Free Pumpkin Give Away!

Join the neighborhood in a Socially Distant Pumpkin Give Away on Friday October 2 at 7 – 9pm at The Story Garden located at 35th and Humboldt Ave N.

During COVID 19 we are pulling back on the large activities that we do in Folwell. There will be no Harvest Festival this year, but the pumpkins have been grown and are ready to give away. We encourage folks to wear masks and if you don’t have one we will have some to give away.

There will be a bonfire keeping folks warm, candy to be handed out (with safe guards in place), and the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” playing on a screen!

You can pick up Litter Be Gone Supplies and register to vote!

Check out the bees, pick a couple tomatoes, and tour the garden.

Dress warm, come ready to hunt for your perfect pumpkin and be prepared to wait in line. (we will be monitoring folks at the pumpkin pile to reduce contact.)

Contact Dani with questions, danielle@folwell.org


2020 Annual Gathering and Election

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it on Monday night for the Annual Neighborhood Gathering and Election! If you weren’t there, we sure did miss you! It was wonderful to gather safely together as the weather turns colder, knowing that for the majority of the coming months, due to COVID-19 we will be meeting together over zoom.

We gathered in the newly renovated yard at 3701 Fremont Ave N. Folks gathered in the adjoining empty lot, among the garden and around the fire pit.

Thank you to Angelo Williamson with Wha’Jamican who provided amazing burritos!

Thank you to Elder Amoke Kubat for sharing art through story and centering the value of stories for us.

Thank you Kenzie O’Keefe from Pillsbury and being there with Get Out the Vote.

Thank you to our elected officials; Irene Krissie Fernando, KerryJo Felder, Bobby Joe Champion, and Phillipe Cunningham – Ward 4 Minneapolis City Council Member for being in community with us an sharing about your work.

Thank you Linda Hitzeman Krohn from Thrivent for being there to help out with Census outreach.

Thank you Cody Olson for coming and sharing info around the C-line that coming down Fremont.

Thank you Ariah Fine for helping with our neighborhood elections and ensuring that every vote was counted.

Thank you to Kathleen Acaso and the Green Team for all the Liter Be Gone supplies that got distributed!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have done incredible work throughout the last year. We are SO grateful to each and every one of you. We hope you enjoy your gift card from Adorn by Kella with Markella Smith!

Thank you Katrina Hannemann for being our photographer and capturing the event!

Folks enjoyed coming to tour the space, electing new Board Members, eating and getting to know one another, and then ending the night with a bonfire. It was so incredible being in our new space together!

Check out the photos and please give a warm welcome to our new Board of Directors! The community elected five new folks to serve on the board. Welcome Sara Merrill, Emily Flower, Beatrice Hawkins, Malory Leishman, and Gary Way. You can contact them on the “Get to know the Board of Directors” page on the website.


Annual Gathering and Election

It’s here! The Annual Neighborhood Celebration and Board of Director Election!

Every year, residents of Folwell get together to celebrate and learn about what the neighborhood has been able to accomplish. It is also when the neighborhood elects a new Board of Directors.

We will gather safely together at 3701 Fremont outside in the back and side yard. Please bring a chair so you can comfortably enjoy the event.

Event Details:

Casual Hangout and Tour starting at 5:30pm. Program begins promptly at 6pm.

Dinner catered by Wha’ Jamaican. (Covid guidelines in place)

Tour the new space and share your ideas

Hear from our Elected Officials and get connected to the work happening across the city

Volunteer Appreciation

New Board Member elections

S’mores and a bonfire; weather permitting

Have you thought about serving the community by joining the Board of Directors? We need dedicated folks who have knowledge, talents, and skills in finance, organizing, project management, communication, visioning, and fundraising. (Pssst, you can also join the board because you are passionate about your neighborhood. These skills are not requirements.)

Want to apply? Use this form here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MYtfS2_6WKg-IeyHLgghnkWVhEZeq_5a/view

For more info, contact us at info@folwell.org


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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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.