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Civic Round-Up: December 2022

Check out resources, public notices, and opportunities to engage in local government and public life.

Opportunities To Engage

  • The City’s Public Works Department is seeking public comment on the draft Racial Equity Framework for Transportation. The goal is to use the framework as a catalyst to improve racial equity outcomes in Minneapolis by investing in transportation, elevating existing and forging new partnerships, and uplifting voices historically excluded from the decision-making processes. Comment on the framework here or attend an online open house 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.

  • The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from community members about your vision for the future of the former Kmart site. The City is reconnecting Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway as part of the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project. Take an online survey by midnight, Dec. 31.

  • The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department is looking for people to join the teams that keep the city running. Help spread the word about these opportunities with friends, family and community. Learn more here.

Important Updates

  • Please clear your sidewalk of snow and ice all winter to keep Minneapolis accessible for everyone. One- and two-family dwellings have 24 hours after the snow stops to clear their sidewalks. All other properties must have clear sidewalks within four hours. If you don’t clear your sidewalk, you could get a warning letter and bill from the City to remove snow from your sidewalk.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey’s 2023 City budget was adopted by the City Council Dec. 6. This was the mayor’s first biennial budget. Learn more here.

  • The minimum wage in Minneapolis automatically increases on Jan. 1, 2023 to $15.19 at franchises or employers with over 100 employees. Learn more here.

  • The City Council approved an ordinance Dec. 13 creating a new Community Commission on Police Oversight, a measure designed to enhance civilian oversight of police misconduct claims by streamlining the process and improving transparency.


  • Resources are available for people who are unable to shovel or clear their sidewalks. Several for-hire contractors and a few nonprofit organizations can help. If you need help, you can call 311 to find the best match in your area or learn more here.

  • The MNSure 2023 open enrollment period runs from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023. Learn how to apply and enroll here.

  • HomeHelpMN is providing assistance for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage or other eligible housing-related expenses due to the effects of the pandemic. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $35,000 in assistance for past-due expenses. Learn more and apply here.

  • Minnesota has a streamlined application for benefits such as cash, food, emergency housing, and child care assistance. Apply here.

  • Free COVID-19 Testing is available. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, or order a test through the state’s free COVID-19 Test at Home program. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests to be shipped to your home here.

  • Free COVID-19 Vaccines are available. Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you (parents can also visit, check for vaccine appointments at, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer), or walk in to or make an appointment at one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination sites.

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