Weekly Roundup: 12/25-12/31

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

Longfellow Community Council’s Virtual Office (all staff is primarily working remotely) will be CLOSED from Thursday 12/24/20 – Monday 1/4/21

Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning, Wednesday, Dec. 23.
City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable. Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m. tonight so crews can plow more than 1,000 miles of streets as wide as possible. That’s the equivalent of 3,200 “lane miles” of streets that need to be plowed—enough to plow a lane from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules take effect so plows can clear the streets and emergency vehicles and other cars can then get around and park. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do their part and follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.

Snow Emergency parking rules

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 (Day 1) Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.
  • Thursday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2) Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.
  • Friday, Dec. 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3) Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed.

For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis and to sign up for alerts, visit minneapolismn.gov/snow.


Volunteers Needed for the Volunteer Shoveling Network!
Help your neighbors age in place while also keeping Greater Longfellow sidewalks safe for pedestrians! 
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is interested in creating a volunteer shoveling network to help seniors and people with disabilities in the Greater Longfellow area who are unable to keep up with the Minnesota winter on their own. LCC would work to connect volunteers with neighbors that request assistance based on proximity, who would then work out an arrangement independently.

If you are interested or have questions, please fill out the form linked below or email LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/B117insMiXaZnDey9
*Please noteThis is an informal volunteer network and LCC takes no responsibility or liability for any accidents, injuries or property damage volunteers or homeowners/renters may experience.  LCC is not responsible or liable for volunteers or homeowners/renters who voluntarily and knowingly subject themselves to certain risks while performing or receiving volunteer services. LCC’s role in this process is solely to facilitate the initial connection.



Vaccination Survey
As the City, County and State plan for vaccinations, your perspectives are vital for an equitable and effective distribution plan. Please take this survey by Dec. 31 on COVID-19 vaccination in Minneapolis.Your concerns, hopes and suggestions will inform the Minneapolis Health Department’s plan for community vaccinations.
Take the survey by Dec. 31



Free and affordable food resources
There are many places to get local, affordable or free emergency food in Minneapolis this winter.
Emergency food: Find a map and hours of food shelves and food distribution pop-ups for emergency food in Minneapolis.
Winter farmers markets: Find a map and schedule for winter farmers markets. Nearly all accept SNAP-EBT benefits.
 

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) https://tcaalf.com/ and Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) https://www.phylliswheatley.org/ are working together to help Minnesota’s Black community navigate available resources and services needed to cope with the Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Education, and Family & Culture impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MN Black Community COVID-19 Hotline is fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide callers with important info about where to find assistance for pandemic-related challenges and concerns, including but not limited to:
• Virus testing sites
• Support for virus protection measures (i.e. reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies)
• Resources that support food security, physical & mental health
• Employment opportunities and/or information about unemployment assistance
• Info about housing and childcare services
• Legal rights info and/or legal services
To get your COVID-19 questions and concerns answered today, call the hotline at 612-254-1145.

Third Avenue Bridge Will Fully Close on January 4
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDOT/bulletins/2b112c


Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events


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Friday, Dec 25 

Music Mayhem Late Night @ 10pm • ONLINE EVENT
Know Your Music?  Prove it and WIN! Music Mayhem is a live, virtual game show where you can win prizes with your love of music!  Compete against players from around the world, and learn interesting facts about the songs and artists we feature. 
It is free, easy and fun: 
1) Watch on your computer: https://twitch.tv/mayhemtrivia
2) Guess on your phone: https://gomayhem.com
Shows are limited to 50 players • Join up to 10 minutes early • Prizes are awarded on Friday Nights



The Shop Around the Corner (1940) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 3pm
A Trylon Holiday Tradition! At a high-end Budapest department store, sales clerks Alfred (James Stewart) and Klara (Margaret Sullavan) are both falling for their anonymous pen pals while struggling to work together. With this Christmas classic, Lubitsch created an enduring blueprint for romcoms to follow.

Saturday, Dec 26

Sunday, Dec 27

Virtual English Country Dance w/ Tapestry Folkdance Center @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join the English Country Dance community of Tapestry Folkdance Center on the 2nd and 4th Sunday nights for a social time followed by an hour of dancing. Enjoy familiar dances (and some new ones) that have been adapted for one or two persons. Calling is by Midge Olsen,

Margaret Cummings, and guest callers. Through the magic of Zoom, we are welcoming dancers from all over!
To receive the weekly Zoom link, please send the following to Midge Olsen at
molsen@tapestryfolkdance.org. Your name (first and last), and your home dance community.

Monday, Dec 28

Tuesday, Dec 29

Stories in a Snapshot – December w/ American Swedish Institute @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join ASI staff on Zoom as we explore different photographs from our archives each week. Together we will learn about the history of the photograph and its ties to Swedish-American culture. Participants are encouraged to share stories that are relevant to the photograph’s content.

This program is free. Space is limited to 10 participants per session and registration is required. Register by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning to receive instructions to join us via Zoom. This program will be recorded so ASI can capture stories for archival and marketing purposes. 

Stories in a Snapshot December schedule; click individual dates to register:

•  December 29 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-23





 

Wednesday, Dec 30

Livestream: The New Standards Preener’s Eve Show @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Livestream: The New Standards Preener’s Eve Show
The Dakota tradition continues! Preener’s (Pre-New Year’s) Eve) with The New Standards—led by Twin Cities musicians and raconteurs Chan Poling (The Suburbs) on piano, bassist John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic), and Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis) on vibraphone. This dazzling trio creates jazz arrangements of recognizable hits and deep tracks alike, drawn from diverse musical genres ranging from pop, glam and soul, to rock and roll.

For those who purchase the event, the link will be emailed to you 24 hours before the show and again, one hour before the show start time. If you do not see the link in your inbox, please check your SPAM and JUNK email folders.



Virtual Tour with the Curator – Masquerade for New Year w/ The Museum of Russian Art @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
The Museum of Russian Art invites you to join us for a virtual tour of our holiday exhibition, “Masquerade for New Year,” with Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova.

Very apropos for these times, “Masquerade for New Year” features an array of fascinating masked personae!  Through millennia, humans donned masks to participate in pagan rituals, religious ceremonies, festive carnivals, theatre performances, fancy ball parties, and rustic merry-making. During the devastating plague epidemics in 17th century Europe, physicians wore bird masks with long beaks: the beaks contained aromatic herbs to quench the smell. Soviet New Year celebrations often included carnival parties where participants wore masks and costumes. At a Soviet-era masquerade, one could meet characters of Russian folk tales and literary heroes: Baba Yaga, Snow Maiden, Doctor Aibolit, Onion Boy Cipollino, Puss-in-Boots, Grey Wolf, and other colorful guises. Learn about the array of New Year masks, tree ornaments, family photographs, Grandfather Frost figurines, and more!

In addition to the rich display of New Year masks, the exhibition features tree ornaments, family photographs, Grandfather Frost figurines, and other related materials from the late 1930s through 1960s. These rare and fascinating objects are drawn from Kim Balaschak’s extensive donation to the Museum, as well as the private collection of Blaine Bolden. The Museum greatly appreciates the unique vision of the collectors who have assembled extraordinary arrays of artifacts from the bygone Soviet era and contributed to our exhibitions and collections in many meaningful ways.

Thursday, Dec 31

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming w/ Minnesota Orchestra @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance.

LEARN MORE: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/tickets/this-is-minnesota-orchestra


 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Minneapolis City offices closed Friday, Dec. 25
City government offices, including Minneapolis 311, are closed Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas Day holiday. City offices will resume regular business hours Monday, Dec. 28. 

  • Garbage and recycling – There are no garbage or recycling pick-ups on Friday, Dec. 25. Friday’s collections are delayed a day and will take place Saturday, Dec. 26. The South Transfer Station closes early at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 24, and is closed Friday, Dec. 25. The Solid Waste and Recycling Customer Service Office is also closed Friday.
  • Metered parking – The City’s metered parking spaces are not enforced Dec. 25. Other metered parking restrictions in the city may be in effect and subject to enforcement, including Park Board, University of Minnesota and private organizations that operate their own meters. Always read the information posted on the meter to be certain.
  • 311 –Minneapolis 311 is taking calls tomorrow, Dec. 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed Friday, Dec. 25.
  • 911 and emergency services – The holiday does not affect Minneapolis police and fire emergency services.



When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalks
Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system and they should be open for everyone. Here’s a refresher on the City’s rules: Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. This is a primary mode of transportation for many people in the city so it’s important to be a good neighbor and help them out.

In addition to relying on complaints reported to 311, City inspectors will also be out in neighborhoods actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill for the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $239.  Call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Find more information about snow clearing on the City’s website.



City’s freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1
The City’s new freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. The ordinance will help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors.

The City is dedicated to ensuring that everyone gets paid for the work they do regardless of their working arrangement. Freelance work is a growing segment of the economy and many freelance workers face difficulty securing timely payments and have limited options to recover earned but unpaid compensation. Mitigating those barriers helps everyone, especially as communities face uncertainty amid a pandemic.

Highlights of the freelance worker protections ordinance

  • Businesses that hire certain freelancers for their work in the City of Minneapolis must confirm their agreement in writing.
  • It is a violation of the ordinance for a hiring party to refuse to pay the freelancer as stated in the contract or demand a freelancer accept less compensation after work has started as a condition of being paid on time.

Find proposed FAQs, a sample contract and additional resources on the City’s website. The Labor Standards Enforcement Division of the City’s Civil Rights Department will enforce the ordinance by investigating claims and imposing remedies including damages and penalties as appropriate for the violation. The division also oversees compliance of the City’s sick and safe time, minimum wage and wage theft ordinances. For more information email wagetheft@minneapolismn.gov.



The City of Minneapolis is pleased to announce the release of a NOFA to fund the increase of affordable housing in the City. Submissions for all options are due at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Over 300 vacant City-owned parcels and approximately $5 million of financing are available for development activities through three different pathways:

  1. Minneapolis Homes: Financing is the umbrella name for a variety of 1-20 unit ownership housing strategies including new construction, rehabilitation, down payment assistance, and stabilization of owner occupied units. The MH: Financing application submissions should be e-mailed to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov
  2. Missing Middle Rental Pilot provides funding to produce new 2-20 unit rental housing projects on vacant land throughout the City of Minneapolis and provide affordable housing to tenants below 50% of area median income. Missing Middle Rental Pilot submissions will be submitted through Sharepoint and require applicants to request access to the Sharepoint site.
  3. 628 E Franklin is a vacant and blighted City-owned structure in need of extensive rehabilitation. The City is soliciting proposals for any type of development at this site. 628 E Franklin submissions will be submitted through Sharepoint and require applicants to request access to the Sharepoint site.

Open houses for 628 E Franklin will be held on:
Thursday, January 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Masks are mandatory and signing a liability waiver is required prior to entry.
Applicant Information and Training Sessions
The City of Minneapolis will be providing multiple training sessions about the NOFA. Sessions include an introduction to Minneapolis Homes: Financing and working with the City as well as development pathway specific training sessions. All training sessions will be posted to Development Notices & Requests for Proposals by late December.

Development Pathways – available by late December

  • Minneapolis Homes: Financing – 1-20 unit ownership housing New Construction or Rehabilitation
  • Minneapolis Homes: Financing – Stabilization of occupied housing
  • Missing Middle Rental Housing Pilot – 2-20 unit rental housing, new construction

After completion of the training sessions applicants can contact Minneapolis Homes staff to ask questions or to discuss their proposals. Staff will have a live question and answer session on Wednesday, January 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Sign up here.
 
For more information please email Kevin.Knase@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-357-1505

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

What you need to know about the State’s next phase of COVID-19 protocols:
Starting on Jan. 18, 2021, every elementary school across the state may choose to operate in an in-person learning model as long as they are able to implement additional mitigation strategies, which include providing and requiring staff to wear a face shield and mask and offering regular testing.

Quality time with loved ones and regular exercise are critical to the mental and emotional well-being of families across the state. Several modifications to existing restrictions will allow Minnesotans to tend to their quality of life:

  • Social Gatherings: Indoor gatherings are not recommended, but Minnesotans may gather inside with one other household up to 10 people. If outside, social gatherings may include up to two additional households (three total) with a maximum of 15 people, as of Dec. 19. Masking and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Gyms and fitness studios: May open for individual exercise at 25% capacity, or 100 people maximum, with masks and 12 feet of physical distancing between individuals. Additional guidance about group classes, which can begin Jan. 4, will be forthcoming.
  • Youth and adult sports: Practices can resume Jan. 4. Additional guidance regarding the resumption of practices will be forthcoming. Additionally, organized sports activity is no longer directly tied to county case data or school learning model.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues: Open at 25% capacity, up to 100 people at a time. If food and drink are served, all must be seated.

Our hospitalization rates and community spread put Minnesota well above the high-risk threshold and are still significantly higher than this summer and fall. Hospitals remain concerned about capacity as COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities across Minnesota. Walz is continuing efforts to stem community spread of COVID-19 and support our frontline heroes. Inside entertainment venues, event spaces, and similar establishments remain closed until Jan. 11.

Bars, restaurants and breweries also remain closed for indoor dining, but they may open for outdoor service at 50% capacity or up to 100 people. Each table is limited to four people, and tables must be at least 6 feet apart. 
Learn more about the State’s response to COVID-19



Find free COVID-19 tests; help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus.

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 25
  • Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 23
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21, Jan. 28
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 and 30

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E
    9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends (Note: Testing ended 4 p.m. today because of the winter storm.)
    Make an appointment hereFind instructions here.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave.
    2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St.
    2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
    Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment.
    You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days.
    Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

Resources: The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you. The State is also offering free at-home saliva tests. Any person in Minnesota can order a saliva test kit from the COVID-19 Test at Home program.

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Ways to Help

How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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

Samples of Virtual Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Art Practice Circle: Winter Series
With Regula Russelle
Mondays: January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5; 6 — 7:30 pm
Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about art making during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move your work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress. All skill levels welcome. $38/participant; $18 for BIPOC participants. Would you like to attend all four Art Practice Circle meetings this winter? Register for them all at once and receive a discount. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/art-practice-circle-winter-series/.

Non-Linear Artist’s Books
With Yuka Petz
Tuesdays: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9; 6 — 8:30 pm
Explore artist’s books that defy conventional front-to-back reading. In this weekly virtual workshop, make six non-linear artist’s books, including one-sheet books, flexagons, dos-à-dos, French door, flag books and volvelles. Each week, learn a new book structure and techniques for adding content that works in tandem with the non-traditional book form to create meaning. Examples of artists’ books that use these structures will be discussed. The group also will engage in brief idea generation exercises and friendly critique. Participants will have the option to exchange books with one another to begin or grow a personal collection of artists’ books. All skill levels welcome. $270/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $135 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/non-linear-artists-books/

Intro: Building Narratives in Artist’s Books
With Radha Pandey
Saturdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am – 12 noon
An introduction to artist’s books, this virtual workshop will focus on text and image, pacing and rhythm to create a narrative artist’s book. Learn six book structures as well as several methods of image making: hand printing linoleum blocks, gelatin printing, pochoir, trace monotypes and paper cutting. Quick exercises at the beginning of each meeting will loosen up the hands and mind before moving onto more complex concepts applying what you have learned with at-home assignments. Each participant will produce several “book-sketches,” or mock-ups of in-progress artist’s books, throughout the sessions. All skill levels welcome. $144/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $72 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/intro-building-narratives-in-artists-books/.

Mississippi Park Connection presents: New Live Program: Game Night with A Ranger
Friday, January 7, 6 – 7 pm
Virtual
Looking for something fun to do on these dark winter nights? Join Mississipi Park Connection and the National Park Service for Game Night with A Ranger: four evenings of wildly entertaining TV game show spinoffs with contestants from the National Park Service, popular authors, outdoor celebrities, Fearless Comedy cast members and a live audience! Test your knowledge on Mississippi River park topics by playing funny games for a chance to win prizes! The January 7 episode will feature The Historic River with Ranger Will and Lee Harris. Each night will feature a medley of games including: Watch Your Mouth, True Confessions with A Ranger, Who Wants To Be A Ranger, Match Game, Win, Lose, or Draw, or Cottonwood Squares. $10 per event or $35 for all four events (save $5 and automatically become a member of Mississippi Park Connection for one year!). For information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/game-night-with-a-ranger-tickets-133362046471?utm_source=News+%26+Events+from+the+Mississippi+National+River+and+Recreation+Area&utm_campaign=bd1ee960f3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_30_01_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5b99619c53-bd1ee960f3-426134461&mc_cid=bd1ee960f3&mc_eid=46fd8b7a80

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Disposition Study Draft Report
Comments on environmental assessment due: February 16, 2021
The USAF Disposition Study analyzes three types of potential alternatives at the USAF site: (1) no action; (2) complete de-authorization by Congress of the Federal missions at the site and disposal of the properties according to Federal law; and (3) partial de-authorization and partial disposal. The partial disposal alternative would maintain the emergency flood mitigation capability of the structure. After evaluation and comparison of the alternatives, the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) is Alternative 1a, Complete Deauthorization and Disposal combined with offering a monetary incentive to the new owner in exchange for expediting the disposal through a direct property transfer. The TSP recommends that Congress deauthorize the project, ending the Corps’ primary navigation mission at the USAF Lock and all other secondary missions, including recreation. The TSP recommends that most lands and all Federally-owned project features be transferred to another entity. The Corps would no longer have a physical or legal presence at the USAF site. The site would cease to be a Federal property. The Federal government would no longer be responsible for future operation and maintenance of the disposed property. The TSP recommends that Congressional deauthorizing language include granting the Secretary of the Army authority for two years in which to negotiate the terms of the transfer of property and authorizing payment of the incentive. Deauthorization would require Congressional Approval. For information and to view the draft report: 
https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PN/Article/2446042/public-notice-upper-st-anthony-falls-lock-and-dam-disposition-study-draft-report/

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Frozen Cherry”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjU1MzUvNTA3Mzg3MjUzNTNfNDNhODNkZDljM19iLmpwZw~~

Hennepin History Museum presents: Introduction to Crop Art
Saturday, January 9, 1 – 3 pm
https://hennepinhistory.org/event/introduction-to-crop-art/

Videos from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
While their typical outreach programming is on hold due to COVID-19, MWMO staff have remained hard at work on a series of educational videos. Check out their latest offerings below, and don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Fall Yard Care Tips for Protecting Clean Water
Stormwater Reuse Tank Installation at Metro Transit Bus Garage in Minneapolis(Clip)
Mississippi River Green Team Alumni Spotlight: Fartun Ahmed
Sustainability at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Towerside District Stormwater System Tour
Cleaning Out the Old Bassett Creek Tunnel (Clip)
Mississippi River Green Team Alumni Spotlight: Akia Vang

North Loop Neighborhood Association presents: North Loop’s Colorful History
The North Loop has been through some dramatic ups and downs over the past century, from a booming distribution center to a neglected warehouse district to the dynamic urban neighborhood and entertainment district we see today. The North Loop Neighborhood Association is launching a new series of videos and web posts to give you a look back at how far the area has come. For information and to view the videos: https://northloop.org/about/historic-north-loop/. For a self-guided walking tour: https://northloop.org/go-on-a-walking-history-tour/.

Mississippi Park Connection’s Women of the Mississippi
The Women of the Mississippi Project features people who have impacted the Mississippi River in Minnesota, honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment. For information: parkconnection.org/com

Great River Road Plan Your Trip
The Plan Your Trip interactive map application features the Great River Road and Mississippi River (bicycle) Trail routes in Minnesota, over 700 points of interest, over 200 local food providers and more. It also includes expanded interactive travel guides for each of six distinct regions from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Bluffs Region in the southeastern area of the state. Each region has unique features and histories, towns and recreational opportunities. This information is also the most updated that Great River Road Minnesota has available. Follow the Great River Road to find unique places to explore along the Mississippi River in the Metro Region. Statewide, Minnesota’s Great River Road offers 565 miles of byway with over 700 places to experience this great river.

The Water Blog
Stay up to date on metro Mississippi River water issues with the Friends of the Mississippi River Water Blog. As news comes out or important river protection milestones are achieved, updates will be posted at: https://fmr.org/waterblog