Minneapolis is on the hunt for historic items from City Hall to help mark a major birthday for the downtown landmark.

A public celebration is planned for July in the building’s rotunda to mark the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the granite-faced, Richardsonian Romanesque structure at 350 S. 5th St.

So the city is looking to gather photos, documents, maps, drawings, furniture and other items either from or related to the building to help mark the milestone.

The building, first called the Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse, took 17 years to complete and cost $3.6 million. The cornerstone was laid in 1891, and the building wasn’t fully occupied until 1902.

People with items to donate can e-mail descriptions and photos to archives@minneapolismn.gov, and city staffers will decide if they can take the items. No appraisals or valuations will be provided.

Donated items also can be assessed in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 23 in the rotunda.

The anniversary celebration will be held at noon on July 11.



Watershed district offers grades for area lakes

The grades are in, and Lake Minnetonka has scored well again in water quality.

In the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s annual report of water quality in west metro lakes, rivers and ponds, most Lake Minnetonka bays got A’s, improving their grade from the year before. The reason, however, isn’t so good: Multitudes of invasive zebra mussels are filtering the water, making it more clear.

More than half of the west metro waterways graded in the 2015 report got A’s, B’s, or C’s. In Minneapolis, Lake Calhoun got an A, Cedar Lake got a B, Lake of the Isles got a C and Lake Harriet got a B. Three lakes got F’s: Lundsten, Victoria and Pamela. But the Watershed District cautions the grades are just a snapshot.

The report is done by the Watershed District, the Three Rivers Park District, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and citizen monitors, looking at data on water clarity, algae growth and nutrients.

For more information or to read the full report, go to minnehahacreek.org/data-center/mcwd-lake-grades.



City holds firefighter recruitment expo

Golden Valley is seeking applicants for its paid, on-call fire department. The city is holding a firefighter recruitment expo on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Road. Try on gear, practice firefighting skills, watch a live burn, participate in a Jaws of Life demo and talk with firefighters about their decision to join the department.

Candidates must be at least 18, a high school graduate and live within six minutes of one of the city’s three fire stations. For more information, contact sbaker@goldenvalleymn.gov or call 763-593-3977.


St. Paul

Foundations to give $6.6 million for local projects

The Rice Park revitalization project, the renovation of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area and the Cookie Cart — a nonprofit bakery aimed at giving teens work experience, which is expanding from Minneapolis into St. Paul — will be among the biggest recipients of funding from a trio of St. Paul-based foundations.

The St. Paul Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation announced last week that they approved more than $6.6 million in grants. The foundations plan to collectively give nearly 200 grants of varying sizes, from $5,000 to $150,000.

In a news release, the foundations emphasized that organizations and programs addressing racial disparities and led by people of color are among the recipients.

“Creating change isn’t about funders telling communities of color what they need; it’s about empowering agents of change in communities of color to tell us what works for them,” Ann Mulholland, with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, said in a statement.