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

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

Seats up for Election & Candidate Applications:

Keewaydin (One 2-Year Seat)
Ashley Tapp

Minnehaha (One 2-Year Seat + One 1-Year Replacement Seat)
Jerome Evans

Morris Park (One 2-Year Seat)
Danielle Isaacson
Jessica Tupper

Wenonah (One 2-Year Seat)
Elizabeth Brophey
Jessica Crotteau

At Large (Three 2-Year Seats)
Mike Welch – Business Owner

There will be two elections at the Annual Meeting. Candidates not elected for a neighborhood seat, may run for the at large seats in the second election of the evening.

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.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates have two options to complete an application:
  1. Online Application
  2. Paper Application – Download, complete and email to
Learn more about serving on the NENA Board. Interested in serving on the NENA Board? Please set up a meet and greet with NENA’s Executive Director Becky Timm by calling 612-724-5652 or email

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Mapping Prejudice: A History of Racial Covenants in the Nokomis Area

In Minneapolis and in particular the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Nokomis, racial covenant restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. They also limited access to community resources like parks and schools. Racial covenants dovetailed with redlining and predatory lending practices to depress homeownership rates for African Americans. Racial covenants did the work of Jim Crow in northern cities like Minneapolis.

Come learn from Kirsten Delegard, Project Director of Mapping Prejudice about their project visualizing racial covenants, racial covenant history in the Nokomis area, and how you can remove covenant language from your deed.

Mapping Prejudice: A History of Racial Covenants in the Nokomis Area
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church – 5011 31st Avenue
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About Mapping Prejudice: We are a team of geographers, historians, digital humanists and community activists seeking to expose structural racism in Minneapolis. We are building a map that shows how racial restrictions were embedded in the physical landscape of our community. We are unearthing racial covenants in Hennepin County property deeds, to reveal how much land was reserved for the exclusive use of white people for most of the twentieth century. More Info:

Organized for residents of the Diamond Lake, Hale, Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, Page and Wenonah neighborhoods.

Co-Hosted by the Hale, Page, Diamond Lake Community Association, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and Council Member Jeremy Schroeder (Ward 11).

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34th Avenue S Reconstruction Project Tracker

The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct 34th Avenue S between E. Minnehaha Parkway and E. 58th Street. The 1.37 mile project is scheduled to occur over the course of the 2019-2020 construction seasons and will consist of improvements to the roadway, sidewalk and utilities. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

The 34th Avenue S reconstruction project is now planned to begin early in 2019, with final clean (repair of defects, final tree plantings, etc.) in 2020. The project timeline was shifted to limit the overlap with other projects in the area and reduce the total amount of construction time.

The project will include complete removal and replacement of the pavement surface, curb and gutter, storm drains, driveway approaches, some sidewalk, and new trees and sod. Once the removals and underground utility work is complete, the new asphalt pavement can be placed.

Preconstruction Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Morris Recreation Center – 5531 39th Ave S
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Visit the City of Minneapolis 34th Avenue S Project Page

For more information and questions, please contact the City of Minneapolis Public Works Staff: Menbere Wodajo at or, 612-673-3716.

For Businesses: 
Our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum.

For Homeowners:
To install new curb and gutter, driveways, and sidewalks we will need to excavate within the City right of way. Please note that the City right of way extends beyond the back of the existing sidewalks.  After we complete this work we will remove our construction debris and place new topsoil and sod where it was disturbed. We plan to place sod in the fall of 2019.  Any private lawn sprinkler systems, decorative carriage walks, special flowers, bushes or other decorative lawn items in the City right of way are the responsibility of the property owner. If you have concerns or questions regarding your specific property, contact Menbere or Brad.

01/30/18 Community Input Session #3
City Presentation

01/25/17 Community Input Session #2
City Presentation

11/28/16 Community Input Session #1
City Presentation
Project Fact Sheet

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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.
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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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