Minneapolis Connects - October 2016

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

October 2016

Celebrate Indgenous Peoples Day on October 10th 


Join the City of Minneapolis and American Indian Community in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 10th. 

Since 2014, the City recognizes the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, marking and celebrating the significance of the American Indian and Indigenous community in Minneapolis, as well as the city’s history of American Indian activism. Along with the federal government, for many years Minneapolis recognized the day as Columbus Day.

For a list of events on Indigenous Peoples Day, visit the Facebook event page. 

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future


You can share your feedback with city planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s comprehensive plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan covers housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

We want to hear from you. Join us at one of these family-friendly, interactive open houses. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors.

5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.

5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave. N.

Your city

We want Minneapolis to be a strong, growing, diverse and inclusive city. How can we do this and provide diverse housing options, sustainable jobs and a transportation system that works for everyone?

Your community

Your community should be safe, livable, healthy and sustainable. Do you have access to what you need on a daily basis?

Your voice

Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working and fix what isn’t.

Learn more at minneapolis2040.com and @MPLS2040 #MPLSBigIdeas on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for Minneapolis 2040 updates

Hmong American Mutual and Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association share office space


The Hmong American Mutual has been operating in the City of Minneapolis for decades providing direct services to the Hmong and other Southeast Asian communities.  As a pillar organization, Hmong American Mutual works directly with the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department to connect the Hmong community to the programs and services of the City of Minneapolis, and to increase Hmong participation in city programs and services.

Due to a unanticipated funding cut, the Hmong American Mutual had to move out of their north Minneapolis office spacein June 2016.  With the support of NCR’s Southeast Asian Community Specialist and the Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association (SCNA), the Hmong American Mutual organization found a new office space located in the same building as SCNA  and returned to Minneapolis in mid-September.  

NCR’s Southeast Asian Community Specialist facilitated a meeting between Dr. Xailong, Executive Director for Hmong American Mutual and Pam Owens, SCNA Board Chair, Carol McCrillis, SCNA Board member and Treasurer, and Amy Luesebrink, SCNA staff to build a working partnership.  The following possible joint projects were discussed:  Southeast Asian SoccerConnections Engagement; SEA Community Garden; An annual Hmong American New Year celebration in Shingle Creek; Improvements to the intersection of 51st Avenue North and Brooklyn Boulevard; Adding a Hmong member to the SCNA’s Board of Directors; joint funding proposal for a Youth program; and a joint voter engagement initiative.  “I am excited for this new partnership.  We need to be educated about our Hmong residents”, said Carol McCrillis.

Neighborhood Story: Embracing Renters Rights

Image courtesy of Corcoran Neighborhood Association

In a city where the majority of residents rent, the voice and priorities of tenants have historically been under-represented in neighborhood organizations and city decisions. Renters throughout the city are actively working to change that and a coalition of neighborhoods are supporting the work of tenants to make their voices heard and fight for fair housing. The Minneapolis Renters Coalition (MRC) received a Community Innovation Fund grant in 2015 to support their work in engaging with renters throughout the city.  MRC is made up of the Beltrami Neighborhood Council, the Central Area Development Organization, the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Harrison Neighborhood, Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, Homeline, Inquilinxs Unidxs, The Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association and the West Bank Community Coalition.

Inquilinxs Unidxs got its start within the Lyndale neighborhood and has actively worked with Latinx residents to stand up against unsafe and unlivable housing conditions in their apartment buildings. The Minneapolis Renters Coalition has fought on behalf of over 130 tenants in four neighborhoods impacted by the unsafe conditions perpetuated by the landlords in this community. Now they are working hard to ensure their fight for housing justice doesn’t result in displacements due to the sale of their homes to private investors.

“Building renter leadership and embracing a renter’s rights agenda at a neighborhood level creates opportunities for homeowner allies to support the work through actions like signing a petition or contacting their city council member,” shared Corcoran Executive Director, Eric Gustafson.

The work of these neighborhoods on behalf of their residents rights to safe housing has received extensive media coverage and is an ongoing part of the work of the neighborhoods to ensure all residents voices are heard and valued in the priorities of their communities. Learn more at http://mplsrenters.weebly.com


Northside Renters Forum held at UROC

On September 15th, a north side community organization, 1Family1Community, hosted a Northside Renters Forum at the Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center with over 70 city residents in attendance. The Neighborhood and Community Relations, Regulatory Services and City Coordinator Departments for the City of Minneapolis and the Northside Neighborhood Council were partners for the event.

The event featured the use of open space technology as an engagement tool to get the meeting attendees to decide the meeting topics for the evening and what conversations they would like to be a part of.  The evening was community led and attendees left with tangible action steps they could personally take on to help address the housing concerns they had.  

Help shape our city — apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions


Applications are now being accepted for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 21. The positions are open until filled. There are 151 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions:

Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications.

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered.

Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year — in the spring and fall.

This streamlined appointment process makes it easier for people to learn about volunteer opportunities, ensures a more open and understandable process for residents and staff, and increases the diversity of the applicant pool.

Meet a Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commissioner: Marcus Mills

Neighborhood District 4 Representative

Term: 1st 

Ward: 3

Neighborhood: Marcy-Holmes

Sub-committees: Neighborhoods 2020 Committee and City Department Engagement Committee.

How long have you been active in your community and what made you get involved in community work?

I've been involved in local politics and community activism since 2011, when a friend of mine told me about the fact that our neighborhood association was engaging in discriminatory practices toward students and renters.  This surprised me greatly, mainly because in the decade I had been living there, I had no knowledge of a neighborhood association existing.  I was a renter, you see, and still am.  There was no outreach to me on an official level, even though I am always pleasantly engaged as I walk and wander.  I've been involved for the purposes of equity, outreach, inclusion and the betterment of the lot for our neighborhoods, communities, habitat and residents ever since.

What do you like most about your neighborhood or community?

Between the green and historic character of Marcy-Holmes and our friendly, welcoming residents, that is a very difficult question to answer.  Maintaining the beautiful spirit of the neighborhood, that brought me here, so that so many others can share that experience, is so important to me.

Are there other boards and committees you are or have been on?

I'm an officer and board member in the DFL, on the board and committee co-chair in Marcy-Holmes, and Vice President of the environment and energy non-profit Community Power.

Do you have any tips for residents interested in running for neighborhood boards and/or City boards and commissions?

Get to know your neighbors and what their concerns are, research the organization that you want to join and have a definite topic that you want to advance with the organization, and then be ready to do real work to actually advance that issue (be up front about your positions, while listening to everyone else's)

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself? 

I came into the NCEC with the intention to help bring folks together in equity and help create clear paths of communication, outreach, unity and healing.  This will take a great deal of work and out of the box thinking.  I'll need a lot of help from my peers in the neighborhoods, the commission and the city, but the rewards could be astonishing and long-lasting, if we do it right.


The “Meet a Commissioner” series of the monthly Minneapolis Connects newsletter is intended for readers to get to know representatives of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). The NCEC is a 16 member board that advises the Mayor and City Council on a wide range of community engagement issues.

The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program, as well as the One Minneapolis Fund and the Community Innovation Fund. The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions and develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process.

The Commission meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00p.m. Learn more about the Commission.  Executive Committee and City Department Engagement Committee  

Street sweeping begins Oct. 18

Street Sweeping Video. Click image to play.

Crews are preparing for the fall street sweeping across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 18. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 17, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweeping parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. 

Visit the street sweeping webpage for more information. 

Early Voting has begun

Get out the Vote Video. Click image to play.

The City of Minneapolis reminds eligible voters that planning ahead can save them from standing in long lines on Election Day. Any voter can now vote early by mail or in person at one of four locations around the city.

For those who want to vote on Election Day, pre-registering is an easy way to stay out of the registration line. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and U.S. citizens who have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election. Any voter who has moved or changed his or her name since last voting must re-register.

Are you pre-registered?
All individuals whose registration applications are received by elections officials by 5 p.m. Oct. 18 will be pre-registered for the Nov. 8 general election. Online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 18. Voters who newly register or update their registration will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote.

Voters can pre-register online or by filling out a registration application they can pick up at government offices or print from the elections website and mail in.

Voters who miss the deadline to pre-register may still be able to vote. In Minnesota individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. They will need to allow extra time at the polls to register. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

The Voter Registration Lookup allows voters to enter their names, birthdays and addresses to confirm whether they are registered.

Election judges needed, earn $13.30 per hour, judges with a second language especially needed

Election judges are needed for the general election Nov. 8 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $13.30 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language.

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

For more information

The Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services Division is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Upcoming Events

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
October 10 is Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis.
September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

10/1: St. Anthony West Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk

10/1: Neighborhood Free Arts Day

10/1: Open Streets U of MN

10/1: Hydro-Illuminata

10/2: CIDNA Fall Festival 

10/5: Karmel Square Mall Job Fair

10/5: Celebrate Independent Living

10/6 - 10/9: Twin Cities Black Film Festival

10/8 - 10/10: Indigenous Peoples Day - Twin Cities Celebration

10/10: Walking Tour of Seward Trees

10/12: Indeed We Can: Bingo & Beer for Logan Park

10/13: Organics Recycling Training

10/13: Bryn Mawr Sip & Stroll

10/15: Loon Lake Trolley Path Mulching Event

10/15: Lynnhurst Fall Forum - Clean Water Starts Here!

10/15: “Visit Our Schools Month” begins

10/15: Film Screening: "13th"

10/18: People of Color Career Fair

10/18: Minneapolis Zero Waste Plan - Single Family Residential Sector Meeting

10/18: Metro Transit C Line Open House

10/19: NENA Home Energy 101 Workshop

10/22: Fix-It Tech Event

10/22: Prospect Park Home Tour

10/25: Taste of Linden Hills

10/25 & 10/27: Minneapolis 2040 Open Houses

10/26: NCR Learning Lab – Renter Engagement

10/27: Personal Safety & Robbery Prevention Workshop

10/29: Prospect Park Halloween Pumpkin Carving

10/29: BeltramiSCARE Year Two: Revenge of the Goat!

10/29: Windom Halloween Dance

10/30: Family Art Day In Celebration of Día de los Muertos

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Director, David Rubedor 
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737