Opening of the Green Line

As many of you may be aware the Green Line will be opening soon, providing transit from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul. The line has 9.8 miles of track, 18 stations, and will take approximately 40 minutes to get from downtown to downtown.

Twin Cities Bike Week

This week is Twin Cities Bike Week. Several events are going on throughout the Twin Cities during the week. The campaign encourages people to get on a bike and ride to work, school, or other activities. Check out some of the events or enjoy the spring weather, hop on your bike and go for a ride.


Take the Stairs Winner

The 'Take the Stairs' contest is officially over. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and to all who took the stairs during our campaign. There were 3 staff members near the top throughout the competition. Congratulations to our winner, Melissa Gagner! She averaged 106,932 steps per week, which is over 15,000 steps a day and 443,012 for the entire 4 week contest! The runners up were Peter McGarraugh (93,114 average per week and 372,457 total) and Jenny Parker (85,953 average per week and 343,819 total). 

Earth Week Event

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 since then over 192 countries and 1 billion people participate in the worldwide event. Earth Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st, but since the growth of the Earth Day network environmental programs throughout the country take place throughout the entire week.

Walk to Work Day

Do you need to increase your steps count as the final week of the 'Take the Stairs' steps contest (don't forget to log your steps here) finishes up? There is a national event that can help you get your last minute steps. Friday, April 4th is Walk to Work Day. 

The Revival of Streetcar Systems and Principles

Although transportation systems, such as roads, rails, and sidewalks can go unnoticed they oftentimes shape our cities in layout, growth, and development. Some examples of how transit systems have shaped a city are Chicago and the “L”, New York City and the subway, Copenhagen’s bike friendly streets, and London and the Tube. A city can prosper from a functional, well-planned transit system. Transit systems allow for access to goods, jobs, and other amenities necessary for living. 

Take the Stairs Contest

Since the beginning of the 'Take the Stairs' Campaign 8 weeks ago we have had several requests for a healthy competition tied to the 'Take the Stairs' initiative. The 'Take the Stairs' campaign will be initiating a steps contest. The directions for the contest are below. 

Take the Stairs Update

Two weeks ago the More for the Mission campaign rolled out our ‘Take the Stairs’ initiative. We set out to promote a healthy work environment while conserving both time and energy.

Since the start of the campaign we have received several questions about some of the statistics present on the postcards. Below are some of the statistics we discovered while collecting information about the elevators.

MNHS Take the Stairs Campaign

As the new year rolls around many people are thinking of their New Year’s resolutions. Over the next couple weeks staff members will begin to see posters about taking the stairs throughout the History Center. As you think about your New year’s resolution a simple action would be participating in the More for the Mission Take the Stairs campaign!

Did you know that the average wait time for an elevator at the History Center is 20 seconds?

Ergonomics at your workstation

The importance of a healthy indoor environment was discussed in our previous blog post. Although most of the things discussed previously are hard to accomplish as a staff member there are things that you can do to make your workspace a more productive and comfortable environment. One of these things is ergonomics, or workplace equipment design that is meant to reduce fatigue and increase productivity.