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Run for a Board Seat at NENA’s Annual Meeting (4/25)

The NENA members will elect Board of Director members at its Annual Election and Meal on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Seats up for Election:
Keewaydin (One 2-Year Seat)
Minnehaha (One 2-Year Seat)
Morris Park (One 2-Year Seat)
Wenonah (One 2-Year Seat)
At Large (Three 2-Year Seats)

Board Candidate Information Session:
Interested in learning more about serving on the NENA Board of Directors? Join us on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the NENA office (4313 E. 54th Street). Facebook Event

Or you can set up a meet and greet with NENA’s Executive Director Becky Timm by calling 612-724-5652 or email

How to Apply:
Interested candidates have two options to complete an application by April 17, 2019.
  1. Online Application
  2. Paper Application – Download, complete and email to
Nominations from the floor during the Annual Meeting will also be accepted, but all candidates will be expected to address the biographical information on the Nomination Form. All candidates will provide a short presentation to neighborhood members at the Annual Meeting and neighbors will vote for candidates. Learn more about serving on the NENA Board.
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Get the Latest on Park Projects

With our community rich in parks and trails, it can be hard to follow all of the latest news. Below are links to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) project pages. Find up-to-date information on planning and community engagement, and sign up for email project updates.

  1. Bossen Field Park Building Improvements
  2. Minnehaha Parkway Trail Master Plan
  3. Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

MPRB Planning Projects

MPRB Commissioner for our neighborhood is Commissioner Steffanie Musich. Sign up for the Fifth District E-Newsletter.

For more information, visit NENA’s Park and Recreation Resource Page.

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Save the Date – South Minneapolis Green Fair (4/13)

Make a commitment to environmental sustainability part of 2019! Cut your carbon footprint, reduce your impact on landfills, keep local plants and animals thriving, care for our lakes and streams by making some simple adjustments to your personal habits.

This free, family-friendly event is for all who are interested in cultivating an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Visit with environmental organizations and groups, listen to special presentations, and get your questions answered in a friendly atmosphere.

Hosted by Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Longfellow Community Council, and Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association.

South Minneapolis Green Fair
Saturday, April 13, 2019
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Roosevelt High School – 4029 28th Ave S.
Facebook Event

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State of Our Neighborhood (1/15)

Missed the State of Our Neighborhood? No problem!  NENA recorded the event.  Facebook Video

In 2019, NENA along with many others have plans to make our neighborhood an even better, more vibrant community. Come to the State of Our Neighborhood to learn more about the upcoming year from the perspectives of local governments, educational institutions, businesses and community organizations.

Fourth Annual State of Our Neighborhood
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center – 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway

Desserts from Berry Sweet Kitchen will be served.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Confirmed Guest Speakers
– State Senator Patricia Torres Ray
– State Representative Jean Wagenius
– Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley (Tentative)
– Council Member Jeremy Schroeder (Ward 11)
– Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12)
– Commissioner Steffanie Musich, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
– Commissioner Isaac Russell, Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission
– Inspector Michael Sullivan, MPD Third Precinct
– Jennifer Neale, MPD Crime Prevention Specialist
– Principal La Shawn Ray, Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin

New – Community members are invited to send in your questions ahead of the event for our elected officials, community, school and business leaders and NENA by January 14, 2019! Community Questions

NENA spent 2018 working to improve, empower and energize our neighborhood. Some of our major accomplishments include the 10th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival, biweekly Twin Cities Mobile Market stops in the Bossen area, new marketing matching grants for area businesses and home improvement loans.

In the past year, NENA hosted over a dozen meetings bringing together hundreds of neighbors to address high priority issues such as the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, 34th Avenue reconstruction as well as safety and crime concerns. This will also be the first chance to view NENA’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

Come hear from NENA, our business community, neighborhood leaders and elected officials. This is your community and your time to get involved!

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NENA Welcomes Returning Morris Park Board Member

In October, Danielle Isaacson of Morris Park was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the Board of Directors. Danielle has been co-chair of the Green Initiatives Committee since 2015 and previously served on the NENA Board.

Danielle has been a Morris Park resident for almost four years, and during this time, she has grown to greatly appreciate the neighborhood, its residents, and its unique attributes.

Danielle said, “My primary hope and goal for NENA is to increase resident awareness and participation in NENA’s programs and committees. NENA has wonderful opportunities for residents to get involved and make meaningful changes in their neighborhood. NENA also provides valuable services to homeowners and renters. I would like to see residents become more engaged, either by taking advantage of NENA programming or by becoming involved as volunteers, committee members, etc.

During my Board term I will continue my role as the Green Initiatives Committee co-chair and as a member of the Giving Garden. Through these two groups I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with residents via projects that are aimed to improve the neighborhood and environment. I have greatly enjoyed my role with these groups and look forward to the community engagement opportunities with both during my Board term. The knowledge and connections I build as a member of the Board will also help me better support and contribute to the Green Initiatives Committee and the Giving Garden.”

We are glad that Danielle has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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Development Projects on Minnehaha Ave & 54th Street

New! Updated Site Plans Filed with the City of Minneapolis in July 2018

1. Oaks Longfellow (4912 E 54th Street)
Summary:  The applicant is proposing to construct a 68 unit residential development, with approximately 1,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space, on the site. Unit sizes range between studios and two-bedrooms. The building will be four stories in height with one level of underground parking. The underground parking will be accessed from the existing alley on the block. The applicant is proposing to provide a total of 60 vehicle parking spaces and 30 bicycle parking spaces.  Application Link 

2. Oaks Minnehaha (5310 Minnehaha Avenue)
Summary:  The applicant is proposing to construct a 108 unit residential development on the site. Unit sizes range between studios and two-bedrooms. The building will be four stories in height with one level of underground parking. The underground parking will be accessed from the existing alley on the block. The applicant is proposing to provide a total of 67 vehicle parking spaces and 60 bicycle parking spaces.

Please contact City Planning Staff Hilary Dvorak at
You can also contact Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12) at 612-673-2212 or

NENA and Council Member Andrew Johnson co-hosted a community gathering to keep the neighborhood informed on upcoming developments near you.

Four parcels of land, located near Vantage Flats apartments between Minnehaha Ave and Hiawatha Lane on 54th St, and eight parcels of land near Snelling Motel on Minnehaha Ave have been recently purchased by a private developer, Oaks Properties.

Community Gathering
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Minnehaha Place Condominiums – 4824 E 53rd Street
Facebook Event

Oaks Properties President Norm Bjornnes
Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects

Becky Timm, NENA Executive Director (612) 724-5652

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