In keeping with the Health Dept's recommendations, we are canceling MPNAI's March Community meeting. As the topic of the meeting was to encourage community feedback on what the goals of our organization should be in 2020, we encourage anyone with comments to share them with us at

Watch our Facebook and website for meeting updates.


Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

PDF version available for download and print:
Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (PDF)

To protect the public's health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, events, as described below, should be postponed or canceled across the state of Minnesota until further notice. The following is intended to provide general guidance for mitigation strategies. Organizers or settings may need to take into consideration unique risks and make decisions that are protective of their communities.

MDH recommends postponing and canceling:

  • Large events where 250 people or more would gather, including but not limited to:
    • Concerts.
    • Conferences.
    • Professional, college, and school performances or sporting events.
  • Smaller events (fewer than 250 people) that are held in crowded auditoriums, rooms, or other venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
  • Events with more than 10 people where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including gatherings such as those at:
    • Retirement facilities.
    • Assisted living facilities.
    • Developmental homes.
    • Support groups for people with health conditions.

MDH encourages K-12 schools to remain open unless directed to close by MDH. See CDC: Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Program for additional resources.

For information for specific subgroups of people, see CDC's guidance at:

COVID 19 Update From Hennepin County Public Health

Hennepin County is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health on a presumptive first case of COVID-19 in Hennepin County. We have been preparing for this incident and are working hard to keep you healthy and safe.

We all play a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

* Stay home when you're sick
* Cover your cough
* Wash your hands

Questions? The MDH COVID-19 hotline is 651-201-3920. It’s open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please check the Hennepin County COVID-19 website for regular updates:

Flatten the Curve.
Everyone can Help.


Situation Update For Coronavirus COVID 19 From The MN Department of Health
  • Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
  • Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States, where the first case of COVID-19 was detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan on Jan. 21, 2020.
Click here for the most up to date report.

Information about COVID-19 and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

You have likely heard news about the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) and that the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is taking the situation seriously and actively monitoring the situation in partnership with the City of Minneapolis Health Department and the City of Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management. Our priority is to the health and safety of our park visitors and employees. Throughout the park system, maintenance crews are increasing the cleaning of communal surfaces, including door handles and drinking fountains, in our park buildings.

The City of Minneapolis is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, which is leading the statewide response to COVID-19. Any decisions around MPRB operations and services will be coordinated with city and state emergency and public health officials and will communicated to the public in a timely manner.

In the meantime, the Minnesota Department of Health encourages everyone to take the same precautions as they would take to avoid colds and flu.

What can Minnesotans do to protect themselves?

The best available guidance for avoiding coronavirus disease 19 is to take the same precautions you take for avoiding colds and flu:

How should I prepare?

  • As always, be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to easily go out.
  • Make plans to care for sick household members.
  • If you’re planning travel, check the CDC website for updated travel advisories.

As a reminder, seasonal flu is circulating in Minnesota. It’s never too late to get your flu shot, which will help protect you and those who are too young to get the shot.


These videos from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm offer basic information about coronavirus disease 19 and resources for additional information and updates.


No cost for COVID-19 testing for Minnesotans enrolled through MNsure

All four medical insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing. Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans will have no costs associated with medically directed testing in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance.

MNsure encourages consumers to contact their insurance company directly for questions about plan benefit details and how best to access care.

Minnesotans with questions about COVID-19 should refer to the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for the most current information on the status of the virus in Minnesota and recommendations for preparedness planning.

As a reminder, Minnesotans should also follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face--especially your eyes, nose, and mouth--with unwashed hands.

Chicago-Lake Mobility Hub

Increased bus service is coming to Chicago and Lake. Metro Transit wants to test a Mobility Hub – where people can connect with other transportation modes in a safe, comfortable and accessible place.
Join Metro Transit for a Community Design Workshop to tell us what will help you connect to transit at Chicago and Lake. Bike share? Scooters? Car share? On-site designers will help visualize your ideas.
Can’t make the kick-off March 23rd? Join us at one of the other open houses that week or take this two minute survey.
This 5-day event is as a part of the annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Legacy Projects. A special thanks to our hosts and facilitators Midtown Global Market, CNU, Van Meter Williams Pollack, and Zan Associates.
Contact for details.
Event Details
Over a 5-day intensive process (March 23rd-27th), a team of Architects, Urban Designers, Community Development professionals, and Planners will gather in the Midtown Exchange Building for a series of community listening sessions, design visioning exercises, and targeted outreach to stakeholders that offer unique and important perspective around the Chicago / Lake area.
*All events will be at the Midtown Global Market, Ziadi Event Space*
Monday, March 23rd
5:30-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
Kick-off event
*Food and refreshments provided*

Tuesday, March 24th
5:30-7 p.m.
Open studio for community feedback
Wednesday, March 25th
5:30-7 p.m.
Open studio for community feedback
Friday, March 27th
Noon-1 p.m.
Final community presentation
1-5 p.m.
Community open house

Facebook event link
Tell Metro Transit what you need to get around the Chicago Avenue and Lake Street area. Take this two minute Chicago-Lake Mobility Hub survey.


Draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan released for public comment

The City just released the Draft Transportation Action Plan and will be accepting public comments for the next 45 days, through April 22nd. The Minneapolis Transportation Action 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.

The City will also be hosting the three in-person open houses and one online open house.
Open house dates:

Other ways to provide feedback on the draft plan. Can’t attend one of the in-person events? Head to the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback.

You can also follow the City of Minneapolis on social media to stay updated. Use #gompls to share your feedback with us and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
FREE Community Emergency Preparedness Class!

WHEN:  Saturday, April 18
TIME:  9am-3pm
WHERE:  Emergency Operations & Training Facility (EOTF)

WHAT IS IT?  Learn about basic emergency preparedness!  How to prepare for weather emergencies and disasters, how to prevent emergencies such as fires thru prevention, how to take care of yourself when emergencies happen, and what resources and plans that emergency responders have in place to respond and help you when disaster strikes.

HOW TO SIGN UP:  Sign up here


Be a Volunteer Greeter for Doors Open Minneapolis!

You are invited to be a volunteer greeter for Doors Open Minneapolis May 16 and 17, 2020.
As we begin our second year, Doors Open Minneapolis remains a weekend-long celebration that allows visitors free, behind-the-scenes access to 100+ unique venues that tell our city’s story.

To assure that we have another successful event, we are seeking nearly 1,000 volunteers to be greeters at the venues.  Each shift is four hours long and you can choose the venue you’d like to volunteer at.   

As a volunteer you’ll receive the following benefits:  

  • a ‘front of the line’ pass,
  • priority to reserve tour spots at several of the most popular venues,
  • and a complimentary t-shirt!  
You will be required to participate in one training session. We will schedule and convene several training sessions, each with a duration of approximately one-hour each. We will provide those dates in a future communication.

Click the link to check out the venues, the experiences and to register as a volunteer.  Volunteer by clicking on ‘support’ and ‘volunteer.'

Thank you again for your consideration; it’s your support that makes this event happen.  Many thanks! 

Learn More & Sign Up


Arts for All!
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 PM – 9 PM
The Center for Changing Lives Minneapolis - Lutheran Social Service of MN

2400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts invites you to an Evening of Wonder to help support our programs that help bring arts to all. Live music, hands-on art, food, silent auction and more

RSVP on Facebook

Apply for the Southside Green Zone Council

The Southside Green Zone Council serves as an advisory board to the City Council and Mayor on the implementation and evaluation of the Southside Green Zone Work Plan. The Southside Green Zone Council members will be responsible for attending meetings, holding the City of Minneapolis and related partners accountable to the timely and effective implementation of the work plan, informing and engaging community members on the status of the work, developing a fundraising plan and overseeing its success by guiding the Green Zone staff and advocating for resources and providing policy and program resource recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.


  • Seat 1:  Voting member. Southside Green Zone resident, Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021.
  • Seat 3:  Voting member. Southside Green Zone resident, Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021.
  • Seat 6:  Voting member. Southside Green Zone resident, Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021.
  • Seat 7:  Voting member. Southside Green Zone resident, Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021. 
  • Seat 8:  Voting member. Southside Green Zone resident, Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021.
  • Seat 15:  Youth Ambassador voting member. Council appointed 2-year term beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2021.

Deadline: March 31, 2020.


Applicants must be residents living within the geographic boundaries of the Southside Green Zone of the City of Minneapolis. Explicitly support the successful implementation of the Southside Green Zone. Have been impacted by cumulative pollution; or demonstrate expertise in environmental justice, climate resiliency, or cumulative health impacts. Equitably reflect the cultural, linguistic, racial, and demographic makeup of the community that lives in the Southside Green Zone.

Learn more & Apply

It’s Free Movie Season at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Once a month through April, enjoy “Movies Under the Domes” in an auditorium at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis (Jan. 9, 2020) – For the second straight year, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) is offering complimentary feature films one night a month through April, thanks to Movies Under the Domes, powered by Pepsi. The features set to be shown in one of the MCC’s auditoriums include “Toy Story 4,” “Green Book,” “The Lion King” and “Frozen II.”
Date night, family night or a hang-out-with-friends night, each Movies Under the Domes evening is free to the public. Movie-goers must RSVP through Eventbrite for General Admission tickets, as seating is limited. The first 100 people through the door for each movie will receive a gift from Pepsi.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with showtime at 6:30 p.m. Here is this year’s line-up:
  • March 19 – The Lion King (2019) (PG)
  • April 16 – Frozen II (PG)

Prior to the complimentary feature films, the Craft Bar and Lounge, located in the Convention Center, will be serving craft brews and food starting at 5 p.m. Popcorn, snacks and soda will also be available for purchase.

The U.S. census is a count of all residents in the United States taken every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. It is used to determine political representation and federal funding distribution for governments, including at the state and local levels. In 2020, it will determine how many congressional representatives Minnesota will have for the next decade. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital. The Neighborhood & Community Relations Department leads the City of Minneapolis' efforts to ensure a complete count.

Sign up here for the latest We Count news for the 2020 census.


Whether your home needs a new furnace or boiler, water heater, or you want to add insulation— now is a great time to get moving on those projects! The Midtown Phillips neighborhood has partnered with the local nonprofit, Center for Energy and Environment to provide 0% financing for your home improvement projects. 

Through this partnership residents have access to loans up to $7,500. These loans have flexible terms, so monthly payments will be affordable. Most exterior, major mechanical, or energy home improvement projects are eligible. Additional financing programs are available to help with those larger projects. 

To get started or for more information visit or call 612.335.5884. The Center for Energy and Environment is a Minnesota nonprofit that has been helping homeowners for over 35 years.


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