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2020 Census

The 2020 Census is HERE and we need your help to ensure Minnesota gets its full share of funding for schools, health care, roads and more. Plus you can enter to win a $50 gift card!

How to help: take the Census, complete a quick action from the following list, and enter your contact info here, for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Snap a selfie with your Census postcard or completed Census screen and share on social media. Use the hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 and #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
  2. Share a 2020 Census post on social media with a link to my2020census.gov/. Encourage your network to take the Census and use the hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 and #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
  3. Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) and remind them to complete the Census. Leave a note, send a text or email, or say hello from at least 6 feet away using your #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check with neighbors in the coming weeks).

Thanks to support from the State of MN and the Minneapolis Foundation! All Minneapolis residents are eligible to participate. Recipients will be drawn in May. For more census info, visit my2020census.gov/ or wecountminneapolis.org/

Armatage Coffee Break

Tuesday, March 31
9:00-10:00am
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/816580272

Join us for virtual coffee hour for neighbors to connect next Tuesday morning! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, download the free Zoom app on your device and create a free account (it’s much easier to use the app), and click on the link above to join the video hangout.

With ongoing social distancing and a new Shelter in Place order, we know this is an isolating time for seniors, neighbors working from home, those with kids at home, and/or those who live alone.

Kids are welcome in the background (we love Zoom – it’s so easy to mute!), no partisan politics please, and neighbors from outside Armatage are welcome, too! We’re going to try this out and think about adding an evening (8:00pm?) Happy Hour option, too!

If you’d prefer, it’s easy to simply call in using the phone number below.

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COVID-19 Resources

During this turbulent time, the ANA has assembled the following resources to keep our community members safe and healthy:

Employment, Insurance, Transportation & Shelter-in-Place Info:

Internet & Schools:

Coronavirus & Health Links:

If You Need Help:

  • Community Mitigation Questions Hotline: Get answers to any school, child care, and business question from MN Dept. of Education and Dept of Human Services staff from 7:00am-7:00pm at 651.297.1304 or 1.800.657.3504
  • Nextdoor’s Help Map – request or offer help through Nextdoor’s interactive map: https://nextdoor.com/help_map/
  • Help at Your Door helps seniors and people with disabilities with grocery assistance, transportation and home support: https://helpatyourdoor.org/request-a-service/
  • Hennepin County Assistance – If you need to apply for public assistance, visit ApplyMN or call 612.596.1300 to get an application mailed or faxed to you.
  • Unemployment Benefits: if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. Please use the online system to apply for benefits and request payments and call the Customer Service Center at 651.296.3644 only if you need assistance or do not have internet access.

Local Businesses Offering Delivery or Curbside Pick-up:

Housing & Utilities:

  • Eviction Suspension: On March 23, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14 to suspend eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency
  • First Call for Help: Call 211 or 651.291.0211 (Available 24 hours a day to provide information on a variety of resources in your area)
  • Shelter Hotline: 1.888.234.1329
  • Renter Rights: HomeLine @ 612.728.5767
  • Citizens Utility Board: If you are overdue on your bills or are currently disconnected, contact your utility provider immediately and ask them to keep service on or reconnect you. For help advocating, contact CUB: at info@cubminnesota.org or 651.300.4701.

Food Access:

Childcare:

  • YMCA sites will begin providing licensed care from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. M-F for ages 5 and up for $40/day, prioritized for children of emergency workers, including educators, grocery store workers, utility workers, essential state and local government staff, etc.: ymcamn.org/mnchildcare or 612.230.9622.
  • MPS is providing child care services to healthcare workers and emergency responders (need proof of employment). Email: mpls.kids@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612.806.1602
  • MN Covid Sitters is child care service run by U of M medical students that matches students with health care workers, including doctors, nurses, kitchen staff, janitors and hospital administrators, across the entire state: https://www.mncovidsitters.org/

Online Kids’ Activities:

Be a Helper:

  • Donate PPE to Health Care Workers:
  • Sheridan Story is a food program aimed at feeding kids when school lunches are not available. The organization has 30,000 bags of food ready to give to needy kids this week in 31 different school districts. They want donations and volunteers to double that by the end of the month.
  • Second Harvest has a food warehouse waiting for volunteers and they’re also looking for donations. You can find out more at 2harvest.org.
  • Metro Meals on Wheels is looking for on-call volunteers in the event of a volunteer shortage. The nonprofit is accepting new customers and people can enroll in the service here.
  • Open Arms of Minnesota is currently providing medically tailored and shelf stable foods to people living with life threatening illnesses who often also have compromised immune systems. They are in need of donations and are adding new volunteer shifts.
  • The Aliveness Project is a meal program, food shelf and community center for low-income and homeless people living with HIV. They are accepting volunteers to help bag groceries and are accepting donations — learn more about how they are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak on its site here.
  • House of Charity serves free meals daily and needs volunteers. View open volunteer shifts and sign up to help at https://houseofcharity.galaxydigital.com/

March 17, 2020 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update
  • Annual Meeting & Board Elections
    • Events/meetings during COVID-19
  • Strategy for Neighborhoods 2020
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Green Team:
      • Organics grant activities
      • Rain & Native Garden Program
    • Mini Grants:
      • Update on 2020 applicants
    • Summer Festival
    • Complete Count
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Spring Newsletter

February 18, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes 

Date: February 18, 2020

Called to Order: 6:34PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note taker: Adam Miller

Board members in attendance: Tyler Mulcahey, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Brett Anderson, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator) Adam Miller, Michael Kootsikas, and Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Jordan Nelson (Park Director) – Michael Jishka (CAC Board member), Kate Hersey (Minnesota Tool Library), and Jennifer Waisanen (5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator)

Board members absent: Donte Mearon, Ryan Antkowiak, and Adriana Dobrzycka,

February 18, 2020 Agenda 

6:30pm Welcome & Introductions 6:35pm Park Update – Jordan Nelson (Park Director)

  • Ice rink will remain open until the end of February. Summer sports registration will be opening soon.
  • Southwest Minneapolis Parks Master Plan and the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master plan comment period is open.

6:40pm Minnesota Tool Library – Kate Hersey, Executive Director

  • The Executive Director of the Minnesota Tool Library (MTL) provided a presentation and overview of the MTL and how they have structured their organization.
  • Considerations for creating a tool library include membership structure, fiscal sponsors, tool selection, staffing, inventory system/policy, liability policy, and space needs.
  • MTL currently serves 1,100 members and they have three (3) membership levels: Standard ($120/year), Premium ($250/year), and Basic ($55/year).

7:00pm 2019 CPP Report

  • Discussion about requested information was discussed and clarified for submission to the City of Minneapolis.
    • Motion to approve CPP report. Motion carries. 

7:15pm Other Business – Guest: Michael Jischke, CAC member

  • Southwest Minneapolis Parks Master Plan and the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master plan has been revised. This plan addresses the concerns about the continuity of the Minnehaha Parkway.
  • The plan improves the water quality of Minnehaha Creek, including water treatment prior it entering the creek. A canoe slip near Upton and 54th will also be added.
    • The 45 day public comment period will open soon.

7:20pm President’s Report

  • Neighborhoods 2020 Update
    • Funding levels for neighborhoods are still being considered by the Minneapolis City Council.
  • Open Board Seats
    • Three board seats will be open in May.

7:30pm   Minutes – Approved via Email

Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed

7:35pm Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator

  • A report with incidents and crime statistics for Armatage was provided to the ANA Board. Overall crime was low in the neighborhood last year.

7:55pm Committee Updates

  • Green Team:
    • 2/26 Organics Recycling Workshop: Lauren will lead a workshop on the organics recycling program in Minneapolis.
  • Mini Grants:
    • Final Outreach for 2020 Cycle
    • The board reached out to the Armatage school about the program, particularly for after school care.
    • One mini-grant application has been submitted so far.
  • Summer Festival

8:10pm Coordinator Update:

  • SW Parks Master Plan Designs
  • Census Grant
    • The ANA applied for and received $750 to help with the count for the 2020 Census.
  • Hennepin County GROW Organics Recycling Grant
    • Up to $10,000 is available to help improve the organic recycling usage rate in Armatage. A proposal was drafted and submitted to the Green Team for their review and approval. The grant provides for staff, demonstrations, and materials.
  • Renew Adobe Creative Cloud membership
    • Motion to spend $360 on another year of Creative Cloud. Motion carries. 

8:40pm Adjournment

  • Motion to Adjourn Approved 

February 18, 2020 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update
  • Minnesota Tool Library – Kate Hersey, Executive Director
  • 2019 CPP Report
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Update
    • Open Board Seats
  • Minutes – Approved via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team: 2/26 Organics Recycling Workshop
    • Mini Grants: Final Outreach for 2020 Cycle
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update:
    • SW Parks Master Plan Designs
    • Census Grant
    • Hennepin County GROW Organics Recycling Grant
    • Renew Adobe Creative Cloud membership

December 23, 2019 eNews

Happy Holidays from the Armatage Neighborhood Association!


December 17 Meeting Recap

Council Member Linea Palmisano gave an update on the City Budget, new law enforcement training facility, and Vision Zero Plan implementation that may include safety efforts like lowering the speed limit for all Minneapolis streets, adjustments to high injury corridors, addressing unsafe behavior, education, and enforcement.

The Board voted to renew both the Coordinator and Accountant staffing contracts for 2020. Our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, and Accountant, Rachel Ireland-Henry, are looking forward to another great year with the ANA! The Board also discussed its anticipated 2020 programming, including a few upcoming events in January:

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour January 14 7:00-9:00pm Red Wagon Pizza
  • Chili Cook-off January 24 • 6:30-8:30pm • Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice event.
  • Mini Grants Info Session January 30 • 7:00pm • Book Club Restaurant

Armatage Chili Cook-off

Friday, January 24
6:30-8:30pm
Armatage Park Fire & Ice Skating Party

Do you claim to have the best chili? Put it to the test and sign up for the First Annual Armatage Chili Cook-off to compete against your neighbors and claim the prize of the best chili in the neighborhood.

The Chili Cook-off takes place inside the Armatage Rec Center on Friday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30pm as part of Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice free skating party. Registration closes on Sunday, January 19 so competitors are encouraged to sign up here as soon as possible to reserve their spot. It’s free to compete and just $5 to eat. Competitors should plan to bring a full crock-pot or instant pot of chili to the park by 6:00pm on January 24.



Last Chance for a 2019 Safety Rebate

The Armatage Neighborhood Association offers rebates to residents for up to $100 per calendar year for eligible home safety updates. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your exterior lighting, deadbolt locks, adding security cameras, or more, check our list of eligible expenses and apply for a Safety Rebate before December 31 to take advantage of the 2019 program. If you’ve already gotten a rebate this year, you’ll have the opportunity to apply again in January.

The Resident Safety Rebate program is open to both renters and homeowners and the Business Safety Rebate program is open to any business operating in Armatage. Learn more at armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program



If you have a neighborhood project or idea you have always wanted to explore, we invite you to apply for a Mini Grant to support that dream. Applications for the next round of funding will be available on January 6, 2020 at armatage.org/mini-grants and are due February 29, 2020.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage can apply for up to $1,000 to support a project that directly benefits the neighborhood. Some restrictions apply: grant funds cannot be used for general operating, food, entertainment, religious, partisan, or capital expenses. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants or save the date for our upcoming Info Sessions:

  • Thursday, January 30 7:00pm Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)
  • Tuesday, February 11  7:00pm  Armatage Park

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Comprehensive District Design Studies & Listening Sessions

Have you been following the district’s Comprehensive District Design process that aims to increase equity and close student achievement gaps in MPS?  Two new studies available this week propose changes to Minneapolis Public Schools’ magnet programs and community school boundaries. The studies outline significant proposed changes for Armatage School and Zone 3. If passed by the school board next spring, proposed changes would start to take effect in Fall 2021.

Community listening sessions are scheduled for January and February and you can also give feedback online.  Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.


Comment on the City’s ADA Transition Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on the draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The City is accepting comments on the draft plan through December 27. It is a supplemental plan to the City’s ADA Action Plan, a comprehensive policy document for the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Title II requirements of the ADA. The draft plan was last updated in 2012.


55th & Washburn Holiday Lights

Learn all about how the 5500 block of Washburn Avenue S hangs their magical holiday lights along the boulevard from Armatage resident Jess Bell at armatage.org/lights

Photo credit: Matt Sepeta



Apply for Lawns to Legumes Pollinator Grants

Applications are now open for the state’s new Lawns to Legumes Assistance program, through which all Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for a $350 cost-share in order to establish pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, with priority given to projects in high-priority areas – including our community! The first application period runs through Feb. 28. Submit your materials today!


Community outreach Q&A

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

On October 25, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution to approve the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Implementation of the plan is already underway and will focus on achieving the goals of eliminating racial disparities, expanding housing options, addressing climate change and improving the lives of residents throughout Minneapolis.

Initial implementation efforts include a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that allows 3-unit residential buildings in areas previously reserved for only single-family residences, and a permanent Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, both of which go into effect on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will continue to implement elements of the 2040 Plan.



Free Manufacturing Career Training

Local nonprofit HIRED is offering free manufacturing career training and certification courses.  The next round of training begins January 21, 2020 and priority is given to Minneapolis residents. Learn more and apply at http://www.hired.org/training/manufacturing/

December 12, 2019 eNews

December 17, 2019 Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update
  • Chili Cook-off and Fire & Ice event
  • ANA 2020 Planning
  • Staffing Contracts
    • Coordinator
    • Accountant
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Mini Grants 2020 Round
  • Adjourned


Snow is falling today! Your neighbors, people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs, and the many people in Minneapolis who walk thank you for keeping our sidewalks safe and accessible!

In Minneapolis, we are required to clear sidewalks after the end of a snowfall within:

  • 24 hours for homes and duplexes
  • Four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings (daytime hours begin at 8 am)

Get all your snow removal questions answered here and pick up free sand at the Public Works building at 6036 Harriet Ave S.


Supplies Needed for the Crisis Nursery

While the ANA didn’t host a Tree lighting event this year, the annual neighborhood-sponsored holiday lights are up in Armatage Park along the east side of the building.

You can still drop off new, unopened formula, diapers, pull-ups, children’s toiletries, new with tags clothing and more to benefit the Greater Twin Cities Crisis Nursery now through December 20. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here and look for a donation bin in the lobby of the Armatage Rec Center.


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Comprehensive District Design Studies & Listening Sessions

Have you been following the district’s Comprehensive District Design process that aims to increase equity and close student achievement gaps in MPS?  Two new studies available this week propose changes to Minneapolis Public Schools’ magnet programs and community school boundaries. The studies outline significant proposed changes for Armatage School and Zone 3. If passed by the school board next spring, proposed changes would start to take effect in Fall 2021.

Community listening sessions are scheduled for January and February and you can also give feedback online.  Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.



Cold Weather Resources

Resources are available for Minnesotans who struggle to afford their heating bills. The Cold Weather Rule, which went into effect last month, helps protect people from having their heat shut off when they need it the most. There are also energy assistance programs to help renters and homeowners pay for heating costs and furnace repairs.

More information about the Cold Weather Rule is available here, and you can read more about the Energy Assistance Program here. Please share this information with family, friends, and neighbors.



The City of Minneapolis is now accepting applications for the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program, which helps property owners obtain property tax reductions for agreeing to keep a portion of rental units affordable for 10 years.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 8, 2020. Property owners are encouraged to apply early. Learn more about the 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program here.



Take MnDOT’s 35W@94 Outreach Survey

Take the community engagement survey to let MnDOT know how their team is doing on community engagement for the 35W@94 project and how they can improve for 2020. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

For translated surveys in Spanish, Somali or, Hmong, visit the project website.


New Hennepin County Deconstruction Incentives

Planning some home remodeling? Hennepin County will begin offering deconstruction incentives for both homeowners and developers to reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable building materials in our waste stream.

The deconstruction incentive program will provide up to $5,000 per project for the complete removal or major renovation of residential properties, offsetting some of the costs associated with utilizing deconstruction techniques versus traditional demolition. To be eligible, structures must be built before 1950 and the area to be renovated must be at least 250 square feet.  Much more info is to come, but read the preliminary details on the county’s website here.

December 3, 2019 eNews

Support Armatage on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. With so many nonprofit organizations doing incredible work, we hope you are able to find great causes to support today.

Help the ANA continue to serve our community by making a donation to our nonprofit organization today. Even a donation of $5 or more helps fund community programs right here in Armatage.


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Give Feedback on the Proposed City Budget

There are two more public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2020 City budget of $1.6 billion. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget.  Comments can also be submitted online to be shared with the Mayor and Council Members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, December 11.

Budget public hearings at City Hall:

  • December 4 at 6:00pm: Truth in Taxation hearing to get community input on the total levy amount.
  • December 11 at 6:00pm: Opportunity to respond to the City Council’s amendments, for Council to make any further changes based on that, and then a vote to adopt the 2020 budget.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the budget and key dates and watch a video about how to participate in the budget process. You can also watch budget hearings on Minneapolis City Council TV. Tune to SD channel 14 or HD channel 799 on Comcast or SD channel 8001 or HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. You can also watch archived meetings on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.


The 2020 Census is Hiring!

Check out one of the December 4 hiring events above or see the census job openings in Minnesota and apply here.

Check out what’s happening locally with the 2020 Census and sign up for updates at http://minneapolismn.gov/census/



3rd Annual International Festival

Sunday, December 8
1:00-5:00pm
Central Gym (3400 Fourth Ave. S)

The Minneapolis International Festival will be celebrating the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits demonstrations, food AND MORE.

Admission is free.  Learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live. Visit the website to learn more about the event!


Tree Lights & Supply Drive for Crisis Nursery

While the ANA isn’t hosting a Tree lighting event this year, the annual neighborhood-sponsored holiday lights are up in Armatage Park along the east side of the building.

You can still drop off new, unopened formula, diapers, pull-ups, children’s toiletries, new with tags clothing and more to benefit the Greater Twin Cities Crisis Nursery now through December 20. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here and look for a donation bin in the lobby of the Armatage Rec Center.



Snow Emergency Resources

Sign up now, stay informed throughout the season, and avoid getting ticketed or towed:

  • Hotline: Call the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website: Go to minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone calls to residents: Minneapolis uses automated phone calls to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. The system can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at minneapolismn.gov/snow.
  • Social media: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email and text: See minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.
  • Read more details here…


Comment on Public Works’ draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on the draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The City is accepting comments on the draft plan through Dec. 27. It is a supplemental plan to the City’s ADA Action Plan, a comprehensive policy document for the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Title II requirements of the ADA. The draft plan was last updated in 2012.

Open house on draft ADA Transition Plan for Public Works
4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room, 300 Nicollet Mall

Read more…


Folks walking on a bustling Minnehaha Ave at Open Streets Lake +
Minnehaha

What’s your vision for Open Streets Minneapolis?

Our Streets MN is partnering with the City of Minneapolis to reflect on Open Streets Minneapolis and evaluate how to make the events more meaningful and sustainable after the 2020 season. Could you let them know what you’d like to see in Open Streets Minneapolis events in 2021 and beyond? 

Click here to take the five question survey.

November 21, 2019 eNews

November 19 Meeting Recap

Welcome to new Armatage & Kenny Park Director, Jordan Nelson.  Jordan comes from Van Cleve Park near the University of Minnesota. We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to outgoing director Nikki Friederich who has been an wonderful leader for Armatage & Kenny and is moving to Creekview Park.

The ANA presented an overview of the draft funding plan, its community engagement efforts this fall, a summary of the feedback received, and the final proposed plan. Over the past 5 weeks, 160 community members weighed in on the funding plan with an overall approval rate of 89.4%.  Based on the comments received, the plan stayed consistent and the remaining $15,000 was allocated to the following priorities:

  • An extra $7,000 to Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety, bringing the plan total to $17,000,
  • $4,000 to Park Improvements (joining the $24,000 approved for parks in previous years by the ANA),
  • $4,000 to Environmental & Greening Programming.

The final plan was discussed and approved unanimously. It will now head to the City for legal review and final approval this winter. Please contact the ANA at 612.466.0296 or anacoordinator@armatage.org with any questions.



E Line Community Open House Tonight

Metro Transit will host an E Line Open House tonight, Thursday, November 21, from 4:00-6:00pm at Pershing Rec Center (3523 W 48th St).

Check out the interactive route map for the new Bus Rapid Transit E Line at https://www.metrotransit.org/e-line-engagement and comment at the Open House or via email at ELine@metrotransit.org.


Minnehaha Creek Community Open House Tonight

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan reconvenes tonight to review and discuss findings from a recently completed parkway traffic study. The master plan project paused in July to allow time for a study to be performed.

Thursday, November 21
6:00-8:00 pm
Windom South Recreation Center (5843 Wentworth Ave)

This meeting will provide space for the general public to converse with MPRB staff and the consultant team about the traffic study and the parkway west of Portland Avenue. The open house format does not include a formal presentation, so anyone can attend for any amount of time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.


Tree Lighting & Supply Drive for Crisis Nursery

While the ANA isn’t hosting a Tree lighting event this year, the annual neighborhood-sponsored holiday lights are up in Armatage Park along the east side of the building.

You can still drop off new, unopened formula, diapers, pull-ups, children’s toiletries, new with tags clothing and more to benefit the Greater Twin Cities Crisis Nursery now through December 20. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here and look for a donation bin in the lobby of the Armatage Rec Center.


Theodore Wirth House Tours

Sunday, November 24
12:00-4:00pm
3954 Bryant Ave S,  in Lyndale Farmstead Park

The Theodore Wirth Home and his park planning offices in Lyndale Farmstead Park will be open to the public for FREE guided tours on Sunday, November 24 from 12:00-4:00pm. Volunteers with Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society, working in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, would like to invite all of our neighbors to visit this historic site.

If you can’t make it this month, the house will be open again on December 8. Contact Joan at 612-275-8884 or joanberthiaume@msn.com with questions or for separate individual, group, and student tours, which may be scheduled by reservation only. Volunteers are appreciated.

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Give Feedback on the Proposed City Budget

There are two more public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2020 City budget of $1.6 billion. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget.  Comments can also be submitted online to be shared with the Mayor and Council Members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, December 11.

Budget public hearings at City Hall:

  • December 4 at 6:00pm: Truth in Taxation hearing to get community input on the total levy amount.
  • December 11 at 6:00pm: Opportunity to respond to the City Council’s amendments, for Council to make any further changes based on that, and then a vote to adopt the 2020 budget.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the budget and key dates and watch a video about how to participate in the budget process. You can also watch budget hearings on Minneapolis City Council TV. Tune to SD channel 14 or HD channel 799 on Comcast or SD channel 8001 or HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. You can also watch archived meetings on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.


Adopt A Storm Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get rush down the storm drain each time it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms.

If you haven’t already, consider the Adopt a Drain program and sign up to keep one or more storm drains on your street clear so that only water goes into it. You can adopt any drain that hasn’t already been adopted, even if it isn’t in front of your house! This interactive website helps you locate drains near you and adopt any that you choose: https://www.adopt-a-drain.org/ There are MANY drains that still need to be adopted in Armatage (shown in yellow below):

If you need assistance adopting a drain OR if you would like a friendly neighborhood volunteer to assist you the first time you set out to clean your storm drain, please contact the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org. The ANA’s Green Team will also provide the next twenty people who sign up to Adopt-a-Drain with a free pair of gloves to wear when cleaning your drain. Email us to pick yours up!  Huge thanks to ANA Green Team member Linda Ridlehuber for this article!



Census 2020 is Hiring

The 2020 Census is just around the corner and the Census Bureau is hiring to fill office and field representative positions. See the census job openings in Minnesota and apply here.

Check out what’s happening locally with the 2020 Census and sign up for updates at http://minneapolismn.gov/census/