Council Member Alondra Cano marches with Ethiopian, Oromo and Ogadeni community members to create awareness on social justice and human rights issues in Ethiopia.
Photo credit: Amy Van Steenwyk 
Dear Neighbors,
Last week I was door knocking in the area of Cedar Avenue and 34th Street to connect with you on a recent incident. I am truly sorry to have to report that on Tuesday, November 2 a tragic shooting took place in this neighborhood. As you may have heard, one of our Corcoran neighbors named Paul Knobbe was shot near the 34th Street and Cedar Avenue area. Later that night, Mr. Knobbe passed away in the hospital. The Star Tribune has stated that the Minneapolis Police Department hasn't identified a motive for the incident but that co-workers and residents are speculating that it may have been tied to a robbery.
This is a tragic loss and my thoughts are with Mr. Knobbe’s friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. There is an active investigation underway by the Minneapolis Police Department's Homicide Unit. This Thursday during the regularly scheduled Corcoran Neighborhood Organization meeting I will continue to engage the neighborhood leaders on this matter to see how we want to respond as a community.
In the meantime we continue to work on this issue behind the scenes. The Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct has been actively working on this matter and these are some of the steps we're taking:
  • Officers and investigators have been door-knocking and re-canvassing the area multiple times over the past week. They are looking for any additional witnesses or anyone – residents or businesses – that may have video or more information about the incident.
  • Officers from the Third Precinct will continue to provide an increased presence in the area over the next several days.
  • Because the incident took place behind the gas station where the victim worked and due to speculation that the incident may have been tied to the victim's place of employemnt, officers will be conducting business checks at gas stations in the precinct during the late evening and overnight hours.
  • A report of a dimly lit alley where the man was found has gotten our office to look into improving the lighting conditions in this alley.
Anyone with additional information should call the tips line at 612-692-8477 or send a text to 847411. For the text tip please enter the letters MPD, then a space, and then the information. These text messages are anonymous, they are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information.
As always, please stay in touch with my office about any crime and safety issues that you feel can help us better address these matters.
My staff and I are at your service,
Minneapolis 311 is here to help! They are your one stop shop for questions or requests related to City Services. You can find the full menu of help they offer on the City website but there are some functions that I wanted to bring to your attention because calling 311 in these cases can help keep our neighborhoods safe and inviting places to be.
First, if you see a crime taking place or you need to report a crime that has occurred please call 911. I have spoken to many residents who are thoughtful about 911 resources and hesitate to call issues in to 911 when they are less serious. I am asking you to call 911 every single time that you see a crime occur. The 911 dispatchers are trained professionals who will triage your call appropriately based on its seriousness. Calling 911 every time helps the police identify trends and hotspots, guiding how we deploy current resources and also helps us make the case for more resources moving forward.
  • Street Lights- call 311 to report street light outages whether they are on wooden or metal poles. Adequate lighting is key to preventing crime.
  • Graffiti- all residents are expected to remove or paint over graffiti on their own property. You can get solvent from any fire station- if you need paint 311 can direct you to a source in Hennepin County. Please report graffiti that does not get addressed within a few days- on homes, businesses, or City property like electrical boxes or street signs.
  • Abandoned Vehicles-vehicles may not remain parked on Minneapolis streets for longer than 72 hours.
  • Noise complaints/ Fireworks- there is an ordinance regulating noise in the City of Minneapolis- Our City's environmental services division monitors and regulates noise and will follow-up on these complaints.

When you call 311, they will provide you with a reference number so that you can track the issue that you have reported. If you have any trouble getting things resolved, please contact my office and we will help.
Also, the Minneapolis 311 app is now available- find it on itunes or Android.  
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substance abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed- all medical care provided for free
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, Nov. 14 (repeats every second Monday of the month)
6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Church, 2742 15th Avenue South
East Lake Street-Bloomington Avenue commercial node meeting, Nov. 15 (repeats every third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street, 2nd Floor
Little Earth & Franklin Avenue Court Watch, Nov. 18 
10:30 a.m. Village at Franklin Station, 2100 Bloomington Avenue South
3rd Precinct Advisory Council, Nov. 28
6:30 p.m. Third Precinct Community Room, 3000 Minnehaha Avenue South
East Lake Street-Chicago Avenue commercial node meeting, Dec. 13 (repeats every second Tuesday of the month)
9:30 a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street
Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
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911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist John Baumann 612-825-6138 for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
My office has continued to build on the efforts of our Council predecessor Gary Schiff to address nuisance properties by meeting monthly to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. Each month representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement and the County's prosecutor's and probation office meet to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential rental and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
Call (612) 673-2209
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