Early voting opens Sept. 17 for 2021 municipal election

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.

Find the list of all candidates who filed for municipal offices 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.

Find more information on ranked-choice voting on the City website.

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Public engagement planned for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Recommendations

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

We have published an online video summarizing our draft recommendations and a public survey is open to the public for feedback.

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]

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Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Changes to the Unified Housing Policy

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


City Council

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:30am

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10th Avenue Bridge Update

PW project updates

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
in work areas.

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]


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Third Ave. Bridge project: 2020-2022 Construction


Virtual construction update on June 23

Curious about the work that’s being done to restore and preserve the Third Ave. Bridge?

Join us at 5 p.m. on Wed, June 23 for a virtual construction update. Register online for the event. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the ongoing construction and ask questions about our progress and current activities. We will also talk about ways to support local businesses near the bridge this summer.

Third Avenue Bridge project update on Wednesday, June 23 from 5-6 p.m.

Visit the project webpage to learn more about the schedule, impacts to your commute, detour routes, rehabilitation and preservation efforts, and what the bridge will look like when the work is done.

Extended construction hours begin June 21

The contractor will begin working extended hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Mon, June 21. Saturday morning work starting at 5 a.m. is possible, too. We will provide updates about the contractor’s work schedule when more information is available.

We will do our best to minimize noise and light pollution during afterhours work. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918 and needs significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. The bridge is fully closed to traffic through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.


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Marcy Open Path to Peace / Terry Labyrinth Project Brick Installation

In case you did not know, Marcy Open School is changing due to the upcoming implementation of the Minneapolis Public Schools CDD (Comprehensive District Design) plan in the fall 2021. Marcy will change to a K-5 Arts Magnet from an Open K-8 Magnet. We are losing the "Open Concept" which was initiated by educators in 1972 in Southeast and our Middle School Option for this area. There is a link to the web site to submit memories of Marcy as an Open School in the community as well as events planned for the summer. 
If you would like to mark your memories and honor a student present or past, teacher, family members, leader, community member or organization, word or phrase with a Brick on the Path to Peace Terry Labyrinth space outside Marcy Open School. Link to order: https://marcy.mpls.k12.mn.us/Marcy_Path_to_Peace_Terry_Labyrinth
With "Open" and Middle School no longer being present at Marcy, it is a great time to honor and commemorate that and mark your place on the Path to Peace with an engraved brick or donation of any size to the project.
The engraved Bricks start at $150 - $1000 and order form is on the Marcy Website or in the school office. 
Although this is an ongoing fundraiser and we install annually, we will be installing a new order of bricks now, so please consider making your order ASAP to be included. 
The Marcy Labyrinth is a community open to the public space. Designed for use in meditation, Peace and reflection where all are welcome.
Questions please contact [email protected] or Jacqueline Dekker -Travis/Coordinator - [email protected] with questions.
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Recent Robbery Pattern in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood

Over the past month there has been an ongoing robbery and theft-from-person crime pattern in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood.  Since May 18th, there have been 7 robbery of persons in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood.

The suspect descriptions and times of the incidents have been varied throughout the day/night.  Here is some general suspect information gathered from recent reports:

• Many of the robberies have happened between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

• Suspects have numbered anywhere from 2 to 6 black males

• Suspects have been early teens to mid-20’s; 5’5” to 6’ tall; slim – medium builds; wearing hoodie sweatshirts (pull over and zipped); ripped blue jeans and acid washed blue jeans

• Weapons have been displayed and used to physically harm the victim

• Suspects have used physical force to take items from victim (i.e. punch to the head or knocked to the ground)

• Suspects have been running to a variety of vehicles (some of the vehicles reported by victims have been verified as stolen)

• Suspects have been reported to:

• Ask for directions before assaulting and/or taking a phone form the victim

• Asked to use the victim’s phone to enter their contact information

• Run up behind the victim and forcibly take items from the victim’s hands

The 2nd Precinct recommends:

• Be assertive with your personal safety

• Walk with a friend and in groups

• Do not put yourself in harm’s way

• Some victims have fought back against the suspects, know your strengths and know how you will react in these type of incidents

• Based on recent robberies in the Marcy Holmes East Neighborhood

• Put your cell phone AWAY, most robberies have involved suspects taking cell phones

• DO NOT unlock or give your cell phone to anyone

• Be aware of the area around you especially when standing at a corner or on the sidewalk in recent robberies cars have been circling blocks and following people

• What are cars doing around you?

• Who is watching you text, call, or video call someone?

• Trust your instincts

• Do not rationalize strange or odd behavior

• When in doubt call 911.

  If you believe you are being followed call 911 or use the panic call on your phone

At night carry a flashlight and light up the path you are traveling and use it to identify people and sounds around you.


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.


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, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup


To view crime maps around your area and to sign up for email crime alerts - http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics/index.htm.  You may also access information on police stops, crime data, arrest data, use of force, and other information. 


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 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]. Position open until filled. 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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University Inn Isolation and Quarantine Shelter

Click here for a PDF version of this information

Project overview

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.

Eligible residents

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.

Building management

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.

Next steps

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

Binta Kanteh
Policy director | 
651-239-5376 | [email protected]

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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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