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NENA General Membership Meeting – NRP Plan Modification and Bylaws Amendments (3/6)

Update:  The NENA General Membership Meeting on March 6, 2017, was a success!  NENA members voted unanimously to approve the proposed amendments to the bylaws.  Members also voted 43 to 1 to approve the NRP Plan Modification.

Background:  The NENA Board of Directors has scheduled a General Membership meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017, to present the next steps of the strategic planning process.  In December 2015, the Board passed the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, and over the past year, has made significant progress.

As part of the Strategic Plan, NENA has developed a multi-year strategy for funding housing, commercial, streetscape, environmental and community engagement projects initiated by the neighborhood.  In March, the NENA Board will share with our community this funding strategy and ask for support from the community at the General Membership meeting.

Highlights include adding an additional $100,000 to NENA’s home improvement loan programs; housing and renter outreach programs, including the new NENA Curb Appeal Matching Grant Lottery; green initiatives such as the new 50th Street Monarch and Pollinator Corridor Project and the Minneapolis Monarch Festival; community development projects in partnership with the Nokomis East Business Association and local businesses; and continued funding for neighborhood favorites such as the Annual Nokomis East Garage Sale Day and Nights out with NENA.  Join us to learn about what NENA has planned for the upcoming years to benefit our neighborhood.

As part of NENA’s multi-year funding strategy, the NENA Board is also recommending a NRP Plan Modification to move $115,000 to Environmental Programming and $25,000 to Community Development Programming.  These funds will be reallocated from over-funded program areas including Housing Initiatives, Environmental Initiatives – Tree Planting, Community Engagement Initiatives and Staff Support.  The Plan Modification requires minor language changes to allow for an expanded programmatic use of NRP funds.

NRP Plan Modification Handout

In addition to the NRP Plan Modification, the Board will present proposed amendments to NENA’s Bylaws.

All residents, businesses and property owners in the four Nokomis East neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to attend on March 6, 2017, and help NENA plan for the future.   Both proposals require a vote and approval from the General Membership.

NENA General Membership Meeting
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Morris Park Recreation Center – 5531 39th Avenue S.

Questions?  Contact NENA’s Executive Director Becky Timm at 612-724-5652 or

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46th Street / Riverview Corridor Community Input Meeting (3/2)

The Longfellow Community Council, the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association are co-hosting a community information and input session on March 2, 2017.

Come and learn more about the Riverview Corridor and plans for 46th Street from the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.

The public meeting is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be an open house format, with a short presentation from the county at 6:15 p.m. County staff will be present to answer questions throughout the meeting.

Come with your questions and suggestions. This is an occasion to identify any concerns you may have about the project. You’ll have an opportunity to see the project design concepts and hear and exchange ideas with your neighbors and county staff.

Community Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dowling Elementary School
3900 W River Parkway

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First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off & Fundraiser (2/4)

Update:  And the winner is … Jakob Gant with his amazingly delicious Creamy White Chili in a Crock-Pot!

It was a fun evening with many of our Nokomis East neighbors for the First Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off. This great event raised money for NENA’s work in our community such as the Bossen Renters Fair, the Annual Nokomis Garage Sale and our two community gardens – Nokomis East Gateway Gardens and the Nokomis Naturescape.  Start testing out recipes for next year!

Compete for the grand title of “Best Crock Potter” in Nokomis East on Feb. 4, 2017!

Bring your family and friends to the First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off.  Better yet, show off your culinary skills and compete.  All proceeds raised during this event will go towards NENA’s programs and initiatives in Nokomis East. We hope to see you there!

We all know that Minnesotans know how to whip up a dish in a pot.  Is your specialty a traditional cream of mushroom delight or do you have somWinner of contest (1)ething a little bit more exotic? Let the community be the judge on who will be the 2017 Cook-Off Champ. Did we mention there will be a trophy!

This is a family-friendly event.  Ingredients will be listed for each entry to avoid allergies or food sensitivities.

Event Tickets

Each ticket includes entry, samples, bread, dessert and voting tickets. Each attendee will receive three tickets to vote for their favorite entry(s), so use them wisely!
First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church – 5011 31st Ave S

For questions, email or call 612-724-5652.

Building our community one pot at a time!

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The State of our Neighborhood Recap


Link:  2017 State of our Neighborhood Recap

Come hear from NENA, our business community, elected officials and other community leaders. This neighborhood conversation will address several topics important to the Nokomis East community.

On the Agenda:
– Council Member John Quincy (Ward 11)
– Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12)
– Commissioner Steffanie Musich, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
– Inspector Catherine Johnson, Minneapolis Police Department Third Precinct
– Lt. Scott Zierden, Minneapolis Police Department
– Jennifer Neale, MPD Crime Prevention Unit
– La Shawn Ray, Principal, Keewaydin Elementary School
– Heather Wambach, Patron Experience Supervisor, Hennepin County Library Nokomis and Roosevelt
– Sara Zettervall, Adult Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library Nokomis
– Mark Keeler, Chair, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association
– Earl Netwal, Secretary, Nokomis East Business Association

Second Annual State of our Neighborhood
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
6 to 8 p.m
Morris Park Recreation Center, 5531 39th Avenue S

The meeting is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments available.

In 2017 NENA, along with many others, has plans to make our neighborhood an even better, more vibrant community, come to the State of the Neighborhood Meeting to hear about them!

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Night Before New Year’s Eve (12/30)

For the 17th year, NENA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be holding the annual Night Before New Year’s Eve party. This family fun event has something for everyone.

Come enjoy the food, games and music and bring in the New Year with your friends and neighbors.  This year we’ll have games for the kids, marshmallow roasting stations outside, music, art projects, prizes, and even a fortune teller to help you plan your new year.  We’ll even have a countdown at 7:15 pm to 2017 so the kids can celebrate the New Year and still
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There is no cost to join in the fun, but your donations are always appreciated.

Night Before New Year’s Eve
Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Community Center – 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway

Volunteers – This event is made possible by the hard work of community volunteers.  We have spots available the day before and the day of the event.  Please help us make this a great community event.  Volunteer Sign Up

We can’t wait to see you there!


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Renters Rights Outreach in Bossen Area

In the Nokomis East neighborhoods, 21 percent of our housing is occupied by renters.  In the Bossen area alone, there are over 50 rental buildings.

NENA works with Nokomis East tenants to advance their immediate demands on repair needs, affordability and management practices.  We work with governmental and nonprofit partners to improve and protect multifamily housing and renters rights through grassroots organizing, and to involve more residents who rent in our neighborhood organization.  Our collaborative goal is to build a housing justice movement to guarantee access to healthy, affordable, and secure homes for all Nokomis East renters.

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NENA meeting with Bossen residents to support advancing their immediate demands on repair needs, affordability and management practices.

Interested in getting involved? Contact us at We go out each week and volunteers are always appreciated. We need Spanish, Somali and English speakers.

Renter Resources

What Repairs are Required in my Apartment Guide
The guide aims to increase awareness and use of City of Minneapolis ordinance that governs health, safety and welfare conditions in rental housing, known as the Housing Maintenance Code.
English & Spanish

Minneapolis 3-1-1
Call 3-1-1 to report a problem with your rental unit to a housing inspector or for help with non-emergency City services. Weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Weekends 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tenant Hotline: 612-728-5767. Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Provides free and confidential legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services so tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. HOME Line offers these language services: Español & Af-Soomaali.

Mid-MN Legal Aid & Housing Discrimination Law Project (HDLP)
Intake line: 612-334-5970, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
430 1st Avenue N, Suite 300 | Minneapolis MN 55401
Provides advice and legal representation for people with low income, seniors and people with disabilities who are experiencing rental housing issues including evictions, discrimination, foreclosure, accommodations for disabled Minnesotans, and Section 8 housing.

HUD Fair Housing Act
Intake line: 800-765-9372, leave a message at any time.
Report housing discrimination due to familial status or other reasons to the federal government. Learn more about HUD Fair Housing Act at

City of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department
A neutral government agency that enforces anti-discrimination law. They accept, process, and investigate complaints of discrimination related to housing as well as other areas of prohibited discrimination. To file a complaint, call 612-673-3012, visit in person at 350 S. 5th Street (Room 239) or online at

City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations
Most areas of Minneapolis are represented by a housing-related neighborhood organization. State law gives these organizations the authority to act in protection of your housing rights as a renter. Find your neighborhood by calling Minneapolis 3-1-1 or online at

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