Minneapolis to honor memory of Alice Rainville, first woman Council president

The Minneapolis City Council and City employees will observe a moment of silence at the beginning of the March 6 Council meeting to honor the contributions of Alice Rainville, who passed away early Thursday at the age of 80. Rainville, who was a Member of the Minneapolis City Council for 22 years, was the first woman to serve as Council President and helped lead the city through times of great change and growth. Current Council President Barbara Johnson is Rainville’s daughter and represents the same north Minneapolis Ward her mother represented for more than two decades.

Rainville, a widow of a Minneapolis firefighter and mother of seven, was a strong advocate for City employees. During her tenure on the City Council, she was a leader on several Downtown and northside initiatives, including the Minneapolis campus of the St. Thomas University, the Humboldt Greenway and the construction of the Minneapolis Convention Center. She served on the Council from 1975 to 1997, and was Council President from 1980 to 1989.

Also, in honor of her contributions to the City and its residents, the flag at City Hall will remain at half staff through sunset on Wednesday, March 11.

March 5, 2009

Published Mar. 5, 2009