Minneapolis Connects April Newsletter


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May 1, 2020

Stay-at-home order extended to May 18, allows non-critical businesses to resume operations May 4 with curbside pickup

StayHomeMN Extended until May 18. Stay home except for essential needs. Wear a mask in public. Wash your hands. Keep distance. Work from home if able.

Gov. Tim Walz has extended the stay-at-home order until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may resume operations with curbside pick-up.

Walz strongly encouraged all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade mask at all times when they leave their homes to any place where social distancing is difficult. 

Starting May 4, retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may begin offering curbside pick-up. This will put up to 30,000 Minnesotans back to work in a safe, coordinated way. Minnesotans should also continue to telework whenever possible, wear face masks in public, screen for symptoms and regularly check their temperature, and maintain physical distance from one another.

Learn more about the governor's order.


Make your own cloth face covers

With recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The CDC website offers simple instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing. Read more...

Face mask instructions. Tie strings around neck then over top of head. Prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thank-you video still

Video: City workers say thank you for helping us stay safe

Watch this Video of City of Minneapolis workers thanking you for staying home for staying home to help keep us safe and doing your part to protect our community.

Mayor delivers State of the City address

Mayor Jacob Frey taped and released his third State of the City address April 29. 

In his remarks, Frey highlighted the City’s response to COVID-19, Minneapolis’ role – as the largest and densest city in the state – in protecting public health, and emphasized the City’s commitment to continue delivering core services. Read more...

City supporting mental health for Minneapolis residents during COVID-19

The City of Minneapolis has awarded $200,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund to 29 community organizations providing mental health care to the community.

The City’s Division of Race & Equity established the fund to strengthen the capacity of mental and behavioral health providers and community cultural healers to provide services to community residents who may be experiencing increased stress and trauma related to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

List of providers taking new patients

Find a list of providers taking new patients here, and learn more about the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund here.

Check out these resources from the State of Minnesota for yourself or a loved one, and know that you’re not alone.

One Minneapolis Fund proposals due May 25

Immigrant Women's Network CAPI 2017 (One Minneapolis Fund Recipient)

The One Minneapolis Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) has gone through a few changes. The funding categories for projects have been adjusted to ensure that under-engaged communities in Minneapolis are being meaningfully informed and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two new funding groups are:

  1. COVID-19 Engagement: Up to $25,000 for projects that provide critical support to city residents who are the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
  2. One Minneapolis Engagement: Up to $25,000 for projects that connect historically under-engaged residents to the City and engage communities, beyond neighborhood borders, in targeted audiences.

The application must be submitted in the City’s online eSupplier system by Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m.

There will be an online informational session on Tuesday, May 5, from 1-2 p.m. You can read more about the fund at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/initiatives/1MF.

Organizations receiving CPP funding are ineligible to apply directly but may partner with other organizations on eligible projects.

Pictured: CAPI USA's One Minneapolis Fund project from 2015, Immigrant Women's Network

Job opening at Stevens Square Community Organization

The Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) is hiring an executive director. Read more and apply.

Community holidays and online celebrations in May

Watch from home 2020 Cinco de Mayo West Side St. Paul Saturday May 2 Virtual Event

At a time when many of us are doing our best to physically distance from others, it is more important than ever that we take time to celebrate and honor the richness of our community in Minneapolis. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan (April 23-May 23) is in progress and American Indian Month in Minnesota kicked off on May 1, as did Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May 5 is the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. These are all celebrations that bring people together and build community. 

While we may be unable to gather in person, our communities continue to find ways to celebrate culture and these important events, in some cases using the online spaces included in the links above. Take some time today, and throughout the month, to learn about, connect with, and celebrate all of the communities that make up our city.

Ramadan call to prayer broadcast in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to enable safe physical distancing

To help residents maintain a safe physical distance during the holy month of Ramadan, the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque is broadcasting Adhan, the call to prayer, over a loudspeaker in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The speaker is outside the mosque at South Fifth Street and Cedar Avenue.

The broadcast will help isolated residents feel the comfort of connection with their community and mosque in this sacred month.

The broadcast will be played at volumes consistent with City regulations, reaching thousands of residents in Cedar-Riverside. In keeping with Muslim tradition, the call to prayer sounds five times per day from sunrise to shortly after sunset. Learn more...

More public space on streets for recreation

Maps of Stay Healthy Streets loop walk and bike routes

The City of Minneapolis is adding more space for active recreation on streets. As of now, 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes will support more space for walking, biking and rolling while staying 6 feet apart.

Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets. These local streets will generally be closed to through traffic, but residents will still have car access. Read more...

Minneapolis parks remain open but many amenities being modified or closed for health of community

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is modifying or closing more of its amenities to help keep people from congregating for the health and safety of park visitors and the community.

Parks remain open, and the following amenities are being modified or closing:

  • Playgrounds, skate parks and athletic fields closed; tennis court nets removed; basketball court rims blocked or removed; volleyball nets will remain down; and trail users need to remain 6 feet apart.
  • Signs will be added at picnic areas to limit gathering to 10 people or less, and signs will be added to disc golf areas with social distancing guidelines similar to new guidelines at Park Board golf courses.


Pushing button is not required sign

City making pedestrian traffic signal push buttons touch-free

The City has transitioned traffic signals to reduce the need for pedestrians to touch the button at more than 400 intersections. Crews are placing signs on the signal post notifying people that the signal will change automatically. For blind and visually impaired people, the buttons will still be operational in order to call the audible features.

Shop safely at the farmers market

COVID-19 affects some of the ways you can safely move around at farmers markets this season. As with any other essential trip, farmers market customers will want to plan ahead to get in and out, go as one person rather than a family, wear a mask, preorder if possible and of course keep 6 feet away from others. Read more...

farmers market conversation - masked & distanced to prevent spread of COVID-19

Comment at public hearings remotely

Now that public meetings are electronic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people who want to participate in public hearings can do so remotely.

Find out how to participate in these meetings at minneapolismn.gov/meetings. You can:

  • Watch live meeting broadcasts.
  • Get access to agendas, reports and other meeting documents.

Read more... 

Street sweeping has begun

Public Works crews have started the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what accumulated in the streets over the winter. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs.

Starting April 21 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to do their part in making this successful and follow street sweeping parking rules, or they may have their cars ticketed and towed.

Residents, workers and visitors have several ways to find out more about street sweeping:


City Council approves Mark Ruff as new city coordinator

The City Council approved the appointment of Mark Ruff as city coordinator for a two-year term.

Ruff joined the City of Minneapolis as chief financial officer in 2016 and served as interim city coordinator since October 2019. The city coordinator advises the mayor and City Council on strategic planning, budget development and policy decisions and manages seven departments including Communications, Emergency Management, Finance, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Relations, Information Technology, and Neighborhood and Community Relations. Read more...

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