We're trying something a bit new, and we want to know what you think. We've loved putting together our voter guides (here's the one we did for the Hennepin County Attorney race again), but there is one thing they miss – why are people supporting individual candidates? Instead of sitting around and deciding on our endorsements, we'd rather publish some of yours.
Today, we're publishing the first two we were sent – one from State Sen. Scott Dibble about why he's supporting Mary Moriarty and another from local resident Julie Hogan Wiklund about why she's supporting Martha Holton Dimick.
Is this a good idea? We don't know! But we'd like to hear from you about what you think about this approach, now and in the future. Want to write your own reader endorsement for a candidate that we didn't include? Shoot us at a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 612-204-2887 and let's chat.
The City Council meets today at 9:30. Here's the full agenda. The full Council will be approving committee work, which includes the nomination of Cedric Alexander at the new Commissioner of Community Safety and the new Hennepin Ave. S. layout.
A couple more bits of committee business that will be brought to the full council today:
- The city will be adding a Public Safety Information Director as part of the new government structure who will be paid up to $133,405
- The Granada Theater is withdrawing its request to expand its sidewalk cafe
- The city is signing a $300,000 contract with Tunheim for three years of crisis communications consulting
- The city is accepting a $904,500 grant from the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management "to enhance emergency management preparedness capabilities"
- The Fremont Ave. S bridge over the Midtown Greenway is getting rebuilt
On Friday, Donald Trump will take the stage in Wisconsin with his endorsed candidate for governor of Wisconsin, Tim Michels. Michels has put millions of dollars of his own money into the race. Why are we sharing this? Because a portion of Michels fortune has come from Minneapolis taxpayers, through contracts his family's company has with the city of Minneapolis.
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
Centro opens today on Eat Street! (Eater Twin Cities)
The city is digging a tunnel to help funnel rainwater into the Mississippi River. Here's what it looks like inside the tunnel. (Star Tribune)
Cedric Alexander gave testimony to the U.S. Senate about improving police community relations back in 2015. (CSPAN)
A great photo of lightning in Loring Park. (Reddit)
Mayor Frey signed an executive order that limits city employees from assisting other jurisdictions in prosecuting people that come to Minneapolis for abortion services. (Star Tribune)
The State Patrol shares details on their street racing crackdown. (WCCO)
COMMUNITY RESOURCES ✊
The Lynnhurst Summer Festival is tonight! Check out the event at 5:30 at Lynnhurst Field. Food, drinks, games, and if you need to convince your kid, there will indeed be a fire truck.
See if you qualify for Metro Transit's $1 rides.
Bde Maka Ska's 32nd Street Beach is still closed because of a high level of E. coli in the water. You can check on the status of the city's beaches here.
A large tree was severely damaged during the storm early Wednesday morning. The tree fell into 42nd Street, just south of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The picture is above.
OUT & ABOUT 🚃
Don't miss the Lynnhurst Summer Festival (scroll up if you missed it).
Today is night two of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," at the Walker. It will be playing through Friday.
Up-Down is hosting an Emo Takeover as Emo Night Nashville comes in as part of their Midwest tour.
Are you Crazy for Swazey? Ask your doctor if you should check out this event at the Parkway Theater tonight.
Check out Music Thursdays at the American Swedish Institute at 6 p.m.