Marcy-Holmes Monthly • May 2019


MAY 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Marcy Arts Gala last Saturday night! The Marcy Arts Gala raises funds to bring art residencies to the classrooms. By attending, volunteering and donating to the annual Marcy Arts Gala, you are supporting arts opportunities for students at Marcy Open School while helping sustain our vibrant artist community.


Forum: What Will Greater Dinkytown Be Like in 10 Years? 
Tues, April 30, 7 - 8:30 pm 
University Baptist Church 
1219 University Ave SE

Creative Placemaking - Agenda
Mon, May 6, 6:30 - 8 pm
A-Mill Artist Lofts | Warehouse Community Room
400 2nd St SE
(enter off of 5th Ave SE)

Land Use & Development
Tues, May 7, 6:30 - 8 pm
Univ Luth Church of Hope
601 13th Ave SE

6th Avenue Greenway Care Day
Thurs, May 9, 6 - 8 pm
***Meet at the intersection of 6th Ave SE & 2nd Street SE***

Father Hennepin Bluffs Care
Sat, May 18, 9 am - 12 pm
Father Hennepin Park
***Meet across from A Mill on Main St***

Board of Directors
Tues, May 21, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational | 500 8th Ave SE

6th Avenue Greenway Care Day
Thurs, May 23, 6 - 8 pm
***Meet at the intersection of 6th Ave SE & 2nd St SE***


Taste of Southeast
Sat, May 4, Noon - 3 pm
St. Francis Cabrini | 1500 Franklin Ave SE

St. Lawrence Spring Art Event
May 4 - 5, click link for hours
St. Lawrence Church | 1203 5th St SE

Urban Currents: Understanding the Scale & Impact of Minneapolis' Creative Sector
Tues, May 7, 7:30 - 9 am
Cuningham Group | 201 Main St SE
Suite 325, enter building at 212 2nd St SE

Dinkytown Historic District Guidelines Meeting
Mon, May 13, 6 - 8 pm
Univ Luth Church of Hope |
601 13th Ave SE

Public Hearing: 1121 4th St SE
Mon, May 13, 4:30 pm
Mpls City Hall Room 317 | 350 S 5th St

Doors Open Minneapolis
May 18-19
Multiple Locations

Metro Transit E Line Open House
Tues, May 21, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Marcy Open School | 415 4th Ave SE

Coffee w/ Council Member Fletcher
Multiple Dates - click link above


At our recent General Membership meeting at the Pillsbury A-Mill on April 16, 2019, the MHNA membership unanimously voted for a significant revision of the organization's bylaws. Although many amendments were made to the overall document, the following list contains the most significant changes that impact how MHNA is governed.

  • Allows for Non-Residents to become MHNA Members. This allows business owners, property owners, churches, and other non-profit organizations to vote on elections, bylaw amendments, NRP Plan Modifications, etc. MHNA was likely one of the last orgs that was "Residents Only"
  • Allows for Non-Resident Members to be elected to the Board of Directors. Now, one can run for the Board within 20 days of becoming a MHNA Member. Formerly the membership period was 6 months. Before that, it was 1 year. The board allows 4 Non-Resident board members, in addition to appointed Board Members (this includes the Dinkytown Business Alliance)
  • No Photo ID requirement for becoming a member, or for voting
  • No more Annual Membership Renewals. Once you are a Member, you stay a Member until you move out of the neighborhood
  • One can become a MHNA Member at 16
  • Increased the total number of at large Director seats from 11 to 15
  • Increased the minimum number of Membership meetings from 2 to 4
  • Allow for Non-Board Members to participate in the MHNA Nominations Committee
If you have questions about these changes, please contact MHNA Executive Director, Chris Lautenschlager at or 612.623.7633.
If you have already become a MHNA member, you don't need to do anything. If you own business based in Marcy-Holmes—or own property in the neighborhood (but don't live here), and would like to become a MHNA member, please fill out the membership form found HERE.


As you hopefully have heard, the City of Minneapolis is currently examining how it funds neighborhood organizations like MHNA. For some time now they have been working out a set of new guidelines for funding, commonly referred to as Neighborhoods 2020. Earlier this year, the city published a draft of these funding guidelines, which you can find Here.

Once this draft was published, the City's Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) began collecting feedback. NCR received over 300 statements, comment cards and letters from the community during the 63-day public comment period. The department also attended 40 presentations to neighborhoods, community groups and the general public, reaching over 1,000 people, to solicit this valuable feedback.

A small, multi-perspective group reviewed the comments and created a set of recommendations to the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework in response. You can view the summary, original comments and the original Neighborhoods 2020 Framework at

Based on the community input it had received, NCR is currently revising the framework and will be presenting to the City Council’s Public Health and Community Engagement Committee (PECE) on May 6. 

Originally expected by Friday, April 26, NCR plans to release their revised "framework" any day now. MHNA will make sure the community has an opportunity to review the revised framework that NCR publishes. We ask that you review the PDF once released, if you feel strongly about it, we ask for you to attend the PECE public hearing on May 6th and make your thoughts known. 

Please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737 or email to if you have questions or concerns, and as always, contact the MHNA Office at any time: or 612.623.7633.


MHNA recently made a significant change to its website. Staff felt this extensive overhaul was needed for two reasons.

First, some practical considerations. MHNA had been paying $75 each month ($900 annually) for a local company to host its seven year old site. While the outcome of a deliberative process in 2012, our former site didn't integrate well with our other organizational processes -- whether that be volunteer signups, donation tracking, petitioning, and much more. Although good, our former site was largely a place that featured information, but didn't do a great job of collecting and organizing information.

With our new site, MHNA is now able to handle these organizing functions (completely in-house, without the need of outside agencies), for less than half the cost. MHNA will now be paying $35 per month.

Secondly, we also address some larger issues through this revamped website. As years went on, more users became confused by the restructuring of content—the site very narrowly resembled its original incarnation. And, a larger issue loomed: we weren't doing a particularly good job at recognizing that different users visited our site for different reasons.

Some users simply wanted to learn more about the Neighborhood itself—its history or its amenities, for instance. Other users came to our site for our agendas, or meeting minutes, or to find out about a recent committee project. They already knew about the neighborhood, these users wanted to learn about our Association. Many more users just wanted a simple section that showcased volunteer opportunities, whether they involved an upcoming neighborhood clean up or showed them how they could join the board. These users wanted to didn't necessarily need to learn about our bylaws or past planning projects, they wanted only to know about how they could volunteer and Get Involved.

We're still trying to reach some final decisions about a Marcy-Holmes Store, as many have asked about it over the years. We'll arrive at a consensus soon about the direction we would like to take there.

When visiting, you will clearly see a site that is broken down in these 4 categories (the neighborhood, the association, getting involved, and our potential store). Although there will be some obvious crossover between topics, we strongly believe in this new website. There are many photographs to add over the coming weeks and months. Despite the work that still needs to be done, we chose to post this new site now in order to line up with our significant organization shift we made through our recent bylaws amendments.

Please be patient while we are getting the new site fully up to speed, but we think the final results will be well worth a few weeks of minor glitches. Please contact Chris Lautenschlager at or 612.623.7633 with any questions or concerns.


Below are just a tiny fraction of over 100 volunteers who pitched in to clean up Marcy-Holmes over the past two weekends! On Saturday, April 20 MHNA—in conjunction with the Mpls Park & Rec Board—held its annual Earth Day Clean Up at Father Hennepin Park. On Sunday, April 28th, MHNA conducted the first of 4 clean ups slated for University Avenue + 4th Street SE in 2019. 


You can help care for nature, right here in Marcy-Holmes.  Watering baby trees, tending our Sixth Avenue Greenway and community gardens, and caring for Father Hennepin Bluffs-Lower Gorge area are all projects of the Marcy-Holmes Greening Committee. 

Want to earn service hours for school or with your co-workers? Let the Marcy-Holmes Greening Committee know, and they will create an event for you!


Interested in growing food in Marcy-Holmes but need a place to garden? If so, please take this survey.

Have space you can share with someone who wants to grow food here, or are you a gardening lover who would be happy mentoring a new urban farmer?  
If so, please take this survey.



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Please join Southeast Seniors on Saturday, May 4, 2019 as the community gathers for the 8th Annual Celebrate Southeast with A Taste of Southeast ! Enjoy an afternoon of tasting incredibly delicious food provided by many area restaurants and shop their silent auction. Enjoy a program honoring long-time Marcy Holmes resident, Ardes Johnson. Please use THIS LINK to purchase tickets, or give us a call at 612-331-2302 and we would be happy to send you an invitation.


Marcy-Holmes bylaw change could better business owners, renters
MN Daily | April 1, 2019

Minneapolis plans to refurbish aging 10th Avenue Bridge over Mississippi River
Star Tribune | April 14, 2019

Minneapolis businesses prepare for a ban on certain plastics 
MN Daily | April 15, 2019

April 2019 Flooding at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL)
Mill City Times | April 16, 2019

Army Corps delays decision on disposal of Twin Cities lock-and-dam sites
Pioneer Press | April 20, 2019

After criticism, Minneapolis eases proposed rules for neighborhood groups
Star Tribune | April 23, 2019

Sub-Mississippi River water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering
Star Tribune | April 23, 2019

After falling short, student government attempts to make Spring Jam zero-waste
MN Daily | April 25, 2019

MPD, University offices work to prevent large Spring Jam gatherings
MN Daily | April 25, 2019

Local architects hope to 'frame' Marcy-Holmes
MN Daily | April 29, 2019


Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis! The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities as we develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan

  • Senator Kari Dziedzic's newsletter HERE
  • State Representative Mohamud Noor's newsletter HERE
  • City Council Member Steve Fletcher's newsletter HERE

Now Hiring: Apply for a citizen representation position available on one of our city's Boards & Commissions

Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic
Sat, May 11, Noon - 4 pm
Works Museum | 9740 Grand Ave S 

Plant Sales, Workshops, and Cleanups: A Complete Spring 2019 Guide
Mississippi Watershed Management Org.

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
500 8th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Natalie Townsend
Community Organizer
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