Weekly Roundup: May 1-7

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


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


All Star Tribune has all it’s COVID-19 coverage available without a paywall here.

CALLING ALL BLOCK CLUB LEADERS: Now, more than ever, it’s important that we can get information and available resources shared throughout our community.
If you are OR know a block club leader in the neighborhoods of Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow, please email your contact information (first & last name, and email address) to info@longfellow.org
We want to do our part to help keep you informed, so you can share that information with friends and neighbors who might not be on our social media. Thanks for your help. We’re all in this together.


Take survey by May 31: How should the City focus its violence prevention efforts?
Take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8879YY
Help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities for the next three-five years. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.
Knowing violence affects so many different communities in so many different ways and yet having limited resources, we need your feedback to help develop a citywide approach to addressing violence in a new strategic plan.
If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email research.health@minneapolismn.gov.

Want something good you can do during a pandemic? Plant a tree: Minneapolis property owners can now order a 3- to 8-foot tree for $25 from the City of Minneapolis to plant in their yards. About 1,000 trees are still available for property owners to plant on their private property. You can be outside and keep a safe 6-foot distance from others while doing something good for our environment and quality of life in Minneapolis.

The 22 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery. Low-cost trees are available first-come, first-served for Minneapolis residents. Limit one tree per address.
Trees must be picked up May 16, 17 or 18 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.

Now Accepting Applications for LCC’s Ready-Made Pollinator Garden Program
LCC’s Ready-Made Native Pollinator Garden Program will fund and coordinate the installation of up to 22 pollinator plantings for residents located within the Greater Longfellow Community.
The program is designed to increase pollinator habitat while also educating participants around sustainability and pollinator conservation. Garden installations will include a special focus on creating food sources and habitat for the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, in order to extend its effective range and connect established habitat corridors in and around Greater Longfellow.

This program was made possible through funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) Lawns to Legumes Demonstration Neighborhood Grant Program.
Click the link below to apply:


LANGUAGE RESOURCE LINE The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line and email address to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
Phone Number: 651-266-6000
Email: LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

TONIGHT! Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Rep. Jean Wagenius, and Rep. Jim Davnie announce virtual town hall.
Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Representative Jean Wagenius, and Representative Jim Davnie invite community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on THUR, APR 30 at 6:30 pm to discuss the COVID-19 situation and other issues important to District 63. Community members can join the meeting via Facebook Live.
WHAT: Virtual Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, April 30 at 6:30–8pm
WHO: Sen. Torres Ray | Rep Davnie | Rep. Wagenius
WHERE: Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RepJeanWagenius
The legislators encourages community members to submit questions ahead of time by emailing them at sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn, rep.jim.davnie@house.mn, and rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn.

Public Hearing on Renaming Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center @ Wednesday, May 6 • 5:45pm
A public hearing for the first consideration of renaming Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center to Carl W. Kroening Nature Center will be held on May 6. The hearing will take place in the Board Room at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Mary Merrill Headquarters, located at 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Individuals who would like to provide comments to the Board of Commissioners about the renaming have several options: 
• Send comments to be read during the public hearing by email to: jringold@minneapolisparks.org by 3:30 pm on May 6, or by U.S. Mail to MPRB Board Secretary, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411, to arrive by May 6.
•  Sign up to speak at the public hearing, by calling 612-230-6400 before 3 pm on May 6, or arrive before the 5:45 pm hearing and add your name to the sign-up sheet at the front of the Board Room.

Creating a Resilient Yard With Buzz
Blue Thumb’s 2020 Lawns to Legumes workshops teach sustainable practices and pollinator conservation techniques to create resilient yards. Participants can choose from three options — Resilient Yards, Turf Alternatives, and Healthy Soils — to learn sustainable practices ranging from installing a raingarden to replacing a conventional lawn to protecting the living earth that makes up healthy soil. In addition, participants will learn about Lawns to Legumes, a new state program offering grants and other support to help Minnesotans protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and other at-risk pollinators by putting in native pocket plantings, beneficial trees and shrubs and pollinator lawns and meadows. Blue Thumb coordinates part of the Lawns to Legumes program in partnership with the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources. “Pollinator conservation can be as simple as allowing clover to bloom within your lawn or installing a few native perennials. Small actions like these can have great impacts when adopted by communities that have the proper information and guidance,” says James Wolfin, an expert on bee-friendly lawns and a manager of the Lawns to Legumes program for Blue Thumb. Workshops cost $15 per household unless otherwise noted and will be offered throughout the spring starting in March. Participants will learn practical information about installing projects, as well as Lawns to Legumes and other cost-share programs and resources that can help get a project in the ground. More information and scheduled workshops are available by visiting  https://bluethumb.org/events/ or calling ​651-699-2426​.

Resilient Yards Workshop (3 hours) A framework for understanding and creating resilience, covering site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees, other plantings, pollinator habitat, and more. Includes one-on-one design assistance for individual yards from Blue Thumb landscape designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Master Water Stewards.

Turf Alternatives Workshop (2 hours) Alternatives to conventional grass turf that require less watering and fewer chemical inputs, with step-by-step instructions for establishing them. Includes information about pollinator-friendly (bee) lawns. Group will discuss common challenges and solutions.

Healthy Soils Workshop (2 hours) Laying the groundwork for healthy soil. Healthy soil helps plants thrive, filters and cleans water, prevents erosion and is teeming with life. Participants learn why healthy soil is the foundation of a resilient yard and how to take action to strengthen and protect their soil.

Locations for these workshops are offered throughout the metropolitan area. As of now, we have several workshops scheduled  with more to come. Updates and additional dates will be updated here: https://bluethumb.org/events/

City of Minneapolis makes additional changes to transportation network in response to pandemic
The City of Minneapolis is making additional updates to the public right-of-way in response to COVID-19, including adding more space for active recreation on streets and reducing the need for pedestrian push buttons at intersections.
Starting Wednesday, April 29, the City will implement 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes to support more space for walking, biking and rolling while social distancing. Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets. These local streets will generally be closed to thru traffic and calmed to allow for people to safely walk, bike, or roll in the street. Car access for residents will be retained. Additional details on Stay Healthy Streets are available on the City’s website.
The City has transitioned traffic signals to reduce the need for pedestrians to push the button at more than 400 signalized intersections. http://news.minneapolismn.gov/2020/04/27/city-minneapolis-makes-additional-changes-transportation-network-response-pandemic/
Learn more about the changes

With recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and even requirements starting up in places such as New York, you can make your own face covers whether you sew or not.
The CDC website offers simple instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.

Why wear a face cover?
We now know you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you have no symptoms. The cloth face cover is meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and are not showing symptoms, and their cloth cover is meant to help protect you.
Learn more about guidance for wearing cloth masks


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Public Health: The CDC has added six more conditions to its list of COVID-19 symptoms, including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Please visit the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 website for information about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, including a new resource that helps identify testing locations: https://mn.gov/covid19/

Find COVID-19 testing locations with new state website. As part of the state’s effort to provide widespread, rapid COVID-19 testing, Governor Tim Walz today unveiled a new website to help Minnesotans find a testing location within their community. This testing collaborative now includes 127 clinics and health care facilities across the state.

Managing Chronic Conditions during COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn about basic steps older adults can take to protect themselves.
•  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
•  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides situation updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.  
•  Health Questions? Call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. This is a state hotline staffed by MDH and will be operating from 7am-7pm 
• The Minnesota Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information about the pandemic.
• Ramsey County Public Health guidance and resources: Ramsey County COVID-19
•  Centers For Disease Control (CDC): COVID-19 basics and frequently asked questions 
•  Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Health has curated information about food safety, including guidance for food facility operators.

Resources relating to Insurance, Employment, and Unemployment:

The State of Minnesota announces new tools to help businesses promote safe work environments. Executive Order 20-40, the Governor requires all non-critical businesses coming back into workplace environments to engage in proper health screenings each day. Target Corp, Minnesota IT Services, and the Minnesota Safety Council have created the MN Symptom Screener, a new web-based tool that allows businesses to enter non-personal health information to help make a determination about someone entering their facility. Learn more about the announcement here.

Minneapolis sick and safe time ordinance:
Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers are required to provide access to sick leave (or more generous leave) to all employees in Minneapolis. Leave must be paid by employers (unless they employ five or fewer workers) and accrual and use balances must be provided on pay stubs.
An employee’s accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to COVID-19 symptoms, testing or infection. Protection extends to the employee and the employee’s care of a covered family member. Learn more about how COVID-19 impacts sick and safe time protections

Additional resources: 
• Information on unemployment benefits
• State of Minnesota Safely Returning to Work guidelines 
• Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Department’s resources for workers
• Information on the City’s wage theft prevention ordinance
• Minnesota Department of Labor information 
• U.S. Department of Labor resources 
• State of Minnesota childcare information
• Emergency Relief Fund for artists living in Minnesota 
• Other resources for workers 
• Updates on how COVID-19 impacts Sick and Safe Time protections

Multilingual Health Information
• Governor Walz releases COVID-19 public service announcements in multiple languages
• COVID-19 Prevention Tips in ASL from the CDC
• COVID-19 PSA created by the Minnesota Department of Health
• 2019 ኮሮናቫይረስ በሽታ (ኮቪድ-19)
• فیروس كورونا المستجد
• 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hmoob
• Koronafayraska Cusub ee 2019
• Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
• Loại coronavirus mới 2019 (COVID-19)
• Twin Cities PBS: Coronavirus: An Almanac Special 

Important notices, Information, and Reminders
• Government responses:  FederalStateCountyCityParksSchools
• Coronavirus FAQs from the City of Minneapolis
• MN Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information
• Bus and train hours have been reduced (see changes here)
• Utility shut-offs have been suspended
• Wi-Fi internet has been opened up
• 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!

Mental Health Resources
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers  
• Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week 
• Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878
• Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
• 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 

Additional resources: Small Businesses & Employers
• Small business? Learn about different support here
• City’s Small Business Team
• FAQs for local businesses: Find information about how to stay updated on the latest orders, how to pay license fees, food pickup zones and more
• Federal Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Resources relating to Children, Seniors, and other Vulnerable Populations
• Need health insurance? MNSure enrollment is open through April 21, 2020
• Seniors in need of assistance? List of providers and help
• Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging’s Resource for Older Adults during COVID-19
• Food shelves in Minneapolis
• 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.
• State of Minnesota childcare information
• Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering free, weekly food pickup for all children 18 and under at nearly 50 food distribution sites across the city of Minneapolis. Each day, up to 10 different sites across the city offer food pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Food boxes contains five breakfasts and five lunches, including fresh fruits and vegetables and items that families can heat at home. Children do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food and families are welcome to take one box per child per week. Pick-up locations and more information. Families can also download the Free Meals for Kids mobile app to find their nearest food pick-up sites. 
COVID-19 information from the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs 

Housing Information & Resources:
May 1 is just around the corner and that means rent and mortgage payments are due. Find housing and rental assistance here.

Virtual Home Energy Squad. Whether you are at home working, learning, or just staying safe, the additional time spent inside can mean higher energy bills. The Home Energy Squad, provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy, is here to help with a new free service: the Virtual HES Visit. We’ll take customers on a home walk-through via video chat, and together we’ll help find ways to reduce energy bills while keeping indoor air clean and healthy. Learn more about the Virtual HES VisitSign up online or call 651-328-6220.

Executive order on evictions, Stay at Home, & COVID-19 informationResources for tenants regarding these orders and general advice about tenant rights. 
• Resources for renters (including legal resources)
• FAQs on suspension of evictions
• State of Minnesota Housing information
• Minneapolis Public Housing COVID-19 information
• Evictions have been halted (read details and exceptions)

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

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control seeking emergency foster homes to avoid shelter overcrowding
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) is preparing for a possible influx of animals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid shelter overcrowding, MACC hopes to recruit members of the community for emergency foster homes.
Foster homes help manage the shelter population by increasing MACC’s capacity for care and allowing staff to better focus resources. It also keeps animals well by reducing stress on their immune systems and mental health.
MACC will provide all the supplies to care for the animal and needs foster homes that: 
•  Can commit to take an animal for at least four weeks
•  Have reliable transportation to pickup the animal and supplies
•  Can keep the animal separate from other animals you may have in your household
Learn more about the application process


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.


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society Virtual Cinema Collection

At Home with the Minnesota Opera

Virtual Exhibit: Art from the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity

Park Square Theater’s Diary of Anne Frank Online

Minnesota Historical Society Collection of COVID Stories

WCCO Compilation of Virtual Activities

Travel + Leisure Compilation of 100 Things to Do at Home

Take Me to the World – Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Northern Lights Livestream

Virtual 360º Tours of International Destinations

Virtual Tours of International Museums

Storytimes on Facebook for families and babies by Hennepin County librarians, playlist is also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJK0OFBItbwC2QKqpCoGrbsWWUTdMybuh