In light of the court ruling handed down by the 8th circuit court on Thursday evening making any ballots received after 8 pm on November 3rd possibly invalid, we are encouraging all voters to either vote in person, early or on election day OR bring their absentee ballot to a drop box. 

The League of Women Voters realizes that for some people getting to a drop box may be difficult or impossible, so they have decided to offer a pickup/drive to deliver ballot service on, Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd—Election Day. 

Service will be for those who have a completed ballot. Each volunteer would be able to drop off a maximum of 3 ballots and must have their ID available when they do this.  This service does not include a ride to the polls.

They will inform volunteers of requests and coordinate the effort.  There are several drop boxes and sites that will accept the ballots.  Here is a link to the Minneapolis sites:

If you are interested in helping with this, please email Marilyn Cantisano  at [email protected] and, you can help by helping us get the word out to those who may still have a ballot that needs to be returned:

Are You Unable to Return Your Ballot?  LWV of Minneapolis Can Help!

Need help getting your ballot to the Ballot boxes? Volunteers are at the ready to help you! Please email [email protected]. Give them your address and contact information so they can make arrangements with you to come and pick up your ballot for delivery.  



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Marcy-Holmes Annual Election + General Membership Meeting

October 20, 2020, 6:30 - 8 pm

Online, via Zoom



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This meeting is open to the public, however, only MHNA Members will be able to vote on matters before the association. 

Ballots will be distributed online, during the meeting, after nominations have closed.



Welcome, Call to Order, Establish Quorum

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Minutes from May 19, 2020 General Membership Meeting

Approval of Minutes from August 11, 2020 General Membership Meeting



Election of Officers and Directors - Candidate Guide

Officer candidates introduce themselves (1 minute max. each)

Director candidates introduce themselves (1 minute max. each)

Call for Nominations from the floor


Representatives from the Mpls Police Dept’s 2nd Precinct

(Inspector Todd Loining; CPS Nick Juarez)


Local Elected Officials

Sen. Kari Dziedzic | Council Member Steve Fletcher | School Board Dir. Jenny Arneson


Multimodal improvement project Introduction: East Hennepin Ave / 1st Ave NE

(Bolton & Menk; Hennepin County; City of Minneapolis)


3rd Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Update

(MnDOT, Christian Hoberg)


10th Ave Bridge Rehabilitation Update

(SEH Inc., Kristin Peterson)


NRP Plan Modification Proposals - Vote(s)

Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety Program ($25,000)

Environmental and Greening Programming ($10,000)

Community Engagement ($10,000)

Staffing / Additional Programming Implementation ($54,000)



Election Results (if available near the time of adjournment)




MHNA meetings are open to the public and handicap accessible. If you need any special accommodations contact the MHNA office 5 business days in advance of the meeting.


Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association | [email protected] | 612.623.7633

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Justice for National Guardsman slain in Marcy-Holmes





Friday, October 16, 2020, 3 - 5 pm, 500 7th Street SE, Mpls, MN 55414


Abdoulaye’s tragic death occurred in Marcy-Holmes. Family, friends, colleagues and community members will be holding an open prayer service and a flyer drop off to assist the Mpls Police Department arrest the perpetrator(s).

Please support this outreach by his family in an effort to resolve the case.

$5000 REWARD

For any information on the perpetrator(s), please contact Investigator Sgt. Olson 612.673.3400, the nearest police station by calling 911, and/or contact us by email: [email protected]

Please wear a facemask and respect social distancing at all times. Sign and share the petition:



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Neighborhoods 2020 Update

Neighborhoods 2020 next steps and timeline

During the public comment period on the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines from February 28 to September 30, the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) received 244 public comments. These comments are currently being reviewed by staff to create a summary, which will be included alongside the original public comments in the next steps and will be available on the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage prior to City Council action.

Next steps

  • October 5-12: Staff and review committee review public comments 
  • October 22: Public Health and Safety Committee makes notice of intent for public hearing
  • November 5: Public Health and Safety Committee public hearing and presentation
  • November 13: Full City Council vote
  • November 16: Budget Committee presentation to discuss the program allocations

By voting on the program guidelines before the budget, the City Council can discuss the funding needed to implement the program as designed.

Over the next few weeks NCR will send out more information as it becomes available. 

Find City Council meeting calendars, agendas and decisions on the City of Minneapolis’ Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).

If you have any questions, you can contact your neighborhood specialist or Neighborhoods 2020 project lead, Steven GallagherRead more about Neighborhoods 2020 here.

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Notice of a Public Hearing: 1129 8th St SE


Damaris Hollingsworth with Design by Melo, on behalf of North Bay Companies, has submitted the following land use applications for the property located at 1129 8th St SE:

  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along 8th St SE.
  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along 12th Ave SE.
  • Variance to reduce the east interior side yard setback.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum long-term bike parking requirement.
  • Site plan review to allow a new three-story, four-unit residential building.

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on   

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: 

If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below.  If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:

Hilary Dvorak, Principal City Planner - 250 S 4th St Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-2639 E-mail: [email protected]. 

Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date). 

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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Reminder of all official Marcy-Holmes Correspondence, Agendas and Minutes

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association has always been able to relay its official, board-approved correspondence sent to elected City officials, as well as local and state commissions, departments and agencies, to anyone interested in this information.

You can find every board-approved letter we have on file at the link above. For records outside of this collection, we encourage you to contact the Hennepin County Library archive of Marcy-Holmes files in their collection.

Additionally, for the past four years we have been driven to organize, scan and make available an online collection of all board and membership meeting agendas, as well as our board and membership minutes. You can find the entire collection of these documents here:


As always, we have maintained the most recent two years on our website (Agendas | Minutes).



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Don't Miss the Creative Spark Stroll on October 11th!



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Public Notice: Marcy-Holmes NRP Plan Modification Vote





Where: MHNA Annual Election / Membership Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:30 pm

Location: Online, via Zoom


This meeting is open to the public, but you must Register in advance to attend. Only MHNA members are eligible to vote on this plan modification. To learn about criteria for membership (always free), please visit here.

Registration will also allow you to participate in our voting process for electing a new board of directors.

The MHNA Membership will be considering four updates to our Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) and voting on them at our October 20, 2020 General Membership meeting. These four updates would create four new priorities under our current contract with the City of Minneapolis.

The creation of a new priority (or set of priorities), as well as any reallocation of funds for new priorities, requires a broad, substantial notice to the community 21 days in advance of any potential vote. This email only serves as a portion of the broad outreach we are engaging in to notify the public.

All MHNA members are encouraged to attend the October membership meeting and vote. Questions can be directed to Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director.


Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

NRP Phase II Plan Modification Request

Neighborhood Vote: Tuesday, October 20, 2020


1) Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety Program

Concept: Work with partners to calm traffic and make Marcy-Holmes safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Amount Requested: $25,000

Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.C.6 – Rental to Ownership Conversion Incentives ($25,000)

  • Support improvements or replacements to neighborhood street signage.
  • Support traffic calming / pedestrian crossing improvements along major streets and critical intersections, e.g. diverters, signage, crosswalk striping.
  • Support bicycling improvements, e.g. service stations, bike storage facilities.
  • Program Design and Implementation


2) Environmental and Greening Programming

Concept: Promote sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout Marcy-Holmes with community initiatives designed to promote pollinator-friendly and native plantings, community gardens, green space, tree planting, boulevard plantings, and organics recycling in the neighborhood.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.4 – Supplemental Exterior Inspections ($6600); NRP Phase II 4.1.A – Additional Police Patrols ($3400)

  • Greening programming and supplies, e.g. Adopt-a-Street, Adopt-a-Drain, Adopt-a-Tree, 5th Street Gardens, and 8th Street Garden care events.
  • Program Design and Implementation


3) Community Engagement

Concept: Reach out to and engage community members through year-round events, programs and communications.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.4 – Supplemental Exterior Inspections ($5400); NRP Phase II 1.1.B.5 Historic Preservation Planning Assistance ($600); NRP Phase II 4.1.A – Additional Police Patrols ($4000) 

  • Neighborhood Communications: Postcard mailings (printing/postage), digital communications and website.
  • Communications planning


4) Staffing / Additional Program Implementation

Concept: Maintain staff positions to support the MHNA’s work in implementing programs, coordinating communications, volunteers and community outreach, and maintaining accurate and up-to-date financials.

Amount Requested: $54,000

Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.2 – Rental Housing Improvements ($17,100); NRP Phase II 1.1.B.5 Historic Preservation Planning Assistance ($12,900); NRP Phase II 1.1.C.6 – Rental to Ownership Conversion Incentives ($24,000)

  • Coordination for MHNA’s programs, events, communications, volunteer coordination and outreach.



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MnDOT historian to share Third Avenue Bridge history


Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring and our project team for a conversation spanning the history of the Third Ave. Bridge. Learn about early 20th century Minneapolis, the bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time.

This free virtual presentation will be on Tue, Sept. 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An interactive question-and-answer session will take place after the presentation. If you’re not able to attend, a second virtual presentation is planned for late fall. More information on this second opportunity will be available in the coming weeks. 

Register for the virtual presentation.

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THERE ARE 4 OFFICERS TO BE ELECTED, AND A TOTAL OF 9 DIRECTORS TO BE ELECTED (7 are Open Seats with terms beginning January 1, 2021; 2 potential vacancies have terms beginning immediately).

To view our current board, please visit


What does board membership involve? We’re happy to have a chat with you and share what we know.

Take a look at our Board Position Description

If you're interested, fill our our Candidate Form (Word | PDF | Online). 

Contact Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director, with any questions.


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