Weekly Roundup: April 3-9

Check out this week’s information for Greater Longfellow and stay home.


Longfellow Community Council COVID-19 Notice

ALL Longfellow Community Council Committee Meetings scheduled for April are Cancelled.

An important message about the future of neighborhood organizations like Longfellow Community Council (Not related to COVID-19).
To the residents of Greater Longfellow:
The following notice from the City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) extends the comment period for the draft guidelines on the program(s) that will fund neighborhood organizations. We encourage everyone to review the guidelines (link here) and give your feedback to the City. The proposed program is woefully underfunded and will undo the system of neighborhood organizations that has successfully supported communities like Greater Longfellow for the past 30 years. We need your input now more than ever. Please feel free to contact LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at melanie@longfellow.org with any questions.

We’re living in a time that is stressful and difficult for all of us. Mental health and self-care are important for your well-being during these uncertain times. It’s okay and completely normal to need help and support.
Do you need help, or know someone who does? Now is an important time to be kind and look out for one another. We’re all in this together.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Annual Spring River Gorge Birding Hike
*Notice: Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak the number of participants will be limited to 10 per hike and participation is at your own risk. Participants will be expected to maintain a minimum 6ft distance between themselves and others at all times and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

Out of an abundance of caution we will be unable to loan binoculars and participants should bring their own. IF YOU FEEL ILL IN ANY WAY, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. We will keep a close eye on changes to MN Health Dept. Guidelines and the hikes may be cancelled at any time.

Spend time outdoors and join local birding experts Dave Zumeta and Lee Pfannmuller to look for migrating and returning spring birds along the Mississippi River Gorge on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th from 7:00-10:00 am.
Our river gorge is a premiere place for bird watching! We sometimes find over 50 species during our annual spring hike in the Mississippi Flyway. Over 180 species have been observed in this area, and the best time to see and hear them is May!
Novices and experienced birders all welcome. Bring binoculars, a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes for hiking the river’s bluffs and banks.

The hike is free, but RSVP is required as the number of participants is limited. Please register by April 30th using the link below. After registering, you will be provided with the starting location for the hike.
Registration: https://forms.gle/th4FCeQZE28Nodof9
If you have questions about the hikes, please contact Dave Zumeta at: dzumeta@comcast.net

Census 2020 Go fill it out: https://2020census.gov/
Your response matters. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Also, it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Hennepin County Library resources available during its temporary closure: 
Hennepin County has closed all public-facing services at all 41 libraries, human service centers, and licensing service centers through April 6. Learn more about the countywide state of emergency.
You’ll find the most current information about library services on this page. We’ll update the page as more information is available.

Minnesota Transportation Action Plan Open Houses:
Due to COVID-19, our in-person open houses will move online. We’ll post a link with instructions on how to access as they are available. The events will be held at the same dates and times. Thank you for being flexible as we make adjustments and continue this transportation conversation with you.

Your voice is incredibly important in this planning process. To create a better future, all of us need to turn out and to speak up for great transit and safe streets that put people first. We need to show that this matters and that we care. 
Wednesday, April 8, 6-7 PM • Online: City of Minneapolis Facebook Page 
Monday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 PM 
This 10-year action plan is a huge opportunity to advance mobility, equity, and climate action throughout Minneapolis and to create the transportation future you want to see. For starters: Let’s make sure the TAP’s goals reflect the scale of action needed on climate change. The draft TAP sets a goal to reduce Minneapolis’s transportation-related carbon pollution by 35% by 2030. But experts say we need to reduce carbon pollution by 45% (!) by 2030 if we want to head off extraordinary hardship for hundreds of millions of people. 
Let’s make sure our High-Frequency Transit routes are actually fast and frequent. You shouldn’t have to choose between a slow transit trip and a fast car trip.The draft TAP sets goals for speeding up Minneapolis’s High-Frequency Network buses. This is great! And we want to make sure the City is setting the right targets. Today, Minneapolis local bus routes can travel at just 6 miles per hour on average. That’s less than half than the speed of local routes in Boston, D.C., or Chicago. Demand better: high-frequency routes that average 13-15 miles per hour and are time-competitive with car travel. 
Public comment on the TAP is open now through April 22. Don’t miss out!
Questions? Contact Sam at samr@movemn.org.

We want to let you know about upcoming in-person and online events. You can read, download, and comment on the plan at our website anytime at go.minneapolismn.gov
Help us gather feedback on the Draft Plan. For neighborhood associations and community organizations interested and available to help us gather feedback, we have an engagement toolbox available on our website.
Other ways to provide feedback on the draft plan. Can’t attend one of the in-person events? Head to the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. Starting March 9th, the interactive website will include opportunities to provide your input on the plan and our draft strategies and actions.
You can also follow the City of Minneapolis on social media to stay updated. Use #gompls to share your feedback with us and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 


COVID-19 Updates:

Important notices, information, and reminders

Here are additional resources to help:

COVID-19 information:

Here is a resource for parents to help them talk with their children about COVID-19

Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits: 
Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).
If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day – or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

MN friends: Governor Tim Walz is issuing a two week “Shelter In Place” executive order, starting at 11:59pm on Friday March 27th: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/20-20.pdf

• You can still go outside run, walk, rollerblade, bike etc within a short distance from your home (take your ID or something with an address) & go to grocery, liquor, gas and convenience stores.
• You can still order delivery and curbside from restaurants
• You can still travel to care for loved ones/ friends/ the elderly.
• If you are homeless or in a domestic violence situation, you can relocate/ move.
• There are essential worker carveouts, if you own a business, and are not sure if it’s an “essential service”, you can check DEED’s website for more information.  
• May 1st- Restaurants and bars re-open
• May 4th- MN Schools re-open

Find the latest from the State of Minnesota Department of Health regarding COVID-19 here, including Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19Resources & MaterialsSituations Updates, and Information for Businesses & Employers.

Here is the latest from the City of Minneapolis regarding COVID-19 including Mayor Frey signing emergency regulations and Community Support Resources.


Ways to Help:

Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.

Support Local businesses: We’ve received inquiries from several residents asking how they can help support local businesses through this strange time. One thing to check out is this information about which places are open, when, etc. from the Longfellow Business Association:
Covid-19 is undoubtedly going to take a toll on our local economy. Health and safety should be the top priority right now – but we also encourage you to think about ways to support Longfellow’s business community. Click to view the spreadsheet COVID-19 Business Support which provides links for businesses that are open, as well as information on how to order food and/or access their services.  
This list is a work in progress.  As life changes rapidly, be sure to double-check status, hours, and offerings by visiting the business’ website, Facebook page, or by calling. If you know of additional businesses that should be added or changes, please email info@longfellowbusinessassociation.org.

DONATIONS NEEDED by Hennepin County for medical professionals:
YOU might be able to help our healthcare professionals stay safe as we fight COVID-19: Hennepin County has created drop-off locations for items needed to protect people responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
Staff working in quarantine operations, as first responders, in public health, and in clinics and hospitals are running low on supplies that keep them safe and help them continue their work protecting our community.

Priority ITEMS needed include:
• Protective face wear – N95 or N100 respirators, PAPRs and surgical masks
• Nitrile gloves
• Tyvek coveralls
• Tyvek foot covers
• Eye protection (wrap arounds or chemical splash)
Click link below for more information and drop off locations.

Can you sew? One critical need that has emerged over the past several days is the need for more personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gowns, in hospitals and other health care settings. In recent days, doctors and nurses have warned that they are running out of equipment to stay safe as they diagnose and treat patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Allina Health, along with several community partners, have launched a statewide volunteer effort, calling for people to sew and donate masks for doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Read more here

The CDC compliant DIY mask pattern, material list, and directions can be found here: https://www.sewgoodgoods.org/face-mask-covid-19
Completed masks can be dropped off at the following locations: Masks can be safely donated daily Sunday, March 22-April 5, from 9am-1pm at the following Allina Health hospital locations. When you come to donate masks, remain in your car. A staff member will come to you to accept your donation. Look for “mask donation” signage as you arrive.

  1.   Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 E 28th St, Minneapolis, MN
  2.   Abbott Northwestern Hospital – West Health, 2805 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN
  3.   Buffalo Hospital, 303 Catlin St, Buffalo, MN
  4.   Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S Dellwood St, Cambridge, MN
  5.   District One Hospital, 200 State Ave, Faribault, MN
  6.   Mercy Hospital – Mercy Campus, Coon Rapids, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN
  7.   Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus, Fridley, 550 Osborne Rd, Fridley, MN
  8.   New Ulm Medical Center, 1324 5th St N, New Ulm, MN
  9.   Owatonna Hospital, 2250 NW 26th St, Owatonna, MN
  10.   Regina Medical Center, 1175 Nininger Rd, Hastings, MN
  11.   River Falls Area Hospital, Wisconsin, 1629 E Division St, River Falls, WI
  12.   St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave, Shakopee, MN
  13.   United Hospital, 333 Smith Ave N, St. Paul, MN
  14. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation, Golden Valley, 3915 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN

After drop off, the masks will immediately be sent to laundry/processing sites at the individual health facilities to be sanitized for medical use.

Can’t sew, but still want to help? If you don’t sew but would like to support the effort, donations are welcome to Sew Good Goods through GiveMNAll money received will be used for supplies to support the community through this COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a Minnesota health systems that would like to receive handmade masks or a local fabric store that would like to supply fabric to volunteers, contact Susan Schuster at susan.schuster@bluecrossmn.com to be added to the list. Health care systems accepting masks are asked to provide their own drop-off sites and make sure their facility has a process for accepting and sanitizing masks. Any surplus masks will be made available to other organizations in need.

FidelityCharitable.org shares Three ways you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic


Looking for something interesting while social distancing?

Springboard for the Arts: Creative ExchangeResources for your physical, social, and mental well-being.

Department of Public Transformation: Ideas for creative, compassionate, and joyful connection

Dolly Parton will read you bedtime stories.

2020 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Films to Stream: http://millcitytimes.com/news/msp-film-is-open-for-businessonline-featuring-exclusive-onli.html
 Feel better and improve your health: