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MinneapolisConnects – Neighborhood and Community Relations Updates

Help craft Neighborhoods 2020 policy.

NCR invites you to join Neighborhoods 2020 work groups to develop in-depth policy for the Minneapolis neighborhood system on:

  1. Funding and program guidelines.
  2. Governance.
  3. The City’s community engagement policy.

Who can join work groups? Any Minneapolis resident who is passionate about these issues. Read more about work group composition…

Email your application to or submit via postal mail or in person at Crown Roller Mill, 105 5th Avenue South #425, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Applications must be received by 4:30p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018.

NCEC Elector Deadline Extended to June 13, Election is June 14

The deadline for neighborhoods to submit the names of electors and alternates for the election of commissioners to the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission has been extended to Wednesday, June 13 for districts 4, 6 and 8. The election will be the following day, June 14 at the Crown Roller Mill building. Look up your district here…

District 2 is still seeking candidates for a special election to be held at a later date. Learn more about serving on the NCEC.  NCR will request electors from district 2 neighborhoods once candidates are finalized.

Please send applications for district 2 candidacy and the names of neighborhood electors from districts 4, 6 and 8 to Cheyenne Brodeen at Call 612-673-3737 with questions.

Tips for Engagement this June


To commemorate the end of slavery on June 19, 1865, many organizations and institutions hold Juneteeth celebrations throughout the Twin Cities. Check out the Minneapolis Park Board’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 16, for live music, food and youth activities.  City-designated neighborhood organizations and departments can reach out to Anthony Taylor, African American Community Specialist, with questions by email to

Somali Independence Day June 30

June 30 will kick off the 2018 Somali week in Minneapolis. During the week, there will be a street festival, soccer tournament, movie screenings and family activities. Annually, about 40,000 Minnesotans attend. Neighborhood organizations and City departments can reach out with questions to Numan Shaikh, our East African Community Specialist, via email at

Hmong Freedom Festival

On June 30 and July 1, the weekend before the 4th of July, Hmong families will celebrate independence at McMurray fields in Como Regional Park. This annual event celebrates Hmong culture, food and athletics, bringing in around 30,000 attendees. Read more about the 2018 event…

Spotlight on Effective Board Recruitment Strategies

Tangletown Neighborhood Association did outstanding community engagement ahead of their annual meeting on May 21. They organized a social media campaign that highlighted why their current board members serve, regularly posting reminders on social media with engaging photos and save-the-dates for board meetups and their annual meeting.

Tangletown organized Bagels with Board Members, a meetup between their board members and potential new board volunteers. Ultimately, Tangletown had a packed annual meeting and recruited seven new board members from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Whittier Alliance Reduces Textile Waste

The Whittier Alliance took an innovative approach to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle this month, partnering with Learning in Style to offer a free “Mend, Swap, Donate and Recycle Event” encouraging residents to bring in clothing they needed mended. Whittier estimates that about twenty items were mended, and full car-loads of items were donated to the Learning in Style School’s Clothes Closet and Steeple People. What couldn’t be donated went to the Hennepin County Textile Recycling Facility.

Field Regina Northrup Neighborhood Group Wins National Award

The Field Regina Northrup Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) has won a national award from Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) in recognition of the high quality of their print newsletter “Close to Home” at the 43rd annual NUSA conference.

FRNNG Board President Willie Bridges was in Alabama to accept the award on behalf of the Field, Regina and Northrup Neighborhood Group. Congratulations to FRNNG and all involved in making “Close to Home” a national success!

Minimum wage increases on July 1, 2018.


On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $10.25 for small employers (100 or fewer employees) and $11.25 for large employers (over 100 employees). The minimum wage ordinance applies to anyone working in Minneapolis for at least two hours a week, and tips and gratuities do not count towards fulfilling the minimum wage. Workers are encouraged to report violations online to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Thank you, Michelle Chavez!

Please join us in thanking Michelle Chavez for her years of service with NCR as a neighborhood support specialist. Michelle worked with neighborhoods throughout the City, most recently in South Minneapolis and Prospect Park. Michelle has worked for the City for over 19 years in various roles and joined the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department in 2013. At NCR, she has been a strong advocate for the value of neighborhood organizations and the project manager for Neighborhoods 2020. We thank her for her talent and passion for neighborhoods, and wish her well in her next adventure.