FREE Passes to North Commons Water Park for Folwell Residents

The wading pool at Folwell Park has been closed this summer, and won’t be reopening before fall. In effort to provide an opportunity to cool off in this late summer heat, our Park Commissioner Kale Severson secured UNLIMITED FREE WATER PARK PASSES to North Commons for Folwell Residents.

Currently the Passes are available at the Folwell Park Building’s front desk.
Park passes have also been distributed to the Neighborhood Connectors so while they are out, they can be handing the passes out to those who are interested.
Passes will also be handed out at any block party the FNA is hosting.

Currently those parties are Friday Aug. 10 at Fremont Clinic from 6-9pm and Saturday Aug. 18 at Fremont Market from 1-4pm.

These passes are for ANY resident, youth or young at heart. They are a one use pass, so residents will have to go back to park building and get another one when you want to go again.

North Commons Water Park is open through Labor Day Weekend and is located at 1801 James Ave N.

Are there any residents who would like to be a distribution center to make these as available as possible for folks? Please contact Dani at

One distribution center will be at the Story Garden. The Story Garden is located at 35th and Humboldt Ave N. Simply knock on the door of the gray house next to the garden for passes.

We fully understand that this is not a complete solution to the problem of the wading pool and it doesn’t fix it, but we want to thank Kale for making this happen and those who have been helping look for solutions to cool kids off in the heat.

It is our goal to make sure this information is circulated around the neighborhood and passes are readily available. If you have other ideas, please let us know!

Introducing Neighborhood Night

The Folwell Neighborhood Association has been working towards creating open dialog, providing opportunities for connection and involvement, and building community power. We have taken a step forward in this process by launching Neighborhood Night. Through the end of the year, the FNA will be hosting dinner, large group discussions and committee meetings once a month at Folwell Park. The goal is to create easy on ramps for involvement in the work of the neighborhood. We understand that there are challenges with this program idea, but we are confident that through working together, we can find a way to build systems that support the work that needs to get done.

The first Neighborhood Night will be Monday June 18, starting with dinner at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6pm, with the evening closing at 8:30pm. A set schedule for the remainder of the year will be determined at the first gathering. If you would like to help volunteer, or have questions, please contact Dani at

Please see a sample schedule below.

Neighborhood Night Sample Agenda – June 18, 2018
5:30pm    Dinner

6:00pm    Community Time

  • Introductions
  • Agreements
  • Discussion around format for Neighborhood Night
    • Large Post it’s for input around the room
    • List Positives
    • Find Hurdles
    • Address questions and concerns from survey and audience
    • Create sample schedule
    • Finalize dates/times

6:45pm    Committee Agendas presented

7:00pm    Break out into small groups

  • If committees aren’t presented, but residents are interested in the work, collect names and info
  • If residents are available and don’t want to join a committee, they can continue casual conversation if they would like to stay
  • Committees present will break out into small groups and discuss their agenda items.

8:00pm    Regroup and Recap/Next steps

8:20pm     Evaluation

8:30pm    Close and head home

** This is a sample schedule for a pilot program. The FNA board, staff and community will continue to work towards the healthiest version of engagement. This will be accomplished through open dialog, evaluation, diverse communication, board meetings, committees, and board meetings. Thank you for being apart of this work.

Faxes, Copies, and Notary Needs

With the recent move out of our office, we wanted to be sure neighbors know that these services are still available to residents.

Camden Neighborhood Center offers the following services to Folwell residents:

  • Faxes
    • Outgoing – Free up to 30 pages
    • Incoming – Free up to 10 pages
      • $0.05 for each page after 10
  • Copies
    • Free for the first 10 pages
      • $0.05 for each page after 10
  • Notary
    • Free


Camden Neighborhood Center is located right next door to our old office space. Their address is: 1210 37th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Hours of operation: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Folwell Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social

The Annual Folwell Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social is coming to Folwell Park! Walk, bike, drive, bus, or just stop by and join the rest of the neighborhood Thursday June 21 from 5:30-8pm. Here is what you can look forward to this year at the Resource Fair/Ice Cream Social:

  • More than 40 vendors/resources
  • Free Ice Cream
  • Video Game Truck
  • Street fair games and activities
  • Face Painting
  • Hundreds of community members having fun
  • Music and dancing (if you feel so inclined)

Resource tables will be open starting at 5:30pm. The FNA made an intentional effort to bring in a wide variety of businesses, non profits, organizations, and local vendors to highlight the thriving work happening here on the Northside. This is an opportunity for residents to connect with people and information that could enhance and support their lives.  It is also a great way to support the local business we love and build a thriving community. Not every business,school or resource was able to join us this year. However, we will continue to work on building this event to include more in the years to come. If you have a business or organization that would like to table, please reach out to Dani at

The FNA has had the distinct pleasure of working with the Folwell Park staff in making this event happen. Thank you to all the volunteers who have made sure that this beloved event for our neighborhood is still happening.

Mark your calendar and come join the fun! See you Thursday June 21!

Welcome Staff!

We are excited to announce the new staff for the Folwell Neighborhood Association! You will be seeing our Communications and Outreach Associates around the neighborhood, supporting the events we are a part of and throwing, leading door knocking and outreach efforts and in all sorts of manners…

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My name is Mikile Baker and I am excited to have been brought on to serve not only the Folwell Neighborhood Association but the people of Folwell. It is an honor to work in my community and with the beautiful residents of North Minneapolis. I have lived in North Minneapolis for over a year and prior to relocating to the area I would travel from Northeast Minneapolis to thirty-first and Penn to train at my current judo gym the renowned Doc’s Gym. I am a  twenty-six year old University student who attends Augsburg University where I am currently studying studio art and art history. Painting and charcoal are my forte and and passion and if I am not in the dojo or the classroom then I am most likely in front of the canvas. I believe that art can be both a tool for communication and expression and that it is something that everyone should be able to take part in. With a passion for the arts and volunteer work I currently serve with City of Lakes AmeriCorps where I teach art in the Minneapolis Public School District.

As a resident of North Minneapolis I want to bring attention to our awesome communities, neighborhoods, and community projects. To support and uplift  new businesses as well as show continued support to the many institutions that we have here in our community such as Juxtaposition Arts, Cookie Cart, Venture North biking and cafe and many others. Folwell is a great example of that in its communal togetherness and residential pride and I am excited to work for a community that is dedicated to supporting not only its residence but its surrounding area!

You can reach Mikile at his Folwell email address 

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Hello Folwell, I’m Dani Tietjen! I have been a resident of Folwell for 16 years where I live with my husband and three kids.  You may know me as an FNA board member, I am sad to leave the board but I am excited to work with you in this new capacity. I love the Northside because of the resiliency of her people and strength of her community. It feels a lot like my hometown of Detroit; beautiful and challenging, but not defeated.  I moved to the Twin Cities to attend Concordia University where I graduated with a degree in Outreach Work. I love to travel and a spent year before college touring with a band doing youth and family ministry. After getting my degree I spent four years traveling as a Regional and National Events Director for Youth Encounter, a non-profit based here in the cities. After realizing my passion for storytelling and nurturing a creative and inspired life, I left my job and pursued a career as a public speaker/writer. The last 10 years I have spent traveling speaking, reflecting, and writing. I enjoy spending time organizing the Story Garden and other growing initiatives in Folwell and on the Northside. I am also very passionate about racial and economic justice, housing rights, and the healing for our collective bodies. I love being apart of this vibrant neighborhood and am humbled to be apart of the work building community power. If there is an hour to be spared, you would find me reading, cooking, biking, napping, or sharing a beverage with friends. Relationships are the foundation and heart beat of existence, and I look forward to investing in those relationships with you. See you on the block Folwell!

You can reach Dani at her Folwell email address