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 contact@columbiapark.org 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.
Spanish: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/spanish.html 
Somali: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/somali.html 
Hmong: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/hmong.html 


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
Visit www.education.mn.gov 

QUESTIONS about health:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7am-7pm daily)
Visit www.health.state.mn.us 

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 https://twitter.com/shedd_aquarium 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.  https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project.

They also have lesson plans for educators to integrate learning about works of art into their virtual classroom through curated lesson plans: http://met.org/LessonPlans.

Free Lunch Takeout list can be found HERE.

Sen.kari.dziedzic@senate.mn        651-296-7809

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Northern Columbia Golf Project Update

Project Update:
Northern Columbia Golf Course
Stormwater Management

concept plan detail

Concept plan detail. Click on the image for a larger version of the full plan.

Community Engagement

In 2019, the project partners met with local neighborhood organizations, shared an online survey, distributed comment cards, and hosted a public open house to gather input and field questions.

Southern Area of Columbia Golf Course

Many questions we received concern the known issues in the southern portion of the golf course. We have been and will continue monitoring the water levels in that area at least through 2021. Our hope is to gain a better understanding of how water moves both above and below ground. This data will then inform future analysis and design for that area of the course.

Next Steps

The project partners are finalizing designs and preparing construction documents for the first phase of work in the northern portion of the golf course and Columbia Park. We anticipate the project will go out to bid for construction this spring.

Construction may start as early as summer 2020 in Columbia Park, then extend to the golf course after the primary golf season, after Labor Day 2020. It’s likely the construction will extend into early 2021, and vegetation restoration work would happen in the spring of 2021.

About the Project

New stormwater best management practices (BMPs) at the Columbia Golf Course will improve stormwater quality, mitigate flooding, improve ecological systems and enhance recreational opportunities in Northeast Minneapolis. The project is part of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative.

Project Partners

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO)

City of Minneapolis

learn more here

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Agenda for Board/General Meeting for Monday March 16, 2020


The chair has chosen to postpone  all CPNA meetings while the public safety concerns regarding Covid-19 are on going.


The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE. MAP

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 can use a relay service to call.

Please do not wear heavy scents to our meetings. We are in a small location and members have allergy issues. Thank you in advance for helping make our meetings inviting to all.

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Minutes of CPNA Draft Minutes for February 24, 2020
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45- Open Time
6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Crime and Safety Update

7:05 – Old Business
Comment letter on Neighborhoods 2020 Draft
Earth Day
Postcard for Housing Program
37th and University
PechaKucha postponed to June 1

7:15 – New Business
Covid-19 plan
Conflict of Interest Policy and forms
Casey Carl, City Clerk and David Ruebedor NCR (7:30) presentation on the census etc…
Lane Christiansen and Marlene Spangler (7:45) stormwater adopt a drain program

7:59 – Announcements/ Communications.

April agenda…  Ange from First and First
Annual Meeting Planning

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
Building hours: Tuesdays — Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm: Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

Spring Break Camp: Down in the Dirt
March 23 – 27
Kids from 6 to 12 can enjoy a week of fun during spring break! Do you love to get messy playing in the dirt? Then join us in discovery. Find out what dirt is made from, why it’s important and how fun it is to build with. We’ll explore seek out soils, decomposers and animals living under the ground. Registration: $150. For information and to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/172483904100504/.

Public comment period is open for the Neighborhoods 2020 draft
These are program guidelines on neighborhood programming and funding to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2021 and beyond. The public comment period runs through April 17.

Here are some opportunities for the Ward One community to learn the details, hear from neighbors and share feedback and comment on the draft program guidelines:

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Van Cleve Park Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room, 901 15th Ave SE
Thursday, April 2, 6-8 p.m.
Northeast Park Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room, 1530 Johnson Street NE

The draft guidelines build on a framework resolution and staff directions passed by the Council last May.  They were developed by City staff using input from neighborhoods, community members and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. The guidelines are intended to align with our Strategic Racial Equity Plan and the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Goal 14, “Equitable civic participation system: In 2040, Minneapolis will have an equitable civic participation system that enfranchises everyone, recognizes the core and vital service neighborhood organizations provide to the City of Minneapolis, and builds people’s long term capacity to organize to improve their lives and neighborhoods and Policy 100: “Place-based Neighborhood Engagement: Strengthen the City’s robust neighborhood-based community engagement system to ensure that it effectively and equitably builds people’s capacity to organize to improve their neighborhoods.”

People can also comment at Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov, 612-673-3737 and at Neighborhood and Community Relations, 105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 425, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401.

On May 4, final guidelines will be considered by the City Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee with a City Council vote expected on May 15.

The City has opened public comment on the draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan.

The plan is a 10-year action plan to guide future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. Public comment on the draft plan will continue for 45 dayshttp://go.minneapolismn.gov/

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is seeking additional members to join the Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment (EDIA) Committee.

Applications are open until 11:59pm on April 10th. Interested applicants should complete an online application: https://forms.gle/xGyGZU2H1SHq2vBLA

A short summary of the EDIA is shared below. For additional information, please see our website: https://accountability.mpls.k12.mn.us/edia_committee_2.

What is the EDIA? Who is the EDIA Committee and what do they do?
The EDIA is a reflective tool and guided process to evaluate policies, practices, and procedures that impact MPS students and families.

The EDIA Committee is a voluntary advisory group that consists of parents/guardians of MPS students, community-based organization members, and MPS staff. The purpose of the EDIA Committee is to partner with MPS to support the district in identifying and examining inequities in MPS policies, practices, and procedures that significantly impact student learning and resource allocation.

EDIA Committee Meeting Informational Sessions – March 11 and March 25th
We invite you to attend one of our informational sessions.
•    Sit in on a regular EDIA Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 12pm-2pm at MIGIZI (3017 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406). A light lunch will be provided. Note that the first hour will be devoted to usual EDIA Committee business and the second hour will be spent on the actual informational session.
•    Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30pm-7pm at the Davis Center (1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) in Room N5-083. Light refreshments will be provided

City of Minneapolis Affordable Housing Programs & Access

City of Minneapolis’ Housing Policy and Development team is hosting a information and community feedback meeting on the City’s affordable housing programs and policy and the ways in which they can meet community needs. Questions that will be considered at the meeting include:

  • What are the top policy or investment priorities to improve housing stability of low income renters?
  • What is the ideal balance between priorities of new affordable housing development and preserving existing affordable housing?
  • Is it more important to produce more affordable units or few units that are more affordable to extremely low-income households (with incomes at or below $30,000 per year)?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Northeast Park Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson Street NE

All are welcome. RSVPs are requested. Please email Aarica.coleman@minneapolismn.gov with any questions. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minneapolis-rental-priorities-permanent-affordable-homeownership-tickets-94216410821 to RSVP


8:00- Adjourn

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Affordable Housing Programs and Access

City of Minneapolis: Community Informed Housing Policy

Come and discuss City of Minneapolis affordable housing programs and access!

Why: The City is deliberately involving community in the development of policy and programs that produce affordable and accessible housing and eliminate disparities

Rental Priorities and Permanent Affordable Homeownership Minneapolis Homes, Affordable Housing Trust Fund & Housing Tax Credits Northeast

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Northeast Recreation Center Multipurpose Room 1530 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Presented by: Residential Finance and Minneapolis Homes RSVP: https://RentalPAH-northeast.eventbrite.com

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Aarica.Coleman@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5078 People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 312-673-3000 TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626

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4th Annual Edison Activity Council SOUP-TACULAR

The Edison Activity Council is hosting the 4th Annual Soup-tacular
Sunday, March 8. 4 – 7 pm. PNA Hall, 1304 4th St NE.

You can enter a soup for FREE in one of five categories (Minnesotan, Vegetarian/Vegan, International, Chili/Stews or Free-for-all). Diners vote on their favorites, and the winners in each category receive the coveted Golden Ladle.

This is a family friendly event, with all the soup you can taste, live music by the Edison Jazz Band, a silent auction, and a cash bar.

Proceeds benefit the athletic teams, clubs and organizations of Edison High School.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids/students. Soup entries are FREE.

Tickets are available online or at the Edison school office.

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Presidential Primary Tuesday March 3rd

Minnesota has become another state that is part of Super Tuesday!  Voters in Columbia Park can cast their ballot for their favorite candidate at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, from 7am-8pm.  You must party identify to receive the correct ballot.  

For more information on absentee balloting and other election related items please check out the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

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