Introducing Our 2021 Board:

Two Year Term:

Until 2022 Annual Meeting

  • Saida Mohamed
  • Raphael Coffey
  • Celeste Robinson
  • Anne Kent
  • Ramla Bile
  • Matt Plummer
  • Jamee Elsayad
  • Maya Gilchrist

One Year Term:

Until 2021 Annual Meeting

  • Alexandra Lopez-Rivera
  • Marcel Thompson
  • Tony Korum
  • Kieran Morris

Current Board Members:

Until 2021 Annual meeting

  • Marina Luger
  • Abdirisaq Moallin
  • Tiger Worku
  • Mark Splett

Congratulations and welcome to our incoming board members!

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting, voted, and are improving our community through your engagement.

Read the bios of our full 2021 Board HERE.

Elections occurred at SNG’s 2020 Annual Meeting and results were certified by Jim Davnie, Minnesota State Representative, and Jerome Evans, Former Board Chair at Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. There were 17 applicants to fill 12 vacancies. A motion was passed to fill all those seats and suspend the bylaws stating that only 6-8 board members can be elected at a time. The motion is as follows: SNG temporarily suspend the bylaws that call for 6-8 board members to be elected at our annual meeting to allow for 12 board members to be elected so that SNG may have a full board of directors on January 1st, 2021. The 8 elected candidates with the most votes will be elected to a two year term while the four candidates with the next most votes will be elected to a one year term.

Look at the ballot count results here.

Use Your Voice!

The City of Minneapolis is asking for your input. As a resident, you have the right to shape the City’s plan for these important issues. Please use the information provided below to get involved, make your voice heard, and share these resources with others.

Upper Harbor redevelopment plan

The City is seeking input on the redevelopment plan for the Upper Harbor site on the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis: a 48-acre City-owned site formerly home to a barge shipping terminal.

You can comment on the Upper Harbor Draft Coordinated Plan by taking an online survey on the project website by Jan. 15, 2021. 

The redevelopment of the Upper Harbor will connect north Minneapolis to the Mississippi River, retain public ownership of the land, and include a new 19-acre park, the Community Performing Arts Center, a health and wellness hub and new affordable housing. It will also provide commercial spaces for local businesses, opportunities for a community-based organization to own or manage commercial real estate and bring 300 living wage jobs to the North Side.

To learn more about the plan and take the online survey, visit the project website.

Upcoming online open house

5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5
Link to participate 
Call-in info: 1-612-276-6670 (Conference ID: 827 312 393#)
*Please note: choose either the link option or the call-in option (not both), as there is a short audio delay between the two.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Help the City, State and County plan to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available later in 2021. Your perspectives are vital on:

·         What vaccination means to you.

·         Your concerns, hopes and suggestions

More information and the survey link can be found here.

Public comment period for new MPRB Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, extended to July 18

At its Jan. 6, 2021 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners voted to extend the Parks for All public comment period by six months. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft plan is July 18, 2021

Parks for All will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback before the comment period ends Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Your input is welcome whether you have been deeply involved in the planning process over the past two years or if you are hearing about this for the first time! There are numerous ways to learn about the plan and send feedback using the link below.

Draft Parks for All Plan

Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval. Share the Parks for All draft plan with your friends, family, neighbors or other networks using minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft or bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan.

Learn About the Draft Plan

There are number of different ways to dive into the plan, including: 

About Parks for All

The draft document will be the MPRB’s agency policy direction based on shared values with community, agency staff and elected officials.

It will provide guidance in developing policy, establishing or changing programs and services, setting the annual MPRB budget and creating park improvements over the next decade.

It is a tool for communicating to MPRB staff, commissioners and the general public about what the MPRB does and it values.

It will build on what works now while identifying gaps in programs, services and strategies that need to be filled in the next decade. Parks for All focuses on the park system as a whole, not specific recommendations for individual parks.

It will build from master plans, other policies and activity plans, strategic directions and the community input gained during the last two years of engagement across the system, all of which incorporate more specific recommendations.

To learn more about this project and others, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/planning.

Mortgage Relief Application Deadline Extended

Right before New Year’s, the deadline for applications for mortgage relief for federally backed mortgages was extended to February 28, 2021 under the CARES Act. The Minnesota Commerce Department and Minnesota Housing issued a joint consumer alert to encourage homeowners who may be impacted by COVID-19 financial hardships to contact a home ownership advisor to see if they are eligible.

Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – English

Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Spanish

Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Hmong

Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Somali

In Minnesota, about 13,000 Minnesota homeowners, or more than one in ten, have FHA-backed mortgages that are delinquent, which means thousands of Minnesota homeowners are behind on mortgages and could be impacted by the deadline to apply for mortgage relief.

Please note that those who do not have a federally backed mortgage may be eligible for assistance. They should contact their mortgage lender or servicer for more information.

Please share this information widely so as many people who are eligible can apply. Do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions.

Leah Wilkes

Director, Public Outreach and Community Engagement

651-539-1460

mn.gov/commerce

Minnesota Department of Commerce

85 7th Place East, Suite 280 | Saint Paul, MN 55101

Equity Committee Meeting 1/15

Equity Committee

January 15, 2021 | 7pm 

Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84281246274

Agenda

7:00 Welcome and Intros

  • Check that recording is started to the cloud
  • Call to order
  • Designate minute taker
  • Attendance:

7:10 Updates

  • Email vote approval of office signs to display and social media posts by Board of Directors 
    • Tiger motion: “I ask that the board of directors temporarily suspend the rules to give our ED: Sam Taitel the authorization to hang up posters in our office space, and to make social media posts endorsing the movement/affirmation “Black Lives Matter”. I also ask that the board of directors authorize future posts on related themes; left to the discretion of Sam Taitel, so long as she holds the title of Executive Director.”
  • Work Plan 2021: Create and implement a Communications & Outreach Plan
    • including translating/interpreting standard procedure for meetings

7:20 Election of Chair

7:30 Finalize name of Committee

7:35 Finalize meeting time

  • Proposed 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm

7:40 Draft/Plan SNG public statement regarding recent events

8:00 Discussion of Communications & Outreach Plan

  • In connection with engagement and representation of neighbors (primarily African immigrant and renters) North of Franklin

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nbk-SXTzEdpslnDTxH5tLlpNb7XCKDxQ3XKpWR3CgeM/edit?usp=sharing

2021 MLK Day Celebration 1/18

Beloved Community, Beloved Connections - 2021 MLK Day Celebration. Hands holding each other with the sun in the background.

Join the 2021 MLK Day Celebration!

Virtual Celebration Premieres Jan. 18 at 10:30 am

Next Monday, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan will host the 35th Annual State of Minnesota Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration!

Let’s come together to honor Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community. We’ll discuss how Dr. King fought for justice and love, worked to end racism and poverty, and what this means today.

This virtual event is not to be missed and is geared towards students and youth. On behalf of the Governor’s MLK Council, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Keynote

Photo of Matthew A. Cherry and the cover of the book Hair LoveWe’re excited Matthew A. Cherry is the keynote! He’s an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His animated short film and book, Hair Love, follows the relationship between Zuri, her natural hair, and her father. It’s a powerful story about family, love, and loving ourselves. Check out Hair Love before or after the celebration!

Activity and Discussion Guides

Building on Dr. King’s work to make systematic change to end hate and discrimination requires intentionality. As part of the 2021 MLK Day Celebration, you can download an activity guide for all ages and a discussion guide for families, schools, organizations, and more.

Download the Guides:

Event Details

When: Celebration premieres at 10:30 am on January 18. The video will remain available indefinitely. 
WhereGovernor’s YouTube Channel
Accessibility: ASL and CART services will be provided in the video. 
Languages: Video will be captioned in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.
Content copied from email from Minnesota Department of Human Rights division of the City of Minneapolis

Communications Committee 1/13 at 4:30

January 13, 2021 | 4:30pm | Virtual (zoom)

JOIN HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88559443395

Agenda:

4:30 Welcome and Intros

  • Check that recording is started to the cloud
  • Call to order
  • Designate minute taker
  • Attendance:

4:40 Updates

4:45 Establish chair of Communications Committee

4:55 Discussion of format for Profile issue

5:05 Discussion of timeline for Profile issue

5:15 Plan for what and how to solicit entries

5:30 Plan for ad purchases

Review Action Items and Assign Tasks

  1. Task – Person (Deadline if applicable)

6:00 Adjourn

Community Development Committee 1/12

Join Meeting HERE January 12th, 2021 at 7pm

Agenda

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88666142391

Link to CDC materials

Agenda

7:00 Preliminaries 

  • Introductions
  • Approve December Minutes

7:10 Presentations & Reports

  • The Agra Development (Becky Landon, Partner, Newport Midwest)
  • Ward Offices (Robin, Cam, Jamal)
  • Seward Redesign (Chris Romano)
  • Transportation Working Group (Sheldon)

7:45 Actions & Discussions

8:30 Adjourn

APPLY! Small Business Relief Fund

Funding opportunities to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

Small business and nonprofit relief application and details CLICK HERE!

Grant applications are available now through Thursday, January 14 at noon to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online application form is now live. View application details below.

A total of $24.6 million in relief funding will be available. This funding was given to Hennepin County by the State of Minnesota to support businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic and related state restrictions, including Executive Order No. 20-99.

Since May 2020, Hennepin County approved $44.75 million in small business relief grants through four application rounds. Learn more about previous funding rounds here.

Application guidelines will be available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo as soon as possible. 

https://www.hennepin.us/economic-development/programs/Emergency-relief#Application

Seward Rebuild Fund – Final Report

Our local businesses were incredibly grateful for the support they received from the community via the Seward Rebuild Fund. Thank you again to everyone who donated! 

The following 30 businesses (or individual proprietors) each received an initial $500 from the Seward Rebuild Fund:

Alyssa Hill

Aribert Munzer

Art Pharm

Bab’s Casting

Birchwood Café

Chapman Repair

Chris Kvale Cycles

Coleman’s Copy Center  
Nguyen Architects, Inc.

Create Laser Arts

Dreamland Faces

Gargar Urgent Care and Clinic 
Seward Makes

Habitat for Humanity

Hexagon Bar

Ivy Arts Building (owned by Ariel, Inc.)

Kaleidoscope Healing Arts

Kokoon

Lakes Pharmacy

Photo Letter Project

Pita King

Riverside Shell

Sarah M. Holm

Seward Coop

Skol Liquor

Steve Sandberg

The Fashion Ration

The Turning Point Woodworks Inc.

Tobacco Plus Inc.

Vine Arts Center

The following businesses applied for and received additional funds (in the amounts listed):

Birchwood Cafe ($1,000)

Chapman Repair ($1,000)

Chris Kvale Cycles ($500)

Dreamland Faces ($1,000)

Gargar Urgent Care and Clinic ($2,150)

Hexagon Bar ($2,155)

Kaleidoscope Healing Arts ($1,000)

Lakes Pharmacy ($1,000)

Nguyen Architects, Inc. ($500)

Photo Letter Project ($1,000)

Pita King ($2,155)

Riverside Shell ($2,155)

Skol Liquour ($1,000)

The Turning Point Woodworks Inc. ($500)

Vine Arts Center ($2,000)

Community Building Committee Meeting 1/5

Join Meeting HERE

January 5, 2021 | 7pm – 8:30pm 

Agenda

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/434566880https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jbo60SanMwIdhWNSnqUSLWzuyGaxvUvEQbLHlJgciqI/edit?usp=sharing

7:00 Welcome and Intros

  • Check that recording is started to the cloud
  • Call to order
  • Designate minute taker
  • Attendance:
  • Email admin@sng.org to be added to newsletter/committee updates
  • Vote to approve previous month’s minutes: 
    • In favor:
    • Opposed:
    • Abstensions:
  • Harvest other items to add to agenda

7:10 Updates – Sam

  • Committee Charter
  • Events
    • National Night Out
    • Garage Sale
    • King’s Fair
    • Winter Frolic
  • Board Vacancies

7:20 Vote on Name: Community Engagement Committee/other suggestions

7:30 Brainstorm for guidelines around safety initiatives

  • Suggestions from 12/8/20 meeting
    • Guide for organizing neighbors/houses & canvassing
    • Walking groups
      • Focus on fitness
    • Initial Training
      • Video, quiz, volunteer onboarding
    • Security Cameras
    • Virtual Contact (discord, text groups, etc)

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Seward Soft Serve Holiday Market

Don’t miss out on amazing local goods! Visit our own Seward Soft Serve on Sunday, December 20th from 10am to 4pm.

In their words:

“A soft serve ice cream cafe in the Seward Neighborhood of Minneapolis featuring house-made vegan and dairy ice cream alongside local goods from local makers.”

Buy online, do curbside pick up, and check out the goods here: https://www.sewardsoftserve.com/

COVID-19 guidelines:

  • 5 customers at a time for social distancing
  • Masks covering mouth and nose required
  • No eating or drinking in the building

Xcel Energy’s Flex Pricing Pilot

Xcel Energy’s Flex Pricing Pilot aims to reduce electricity demand and help participants save

Xcel Energy’s two-year Flex Pricing Pilot began on November 1, following its postponement due to the pandemic. With Flex Pricing, electricity prices vary depending on the time of day. That means participants’ bills will depend on how much electricity they use and also on when they use it. Xcel Energy is piloting Flex Pricing with 10,000 customers in Minnesota, including some Seward residents. 

Electricity costs more to produce when demand is high. During these times when customers are using the most energy, we often need to get energy from sources that cost more and rely more on fossil fuels, which are less environmentally friendly.

Flex Pricing is one way Xcel Energy is helping communities and customers work together to reduce peak electricity demand. Demand is the amount of electricity needed to supply everyone with all the electricity they need at any moment in the day. When demand spikes, typically on weekday evenings, the energy needed to meet that demand might need to come from sources that cost more and rely more on fossil fuels, which are less environmentally friendly. If we can reduce those spikes in electricity demand, we could use even more renewable energy now avoid and building new fossil fuel power plants in the future.If you’re part of the Flex Pricing Pilot, Xcel Energy will mail you a welcome packet in October. Participants can opt out of the pilot anytime. For more information about the Flex Pricing Pilot, visit xcelenergy.com/FlexPricing.

Learn some of Xcel’s Energy Saving Tips!

The below collection will be updated to include new posts as they’re published.

Did you know that changing the time when you use energy can help the environment? If we all work together, we can use even more wind and solar power. It’s as easy as…running a full dishwasher before bed. Shift running your dishwasher to after 9pm to take advantage of wind power. Learn more: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

¿Sabía que cambiar la hora cuando usa la energía puede ayudar al medio ambiente? Si todos trabajamos juntos podemos utilizar aún más energía solar y producida por el viento. Es tan fácil como…. Poner la lavadora llena de trastes antes de acostarse a dormir. Cambie a poner su lavadora de trastes a después de las 9pm para aprovechar la energía solar y producida por el viento. Entérese más: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Ma ogtahay in aad bedesho sida sida aad u isticmaasho korontada in ay caawin karto degaanka? Haddii aynu dhamaanteen is wada kaashano, waxa aan tamar ka dhalin karnaa dabeysha iyo qoraxda. Waa ay fududahay sida ay u fududahay in aad xilliga seexashada habeenkii aad mar kaliya isticmaasho makiinadda weelasha lagu dhaqo. Dhaq weelasha wixii ka dambeeya 9ka fiidnimo si aad u isticmaasho tamarta dabaysha iyo qoraxda. Si aad waxuga ogaato soo booqo www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Did you know that changing the time when you use energy can help the environment? If we all work together, we can use even more wind and solar power. It’s as easy as…doing laundry on the weekend. Shift laundry to the weekend to take advantage of wind and solar power. Learn more: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Ma ogtahay in aad bedesho sida aad u isticmaasho korontada in ay caawin karto degaanka? Haddii aynu dhamaanteen is wada kaashano, waxa aan tamar ka dhalin karnaa dabeysha iyo qoraxda. Waa ay fududahay sida ay u fududahay in aad fasaxa todobaadka oo kaliya dharka dhaqato. Dharka dhaqo fasaxa todobaadka oo kaliya si aad u isticmaasho tamarta dabaysha iyo qoraxda. Si aad waxuga ogaato soo booqo www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

¿Sabía que cambiar la hora cuando usa la energía puede ayudar al medio ambiente? Si todos trabajamos juntos podemos utilizar aún más energía solar y producida por el viento. Es tan fácil como…. lavar la ropa los fines de semana. Cambie lavando la ropa al fin de semana para aprovechar la energía solar y producida por el viento. Entérese más: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy