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Minneapolis Minute: a quick look at City news

This video feature looks at updates on LGBT pride month, the proposed minimum wage ordinance, crosswalks and Kitty Hall.


Minneapolis Public Schools is looking for input on the future of its School Resource Officer program

Minneapolis Public Schools is looking for input on the future of its School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Three options are being considered for how, or if, SROs will continue to provide MPS schools with ongoing safety and security services.  An initial recommendation will be made to the Board of Education on July 11 with a Board vote on August 8. Sessions are as follows:

  • Thur., June 15; 5:30—7:30 pm; South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.
  • Sat., June 17; 9:00—11:00 am; Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.
  • Tue., June 27; 6:30—8:30 pm; Lyndale Elementary, 3414 W. 47th St.

More information is available at:



Home Security Grants
East Isles NRP funds will reimburse homeowners up to $250 for home security upgrades. One grant per household. For multi-unit dwellings of four or more units, the maximum grant amount is $1,000.  The grant does not cover monthly services fee for security systems.

This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis as program funds remain available.

To apply and learn more, download this pdf and follow the instructions:
East Isles Home Security Grant.

Need more information? Send an email to info(at)

Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis 

Study Recommends Rail on Greenway and Enhance Bus on Lake Street
A study of transit alternatives in the Midtown Corridor recommended a combination of rail in the Midtown Greenway and enhanced bus service on Lake Street as the best long-term transit solution for the corridor.                      

The recommendation, known as a Locally Preferred Alternative, was approved on February 12, 2014  by the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis.
The group includes community and business representatives (see list below) as well as elected and appointed officials from the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis

The recommended transit improvements will be advanced as funding is available.

Rail would run immediately south of the Midtown Greenway bike trail. The LPA calls for trips to be
operated with single-car trains. Future analysis will identify the vehicle type and double/single-track

See the map of the three options here.

For more information, go to:

EIRA Board position 
Click here to view the resolution passed by the EIRA Board on January 14, 2014 regarding the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis.


Policy Advisory Committee Members
Lisa Bender, City of Minneapolis – City Council
Alondra Cano, City of Minneapolis – City Council
Peter Wagenius, City of Minneapolis – Mayor’s Office
Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County
Gail Dorfman, Hennepin County
Dave Burrill, Lake Street Council
Ronald Lezama, Latino Economic Development Center
Janet Olson, Midtown Community Works Partnership
Adam Juul, Midtown Community Works Partnership
Adam Duininck, Metropolitan Council – Vice Chair
Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan Council – PAC Chair
John DeWitt, Midtown Greenway Coalition
Kenya McKnight, Transportation Advisory Board


Map of Midtown Corridor study area including Lake St and Greenway.