Dinkytown Crime Advisory

Recent thefts from local establishments around Dinkytown

Over the last couple of weeks, the 2nd Precinct has identified a pattern of thefts from local entertainment establishments and restaurants in the Dinkytown area.  In most of the recent incidents the suspect(s) description has been similar.  The main item that has been stolen are cell phones, iPhone and Androids. Here are the most recent approaches used by the thief’s:

• The suspect(s) start up a conversation and within seconds grab the phone from the victim’s hand,

• They ask the victim if they can be added to the victim’s Snap and the phone is unlocked by the victim and given to the suspect to enter his information and the phone is taken

• The phones are on tables and as the victims are talking to others the phone is snatched off the table


Suspect Information: 

• 1 – 4 x Black males, between 18-22, one of the males is heavy set and all the males are between 5’-8” to 6 feet tall.


Observe and Report - Call 911 if you witness any suspicious persons/activity as it is happening, and/or if you believe you are being followed.


The 2nd Precinct recommends the following:

• DO NOT unlock or give your phone to anyone

• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention who is around you

• Staff and security should be looking for any suspicious people and behavior as they are performing their duties

• Do not set your phone down on a table and leave it unattended

• Try not to put your phone in your back pocket


Anyone with information is asked to call:

The Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477 or

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota

1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Submit a tip online at http://www.crimestoppersmn.org.


MPD issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time period, or specific method of crime.  To enroll in the MPD Crime Alert system,



To view crime maps and MPD dash boards which has information on police stops, arrest data, use of force information and other important information: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/public-safety/police-public-safety/crime-maps-dashboards/.


To contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialists,

• (NE) Abdirashid Ali at 612-673-2874 or [email protected]

• (SE) Nicholas Juarez at O: 612-673-2797 – C: 612-475-4697 [email protected]

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Now Hiring: Seasonal Environmental Projects Coordinator

Now Hiring: Seasonal Environmental Programs Coordinator

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) is seeking a motivated Environmental Programs Coordinator to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout the neighborhood with community initiatives designed to promote pollinator-friendly and native plantings, community gardens, green space, tree plantings, boulevard plantings, and organics recycling in the neighborhood.

This is a seasonal, part-time hourly position between 5-10 hours per week, last from mid-April to mid- October. This position will work under the supervision of the MHNA Executive Director and Environmental Task Force Chairs.

Position Details

Location: Minneapolis

Job Type: Part-time (10 hours per week), flexible schedule

Salary: $15-$17 per hour, depending on candidate qualifications and experience


Position Duties & Responsibilities

Outreach & Engagement (40%)

• Working with MHNA Executive Director, develop and implement creative methods to engage Marcy-Holmes residents, property owners and business owners in the neighborhood.

• Recruit MHNA members and volunteers for projects and events

• Operations and logistics management for events


Program Management (40%)

• Oversee, implement and report on various programs and projects of MHNA

• Assist with marketing and advertising MHNA programs, events and activities


Other Task as Assigned (20%)

Miscellaneous tasks as assigned by MHNA Executive Director


Required Qualifications

• 1+ year of paid/volunteer experience with organizing and/or volunteer management

• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people

• Attention to detail and good record-keeping skills

• Able to lift up to 40 pounds, walk for extended periods of times, climb stairs

• Access to transportation (procuring/transporting supplies and other materials)


Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Marcy-Holmes neighborhood and the University of Minnesota



Marcy-Holmes offers paid vacation and sick leave, as well as a flexible work environment. Health insurance is not provided by the association.


About MHNA

MHNA’s mission is to engage in projects that improve and enhance the quality of life in the Marcy- Holmes neighborhood. Our nonprofit serves historic southeast Minneapolis, from Dinkytown to St. Anthony Main, to many well-known points in between.

Learn more about MHNA at www.marcy-holmes.org.


How to Apply

Applications should include cover letter, resume and three references emailed to MHNA Executive Director, Chris Lautenschlager, at [email protected]. All materials are due at 5 pm on Friday, April 9, 2021. No phone calls, please.


EEO/AA Statement

MHNA is an equal opportunity employer. MHNA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis or race, disability, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, affectional preference or sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.


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City offers web resource with trial information

A new City web resource offers information and updates around the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

City information and links to partners in the new web section will help residents, businesses and others:

• Find current street closures.

• Sign up for trial updates from MN District Court.

• Report suspicious activity.

• Look up mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times.

They can also explore ways to prepare and stay informed, learn about security preparations and updates during the trial, follow impacts to traffic and transportation, and find public data on the officers involved.

The web pages will be updated as new information becomes available and as situations change.

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Please take a survey on ADUs

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Community and Regional Planning program are conducting a study on Accessory Dwelling Units and would like to hear from Minneapolis residents. Accessory Dwelling Units (sometimes just referred to as ADUs or “granny cottages”) are smaller dwelling units located on the same lot with single family homes, with the smaller unit generally rented out or used as additional living space. ADUs can come in a few different forms, such as a converted garage, a detached unit in the backyard, or even a converted basement space.
To understand Minneapolis residents’ opinions on ADUs, researchers have put together a brief survey and would appreciate your input. Both renters and homeowners are welcome to take the survey, and survey responses are anonymous.
The survey includes an option to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Contact information for the drawing will be separated from the rest of your responses.
Click the link to take the survey: https://tinyurl.com/adusurvey
Questions? Please contact Andrea Wagner ([email protected]) or Dr. Kathryn Terzano ([email protected]).
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MPRB Public Hearing: Marcy Park Improvements

Marcy Park improvements: 
Public hearing scheduled for March 3 at 6:30 pm

Individuals are welcome to submit comments for a public hearing on approval of the concept plan for improvement at Marcy Park. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm, during the scheduled meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB).

The improvements at Marcy Park include new paths, a new fenced off-leash dog park with a stormwater infiltration area, a half-court basketball court, a new electrical service, and several alternate items like picnic tables and benches. The hearing is the culmination of 11 months of planning; construction is planned for this year and 2022.

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Drop In Day - March 6, 2021

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Free Meal Bags Available

The Arvonne Fraser Library in Dinkytown now has Every Meal (formerly known as The Sheridan Story) non-perishable food bags available to pick up as needed.
No qualification requirements, no data collected.
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Metro Transit seeks feedback on Route 3 changes


Metro Transit is looking for ways to improve the customer experience on Route 3. To help make the best decisions for riders, we are looking for feedback on issues such as possible shelter upgrades, spacing between stops, bus stop accessibility, and the route’s potential alignment.
The improvements are part of Metro Transit’s Better Bus Route program, which sets out to improve riders’ experiences by reducing stops, improving accessibility, and providing more shelters. These changes, both on and off the bus, are designed to make trips better, faster, and more reliable.
Metro Transit is asking customers to provide feedback in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBR-3 by March 12
The Better Bus Route upgrades would be implemented in August 2021. More information about the proposed changes: metrotransit.org/route-3
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Seeking pedestrian/bicyclist feedback

Pedestrian Update: Seeking feedback about your experience at two Minneapolis locations

The City of Minneapolis wants to hear about your experience walking, bicycling and/or driving on the Washington Ave Transit Mall and at the intersection of University Ave SE and 15th Ave SE since the installation of bicycle traffic signals and green bike boxes. Click on the links below to provide feedback from the perspective(s) of your choosing. Each survey takes about a minute or less to complete and the surveys will be open through Wednesday, January 20th.

Washington Transit Mall between Church St SE and Walnut Street SE (View location on Google Maps)

• Share feedback about your experience walking or wheelchair rolling along this corridor: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WATM-Pedestrian

• Share feedback about your experience bicycling along this corridor: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WATM-Bicyclists

University Ave SE and 15th Ave SE (View location on Google  Maps)

• Share feedback about your experience walking or wheelchair rolling at this intersection: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/University15th-Pedestrian

• Share feedback about your experience bicycling at this intersection: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/University15th-Bicyclists

• Share feedback about your experience driving a motor vehicle at this intersection: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/University15th-MotorVehicles

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NOTICE: Vote on MHNA Bylaw Amendment Proposals

NOTICE: Vote on MHNA Bylaw Amendment Proposals

Where: Membership Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:30 pm

Location: Online, via Zoom. To receive login, REGISTER HERE.

MHNA has two bylaw amendment proposals to be put to a vote at our next Membership meeting. These proposals will come to a vote on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place online, via Zoom.

This is your official notification of that meeting.
MHNA members are eligible to vote. Members must be present to vote. 

All MHNA General Membership meetings are open to the public and attendees are allowed to participate in debates. The Board of Directors reviewed these proposed amendments at its November 17, 2020 meeting to ensure it complies with legal and organizational mission requirements.



The purpose of the Association, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation, shall be to engage in projects that improve and enhance the quality of residential life in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.


The purpose of the Association, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation, shall be to engage in projects that improve and enhance the quality of residential life in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.


When MHNA last amended its bylaws, it opened up Membership to all business owners and property owners within the neighborhood. Removing the term “residential” in Article II helps better reflect the current, and ongoing mission of the organization.

This proposal was brought forward by MHNA Executive Director Chris Lautenschlager.



Section 1. The voting members of the Board of Directors shall consist of
(a) the Officers, all of whom must be Resident Members;
(b) fifteen (15) Directors-at large elected by the General Membership at the October annual election, of whom at least eleven (11) must be Resident Members.; all Resident Members and Non-Resident Members must have been members for at least 20 days.


Section 1. The voting members of the Board of Directors shall consist of
(a) the Officers, all of whom must be Resident Members;
(b) fifteen (15) Directors-at large elected by the General Membership at the October annual election, of whom at least eleven (11) must be Resident Members.; all Resident Members and Non-Resident Members must have been members for at least 20 days.


“This amendment would remove the requirement that residents of Marcy-Holmes must have signed up as a member 20 days before a board election in order to run for a director seat. This 20-day requirement is arbitrary and discriminates against students (a huge part of our population) who potentially move in on September 1st and may not have heard of MHNA in time to register and meet the 20-day requirement before the October general membership meeting. If somebody lives in the neighborhood, they should be able to sign up for membership on the day of the election and run.”

This proposal was brought forward by MHNA Director Sam Penders.

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