Category Archives: Safety

September 21, 2017 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • 911 is implementing a new quality assurance program. This has been in the works for years, and will help provide more consistency to how calls are handled no matter from where you call. It was also emphasized that if you are wondering if you should call 911 or not — CALL. They know how to triage each situation, and prioritize life-threatening situations. The worst thing you can do is to hang up, and please note, that certain cell towers and carries make it hard to know where a cell phone is calling from. (What? TV shows exaggerate?!)
  • The City has presented a Zero Waste plan, and would like your input. The draft plan and a survey link are available online.
  • The Mayor has released her 2018 budget proposal. Part of this includes a 5.5% tax levy increase. The Board of Estimate and Taxation will host a public hearing on September 27 at 4:50 at City Hall to adopt the maximum for levies to be paid in 2018. If you have an option, it is now that you need to be heard.
  • The ANA will be doing a review of their bylaws and procedures starting soon and hope to have draft recommendations by early next year.
  • The Park will be having a coffee truck the next several Saturdays starting at 9:00 am during fall sports. They are still in need of a few more volleyball coaches.
  • Welcome to Annique London, as our new Safety Chair. We look forward to having her support in helping to keep us up to date on neighborhood issues.
  • The board expressed concerns regarding the City’s generous granting of all variance requests, as it seems to not take into account the ecological impacts involving water run off, watershed impacts, and other green space loss due to over building. Tara will help draft a letter we can send to the City expressing these concerns.

FREE Personal Safety Workshop

This Saturday • 10-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

All and all ages are welcome!

Details of what to expect listed online. Bring a water bottle (sounds like a warm day) and dress comfortable if you’d like to get involved in the demonstration portion!

Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00-9:00pm

Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors, learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary snacks!


Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm

Armatage Park


We will once again be hosting a neighborhood event Friday night, and there is something for everyone!

  • Pumpkin carving contest — watch for details about our pumpkin give-away sponsored by 
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • DJ
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Bounce house for kids
  • Trunk-or-Treating — watch for treat station sign up coming soon! Host your own display, the Park and Neighborhood provide the treats that you hand out, you provide the cool decoration station.

Tree Lighting & Charity Event

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm

Armatage Park

We will again host a tree lighting event on Friday evening after Thanksgiving. This year we hope to have some more activities, so watch for more details coming soon. 

We will be collecting diapers and formula to donate to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. You can bring your donations that night, or a collection box will be placed in the park building soon!

September 14, 2017 eNews

September 19th Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Learn about 911
    • Update on changes coming to the service
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Formation of a Small Business Facade Grant Program
      • Reconfirm interest in our Rain Garden proposal ($450 to homeowner, ANA the rest)
      • Approval of July minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – project has started
    • Green Team — additional garden funding or remaining at 10
    • Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
      • Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
    • Summer Festival – Recap
  • Coordinator Update
    • October newsletter
      • Inquiries about advertising and business notifications
    • Accountant services
    • Air quality survey
    • Bylaws – Judy, Joel, Jim, Kelly, Laurel
    • Construction updates: Upton, 54th
    • Variance notices
      • 5925 Russell
      • 5728 Oliver
      • 5400 Washburn
    • November event – charity, tree lighting, activities
    • City Grievance Policy
    • City Zero Waste Draft Plan
    • 2020 meeting results available online
    • Court Watch program
  • New Business
    • Consider inviting Mobile Menders
    • Consider arranging community meeting and greet with members of Mpls Muslim community
  • Adjourn

Meetings are always open to the public. We invite you to come learn and share your thoughts about issues that affect our community.

Tuesday, Oct 3 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Join us at Red Wagon Pizza on October 3 for a neighborhood happy hour. We are excited to be welcomed at a new location, and look forward to seeing our neighbors, and enjoying some good food, drink and conversation.

Happy hour drink prices • Snacks provided by the ANA

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, Sept 23 • 10:00am-Noon • FREE
Armatage Rec Center

Join us for this personal safety workshop. This is the anticipated schedule for the workshop:

  • Initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood (to see what areas are being affected, why certain crimes are being committed and to show each neighbor where crime is in proximity to their home)
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime.
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves & tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations
  • Additional Q&A Session (if time permits)

Sponsored by the ANA. Presented by Stun & Run Self Defense and the Self Defense Bros.
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E-poll books debut this November

By Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk
July 21, 2017

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They’re here! In November, voters will find new technology in the polls. These are the electronic poll books, or EPBs, and they’re bringing a heightened level of service to Minneapolis voters. In a nutshell, these devices replace the bulky printed roster books used for voter verification and check-in at the polls on Election Day. As a result, EPBs help reduce long lines and wait times on Election Day.

Until now, election judges have been dependent on printed roster books containing lists of registered voters in a particular precinct. Expensive and cumbersome, these roster books required significant effort to produce and compile before Election Day, and an equal investment after Election Day to update voter history in the statewide registration system. The transition to an electronic roster not only expedites voter check-in and verification processes and makes it easier to look up voter data, but also saves money, makes post-election data updates faster and easier (and less prone to human error), and strengthens the integrity of the election.

Each EPB unit includes an iPad, a stand, battery pack, and a mini-printer. The iPads have limited functionality, tied specifically to the single purpose of checking, verifying, and—when necessary—registering voters. By limiting their functionality, the security of the voter data, access, and potential hacking is significantly minimized. Because multiple devices can be interconnected and working at the same time in a single precinct, the EPBs are able to synchronize voter data in real-time throughout the day, helping ensure the integrity of the election by preventing individuals from voting more than once.

EPB technology is currently deployed in 32 states, plus the District of Columbia. Last year, the technology was deployed throughout Hennepin County, with the exception of the City of Minneapolis. The EPBs worked well for other cities in the 2016 Presidential Election, and this year Minneapolis joins the other cities in using EPBs. The agreement with Hennepin County provides that the EPB hardware, software, operating equipment, license, and vendor support are all provided at no cost to the City. The entire EVS team completed training provided by the vendor, KNOWiNK, and is preparing specialized training programs for the City’s election judges. Training for election judges will be held in the months of September and October.

Be sure to look for the EPB in your polling place this year. We’re confident that this new technology will help ensure a successful, seamless, and positive implementation to improve service to our voters.

11th Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour

Sunday, Sept 17 • 8:00am
Start & Finish at Boom Island Park

Come experience the beautiful parkways that make Minneapolis the best place to bike in the country by participating in the 2017 Minneapolis Bike Tour! Spanning the Grand rounds Scenic Byway System, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family-oriented, recreational tour that is great for all ages and abilities.

The tour will take place on Sunday, September 17, at 8 am, with a picturesque start and finish line area at Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE). There are two routes to choose from; 16-mile and 32-mile, both of which are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.

Stick around after the ride to enjoy live music, beer for participants 21+ (must show ID), courtesy of local Utepils Brewing, food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and bike tour merchandise for sale.

For more information, please visit our website at

Registration September 13-17: $50 (youth $40)

New Minneapolis program available to clean up litter in public spaces

The City of Minneapolis’ Division of Solid Waste and Recycling recognizes that not all volunteers are able to commit to reoccurring cleanup events, or maintaining areas for an extended period of time. The new Request for Litter Clean-Up Supplies program offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in one-time, no commitment cleanup activities. The program provides litter clean-up supplies such as bags and gloves at no cost, and delivery is provided. The program is available to Minneapolis residents, business and property owners, visitors and other groups that are interested in volunteering to collect litter in their community. Clean-up areas are limited to public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts, green spaces and other public property within the City of Minneapolis.

Find more information here or contact the Division of Solid Waste and Recycling’s Clean City Coordinator at (612) 673-2789.

New City Information System

We are excited to announce the rollout of the new Legislative Information Management System (LIMS), which supports the City’s goal of increasing accessibility and transparency in local government.

Operating like many popular search engines, LIMS is designed to help the public easily track local legislation, find calendars and agendas, and get involved with the City’s many public advisory boards and commissions. In addition to ease of access, LIMS helps users stay up to date on the latest actions taken by the Mayor and City Council as well as export data from LIMS into individualized search reports that can be used for private research or data visualization.

You can access LIMS at

August 22, 2017 eNews

Thank You for a Great Summer Festival

Mother Nature encouraged a last minute reorganization of parts of our festival indoors, but mostly kept the rain at bay. You can check out event photos on our website or Facebook.

We value your feedback! If you have comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to email our coordinator, or complete this short survey.

This event can happen with out support from

  • Volunteers! Thank you to our board and neighbors who helped sell wristbands, run games, bring back the car show, set up the festival, and more!
  • Sponsors! The groups listed below helped cover event costs so we can continue to hold this community event.
    • Gold Sponsor: 
    • Silver Sponsor: 
    • Bronze Sponsors: 
  • Area Businesses! Thank you to all the area businesses that donated items to our auction or raffle, hosted a table or activity at our event. A couple of auction items are still available (see below)! Funds raised go towards event costs. Any additional monies we raise allow us to host other neighborhood events, like happy hours or having pizza at our annual meeting.

Finally, we can’t have a great event with out you! Thank you to all the neighbors who came down to enjoy the music, skate park activities, dancers, games, food, car show…you are why we do this!

Silent Auction Items

Select items are available for bidding (or to buy now) through our online auction site through Labor Day. Items include:

  • 1-month gift certificate plus a uniform from Hwa Rang Do Martial Art Academy located at Nicollet and Diamond Lake. ($145 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $65
  • 8×10 print by Karl Jaeger, featuring some of the most celebrated players in Minnestoa Twins history. Autographed by retired player and coach, Tony Oliva. Opening Bid: $15
  • Certificate for a private studio portrait sitting and $200 portrait credit at Bjorn Portraiture ($500 Value) Opening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $225
  • $125 in services from ZerorezOpening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Leonardo’s BasementOpening Bid: $20  Buy it Now: $45
  • Bowling party for up to 40 people at Park Tavern in St Louis Park. ($520 value) Opening Bid: $100  Buy it Now: $240
  • Tangletown Crossfit Beginner Program = 12 classes + open gym (4 weeks) + jump rope ($115 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • Gift Certificate for $250 from R. F. Moeller JewelerOpening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $100
  • Game Bag filled with toys, games and 4 classes to the Mathnasium ($200 value) Opening Bid: $40  Buy it Now: $90

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

Sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association, the Self Defense Bros. with present a personal safety workshop. Attendees can expect:

  • An initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood to see what areas are being affected by crime, why certain crimes are being committed
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime. 
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves and tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations.
  • Q&A Session (if time permits)

This event is free and open to the public. 

Coaches Needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth soccer, flag football and volleyball. 

To receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities or contact 612-230-6493 or

New interactive map tours make it easy to explore public art in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis recently debuted six interactive map tours that make it easy and fun to explore the approximately 300 publicly owned artworks in Minneapolis.


Save the Arts with Congressman Keith Ellison

Thursday, August 24th, 6pm-7:30pm

Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN)

In Case of Rain: Walker Art Center Garden Terrace Room

Please join me for an event on the importance of federal funding for the arts and humanities! Save the Arts is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 6-7:30pm in the Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN).The event will be outdoors and limited seating will be reserved for elderly and disabled attendees. Please bring a blanket to recline on the grass! RSVP on Facebook.

Neighborhoods 2020 Update

NCR has worked with the NCEC to prepare a Draft Summary of Findings. Please note that this is a draft, and is subject to change. You can review the Draft Summary of Findings, Raw Data, and Open Ended Comments on the NCR Web Site.

November 10, 2016 eNews

November Agenda

Tuesday, November 15 • 6:30 pm
Armatage Community Center


Quarterly Safety Update

Jennifer Waisanen, CPS – Police Inspector Waite – Asst City Atty Wilcox – Lance Custer, Safety Chair

Regular Meeting

  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Plan to engage with renters (postcard mailing)
    • Coordinator Update
      • CPP – approve application
      • FixIt Loan – do we want to contribute funds
    • Treasurer Report
    • Secretary Report – October minutes approved online
    • Coordinator Contract
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details online!

13th Ward Forum – A Conversation with Police Inspector Kathy Waite

Thursday, November 10th, from 6-7pm
at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (5440 Penn Ave S)

Join us as we introduce new MPD Fifth Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite to the community. We will provide pizza and snacks and the church has a nursery in the corner of the room where children can play.

(NOTE: Inspector Waite will also be attending our neighborhood meeting on November 15)

The Taste of Minneapolis International Festival

Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 p.m.
at Phillips Recreation Center (2323 – 11th Ave. S. Minneapolis)

Join community members from across the City to learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live.

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public.

To learn more visit or by calling 612-230-6400.

Entertainment will include:

  • Indigenous Roots Kalpulli Ynocenoxtli Traditional Aztec Dancers
  • Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
  • Somali Museum of MN
  • Yellow Horse Singers
  • Asian Media Access’ Dance Team

Food will be provided by the following restaurants and vendors:

  • Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Kramarczuk’s
  • Sioux Chef
  • Delicias Latinas

Cultural exhibits and demonstrations courtesy of:

  • Somali Museum of MN
  • The Norway House
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Green Card Voices
  • James Autio: Native American Art
  • Gibbs Farm, a program of Ramsey County Historical Society

The Taste of the Minneapolis International Festival is presented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

New Aircraft Noise Basics Video Series

Do you ever wonder who makes the decisions behind the aircraft activity at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)? A new video called Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions? was produced by the Metrpolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and seeks to provide more understanding about the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Aviation Administration, the MAC, and other aviation stakeholders.

Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1: Who Makes the Decisions?” is the first in a new video series that will help members of the public learn basic facts about aircraft noise topics.

Each of the Aircraft Noise Basics videos has a fact sheet that offers more details about each topic. Click here to view the Aircraft Noise Basics-Part 1 fact sheet: “Who Makes the Decisions?

Members of the public can access Aircraft Noise Basics videos and fact sheets by going to the MAC Noise Program website and clicking on “Aircraft Noise Basics”. We will announce each future video and fact sheet through the MAC Noise Program Office “Latest News.”

November 21, 2016 eNews

November Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update
    • Special guests: new 5th Precinct Inspector, Kathy Waite & Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney- 5th Precinct Community Attorney, Matthew Wilcox
    • Updates from Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisenen
      • Most crimes in our area are to unlocked autos or dwellings
      • The couple of break-in burglaries are believed to be by the same individual and the investigation is underway
      • Package thefts (tips below)
      • You can let the police department know when you are going to be away for an extended period of time (through 311 or Jennifer Waisenen) and they will increase patrolling in our area.
    • City Updates
      • 54th Street construction is halted until next spring
      • The light at 60th & Xerxes should be operational shortly
      • Budget hearings are underway and public hearings are listed on the City website
      • Ward 13 will be hosting a forum on Islamophobia on December 12 (watch for more details). Invited panelists include Representative Keith Ellison and City Council Member Abdi Warsame.
    • Neighborhood Association Updates
      • Tree lighting and charity drive on 11/25 (details below).
      • Currently all FixIt Loan funds have been extended. Participating neighborhoods to reconsider increasing funding or reinvesting program income.
      • We will be reaching out to renters in our area to help us learn more about their needs. Event to be held Saturday, January 7 (details to come soon).
      • We have begun to evaluate our park needs (both at Washburn and Armatage locations) in preparation for the Southwest area parks evaluation in 2017 to best know what we’d like to see in the comprehensive plans that will be developed.

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People).

Expecting a package?

Take steps to ensure you get what you ordered

Every year around the holidays, there is an increase in packages ordered online and delivered to homes. This also can come with an increase in thefts when the packages are left unattended outside. Victims usually report the theft to their shippers so the police department may not know the extent of these thefts.

Doorstep delivery can be a crime of opportunity. It could be someone following a delivery truck or it could be someone who happens to be in the area and sees a package delivered.

In looking at the most frequently used delivery services, here are some suggestions the shippers made.

  • Before you ship, choose the right service for your needs.
  • Ship the package to a location where you know someone will be available to receive it. Consider selecting the “signature required” option.
  • Send any FedEx package directly to a FedEx Office location near you or choose from several delivery options. You can have it held for pickup at one of the stations. You can go to to find the nearest location or call 1-800-GO-FEDEX.
  • UPS also has stores that a package can be routed to and have several options for delivery choices. Their information is or 1-800-PICK-UPS.
  • The United States Postal Service has a number of ways to track and secure safe delivery for your packages. You have options on how you want the package delivered as well as tracking and insuring the package. Many of their tips are similar to UPS and FedEx. More info:

As neighbors, if you see something suspicious such as a person picking up a package off your neighbor’s front step or a car following a delivery van, please call 911 immediately.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact 311 or file a police report online. If you have suspect information, call 911.

Depending on who was set to deliver your package, you can also file:

If you used another carrier, check with them on what you need to do in order to file a report for a lost or stolen item.

Yard waste collection has ended

Yard waste collection ended last week for 2016 season. If you still have yard waste that you’d like to get rid of before collection begins again next Spring, please call our office (612-673-2917) or visit Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide for a list of yard waste drop-off locations and alternative disposal options.

Unsigned Street Parking Restrictions

Many parking ordinances have traffic signs indicating that curbside stopping or parking is prohibited or restricted. However, some ordinances do not require signs to be posted. These ordinances address safety issues common throughout the city. To sign all of these locations is not practical. Vehicles parked in violation of these ordinances create a hazard for the safe passage of other vehicles and/or pedestrians. The most common of these parking ordinances include:

Corner clearance
corner parking restrictions

Too close to a stop sign or Traffic Signal – vehicles are not allowed   to park within 30 feet of the approach side of a stop sign or traffic   signal unless otherwise indicated by a parking meter or traffic sign.

Blocked driveway – vehicles are not allowed to park within 5 feet of a  private road, driveway, or alley.

Blocked fire hydrant –   vehicles are not allowed to   stop, stand or park within 10   feet of a fire hydrant, except   when necessary to avoid   conflict with other traffic, or in   compliance with the directions   of a police officer or traffic   control agent.

Railroad Crossing – vehicles are not allowed to park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.

On a sidewalk – vehicles are not allowed to stop on sidewalks, sidewalk crossings or boulevards.

These ordinances discourage motorists from leaving their vehicles in a manner that would pose a safety threat or inconvenience to other drivers or pedestrians.

October 11, 2016 eNews

October Meeting Agenda

October 18, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
    • Other park amenities to explore
Additional picnic tables/benches
Shade trees/structure
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
November Safety meeting, new Inspector invited
    • Community Engagement
Plan to engage with renters
  • Coordinator Update
    • 2017 calendar
    • Community Participation Program (CPP) 2017-19 (see below)
    • FixIt Loan
  • Treasurer Report
Bank accounts (2?)
  • Secretary Report (minutes approved by email)
  • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borers

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.

District 6 School Board debate schedule for October 27

7 pm • Lynnhurst (1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy)

Hear from School Board candidates in person or learn more online!

Neighborhood Priorities

In August the Minneapolis City Council approved the revised Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines and the three-year allocations for the years 2017-2019. CPP funds can be used to support neighborhood organization’s community engagement activities and related administrative expenses, as well as to fund work on priorities identified in approved Neighborhood Priority Plans. We will be discussing these priorities and plans during our October meeting. Resident input is welcome!

You can find more information on the NCR website at:

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 28 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
(weather permitting)

Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn
Mini donuts and hot drinks by Sweet Dreams will be available for sale.
Costumes Encouraged

Pumpking Carving Contest

Bring your carved pumpkin to the park and be entered to win prizes!
Thursday, October 27 • 2:00-9:00 pm or Friday, October 28 • 2:00-4:00 pm
Pumpkins will be on display during the event.
(You can take your pumpkin home with you after the judging!)


Decorated vehicle stations (click for ideas), stationed throughout the parking lot at Armatage Park, will hand out treats.

Get your group together to come up with your display idea!
Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!

Registration is free and we provide the treats*, you just come up with a fun idea, and join us Friday night for the fun!

Be creative! But please remember, this is a family event, so nothing too gory.

Set-up will start at 5:00 pm and all displays must be ready by 6:00 pm.
An adult must stay with the vehicle throughout the event.
We ask that you plan to stay until 8:30 pm, unless otherwise directed that night.

*Treats will be provided by the Park and the ANA. Some treats will be non-candy, and indicated with a Teal Pumpkin.

Trunk-or-Treat Vehicle Display Registration

Due October 22

Mail or deliver to the park or email the following details to
Group/Organization Name • Concept/idea
Main Contact Person• Phone (okay to text?) • Email


Sewer smoke testing

What is smoke testing?

Smoke testing is used to locate cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rain water in the sanitary sewer system. During the test, workers send white smoke into the sewer system. The smoke will come out through holes in manhole covers, plumbing vent pipes and other locations where rain water can get into the sewer system.

When will the test be done?

Tests will take place in the late summer and fall. Residents and property owners should receive a notice by mail (pdf) prior to testing. A second notice will be placed on the front door one-to-three working days before the test. Each test lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Why is the testing being done?

The City is working to keep costs down for our customers and protect the environment. When rain water enters the sanitary sewers, it increases the amount of sewage we need to pay to treat. Also, during intense storms, a large influx of stormwater into the sanitary sewers can overwhelm the system, triggering a combined sewage/stormwater overflow. The City has done a lot to reduce the chances of these kinds of overflows, but more work is needed.

What should I do to prepare?

Pour a bucket of water down your basement floor drain and any toilets, sinks or showers that have not been used within a month. This water should fill the traps and reduce the chance of smoke entering your home or business. Smoke may still enter through missing or broken cleanout caps, or defective plumbing that needs repair.

Call 612-673-3543 for special notification if you or someone in your home has mobility limitations, respiratory conditions or other health concerns that may be aggravated by the smoke.

Save the Date

Armatage Happy Hour
Armatage Neighborhood Happy Hour

Thursday, Nov 3 • 4:00-6:00
Cafe Maude

Meet neighbors, share ideas, express concerns!
Appetizers provided. Cash bar (but great happy hour specials).

Inaugural Armatage Winter Tree-Lighting & Charity Drive

New this year!
Friday, November 25
7:00pm at Armatage Park

The ANA is holding a tree-lighting ceremony at the park on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m., to bring the neighborhood joy and warmth during the winter months. To help spread some of this good cheer, at the tree-lighting event we will be collecting diapers and formula for area charities (Crisis Nursery & People Serving People). Watch for more details!

Anonymous Crime Tips

Want to partner with us to fight crime? All four of the methods below allow you to submit a crime tip anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office. We need your tips about drug activity, cold cases, suspicious activity, or general crime.

  • Call: 1-888-988-TIPS (8477)
  • Text: 847-411, start your text with “HCSOtip” then enter your tip
  • App: Search “HCSOtip” to download the app
  • Online: then fill-out the form

Do NOT use these tip services if you need an urgent response. In case of emergencies, call 911.

Swap Spot

Do you buy or sell online items from sites like Craig’s List? If so, try our Swap Spots for a safe place to conduct in-person transactions.

Swap Spots are designated public places where residents may exchange items that they have purchased/sold online. This allows people to have a public location to make legal transactions.

Swap Spots are located in the lobby of three Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office facilities.

  • Sheriff’s Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN
  • Enforcement Services Division, 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Public Safety Facility, 401 S. 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Swap Spots are available during regular business hours of operation: 8am-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

September 20, 2016 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by board president Denis Houle.

ANA board members in attendance: Denis Houle, Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Sara Emmenecker, Steve Johnson, Bri Keeney, Laurel Luxenberg, & Judy Vecere

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg- ANA Coordinator, Stacy Sorenson, Neighborhood Support Specialist, Mike Wilson, CPA, Linea Palmisano, City Council Member, Nikki Frederich- Park Coordinator, & 1 neighbor – Me’Lea Connelly

City Board Survey (Stacy Sorenson, Neighborhood Support Specialist)

  • Requested that we complete a survey intended to help the city understand the demographics and needs of the neighborhood association boards. The survey was anonymous in nature.

Compliance Overview (Mike Wilson, CPA)

  • Mike made us aware of a city-wide accountability initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to verify that neighborhoods are utilizing the public dollars for purposes specific to their intended communicated activities/initiatives and to verify we can continue to qualify for our tax-exempt status. Armatage hasn’t been checked up on in a few years but a more concerted effort will be performed to do so once every three years.
  • Information Return
    • Mike indicated we can (but do not have to) file a 990 Tax Return.
      • He considers this a best practice and will make future audits simple and easy to administer.
    • As an alternative to the form 990, we could file a 990N which is a short form. Should an audit occur we would likely need to take a deeper dive.
    • As a board, we collectively decided filing a 990 Tax Return makes sense as it is relatively easy to complete and will save us time and possible future headaches.
  • Mike will prepare Judy with a checklist of items to be aware of throughout the year so we don’t inadvertently forget to do something or file something by a particular deadline.

Armatage Updates (Linea Palmisano, City Council Member)

  • Indicated that on the Mayor’s Budget Proposal, Armatage was in line to have a 5.5% increase in dollar amount collected by property tax levy. The increase was spurred by cost increases to provide current service level, decrease in local government aid by the state, 20-year roads agreement, and additional spending. This fired up some residents because they felt a 5.5% levy increase was too high. Linea indicated she will continue to have conversations with constituents and will pay very close attention to this in the coming months.
  • Crime Update
    • Crime is down ytd vs. previous years. Additionally, the amount of crime we have relative to the rest of the city is very low.
    • Cautioned us that focusing on the frenzy that is Next Door offers a fairly myopic view on what is truly one of the safest wards in all of MPLS.
  • Neighbor, Me’Lea Connelly, expressed concern about the perception of renters and how she hopes Armatage can work to improve communication and engagement with Armatage renters. She is working towards buying the home in which she rents but she knows other renters feel discriminated against or looked down upon simply because they rent vs. own.
    • Me’Lea and Bri were going to collaborate/share ideas as that is one of Bri’s areas of focus as the Chair of the Engagement Committee.
    • Linea also shared with the group homeline; which is a website promoting advocacy and best practices for renters.
  • Linea will be traveling through the district with the new Director of Public Works, Robin Hutchinson on October 7th. Linea requested feedback on any areas we felt we should draw attention to on the Armatage portion of her tour.
    • One topic which drew some attention was surrounding bike lanes. In many cases, they are adequate for leisure use but unsafe for daily bike commuting. Fragmented throughout the neighborhood which puts bikers at risk when they are in a lane and then the lane disappears.
    • Discussion surrounding heavy traffic at 58th/Xerxes.
    • Frustration with why no crosswalk at 57th/Penn despite a sidewalk coming from the park.
      • Linea addressed this concern by stating a cross walk will only be installed when it is deemed a safe area to cross the street. Since there is no stop sign or street light at 57th/Penn pedestrians should go to the next block when crossing the street.
    • Linea provided an update on the safe routes program which is an initiative to make commonly travelled routes safer for pedestrians. One example of how they improve routes is to install ramps at curb corners.
    • Work continues to be done to lessen the air traffic noise.

Park Update (Nikki Frederich, Park Director)

  • Soccer & Football youth sports are in full swing.
    • 9pm lights off (most nights).
    • 10pm is the latest lights will be on (permission requested in advance of activity).
  • Registration for volleyball begins soon.
  • Winter sports registration in about a month.
    • Basketball available (K-12); typically VERY popular
    • Skating Lessons as well (Tara will be an instructor)
  • Halloween Event scheduled for Friday October 28th (6-8:30pm).
    • Trunk or Treat
      • Will look into Teal Pumpkin as an Allergy Friendly Stop
    • DJ
    • Hayride
    • Fire Pit w/ S’Mores.
    • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Park Activities for Toddlers.
    • Friday mornings 10:30-12 beginning in October and running to March
    • Consideration to have something open on Monday evenings as well
  • Fire & Ice is scheduled for January 20, 2017
  • The next monthly Dinner & a Movie is scheduled for October 15th
    • Parents can drop their kids and the kids will eat and watch a movie ($10/child)

Proposed Expenditures (Denis Houle)

  • Denis requested a motion to approve the following expenditures
    • Portable Projection Screen (120’ x 60’ – $199) – approved
    • Tree Lighting (Deciduous – $650-$700) – approved
      • Discussed having a tree-lighting event in tandem with the lighting
      • Trial run as the expense was deemed high by several board members
    • Hydration Station (inside – $850) – approved
    • Park Tent Purchase for the Park ($96) – approved
    • Window Blinds for Multi-Purpose Room ($1,015) – approved
    • Skateboard Lock Up ($380) – denied
    • Reupholstery of community center furniture – Park acquired funding; no motion required
  • Will discuss new park amenities at the next board meeting

Committee Updates

Safety Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • New inspector to attend our November meeting. Will plan to put on a workshop for block leaders in the new year.
    • Opportunity exists for us to interact with the block leaders which could lead to a more-engaged, synergistic community.

Community Engagement Update (Bri Keeney)

  • 3 initiatives this year
    • Establish an ongoing Happy Hour series
      • Up and running – strong participation at the last happy hour
        • Consideration being given to a bi-monthly happy hour on the 1st Thursday of every odd month.
      • Organics
        • An organic workshop has already occurred
      • Renter Outreach Workshop
        • Three-Part Series being discussed
          • Topics include 1st Time Home Buyer, City Council Renter Resources, Networking/Happy Hour for local renters
        • Bri to collaborate with Me’Lea a local renter whom has expressed a concern an interest in improving renter/owner relations

Summer Festival Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • The event was well-received by the public. Covered our cost and turned a slight profit (~$600)!
  • For next year, we need to establish a better day-of-event plan as Nikki was spread too thin and couldn’t be everywhere at once. Would prefer to empower people to own certain aspects of the event.
    • Discussed establishing a “checklist” so this can easily be executed by anyone.
  • A general preference by the board to consider a weekend day vs. a Monday evening for next year’s event. While the event was well-attended, changing the date could increase the amount of people who could attend.

Coordinator Update (Nikki Lindberg)

  • Nikki looked into incorporating an “Open Streets” event in Armatage but came away a bit deflated because we’d likely need to partner with an adjacent city since our main roads are busy and border other communities – Edina, Richfield, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Kenny).
  • October Newsletter update
    • Will promote Trunk or Treat Event
    • Other ideas to include in newsletter
      • Season Change guide
      • Promote and standardize happy hour schedule
        • 1st Thursday of the Month on every odd month
      • Request to be able to link the Armatage Calendar to outlook, google, etc….
    • Discussion surrounding changing the date of the Armatage Garage Sale
      • Leaning towards the weekend after Memorial Day

Treasurer Update (Judy Vecere)

  • Judy provided a current Revenue & Expense report. The report was thorough and straight-forward. A recent deposit brings the “Funds Available” to approximately 45k.

Denis motioned to adjourn and absolutely everyone seconded. Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

September 13, 2016 eNews

Armatage Happy Hour

Join Us Thursday!
Armatage Happy Hour
4:00-6:00 • Cafe Maude

Septemer Meeting Agenda

Sept 20, 2016 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Proposed expenditures
    • Portable projector screen (large, indoor/outdoor, movie night, etc) $209 (Amazon)
    • Tree lighting $650-700
    • Hydration station $850
    • Park event tent $96
    • Window blinds for multi-purpose room $1,015
    • Skate board lock-up $380
    • Additional reupholstering cost $1,130 (for a total of $2,930)
    • Other park amenties to explore
      • Shade trees/structures
      • A/C
      • Additional picnic tables/benches
    • Committee Updates
      • Safety
        • November Safety meeting
      • Community Engagement
      • Summer Festival – recap/feedback
    • Coordinator Update
      • Open Streets
      • October newsletter
      • 2017 calendar
    • Treasurer Report
      • 990 filing
    • Secretary Report
    • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borer

Please submit agenda items and requests for childcare at least 3 days in advance.

Fall Park Guide Available Online

NEW Creative Dance Class at Armatage Park

Our littlest dancers learn creative dance and pre-ballet in an imaginative and childlike setting. We will make simple costumes (materials fee included). The session will culminate in a holiday Nutcracker performance. Parents are welcome but not required to participate.

Ages 3-5
Thursdays (9/15 to 11/17) #61156
Saturdays (9/17 to 11/19) #61155
$80 per session


Minneapolis Zero Waste Plan Reminder

In 2016 the City of Minneapolis will be developing a Zero Waste Plan, focused on a set of strategies to move the City toward zero waste. Your input, perspectives, ideas, and concerns will help City staff and policy makers develop a plan that supports the achievement of the City’s ambitious goals for waste reduction, while also enhancing livability, community vitality, and economic prosperity

Multi-Unit Residential Sector

Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Sabathani Community Center
310 38th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 18. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Commercial Sector

Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 23. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Keep informed about the 54th St Construction


City email sign-up

Tenant Engagement Workshop
September 22, 2016 • 6:00-7:30pm
Van Cleve Recreation Center

About the Tenant Engagement Work Group

The Tenant Engagement Work Group meets on a quarterly basis at rotating locations throughout the city. Meetings are informal and are open to all Minneapolis renters, people who advocate for and support renters, and others interested in tenant engagement. To receive future communications about the work group, email

RSVPs are appreciated at


Organics Recycling Training

Session 1: Tuesday, September 27, 6PM – 8PM, Longfellow Park (3435 36th Ave S)

Session 2: Thursday, October 13, 6PM – 8PM, Windom Park Northeast (2251 Hayes St)

Get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations, and tips that make organics recycling easy.

Learn about the City’s new Recycling Block Leader program and how you can sign up to be the leader on your block.

  • Hear presentation from Minneapolis Recycling Staff
  • Get a free kitchen organics collection container, while supplies last
  • Pick up a free yard sign promoting organics recycling
  • Enjoy refreshments with your neighbors

RSVP:  Encouraged but not required.

Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Questions:  Laura Horner,, 612-673-3318


Register to vote in the general election, November 8

Eligible Hennepin County voters have until Tuesday, October 18, to preregister for the 2016 general election. If you’ve recently moved or are a new voter, save time on Election Day. Register to vote or check your voter registration status at

Voters may also register in person on Election Day, which is November 8, or vote absentee for any reason.

For information about voting and elections in Hennepin County, visit

Kids Vote need volunteers!


Free gun locks available to Hennepin County residents

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, offers free gun locks to Hennepin County residents.

The lock is a cable-style device and it is intended to discourage unauthorized access to a firearm, particularly by young children.  Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety.

The free gun locks are available at:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Headquarters at 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permit Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 22, Minneapolis

Find out more information here about gun safety in your home.

Help shape our city — apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 21. The positions are open until filled. There are 151 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions:

  • Advisory Committee on Aging
  • Advisory Committee on People With Disabilities
  • Arts Commission
  • Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee
  • Charter Commission – the application review process is underway
  • Commission on Civil Rights – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Community Environmental Advisory Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission – the application review process will begin Sept. 30
  • Planning Commission
  • Police Conduct Review Panel – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Police Oversight Commission – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Public Housing Authority
  • Telecommunications Network
  • Workplace Advisory Committee – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment


July 15, 2016 eNews

July Meeting Agenda

July 19, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
    • Community Engagement
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • New Business

Please submit agenda items and any special requests at least 3 days in advance.

ANA Summer Festival
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm
Armatage Park

Movie in the Park at dusk – Where the Wild Things Are

Volunteer sign-up now available. Learn about all that will be happening that night including

live music • food trucks • carnival games for kids* • face painting and henna tattoos* • bounce houses and giant slide* • NEW games for adults including Kan Jam • great info booths with games and prizes


Bring a water bottle to fill up at our water station donated by Minneapolis Tap

Thank you to our additional sponsors  Anytime Fitness   SWBAlogo_Page_1   MPRB_Logo

Burglary Alert

There have been 5 reported burglaries since July 11 in a 2-3 block area in the Tangletown neighborhood. The burglaries occurred overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am while the homeowners were asleep. In three incidents the burglar was unable to make entry into the home because the windows and doors were locked. Entry was made in the other burglaries through an unlocked window and in one case, pry marks were found on the side door.

If you have any information that could lead to a suspect on these burglaries, please contact our property crimes investigator Sgt. Warnberg at (612) 673-5599.

Home Security Prevention Tips

  • Lock your home, apartment, and garage doors and windows at all times, even if you are in the home or yard.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes laptops, purses, wallets, keys, and anything else that may contain personal information. Remember: Treat your garage door opener as a key to your property.
  • Record the make, model, and serial numbers on your valuables and keep in a safe place. This information can greatly assist in recovery of items. Photographs may also be of assistance. NOTE: You can register you bicycle for free with the City. This can help recover your bike if it is ever stolen.
  • Secure windows and doors in homes and garages.
    • Use deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw on all exterior doors. Use 6” strike plates and 3” case-hardened screws that enter the studs behind the doorframe.
    • Pin or add auxiliary locking devices to windows and sliding glass doors.
    • Place an opaque material over garage windows.
    • Install a solid core door with a deadbolt on garage service door.
    • Secure overhead garage door tracks with a padlock.
    • Consider installing security film on windows near or on doors to prevent access to door locks via breaking a window.
  • Consider using timers on lights, radios and/or a TV when you are away from home.
  • If you have a security system, use it even while at home. Dogs can be a deterrent as well.
  • Know who is in your home; service providers and contractors should do background checks on their employees.

How to report a burglary

Call 911 to report a burglary, whether or not you witness the burglary in progress. Note missing items, suspect description, tools, objects, or DNA evidence left at scene, possible time and date of occurrence, video surveillance, etc. See for additional tips and resources.

Call 911 on all suspicious activity including suspicious persons and vehicles loitering near homes and in alleyways, or unfamiliar noises such as breaking glass.


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National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2

You can request your block closure for free until July 19! After that, it costs $100! So act now!

Minneapolis has already had 1,000 parties registered! We continue to be one of the most engaged communities in the nation and hope you will help us all continue this trend. NNO is a great way to meet your neighbors and improve area safety.

This year we will be putting blocks with new event registrations, or where we haven’t had a registraiton in a long time, at the top of our list for team visits. These are investigators, lieutenants, commanders, and our top brass who visit many events throughout the night. We should have as many as 80 teams rolling around on August 2nd! As always our Crime Prevention Specialist and other officers from the precinct will be “party-hopping” too!

Also for many years we’ve included Mall of America Nickelodeon Mystery Tickets which are always a hit with kids at NNO block parties, and this year is no different. Register your party today!

Early voting has started for the Aug. 9 Primary Election. Although Minnesota voters already had a chance to participate in selecting each party’s presidential candidates in the caucuses held by the parties in March, there are other races on the primary ballot. Every seat in the state legislature is up for reelection this year, and several of those seats will be on primary ballots in order to decide which candidate will be moving forward for each major political party in the November General Election. Check out What’s on the ballot for more information about what contests are on the primary ballot, and to get a copy of your sample ballot.

In-person early voting

Voters can come downtown to cast an absentee ballot for the primary in-person. In-person voting is at the newly opened Early Vote Center located at 217 S. Third St, one block from City Hall. Early voting can be done Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 8. The Early Vote Center will also be open the final two Saturdays before the primary, on July 30 and Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Early in-person voting is convenient. It can be especially helpful for voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, by providing the extra time, attention and onsite resources more readily afforded at the Early Vote Center than across all polling places on Election Day.

Vote by mail

Voters who choose to vote early by mail just need to submit an absentee ballot application to have a ballot sent to them along with a postage paid envelope to return that ballot. This can be done by completing the application online or by completing a paper application and submitting by mail, email, fax, or in person to the Elections Office. Get downloadable forms available in 11 languages and full instructions for returning the application and mail ballots on the absentee voting section of

More election judges needed

Several hundred more election judges are needed to serve in the City’s 132 polling places on Election Day, for the Aug. 9 Primary and the Nov. 8 General Election. Judges can work in the polls on either or both dates to help voters cast their ballots, and run polling place operations. Election judges are paid for their service, at $13.30 per hour beginning Aug. 1, and also receive pay for the required training they will complete prior to Election Day.

You must be an eligible voter in Minnesota in order to serve as an election judge. The Elections & Voter Services website has more information about serving as a judge, and is also the place to go to get signed up by completing the online application.

Fall Park Program Registration Open Now

You can register online or in person at the Summer Festival (or at the park building). Youth sports including football and soccer are just some of the popular offerings through our parks.

Through August, adults can also take advantage of a new Zumba class on Wednesday nights!

Home Energy Squad

Home Energy Squad Visits

Interested in saving money on your home or rental property?  A Home Energy Squad visit is a great way to have a trusted  expert come to your home and install free energy efficient materials, safety check your heating and water system and evaluate energy savings opportunities.  This typically costs $70 and over 9,000 Minneapolis households have participated.  For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering FREE visits for income qualified residents along with 0% financing for insulation and/or air sealing upgrades.  To learn more call 612 335 5874 or visit

Minnehaha Creek Cleanup: July 24

Registration is now open for the 2016 Minnehaha Creek Cleanup on Sunday, July 24! RSVP here.

As the event marks its 10th anniversary, volunteers now have three cleanup locations to choose from – Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis. The expansion to Minnetonka provides opportunities to clean the creek all the way from the creek’s headwaters near the Gray’s Bay Dam to Minnehaha Falls – 22 miles downstream. This year’s goal is to collect 4 tons of trash. Learn more at

June 24 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

June 21, 2016

  • Fall programming for the park is available online and registration opens July 6.
  • The ANA voted to approve spending to support park improvements including reupholstering the lounge furniture.
  • Kelly Falsani was re-elected Vice President. Ryan Antkowiak was elected secretary. Denis Houle, President and Judy Vecere, Treasurer, have  one year remaining in their terms.
  • Denis Houle as re-elected to the NCEC (Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission) for a two-year term. The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program. The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions, develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process, and reviews the business plan for the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. He expects their main focus will be the future of neighborhood organizations and their funding.
  • The ANA will plan another Armatage Happy Hour in September/October.


  • Block leaders get special crime alerts for their block and are asked to share the information with their neighbors in a mutually convenient way.
  • Block leaders get priority registration for:
    • MPD Citizens Academy (learn how the police department works)
    • MFD CERT (learn how to respond in a natural disaster)
    • and can even attend the RPOW (rental property owner workshop)
  • It doesn’t take a lot of time to be a block leader but it can make a huge difference in your neighborhood
  • More than one person can be a block leader on a block so everyone is welcome to join!


Date: Monday July 25th , 2016
Time: 6-7pm
Where: 5th Precinct Community Room
3101 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis 55408
(Visitor parking lot off 1st Av S just south of 31st St W)

This meeting is informal and more than one representative per block is encouraged to attend. If you need to come a little late or leave a little early, no problem.

Walk-ins are welcome.

To RSVP (or for questions) contact:
CPS Jennifer Waisanen at (612) 673-5407

If you would like to be trained as a block leader but can’t attend this meeting, please contact Jennifer  to schedule a different time.

Fireworks!! What Is Legal, What Is Not

An Important Message from the Minneapolis Police Department

Certain types of fireworks became legal in Minnesota in April 2002. With warmer weather and an increase of complaints about fireworks, the Minneapolis Police Department wants you to know these important facts

What’s legal?

Minnesota law permits the sale, possession and use of some non-explosive and non-aerial fireworks. Examples include sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers. (These consumer fireworks may not be used on public property such as roads, alleys, schools, and parks.)

Purchasers of these fireworks must be at least 18 years old. Sale, possession and use may occur at any time during the year.

Fireworks can only be sold from inside a permanent structure. Merchants selling fireworks from any location other than a permanent structure are in a violation of a city ordinance.

What’s illegal?

The law still prohibits explosive and aerial fireworks for public sale, possession and use. Examples of illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells—any fireworks that are explosive and aerial.

Be a considerate neighbor!

Fireworks can be extremely frustrating for neighbors, especially when homes are close to each other, people are trying to sleep or when small children and pets are frightened. Fireworks are also very dangerous and pose a personal injury and structure fire risk.

Reserve the use of 911 to urgent concerns involving life safety. Minneapolis 911 will have increased staffing during the holiday but fireworks noise complaints tie up a significant amount of resources which will result in longer 911 answer times for callers.

Due to the huge volume of calls received, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident. This is done to assure that police officers are available to respond to emergency situations in progress.

Fireworks complaints can also be filed on line or by calling 311

Home Energy Squad
Minneapolis offers free home energy efficiency visits, no-interest financing for recommended upgrades

The City of Minneapolis is offering free home visits from energy-saving experts to income-qualified Minneapolis residents including renters. Join more than 9,000 households that have already benefited from the program. Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. Minneapolis households over the income limit for the free visits can still receive the visit for $70.

At the home visit a team of energy consultants will:

  • Install energy-saving materials such as door weatherstripping, a water heater blanket, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, a programmable thermostat, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Test for air leaks.
  • Inspect attic and wall insulation using an infrared camera.
  • Recommend energy upgrades based on the test results.
  • Check heating systems and water heaters for safety.
  • Provide a quote for insulation and/or air sealing and the opportunity to connect with a qualified contractor if applicable.

Free visits and no-interest financing

The City of Minneapolis offers free visits to qualified households with an income less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people. If the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, income-qualified residents also have special access to zero percent financing to complete that work. Homeowners can call 612-335-5874 to confirm eligibility and schedule a visit. Funds are limited.

Home Energy Squad is provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and delivered by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a Minneapolis nonprofit.

To schedule a Home Energy Squad visit, call 612-335-5874 or visit

Seasonal cycle of Minneapolis lakes fish kills is no cause for concern

Have you been noticing some not-so-pleasant smells around the lake shores? Don’t be alarmed! As strange as it sounds, the increase in temperature and the appearance of dead fish and decomposing plants around Minneapolis lakes have a direct correlation.

A Few Things to Remember About Summer Fish Kills:

  • Fish kills and plant decomposition happen yearly
  • Fish kills occur not just in Minneapolis lakes but in many lakes in Minnesota

Seasonal fish kills have no effect on the quality of the lake’s water for swimming or boating, the quality of the other fish in the lake or the ability to eat or consume fish from the lake