Census Day Is Here – Make It Count!

Response Rate Map Shows What Areas Are Responding the Fastest
United States Census 2020

Census Day Is Here – Make It Count!

Response Rate Map Shows What Areas Are Responding the Fastest

APRIL 1, 2020 — Today is Census Day, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.

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36.2 percent of households across the nation have responded to the 2020 Census since invitations began arriving in mailboxes March 12-20. Response rates are updated in the map daily seven days a week so that the public can see how well their community is doing compared to the nation and other areas.

The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. There are also 59 non-English language guides and videos (plus American Sign Language) available on 2020census.gov ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond online in their preferred language. It has never been easier to respond on your own — all without having to meet a census taker. This is really important with the current health and safety guidance being provided by national, state and local health authorities.

When you respond:

  • Respond for where you live as of April 1 (Census Day).
  • Include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home as of April 1, even if they are staying somewhere else temporarily. This includes relatives, friends, roommates and anyone else who lives and sleeps in your home most of the time — even children under age five and babies born on or before April 1, even if they are still in the hospital.
  • Count college students where they live while attending school. If they live on campus in university/college housing such as dorms or fraternity/sorority houses, they will be counted by school officials and do not need to respond. However, if they live off campus in private housing or apartments, they should respond to the census on their own using their off-campus address even if they are currently staying elsewhere.
  • Find additional answers about “Who to Count” at 2020census.gov.

You can use the Census ID from your invitation or provide your address when you respond. Then, please make sure your friends, family and social networks know about the importance of responding and encourage them to complete their census. Responding now will minimize the need for a census taker to follow up and visit your home later this year.

Some households — in areas less likely to respond online — have already received a paper questionnaire along with their first invitation. Households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire April 8-16.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.

Please note: Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions. The Census Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.

The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail.

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Ward 12 Newsletter (Special Edition)

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Special Update from Andrew

We’re all living through a challenging time in history right now, and our lives have been affected in many ways. New information about this pandemic is sometimes coming out faster than we can consume it. No doubt you’ve been trying to keep up as I have. Below are a number of updates to remind everyone of, as well as helpful links. I also include an update on City Hall and projects in the ward at the end.

Important notices, information, and reminders:

Here are additional resources to help:

COVID-19 information:

Feel better and improve your health:

(Use common sense and check with your doctor before sudden exercise, diet, or substance changes if you have concerns or a medical condition/history)

As your Council Member, it has been quite a whirlwind at City Hall. We are now meeting remotely, and employees who can work from home are doing so. Our core city services (including water service and trash/recycling pick-up) will continue to function as usual, and many steps have been taken over the years to ensure their continuity in times of crisis, including a crisis like we are currently in. The Mayor declared a State of Emergency and is the primary authority in responding to the pandemic. The City Council will receive regular reports on what actions he takes. We expect a proposal for additional local support to be coming forward on Friday. The Council is also temporarily restructured to be streamlined and focused on mission-critical business. I do expect most of the construction work for this year to proceed, such as the 28th Ave Bridge Reconstruction (due to be complete by the end of July) and the last phase of reconstructing 34th Ave S.

This can seem like such an unbelievable situation, and it has presented hardships for everyone. You may feel a wide range of emotions, and it’s okay to feel how you do. It’s okay to have really overwhelming days. There is a lot of grieving going on. But there is also hope and countless examples of individuals and our community rising up in these times. As tough as this is, we’re all in it together. So how can we make the most of this difficult situation and the unique challenges that each of us face? And how can we be there for each other and help others in the ways we are able to? We each have our own answers to these questions, and hopefully the resources above offer some additional ideas for you.

I’ll continue to keep you updated through this newsletter and my Andrew.Johnson

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$10,000 federal advances for small businesses, new loans to help keep you employees

Resources for small businesses
economic development

April 1, 2020

In this issue

Watch this newsletter for updates on resources available to small businesses. We’re also maintaining a list of resources available to small businesses on our website.

$10,000 advance now available with SBA disaster loans

As part of the Federal CARES Act, Small businesses can now apply for an advance of up to $10,000 on federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster to apply now.

  • A new application needs to be submitted, even if you have previously applied for EIDL assistance through the SBA.
  • This advance may be available even if your application was initially declined or is still pending.
  • Applying for the advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

The federal CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance for small business owners and non-profits. Learn more at home.treasury.gov/cares.


For questions about SBA EIDL loans and advances:

1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)

New CARES Act funding: Paycheck Protection Program

The federal Paycheck Protection Program is a low-interest loan program designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.

Learn more and apply at SBA.gov/coronavirus

This new loan program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

DEED launches new guide for businesses in need

View this new guide on the DEED website to see at a glance all the programs available now to businesses.

Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been announced to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Different programs make sense for different businesses, so DEED has developed a summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.

Additional resources

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board issues plea to park and trail users to take social distancing measures seriously

Stay six feet apart, no group sports or activities, don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular parks, use parks in moderation

Take social distancing measures seriously to keep Minneapolis parks and trails open
Stay six feet apart, no group sports or activities, don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular parks, use parks in moderation

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is asking for the public’s help in keeping parks and trails open while protecting the health and safety of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MPRB has continued to maintain and operate more than 6,800 acres of park land while it opened sections of four parkways or park roads to pedestrians and placed hundreds of signs at popular park locations telling people to stay six feet apart to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, since Gov. Walz’s Stay at Home Order went into effect, MPRB staff, commissioners and park police have been flooded with reports of park users disregarding social distancing guidelines by crowding popular park locations and trails, not staying six feet apart, and participating in team sports and group activities.

“Outdoor recreation opportunities are important for people of all ages during this stressful time,” said Al Bangoura, Superintendent of the MPRB. “But we need people to take the Governor’s orders and social distancing seriously. Everyone needs to do their part to protect others and protect themselves. We are aware of park closures in other states and would hate to have it come to that in Minneapolis.”

Closure of popular, previously crowded parks has already happened in major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

“I encourage everyone in the metro area, including Minneapolis residents, to use their local neighborhood parks that are within walking distance rather than flock to the busiest parks in our system. If park visitors need to travel by car to get to a Minneapolis park, I urge them to explore the park system beyond its most popular spots,” said Jono Cowgill, President of the MPRB. “We recognize Minneapolis parks are popular and vital to the wellbeing of our city and region, but right now we need people to understand the importance of social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our parks open.”

The MPRB is imploring all its park users to strictly comply with the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep the park system open:

Stay at least six feet apart from other park users not part of your household. This means you may have to go a little slower and be mindful of others as you pass.

Do not participate in group activities where you can’t always stay six feet apart . No pickup basketball, soccer, football, volleyball or other team sports. No group activities with people from outside your household, like grilling, hammocking or sunbathing in close proximity.

Do not drive across the city or metro to visit popular park attractions. 97% of Minneapolis residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Use the parks and open space available in your neighborhood.

Use parks in moderation. Visit parks for a walk, bike or roll, but do not hang out at the park all day.

Social Distancing
The Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control offer the following guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Do not use parks if you feel sick or have symptoms, including fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
Cover your cough with your elbow, don’t cough into your hands.
Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park or trail.
Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people that are not a part of your household.
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No Phillips West April 2nd Community Meeting due to Social Distancing Order

Please Note there will be NO Phillips West Neighborhood Community Meeting on Thursday April 2nd due to the Social Distancing Order issued from the Governor to help slow the spread of Cov-19. Stay safe and hopefully we will see you in May!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217

Check out our Website: www.phillipswest.info
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Lake Street traffic impacts begin Monday for 35W project

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Lake Street (County Road 3) in Minneapolis

MnDOT’s 35w@94 project begins work on Lake Street

Lake Street lane and intersection restrictions begin Monday

Starting Monday, March 30, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will restrict lanes on Lake Street (County Road 3) for reconstruction between 2nd and 5th avenues in Minneapolis.

There will also be a brief closure of Lake Street access at Clinton Avenue that is anticipated to begin next week.

Closure timing

Work on Lake Street is expected to continue during the weeks ahead. Overall reconstruction of the road is expected to be complete by September 2021.

Weather permitting, the Clinton Avenue access will reopen on Friday, April 3.

Detours and access

During this work people should expect sidewalk closures and detours, as well as some intersection closures and should follow the posted detours.

For Clinton Avenue and Lake Street access during the brief clsoure people driving should use the posted detour:

  • 3rd Avenue
  • 4th Avenue

Stay informed

For more information, including how to contact the project with questions or concerns and how to sign up for regular updates on Lake Street reconstruction, visit the project website at

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Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 3-23-20

Midtown Community Safety Center is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. I am working from home. You can reach me at john.baumann

Hello from John B at Midtown Safety Center in the 3rd Police Precinct of South Minneapolis. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending March 23, 2020.

The text of the report is reprinted below the Safety Center logo. The attached document may be easier to read.

For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha Avenue, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown.

Reported Part 1 crime, including violent crime, decreased in Midtown last week. Here are the details:

  • There were 13 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported, down from 18 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 1 rape, 2 robberies, 1 aggravated assault, 2 burglaries, 1 auto theft and 6 larcenies.
  • 46% of the Part 1 crimes were non-violent larcenies/thefts.
  • 4 violent crimes were reported—1 rape, 2 robberies and 1 aggravated assaults. There were 8 violent crimes last week.
  • Police took 6 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • 5 of these arrests were for felonies.
  • There were arrests in 1 robbery, 1 aggravated assault and 1 burglary.

Encampments of homeless people typically increase in warmer weather. See the information from Kali Pliego, Sector 1 crime prevention specialist.

Life during a pandemic can be very stressful in many ways. I have included some tips for staying emotionally healthy from the TriWellness Unit of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Nearly all community events in and near Midtown have been cancelled or rescheduled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.We do have announcements from 7 organizations:

  • Walker United Methodist Community Church: free Community Meal on Tuesday, March 24 (and every Tuesday).
  • Waite House: Food Distribution.
  • Lake Street Council: Support for Businesses During COVID-19, Call for Artists,DeadlineTuesday, March 31.
  • Midtown Global Market: Vendor Update.
  • Division of Indian Work: DIW is Hiring!
  • Lutheran Social Service: One-on-One Career Services.
  • Midtown Greenway Coalition: Ways to Help from Home.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments!

Also, please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports.

Please contact me if you would like (non-emergency) help from the Minneapolis Police Department or have any questions about crime or policing in Midtown.

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 3-17 to 3-23-20

By CPS John R. Baumann, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct

Midtown Community Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-6138

Midtown is the area between Highway 35W and Hiawatha Ave, from 28th St E to 32nd St E


Summary of Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

Total Part 1 crime, including violent crime, decreased this week. Here are the details:

  • 13 Part 1 crimes reported. There were 18 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-2, Aggravated Assault-1, Burglary-2, Auto Theft-1, Larceny (including Theft)-6.
  • Nearly half (46%)of thePart 1 crimes were non-violent larcenies/thefts.
  • 4 violent crimes reported. There were 8 violent crimes last week.
  • Violent crime breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-2, Aggravated Assault-1.
  • Aggravated assault breakdown: Domestic-0, Non-domestic-1.
  • 0 business robberies; 1 business burglary.
  • 6 offenders total arrested and taken into custody by the MPD.
  • 5 of these arrests were for felonies, marked in yellow.
  • There were arrests in 1 robbery, 1 aggravated assaultand 1 burglary.

*Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, arson and larceny.

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Rape (1)

Between 3-19, 8:00 am and 3-20, 1:00 pm 29xx Bloomington Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)A mother reported that she believes her 2-year-old son is being sexually assaulted by his grandfather.

Robbery (2)

3-17, 5:38 pm Lake St E & 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said she was walking on Lake St when 7-8 unknown teenage suspects attacked her and tried to take her purse and phone. Two people driving by got out of their vehicles to help and the suspects ran away in 2 groups. One group of suspects then stole one of the vehicles, which the owner recovered a short time later.

3-20, 5:00 am 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)The victim said her vehicle was taken at gunpoint by 4-5 unknown suspects. The vehicle was located a short time later with the 2 people inside. The victim identified Kassondra Lee Fineday and Charntell Lamont Williams as being 2 of the suspects. Both were arrested for Aggravated Robbery of Person and Williams was found to be a non-compliant predatory offender.

Aggravated Assault (1)

3-19, 4:32 am 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Officers responded to a fight call. It was determined that the arrestee [Hector
Dominguez Jaimes]
had injured one victim and possibly a second victim.

Property Crimes

Burglary (2)

3-19, 8:39 am 31xx 3rd Ave S (Central neighborhood) Garage. Entry: Unknown. Cooper Martin Lombardo was arrested and several pieces of stolen property were recovered.

3-22, 3:00 am 3xx Lake St E (Central neighborhood) Business Entry: Smashed window. Loss: Safe containing $250. There is security footage but it is very hard to see the suspect.

Auto Theft (1)

Between 3-21, 5:00 pm and 3-22, 8:20 pm 29xx Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood) The victim left the vehicle locked with no keys inside. There is no suspect information.

Larceny (Including Theft) (6)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

3-17 9xx Lake St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

3-22 28xx 15th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts

3-18 Lake St E & 11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood)

3-18 28th St E & Park Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)

Other Theft

3-18 31xx 3rd Ave S (Central neighborhood)

3-20 21xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (5 Felony, 6 Total)

3-19, 4:32 am 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood) Hector Dominguez Jaimes: 3rd Degree Assault (Felony), 5th Degree Assault, Interfere/Prevent 911 Call.

3-19, 8:39 am 31xx 3rd Ave S (Central neighborhood) Cooper Martin Lombardo: Burglary of Dwelling (Felony), Possession of Burglary Tools (Felony).

3-20, 5:00 am 17xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Kassondra Lee Fineday: Aggravated Robbery of Person (Felony); Charntell Lamont Williams Aggravated Robbery of Person (Felony), Register Sex Offender (Felony).

3-20, 8:22 am 30xx Park Ave (Central neighborhood)Juan Carlos Villa: Enhanced Violation of Protection Order (Felony).

3-21, 4:30 pm 22xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)Jorge Andres Garcia: Flee Officer on Foot, Tamper with Motor Vehicle, 2 Felony Warrants.

Please let me know if you’d like additional information about any of the above arrests.


Information About Homeless Encampments

from Sector 1 Crime Prevention Specialist Kali Pliego

Our Greater Phillips area experiences a high concentration of unsheltered homeless population. With the temperatures increasing, we’re seeing more encampments popping up outside. The 3rd Precinct and Homeless and Vulnerable Populations Unit are in constant communication about locations and outreach plans for the folks in these camps. If you see an encampment develop OUTDOORS, you can report it through 311. If your property continues to have non-residents entering and staying in stairwells, those calls should continue to go to 911. Sergeant O’Connor prioritizes finding housing and other resources through our agency partners. Reporting to either 311 or 911 is a call that will ultimately bring resources to folks experiencing homelessness. Thank you for your partnership.


Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Offers Tips on Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Irritability
  • Increased depressive symptoms
  • Increased anxiety symptoms

Coping Tips

People that are feeling emotional distress related to COVID-19 can take actions to help support themselves and others.

  • Set a limit on media consumption, including social media, local, or national news.
  • Stay active. Make sure to get enough sleep and rest. Stretch, exercise, and make time to unwind.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat healthy foods when possible.
  • Connect with loved ones and others who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. Talk about your feelings and enjoy conversation unrelated to the outbreak.
  • Read, listen to a book on tape.
  • Take a bath, shower, or practice meditation.
  • Do something nice for someone else.
  • Practice gratitude and choose a positive mindset.
  • Get accurate health information from reputable sources, including the Centers for Disease Control or the Minnesota Department of Health, or your local healthcare provider.
  • COVID-19 Hotlines: (Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903) (Schools and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504)
  • If you’re experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19 and you are in Hennepin County, please call Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) at 612-596-1223. If a child 17 or under is experiencing problems, please call Child Crisis at 612-348-2233. More information about these services can be found here. If somebody is in immediate physical danger, please call 911.
  • Outside of Hennepin County, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or your local crisis line.
  • For coping tools and resources, visit the Lifeline website or Vibrant Emotional Health’s Safe Space.

There are many things you can do to support your child:

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset.
  • Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Hennepin County Resources Still Open

  • COPE (adults, 18+) (are not conducting visits right now): (612) 596-1223 (phone calls only at this time, no face to face crisis assessments until further notice)
  • Child Crisis (children, 17 years and younger): (612) 348-2233
  • Withdrawal Management (Detox): (612) 348-4111
  • Reentry House (Crisis Housing for Adults): (612) 869-2411
  • Opportunity Center (Food, Mental Health Care, Showers, Lockers, Phones – 7am-4:30pm): (612) 204-8300
  • St. Steven’s Emergency Homeless Shelters: (612) 874-0311
  • Mental Health Center (telephone diagnostic assessments, therapy, and psychiatry) (612)596-9438

Mental Wellbeing Virtual Meetings/Support Groups

For Families

Mental Health & Crisis Numbers (24/7, free and confidential)

Source: HCSO TriWellness Unit, 3-25-20

Community Events and Announcements

Note: Almost all public events in the Midtown area have been cancelled or rescheduled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Walker Community United Methodist Church

Community Meal Tuesday, March 31 and Every Tuesday, 5:15 to 6:15 pm. 3104 16th Ave S.

Doors open at 5 pm. Free to-go meals. Everyone is welcome!

Waite House

Food Distribution

To safeguard our staff and neighbors, Pillsbury United Communities neighborhood centers (including Waite House) will be closed to all non-essential activities through Friday, May 1.

Food distribution will continue in modified form. Individuals and families needing assistance can pick up a pantry bag at Waite House (2323 11th Ave S)

Mondays: 1-5 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm

Thursdays: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm

Take-out meals can be picked up at Waite House, Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Check with Waite House, 612-721-1681, if you have any questions.

Lake Street Council

Support for Businesses During COVID-19

In this challenging time, the staff and board of the Lake Street Council are committed to doing our part to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus as well as support the economic vitality of our Lake Street corridor. Although our staff is working remotely, we are all available by phone or video chat to answer questions and talk through your business strategy going forward. For assistance, please contact ZoeAna Martinez, 612-822-1912,zmartinez.


Call for Artists

We need your help! The Lake Street Council and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization are looking for artists to help make the future Hiawatha-Lake Plaza an amazing community asset.

The plaza will be constructed in 2021 and will be located next to the Hennepin County Service Center at 2215 E. Lake St. We are seeking an artist/s to design and fabricate permanent or semi-permanent projects that will be integrated into the fabric of this plaza.

Submit an application to tell us why you should be chosen! The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31. Thanks to the McKnight Foundation for their support of this project.


Midtown Global Market

Vendor Update

At Midtown Global Market, our top priority is to continue to protect our guests, our entrepreneurial business owners and their employees. We are joining our neighbors and doing our part and following all guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Midtown Global Market is closed with the exception of select grocery stores and vendors offering curbside pick-up and delivery. NO COUNTER SERVICE.

The following entrepreneurial business owners are providing opportunities for the community to continue to access freshly prepared foods and groceries.

Monday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Restaurant and Brewery – hours may vary

Grocery Hours

Monday through Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Please call or go online to arrange:

Produce Exchange: Delivery 612-879-0050

Grass Roots Gourmet grocery 612-871-6947

Holy Land grocery

Manny’s Tortas: Curbside pick-up and delivery 612-870-3930

Sabbai Cuisine: Curbside pick-up 612-393-6326

La Loma Tamales: Curbside pick-up 612-870-3645

Jakeeno’s Tattoria: Curbside pick-up 612-767-1102

Rituals (Aromatherapy products): Curbside pick-up 612-729-5522

Hot Indian (Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28 only), 11 am-2 pm, online at hotindianfoods.com or (612) 236-4423

Eastlake Craft Brewery: Delivery

Division of Indian Work

DIW is Hiring!

Director of Programs: Works with the Executive Director to facilitate program effectiveness and provide supervisory support to the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) and the Strengthening Family Circles Program (SFC).

Be@School Attendance Liaison: The Attendance Liaison will assist school staff at the Anishinabe Academy campus in montioring the attendance of American Indian students. The staff person will work at the school and will adhere to the guidelines set forth by Hennepin County’s Be@School program.

For more information about this job, please visit our website by clicking the button below:


Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

One-on-One Career Services

We will continue to offer free, individualized career support; however, we will begin offering these services primarily through phone or video call communications effective immediately. If you would like to schedule a career service appointment, please email us at tec.

Midtown Greenway Coalition

Ways to Help from Home

Times are really tough, and our thoughts go out to everyone who is struggling. If you’re at home and looking for some POSITIVE things you can do to help our community, here are some Greenway-related ideas:

1. Order carry-out from a restaurant or brewery near the Midtown Greenway (or anywhere) – then BIKE or WALK to pick it up.

2. Support extending the Midtown Greenway over the river AND improving cycling in Saint Paul by watching the City’s video presentation about AYD Mill Road. Then click on the Feedback form and support the 3- lane proposal that includes a new bike/ped trail. This new trail would be part of the proposed Midtown Greenway extension.

3. Help Metro Transit improve transit service at Chicago-Lake by providing feedback on their proposed Mobility Hub, which would include cycling improvements/resources and more. Take the survey here:

4. If you are able, make a donation to support cycling, walking, and alternative transit in our community. We would of course appreciate your support, but if you are like us, we support many great nonprofits in our community. Here are some to consider:

Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling Program,Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition, Full Cycle, Our Streets Minneapolis, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, Move Minnesota, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, Streets.mn, Free Bikes 4 Kidz/MN, and Min Hi Line .

5. Help the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute – EPNI fight environmental racism in their neighborhood. Help them convince the City of Minneapolis to either move the Water Yard or at least include the neighborhood’s plan to share the site and build an indoor urban farm, bike shop, and cafe along the Greenway.

Visit the EPNI site to learn more:

Stay safe out there everyone and keep on biking!

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Community Resource Fair – March 16 – CANCELLED

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Community Resource Fair – March 16 is cancelled

We have heard from several business and community partners who planned to attend this Community Resource Fair, due to COVID-19 social distancing concerns they will not be attending. Because of our limited vendors and to ensure the safety of all attendees, we are cancelling the Community Resource Fair on Monday, March 16th, 2020.

It is our hope to reschedule this event and will update you as soon as we know more. Thank you very much for your continued participation and concern for the community we serve.


Lisa Cain, 612-596-1990, lisa.cain2@hennepin.us

Colleen Dufek, 612-543-5159, colleen.dufek@hennepin.us

Meykal Ahmed, 612-348-9872, meykal.ahmed@hennepin.us

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Career Fair – April 6

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Career Fair – April 6

All are welcome to attend a Career Fair. Several employers will be attending this event.

  • Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Brian Coyle Community Center
  • 420 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

This event is free and open to all career seekers. Several employers are attending this event! The employers attending have several job openings, so bring copies of your resume and be prepared for interviews! Please dress to impress.

This event is sponsored by Hennepin County Job Development, Emerge, the City of Minneapolis and the Brian Coyle Community Center.

Employers attending:

  • Aramark – U.S. Bank Stadium
  • Blue Plate Restaurant Company
  • Canteen Vending
  • Cintas
  • Clear Lakes Dental
  • First Student
  • Hamline University
  • MDVA – Minneapolis Veterans Home
  • Mains’l
  • OTG
  • Pinnacle Logistics
  • SAS Retail
  • Two Betty’s Green Cleaning
  • US Aviation
  • YWCA
  • And more…

Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employmentservices

Upcoming Events

Community Resource Fair

Monday, March 16, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hennepin County South Minneapolis Human Service Center – 2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Employer of the Day – Delaware North

Monday, March 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hennepin County South Minneapolis Human Service Center – 2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Employer of the Day – YMCA

Monday, March 30, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hennepin County South Minneapolis Human Service Center – 2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Statement on COVID-19 Preparation

Public should expect no changes to HCSO core services
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Media Contact: Rob Allen, 612-919-5918

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Offfice Statement on COVID-19 Preparation

March 11, 2020 (Minneapolis) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with federal, state, county, and local experts to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past several years, the HCSO has responded to outbreaks such as SARS and H1N1, and we have developed extensive written plans to address these risks to public health.

“At present, the public shouldn’t see any big difference in the way HCSO operates,” said Sheriff Dave Hutchinson. “That said, conditions are continually changing. We have a team of people on staff who are in constant communication with medical experts, and we are ready to adapt to changing conditions as we need to. We are confident in our ability to serve the public, provide appropriate medical care to the inmates in our jail, and to ensure that our staff has access to the best precautions available to avoid contracting this illness. It is a very challenging time, and we hope that everyone can come together and follow the guidelines offered by the CDC.”

Services provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Water Patrol, 911 Dispatch, Court Services and other public-facing units are not currently affected in any way by the presence of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Additional precautions are being taken in the Hennepin County Jail, such as screening incoming individuals for signs of COVID-19 infection. At this time, visiting of inmates in the jail has not been impacted, but that is subject to change. We recommend that people planning to visit inmates check here before visiting to check on the status of visiting hours.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents to follow CDC and MDH guidelines on minimizing their potential health risk:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spry or wipe.


Look for more news on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s website at http://www.hennepinsheriff.org.