Today, April 13, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued Emergency Regulation 2021-2-2, which establishes a city-wide curfew in Minneapolis. The law goes is in effect at 10 p.m. tonight, April 13 and will last until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday April 14. The curfew comes after Frey declared a local State of Emergency, as is required under the City’s Charter before establishing a curfew.
Fun Soccer Games Program for Young Children – Ages 4-8
This summer, on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 PM, on the grass of ML King field #1, the Minneapolis Park Board and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association will again host a program for 4- through 8-year old boys and girls, of all nationalities and backgrounds. The program is designed around soccer basics and soccer balls, and lots of action. But the highest priority of the program is that the kids have fun; have fun playing games with soccer balls, and want to come back the next week, enthusiastically, to play the games with soccer balls again.
If you can imagine; dads, moms, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, (you!); joining in to play the games with your 6-year-old son, your 4-year-old daughter, and the the other 15-20 kids in their age-group, on the field. The adults are regularly invited to join in games kicking the soccer balls, and pretending with the kids for: “Ouch!”, “Allegators”, “Go Get It”, “Islands”, “Bandits”, and “Buffalo Hunter”. There is the occasional soccer scrimmage for the older groups at the end of session, but mostly it’s about teaching soccer through these other, “silly”, games.
The Little Kickers Program uses these little-kid teaching-games, led by 2 or 3 parent-coaches trained in a bunch of the games, to groups of a dozen to 20, or so, 4-year-olds, 5-6 year-olds, and 7-8 year-olds. The games are about teaching skills and behaviors core to soccer, but the games are generally not soccer games, and we don’t do “drills”, we don’t form organized teams for the summer, and parents don’t commit to being team soccer coaches for the summer. Parent coaches don’t need to be athletes, nor need to have experience playing organized soccer.
If you want to be one of the “Official” parent coaches, we will provide training in June at a two-hour games-learning session from a one of several college-level soccer coaches who actually use these games in their professional roles, working with their upper level youth programs and their college varsity soccer teams. But they are fun, kid games. Not serious soccer drills.
The City plans will hold regular briefings on Thursdays (10:30 a.m. via City social media: Twitter, Facebook and Youtube) throughout the trial of Derek Chauvin who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Briefings will also be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page. You can also get trial news from Operation Safety Net at weekly press conferences on Operation Safety Net social media and posted to the website Mondays at 2 p.m.
- The community should expect to see a gradual increase in police and National Guard presence to ensure public safety as the Derek Chauvin trial progresses. Opening statements in the trial began Monday, March 29.
- Minneapolis 911 provided information about how the department has increased capacity to respond to large-scale emergency situations and is working to educate the community about when to call 911.
- Residents and businesses are encouraged to connect to their neighborhood organizations as another way to stay informed. Find neighborhood organization information on the City’s website.
Mental Health Resources
As the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin progresses, many community members may be seeking ways to cope with trauma and retraumatization.
The City has created this list of mental health support resources to help residents and their loved ones.
You can also explore the cultural wellness directory, a directory of trauma informed wellness services that uses the power of community members to heal and to build community.
Additional resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
· Coping with grief, a resource for survivors of community violence, including understanding grief in adults and children.
· Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Events: Coping with Retraumatization
· SAMHSA training and educational resources for response and recovery after disasters and traumatic events.
City moves forward on new mobile behavioral health crisis teams
The City of Minneapolis is moving forward on a pilot project that will serve as an alternative to police response to support people experiencing a crisis. This pilot project will send an unarmed, highly trained and empathetic team to properly assess their needs and provide appropriate care or support while avoiding unnecessary hospitalization and criminalization. Behavioral health response teams will include behavioral health providers and may include emergency medical technicians or emergency medical services. Learn more about this work on the City’s website.
Hennepin County is offering emergency rent assistance. Households with unpaid rent and low incomes may qualify. The deadline to apply is noon Friday, March 19. Apply now.
While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.
This is an initial short-term program for urgent needs. More help will be offered through a statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance program opening later this month.
Want to learn how to grow juicy homegrown tomatoes, early radishes, and other delicious veggies? Sign up for Vegetable Growing Basics, a FREE four-class series. Whether you’re a novice vegetable gardener or an experienced gardener looking for better results, you’ll learn how to plan, plant, and maintain a vegetable garden in your yard, community garden plot, or wherever you grow your veggies.
Classes are delivered via Zoom—you can choose either Tuesday nights from 7-8 p.m. or Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday classes: March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13 Saturday classes: March 20, March 27, April 3, and 10 Classes are taught by University of Minnesota Extension Hennepin County Master Gardener volunteers experienced in teaching research-based best practices in vegetable gardening.
In past years, we offered the class at Rev Martin Luther King Jr Park. With covid, we need to meet via zoom. We hope you join us if you want to learn about growing your own local, delicious food. Organic too! Please submit this short online registration form to sign up. We are excited to grow with our Hennepin County neighbors this spring! z.umn.edu/VGB2021