Loring Bar + Restaurant becomes Gray's Dinkytown

Published on the Loring Bar + Restaurant's Facebook page on December 1st:
If you haven't already heard - we have some exciting news!
It's time to say goodbye to Loring Bar & Restaurant, and hello to Gray's! We wanted to pay homage to the history of our location. Our new concept honors the history of our building while also bringing it into its next phase of life.
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MnDOT historian shares Third Avenue Bridge history


Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring and our project team for a conversation spanning the history of the Third Ave. Bridge. Learn about early 20th century Minneapolis, the bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time.

This free virtual presentation will be on Mon, Dec. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An interactive question-and-answer session will take place after the presentation. For those of you who joined the first presentation in September, we will be covering the same content.

Register for the virtual presentation.

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New Small Business Relief Grants Available

For restaurants, bars, fitness centers, event and entertainment venues

Starting Monday, November 23, business can apply for new grant funding to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

• Businesses that have not received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for grants up to $15,000.

• Businesses that have received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for additional grant funds up to $10,000.


• Application opens on hennepin.us Monday, November 23 

• Apply by Tuesday, December 1, at noon

Eligible businesses

• Restaurants/food service establishments

• Bars/drinking places

• Fitness centers/gyms

• Event/entertainment venues

View additional criteria

Special note for Minneapolis bar and restaurant owners: this grant application requires that you have a copy of your restaurant and/or liquor license. If you do not have a copy of your license readily available, you can:

• Look up a liquor license report on your own through the State of Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement site. OR

• Contact your Business License Inspector or email [email protected]. Please make your request no later than noon on Monday, November 30 to ensure adequate time for a response. 

License certificate from the City of Minneapolis may show a status of “delinquent” due to the suspension of liquor license renewal fees. Provided that you submitted your renewal paperwork and are in good standing with the state, this will not disqualify you. 


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New COVID-19 Restrictions

Today, Governor Walz announced new state restrictions to control the explosive spread of COVID 19. The following restrictions take effect on Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m.  

  • Bars and restaurants must close in-person food and drink service, both indoor and outdoor. Take-out, curbside, and delivery may continue. 
    • Minneapolis businesses with curbside pickup zone can continue using those spaces. Businesses who do not have a curbside pickup zone can request one.
  • The following facility types must be closed.
    • Gyms and other fitness facilities, public pools, including facilities within housing complexes.
    • Recreation and entertainment facilities, such as bowling alleys, theaters, movie theaters, museums, arcades, etc.
    • Other venues providing indoor or outdoor events, such as festivals or fairs. Drive-in events may continue. 
  • No wedding receptions or gatherings after funerals will be allowed. Weddings, funerals and church services will be able to continue.
  • No changes are being made to retail, personal services (e.g. salons and barbershops), schools, or places of worship.

These closures will be in effect from Friday, November 20 through Friday, December 18.    

See staysafemn.gov for more details

Minneapolis businesses can contact the Small Business Team at [email protected] or 612-673-2499 with questions. 


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10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project

This project will rehabilitate the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and W River Pkwy. A new water main will be installed under the river as part of the project.

Latest Project News

Construction Update Meeting - Friday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting next Friday using GoTo Meeting. Members of the public are invited to join the online meeting and hear updates on construction progress and speak with project staff.

Please use this link to join the 10th Ave Bridge Online Construction Update Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 784-924-461  

The bridge was closed on March 30th and the contractor has been actively working on repairs. For more details on the repairs, schedule and bridge deck changes, please see the latest Construction Update or go to the project page 10thavebridge.com

Check out the new drone videos showing construction progress on the project website.

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Share feedback on proposed 2021 City budget, including Neighborhoods 2020

Total program funding and base level funding for each neighborhood organization will be discussed through the City's regular budget process

There are three upcoming online public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2021 City Budget. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) also presented to the City Council Budget Committee on Nov. 12, but this was not a public hearing.

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Full Third Avenue bridge closure begins January 2021

The Third Avenue Bridge will fully close to traffic in January 2021 through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

Curious about the work that’s being done and the detour routes to get you around construction? Visit the project webpage to learn more about the schedule, impacts to your commute, rehabilitation and preservation efforts, and what the bridge will look like when the work is done.

Want to talk with the team?

Live virtual meetings are being planned for Thu, Nov. 12 and Tue, Nov. 17. Visit the Meetings page for more information then mark your calendar. Email us at [email protected] to submit questions ahead of time.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls, which opened in 1918, is in need of significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. There will be a full closure of the bridge from January 2021 through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time. Dates and details will be provided closer to the bridge closure.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

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In light of the court ruling handed down by the 8th circuit court on Thursday evening making any ballots received after 8 pm on November 3rd possibly invalid, we are encouraging all voters to either vote in person, early or on election day OR bring their absentee ballot to a drop box. 

The League of Women Voters realizes that for some people getting to a drop box may be difficult or impossible, so they have decided to offer a pickup/drive to deliver ballot service on, Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd—Election Day. 

Service will be for those who have a completed ballot. Each volunteer would be able to drop off a maximum of 3 ballots and must have their ID available when they do this.  This service does not include a ride to the polls.

They will inform volunteers of requests and coordinate the effort.  There are several drop boxes and sites that will accept the ballots.  Here is a link to the Minneapolis sites:  https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot-drop-off/

If you are interested in helping with this, please email Marilyn Cantisano  at [email protected] and, you can help by helping us get the word out to those who may still have a ballot that needs to be returned:

Are You Unable to Return Your Ballot?  LWV of Minneapolis Can Help!

Need help getting your ballot to the Ballot boxes? Volunteers are at the ready to help you! Please email [email protected]. Give them your address and contact information so they can make arrangements with you to come and pick up your ballot for delivery.  



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Marcy-Holmes Annual Election + General Membership Meeting

October 20, 2020, 6:30 - 8 pm

Online, via Zoom




After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This meeting is open to the public, however, only MHNA Members will be able to vote on matters before the association. 

Ballots will be distributed online, during the meeting, after nominations have closed.



Welcome, Call to Order, Establish Quorum

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Minutes from May 19, 2020 General Membership Meeting

Approval of Minutes from August 11, 2020 General Membership Meeting



Election of Officers and Directors - Candidate Guide

Officer candidates introduce themselves (1 minute max. each)

Director candidates introduce themselves (1 minute max. each)

Call for Nominations from the floor


Representatives from the Mpls Police Dept’s 2nd Precinct

(Inspector Todd Loining; CPS Nick Juarez)


Local Elected Officials

Sen. Kari Dziedzic | Council Member Steve Fletcher | School Board Dir. Jenny Arneson


Multimodal improvement project Introduction: East Hennepin Ave / 1st Ave NE

(Bolton & Menk; Hennepin County; City of Minneapolis)


3rd Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Update

(MnDOT, Christian Hoberg)


10th Ave Bridge Rehabilitation Update

(SEH Inc., Kristin Peterson)


NRP Plan Modification Proposals - Vote(s)

Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety Program ($25,000)

Environmental and Greening Programming ($10,000)

Community Engagement ($10,000)

Staffing / Additional Programming Implementation ($54,000)



Election Results (if available near the time of adjournment)




MHNA meetings are open to the public and handicap accessible. If you need any special accommodations contact the MHNA office 5 business days in advance of the meeting.


Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association | [email protected] | 612.623.7633

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Justice for National Guardsman slain in Marcy-Holmes





Friday, October 16, 2020, 3 - 5 pm, 500 7th Street SE, Mpls, MN 55414


Abdoulaye’s tragic death occurred in Marcy-Holmes. Family, friends, colleagues and community members will be holding an open prayer service and a flyer drop off to assist the Mpls Police Department arrest the perpetrator(s).

Please support this outreach by his family in an effort to resolve the case.

$5000 REWARD

For any information on the perpetrator(s), please contact Investigator Sgt. Olson 612.673.3400, the nearest police station by calling 911, and/or contact us by email: [email protected]

Please wear a facemask and respect social distancing at all times. Sign and share the petition: http://chng.it/8kyTqgbjJ4



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