The sun sets at 5:00 p.m. tonight! We did it. The darkest days are behind us.
The City of Minneapolis Redistricting Group will have its next meeting at 4:00 p.m. today. Information on how to watch is here.
The last meeting featured a few comments advocating for moving the north part of East Harriet that currently sits in Ward 10 into Ward 13, which would put the whole neighborhood in Ward 13. Here's a bit more background on the issue.
The redistricting group will have two more public hearings on the maps after today. They're scheduled to wrap up boundaries and adopt a final plan by March 29.
Cedar Lake Parkway will be closing temporarily in early February to accommodate the next phase of construction on the Southwest Light Rail line (aka the METRO Green Line Extension). There's a hearing tonight at 6:00 p.m. to lay out the details of the closure. The Met Council will be hosting virtual community hours next Monday at noon.
The Met Council regularly publishes a helpful construction update if you want to track the project's progress.
A profile of Dawanna Witt, one of the highest ranking Black women in law enforcement in the Twin Cities. (Star Tribune)
Minneapolis Education Support Professionals, who have been working under an expired contract, marched for higher wages yesterday. They're asking for an increase in their starting salary to $35,000 per year. (KSTP)
Hennepin County has a helpful map that allows you to search for different park activities. Check out the map here, then click "Search by Amenities" to pick sledding, skijoring, disk golf, nature trails, or whatever adventure your heart desires. Bookmark it! (Hennepin County website)
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman talks about the work that his office is doing. (Star Tribune)
There will be a public hearing to discuss the redesign for Painter Park tomorrow. The draft plans (which you can view here) include a new skate park, gathering & seating areas, new plants, and tennis courts with striping for pickleball. If you have comments, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon tomorrow.
The Mapping Prejudice project at the University of Minnestoa is looking for a new Community Engagement Lead.
OUT & ABOUT
Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore about climate change and sea level rise, will be featured tonight at a public event at Blake School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
After closing a couple weeks ago for the holidays, Zettas on Nicollet will be back open and slinging flatbread sandwiches at 11:30 a.m. today.
Butter Bakery Cafe's winter bread and soup share programs kick off this week. Check out details on their cool "Community Supported Bakery" program here. (Butter Bakery Cafe)