The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 17, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begins mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more on the City website about how to vote early this year.
What’s on the ballot?
The mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, Minneapolis Park Board district and at-large seats, and amendments to the City Charter will be on the ballot this year. A sample ballot is available 45 days before the election and is an excellent resource for preparing to vote. See your sample ballot on the City website.
Due to the timing of State and City redistricting, City Council members elected in 2021 will serve a two-year term. In 2023 an election will be held for another two-year term for council members. No other City offices will be on the 2023 ballot. City Council terms will return to a normal four-year cycle with the 2025 municipal election.
This election uses ranked choice voting
Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections.
The City of Minneapolis is planning changes to its Owner Occupied Rehab Programs and is asking for your feedback.
What we hope to achieve
The City recommends restructuring both the financing and operations of our Owner Occupied Rehab programs. Key highlights from our draft recommendations include:
• Creating a universal application process that serves households more quickly
• Focusing City investments on low- and moderate-income households
• Leveraging State dollars to increase funding available to eligible households
• Expanding our reach into communities through culturally competent, neighborhood-based intake centers
How you can help
The City will host two public in-person engagement sessions to walk residents through the proposed recommendations. Please note: the video and survey linked above are the same content that will be shared at the meetings:
Meeting information and additional resources
South Central Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:
Location: Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) in the Bde Maka Ska Room
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
North Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:
Location: North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) in Meeting Room 205
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
City staff are collecting early feedback through Tuesday, August 31 to inform the final staff recommendations to the City Council in late 2021. Revised Owner Occupied Rehab Programs are expected to be available for application in 2022.
Comments received and staff recommendations will be posted on the City website.
For questions or more information, contact the owner-occupied rehab team at [email protected]
The City invites community feedback on proposed changes (attached) to the Amended and Restated Unified Housing Policy. These changes seek to clarify the definitions between a multi-phased development project and a building site for which a building permit is issued, as they relate to the Inclusionary Zoning policy. The purpose of these changes is to make clear that Inclusionary Zoning requirements apply to each building in a multi-phase development. Inclusionary Zoning is intended to advance the City’s housing goals by ensuring that affordable housing is provided in new residential or mixed-use developments.
The deadline to submit comments is Monday, August 23rd by 4:30pm. Please provide public comments to Emily Carr. If you or your group would like to meet to discuss the changes, or if you have questions, please contact Emily Carr at [email protected].
It is expected that these changes will be considered at the following meetings of the Minneapolis City Council and its committees:
Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:30pm
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:30am
10th Ave Bridge Rehab and Watermain Project
June 18, 2021
10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project
This project will rehabilitate the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and W River Pkwy. A new water main will be installed under the river as part of the project.
Latest Project News
Construction Update Meeting - Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:30 am
Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting next Friday using GoTo Meeting. Members of the public are invited to join the online meeting and hear updates on construction progress and speak with project staff.
Please use this link to join the 10th Ave Bridge Online Construction Update Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 784-924-461
The bridge was closed on March 30th, 2020 and the contractor has been actively working on repairs. For more details on the repairs, schedule and bridge deck changes, please see the latest Construction Update or go to the project page 10thavebridge.com
What's Coming Up
The 10th Ave Bridge will remain closed to all traffic including, vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians until fall 2021.
West River Parkway (roadway only) will be closed to motor vehicles through April 2021. The adjacent trail will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work requires the use of heavy equipment that will increase noise, vibration, and dust
Access to adjacent apartments and businesses will remain open during the construction activity.
For more information on this project contact:
Bridge Contact: Meseret Wolana, [email protected] or 612-673-3527
Water Main Contact: Shahin Rezania, [email protected]
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 April to mid-October. This position will work under the supervision of the MHNA Executive Director and Environmental Task Force Chairs.
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
• 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)
• 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.
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]. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please.
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.
Due to COVID-19, there is a vital need for protective and isolation shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness. Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority is purchasing the University Inn motel to continue providing temporary isolation shelter to people awaiting COVID- 19 test results or recovering from the illness.
About the building
The motel, located at 925 SE 4th Street in Minneapolis, has 44 units.
The hotel will continue to provide short-term shelter for people experiencing homelessness who have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, until they receive a negative test result, or have quarantined for the period recommended by medical professionals.
The county plans to work with current property management to operate the site and will continue its contract with Catholic charities to provide resident support and services, as well as maintain clear communication with the neighborhood. There will be a resident code of conduct. Hennepin County will continue to provide 24-hour onsite security services.
• March 2020: Hennepin County began providing isolation and quarantine housing at this location.
• December 21, 2020: The county purchased this property.
When this site is no longer required for pandemic response, Hennepin County will engage the local community and other stakeholders as it develops options for the future.
Hennepin County commissioners Angela Conley and Marion Greene and Hennepin County staff are committed to providing continued updates on this program. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:
Commissioner Angela Conley—District 4
Policy director | 651-239-5376 | [email protected]
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
• 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
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]