Category Archives: Community Engagement

May 14, 2020 eNews

May 19 Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472
All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Update from Council Member Palmisano
  • June Online Annual Meeting & Board Election
    • Resolution for a Remote Annual Meeting
    • Agenda and speakers
    • Board election volunteers
    • Communications and budget
  • Art Journal Project
    • Communications & Outreach Plan
  • ANA Board & Committee Expectations
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – need to approve
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
    • Complete Count
  • Coordinator Update:
    • New Board Orientation & Board Refresher

Monday, May 18
7:00-8:00pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83728133761

Thinking of making a change that will have a huge impact on your family’s environmental footprint? Now is the perfect time to start organics recycling and check out our free Organics Recycling How-to Workshop on May 18! We’ll cover what can and can’t go into the green cart, tips and tricks, and lots of ideas to affordably set up your home.

Taught by our Coordinator, Lauren, who ran organics recycling programs and taught workshops all over the Twin Cities before coming to the Armatage neighborhood, we promise it’ll be a short and fun Zoom workshop! Open to all, even if you live outside Armatage: armatage.org/online-organics-recycling-workshop/


Armatage Neighborhood Art Journal

During this time of social distancing, what have you and your family members done to express yourselves creatively? Please share your creations with us as we compile a journal to document this moment of time in Armatage.

Your submission could be artwork and paintings; sidewalk art; original poetry or short stories; knitted, crocheted or sewn creations; new gardens; home DIY projects; recipes you’ve cooked up; or images from walks. We will assemble your submissions into a free journal available to download at armatage.org/art and possibly feature them in ANA communications about this project or in a future community mural.

See submission guidelines and an awesome video about this project at armatage.org/art/


Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Election

Tuesday, June 16
7:00-8:30pm
Zoom

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting! Connect virtually with your elected officials and hear a short, fascinating talk on the 2020 Census and its impact on Minneapolis before board election results are announced.

This year’s Board Election will be held online from June 9 through June 16 at 7:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated business representatives will be able to vote in the election through an online form that will be posted at armatage.org. See below for more details on running for election!


Join the Board

Thinking about running for the Armatage Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors?  Thank you!  Board members will have a critical role in shaping our neighborhood nonprofit for years to come.

Members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to run for the board, including renters, seniors, residents with disabilities, and residents who identify as LGBTQ or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color).

Learn more about what’s involved and register to run by June 8 at armatage.org/2020boardelection/


Take Action and Win a $50 Gift Card

Help neighbors and friends take the Census by May 31 and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses. All Minneapolis residents are eligible to enter.

Help is Available

We updated our COVID-19 Resource Page to make it much easier to navigate, especially on mobile. Check it out to find links to emergency assistance, unemployment, food shelves, maps of local businesses offering curbside pick-up, online kids’ activities, and details on our new Stay Safe MN order at https://armatage.org/covid19.


Armatage Park Play Area Improvements Survey

Dreaming of when we’ll be able to safely play in parks again? Us too! In the meantime,  please help weigh in on upcoming improvements for the Armatage Park Play Area by taking the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s survey and signing up for project updates at https://bit.ly/ArmatagePark

This survey is open now through May 29 and is expected to be first in a series on prioritizing and designing improvements. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and opinions for our beloved park! Click here to take the Armatage Park survey.


Comment on the Transportation Action Plan by May 22

Did you know that streets and public right-of-ways make up 22% of the land in Minneapolis?  The draft Transportation Action Plan is a 10-year action plan to guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for these spaces and for all people in all the ways we move around Minneapolis.

Visit the interactive website at http://go.minneapolismn.gov/ to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which runs through May 22.


Stay Safe MN Details

Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Learn more at https://mn.gov/covid19/


Comprehensive District Design Passes

The Minneapolis School Board voted to approve the district’s Comprehensive District Design recommendations this week.  Learn about the changing school boundaries and pathways, magnet schools and timeline for implementation at https://www.cdd.mpls.k12.mn.us/


NRPA Social Distancing Graphic

Minneapolis Park Closures

Minneapolis playgrounds, skate parks, athletic fields, and courts are closed. Check out the closure details at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Parks and trails are still open during this time. Please do your part to keep them safe for everyone and check the MPRB’s COVID-19 page in the weeks to come for updates.

April 13, 2020 eNews

April 21 Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:00pm | Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94646891472
All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Annual Meeting & Board Elections
  • Virtual Happy Hours & Coffee Breaks
  • Social distancing engagement:
    • Collect art, photos, poems
    • More summer ideas
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – need to approve
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Green Team:
      • Rain & Native Garden Program update
      • Virtual Organics Workshop – May 18
    • Mini Grants: Approve 2020 grant recipients
    • Complete Count: 2020 Census social media campaign
    • Summer Festival: alternatives
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Armatage Park playground construction

Virtual Neighborhood Happy Hour Tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 14
8:00-9:00pm
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/502813335
Topic: Supporting Local Businesses

Join your neighbors on Zoom for a virtual Happy Hour. We know this is an isolating time for many so grab a drink or snack of some kind and come share all the ways we can support our local businesses.

Kids, pets and funny background filters welcome! Open to all, whether you live in Armatage or not. We recommend downloading the free Zoom app on your device.


Win a $50 Gift Card and Help Our Community Count in the 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.

Help out and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses.

Thanks to support from the State of MN and the Minneapolis Foundation! All Minneapolis residents are eligible to participate.


COVID-19 Resources & Links

Do you need to…

  • Learn about all the new small business, nonprofit and individual emergency loan programs available,
  • Access Hennepin County assistance,
  • Find free food or meals,
  • Request help around your home (esp. if you’re a senior or have a disability),
  • Get more ideas to keep kids busy during the day,
  • Check the details of our extended #StayHomeMN order?

We couldn’t find these links all in one place so we’ve gathered these and MANY more at https://armatage.org/covid19 and update it daily. Thank you to everyone who has shared this resource with their block’s e-list or on social media. Please email additions to anacoordinator@armatage.org.



Transportation Action Plan Open House Today

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which is extended until May 22.

Attend the Online Open House TODAY, Monday, April 13, from 4:30-5:30pm on the Minneapolis Facebook page to hear about your plan, give input, and interact in real time.



Updated Comprehensive District Design Plans

Minneapolis Public Schools has released its final draft for the Comprehensive District Design. The updated plans outline changes to community school boundaries, magnet programs like Armatage Montessori, school pathways, special education, and more.

Community members can view the plans at https://www.cdd.mpls.k12.mn.us/ in advance of the School Board’s scheduled vote on May 12. If you would like to submit a  comment on the plans, please visit https://board.mpls.k12.mn.us/public_comment for detailed instructions. Voicemails will be played during virtual board meetings.



Last Chance to Comment on the SW Parks Master Plan

The comment period for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan ends on April 25, 2020. With park buildings now closed, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans.


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Park Event and Facility Closures through August 31

ICYMI, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board made the difficult decision to cancel all park/neighborhood events and close recreation centers, restrooms, pools and beaches through August 31. Parks, trails, athletic fields and courts, parkways, dog parks, and golf courses will remain open.  Read the full list of what’s open, closed and canceled here.

The ANA is working on ways to support the neighborhood this summer without our usual events.  In the months to come, [lease stay safe while enjoying parks and trails with these tips from the MPRB:

  • Stay six feet apart – if you are able to, please move aside for families with young kids, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • No group sports, play dates, or activities
  • Don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular parks
  • Use parks in moderation
  • Don’t visit parks or trails if you feel sick or have symptoms like a fever, runny nose and/or sore throat

April 3, 2020 eNews

Win a $50 Gift Card and Help Our Community Count in the 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.

Help out and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action: choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses.

Thanks to support from the State of MN and the Minneapolis Foundation! All Minneapolis residents are eligible to participate.


COVID-19 Resources & Links

Do you need to…

  • Find a food shelf,
  • Apply for unemployment or an emergency small business loan,
  • Look up high risk grocery shopping hours,
  • Request help around your home (esp. if you’re a senior or have a disability),
  • Find ideas to keep kids busy during the day,
  • Check the details of our the #StayHomeMN order?

We have links to these and more in one place and are updating our page daily: https://armatage.org/covid19 If you haven’t done so yet, please send it to your block’s e-list or share on social media. Email suggestions for additions to anacoordinator@armatage.org.


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Park Event and Facility Closures through August 31

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board made the difficult decision to cancel all park events and close recreation centers, restrooms, pools and beaches through August 31. This includes the cancellation of neighborhood events like Armatage Summer Festival that are held at parks. Parks, trails, athletic fields and courts, parkways, dog parks, and golf courses will remain open.  Read the full list of what’s open, closed and canceled here.

Stay safe while enjoying our parks and trails:

  • Stay six feet apart – if you are able to, please move aside for families with young kids, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • No group sports, play dates, or activities
  • Don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular parks
  • Use parks in moderation
  • Don’t visit parks or trails if you feel sick or have symptoms like a fever, runny nose and/or sore throat

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Check Out this Message from Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo

There have been increased incidents and attacks against Asian American communities across the nation as a result of racism coupled with coronavirus fears. Watch and share Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo’s video to learn about how the City is responding.

Call 311 to report discriminatory actions to the City’s Civil Rights Department and call 911 in an emergency.

The Minnesota Department of Health also has some great anti-discrimination posters available on its website.


Minneapolis City Trees Program

Low-cost Tree Sales for Minneapolis Residents

The Minneapolis City Trees Program is now open to ALL Minneapolis property owners! Sales are happening on a new online system through May 1 or until trees are sold out.

Unlike past years, there is no lottery and available trees will be smaller in size (#5 and #7 containers) in order to make more trees available to more property owners. Visit https://mpls-tree-sale.myshopify.com/ and please spread the word to your neighbors!



SW Parks Master Plan Comment Period Extended

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board extended the comment period for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan through April 25, 2020. With park buildings now closed through until May, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans.



Transportation Action Plan Comment Period Extended

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which is extended until May 22.

Attend the Online Open House on Monday, April 13 from 4:30-5:30pm on the Minneapolis Facebook page to hear about your plan, give input, and interact in real time.


Comment Period Extended to July 15

The City of Minneapolis has extended the public comment period for the Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Guidelines through July 15, 2020.

Proposed funding levels for neighborhoods like Armatage will significantly decrease in 2021 and beyond to shift more funding toward areas of the City with greater equity needs. Base funding levels will drop to 1/3 of their current level for Armatage, which will impact our ability to serve the neighborhood. Read the draft guidelines and learn more at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020


We Love Our Neighborhood

Thank you to Armatage neighbors Linda and Maggie for sharing their sidewalk poetry with us during this turbulent time!

Let us know how you’re making Armatage a bit brighter so we can share it with the neighborhood by emailing anacoordinator@armatage.org.

March 27, 2020 eNews


Update from the ANA on COVID-19

Do you need to…

  • Find a food shelf,
  • Apply for unemployment,
  • Look up high risk grocery shopping hours,
  • Request help around your home (esp. if you’re a senior or have a disability),
  • Find ideas to keep kids busy during the day,
  • Check the details of our upcoming #StayHomeMN order?

We couldn’t find all this info in one place, so we created a new page with these links and more and are updating it daily: https://armatage.org/covid19 Send it to your block’s e-list or share on social media and send suggestions for additions to anacoordinator@armatage.org.

Care for our community: follow #StayHomeMN guidelines. Practice social distancing for essential trips out of the house. Support the heroes who staff our hospitals and clinics, emergency services, grocery stores, nonprofits, and care-giving facilities.  Check in with neighbors who may need assistance with groceries, shoveling (though let’s hope snow stays FAR away), or just a friendly phone call or text. ❤️


NEW: Armatage Virtual Coffee Break

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

Join us for a virtual neighborhood coffee break next Tuesday morning. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, download the free Zoom app on your device (trust us, it’s MUCH easier), create an account, and click on the link above. We know this is a tough and isolating time for many of us and hope you can join in and connect with neighbors.

Kids are welcome in the background (we love Zoom – it’s easy to mute!), no partisan politics please, and if you’d prefer, simply call in on your phone. We’re going to try this out and think about adding an evening (8:00pm?) Happy Hour option, too!



Enter to win a $50 gift card to one of four local businesses! How? 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. How to help: take the Census, complete a quick action from the following list, and enter your info at armatage.org/2020census for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

  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 www.wecountminneapolis.org/



More info on this order at mn.gov/stayhomemn


March 17, 2020 Meeting Recap

The ANA held its first virtual neighborhood meeting on Zoom – thanks to everyone who joined us! Council Member Palmisano gave an update on the City of Minneapolis’s efforts to prepare for COVID-19. The board planned a COVID-19 resources page (linked above), voted to postpone the Annual Meeting & Board Elections until June 16, and discussed a response for the Neighborhoods 2020 comment period, which ends on April 17. The Mini Grants Committee is in the midst of weighing applications for the 2020 grant round and the ANA’s Complete Count Committee is reworking its 2020 Census outreach strategies to be online-only (see above).



Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions.

Attend an upcoming online open house
We’re planning a series of online open houses to get your input on the plan. Join us to hear about the plan and interact in real time.


Neighborhood Funding to Decrease

The new Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Guidelines are here and we encourage neighbors to check out the plan and comment by April 17. The City Council plans to vote on this in May.

Proposed funding levels for neighborhoods like Armatage will significantly decrease in 2021 and beyond to shift more funding toward areas of the City with greater equity needs. Base funding levels will drop to 1/3 of their current level for Armatage, which will impact our ability to serve the neighborhood. Read the draft guidelines and learn more at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020



SW Parks Master Plan Comment Period Extended

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board extended the comment period for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan through April 25, 2020. With park buildings now closed through until May, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans.


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Visiting parks during #StayHomeMN? Use this handy graphic to maintain social distancing!

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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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/

November 1, 2019 eNews

Celebrate the last time there will be daylight at 5:00pm at a pop-up park date with your neighbors this Saturday, November 2! Stop by with kids and pets for coffee, hot cider and treats for all (including 🐕!) and weigh in on our neighborhood funding plan (armatage.org/funds).



The Armatage Neighborhood Association has remaining, unspent funds and needs your input! Check out the proposed plan to allocate this one-time resource to keep popular programs and community services operating for the next 4+ years at armatage.org/funds

Voice Your Feedback by November 15:

  • Fill out our online survey
  • Text us at 612.466.0296
  • Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org
  • Tell us at upcoming events:
    • Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date • Saturday 11/2 • 3:00-5:00pm
    • Neighborhood Happy Hour • Tuesday 11/12 • 7:00-9:00pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • November Neighborhood Meeting • Tuesday 11/19 • 6:30pm at Armatage Rec Center – final neighborhood and board vote.  Anyone 18 and older who lives in the Armatage Neighborhood or is a designated representative of a neighborhood business is eligible to vote.


Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 12
7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors and catch up on everything that’s happening around Armatage at our last Neighborhood Happy Hour of the year!

Helpful details: no RSVP needed, pizza is free, cash bar, kids are welcome and help tipping our servers is appreciated.


Fall Leaves & Street Sweeping

🍁🍂 Leaves are falling! Here are just a few handy reminders as we head into the last month of autumn:


Now is the Time to Adopt-a-Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get into the storm drain when it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms. Don’t wait for the city to sweep the street, as leaves will be rushing down the drain with each rainfall!

If you haven’t already, consider the county’s Adopt-a-Drain program, signing 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/

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!


Plate & Parcel Holiday Market at Wagners

Formerly the Linden Hills Holiday Market, Plate & Parcel is a bustling hub of local farmers, foodies, artists and craftspeople. This year’s holiday market is located within the greenhouses at Wagner Garden Center (6024 Penn Ave S), which will be filled with festive winter home and garden decor. Visitors will be able to shop for unique holiday gifts, decadent gourmet treats and home goods from a rotating selection of over 60 different vendors every weekend. The market is FREE to attend, family-friendly, and all are welcome. More info is available on Plate & Parcel’s Facebook event page.

2019 Schedule:
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday, November 2 through December 22


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020

October 25, 2019 eNews

October 15, 2019 Meeting Recap

  • The ANA discussed upcoming park events and voted to approve funding to support Armatage Park’s Halloween event.
  • Minneapolis Regulatory Services staff members Clara Schmit-Gonzales and Mah Isaac spoke on their department, which includes Animal Care & Control, Fire Inspections Services, Housing Inspections, Traffic Control, and Operations and Engagement. Residents can reach Regulatory Services via 311.
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board staff member Emma Paschutta spoke on the Parks for All 2020 Comprehensive Plan. 3,000 comments have been received and community members can continue to submit their dreams and visions for the Minneapolis parks system through comment boxes at all recreation centers and through an online survey.
  • City Council Member Linea Palmisano spoke on Vision Zero and the City’s efforts to lower the speed limit in Minneapolis, updates on Neighborhoods 2020, implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and other upcoming city projects.
  • The ANA discussed its draft funding plan and outreach efforts for the 35 day comment period. The board approved funds for supplies and food at upcoming engagement events. Community feedback on the proposed plan will be accepted through November 15 – more info is listed below and at armatage.org/funds.



The Armatage Neighborhood Association has remaining, unspent funds and needs your input! Check out the proposed plan to allocate this one-time resource to keep popular programs and community services operating for the next 4+ years at armatage.org/funds

Voice Your Feedback by November 15:

  • Fill out our online survey
  • Text us at 612.466.0296
  • Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org
  • Tell us at upcoming events:
    • Armatage Park Halloween • Friday 10/25 • 6:00-8:30pm
    • Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date • Saturday 11/2 • 3:00-5:00pm
    • Neighborhood Happy Hour • Tuesday 11/12 • 7:00-9:00pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • November Neighborhood Meeting • Tuesday 11/19 • 6:30pm at Armatage Rec Center – final neighborhood and board vote.  Anyone 18 and older who lives in the Armatage Neighborhood or is a designated representative of a neighborhood business is eligible to vote.

Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date

Saturday, November 2
3:00-5:00pm

Join the ANA Board for warm drinks, treats, and a fun afternoon play date at the Washburn Tot Lot! Stop by to weigh in on our neighborhood funding plan for the next few years (more info at armatage.org/funds) and stay to play! What better way to spend the last day before Daylight Saving Time ends and the sun starts setting at 5:00pm than with your neighbors?



Now is the Time to Adopt-a-Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get into the storm drain when it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms. Don’t wait for the city to sweep the street, as leaves will be rushing down the drain with each rainfall!

If you haven’t already, consider the county’s Adopt-a-Drain program, signing 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/

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!


Street Sweeping Has Begun

Watch the progress, look up your sweeping date, and answer all your street sweeping questions here.


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020



2020 Census is Hiring

See the census job openings in Minnesota here.

Field representative job applicants should reach out to the Regional Office in order to receive an application package: Chicago Regional Office Recruiting at 1-800-865-6384, Ext. 15. Applications for other positions, such as IT manager and regional technician can be submitted online at usajobs.gov.

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


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

You have just a few more days to support local nonprofit My Very Own Bed at the Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops through the co-ops’ October Change Matters campaign. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op can round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

January 21, 2020 Minutes

Meeting Minutes: 

Date: January 21, 2020

Called to Order: 6:30 PM

Presided by: Joel Federer (President)

Note Taker: Michael Kootsikas

Board Members in Attendance: Ryan Antkowiak, Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Brett Anderson, Adiana Dobryzycka, Donte Mearon, Patty Grabski, Michael Kootsikas, Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Joel Federer

Others in Attendance: David Rubedor (Director of NCR) and Casey Carl (City Clerk)

Board Members Absent: Adam Miller, Judy Vecere, Tyler Mulcahey, Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant)

  • 6:30: Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:35: Park Update (Jordan)
    • Ice Rink
      • Open through presidents day
      • Pretty good numbers / usage
    • Fire and Ice
      • Tree lights will be up
  • 6:40: 2020 Plan – David Rubedor (Director of NCR) and Casey Carl (city Clerk)
    • 2020 Census
      • Every 10 years – full count of residents as of April 1, 2020
      • Extremely important to get correct count. Accurate numbers help set:
        • Political boundaries on all levels
        • Congressional seats – MN at risk of losing a congressional seat (from 8 to 7)
      • Working towards getting people accounted for
        • About 96,000 people estimating to not be accounted
        • 2.6$ Billion in the community Fed funding in Minneapolis that we’d lose without the census being correct over 10 years
        • Children under 5 are most at risk to being under counted
      • Census bureau underfunded compared to previous census
        • 10 vs 3 regional stations in Minnesota
      • Going online for the first time
      • 3 rounds of postcards before enumerator knocks on your door
        • 1st is for online registration
        • March 15 is first round of postcards
      • David Rubedor’s ask: to have ANA help advertise and make people feel comfortable to give their information to the government
      • Language translation For other languages, help is available
      • Grants are available for event that ANA could host. Grant dollars can go towards food
    • 2020 Elections
      • Grants are available for event that ANA could host. Grant dollars can go towards food
      • Registering to vote is the biggest hurdle for voters
        • Can do it online
      • Not doing caucus for president – 2 party  ballots system instead
        • Republican and Democrat – only get one of those party ballots
        • Pick a party and sign an oath
        • Data will not be public information (even though required to collect it). Each party will get ALL the data
        • Run like an election but not an election
      • Feb 25 – Caucus will still happen
        • All other business besides President
      • Casey’s ask of ANA is to try to get people to register
      • April 1, 2021 – census date is given back
  • 7:05: Minneapolis Foundation Grants – to get people registered
    • ANA would need to host an event. ANA had discussions about hosting it prior to the Annual Meeting
  • 7:10: Chili Cook-off
    • Volunteers for setup / takedown – Adriana, Donte, Ryan
    • 7 entries thus far for cook-off
    • Celebrity judges: Bookclub chef, Colita
  • 7:25: Summer Festival Planning Committee
    • Planning needs to begin now
    • Looking for more volunteers
    • First meeting is Friday, February 7th at Book Club from 4-5 PM
    • Volunteers: Joel,  Michael, Ryan, Lauren
  • 7:35: Sister Neighborhood Pilot Presentation – Denis Houle
    • We try to find a fellow Minneapolis neighborhood to:
      • Meet the board members, discuss issues, discuss events
    • Denis sees a big difference between each neighborhood
    • Vision is to network with the other neighborhoods and grow together
    • Denis willing to network with other neighborhoods to find appropriate neighborhoods that are different / unique from Armatage
  • 7:50: Neighborhoods 2020
    • Discussed CURA formulas and pros and cons to each as they are trying to achieve racial equity goals
    • Goal is for Board Members and community to stay engaged with 2020 Neighborhood funding
  • 8:10: President’s Report
    • May Annual Meeting
      • Looking to get guest speaker(s) for meeting. Ideas for presenters: Neighborhoods 2020, Park Update (improvement plans), School Redistricting
        • Other presenters: Linea Palmisano, Jamie Long
      • Try to do a census event. Possibly get David Rubedor (Director of NCR) to help
    • Sara Fulton-Koerbling, Board Member, no longer an Armatage resident and will no longer have a vote. She will be resigning her board seat between now and the Annual Meeting in May
    • December minutes approved online
  • 8:15: 2019 Expenses & Financials Recap
    • Biggest takeaway – we’ll need to readjust our expenses should funding get cut dramatically
    • Armatage got all additional funds under contract NPP
    • Future funding decisions TBD
  • 8:20 – Green Team
    • Organics Recycling Event – February 26
      • MOTION – $500 for Green Team / Organics Activities Budget for 2020
        • APPROVED
    • Mini-Grants
      • They have launched for 2020 and applications are now open. No applications yet.
      • Working towards more outreach, advertising and engagement
  • 8:28: Other business
    • Try to get additional help for meal train for Brett Anderson and Adam Miller
    • Reminder to participate in gift card payment for Brett Anderson and Adam Miller
  • 8:30: MOTION – to adjourn
    • APPROVED