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Civic Round-Up: October 2022

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

Opportunities To Engage

  • The City is hosting an open house Oct. 22 from 12-2 p.m. at Phelps Park indoor gym, 701 E. 39th St. Attend to learn more information about the 38th and Chicago Re-Envisioned project. It’s an opportunity for the community to partner with the City on redesigning and reconstructing the intersection of George Perry Floyd Square. The project team will provide interactive activities to gather design ideas for how the intersection could look. Learn more here.

  • The City is asking renters what questions they have about renter protection rules, and how they would like to get this information. The City has an online survey to find the most effective ways to reach renters with this information.

  • The City Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee has set a public hearing on Mayor Jacob Frey’s police chief nomination for its Oct. 26 meeting. Learn how to participate in a public hearing.

  • 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. Attend an open house 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Abyssinia Cultural Center, 322 W. Lake St. or take an online survey before Nov. 30.

  • Superintendent Al Bangoura presented the recommended 2023 MPRB Budget focused on serving youth, building safer communities, caring for park assets, and protecting the environment. Public comment opportunities scheduled Oct 26, Nov 2, 15, 30 and Dec 6. Read more and make comments here.

  • Early voting opened on Sept. 23! The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 23 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 23, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more, register to vote, get an absentee ballot or find your polling place here.

Important Updates

  • Fall street sweeping begins Tuesday, Oct. 18. Crews are preparing to sweep streets across Minneapolis this month and November to clean the streets before winter. Street sweeping keeps leaves and debris out of the storm drains and from ending up in our lakes and rivers as much as possible. Learn more here.

  • Yard waste pickup has returned to a weekly schedule for all City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers, and the yard waste collection season has been extended through the end of November going forward to accommodate late-dropping leaves. Learn more here.


  • All Minneapolis residents are welcome to the South Minneapolis Seniors Fair Oct. 26 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. At the event, attendees can: hear from elected leaders, connect with resources, receive free blood pressure tests, COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and flu shots, and more.

  • 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.

  • Businesses along 38th Street (from Bloomington Ave. - Niccollet Ave.) and Lake Street (from the Mississippi River to the Uptown neighborhood) can now apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Grant! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through a community process, with grant awards beginning in Spring 2022. All funding will be distributed by December 31, 2024. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2026. 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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