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August 6, 2020 eNews

August Virtual Happy Hour: Let’s Talk About School

Tuesday, August 11
Zoom link:

“Back to school” sure looks different this year! Connect with neighbors at our next Virtual Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 11 from 8:00-9:00pm to discuss your concerns, share ideas, and talk about distance learning in the time of COVID-19. Grab a snack or drink and feel free to come for part or all of the hour. Funny backgrounds encouraged and friends who live outside Armatage welcome! Full Zoom link and details at

Vote in the August 11 Primary

Many polling places in Minneapolis have changed for the August 11 Primary AND November 3 General Election, including in our neighborhood! If you previously voted at the Armatage Community Center, your polling place is now on the opposite side of the building at Armatage Montessori.  Know where to vote on Election Day, see a sample ballot, and read voter tips at Don’t forget your mask!

Vote Early In-person

You can still visit the Minneapolis Early Vote Center (980 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55414) through August 10 to vote early in person. Hours are currently Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  All the details you need to vote early are posted at

Become an Election Judge

Election judges are needed at polling places. Any eligible voter who can read, write and speak English can apply – and multilingual judges are particularly important. Judges receive training and are paid for their time. Hennepin County is working to ensure polling places are safe for both voters and election judges during this COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and apply to become an election judge.

No Contact Drop-off for Absentee Ballots

Not sure your absentee ballot will make it in time for the primary? Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services has a great no-contact option for you! Bikers and pedestrians welcome to drop-off at the hours above.

No ballots may be dropped off at polling places on Election Day so if you need to drop off your ballot on Tuesday, August 11, you must deliver it by 3:00pm to the City of Minneapolis office at 980 East Hennepin Avenue or to the Hennepin County Government Center at 300 South 6th Street.

Save the Date: Sweet Treats in the Park

Grab your mask and come to Armatage Park for a new safe and distanced neighborhood event – Sweet Treats in the Park on Sunday, August 23 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Food Trucks Sonny’s Ice Cream and Thumbs Cookies & Milk will take orders in the parking lot while practicing new safety guidelines and distanced ordering.

Thanks in advance for following our safety guidelines to wear a mask during the event, maintain *at least* 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, follow signs and use the pre-marked spaces to wait in line, and eat away from others in the park (or bring your treats home!).

New Round of Hennepin County Small Business Grants

A new round of small business relief grants is open through Hennepin County Government.

Eligible small businesses can apply for up to $15,000 and funds can be used for rent or mortgage, utilities, PPE and more costs related to re-opening safely. Learn more and apply at by Wednesday, August 12 at noon.

Census Takers Start Door-to-door Outreach on August 11

On August 11, enumerators (also known as census takers) will begin going to households to help those who have not yet completed the census. If you do not want someone to come to your door, you can still complete the census:

Census takers will only visit households until September 30. Let’s make sure our community is seen and heard. Be counted now, so we have the resources we need for education, healthcare, housing and other vital services for the next 10 years.

Distanced National Night Out: September 15

Minneapolis National Night Out is officially rescheduled for September 15 this year due to COVID-19. Learn more about registering your event at Here are some ideas for safe and distanced block gatherings:

  • Be out in front yards at the same time to see one another, pop over for a brief conversation, etc.
  • Meet a neighbor you don’t know yet (masks on, 6+ feet apart)
  • Reconnect with 2 neighbors you do know (masks on, 6+ feet apart)
  • Pick up 3 pieces of litter
  • Clean up a storm drain of leaf/tree debris
  • Chalk a picture on your sidewalk
  • Play a song with an instrument or speakers in your front yard for others to enjoy (be mindful of adjacent neighbors doing this to not complete and take turns)
  • Put out a few balloons or other decorations to make the block festive
  • Share an interesting “show and tell” in your front yard for other neighbors  (a chicken, another interesting pet, a historical novelty, a favorite book of yours, etc.; No touching, just looking)
  • BYO food, drinks and chairs

Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for homeowners and developers to deconstruct buildings to salvage building materials rather than demolish them. Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional costs associated with deconstruction.

Grants are available for demolition or renovation projects that are 250 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1970. Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at

Low-cost Pet Vaccinations Available

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is now offering low-cost pet vaccinations by appointment only to follow safe COVID-19 guidelines and ensure there aren’t too many people in the shelter at one time. Getting animals vaccinated is an important public health and safety service and helps pets live happy, healthy lives.

Services: Rabies vaccination: $10; DA2PP (distemper combination for dogs) vaccination: $10; PRC (distemper combination for cats) vaccination: $10; and microchip: $10.

This service is only open to Minneapolis residents who have or buy a current pet license. Residents can sign up for an appointment using this form or by calling 311 or MACC at 612-673-6222. Appointments are available 1:00-4:00pm on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Emergency Rent Assistance & Evictions Suspended Through Aug 12

Hennepin County is still accepting applications for its emergency rent assistance program. Learn more and apply at

With the extension of MN’s peacetime emergency through August 12, evictions are suspended but rent is still due so please continue to share this resource widely.

February 21, 2020 eNews

February 18, 2020 Meeting Recap

The board approved its annual outreach report for the City. We are so grateful to the volunteers who donated 1,605 hours of their time to the Armatage Neighborhood Association in 2019! The board also discussed the upcoming Mini Grants deadline, Organics Recycling Workshop, recently awarded grant for Census-related outreach, and heard presentations from the following speakers:

  • Michael Jischke, from the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Community Advisory Committee, on the designs for the section of the creek closest to Armatage.
  • Kate Hersey, Executive Director of the Minnesota Tool Library, on the process of setting up tool libraries.
  • Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist for the 5th Precinct, on neighborhood crime data.

Our Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop happens next Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Armatage Park!  Come learn and share ideas in a fun, supportive atmosphere. 🙂  Whether you are already recycling organics and ready to up your game or are still thinking about taking the plunge and getting started, we will cover the latest program updates, tips, tricks, and ideas for home set-ups to help make organics recycling a breeze.

Free to attend. Light refreshments and FREE compostable bags provided to the first 50 attendees. Questions or ideas? Email us at

Just One Week Left to Apply for a Mini Grant

If you have a neighborhood project or idea you’ve always wanted to explore, apply now through February 29 for up to $1,000 in grant funds from the ANA to support that dream.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage is eligible and some funding restrictions apply. Learn more at

Your Vote Guide

Minnesota is holding its first Presidential Primary since 1992!  Unlike other elections, voters in the presidential primary need to choose which party’s ballot they want to vote on. The party they choose is not public information, though it will be available to each party.

Here’s all the info you need to vote on March 3:

Check out updated plans for SW Minneapolis neighborhood parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board released updated park plans for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan.  A 45-day public comment period runs now through April 5, 2020.

Visit to view and comment on the plans online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments.

Apply for Lawns to Legumes Pollinator Grants

Appy now 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 neighborhood! The first application period runs through Feb. 28. Submit your materials today!

Hennepin County Deconstruction Incentives

Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional costs associated with deconstruction.

Grants are available for demolition or renovation projects that are 250 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1950. Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at

December 12, 2019 eNews

December 17, 2019 Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies Needed for the Crisis Nursery

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

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


Comprehensive District Design Studies & Listening Sessions

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

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

Cold Weather Resources

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

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

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

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

Take MnDOT’s 35W@94 Outreach Survey

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

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

New Hennepin County Deconstruction Incentives

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

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

July 16, 2019 Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Ice Skates
    • Fall Activity Registration
  • Guest: Ira Jourdain, Minneapolis Public Schools Board Member, on MPS Comprehensive District Design
  • Summer Festival
    • Screen printing
    • Event volunteer schedule
    • Board t-shirts
    • Zero waste (Green Team)
    • Tables and raffles
    • Set up and take down
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 community message
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Save the date for Mpls Litter Be Gone Clean-up – Oct 5
    • Mini Grants:
      • Approve 2019 Grant Recipients
  • Coordinator Update
    • Business facade grant application
    • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration volunteers
    • NCEC elections
    • Website PHP upgrade
    • No ANA meeting in August

Upcoming meetings/events
Jul 17 – NCEC Elections (6:00 pm, Crown Roller Mill – 105 5th Avenue South)
Aug 6 –  National Night Out
Aug 11 – Summer Festival (4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Aug 22 – Washburn Tot Celebration (5:30-7:30 pm)

November 17, 2015 Minutes

November 17, 2015

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, Sarah Broich, Bri Keeney, Jeff Forss, Laurel Luxenberg, Tara Brown, Sara Emmenecker

Others in attendance: Nikki Lindberg- ANA Coordinator, Nikki Frederich- Park Director, Guest Speaker from Fulton neighborhood: Bart Phillips, 2 interested neighbors (Dave DeNamur and Judy Vecere)

City Council Update: No update; no one from Ward 13 office was able to attend

Park Update:

  • The Halloween event went well (4-7 time frame was good); Nikki F. thanked board for contributing to the hayride; Nikki is brainstorming new ideas for event next year
  • Basketball registration has started and the online registration is working
  • Started to prepare for ice rink
  • New program brochure is out for winter and spring programs
  • “Fire on Ice” event is on Friday 1/22; Nikki F. will communicate with Nikki L. about how board might support
  • Nikki F.’s hours are generally 10-6 and her contact info is in the brochure

Fulton Small Grant Program:

Bart Phillips from the Fulton board presented on Fulton’s Micro Grant Program

  • The program rose out of the idea that small amounts of money can be really helpful for small organizations/projects
  • It took about one year to get going
  • Overview: the program requested applications this past fall, received 7, a small group on the board reviewed apps, funded 4 of the apps in February. At the October annual meeting the groups presented about their community engagement projects.
  • The range of the grants was $500-2000; this year they are offering up to $2500
  • It was important that the projects followed the NRP rules/guidelines

Mr. Phillips further described how the applications were reviewed and answered questions about the project. He offered to assist the ANA if we are interested in pursuing a similar program.

Committee Updates:

  • Safety- there was a request for a safety committee chair. No board members volunteered at this time.
  • Community Engagement – Committee Chair Bri made requests for the board to discuss at December and January board meetings:
    1. An Armatage definition of community engagement–something we agree upon and operate under
    2. Board should set 3 engagement goals for 2016. They can be quantitative or qualitative.
      Bri will also email this request to the board.

Coordinator Update:

  • There are 6 new resident welcome bags; Nikki L. asked board members to help deliver them. Nikki also asked for ideas for things to add to the welcome bags. Email her with any ideas.
  • Nikki L. posed a question to new board members: “what do you need as a new board member?” She is working on adding a board member section to the ANA website and wants ideas for information that should be included.
  • Announced that the Fix-it loan money has now rolled into the combined account with other SW neighborhoods.
  • Blueprint for equitable engagement- the end of the month is the deadline for any feedback.
  • Grievance policy- ANA has one. Nikki L. submitted it to Michelle Chavez to review. If she approves it, we’ll leave it as is.
  • Kwan’s was able to get their beer and wine license.
  • Nikki L. announced that the ANA website is updated.
  • Nikki L. forwarded email to board with information from a community meeting about Solar Gardens. She asked board members to read this information and let her know if ANA has interest in any involvement with this.

Treasurer Report:

No report; there were no changes this past month

Secretary Report:

October meeting minutes were approved via email

New Business:

Judy expressed interest in joining the board. Jeff made a motion that Judy Vecere become a board member. Tara seconded. The motion carried.

Tara announced that she recently completed a master recycling course. She asked if the board would be interested in having her put together a plan to educate Armatage neighbors about organics recycling as it rolls out. Board members encouraged her to pursue this and noted it as a possible community engagement goal for 2016.

Denis asked board members to email him if interested in leading the micro grant program. Bri said she would be interested in being involved in this.

Nextdoor continues to have a lot of posts about package theft. There is information in the newsletter about preventing this.

There was a motion to adjourn at 7:10 pm. Motion was seconded and carried.