Photo Art wanted for NE Calendar

Northeast Calendar call for art, due September 10th

The call for art is open for the 2021 Northeast Calendar, coordinated by the Northeast Community Development Corporation (NE CDC). Images are sought that represent the 14 Northeast neighborhoods. The deadline is September 10, 2020. An image may be representative of a neighborhood simply due to the artist living or working in that neighborhood, or it can be a landmark.

All art mediums welcome, represented in digital images. “We are looking for active, colorful, beautiful and/or funny images that bring cheer and a feeling of togetherness, community,” organizers said in a news release. “We encourage active images of people: Photographs of people who are readily recognizable should be accompanied by a release from the subjects.” Thirteen images will be chosen for the months Jan. 2021-Jan. 2022, each for $200, and one for the cover, $400. Images will be juried by independent professionals. The calendar will be designed by graphic artist Leann Johnson. For submission criteria and procedure, go to

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Ward 1 Virtual Community Forums on 8/5 & 8/6

From CM Kevin Reich….

I hope you’ll join us for the first two in a series of dialogues that aim to inform the larger public safety conversation and  explore specific aspects of our current public safety system and oversight mechanisms, and discuss avenues for transformative change.

Transparency & Accountability in Policing

6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 5

With special guests Afsheen Foroozan, Laura Westphal and Andrew Hawkins.

Violence Prevention: A Public Health Perspective

Thursday, August 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

With special guests Sasha Cotton and Anthony Smith.

*Please note the corrected Conference ID for this meeting.

Click HERE to find additional instructions for how to join an online meeting

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Speed Limits are changing in Minneapolis and St Paul

New, lower speed limits in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets. Slower speeds on local streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around.

The new speed limit starting this fall will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. Many busier streets already have new 25 mph speed limit signs installed.

You can learn more about new speed limits here.

Pick up your yard sign from any fire station while supplies last

To help get out the word about the new speed limits and the importance of slower speeds for safety, the City has yard signs available for community members.

You can pick up your “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis fire station. Signs will be available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm from July 6 to July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands.

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City offering subsidized training for neighbors

Training Opportunities From Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence – 2 hour online training

When terrible things happen, like COVID-19, racism, police brutality, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives and community.

These 2-hour online trainings are partially funded by the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention to promote racial trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice for all who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.

Pay-what-you-can up to $30 Click the date/time link to register:

This 2-hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported community education training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality for increasing cultural competence. All are welcome to join us. Space is limited to 30. 

This training is for everyone.

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MWMO offers online classes for reducing outdoor salt use

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Register for Salt Symposium 2020

Get up to speed on the latest research and innovation in chloride at this year’s Salt Symposium — streaming online on August 4-5. Register by June 30 to get the early-bird two-day pass.

Normally, an in-person event, the Salt Symposium brings together practitioners, researchers, water resource managers, and educators interested in reducing chloride impacts on our waters from winter maintenance and other sources of chloride. Learn more, see the full agenda and register today using this link.

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CPNA Annual meeting and Board Elections

The Annual Meeting and Board Elections for the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday June 15, 2020 at 7:00 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 by noon so they can be dropped at your home prior to the start of the meeting.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use a relay service to call.

Liz Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Annual Meeting
Time: Jun 15, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday June 15, 2020

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Board Members:  Melody Devine, Vickie Jensen, Joy Johnson, Taylor Lamberty, Cass Markovich, Yusuf Mohamed, and Bob Wielinski

7:00 – Call to Order for Board Actions

 – Approval of the Agenda


 – Approval the CPNA Draft Minutes for February 24, 2020

June 2020 Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File

 -Comments from the outgoing board co-chair Melody Devine

 – Old Business

           Comment letter on Neighborhoods 2020 Draft

           37th and University OPUS check out their project at Northern Stacks (East River RD and 694)

 – New Business

          CPNA-Conflict-of-Interest-Policy Draft

           Changing the terms of our Home Loan Program: Jim Hasnik CEE


 -Board Elections

  Our board has 10 seats.  All the seats are up for election.  You can nominate yourself or ask a friend to do so. We will be taking more nominations during the meeting, but if you know you would like to run email Liz at and be added to the list prior to the meeting.  For more information about the board, meeting dates, functions read about the board on the CPNA website.

So far the following have nominated themselves…

Melody Devine
Cass Markovich
Bob Wielinski
Yusuf Mohamed
Joy Johnson
Vickie Jensen

8:00- Adjourn

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May 18th Board/General Meeting Canceled

Once again the neighborhood board will not be meeting this month.  While Governor Walz has announced the end of the stay at home period to begin Monday, to promote continued safe distancing and keeping groups small we will not meet.

We plan instead to hold our Annual Meeting in June as a large Virtual meeting (no permits allowed in the parks for June).  We will share more details as the 3rd Monday in June approaches.

Thank you for your patience and please continue to stay well.

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COVID-19 the state of MN dashboard

Find all the most current information related to Covid-19 on the State of Minnesota Dashboard

All the most recent statistics, where to file for unemployment, resources to access etc..

Keep Safe!

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April 20th Board/General Meeting Canceled

The co-chairs of the board have decided to cancel the meeting due to Covid-19 stay at home measures and the lack of agenda items. We will likely meet via Zoom in May to approve the tax filings for 2019.

The annual meeting and potluck picnic is also canceled for June as the Park Board is not issuing gathering permits in the parks for the summer of 2020.

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COVID-19 News and LINKS from Senator Kari Dziedzic

Dear Neighbors and Friends, 

The last two week have been unlike anything we have experienced. It feels like we are living in a snow globe that was shaken and life has been turned upside down.  It is hard to believe that the Governor released a supplemental budget less than 10 days ago – and how much has changed since then.

I started writing this update several times during the last week, but things are changing so fast – this will probably be slightly dated by the time you read it.

Many of you have lost a job or are concerned about your job and your ability to provide for your family.  Having lost a job in an earlier recession – I understand how scary that can be.  Governor Walz issued several Executive Orders to address this pandemic including some changes to unemployment so people can access help quicker than usual.  We understand many people do not qualify for unemployment, like small business owners and many in the creative economy, and are working to resolve that issue.

We are in uncharted territory.  I want to assure everyone that we are collaborating with our local and federal partners to provide relief to people impacted by COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

The legislature passed and the Governor signed bills last week and on Monday providing funds for health care infrastructure to respond to COVID-19.  The Senate and House are working to ensure our healthcare system has the protective gear and capacity to handle the crisis.  We are looking at what changes we need to make in statute vs what the Gov can do by Executive Orders on everything from evictions to Dept of Human Services waivers needed to help people with disabilities.  We are committed to being as prepared as possible for dealing with this disease in a proactive and responsible manner.

You can find links to the Exec Orders and more COVID-19 information below.  

The Governor is listening to public health experts and balancing the needs and rights of individuals across the State and the need to protect the health, safety and welfare of our State.  This is an unprecedented challenge and I appreciate his proactive efforts to get ahead of the curve on COVID-19 to prevent more harm.

The Legislature is not having committee hearings or session on a regular basis at this out of an abundance of caution.  We do not want to risk the health of our staff and the public and add to the spread.  We are looking at what procedures need to be put in place to safely come back and vote on urgent issues related to COVID-19.  As I mentioned above, we are having bipartisan, bicameral discussions on specific issues and hope to have some agreement and public discussion soon.

My Legislative Assistant and I are working remotely. We are constantly checking emails and voice mails prioritizing those dealing urgent requests.  Thank you for your patience.

Minnesotans are used to helping each other out – from shoveling our neighbor’s driveway to volunteering and donating after the Drake fire – we are used to working together to get things done.  So many are doing their part to help us weather this storm. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up and helping lead us during this pandemic.  We will get through this.

More COVID -19 information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Special Enrollment Period
MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure. Learn more HERE.

Executive Orders
Gov. Walz has signed several COVID-19 related Executive Orders.  Click HERE to read more.

University of Minnesota
On all campuses of the University of Minnesota, in-person instruction is suspended starting today through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Read more HERE.

Minneapolis Public School information
Comprehensive information and resources from the Minneapolis School District can be found HERE.

City of Minneapolis information
The City of Minneapolis has information about its response to the COVID-19 virus. Click HERE for updates and details.

Hennepin County information
Hennepin County website, with additional information HERE.

Minnesota Department of Health resources
Additionally, MDH is making information about the coronavirus available in multiple languages. A full list of available languages and links to download materials are available below.
COVID-19 in Amharic (PDF)
COVID-19 in Arabic (PDF)
COVID-19 in Chinese (PDF)
COVID-19 in Hmong (PDF)
COVID-19 in Karen (PDF)
COVID-19 in Russian (PDF)
COVID-19 in Somali (PDF)
COVID-19 in Spanish (PDF)
COVID-19 in Vietnamese (PDF)  

MDH has also set up non-English versions of its coronavirus website. A full list of available languages and links to each page is available below.


QUESTIONS about school and childcare:
Call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 (7am-7pm daily)
*Childcare providers with questions should call 1-888-234-1268

QUESTIONS about health:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7am-7pm daily)

QUESTIONS for workers and employers:
651-259-7114 or 800-657-3858



For some fun non-covid viewing, here is DNR EagleCam.

The Penguins at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are leading tours while the aquarium is closed.  Visit for some online fun.

You can also visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. Met 360 has some short videos that allow viewers to visit some iconic spaces at the Gallery.

They also have lesson plans for educators to integrate learning about works of art into their virtual classroom through curated lesson plans:

Free Lunch Takeout list can be found HERE.        651-296-7809

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