Black History Month Radio Opportunity!

Invitation – Black History Month 2021
KFAI has a tradition of celebrating Black History Month each February with a full 24-hour day of programming by KFAI hosts and members of the Twin Cities Black community. With your help, we also hope to expand the event to include additional community programming scheduled throughout the entire month. This event is to provide a platform for displaying the multitudes of real Black experiences and histories. 

Program proposals are reserved for Black people/members of the African Diaspora. If you encompass one of the identities listed and are interested in participating, you can choose to get involved in a number of ways.
 1. Create a program that adds to the celebration of Black people, our history, and culture.
2. Co-host with a current KFAI program host (pending program host participation) and contribute content for a program. 
3. Join the planning committee as a member of the Black community and work closely with staff to determine programming for Black History Month.
Interested hosts can apply to be on-air or online by completing this form. Please note that on-air shows are specifically reserved for Black voices. Shows can be presented live or recorded in advance. No previous radio experience is necessary – equipment, training, and mentorship will be provided as needed. 

Opportunities for non-Black folks to support Black History Month programming will be made available in the future. Follow KFAI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
Shared from KFAI Fresh Air, Inc Newsletter

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


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:


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

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!


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)



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


Zoom Link:

Link to CDC materials


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.

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


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 


7:00 Welcome and Intros

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

Meeting invitation:

Seward Neighborhood Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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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:

COVID-19 guidelines:

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