June 2020


For all meetings, please RSVP at in order to receive login information.

Creative Placemaking
Mon, Jun 1, 6:30 pm
online, via Zoom

Land Use & Development
Tue, Jun 2, 6:30 pm
online, via Zoom
Community Safety & Infrastructure
Mon, Jun 8, 6:30 pm
online, via Zoom

COVID-19 Task Force
Tues, Jun 9, 7 pm
online, via Zoom

Board of Directors
Tue, Jun 16, 6:30 pm
online, via Zoom


10th Ave Bridge Construction Update
Fri, May 29, 10:30 am
online info

3rd Ave Bridge Construction Update
Thur, Jun 4, 4 pm
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Virtual Coffee w/ City Council Member Fletcher
Multiple Dates

Areas of Marcy-Holmes can be poorly-lit at night. Consider a $250 grant to add exterior lighting to your property that can make people feel safer when walking or biking through:

MHNA will continue to explore other lighting improvements in the neighborhood.

This list is still expanding, if you are a business in Dinkytown and would like to be added please email

Take a Look

The Creative Placemaking Committee of Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association is thrilled to announce a second year of funding for our Micro-Granting Program. Our goal is to encourage lots of small, active, and visible creative projects throughout our community in the summer and fall of 2020. 

This is your chance to be creative and spark some much needed joy throughout our Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. We hope that you consider applying for this funding opportunity or sharing this information with your creative network.

Click here to learn more.

Thanks for your commitment to the health of our community!

Michael Johnson, Chair
Diane Hahn, Micro-Grant Project Lead


Father Hennepin Bluffs Park:

Volunteer for Mississippi River Care in the Lower Trail nature sanctuary. Get the details on our website HERE and sign up for care dates HERE.

Plant Swap:

Monday, June 8 evening is the annual plant swap - without the potluck, this year.  Contact Cordelia Pierson if you have plants to share, or would like plants.  COVID Safety Guidelines will apply.

6th Avenue Greenway / Traffic Circles:

Join us in caring for the pollinator-friendly native wildflowers and grasses on the 6th Avenue Greenway, connecting the Stone Arch Bridge and Mississippi Riverfront with the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Get the details on our website HERE and sign up for care dates HERE.

Urban Agriculture: 

This community volunteer-run program helps connect our neighbors with each other for more people to have the chance to grow food close to home and live here in a more sustainable way. PLEASE RESPOND BY JUNE 6 by today by filling out this survey if you’re interested in hosting a garden plot, or this survey is you are interested in gardening a plot. A volunteer will follow up with you.

NEW Census outreach - Neighbors Calling Neighbors!

Do you have a phone and computer at home, and 3 hours to spare? 

The MHNA Complete Count Committee (CCC) needs YOU to volunteer from home with our upcoming virtual Census phone bank in partnership with the State Census office.

Track this progress in Census tracts 1037, 38.01, 38.02:

The latest response rates show a near 30 percentage-point lag between the hard-to-count east side of our Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, as compared to the west side. BUT WE CAN ACT TO PREVENT A UNDERCOUNT IN MARCY-HOLMES. 


All you need is a phone and computer to volunteer from home. You can sign up for one or more 3-hour volunteer sessions, with training from our State partners included: click HERE to sign up to volunteer or contact


Do you live on the East side of Marcy-Holmes and don't have access to organics recycling? 

Click HERE to sign up to use the ULCH shared organics recycling drop-off site. Participants will receive resource info and detailed instructions to access and prevent contamination of the shared organics recycling bin. Check out our new organics page for more information or to get involved in collaborative efforts to expand organics recycling in the neighborhood.


This new group is convening to consider the best ways MHNA can continue to innovate engagement and participate in the supportive response to the neighborhood. Check out the new COVID-19 Response task force page for updates. Ways to get involved:

  • As a first step, the task force is developing a campaign to help connect Marcy-Holmes’ needs and resources. Click HERE to sign up to join the new MHNA COVID-19 task force and to share what you know about both resources available to the neighborhood and opportunities to contribute for those who want to get involved.

  • Next meeting - Tuesday, June 9, 7 pm:  Please join us and share your ideas to help develop next action step proposals. Questions? Contact co-chairs James Farnsworth at or Nick Tangen at


Construction began earlier this week and is estimated to take 8 weeks. For the project duration, East Hennepin Ave will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

In effort to connect a long existing bicycle network gap and create an enhanced pedestrian environment along E Hennepin Ave, Public Works is installing an off-street bike path and redesigning the crossing at 5th Ave SE and Peirce Ave NE.

Hennepin County will be resurfacing E Hennepin Ave from 8th St SE to I-35, which will reduce the number of travel lanes from 4 to 3 and add buffered bicycle facilities. Street resurfacing will occur after the Presidents Bike Blvd project is completed.

For more information on this project contact:
Peter Behnk, or 612-772-3883


50 years ago: The Dinkytown uprising
Star Tribune | May 5

This Marcy-Holmes apartment is home to over 60 plant species — and some are for sale
MN Daily | May 5

Experiencing campus through Minecraft
UMN News

Amid the pandemic, new Vietnamese restaurant to open Thursday in Dinkytown
Star Tribune | May 19

Accused serial rapist could be linked to more crimes, authorities say
Star Tribune | May 20

Minneapolis movie theater won't reopen June 5 as previously announced
Bring Me the News | May 21


I-35W North Gateway Study online community feedback opportunity
Click here to sign up
Details on the Organization
  • Senator Kari Dziedzic's newsletter HERE
  • State Representative Mohamud Noor's newsletter HERE
  • City Council Member Steve Fletcher's newsletter HERE
  • County Commissioner Angela Conley's newsletter HERE
NOW HIRING: Apply for a citizen representation position available on one of our city's Boards & Commissions
PHOTO: Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

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

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Jessica Focht-Perlberg
Community Organizer
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