Free Community Technology Repair and Education

Fix-It Tech Events

A free community technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support.


Friday, January 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Takoda Institute – AIOIC
1845 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404

Friday, February 27, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N., Minneapolis 55411

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities
2323 11th Ave S., Minneapolis, 55404

Have a Computer Question or Issue?

  • If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!
  • Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

Details & What to Bring:

  • First come, first served. Labor will be FREE. Parts available to purchase.
  • Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
  • Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Free Workshops and Resources

  • Short sessions will cover basic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers.

See more at Fix-It Tech Event page and blog post from November 22 event in North Minneapolis.


SAENA considering updating street lights

SAENA has money ear-marked for updated street lighting… We need to decide if this project is something we’d like to pursue.

The link below contains the Minneapolis Street Lighting Policies.

This is a good start to understanding the process and basic information the City provides.

At the Community Meeting last night (January 26) this information was shared by a member of the Minneapolis Public Works Department.

New City of Mpls Project – Needs YOUR Input

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new project seeking public input, and as a valued community partner, we could use your help in spreading the word about it.

It’s called the Community Indicators Project and its goal is to create measures to help the community, City leaders and staff determine how successful the City is at achieving its goals.

One of the ways people can contribute ideas to this project is through an online engagement tool. Folks are encouraged to share their thoughts through this tool between now and Feb. 6.

Would you be able to help share this news with your network and encourage them to share their thoughts?

More information is below, but please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help with this important project.

Kim Keller​

(612) 673-3141

New Rec Center – Open House 12/11/14

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is planning a new recreation center for Northeast Park at 1500 Buchanan Street NE. There will be a public open house:

Thursday December 11th

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE from 6:00 to 7:30pm to discuss ongoing planning for this new recreation building! Arrive to provide insight and suggestions. Hope to see you there!

IRS Scam Using MPD number

MPD has received reports from people who said that they were contacted by someone who claimed to be with the IRS. The caller ID showed the Fifth Precinct’s main number (612) 673-5705. This is a scam. No government agency will ever call you asking for personal information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, or more.

Do not give personal information to anyone who calls or emails you unexpectedly, even if they claim they are with an official government organization or bank. Even if the caller ID appears to be legitimate, if something is suspicious or someone is asking you for personal information, do not give it. After you hang up, call the official phone number of the organization and verify directly with them if it is legitimate before giving any personal identifying information.

What’s happening to our trees?

If you have questions about what’s happening with the ash and/or elm trees around Minneapolis (maybe even in your own yard), here’s some information to hopefully answer your questions.
  Just about everything to do with Boulevard Trees is on our Forestry Page of the website  if you go down the column on the left there is a section on just about everything.  If you are still confused the Forestry foreman for the Eastside is Gary Myhre <>.

  Gary is great about getting his crews to problem areas in NE after storms or if a random branch breaks off into the street etc…

  The inspectors, who are permitted to go on private property, mark the trees that will be removed each season.  We are trying to pick the ash trees that are the weakest as we go through our 8 year removal plan.  If there are trees the neighborhood wants to save by treating ( which defers when they come down, but in reality all ash are doomed) you would need to work with an accredited tree service, which we have listed on one of the pages.  The same goes for Elm.  These companies keep the MPRB informed of continuing treatment so that we don’t cut down trees that are being treated.

  All trees on private property can be inspected and marked by the MPRB as the city forestry dept.  However, if you wish to have a private tree contractor other than one of the ones the MPRB/City hires to removed diseased trees, make sure to let the MPRB know ASAP about the private contractors, or the teams of outside guys will be there and the tree will be down with no recourse except to pay the bill.  The advantage to using the contractors through the MPRB/City is the cost can be added to the property tax bill and paid over a few years VS. right when the tree comes down.

If you have any further questions, I encourage you to contact
Liz Wielinski
President & Commissioner District 1
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6443, Ext. 1
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis,MN 55411

Minneapolis Needs You!

Enjoy people and service to others?

Serve as an Election Judge!

Election Judges serve the voters in the local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.

Required qualifications: 

  • eligible to vote in MN
  • able to read, write and speak English
  • cannot be a spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct
  • cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in that precinct
  • must attend a 2 hour training class

Students age 16+ may serve!

Time off from Employment to serve!

To learn more about becoming an Election Judge, visit