June 2020 E-News


Dear community,

We apologize for the delay in getting the June e-news to you.  Our regular work and schedule paused to grieve the murder of George Floyd and prepare for the memorial held at North Central University.  We honor the work you all have been doing as you grieve, protest, organize, donate, and take action.

We are in a moment of tremendous change and we recognize change needs to happen at Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.  The EPNI Board of Directors is actively reflecting and discussing our role in addressing  racism.  When we look back at the priorities we set in January of 2020, we admit that these may not be the same priorities we move forward with now.  As we move forward, we will invite the community into discussions about how EPNI will best serve the community in the coming months and years. 

In watching our community come together in a variety ways - from collection and distribution of goods to those in need to the beautiful murals honoring George Floyd's life - we see hope.  Our community is now better connected and ready to take action to ensure Elliot Park is a great place to live for everyone, including our BIPOC neighbors.  

As our organization determines how best to move forward, we invite you to get involved. Your voice matters to us and we need your help in determining the best way to facilitate change and growth.  If you are interested in being part of the conversation and localized work, please let us know at www.elliotpark.org/volunteer.  Be patient as you wait for a response as we are a very small organization with limited capacity.  But, please know we are actively working on bringing the community together in new and meaningful ways.  

In the meantime, we encourage you to take action ... listen, learn, donate, read, discuss, march, write your elected officials, meet your neighbors, etc.

Be well,

Vanessa Haight
EPNI Executive Director



Cloth Masks for Neighbors 

We are overwhelmed by your generosity in this time of need.  On Monday, April 27th, we launched a fundraising campaign to purchase cloth masks from Steller Handcrafted Goods, an Elliot Park business, and distribute to our neighbors.  Within 24 hours, we met our fundraising goal and were able to begin distributing cloth masks to neighbors immediately!  To date, we have distributed over 650 masks to the community.

We know there will continue to be need related to COVID-19. If you haven't donated yet, you can still do so at https://www.elliotpark.org/covid-19_fund

A huge thanks to Steller Handcrafted GoodsBethlehem Baptist ChurchFirst Covenant Church MinneapolisHope Community Church - Downtown MinneapolisKraus-AndersonICCM, 9th Street Brownstones, and many community donors.

EPNI Calendar 

For the foreseeable future we are holding meetings via Zoom (with access by computer, smart phone, or dial in).  Please let us know if you need any assistance connecting to these virtual meetings.  Hope to "see" you at a meeting soon!

Thursday, June 18th - Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Meeting, Zoom (access with a computer, smart phone, or dial in from a phone), 6-7:30PM. Agenda TBD.

September - Save the Date! EPNI Annual Meeting & Board Elections, details TBD. Interested in joining the EPNI Board of Directors? Contact the EPNI office for more info.



Stay in touch with EPNI for local updates, resources, and connection to the community. 

Welcome Jessica, our new intern!

Jessica Woessner

Jessica Woessner is a senior at Harding University in Searcy Arkansas, studying to get her degree in Advertising and Communication. Although she is originally from Minnesota, Jessica’s love for soccer is what took her to Arkansas, where she went on to compete at the collegiate level. Jessica plans to graduate December 2020 in hopes of working for an advertising agency creating powerful and creative content for consumers. Jessica's goal is to help businesses find new customers and opportunities through social media. Over the course of her internship, Jessica hopes to get a more in-depth understanding of how social media marketing really works while also gaining experience with data analysis.

Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Update

The May Building, Land Use, and Housing meeting included presentations on the revised development proposal at 500 S 7th Street and the Elliot Park Skate Park.  Check our our news page for the meeting summary.


House of Charity Food Shelf NOW OPEN! 

Shelf of Hope

The House of Charity food shelf is open and ready to serve our neighbors in need!  Currently, the food shelf serves about 100 individuals each week and has capacity for more. Please share this information with your neighbors.

  • Location: In the House of Charity Food Centre at 714 Park Ave
  • Hours: Every Wednesday from 10am-1pm.
  • Contact Deb Moses, House of Charity Executive Director, with any questions: 651-594-2001 or [email protected]

Ward 6 Special Election

A special election has been called to fill the Ward 6 City Council vacancy due to Abdi Warsame's resignation. Ward 6 includes parts of the Elliot Park neighborhood. The special election will be conducted Tuesday, August 11, in conjunction with the State Primary. 

Enter your address to see if you are eligible to vote in this special election. See a map of the ward.


Tuesday, May 19 – Tuesday, June 2. See the calendar for additional details
Filings must be made with Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services.
See the candidate filing webpage for additional resources.

Tuesday, August 11: Polls open 7 a.m. — 8 p.m.
If you are in line at your polling place by 8:00pm, you will be able to vote.

City elections use the Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) methodology. For details, see an explanation of how RCV will work for the Special Election. Candidate totals for each ranking will be available on the Secretary of State’s website on Election Night. A winner will be declared on Election Night if a candidate receives enough first-choice rankings to win. If not, tabulation will begin Wednesday, August 12.
Results are unofficial until certified by the Municipal Canvassing Board.

A sample ballot for the special election will be available about 45 days ahead of the election.
Check this site for notification when the sample ballot is available.

Absentee balloting will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 26, and will continue until 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10. Voters may request a ballot online or fill out the paper Absentee Ballot Application to receive a ballot through the mail. Learn more about absentee voting in Minneapolis.

Visit the FAQ page for more information about the Special Election for Ward 6 City Council.

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COVID-19 Testing Available

Important message from COVID-19 Testing Available at Hennepin Healthcare:

"If you think that you were exposed to COVID-19 during recent community gathering activities, we recommend that you self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes people who have participated in any large gatherings including but not limited to protests, community clean up and recovery efforts, vigils, neighborhood defense meetings, first responders, and others who responded to the event. If you have symptoms, please pursue testing right away. If you do not have symptoms, the earliest time we would recommend seeking testing is approximately one week after your suspected exposure, given it can take anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to turn positive."

Hennepin Healthcare offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at their downtown Viral Screening Clinic (900 S 8th St).


Connect with MNDOT


MnDOT is studying I-35W between Park Avenue in Minneapolis and County Road C in Roseville to develop a vision for this stretch of highway and to identify possible future transportation improvements for walkers, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. 

The study began in late 2018 with early engagement in the communities along this stretch of I-35W. MnDOT has combined this community feedback with other research and data to identify area needs. 

Visit MnDOT’s online meeting by June 21, 2020 to check the study team’s work and confirm that they are trying to address the right issues. MnDOT wants to hear from everyone who uses I-35W north of downtown Minneapolis, whether you use it often or just occasionally.  

Learn more, contact the team and follow the study at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35w-north-gateway.  


Thank you to our sponsors!

Hennepin Healthcare



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