants of up to $15,000 per project. Applications are due April 13.

The City of Minneapolis is accepting applications for its Introduction to Real Estate Development Training through the Small Developer Technical Assistance Program. This is a free training that supports small and emerging real estate developers in Minneapolis. Applications are due April 18.

A next-level book club starts Wednesday at The Bakken Museum. The book club will read Andrea Wulf’s  "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World." Concepts in the book will be illustrated through rare books and artifacts presented by The Bakken Museum’s curator (!!!).  Registration includes a copy of the book.

Minneapolis Animal Control has a lot of dogs and needs people to foster and adopt them. Foster organizations are also overwhelmed after two years of pandemic adoptions.  Animal Control is waiving the adoption fee. Look at all these cute dogs!


Chicago-based guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and composer Luke Polipnick begins his Monday residency at Icehouse tonight. Luke is playing with Chris Bates' Red 5, which includes JT Bates. JT accidentally played drums on Taylor Swift's "Folklore" album.

If my father lived in Minneapolis, I'd be buying us tickets to see Nektar at the Granada tomorrow night. Nektar takes people on "audio-visual journeys to far reaches of the universe and the depths of the ocean with their immersive blend of sight and sound." Trippy.