Minneapolis Connects February Newsletter

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

February 14, 2019

Public Comment Open Until March 31 on Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations

Collage of Neighborhoods 2020 community meetings from 2016

Since 2016, NCR has been meeting with community leaders, neighborhood organizations and elected officials about the role that the neighborhood organization system and NCR should play in meeting the needs of our growing city in 2020 and moving forward. This project is called Neighborhoods 2020.

The Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations is a policy document that outlines the recommendations from these meetings, with input from three work groups, and is now open for public comment through March 31, 2019.

Speech bubble public comment illustration

Read the recommendations

How to comment

Community engagement learning labs start March 20

Community Connections Series Learning Lab Spring 2018 American Indian Lab at All My Relations Gallery

NCR is happy to announce that the schedule for the spring 2019 Community Connections learning labs has been published. Enrollment is now open.

This free learning lab series is geared towards neighborhood organization staff and volunteers, City of Minneapolis employees and community partners. In spring 2019, the learning labs will run in the daytime only, and lunch is provided.  


  • Effectively Planning for Community Engagement
  • East African Community and Effective Engagement
  • Disability Awareness
  • American Indian Community and Effective Engagement
  • Latino Community and Effective Engagement
  • Considerations for Engaging Immigrant & Refugee Communities
  • Southeast Asian Community and Effective Engagement
  • African American Community and Effective Engagement

Community Connections Conference held on February 2

Transportation Action Plan booth at Community Connections Conference 2019

NCR and the City of Minneapolis thanks everyone who participated in this year's Community Connections Conference. On Feb. 2, 2019 over 800 people from community groups, neighborhood organizations, public agencies and City government came together to collaborate, make connections and learn new skills.

Residents gave input on many important projects, such as the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan (pictured), the Minneapolis Small Business Team, Neighborhoods 2020 and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan. City initiatives like Adopt-A-Drain and proactive snow shoveling enforcement exhibited as well.

Additionally, over 40 volunteers helped attendees with registration, lunch and finding their way around the Convention Center.

Thanks to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network, The Advocates for Human Rights and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, this year's conference included a legal clinic on housing, family and immigration law, along with workshops on citizenship and immigration hot topics.

Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association with Herobotics's H-6 Frisby Robot at the Community Connections Conference 2019

Neighborhood Organizations

We had at least 12 neighborhood organizations participate in this year's conference as exhibitors and in the Neighborhood Showcase, including Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association (SCNA) and Herobotics, a program that SCNA sponsors at Patrick Henry High School. Pictured: Herobotics's frisby throwing robot, H-6.

You can help make next year's conference a success!

You can sign up now to be notified when recruitment starts for community partners, workshop presenters and exhibitors.

New Radio Show, Minneapolis 360, launched January 16

Anthony Taylor, Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde and radio host Glamlife Kim at Minneapolis 360's Inaugural Show on KMOJ

The City has debuted its new radio program “Minneapolis 360” on January 16 on KMOJ, 89.9 FM, hosted by Anthony Taylor of NCR. On every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, you can listen to “Minneapolis 360” from 1:30-2:00 p.m. You can tune in online at kmojfm.com.

The show features topics like elections, public safety, public health and working with the City to fix problems. The inaugural show was with City Coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde.

 “Minneapolis 360” is one of four radio shows that broadcast City news in Minneapolis's most widely-spoken languages. The other three radio programs are Magaaladayda Minneapolis, in Somali, Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis, in Hmong, and Mi Ciudad, in Spanish.

  • Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis is every third Thursday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Hmong Radio AM 1590 and online here. 
  • You can listen to Mi Ciudad on La Raza 95.7 FM, 1400 and 1470 AM on every other Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. or online at Laraza1400.com.
  • Magaaladayda Minneapolis is broadcast on Somali American Radio, KALY-LP 101.7 FM. You can listen online at Kalyradio.org.

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts

Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes, and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to a ticket plus the cost of crews shoveling it.

Find more information about clearing sidewalks here.

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Don't get towed this winter snowplow illustration

You have many ways to find out when a snow emergency is declared and what the rules are for each day to avoid being towed.

Community gardeners and market gardeners: apply by February 28 to lease City lots


Community gardeners and market gardeners, do you need gardening space? Apply by February 28 to lease City-owned vacant lots. The City of Minneapolis offers vacant lots for qualifying groups to lease for community gardens or market gardens.

Find the garden request form, information on the leasing process, lease fees and a map showing which lots are currently available here. Email gardenlease@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-673-2466 with any questions, or attend one of the information sessions to learn more.

Numan Shaikh new permanent East African Community Specialist

Portrait Picture of Numan Shaikh

NCR congratulates Numan Shaikh on becoming the department's full time East African Community Specialist. Numan initially joined NCR in a temporary capacity, and will now replace Abdirashid Ahmed, who moved on from his role in November of 2018.

You can find all NCR staff contact information and job titles at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/staff.

For Neighborhoods

Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission seeks new commissioner

If you are passionate about good government and effective engagement, consider serving on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC).

We are currently seeking a commissioner to represent the following neighborhoods: Armatage, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Harriet Farmstead, Tangletown, Fulton, Kenny, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, West Calhoun and Windom.

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Upcoming Events

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Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

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