Weekly Roundup: April 10-16

Check out this week’s information for Greater Longfellow and stay safe!


“Keep Calm & Carry Out” Look for these signs throughout the neighborhood showing which restaurants are still open for carry-out or delivery.

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.
The public comment period on the Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines has been EXTENDED 90 DAYS until July 15, 2020. The guidelines are now expected to go before City Council for a vote by mid-August.
How to leave a public comment:
The extended 90-day comment period also allows us to more fully engage the public in our city, and we are asking all interested organizations and Minneapolis residents to use this time to create a meaningful dialogue. NCR neighborhood specialists are available to help organizations that request assistance.
You may allow submit comments in the following ways:
Email • Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov
Phone • 612-673-3737
Text Messaging and Voicemail • Español: (612) 404-2978 • Hmoob: (612) 367-6548 • Soomaaliga: (612) 404-2978 • English: (612) 518-8743
US Postal Service Mail
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 425
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Comments must be received by 11:59p.m., July 15.

During the extended public comment period, NCR will expand their outreach and hold additional virtual public meetings. More information will be available as these meetings are scheduled.The City of Minneapolis held an informational meeting on April 2, the meeting was recorded and is available at minneapolismn.gov/neighborhoods2020 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your neighborhood specialist or NCR at ncr@minneapolismn.gov.

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.

All Minnesota Parks & Recreation Board (MPRB) events are cancelled or postponed through August 31, 2020.
• All events at Minneapolis parks are cancelled through August 31, 2020. MPRB staff will work with event partners to determine if an event can be moved to later in the year, but it’s anticipated that the majority of all MPRB spring and summer events will be cancelled, consistent with what is happening throughout the country. 
• All summer programs and team sports that do not allow social distancing are cancelled
• Spring and summer sports leagues are cancelled, along with classes and programs unless they can be done virtually or adjusted for social distancing. Details about future virtual and modified programs will be announced and listed online once determined.
• Hiring seasonal and temporary recreation employees is on hold. Most summer positions typically hired for programming and recreation services will not be hired, including the Team Teenworks program. Hiring for certified summer seasonal employees required for critical service work will continue, including mobile equipment operators, parkkeepers, gardeners.
Some FAQs answered here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNPARKREC/bulletins/284d40c

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Take action at a safe distance this Earth Day! Here is a family friendly way to help the earth and stay safe.
Jana Larson, director of the Adopt-a-Drain program, says, “Even though many community cleanup events have been canceled, we can still honor Earth Day by taking joint action to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Adopt-a-Drain invites everyone to participate in a safe way during social distancing.”

Adopting a storm drain is a family-friendly activity that can enrich learning at home. Parents and teachers navigating new COVID-19 homeschool arrangements are encouraged to participate in the Earth Day Birthday cleanup and use curricular resources available online at https://waterstothesea.org/AADmodule. Waters to the Sea is a series of free lesson plans and multimedia activities created by Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education and aligned to Next Generation Science Standards for grades 5-8. For more information visit https://waterstothesea.org/mississippi/.

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.

Create a Will and Support Longfellow Businesses:
Do you have a will, or does your will need updating? Join the Longfellow Business Association for their 2nd Annual fundraiser, Where There’s a Will, There’s an LBA.  This is another opportunity to support the business community during these challenging economic times.
On Thursday, April 30, Longfellow-based law firm Kennedy & Cain, will be offering appointments on the hour for you and your family to set up a simple will and health care directive. The cost is $500 and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the LBA. Employees, friends and family are all welcome to participate. If you are interested, please contact Kim at kim@longfellowbusinessassociation.org to set up an appointment and get an estate planning packet. Virtual appointments are possible as well.  
For over 25 years, the Longfellow Business Association has been working to ensure a vibrant business climate by monitoring issues that impact our local businesses, as well as providing advocacy, networking, resources and marketing. Learn more at www.longfellowbusinessassociation.org.

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. 
Monday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 PM 
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:
Governor Walz’s stay at home order has been extended through May 3 at 11:59pm. What does this mean for residents? 

  • You can go to the grocery store, pharmacy, and medical appointments; get take out, delivery or drive through from restaurants; walk your dog, ride your bike, or be in nature; and pick up essentials for neighbors or loved ones. 
  • You should not go to work unless providing an essential service; socialize or gather in groups; or visit loved ones in the hospital or nursing homes, except under limited circumstances. 
  • Find more information about critical sector worker exemptions here.

Important notices, information, and reminders
• Government responses:  FederalStateCountyCityParksSchools
• Bus and train hours have been reduced (see changes here)
• Utility shut-offs have been suspended
• Wi-Fi internet has been opened up
• Evictions have been halted (read details and exceptions)
• Tax filing deadlines moved to July 15th (read more)
• MPS is offering free food for students
• To get regular updates from the City on COVID-19, sign-up here
• Please do not hoard food or toilet paper – there is plenty!

Additional resources:
• Small business? Learn about different support here
• Need health insurance? MNSure enrollment is open
• Seniors in need of assistance? List of providers and help
• Families can apply for cash Emergency and food (SNAP) assistance at http://applymn.dhs.mn.gov. Before applying, you can see if you are eligible for ApplyMN programs at http://mn.bridgetobenefits.org.
• School and Child Care Questions? Call 651-297-1304. This is a state hotline open for school and child care questions for Minnesota residents that is open 7am to 7pm everyday of the week.
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers 

Resources for parents to help them talk with their children about COVID-19:
• CDC: Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis
• CDC – Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book
• PBS – How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

COVID-19 information:
• Coronavirus FAQs from the City of Minneapolis
• MN Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website
• Health questions: 651-201-3920 (7am-7pm)
• Schools and child care questions: 651-297-1304 (7am-7pm)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain(e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. If you are not having any symptoms and are going out in public, wearing a cloth face covering will help you from spreading any infection. If you do wear a cloth face covering, the CDC notes it is important to wash it every day to get rid of any trapped viruses or bacteria.
Here are some links to information about making a homemade mask from credible sources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 
How to Make Your own Face Covering (CDC) 
MDH Interim Guidance on Face Coverings
Face Mask Kit (Providence St. Joseph Health) 
How to make a face mask (Allina Health) 

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19. Learn more about Coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission. Tips for avoiding these scams:
• Hang up on robocalls.  
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails asking for personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. 
• Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails that claim a positive COVID-19 test within your workplace. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization


Ways to Help:

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

The Health Department is establishing a donation hub to facilitate connections between those have capacity or resources to donate and those with complementary needs. The City isn’t doing any warehousing or storage of actual items, but is instead helping to catalog what’s available and what’s needed then help people on each side find each other. The best first step for folks interested in donating anything besides PPE, and folks who need items other than PPE, is to fill out the appropriate form (links below). From there, staff leading the COVID-19 response in the Health Department will do what they can to deploy resources and bridge gaps. 
The following is from Health Department staff:
 Donation Form – for use by organizations/individuals wanting to donate items other than Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
·         https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/1614aa3cfb5445eb94abf1c20983491c 
Request for Information and Resources  – for use by organizations/individuals needing items other than Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
·         https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a6ec5734947240a48d8782ceb5fdb908  
·         Including thermometers! 
We also have a form for organizations to fill out if they are in need of PPE. Please have them email COVID19@minneapolismn.gov and we will follow-up directly with the organization and send them the form.

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.

 Small Business BINGO
How many Seward & Longfellow small businesses can you support this Spring? Submit 5 receipts to brigid@redesigninc.org for a chance to win a $100 giftcard to one of your favorite local spots! Every BINGO is another chance to win! View the Bingo card Online.

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.


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.

Streaming Events from St. Paul Chamber Orchestra https://content.thespco.org/music/concert-library/live-streams
Musicians Go Online
Ananya Dance Theatre Performance Videos
Duluth Harbor Webcams
North House Craft School Crafting in Place Classes
Virtual Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring, Green, Wisconsin
At Home Exercises

Stay at Home Arts Activities for Kids
University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Webinars to Support Mental Health
 Feel better and improve your health:
• Dealing with stress and emotional health during the pandemic
• Beginners guides to: runningstrength training, and yoga
• Tips for healthier eating and getting a better nights sleep
• Socially connecting with others during this time of isolation
• Reduce stress and improve happiness by trying meditation
• Benefit from intentional and regular self-reflection
• Reduce or stop use of alcoholtobacco, and other substances
• Address relationship challenges during isolation
• Take a classstart a gardenbuild something, or go for a hike