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Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
December 17, 2020
Governor Dials Back Some Restrictions
On December 16, Governor Tim Walz announced the loosening of current COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, gyms, youth sports and family gatherings.

  • Bars and restaurants will be allowed to resume outdoor service, but will be limited to 50% capacity, or 100 customers. 
  • Fitness studios and gyms will be able to reopen at a quarter of their capacity, with a 100-person limit. People must wear masks and maintain 12 feet of social distancing.
  • Youth sports teams will be able to start practicing on Jan. 4, but no games can be played.
  • Fitness classes will be allowed to resume on Jan.4th.
  • Indoor family gatherings will be allowed with one other household, up to 10 people, and a family can meet with up to two other households outside, up to 15 people.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues can open at 25% of their capacity, with a 100 person maximum.

These changes begin Saturday, December 19 and last through January 11. More details about the current Stay Safe MN plan.

The governor also announced that beginning January 18, 2021, every elementary school across the state may choose to operate an in-person learning model as long as they are able to meet additional COVID-19 safety protocols. For more on that, check out the updated Safe Learning Plan.

Vaccines have arrived! Planning has commenced, and the first doses are already being administered to health care workers and those living in long-term care facilities. More on vaccinations
COVID-19 Information Update
Find Free COVID-19 Tests
Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. You can expect to get your test results in about two business days. Find a current list of free COVID-19 test locations here.

Download COVIDaware app to help slow the spread of COVID-19
The state of Minnesota has rolled out a new app that notifies you if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. COVIDaware MN runs on your smartphone. Your privacy is always protected. The more people who sign up, the more effective the app is. Learn more at the COVIDaware MN website.
Help Minneapolis Plan for Equitable
Vaccine Distribution
The City of Minneapolis is conducting a survey to gather your perspectives on an equitable and effective vaccine distribution plan. Your concerns, hopes and suggestions will inform the Minneapolis Health Department’s plan for community vaccinations. Please take this survey by Dec. 31.
COVID-19 Resources

  • Emergency rental assistance: Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Learn more and apply at

  • Mental Health Support: NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center is offering anonymous, confidential and free emotional support for people who have been affected by COVID-19. For more information about the COVID-19 Care Project, please email or call 612-767-9171.  
LHiNC Food & Toy Drive - December 20
Our city is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity and needs this holiday season. LHiNC invites you to join us for a food and toy drive on December 20 at the St. Thomas Apostle Church parking lot from
12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Please drop off donations of food, hygiene items and new, unwrapped toys. Collected donations will be delivered to Waite House in South Minneapolis. List of needed items available here:
Operation Holiday - Shop Local
It’s easy to click the “place order” tab on a big box website, but please take the time to explore what Linden Hills businesses have to offer. This pandemic year, it’s more important than ever to support our neighborhood businesses so they can continue to serve and enhance Linden Hills.

LHiNC elves have made it easy to explore the Linden Hills village. At this link:, you will find everything you need to celebrate the holiday season and keep this amazing community alive and prospering.

Enjoy the Beautiful "Container Gardens" in the Linden Hills Business District
Thanks to the generosity of the Linden Hills Business Association, Wagners Garden Center on Penn Avenue, and New Gild Jewelers, the business district is looking spiffy for the holidays with lovely evergreen container gardens with holiday accents. Julie and her team at Wagners did a beautiful job creating them, and with the help of Dave and Dave (that's not a typo) from Wagners, Miguel Granger, and Larry Lavercombe, the holiday accents were distributed throughout the area. 
Linden Hills Farmers Market Open for Business
The Linden Hills Farmers Market is continuing through the holiday and winter months with hundreds of local foods and gifts, all direct from small businesses. You can pre-order online Monday thru Thursday. Drive-thru pick-up will occur at Heartfelt (4306 Upton Ave South) on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Learn more and shop here.
COVID-19 Affected Your Purchases & Trash?
Minneapolis Public Works would like to learn how COVID-19 has affected how you buy, use and discard clothing, household goods, food and one-time-use products. Responses are anonymous, and results will help Solid Waste & Recycling develop more effective outreach and education in 2021. Please take the survey by Dec. 20.
Solid Waste & Recycling Virtual Session
Join the Linden Hills Environment & Sustainability Committee on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual session with representatives from Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling. This division manages garbage, recycling, organics recycling, large item and yard waste collection services.

Learn new tips and tricks on recycling and waste management for a more sustainable community. Bring your questions and save any specific items to show during the session.
Please register for this event with Leah Fish,
I-35W & Minneapolis Community Impact
A Linden Hills History Study Group Zoom: January 20, 7:00 p.m.
Approximately 25,000 residents were displaced by the construction of I-35W that went between Crosstown, 2nd Ave. and Stevens Ave. in South Minneapolis. The public works construction project began in 1956 and was completed in 1967. Greg Donofrio, director of the U of MN Heritage Studies and Public History Program, and U of MN public historian Denise Pike have done extensive research on the building of 35W and are gathering stories from displaced residents.They will share their findings.

Linden Hills History Study Group will host Greg and Denise’s talk virtually through Zoom, Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Please call 612-926-0646 or email to register. For more information: 
Around the Neighborhood
Linden Hills Library to re-open in early 2021Read more in Star Tribune.

Former Penny's space in Linden Hills to become Café Cerés by top pastry chef Shawn McKenzie. Read more in Star Tribune.

The Linden Hills History Study Group's previous virtual programs are available on the website under Updates Videos:, including George Elmslie: In the Shadow of Louis Sullivan with Richard Kronick and Antisemitism in Minneapolis with Steve Hunegs.

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