Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations Released – Public Comment Open

The Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations have been completed and are available for review and comment. The official public comment period is from January 28 to March 31, 2019.

There has been a tremendous amount of volunteer and staff time dedicated to developing the framework for the next iteration of neighborhood programming, funding and governance structure to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations starting in 2020 and beyond. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers and community members that contributed their time, talent and energy into this initiative. The tremendous value neighborhoods play in our city was reflected in your commitment and dedication.

Since 2016, the NCR has been holding conversations with community and neighborhood leaders and elected officials about the needs and goals of our growing and vibrant city, and identifying the role that neighborhoods should play in meeting them. This initiative, called Neighborhoods 2020, culminated in three work groups being established by City Council in the spring of 2018. These work groups consisted of representatives from neighborhood organizations, cultural groups, those with equity/undoing racism experience and representatives appointed by City Council and the mayor. They provided recommendations on three major elements of this work: programming and funding, governance and a citywide community engagement policy. The Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations build off the recommendations from the workgroups.

The Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations also align with the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which states that “Minneapolis will have an equitable civic participation system that enfranchises everyone, recognizes the core and vital service neighborhood organizations provide to the City of Minneapolis, and builds people’s long-term capacity to organize and improve their lives and neighborhoods.”

NCR has been working with neighborhood organizations for nearly a decade. As the demographics of our city has changed, so have the needs of the City. With these changes comes opportunities for all of us. NCR believes that the Neighborhoods 2020 process provides a mechanism for the city and our neighborhoods to explore how we can make improvements in our work.

NCR recognizes we will also need to explore changing how our own department functions in order to meet the needs of neighborhoods. The framework document includes new technical assistance and specialty services that go above our current services to neighborhoods.

To view the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations, go to: The document is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. NCR will be holding community informational meetings. All meetings will have interpreters available. These meetings provide a space where residents can submit public comments. Current meeting dates include:

  • Feb. 2: Community Connections Conference, Minneapolis Convention Center (English)
  • Feb. 27: Eastside Neighborhood Services 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (English)
    1700 2nd Street NE
  • March 8: Harrison Community Center 11:00 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. (held in Lao and Hmong)
    503 Irving Avenue North
  • March 13: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (held in Somali)
    505 15th Avenue South
  • March 15: Waite House 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (held in Spanish)
    2323 11th Avenue South

Additional meetings will be scheduled in multiple languages. See the most up-to-date list at

If your group would like to have an NCR representative attend a community meeting to speak about Neighborhoods 2020 and take public comments, please contact us using the contact information below.

Submit comments to:

Steven Gallagher
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 5th Avenue South, Suite 425, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Comments must be received by midnight, March 31.

The NCR department plans to bring final Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations to the City Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement (PECE) Committee in April 2019. After approval by the City Council, the NCR department will then draft the program guidelines. Further opportunities to comment on the program guidelines will be available later this summer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your neighborhood or community specialist at NCR:

Thank you very much for your time and contributions.


David Rubedor

Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations
ADA Title II Coordinator
City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425 105 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Office: 612-673-3129

Community Connections Conference on February 2

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department invites you to the 8th annual Community Connections Conference. The conference is a free event meant to build connections and foster collaboration between communities, neighborhoods and government, focusing on best practices for community engagement. The conference features interactive workshops, speakers, panel discussions, and a delicious catered lunch. The theme of this year’s conference is Together: Mobilizing for a Better Minneapolis.

The schedule for the day:

  • Registration and breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
  • Opening panel: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • Morning workshops: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon workshops: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Closing forum with Mayor Frey and Council members: 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This year’s Community Connections Conference will feature:

Accessibility and Inclusion

On-site captioning and interpreters for American Sign Language, Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Oromo are available throughout the day. Request interpreter service at registration.

The Minneapolis Convention Center offers information on locations of accessible entrances, restrooms and transportation. Learn more at Minneapolis Convention Center and Accessibility.

We will provide a link to download a free Metro Transit pass for your transportation to the conference the week before the conference.

For further reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737 or People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 61

DMNA Board Meeting on January 28, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Board meeting is on Monday, January 28, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.

DMNA 11-19-2018 Board Meeting Minutes  – Updated
DMNA 12-11-2018 Board Work Session Minutes – Updated
December Financial Report – Excel
December Financial Report – PDF
FY2019 Budget
MCFM Report to the DMNA
MCFM DMNA sponsorship signage
Photo of MCFM music tent
DMNA January 2019 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
DMNA letter of support for the Canopy Hotel liquor license application
DMNA letter of support for 314 1st Avenue North
DMNA letter of support for Ryan Companies project at 700 4th Street South
City staff report for Ryan Companies project at 700 4th Street South
DMNA Land Use Committee Goals
Star Tribune article regarding Neighborhoods 2020 – 1-27-2019
Green Minneapolis – Greening Lab update regarding the Tree Watering Project

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “The Nature of Things”: January 26-March 30

Opening Reception Saturday, January 26 from 3:00-6:00 PM
Exhibition dates January 26- March 30, 2019
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “The Nature of Things

A Veronique Wantz Gallery Pop-Up at The Mill Yard

The new exhibit showcases a collection of works that offers space to consider the times in which we live.

Our world is in constant flux. We ride the ebb and flow, sifting through layers of complexity in search of a clarity that we can anchor onto. From inward we look out, observing that what goes up, doesn’t always come down. We seek solace in our connections, to tame the currents swirling around us, and find solid ground, for a while. It’s the nature of things.

Artists featured at the new show include:

  • Jack Dale (painting)
  • Allison Johanson (painting)
  • Samuel Johnson (pottery)
  • Eleanor McGough (painting)
  • Wendy Westlake (painting)

At The Mill Yard opening reception we are working on something delicious (stay tuned!)

Wine, sparkling water and sweet drinks are complimentary.




The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts

The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

Contact us at:


Jack Dale

Jack Dale was born in St. Paul, MN and has made his home here for all but 3 years. He grew up in St. Paul and attended the University of Minnesota on a hockey scholarship. He played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and three years as a professional before suffering a career-ending knee injury. He turned his attention to art, which he had studied in college, and has been a painter for over 40 years. He was a member of Groveland Gallery in the early eighties when he was doing mostly landscape work and is very pleased to be represented by the Veronique Wantz Gallery today. Jack has had numerous solo and group shows and his paintings have been collected all over the country. His abstract expressionistic paintings are known not for the images that are represented, but for the emotions that they evoke. It is in this sensorial space where intuition takes over, and the viewer finds a place to engage on a deeply personal and powerful level. “As a mark-maker the paint carries me on a journey of understanding: allowing me to make sense of the world around me and vocalizing feelings that can’t always be easily explained.”

Natural Echo, oil on canvas

Web site:

Allison Johanson

Allison Johanson is a contemporary painter from Saint Paul. She grew up near the north shore of Lake Superior and enjoys referencing the vastness of the lake and sky as well as the nostalgia she feels about her rural upbringing. Allison’s abstract landscapes are rooted in the beauty found in the natural world, and they speak about the mystery found in distant horizons. Her intuitive painting style yields soft and immersive works that create feelings of connectedness.  “I love to create paintings that subtly engage and communicate a quiet mood yet provide interest upon closer observation. Seeing the artist in the textures, brush strokes and mark making is what excites me most about original art.

Big Lake Swells, acrylic on canvas

Web site:

Instagram: @allisonjohansonart

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson was born on the Eastern prairie of the Red River Valley. He studied painting and ceramics at the University of Minnesota at Morris, serving an apprenticeship in pottery under Richard Bresnahan. He has been a guest of Denmark’s Design School in Copenhagen, worked in a studio in New York, and traveled to Japan as a guest of Koie Ryoji. In 2005, Johnson earned graduate degrees in fine art from the University of Iowa. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota. Johnson’s work reflects today’s malleable socio-political climate through both the process of shaping wet clay and its transformation through fire. As raw unglazed vessels are fired in a kiln, each are marked by wood, heat, melting ash and charcoal resulting in a somber patina of natural hues and irregular textures. The work is intended to be mysterious and enigmatic in ways that feel familiar.  “My work strikes a balance between the wild and mysterious character of ourselves and that part of our psyche that sets us apart from it, containing contradictory elements that provoke a sense of mystery and gravitas and suggest those aspects of our nature that is just on the other side of consciousness.”

Vessels, wood fired stoneware

Web site:


Instagram:  @samueljohnsonpottery

Eleanor McGough

Eleanor McGough grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Kansas City Art Institute. She also studied at the Polytechnic in Brighton, England. She is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants and a Bemis Foundation residency. McGough’s paintings explore our fleeting place in the vast patterns of weather, migrations, and time. Imagined life forms inhabit terrestrial, aquatic, or atmospheric spaces, revealing fragile and tenuous relationships within these complex systems. She is influenced by the research of high altitude entomology that details the astonishing fact that billions of insects are carried in air currents through the layers of our atmosphere. This idea serves as a visual metaphor to the broader context that all life is transitory and swept up in immense patterns of energy.  “I am drawn to insects for their metamorphosis and find hope in the idea that transformation is an enduring possibility and cause for optimism as life on our planet evolves.”

Perilous Passage, acrylic on board

Web site:

Instagram:  @eleanormcgough

Wendy Westlake

Wendy Westlake was born in Washington state. She earned an Associate Degree in Applied Art from Pima College in Tuscon AZ, where she studied a wide range of media including oils, printmaking and ceramics. Upon moving back to MN in 1992, Wendy connected with the watercolor community in the Twin Cities area. She became a Board Member of the Minnesota Watercolor Society in 2012 eventually becoming MNWS President from 2014-2016. A desire to work on a larger scale than paper would allow pulled Wendy back to her earlier training with acrylic and oils. Her work is influenced by her background in watercolor as well as the tradition of American Abstract Expressionism.  Wendy’s poignant graphical forms bring order within a place of chaos: shapes overlap and interconnect, with redacted and transparent elements changing our view. Her paintings expand on the idea that everything is connected and questions the way in which we read the truth. “I begin by flinging paint on canvas with great abandon and then search for order in the chaos, highlighting some shapes while losing others, defining and editing, pushing toward resolution.”

Set A Guard Over My Mouth, acrylic on canvas

Web site:


Instagram: @wendywestlakestudio


DMNA Land Use Committee on January 8, 2019

The next DMNA Land Use Committee is on January 8, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Agenda – Updated #2

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on December 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum

The DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on December 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

AGENDA – Updated
Wild Greg’s Saloon Business / Security Plan
Oakland Apartments – Meyer Goneya Partnership HPC application to demolish an historic resource

DMNA Board meeting on November 19

The DMNA Board meets next Monday, November 19, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the Cargill Room.

Minutes from the October 15, Board Meeting
November 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
October Financial Report – Excel
October Financial Report – PDF
Letter of support for the Target Field Plaza Enhancements
Letter of support for the Bus Stop Brewhouse liquor license application
Letter of support for Wild Greg’s liquor license application
Letter of support for 1111-1113 Hennepin Avenue CoA
Letter of support for Sherman Associates project at Portland and Washington Avenues – REVISED

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on November 13

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.

AGENDA – Updated

DMNA elects three board members at Annual Meeting

The DMNA Annual Meeting took place on Monday night, October 15, at Open Book.  Elections to the Board of Directors were held. Two incumbent board members were re-elected; Tomek Rajtar and Joey Senkyr.  In addition, Max Erickson was elected to the third open seat.  All of the newly elected board members will serve three-year terms.








In addition to the elections, the annual meeting included a presentation by Board Chair Joe Tamburino on the past year’s accomplishments; a Treasurer’s Report by Dianne Walsh; a Land Use Committee Report by Kevin Frazell; and Outreach and Engagement Reports by Dianne Walsh, Kevin Frazell and Pam McCrea.



Thank you to the elected officials that came to the meeting and provided updates:








Finally, as part of the DMNA’s ongoing outreach and engagement efforts, DMNA Board Chair Joe Tamburino invited attendees to identify what the believe should be the organizations top priorities in the coming year.  All of the attendees were asked to rank the importance of the following areas: Affordable Housing; Land Use; Safety & Security; and Transit and Traffic.  The four priorities were identified through the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Survey and through outreach meetings at several downtown residential buildings.  The priorities were ranked in the following order of importance:

  • Safety & Security
  • Land Use
  • Affordable Housing
  • Transit and Traffic

A big thank you goes out to Downtown East resident and owner of Zenmation Peter Zenner for creating the amazing PowerPoint presentation shown at the meeting.  We appreciate his creative talents and his technology help.


Annual Meeting Agenda
Annual Meeting PowerPoint presentation
2018 Outreach and Engagement Summary PowerPoint
2018 Outreach and Engagement Results PDF

Hennepin County Seeking Candidates for the 2018-2019 Economic Gardening Program

Hennepin County, along with Scott County, Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul are currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 Economic Gardening Program.  We are looking for growing second stage companies (10-99 employees, $1M+ annual revenue) who want to take their businesses to the next level through peer roundtables, customized research, and networking opportunities!   This (free to the business) program runs from November 2018 until June 2019.  A program overview is attached.  To learn more about the program please contact Elise Durbin at 612-348-4191 or via email at