Weekly Roundup March 26-April 1

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


City commemorating one year of COVID-19 and remembering those lost
The City of Minneapolis is commemorating one year of COVID-19 and remembering those lost because of COVID-19 since March 27, 2020. The 35W Bridge will be lit March 26, the Minneapolis City Hall/Hennepin County Courthouse bells will toll at noon, and Mayor Jacob Frey will issue a proclamation.

Friday night the 35W Bridge will be lit in blue for Minneapolis and yellow in remembrance for those we have lost in the pandemic. The bridge will be lit half an hour before sunset March 26 until half an hour after sunrise March 27. Also in remembrance, Hennepin County is lighting the Lowry Avenue Bridge, the Mpls Downtown Improvement District is lighting Nicollet Mall, and Meet Minneapolis is lighting the Minneapolis Convention Center domes.

The City Hall/Courthouse bells will play a song and toll 40 times starting at noon March 26 to mourn and honor the 400 people from Minneapolis who have died.

 State of Minnesota discrimination helpline
The State of Minnesota has a helpline for people facing discrimination. Discrimination based on someone’s race, ethnicity, religion or other protected class is prohibited. If you or anyone in your community faces discrimination, please call 1-833-454-0148 or complete this online form to report the incident.

The helpline is staffed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Translation services are available and information about the helpline is available in 17 different languages on the State of Minnesota website.Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Acting United States Attorney Anders Folk to co-host virtual roundtable on stopping hate against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Anders Folk will co-host a virtual roundtable on stopping hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 6 p.m. tomorrow, March 25 on Facebook Live.  

Ellison will moderate a discussion among a diverse group of elected officials and community leaders to discuss short-and-long-term solutions, raise areas of collaboration, what their organization is currently doing to combat the rise in anti-AAPI hate, what more their organization could do, legislative advocacy, community outreach, and more in stopping hate against the AAPI community.  

The roundtable will be livestreamed on Attorney General Ellison’s Facebook Page.

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Security Lighting Grants Available  
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

City seeking partners for City-owned parklets for 2021 Season
The City of Minneapolis is seeking community partners to host City-owned parklets for the 2021 season. Parklets are unique public gathering spaces built in the right-of-way with seating, plantings and other amenities.

Neighborhood organizations, street-level businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and Special Service Districts are encouraged to apply to host a City-owned parklet. The application deadline is Friday, April 23. The City has three parklets to find hosts for.

City crews will setup the parklets at host locations in the spring after street sweeping is completed and will remove them in the fall. The City-owned parklets include the parklet structure (platform and planter boxes), plantings, chairs, tables, patio umbrellas and public parklet signage. Hosts are responsible for day-to-day maintenance and cleaning, such as watering plants, picking up trash, taking down umbrellas on windy days, locking up tables and chairs when not in use and reporting any issues.

Due to COVID-19, the City will require all tables be at least 6 feet apart and that parklet elements be routinely cleaned to ensure the health and safety of our community. When 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained, the City strongly encourages the use of face coverings. We encourage the parklet hosts to follow the Minnesota Department of Health Safety Guidelines for this parklet space. As part of the application process, the City will require each applicant to provide a short response to how they will ensure proper social distancing and cleanliness of the parklet space to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The goal of the parklet program is to activate community corridors with fun public spaces that make neighborhoods more vibrant and support local businesses. Find more information about the parklet host application process on the City’s website or by contacting parklets@minneapolismn.gov.

Chard Your Yard 2021!
Garden beds sales are almost full for Chard Your Yard this year but we still have a couple subsidized beds available for low income households and a double high bed for a person with physical disabilities that live within the Longfellow neighborhoods. New this year we are also selling buckets of dirt from the Mulch Store. 5 gallon buckets are $2 each with a pick up location in Longfellow. Lastly, volunteer registration is open and we need volunteers! There are several different dates available to volunteer. Please check out chardyouryard.com for more information and to sign up.

$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.


Green Partners grant applications are now open
Proposals are being accepted now for Green Partners grants. This program provides funding and support to organizations to actively educate, engage and motivate residents to become environmental stewards and take environmentally friendly actions. Visit hennepin.us/greenpartners for more information about projects we fund.
We award two types of Green Partners grants:

  • Environmental action grants for projects that focus on motivating adults to do more to protect the environment by focusing on one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies.
  • Youth environmental education grants for projects that engage youth in learning about the environment and becoming environmental stewards using youth environmental education best practices.

View the environmental education grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.Applying for a grantApplications are being accepted until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Application materials and a link to the Supplier Portal can be found on the Green Partners website.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal and pre-registration is required to apply. Instructions to register can be found here.
Virtual information meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, April 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

RSVP to a virtual information meeting via this form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting or contact the Green Partners grant program manager for feedback on project ideas before applying at patience.caso@hennepin.us or 612-348-9352.

Friday, Mar 26 

Powderhorn Art & Soul, Mar 26 @ 8am – Mar 28 @ 8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: ppna.org

Join us for a three-day virtual celebration of all things art and Powderhorn. Our annual local-art auction will be complemented by a culinary arts showcase. Funds raised through the event support PPNA’s advocacy work, championing housing justice, equitable development, safety, and livability.
This year, the event is free! Register here to get the latest updates – https://www.ppna.org/artsoul
Due to COVID-19 Powderhorn Art & Soul will be held virtually in 2021.

Danez Smith and the Dark Noise Collective, Mar 26 @ 7pm – Mar 29 @ 11:59pm • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: walkerart.org/calendar/2021/danez-smith-and-the-dark-noise-collective
“These poems can’t make history vanish, but they can contend against it with the force of a restorative imagination. Smith’s work is about that imagination—its role in repairing and sustaining communities, and in making the world more bearable.” —The New Yorker

Poet, performer, and multidisciplinary artist Danez Smith has galvanized diverse communities nationwide with their profound contemplations on race and gender, desire and mortality. For this pre-recorded virtual evening of word, sound, and image Smith and the Dark Noise Collective reflect on friendship and community, love and loss in this fractured era.

The St. Paul–based artist will premiere new work inspired by the poems of their latest book Homie and will digitally host a showcase of poignant performance and poetry videos from the The Dark Noise Collective. The close-knit Collective includes local and national artists whose work spans poetry, music, dance, and performance, including Chicago-based singer/composer Jamila Woods and poet/filmmaker Fatimah Asghar, among others.
Presented in association with Graywolf Press. Contains mature content.
How to View: 
 Tickets are pay what you wish.
View the exclusive online premiere Friday, March 26, 7 pm.
The virtual performance is available to view Friday, March 26, 7 pm–Monday, March 29, 11:59 pm. Ticket sales will end on Monday, March 29 at 9 pm (all times CDT).

A live Q&A with the artists and audience will follow the online premiere on Friday, March 26. Please note: The Zoom event will not be available for later viewing.

Saturday, Mar 27

Travis Anderson Trio: Greatest TV Themes – KEEP MUSIC LIVE @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Online with Facebook Live

Travis Anderson Trio: Greatest TV Themes
This show will be live-streamed for free in partnership with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Crooners through the Keep Music Live fund. Click here to register for free.
TICKETS — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140939717489
PAY-PER-VIEW — https://www.crowdcast.io/e/travis-anderson-trio
The Travis Anderson Trio bring fresh interpretations to standards and more – from Chopin to Mario Bros – “Greatest TV Themes” includes songs from classic shows such as Mister Rogers Neighborhood, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Ducktales, The Simpsons, The Flintstones, Addams Family, and more!

Sunday, Mar 28

Minneapolis Poetry Sanctuary’s Creative Writers Open Mic @ 6:30-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT

Monday, Mar 29

Songs & Conversation: Lynne Hanson & Andrew Delaney @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Songs and conversation among songwriters, presented online by The Warming House. Monday, March 29th at 6:00 pm Central Time. This week’s songwriters are Lynne Hanson (www.lynnehanson.com) and Andrew Delaney (www.andrewdelaneymusic.com)!​ John Louis will host and perhaps play a song or two as well. This event will stream on The Warming House’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thewarminghouselisteningroom/ or https://www.facebook.com/1515891735393613/posts/2836560166660090/) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7W-k4B6pa8). Donations and tips are welcome through Paypal (www.paypal.me/thewarminghouse) or Venmo (@thewarminghouse).

HUDSON BAY BOUND virtual event with the MN Valley Izaak Walton League and Natalie Warren @ 6:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Natalie Warren will host a virtual event with the Izaak Walton League Minnesota Valley on Monday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of her new book, Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic. Please join the virtual meeting via Zoom here on the day of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89875601961.

Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho take a 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime.

“Hudson Bay Bound is a story of friendship forged on the river as two young women paddle 2,000 miles to the Arctic. With the candor and enthusiasm of a first grand adventure, Natalie Warren shares the joys and trials of living by water, propelled northward by muscle power and the belief that anything is possible.” —Caroline Van Hemert, author of The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000–Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book…/books/hudson-bay-bound.

Tuesday, Mar 30

The Future of Our Youth: A Virtual Round Table @ 7:45-9am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: bit.ly

Join Youthprise, Project For Pride In Living and Children’s Defense Fund as we host the conversation and share our efforts to create a coalition of committed partners in youth engagement.
To register go to: https://bit.ly/3sGNEOX 

Women of The Song Poet @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
The Women of The Song Poet, premiering on March 30 at 7:00 pm, will be the first time that St. Paul, MN author Kao Kalia Yang and her sister, St. Paul-based lawyer Der Yang, have talked publicly about the depiction of their deep sisterhood that runs through all of Kao Kalia’s writing. The sisters will talk about their family journey from the high mountains of Laos to St. Paul, a journey described in The Song Poet, the book upon which Minnesota Opera’s upcoming youth opera is based. Kao Kalia and Der will also read their favorite sections from The Song Poet and hear for the first time the duet “Sisters are Life Partners, Too” from the opera composed by Jocelyn Hagen and Bee Yang. Stay tuned for more information regarding the live Q&A session following the program.

Cooking with Tamuno: 1-Pot Creamy Pasta @ 5:30-6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT • Free – $5
Join CAA’s Tamuno Imbu for this fun, online cooking class. One-Pot Creamy Pasta is one of those dishes that gives you the experience of a dairy-based pasta sauce, but it’s 100% plant-based!

Tamuno says, “When you think of creamy, usually you think of dairy, but this non-dairy dish from the ‘Yup…it’s vegan’ food blog will change your mind. And, you can feed a family even on a busy work day because it takes one hour or less to prepare.”
Discover how this one-pot method of cooking can bring all of the flavor profiles from different ingredients into a single dish.
Register today! Class is $5 or free for students and people who are unemployed. The class will take place via Zoom and login instructions will be provided after registration.
If you want to cook along with Tamuno during the class, you’ll need these ingredients:
• 1/2 tbsp olive oil
• 4 cloves garlic minced
• 1 shallot finely chopped
• 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
• 1 and 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
• 1 tsp salt plus more to taste (reduce if using a salty broth)
• 8 oz dry fettuccine
• black pepper, dried oregano and red pepper flakes to taste
• chopped fresh basil or parsley for serving

Wednesday, Mar 31

Empowering You: Supporting Children Through Abuse-Related Trauma @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
In this 90-minute webinar, Brenison Wheeler from Women’s Advocates will lead a discussion on the following topics:
1. How children experience and are impacted by abuse-related trauma.
2. How to talk to children about their experiences.
3. Support networks, safety planning, and other resources.
The free webinar will be on Zoom: Register at http://bit.ly/EmpoweringU_ChildrenAbuseTrauma
Live captioning will be available.
Please email Brenisen at bwheeler@wadvocates.org with any questions or concerns. After the event, all registrants will be emailed a copy of the PowerPoint slides and a link to the recording.

This event is part of the Empowering You series. Other events in this series are:
April 28: Having Difficult Conversations with Family: Where to Start
May 26: Let’s Talk About Personal Boundaries
June 30: The Power of Saying ‘No’ & How to Say It
Hosted by Minneapolis Central Library. Collaborator: Women’s Advocates. Funding provided in part by Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Brave Questions Project: Antisemitism & Political Conspiracies with Dr. Christina Farhart @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Next in Shir Tikvah’s Brave Questions Project, we are excited to welcome Dr. Christina Farhart on Wednesday, March 31st at 7pm for a Zoom conversation about Antisemitism and Political Conspiracies, facilitated by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz.

Dr. Farhart is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Carleton, an expert on political conspiracy theories, and a fascinating speaker. Given the givens of the world today, her expertise could not be more timely. Read about Dr. Farhart here: http://www.cfarhart.com/


Online Living as a Low-Waste Vegan @ 7:30-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us

Join Ashley to learn tips and tricks to be eco-friendly, minimize waste, and save money! (This event is a repeat of the previous low waste events if you’ve already attended!)
All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend ARC events.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87046022172
Meeting ID: 870 4602 2172
Sign up for ARC’s monthly E-Newsletter: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/39949/23220/?v=a
Become an ARC Volunteer: http://animalrightscoalition.com/volunteer/
See what ARC does: http://www.arcmnveganguide.com/what-arc-does.html

Cancer Education & Support Group (virtual) @ 12:15-1:15pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Cancer Education & Support Group 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, Apr 1

Vinyl Revival: The ‘Paul Is Dead’ Urban Legend @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVNT
Online: bit.ly

Join us on April Fools’ Day for a deep dive into the notorious “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon.
Listen to the “evidence” hidden in the Beatles’ music, examine how the Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road album covers fed the rumors and explore how devoted Beatles fans ran wild with music’s most bizarre conspiracy theory long before the Internet was born.
Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/Paul_Is_Dead
The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).
Vinyl Revival is a series of artist residencies, performances, workshops and listening opportunities presented by Minneapolis Central Library and funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Productive Discomforts: Race & Theater with Shá Cage @ 5:30-7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Meeting Link: z.umn.edu/SháSpeaks

This session addresses student interest in conversations about the limits and opportunities of casting across race, gender, and sexuality. Local Actor / Activist / Playwright / Director / Teacher Shá Cage (Catalyst Arts) brings a range of experiences to this conversation. Her work has centered Black Women’s experiences while she has also played roles such as Hal in an all female Henry IV Part 1 that upended casting conventions. As an actor / director she has worked at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre, Intermedia Arts, Ten Thousand Things, Jungle Theater, and with the BFA Guthrie Actor Training Program this past fall. In collaboration with her partner E.G. Bailey, she runs Catalyst Arts, dedicated to centering marginalized voices. She also co-founded Tru Ruts, Mama Mosaic, and the Minnesota Spoken Word Association. She has worked within mainstream theater interrogating boundaries around race and gender while also creating new community-driven opportunities and alliances.

Shá will share her “fumbles, intentions, and discoveries” in conversation with students. The session will include presentation, discussion, and breakout groups. This event is presented by the UMTAD Arts Engagement HUB. More info at http://cla.umn.edu/…/productive-discomforts.


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Online listening sessions planned for Blue Line Extension project
The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County have released new potential route options for the planned METRO Blue Line Extension. The extension will connect the cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, and Minneapolis to the existing Blue Line light rail route.

The potential routes grew out of technical and community discussions over several months since project partners announced a new direction for the project last August. The route options are a starting point for upcoming conversations. The goal is to identify a single community-supported route by the end of 2021 to advance through official design and review processes.

Online listening sessions: Online listen sessions are scheduled for community members to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback on the project.

community survey is available on the project website for community members wanting to give feedback on the initial route options by April 30. See the route options and learn more about the Blue Line Extension project

We would like to inform you of a change that has been made to the current B-TAP NOFA. 
All organizations and consultants, both non-profit or for-profit, can now apply for all three B-TAP funding categories:

  • Micro-enterprise Support
  • Small Business Support 
  • Cooperative Support 

Micro-enterprise support contracts had previously been limited to only non-profit providers.  CDBG income and micro-enterprise requirements* will still apply to entrepreneurs receiving technical assistance support in this category.  We will be extending the submission deadline for all applications to Monday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. because of the change.  Completed applications should be emailed to btap@minneapolismn.gov.  
The amended NOFA, application, and Q&A documents can be found on the City’s Community Development and RFP’s web page, under “Business Assistance”. 
The 2021 B-TAP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has been posted on the City Website:  https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/doing-business-with-the-city/community-planning-development-rfps/

Youth Sports Registration Begins March 24th
Registration for youth summer sports in Minneapolis Parks begins March 24! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is proud to offer youth baseball, softball, and track and field teams across the city this summer. 
All organized activities hosted by the MPRB will take place with modifications in place to help protect all league participants while offering opportunities to compete, have fun and be healthy in the parks this summer.
Head over to the MPRB Youth Sports page for more info and get ready to register beginning Wednesday, March 24.
The Minnesota Twins Community Fund once again generously donated new gloves (while supplies last) for all 6U and 8U baseball and softball players. The Twins have partnered with the MPRB since 1993 to support youth baseball in Minneapolis!

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.

City offers web resource with trial information
A new City web resource offers information and updates around the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.
City information and links to partners in the new web section will help residents, businesses and others:

  • Find current street closures.
  • Sign up for trial updates from MN District Court.
  • Report suspicious activity.
  • Look up mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times.

They can also explore ways to prepare and stay informed, learn about security preparations and updates during the trial, follow impacts to traffic and transportation, and find public data on the officers involved.
The web pages will be updated as new information becomes available and as situations change.
 Government Center services relocating during Chauvin trial; pandemic service changes continue
Hennepin County remains committed to providing services to residents during the ongoing pandemic and during the 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


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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.

Spring break COVID-19 travel recommendations
With spring break around the corner but COVID-19 still active in our lives, do everything you can to stay safe. We all want to open up again, and we all want to protect our families and friends from the pandemic. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Public health experts recommend delaying travel and staying home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.
If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others.

  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer for when you can’t wash.
  • Get tested three to five days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

  • Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 and April 1, 8 and 15
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 27

You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours. 

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room B 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:

Upper Harbor Terminal Project Planning Public Realm Infrastructure Project:
The City of Minneapolis would like to thank you for sharing your input on the public realm infrastructure project! Staff has successfully completed an initial round of engagement and will return to share project updates and gather additional input in May 2021. The initial round of engagement included a community survey, interactive comment map, five virtual focus groups meetings, a live virtual open house, virtual office hours and a range of promotional strategies. A summary of initial engagement activities and what staff heard from the community has been added to the project website. You can also view a recording of the first virtual meeting and accompanying PDF presentation on the project website under the community engagement section. If you would like to stay involved, please share your thoughts on the interactive map or take a tour of the site that was prepared by Juxtaposition Arts.
Use the interactive map to share how you would travel to the River and future park
Take a video tour of the Upper Harbor Terminal site created by Juxtaposition Arts

MWMO Mini Maintenance Workshop: Moving Towards Spring @ Thursday, April 1, 6 – 6:45 pm
Winter will soon be on its way out, making way for warmer days as plants start to spring back. From managing late snowfalls to planning for new plants in your yard, learn ways you can reduce pollution at home while improving water quality and habitat with MWMO staff in this brief workshop. This program is free, but registration is required. For information and to register: https://www.mwmo.org/events/mini-maintenance-workshop-moving-towards-spring/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Tree under Stone Arch Bridge”

Minnesota Historical Society and History Center of Olmsted County present: A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During World War II Author Event @ Thursday, March 25, 6 – 7:30 pm

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area:
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn about places to go, things to do, citizen science projects, the Ranger on Call program and the park’s nature.

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River:
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information:
There are 700+ things to see and do in the Minnesota segment of the Great River Road in the Plan Your Trip online map on this site, plus travel guides/story maps under the photos and videos tab at www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide:
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River Travel Magazine:
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources:
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.