November 16, 2022 eNews

Give Today to Support the ANA!

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the Armatage Neighborhood Association with a Give to the Max Day donation this year. Give to the Max Day is tomorrow (Nov 17), but you can give early today. With your help, the ANA works to make Armatage a place where all are welcome, empowered, and connected through community-building events, environmental work, safety initiatives, advocacy and communications that keep you informed and engaged.

Big or small, EVERY donation matters!  Give today at  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every donation to the ANA is tax-deductible and eligible for an employer match.

2022 Year in Review

Here’s what your neighborhood association did to build community, bring neighbors together, educate and advocate in 2022:

  • Fire & Ice Skating Party with Armatage Park (Jan)
  • Green Team Monthly Reading Circle (Feb-Sep)
  • Green Team Regenerative Agriculture series (Mar)
  • Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up (Apr)
  • Tech Help for Seniors drop-in event (Apr)
  • First-ever Armatage Pet Fest (May)
  • Garden Tool Swap with City of Mpls (May)
  • Annual Meeting & Board Election (May)
  • Movie in the Park with Armatage Park (Jun)
  • Garden Evolution Workshop (Jun)
  • Armatage Summer Jam (Aug)
  • Rain & Pollinator Garden Program (Aug)
  • Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot (Sep)
  • Electronics Recycling Event (Sep)
  • Fall Neighhborhood Clean-up (Oct)
  • Halloween Decoration Tour (Oct)
  • Holiday Light Tour (Dec)
  • New Washburn Tot Lot pollinator garden coming in 2023!

Sign up for the Holiday Light Tour

Enjoy the colorful city streets and light displays of the Armatage AND Kenny neighborhoods this holiday season! The tour is self-guided and open to all! This year’s tour map will be available on Dec 8 at  Please be respectful of neighbors on your adventure. If you drive, please turn off your vehicle when you arrive at each stop.

Sign up for the Tour by Dec 6

If you live in Armatage or Kenny and love to decorate for the holidays, sign up to be a part of the Holiday Light Tour! The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 6 at 11:59pm. Learn more and sign up here!

Nov 15, 2022 Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined last night’s neighborhood meeting to meet our new Hennepin County Commissioner, Debbie Goettel! Unfortunately the MPS School Board meeting was rescheduled for last night so we’ll work to get Rep. Ira Jourdain at a future meeting. The ANA Board approved its 2023 budget and 2023 staffing contracts for Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, and Accountant, Rachel Ireland-Henry (welcome back, Rachel!).

Neighborhood Road Closures

There will be several street closures this month due to CenterPoint Energy’s ongoing Upton Ave S Pipeline Replacement Project.

  • 50th St at Upton Ave S: closed 11/8 and reopening on 11/15.
  • 54th St at Logan Ave S: closed 11/15 and reopening on 11/23.
  • 54th St Eastbound between Penn and Oliver Aves S: closed on 11/15 and reopening on 11/2; one lane of Westbound traffic will be maintained.

Please note that W 50th and W 54th Streets will NOT be closed at the same time.

Public Forums on Police Oversight Changes

Join a City of Minneapolis public forum to hear about the proposed Community Commission on Police Oversight, which would serve as a single community-driven group responsible for the civilian roles in reviewing misconduct investigations and providing oversight for transparent discussions on policing practices, presentations from City officials or staff, and community input. The goal is to increase transparency and to effectively monitor and identify policing patterns, trends, and outcomes for discussion at the commission’s public meetings.

Public forum dates:

  • Mon, Nov 21 from 6-7:30 pm at Powderhorn Rec Center (3400 15th Ave S)
  • Mon, Nov 28 from 6-7:30 pm on Microsoft Teams

Southwest High School Open House

Southwest High School is hosting a Prospective Student Open House on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. If you have an incoming high schooler for the 2023-2024 school year, come check out the event and learn about all the fabulous offerings at our community high school. For more info, visit

Give Feedback on the Mayor’s Proposed City Budget

Give feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2023-2024 City budget through a public hearing or online comment. The proposed 2023 budget is $1.66 billion and the 2024 budget is $1.71 billion. The proposed tax levy increase for 2023 is 6.5% and is expected to be 6.2% in 2024.  Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more.

Online comments (click here to submit) will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members.

There is one final public hearing at 6:05pm on Tuesday, Dec 6 at Room 317, City Hall, 350 S Fifth St. Learn more about participating here. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget after the hearing on Tuesday, Dec 6.

Are You Signed up for Snow Emergency Alerts?

Snow season is here so now is a great time to make sure you’re signed up to receive snow emergency alerts.  You can sign up for text, email and phone alerts and download the Minneapolis Snow Emergency  app at

When a snow emergency is declared, parking rules take effect so plows can clear the streets. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. We all have to work together to do our part and follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible and we can avoid a ticket and tow.

Minneapolis Launches New Animal Foster Program

Can you help animals in need? Minneapolis Animal Care & Control has launched its new animal foster program and you can volunteer to temporarily provide animals extra care, attention and homes.

MACC provides all supplies and medical care. Fosters provide animals with care, play, exercise and socialization. Animals that are placed with volunteers in the foster program may include those who are recovering from surgery or illness, need temporary housing due to an emergency or domestic violence, are too young to be adopted, or need a break from the shelter environment. Learn more and apply here.

Field + Festival Holiday Market at Wagners

Field + Festival’s popular holiday markets at Wagner’s Garden Center are BACK! Check out the food and maker market series every Saturday and Sunday from 10am–2pm this holiday season. The fun happens inside the Wagners greenhouses, a warm escape perfect for holiday shopping!

Check out each week’s participating vendors and learn more at

November is National Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

If you’d like to learn more, or want to celebrate the month with your family, the Meet Minneapolis has an excellent website that shares events, local restaurants, and retailers that honor our Indigenous people’s heritage. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in Minneapolis | Meet Minneapolis | Meet Minneapolis

One of the very first proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, called upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. Sadly, it took until 1990 for President George H. W. Bush to approve a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”

Native Americans have been living in America for a very long time. They are not a single nation but include a variety of cultures, nations, and languages. Some people believe that they have been living on the sub-continent for over 30,000 years. The 10 largest Native American tribes are Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw, Apache, Pueblo, Iroquois, Creek, and Blackfeet, according to census data from 2010. The government of Native Americans serves as the model of federated representative democracy. The government system of the U.S. is based on the system in which the power is distributed amongst the central authority and smaller political units.

Thank you to Armatage neighbor, Sheila Dingels, for this write-up!