City Radio for all

The City’s multi-lingual radio shows.
• KMOJ 89.9 FM (English) – “Minneapolis 360” on KMOJ (Wednesdays from 1:30-2 p.m.), KMOJ playlist
• La Raza 95.7 FM (Spanish) – “Mi Ciudad” La Raza 95.7 FM y 1400 AM (Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m.), La Raza playlist
• KALY 101.7 FM (Somali) – “Magaaladayda Minneapolis” KALY (Thursdays, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8 and 4/22 from 2-3 p.m.) Playlist unavailable.
• WIXK AM1590 (Hmong) – “Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis” WIXK (Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.), WIXK playlist.

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OPUS’ proposed building for 37th and University

This link will take you to the 5 slides (much clearer than the photo below) presented by OPUS for the proposed building at 37th and University.

OPUS Project

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CPNA Board/General Meeting Monday March 15, 2021 6:30pm

The Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday March 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM. Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below. We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda. If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay.

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board and General Meeting Monday March 15, 2021
Time: Mar 15, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the CPNA Draft Minutes for Monday February 22, 2021
6:39 – March 2021 Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File
6:45- Open Time
This is the time we open the floor to those who wish to speak before the board on a non agenda item. All are welcome.

6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – New Business

Presentation by OPUS regarding their plans for the former gateway site at University AV and 37th AV NE.  This is to be followed by questions from the neighbors.  We have included an invitation to those living in the nearby housing in Columbia Heights to attend as well.

No later than 9pm- Adjourn

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Need some help with energy bills/ rent this winter?

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Information

If you are having troubles paying your energy bills, I encourage you to apply for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program that offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills so they do not have to choose between life’s necessities.

The Energy Assistance Program:

  • Serves both renters and homeowners.
  • Provides benefits to pay for home heating ranging from $200 to $1,400, with an average benefit of about $500.
  • Benefit amounts are based on the household’s heating costs, household size, and income.
  • Provides help with energy disconnections, no/low fuel in the tank, and homeowners’ furnace repairs.
  • Eligibility is based on the household’s past 3 months of income and assets are not counted.

Visit mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp to learn more or call 1-800-657-3710 to connect with your local service provider.

Emergency Rental Assistance For Minneapolis Residents

The City has received a direct allocation of $12.8 million from the Treasury Department to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis residents. The emergency rental assistance program should become available to residents in March. Under federal rules, landlords can apply for funds on behalf of tenants and tenants can also apply for funds on their own behalf.

The City will be updating our Coronavirus Housing page with more details as we have them, and will also notify Minneapolis residents through channels like this as we finalize information about how to apply and what the eligibility requirements are. In the meantime, you can continue to contact the Tenant Resource Center for assistance. There are some resources currently available through Emergency Assistance and other ongoing programs. The Tenant Resource Center can also be reached at (612) 767-9737.

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CPNA Board/General meeting Monday February 22, 2021 6:30pm

The  Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday February 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM.  Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below.  We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda.  If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay.

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board and General Meeting Monday February 22, 2021
Time: Feb 22, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday February 22, 2021

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the CPNA Draft minutes for January 25, 2021 meeting

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File: none for January

6:45- Open Time

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – New Business

           Elliot Fisher… fence

           Gregg Graton Proposed triplexes on 37th AV at 5th ST NE

           NRP: Proposed changes to neighborhood plan modification approval process

                     Comments due April 6thNRP Policy Board seeks public comments on proposed changes to neighborhood plan modification policy (govdelivery.com)

            Train Park Playground on 27th AV NE on CP property ( a joint effort with the Holland Neighborhood)

7:40 – Old Business

            Metro Blooms…postpone again

            Non-Profit status update

            Neighborhood Organization Recognition Requirements

7:45– Crime and Safety Update

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications.

            AFCAC Meeting Tuesday 2/23/2021  see what’s happening on the upper river

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Community Forum: The State of the Cooperative Economy

Join Council Member Kevin Reich and special guests from Nexus Community Partners, Eastside Food Co-op, Northeast Investment Cooperative, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, and Fair State Brewing Cooperative for a community conversation about the current state of cooperatives and the cooperative economy on

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

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Learn more about the cooperative business model as a tool for community development and economic empowerment and meet some of the Eastside’s thriving cooperatives. We’ll also talk about the City of Minneapolis’ Cooperatives Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP) and how that initiative supports the development of local cooperative businesses.

COMMUNITY SOLAR OPPORTUNITY

Emerge Second Chance Community Solar Garden: Subscribers Wanted!

Did you know you have an opportunity right in Ward 1 to use renewable solar energy, save on your electric bill, reduce pollution and promote local green jobs? The Second Chance Community Solar Garden is installed on the Emerge Second Chance Recycling facility at 1179 15th Ave SE in Minneapolis and we are signing up subscribers now for a projected early summer launch!

Community solar gardens (CSG) are solar arrays on a larger roof (in this case, Emerge) whose electricity is shared by more than one property. CSGs are an opportunity for Minneapolis neighbors to participate in the solar energy revolution, regardless of income, credit score or whether you rent or own, and get a credit on their electric bill. And there are options to participate with no upfront money. The only requirement is that you pay your own Xcel electric bill and not a landlord or third party.

BENEFITS of Community Solar Gardens:

  • Enables renters or those with roofs unsuitable for solar to use renewable energy and get a credit on your electric bill.
  • Enables participation regardless of income or credit score, with a Pay-As-You-Go option that does not require upfront money.
  • Energy bill credits move with you, even if you move homes.
  • Make your money back (& then some…) with an estimated 8 year Return on Investment (ROI) with the Pay Up Front Option.
  • Subscriptions can cover up to 120% of your annual electricity usage.
  • Electricity rates are locked in for 25 years.
  • Quality assurances, turn-key maintenance and energy guarantees.

Community Solar – Minneapolis Climate Action (mplsclimate.org)

Northeast Winter Market

Saturday, March 6th

11am – 1pm

University Ave & 7th Ave NE Minneapolis

Parking lot of St Boniface Church

COVID-19 | NEFM (northeastfarmersmarket.com)

8:00- Adjourn

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Comment Opportunity on Hennepin County Climate Action Plan

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Reminder: Opportunities to provide feedback on the Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County has released a draft of our first Climate Action Plan (PDF). The county is gathering feedback on the plan through online meetings and a comment form through Wednesday, March 3.

Cover of the draft Climate Action Plan

Online community meetings

The county is holding two online meetings where county staff will present core goals and strategies. Anyone interested in the county’s response to climate change is encouraged to attend.

Using online facilitation tools, participants will complete polls about the goals and strategies, offer comments, and ask written questions that will be answered through a moderated process. Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sign up to attend a meeting now by completing the RSVP form.

Both sessions will have the same agenda, so you only need to attend one session. Information about how to access the meeting will be emailed a few days prior to the event.

Comment form

Individuals who wish to offer feedback on the plan but do not want to attend an online meeting may share their comments through an online feedback form.

Learn more

County staff will summarize the feedback and made final edits to the plan in March. The board would take up formal adoption of the plan, which will include a final public comment process, in April.

Read more about the plan development and previous community engagement efforts process at hennepin.us/climateaction.

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What’s that smoke???

Columbia Golf Course & Columbia Park

Brush pile burns begin at
Columbia Golf Course,
Columbia Park next week

In the coming weeks, visitors at Columbia Park and Columbia Golf Course may smell or see smoke from controlled burns of brush piles. The burns are scheduled to begin the week of January 18 and continue periodically through February.

 

This activity is part of the current project to improve stormwater management and restore habitat at the golf course and park. The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) is leading construction; the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) are among the partners (details below).

 

About the brush pile burns

Buckthorn, honeysuckle and other woody invasive species are being cleared and gathered into brush piles; controlled burning is recommended as an efficient and effective way to manage this type of debris, reducing impacts from heavy hauling equipment.

 

The controlled burns will be conducted by a contractor that has obtained all required permits and notifies local municipal police and fire departments. MPRB customer service staff and the Park Police Department are also notified; signs at the site will inform park and golf course users of this activity.

 

About the habitat restoration

Later this year, cleared areas will be planted with trees and seed mix for plants that are native to the region. In all, nearly 20 acres will be restored as woodland, oak savanna and prairie habitats, enhancing the local ecosystem and aiding in stormwater management.

 

About the Project 

The Northern Columbia Golf Course and Park Stormwater BMPs project is a joint effort to improve water quality, mitigate flooding, improve ecological systems and enhance recreational opportunities in Northeast Minneapolis, as part of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative. Partners include the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization,

Board of Water and Soil ResourcesCity of MinneapolisHennepin County and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

MPRB project contact

Andrew Schilling

Planning Services Division, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

ASchilling@minneapolisparks.org / 612-230-6466

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CPNA Board/ General Meeting Monday January 25, 2021 6:30pm

The  Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday January 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM.  Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below.  We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda.  If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735 or contact at columbiapark dot org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board/General Meeting
Time: Jan 25, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday January 25, 2021

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval of the CPNA Draft minutes for Monday November 16, 2020

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File:  revised statements for 2020 and January of 2021
(transposition of 70.45 to 70.54 in Garden account)

022020 Treasurer’s report revised

062020 Treasurer’s report revised

082020 Treasurer’s report revised

092020 Treasurer’s report revised

112020 Treasurer’s report revised

012021 Treasurer’s report

6:45- Open Time (this is an opportunity for community members to speak on a topic during the meeting, this period is for up to 15 minutes total)

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Old Business

Approve working with CEE to design a flyer to go to the neighborhood about the new programs for the upcoming 2021 construction season. (copy of new CEE contract)

Status of 510c3 application

Rain Gardens with Metro Blooms:  postpose again to the February 2021 meeting

7:15 – New Business

Transfer more funding into our CEE managed loan programs for the neighborhood by passing

the following motion to…

“Reallocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Priority Reserve Fund to the Home Improvement and Home Buyers Programs priority”

Review the new Neighborhood Organization Recognition Requirements and check to see where we may have deficiencies.

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications.

Northeast Winter Market

February 6th, 11am-1pm

Parking lot of St. Boniface Catholic Church

629 2nd Street NE Mpls 55413

Support your local vendors!

Mini Maintenance Workshops: Managing Snow and Ice

With more snow on the way before spring arrives, it’s not too late to consider how you can manage snow and ice while using less salt.

Salt is an important tool in winter safety, but it also permanently pollutes our rivers, lakes, and streams. Learn ways to prevent slippery sidewalks using methods that reduce pollution in local waterbodies for your home, community building, or office with MWMO staff in this brief Zoom workshop!

This program is free, but registration is required. Each option is the same workshop (and the same workshop as those held in December 2020); choose what works best for your schedule, and register by following these links:

February 1 from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

February 3 from 6:00-6:45 p.m.

If you are unable to attend and want to learn more about how to manage snow and ice, check out our Snow and Ice Removal resource page!

Upcoming Ward One Forum: An Eastside Community Solar Garden

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Join Council Member Kevin Reich and representatives from Minneapolis Climate Action (MCA) to discuss a Community Solar Garden that’s coming soon to the First Ward and ways our community can participate and benefit.

MCA has been working with Emerge Enterprises and minority enterprises Renewable Energy Partners and S3 Solar Service Solutions to install the Second Chance Community Solar Garden on the roof of Emerge’s Second Chance Recycling Facility in the Mid-City Industrial neighborhood. The system is estimated to be fully operational by early March, 2021, offering opportunities for community members to become subscribers. Shares can be purchased up front and a portion of the shares will be reserved for pay-as-you-go subscribers that can participate regardless of income, credit score, or whether they rent or own their own home. Anyone who pays an electric bill can participate and receive a credit on their electric bill.

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Public comment period for new MPRB Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, extended to July 18

This plan contains language that would have the park board possibly be selling parkland for affordable housing

Brush pile burns begin at
Columbia Golf Course,
Columbia Park next week

In the coming weeks, visitors at Columbia Park and Columbia Golf Course may smell or see smoke from controlled burns of brush piles. The burns are scheduled to begin the week of January 18 and continue periodically through February.

This activity is part of the current project to improve stormwater management and restore habitat at the golf course and park. The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) is leading construction; the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) are among the partners (details below).

About the brush pile burns

Buckthorn, honeysuckle and other woody invasive species are being cleared and gathered into brush piles; controlled burning is recommended as an efficient and effective way to manage this type of debris, reducing impacts from heavy hauling equipment.

The controlled burns will be conducted by a contractor that has obtained all required permits and notifies local municipal police and fire departments. MPRB customer service staff and the Park Police Department are also notified; signs at the site will inform park and golf course users of this activity.

About the habitat restoration

Later this year, cleared areas will be planted with trees and seed mix for plants that are native to the region. In all, nearly 20 acres will be restored as woodland, oak savanna and prairie habitats, enhancing the local ecosystem and aiding in stormwater management.

About the Project 

The Northern Columbia Golf Course and Park Stormwater BMPs project is a joint effort to improve water quality, mitigate flooding, improve ecological systems and enhance recreational opportunities in Northeast Minneapolis, as part of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative. Partners include the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization,

Board of Water and Soil ResourcesCity of MinneapolisHennepin County and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

MPRB project contact

Andrew Schilling

Planning Services Division, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

ASchilling@minneapolisparks.org / 612-230-6466

8:00- Adjourn

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CPNA End of Year Greetings

snowflakes-275x300The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association wishes you a safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.  Our next virtual meeting is Monday January 25, 2021 (delayed a week due to the MLK holiday).

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