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Civic Round-Up: February 2022

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

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

Opportunities To Engage

  • Comment on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Land Policy by March 17th. Read the policy here and comment here.

  • Participate in the City of Minneapolis Redistricting Process. Give your input on the redrawing City Council and Park & Recreation Board districts at a public hearing on Feb. 24th at 4PM. Learn more and sign up to speak at a meeting here.

  • Adoption fees are waived for cats and dogs at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Learn more and see adoptable animals here.

  • The Minnesota Commerce Department has appointed authority for a board that governs the MN FAIR PLAN, a group of insurers administering property and liability insurance for properties that cannot get insurance through the usual course. Application and additional information about the board can be found here: MN FAIR PLAN Board. Email Carrie Briggs with questions:

  • The Minnesota Commerce Department has appointed authority for a board that advises the Commissioner of Commerce on the fair distribution of grants in an effort to combat automobile theft and improve auto theft laws in the state. Application and additional information about the board can be found here: Automobile Auto Theft Prevention Advisory Board. Email Carrie Briggs with questions:

Important Updates

  • The City of Minneapolis has rescinded an emergency regulation requiring people entering food and drink establishments to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The City's mask mandate remains in effect.

  • Civil Rights Department’s Office of Police Conduct Review will conduct a special review of MPD’s no-knock warrant policy. Read more here.

  • The City’s Behavioral Crisis Response (BCR) teams are now operating 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. The teams are part of a pilot project led by the City’s Office of Performance and Innovation with Canopy Roots serving as the provider. People having a behavioral crisis or reporting one should continue to call 911 for help. 911 dispatchers will gather information and determine if the incident is eligible for a mobile behavioral health team response. Learn more here.

  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board resumed public hours at all recreation centers and Headquarters. Masks are required.


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

  • Utility assistance is still available through the Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and 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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