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National Night Out during COVID

Have you participated in National Night Out (NNO) before? Traditionally, it’s been an evening of connection, fun, laughter, and an opportunity for neighbors to meet one other.

Historically this event is held on the first Tuesday of every August. This year, due to the Coronoviurs, Minneapolis’s National Night Out has been rescheduled for Sept. 15, 2020.

The City has however approved permits to still be issued on Aug. 4 if if you decide you would like to keep the original date. You can register your NNO event here.

Looking for some great ideas on what to do during your event? Keep in mind ways to minimize contact and keep safe distances.

Actvities you can do together:

Beautify a common areaPresentation by an arborist (Dutch elm disease, etc.)
Collect for a food shelfSign all ages up for library cards
Cover graffitiUse e-mail to communicate more with your block club 
Nominate a block club or an individual for a crime prevention awardVoter registration drive
Plan a fall clean-up or bulb plantingCommunity impact statements or petitions

Simple Refreshments: Have someone serve food to reduce multiple contact points.

Bring your favorite snackMini-donut stand
Coffee, tea, and dessertPopcorn
Cookie exchangePotluck
Fruit and cheese platesPretzels and pop
Hot dogs and bratsRoot beer floats
Ice cream cones/make your own sundaesWatermelon
Lemonade and cookies

With COVID 19 numbers still rising, we thought we would put together a few helpful healthy hints in hosting a socially distant event to help protect one another.

BEFORE HAND:

  • Please wear a mask when you door knock to invite folks.
  • Collect phone numbers so you can communicate through text or calls (have them give you their number if they are comfortable and type it in your phone yourself.)
  • Paint a sign with kids on the block that reminds people: PLEASE SOCIALLY DISTANCE FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLE

DAY OF:

  • Offer free masks to neighbors who don’t have any.
  • Have hand sanitizer available that everyone must use before getting food.
  • Have someone serving food who is wearing a mask AND gloves so that there is no cross contamination.
  • Have snacks and drinks in individual servings, not large jugs or bags of chips to cut down on cross contamination.
  • Offer garbage, recycling, AND compost to help do our part in reducing waste.

If you are unable to get any of these items, please reach out the FNA and we can do our best to help secure masks and hand sanitizer. We also offer $50 to each Block party when you send an email to info@folwell.org notifying us of your event. We deliver funds on night of the event.

If you feel any symptoms, please stay home. Symptoms can include high temperature, cough, loss of taste or smell, headache. It incredibly important for each of us to do our part to keep others safe. A reminder that you may be asymptomatic for several days after a possible exposure.

The Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) does not host their own event. We believe in the mission of NNO where neighbors connect more deeply with those on their block. FNA board and staff will be out to come visit your event and get to know you!

Do you have questions? We can help! Email us: info@folwell.org

Check out these pictures from all the fun last year! While we know it won’t be exactly the same, we believe in how creative folks are in their ability to gather but gather safely.

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Census 2020: WE COUNT

The 2020 Census is here. Have you received it in the mail? Have you filled it out?

Check out the live interactive map to see how well Folwell, the Northside, and Minneapolis is doing.

Learn more about the Census and how to fill it out. Every count matters when it comes to funding critical programs like SNAP, WIC, Parks, Schools and City infrastructure.

Looking for work? Census Job applications have been extended through May.

Multi language Census Videos to help you understand and learn more.

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“Leap of Faith” Promraiser: THANK YOU!

The FNA wants to extend a heartfelt Thank you to everyone who participated, contributed and supported the Folwell Neighborhood “Leap of Faith” Promraiser! We were able to host a “Zero Waste” event digging deep into our community to bring supplies from home, create homemade decorations reusing materials, and build an event based on love and determination! The results were transforming a school gym into a magical winter prom!

There was dancing, there was singing, there was laughing, there was meeting new neighbors and building relationships!

THANK YOU to Angelo Williams with Wha’ Jamaican LLC. who cooked and served up Delicious Jerk & Curry Chicken and roasted veggies while managing the kitchen and making sure everyone stayed fed and happy. THANK YOU to Sammy Dee’s for providing Vegan Sweet Potato Sliders and Thirsty Whale Bakery for the heavenly Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, and Vegan cookies!

THANK YOU to Marcus Kar and DJ Karuza for keeping the music hot and the dancers on the floor. The vibe of the winter prom kept the room energized and we are so grateful for talented artists who we get work with throwing dope parties!

We want to extend a HUGE SHOUT out to our “Partner” Sponsors: Pillsbury United Communities and Full Stop on Lowry. Our “We Believe” Sponsors: #Dayblockbrewery, Broadway Liquor Outlet, and #FirstAvenue. The “Ground Level” Sponsors: B&W Tax Service, Center for Urban & Regional Affairs – CURA, Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization, Super USA on Dowling, Nekima Levy Armstrong and Marques Armstrong, Pastor Dan, and Paperboy Flyers.A special “Thank you” to our raffle donors: North End Hardware and Rental for the donation of the Snowblower and; the Anonymous Donor for the 65in TV!

With sponsors, donations, tickets, and silent auction items, we were able to raise $8,419!When the FNA said ‘Yes!’ to leasing the commercial space at 3701 Fremont, we accepted we were taking a risk. Together with the community, the FNA decided that securing a mixed-use building with prime commercial space and two apartments above was worth the risk. There were a few small businesses that had to decline the original lease offer due to the rent for the 1800 sq. ft. commercial space being outside of their current business capacity. With the FNA’s willingness to secure the lease and the generosity of the community, we can now offer affordable options to up and coming small businesses on the northside.

While we raised thousands of dollars, we are still $3,500 short of our ultimate goal. If you were hoping to attend and weren’t able, or wanted to contribute, you still can! You can donate at https://folwell.org/3701-freemont/

The next steps include securing a sublessor to occupy the space with us, diversifying our funding, and exploring a community-ownership model.

The FNA team builds with the community at the heart and center of the work harnessing the collective power of our residents as the driving force for creating healthy neighborhoods. You believed in us as we stepped into an uncharted future. We are SO grateful for your support in what we are co-creating.We extend our deepest gratitude to you for believing in us and building with us. We look forward to the ways we can continue to create community-led development and investment.

As supporters and partners, we commit to keeping you informed and updated as the FNA 3701 Fremont Project progresses.

With our sincerest thanks,Folwell Neighborhood Association Board and Contractors #folwellstrong#folwellneighborhood#folwellprom

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Snow Emergencies: Get informed

Here is a message from the City of Minneapolis for snow emergencies. Read through to the bottom to find out more ways to stay informed.


Go to the City’s snow information website, or call the Snow Emergency Hotline: (612) 348-SNOW (7669). On the website you can sign up to receive alerts and text messages so that you are always informed.

Crews can only plow the full width of the street if cars are out of the way. Please follow Snow Emergency parking rules or your vehicle will be tagged and/or towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Also, be sure to shovel your sidewalks and around your garbage cart.


La Ciudad de Minneapolis ha declarado una Emergencia por Nevada. Las restricciones de estacionamiento comienzan a las nueve de la noche de hoy. Llame al (612) 348-7669 y pulse 2.

Minneapolis waxay ku dhawaaqday gurmad baraf. Xaddidaadda dhigashada baabuurta waxay bilaabaneysaa caawa 9ka fiidnimo. Fadlan wac (612) 348-7669.

Lub nroog Minneapolis tau muaj kev txwv nre tsheb hnub no vim muaj daus los loj heev. Kev txwv nre tsheb yuav pib thaum 9 teev tsua ntuj hmo no. Yog xav paub ntxiv no hu mus rau 612- 348-7669.

Magaalaan Minneapolis Sardama Cabbii labsee jira.

Vietnamese
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Here are a few ways to get the latest updates and avoid costly tickets.
Follow the City on FB http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow/snow_stay-informed
Get email or text alerts: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe
Get a phone call alert: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow/snow_phone-alert

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FNA Office/Community Business Space

3701 Fremont Ave N – Potential FNA Office and Community Business Space

The Folwell Neighborhood Association has the opportunity to rent a commercial space, located on the 1st floor at 3701 Fremont Ave N. Occupancy would begin March 1, 2020, the rent of $1800/mo would cover the entire first floor, newly remodeled in an open concept, multi-use floor plan as well as an attached heated garage. The goal of this project is for the FNA to have minimal organizational space by sub-leasing the majority of the first floor for a community based business.

This post is to provide the information the Board of Directors and staff currently have in order to establish trust and transparency with the community in making this decision. Below are the answers we have collected from a variety of questions asked of the building owner and city reps.

We encourage all residents to participate in the survey below to help the Board of Directors make a fully informed decision. Be sure to include your questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions.

FNA OFFICE FORM

As of Thursday evening Dec. 12, there were three responses to the survey. The questions and answers have been included in the link below with names being removed for privacy.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON OFFICE AND COMMUNITY SPACE

Two major themes that are showing up is how much the community wants a cafe/eatery/food business and that FNA doesn’t need office space, especially when any FNA funds can go toward better purposes. To make sure intentions are clear, the FNA agrees that they do not need this much office space, and $1860 per month is too much for the organization to commit to without assistance. Without the FNA in this process however, the building will be fully converted to residential loosing an ideal multi use commercial space in the community. The FNA can act as a conduit to provide a space for a community business to thrive while they share the risk. The goal is for FNA to partner with a business to increase small businesses in Folwell. The letter of intent provides FNA the time to build a sub-lease partner.

The FNA is excited at the chance to explore this unique opportunity and how the organization can make this space be valuable as a community center, business incubator, and/or a co-working space with shared occupancy. A small team of board members and staff are researching opportunities and gathering information to present at the upcoming Neighborhood Night on Monday Dec. 16th at 6pm. (Dinner is served at 5:30pm so come early to enjoy a meal.)

Here are some of the answers to questions we have already been hearing:

The FNA is looking at a 1-3 year lease, not 5 year.

The Building is zoned as C1.

Owner will pick up Water, sewer, and gas as part of rent. FNA will be responsible for electric.

How old is the electrical? It is 240 on the commercial side, three pronged outlets will be everywhere and should accommodate basic fridge and stove if brought in.

The furnace was old so it will be replaced with a mini split – it will do heat radiation and air conditioning.

Would the owner consider doing a community buy with us? It is too late for that option at this point, but the owner might will give FNA a first right of refusal when selling.

The FNA will need an architect to work with on the project.

When exterior damages incur (broken windows, etc) the current proposal on the table is to share damage expenses between FNA and the owner. The owner will be installing a security system on the outside of the building.

We hope you are able to join us on Monday, but if not, we hope you will send your thoughts to info@folwell.org so that all the comments and concerns can be considered.