Weekly Roundup: March 12-18

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Emergency rent assistance is now available to Hennepin County residents with unpaid rent and very low incomes. Apply by Friday, March 19, at noon. hennepin.us/relief  Hennepin County is offering emergency rent assistance. Households with unpaid rent and low incomes may qualify. The deadline to apply is noon Friday, March 19. Apply now. While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. This is an initial short-term program for urgent needs. More help will be offered through a statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance program opening later this month.


City’s Just Deeds Project will allow Minneapolis homeowners to discharge racial covenants recorded against properties, reclaim homes as equitable spaces: The City of Minneapolis has launched a new initiative providing Minneapolis homeowners with the opportunity to learn about, acknowledge and discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties. The City’s Just Deeds Project, led by the City Attorney’s Office, will allow people to reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.

Racial covenants were binding documents recorded against a property’s title, which prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it, or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Racial covenants were recorded on residential properties in Minneapolis by developers and homeowners beginning in the 1910s to prevent the sale and use of these properties to non-white Minneapolitans. Mapping Prejudice, a research project based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, has compiled a map of over 8,000 properties in Minneapolis with racial covenants. 

Through the City’s Just Deeds Project, Minneapolis homeowners can acknowledge and disclaim the racial covenants recorded against their properties by recording a discharge form against their property title. The City Attorney’s Office staff will assist homeowners in completing this process free of charge. Hennepin County has also waived its typical fees associated with this process. Participation in the City’s program will be first-come, first-serve, subject to staffing availability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Learn more about the Just Deeds Project by visiting the City’s website or by emailing JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.govRead more about the Just Deeds Project

$15 online workshops: creating resilient yards
Ready to spend more time in your yard? Do you want to improve it but don’t know where to start? Learn with experts to plan and create beautiful, functional spaces that also protect the local ecosystem whether you want a raingarden and native prairie, or a low-maintenance lawn that also helps pollinators.

Workshops: This spring, webinars feature experts in landscape design, pollinator habitat, soil health, native plants and yard maintenance. Presentations are followed by a Q&A, or discussions in small groups or one on one with a Blue Thumb landscape designer and UMN Extension Master Gardener volunteer – Hennepin County.

Scholarships are available on request. Space is limited. For more information and to register, go to bluethumb.org/events or call 651-699-2426.

NEW!  Artist Residency Opportunity at Greater Longfellow’s own Squirrel Haus Arts!
Squirrel Haus Arts in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis would like to offer a studio space for an artist for 3 months. A 16 x 17 foot studio with sink, white walls and a $1000 stipend. Accepted applicants will have 24 hour access to a working space on the second floor of Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406. Please note there is no elevator.
Requirements and how to apply here:

Staying connected to your support system is especially important for people in recovery, and support may look a little different during the pandemic. Reach out to your support system and brainstorm ways to help you stay connected. Some ideas are regular video chatting or virtual support groups, and requesting telehealth services. It’s important to find the system that works for you. It is OK to seek help. Reach out to a friend, family, neighbor, or crisis line. There is help, there is hope. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 855-273-8255 or text MN to 741741.
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ #StayConnectedMN

 Interested in rooftop solar for your home? If you’re considering the benefits of going solar, make sure to look into these options. The City of Minneapolis has a 10% local solar goal as part of its climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gases, and we are at 6%.

Twin Cities Region Solar Co-op: Twin Cities Region Solar Co-op launched to help Minneapolis homeowners get rooftop solar. The solar co-op is neighbors joining together to get the best price and service from a solar installer, tap into the expertise at Solar United Neighbors and learn about solar incentives. The City of Minneapolis is partnering in this effort. Join in an optional webinar at 6:30 p.m. March 24 for more information. Register here.

Membership is open through May 1. Learn more at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/twincities.

Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards: With Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program, if you produce more energy than you need, the extra energy is added to the grid, and any excess energy will be credited to your bill. Learn more on the Xcel Energy website.


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Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Resident safety:Stay informed and create a plan to be safe during the trial.

Business and property safety: Read how the trial may affect businesses and properties, and how to prepare.Here is the presentation deck for the Situational Awareness and De-Escalation training given last week by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and the Nonviolent Peaceforce. 

City leaders share update on preparations for Chauvin trial with City Council
City leaders provided a briefing March 1 for the City Council on preparations for the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial. The Minneapolis Police Department is part of Operation Safety Net, which brings together local and state law enforcement agencies under a unified command to respond to any civil unrest interrupting peaceful protests during the upcoming trial. Throughout the trials, the City’s communications and engagement teams will be working with partners from multiple jurisdictions in a joint information system to keep the public informed using a coordinated communications and engagement strategy. Our goal is to create multiple channels to share timely and relevant information, and receive ongoing feedback from the community. Watch the briefing.

Government Center services to relocate during Chauvin trial; pandemic service changes continue
Hennepin County remains committed to providing services to residents during the ongoing pandemic and during the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Many county services continue to be offered online, by phone and in person by appointment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hennepin County’s role in the trial is to ensure that the Fourth Judicial District Court can conduct business in a safe and effective manner. To do that, it is necessary to restrict access to the Government Center to court-related services and implement additional security measures inside and outside the building

Access to the Government Center will be restricted to the operations of District Court for the duration of the trial. The Government Center Parking Ramp will also be closed to the public. Learn more
 Sign up for updates from the Minnesota Judicial Branch on the State of MN vs. Chauvin case
Everyone is invited to sign up for updates on the State of MN vs. Chauvin case from the Minnesota Judicial Branch webpage. The webpage includes all public documents filed in the case and other information. This case was filed in Hennepin County District Court May 29, 2020

Friday, Mar 12 

Omar Abdulkarim Quintet w/ Crooners Supper Club and Kavyesh Kaviraj @ 8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT • Facebook Live
This show will be live-streamed for free in partnership with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Crooners through the Keep Music Live fund.
IN-PERSON TICKETS — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140920560189
LIVE-STREAM — https://www.crowdcast.io/e/omar-abdulkarim-quartet
Omar Abdulkarim brings a new dynamite group to the Dunsmore featuring L.A. Buckner (drums), Kavyesh Kaviraj (keys), Chris Smith (bass) and Lyndora Turner (vocals.)

Omar Abdulkarim has been playing trumpet since the early age of 14 months. Omar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the renowned New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has shared the stage with Roy Hargrove, Redman, Method Man, KRS-ONE and Talib Kweli to mention a few. Omar has also had the pleasure of performing with Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra and Valerie Ponomarev’s Big Band. Omar has written and recorded with Lauryn Hill and Jose James. His Influences include: Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, John Coltrane and Lee Morgan. After living in New York for 11years, where he completed the undergraduate program at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Omar has recently moved back to Minnesota where he is currently composing new music for his upcoming album, performing with Source Code and the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, and more.

Saturday, Mar 13

JASNA-MN presents Book Discussion led by Alicia McShane @ 10-11:30am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Book discussion led by JASNA MN Board Member Alicia McShane. “Jane Austen Embroidery” by Alison Larkin and Jennie Batchelor
10 am – Introduction and General Business Update: Janice Millford
10:15 am – Book Discussion
11:15 am – Wrap up
TopicAlicia McShane, JASNA MN Board member will lead our group in a discussion on the book Jane Austen Embroidery by Alison Larkin and Jennie Batchelor. This will be in preparation for a presentation by Jennie Batchelor for our meeting in April.

Alicia has been a JASNA member for a little over 5 years. Her favorite Jane Austen novel is a tie between Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, it all depends on my mood.

She is new to embroidery, but right now she’s working on a quilt with embroidery on each square. Very time consuming, but it has allowed me to learn new skills and practice stitches. There are several things in this book she’s yet to try, and she’s looking forward to attempting them before our meeting. She’s going to try a little of each pattern, though she suspects they will be a bit wonky right out the gate. During this past year, she’s tried so many funny little things. Embroidery for sure, but also paper piecing quilts (very very much a work in progress). She’s experimented with some very putsy recipes far outside my comfort zone, and she’s tried her hand at foiling in highlights salon-style on her hair (please do not look at the back of my head…). It’s been a real adventure.

This will be a great opportunity for show and tell – if you have embroidery that you’d like to show during our discussion or talk about, please have it handy so we can spotlight you and your work.
*Book available at Amazon and Dover Publications

The Pumphrey Brothers: Jarrett & Jerome w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 4pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Event by Online: pumphrey.brownpapertickets.com
**Please REGISTER for this event for free to get the link to join: https://pumphrey.brownpapertickets.com **
Join us for a virtual event with Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, creators of THE OLD TRUCK, to celebrate their beautiful new picture book THE OLD BOAT! Jarrett and Jerome will read their new book, show us some art and tell us about their process, and answer questions.

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. Register for free to get the link to join plus a coupon code for 15% off of your next order: https://pumphrey.brownpapertickets.com
Find out more and order the Pumphrey Brothers’ books here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/pumphrey

Advance praise for THE OLD BOAT: “A quiet, thought-provoking story of environmental change and the power humans have to slow it.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

March Queer+ New/Prospective Parent Group w/ Queer Birth Project @ 10am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Social support and community group for new (0-3y) or prospective queer+ identifying individuals and families! Children welcome! Because of COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings will be on the second Saturday of the month at 10am.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487771765…
Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: newparent
Dial by your location:  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: 647039525
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbR48SOs29

Sunday, Mar 14

Doctoral Trumpet Recital No. 3 w/ Zachary Ploeger @ 2pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: z.umn.edu
Hear Zachary Ploeger, trumpet, and Miriam Hickman, piano, perform in Ploeger’s third Doctoral Recital at the University of Minnesota and the School of Music. Repertoire includes: Purcell Sonata in D, Hindemith Trumpet Sonata, Hummel Trumpet Concerto, and Babajanian Nocturne. This is an online only event. In-person attendance is not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions. The live broadcast takes place from the Ultan Recital Hall Stage at the University of Minnesota’s Ferguson Hall. 

Wild Things Book Club w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Calling new and emerging readers! The Wild Things Book Club is for readers around the ages of 6 to 9 years old. We meet virtually on the second Sunday of each month at 5:30PM.
At our next meeting on Sunday, March 14 at 5:30PM, we’ll talk about PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Email Karlyn at staff@wildrumpusbooks.com to join the Wild Things Book Club and get a link to our next meeting! Mention that you’re a book club member when you order the book to get a 20% discount. https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/wildthingsbookclub
Book club meetings take place on Zoom Meeting.

Monday, Mar 15

Zoë François presents Zoë Bakes Cakes: Virtual Book Launch and Demo w/ Magers & Quinn Booksellers @ 7pm • $5 • ONLINE EVENT
Zoë François presents Zoë Bakes Cakes: Virtual Book Launch and Demo
Event access is $5, which gives you access to the virtual event (access instructions provided via email 24-48 hours prior to event), as well as a $5 off code for use on magersandquinn.com. Use it toward your copy of Zoe Bakes Cakes (available March 16, 2021), or anything else from our web store!

Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a regular Tuesday night. In Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More, bestselling author Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes with more than 100 easy-to-use recipes, showing how to get gorgeous confections on the table to mark any occasion, big or small.In the opening chapter, Zoë explores the techniques and tricks of cake baking, using step-by-step photos to break down baking fundamentals like creaming butter and sugar and whipping egg whites, making it easy to follow along. In the following chapters she gives simple, straightforward recipes for loaf cakes, layers, fillings, frostings, and more. There’s even a tutorial on how to make a wedding cake from scratch, complete with constructing the layers. With Zoë’s encouragement, as well as her lighthearted approach, delicious homemade cake is within reach for any celebration imaginable.

Zoë François studied art at the University of Vermont while also founding a cookie company as a way to earn extra money. She then traveled throughout Europe, tastingpastries along the way, and later studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Since then she has been a pastry chef at several Twin Cities restaurants and has worked repeatedly with Andrew Zimmern. Together with Jeff Hertzberg she wrote the bookArtisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which turned into a bestselling series. She created the Zoë Bakes website in order to share her passion for pastry. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Graham, and two sons, her best creations yet!

Tuesday, Mar 16

Painting Reflections in Watercolor with Paul Oman w/ Drawn to the Word/Paul Oman Fine Art @ 10am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
You will learn how to paint reflections in watercolor in this step-by-step paint-along mini-workshop.
You will learn to see and paint reflections that appear realistic, and to do so quickly and effectively. We will observe reflections on calm water, sidewalks, and in puddles, and in water that has some movement within it, and then we will paint them. You will understand how reflections appear in various circumstances, and how to create these effects in watercolor. You will learn how to make calm water appear to “have a surface” even when clear reflections are present. This is an exciting subject to paint and easy to do.

Claudia Zoe Bedrick & Ping Zhu w/ Rain Taxi Review @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io
Join us as we present a conversation with the publisher of Enchanted Lion Books, Claudia Zoe Bendrick, and the illustrator of their new release The Snail with the Right Heart, Ping Zhu. These two creative visionaries will discuss the joys and challenges of indie publishing for the children’s market, as well as their individual paths to creating their art. The conversation will be moderated by author, essayist, and editor Bruce Handy. Free! More info here: https://www.raintaxi.com/claudia-zoe-bedrick-and-ping-zhu/.

Wednesday, Mar 17

BLOOD MOON Book Release Party w/ Queen of Swords Press @ 6:30-7:45pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT • Facebook Live
Join author Catherine Lundoff for a virtual on FB Live/very limited in person (depending on circumstances) book release from DreamHaven Books on Wednesday, March 17th from 6:30-7:45. She’ll be reading on Facebook Live from her new book, BLOOD MOON (Vol. 2 of the Wolves of Wolf’s Point, Queen of Swords Press 2021) and talking about her menopausal werewolves series. And there’ll be a drawing for signed copies of SILVER MOON and BLOOD MOON, as well as other prizes! 

Raise your Race Consciousness @ 9am-Noon • ONLINE EVENT
Learn how to act more consciously as a racial being and be a positive influence on others to do the same.
The purpose of raising consciousness is to become more aware of who you are and how you show up and then act consciously. Act Consciously. With a higher consciousness, taking responsible action becomes easier. You become conscious of your behaviors and can more consciously choose how to treat yourself and others

Cancer Education & Support Group (virtual) w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ 12:15-1:15pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Meetings via Webex (with a phone option) every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Join by phone (audio only) or Webex (video and audio)
Link: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/
Webex Meeting Number (access code): 199 304 1993
Webex Meeting password: ZSgSfEZ*796
Instructions to join the Webex are on our website: https://www.minneapolis.va.gov/…/How_to_join…
Phone Number: 404-397-1596
Phone Access Code: 199 822 0585
No appointment needed
All Veterans affected by cancer and their caregiver are welcome.

Topics include:
– Overview of Cancer
– “Chemo Brain”
– Integrative Health
– Movement & Rehabilitation
– Nutrition
– Caregiver Stress

Thursday, Mar 18

Global Films Discussion – “On Her Shoulders” w/ Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota and Kathya Cibelle Dawe @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota is proud to present the “Third Thursday Global Films Discussion Group.”
Each month, CGS-MN will share the name of a film or documentary with a global perspective, chosen to expand our horizons and educate us about the world.
Watch the documentary on your own, BEFORE the event and join us for the discussion. MARCH discussion: “ON HER SHOULDERS” Documentary (2018) Director: Alexandria Bombach Available at: Amazon
GUEST SPEAKER: Nadia’s Initiative Executive Director Abid Shamdeen.
All interested are welcome to attend.

Description: “Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Nadia survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people” (from the website: http://www.onhershouldersfilm.com/#about)
RSVP to receive the zoom link: cgsmn.events@gmail.com

Vinyl Revival: Album Encounters – “Trio” w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a discussion of Trio – the classic country album by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. Listen to Vinyl Revival spin songs from this 1988 Grammy winner, learn how the record finally came together in L.A. and Nashville after years of false starts and share your thoughts on the album Billboard described as “stunningly beautiful on every cut.”

Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/VinylRevivalTrio
The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).
Album Encounters is a music discussion series hosted by Vinyl Revival – a program from Minneapolis Central Library featuring artist residencies, performances, workshops and listening opportunities. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

SWEETNESS IN THE BLOOD virtual event with the NYU Anthropology Department and James Doucet-Battle w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 4pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: nyu.zoom.us
James Doucet-Battle will host a virtual event with the NYU Anthropology Department and the Center for Media Culture & History on Thursday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. (5:00 Eastern) for a discussion of his new book, Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://nyu.zoom.us/…/register/WN_79yX0IbPTrmQqmc0LuQJ9A.

In a rousing indictment of the idea that notions of biological race should drive scientific inquiry, Sweetness in the Blood provides an ethnographic picture of biotechnology’s framings of Type 2 diabetes risk and race. James Doucet-Battle offers an important critical examination of the assumptions behind the recruitment of African American and African-descent populations for Type 2 diabetes research.

“James Doucet-Battle has given us a brilliant book that uncovers the networks that support the pharmacapitalism of Type 2 diabetes. In this important study, we see the impact of economizing risk through biomarketing. Sweetness in the Blood is a must-read because it underscores the sacrificial labor of Black people as they become the targets of risk assessments for Type 2 diabetes and role that the technology plays in constructing ‘racial risk.’” —Dána-Ain Davis, author of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth
Read more about the book herehttps://www.upress.umn.edu/…/books/sweetness-in-the-blood


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

City issues request for proposals for new mobile behavioral health crisis teams
The City of Minneapolis has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for mobile behavioral health crisis teams to support people experiencing a crisis. The deadline for the RFP is March 31.

This alternative to police response pilot project will send an unarmed, highly trained and empathetic team to properly assess their needs and provide appropriate care or support while avoiding unnecessary hospitalization and criminalization. Behavioral health response teams will include behavioral health providers and may include emergency medical technicians (EMT) or emergency medical services (EMS).

This pilot project is part of the City’s transforming community safety work. The City’s realignment to provide a holistic community safety response will take place in phases over time with much staff, partner and community participation. It focuses on three main areas: a public-health-oriented response for preventing violence, alternatives to police response for 911 calls and reforming law enforcement policies, protocols and practices.
Learn more about this work on the City’s website.

Minneapolis property owners can buy a $25 tree this spring!
Applicants are encouraged to use the online application as the Appointing Authority will have access to your information as soon as it is submitted. Paper application can be submitted to: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St Paul, MN 55155-1299. Applications are kept on file for a one-year period In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications will be reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority.)

Minneapolis property owners will soon be able to order a 5- to 8-foot tree for $25 each to plant on their private property. This year, Minneapolis property owners in Green Zones, rental property owners and property owners who haven’t gotten a tree in the City Trees program in the last two years will get a chance to order a tree earlier.

The 2,000 trees in 24 varieties this year include large and medium shade trees, fruit trees, evergreens and smaller flowering trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

Tiered purchasing windows

  1. Green Zones property owners can order up to three trees starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 8. Just fill out a separate order for each tree.
  2. Rental property owners citywide can order one tree per property, maximum of 10 properties, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 8. Just fill out a separate order for each tree.
  3. Minneapolis property owners who haven’t received a tree from the Minneapolis tree sale in the last two years, who aren’t in a Green Zone, can order one tree per address starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 15.
  4. All Minneapolis property owners can order one tree per address starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 22.

Read more

The METRO B Line project has reached a major milestone with the release of a draft Corridor Plan as well as receiving full project funding in October 2020.  This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement and feedback to shape future changes to the Route 21 bus corridor. Right now, we’re specifically seeking feedback on where stations would be located.  

With this important milestone, community feedback is important in helping Metro Transit staff continue to shape the future of this line. Knowing that we are not through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re relying on virtual engagement strategies. We’ll also connect with transit customers in person at key bus stops to ensure that we are hearing as many voices as possible.  
1. Share the B Line Draft Corridor Plan, this video, or any of our social media posts with your community and encourage folks to let us know their thoughts on the plan, and that we would are accepting comments through March 22, 2021. People can also keep updated with the project through the project newsletter
2. If you have any other methods of sharing the B Line Draft Corridor Plan and connecting with your community, whether it’s through printed or digital newsletters or a virtual meeting, our team would be happy to share information in order to reach as many community members as possible. 
3. Tell us any other thoughts you may have as an organization on the B Line Draft Corridor Plan (particularly on the stations, and potential changes to the non B Line service in your area)

Finally, below are direct links to the plans for the stations proposed near your community:

Here are the links:
B Line Project – Metro Transit
B Line Corridor Plan – Metro Transit


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz expands vaccine eligibility as State reaches goal of 70% of seniors vaccinated
Gov. Tim Walz announced March 9 that Minnesota is expanding vaccine eligibility as the State reaches its goal of vaccinating 70% of Minnesotans 65 years of age and older this week. The announcement comes several weeks ahead of schedule after the state moved quickly to use more vaccine from the federal government.

As a result, the State will expand eligibility to the next two phases of Minnesotans at once, starting today, March 10. Providers have been directed to prioritize people in the first of these phases, which includes Minnesotans with specific underlying health conditions; food processing plant workers; and Minnesotans with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk of severe illness. Providers will then have the flexibility to provide available appointments to other eligible Minnesotans.

More than 1.8 million Minnesotans will become eligible to receive a vaccine beginning this week:

  • Minnesotans with specific underlying health conditions: Sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, those in cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant, oxygen-dependent chronic lung and heart conditions (COPD & CHF).
  • Targeted essential workers: Food processing plant workers.
  • Minnesotans with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk of severe illness.
  • Minnesotans age 45 years and older with one or more underlying medical conditions identified by the CDC.
  • Minnesotans age 16 years and older with two or more underlying medical conditions.
  • Minnesotans age 50 years and older in multi-generational housing.
  • Essential frontline workers: Agricultural, airport staff, additional child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, and U.S. Postal Service workers.

All Minnesotans who have not received a vaccine should sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to get regular updates on vaccine availability and eligibility. In some cases, health care providers or employers will have more information for patients or employees on vaccine availability. Learn more about vaccine distribution in Minnesota.

Minneapolis unveils new vaccination web tool
The City of Minneapolis has developed a new web tool to help residents find information in multiple languages on the current status of the vaccination rollout, what to expect when getting the vaccine, and the safety of getting a vaccine.

The web tool includes:

  • The up-to-date status of the phased vaccination rollout. It shows which groups of people are being vaccinated now and which groups are next.
  • Detailed information about: the COVID-19 vaccines available, the safety of receiving the vaccine and what people need to know before, during and after a vaccine appointment.
  • An acknowledgement of past trauma for those who have experienced discrimination in medicine and vaccinations. This web tool is one effort in the City’s commitment to ensure equity, justice and transparency in distributing the vaccinations.
  • A form for community organizations and other groups to request a Minneapolis Health Department speaker to address common vaccine questions and concerns. The form is in four languages.

People should also check back for more web functions yet to be added, which could include a mapping tool to find vaccination locations and an interactive quiz to find out if they are eligible.
Find the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine web tool on the City website.

Keep safe while waiting for vaccinations
With the welcome news that vaccinations have begun against the coronavirus, we also know the demand for vaccine far outpaces the supply. The entire distribution process will take time.While we wait throughout this process, public health experts remind us to keep protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors by doing what works:

Thanks for your patience. We will end this pandemic together.

Free COVID-19 tests detect COVID even as variants:
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and hand-washing. Testing is especially important now with people going back to school and because some of the recently found variants seem to spread more easily than the original strain – up to 70% more.

The State of Minnesota especially recommends these people get tested:

Free COVID-19 tests
Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 13 and 20
  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25

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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • 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.
  • Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

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

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong
Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities. Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.


Ways to Help

Du Nord Foundation Community Market (food pantry) opens this month, and they are looking for volunteers. Please feel free to share the link below with anyone who may be interested. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4da8a823a0f4c25-come

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.


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

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Healing Waters”

Theatre Latté Da presents: The Ghostlight Series: Re-Cast
Through March 31

Seed Week
To April 1

Minneapolis Preservation Awards Celebration
Thursday, March 18, 5:45 pm

Minnesota Historical Society presents Shared Spaces and Public Places
March 18, April 15 and 29, May 13; 3 – 4 pm

2021 History Forum Takes on ‘E Pluribus Unum — Shadow Nations with N. Bruce Duthu’
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 — 8 pm

Researching the History of Your Home
Thursday, March 25, 10 – 11:30 am

Book Launch: Celebrate the Minnesota Native American Lives Series
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 8 pm

Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main St. SE
In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit: http://www.mspfilmsociety.org

Mississippi River Cities to Participate in Plastic Litter Study

Great Northern Depot History

StormKing Brewpub and Barbeque Coming to North Loop


Tom Evers, Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Third Avenue Bridge Progress Photos

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Disposition

MacPhail’s Electronic Music Recording Arts Program (first item in this piece)

Rise Bagels Recognized by Food & Wine