Mill City Commons Named Cornerstone of the Mill District Neighborhood of Minneapolis

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Mill City Times Honors Local Organization for Connecting the Community

The Mill City Times, a community news and community service organization, named Mill City Commons a Community Cornerstone award winner, recognizing the positive impact on the Mill District neighborhood of Minneapolis by the neighborhood group.

"More than any other organization, Mill City Commons works to connect the people, businesses and non-profit groups in the Mill District neighborhood" according to Kim Eslinger, Editor of the Mill City Times.

"We were delighted when Dave Tinjum and Kim Eslinger from Mill City Times joined us for an exclusive sing-along with JD Steele at MacPhail Center for Music last fall. We learned that in addition to being fans of MacPhail, they share Mill City Commons commitment to providing unique connections, resources and support for life for our vibrant neighborhood" said Linnea Tweed, Executive Director, Mill City Commons.

Lou Burdick, a Founding Member of Mill City Commons states “Mill City Commons builds community by hosting all kinds of educational, recreational, social and volunteer programs and activities that bring its members together from both sides of the river. We are a community of urban residents who know, enjoy and care about each other. Membership enriches our lives while building community."

"Mill City Commons has quietly went about connecting our community and enriching the lives of not only it's
members, but all who live here" offers David Tinjum, Publisher, Mill City Times.

“As Mill City Commons begins its third year of operations with a membership of approximately 150 individuals, there is growing evidence that the organization is becoming an important part of the fabric of our riverfront community and making a difference in our members’ lives...” Marcia Townley, MCC Board Chair, Mill City Commons.

The Community Cornerstone awards will be announced throughout 2011, and will include well known, and lesser known organizations, all of which play a vital role in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Mill City Commons is a nonprofit membership-driven organization. We exist to create meaningful connections between our members and the services, expertise and information required to live fully engaged, richly faceted, dynamic lives for as long as they choose to live in our Riverfront neighborhood.

We sustain our community by helping our members:

  • Engage in the rich tapestry of life within walking distance of their front doors and throughout the greater Twin Cities area.
  • Enhance their abundant lives with new experiences and opportunities and by sharing their talents and connections to help build a more interconnected, dynamic neighborhood.
  • Empower themselves with resources, allies and friends to maintain their lifestyles and live well in their homes through close connections to their neighborhood.

Visit us on the web at for more information.

The Community Cornerstone Awards are given to organizations that contribute to the growth, health and vibrancy of the Mill District neighborhood of Minneapolis. The Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, Open Book, and Mill City Commons are currently recognized as cornerstones of the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis.

Mill City Times is a not for profit community news and community service organization founded by Mill District residents and Enterprise Software entrepreneurs Kim Eslinger and David Tinjum.

You can find them on the web at


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