Andrea Jenkins, City Council Vice-President: 8th Ward Update

CM Andrea Jenkins

612.673.2208

andrea.jenkins@MinneapolisMN.gov

Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

A message from Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

Dear Neighbors,

The City of Minneapolis is in a mode of deep, transformational change. The death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and unrest will undoubtedly leave our community permanently scarred. But we are resilient, we are strong, we protect each other, and we stand up for what is right.

I have been heartened by the immediate response of neighbors to come to each others aid, protecting homes and businesses, caring for our most vulnerable. We are going to need that same level of engagement in the coming weeks and months as we begin the hard work of transforming our current model of antiquated policing into a 21st Century Public Safety continuum that keeps everyone in our community safe. We must center the voices of Black and Brown communities in this work as they have been the communities most harmed and most impacted by the systemic racism that has infected MPD, and all of the institutions that constitute the society that we live in.

Also, I am working with the Division of Race and Equity, the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Department of Public Health to develop a Resolution declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis. This is important work that I believe will provide a framework to begin to address these deeply rooted barriers to full liberation. Lastly, to our neighbors in and around the site of what has become the George Floyd Memorial. I know that you have been inundated with foreign and national media, visitors from all over the state and country, there has been loud music, rerouted buses, these issues are more than just annoyances and I am working with community and city leaders to bring an end to this phase and begin to create a more permanent memorial in the area.

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City Council approves resolution to create transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis

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The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution today declaring the intent to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis.

The Council resolution acknowledges that George Floyd joins a “tragically long list” of people killed by Minneapolis police and his death has set off a “wave of protests and uprisings across the United States and across the world and has led to thousands of voices asking for change.”

The City Council has committed to starting a year-long process of community engagement, research and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis. “The City Council will engage with every willing community member in Minneapolis, centering the voices of Black people, American Indian people, people of color, immigrants, victims of harm, and other stakeholders who have been historically marginalized or under-served by our present system. Together, we will identify what safety looks like for everyone,” the resolution reads.

The resolution also expresses support for Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and his efforts and the need to work cooperatively with all willing partners, including Mayor Jacob Frey and other community institutions in this effort.

The City Council is establishing a Future of Community Safety Work Group, which will include staff from the Office of Violence Prevention, the Department of Civil Rights, the City Coordinator’s Office, in coordination with the 911 Working Group, the Division of Race and Equity, Neighborhood and Community Relations and other relevant departments.

The Council has directed the work group to report back to the Council by July 24, 2020 with a set of preliminary recommendations for engaging with specific cultural and stakeholder groups, the community at large and relevant experts that can partner with the City to help Minneapolis transition to a transformative new model for cultivating community safety, including budget and resource need estimates for the process.

The work group is also directed to provide regular reports to the City Council on advancing this work, including intermediate policy changes that center a public health approach to community safety and research and engagement to inform the potential creation of a new City Department of Community Safety with a holistic approach to community safety, among other things.

“Today’s unanimous City Council resolution advances our shared commitment to transformative change in how Minneapolis approaches public safety so that every member of our community can be truly safe,” said City Council President Lisa Bender. “As we respond to demands for immediate action to reduce police violence and support community safety, we will invite our community to help shape long-term transformative change, centering the voices of those most impacted by community violence and police violence.”

“American democracy is an experiment, each generation has an opportunity to move this experiment forward, toward living out the true meaning of its creed,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. “This resolution represents our moment to contribute to the progression of equality and freedom of every resident of the City of Minneapolis.”


Saturday, June 13 from 11 am to 1 pm for the Graduates & Resilience Celebration: South Minneapolis Community Strong Event

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The emotional and physical fallout from the recent and senseless death of George Floyd is ongoing. This Community Strong Event hosted in collaboration with local leaders, the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization seeks to assist the slow work of demonstrating kindness, comfort, unity, and resolve that helps move our community from outrage to an unwavering commitment to pursue justice for George Floyd and all who live, work, or play in South Minneapolis.

Together, we can honor 2020 Graduates and the resilience of everyone in South Minneapolis. Make plans to drive-up, bike-up, or walk-up and spend a few moments being celebrated as the future and the answer to our community’s healing.

Graduates can expect to receive a token of our community’s appreciation for your accomplishments. And all community members are invited to help demonstrate a show of peaceful solidarity in taking more necessary steps in our community’s long recovery.

When: Saturday, June 13th from 11 am to 1 pm

Where: Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Drive-up, bike-up, or walk-up on Saturday and spend a few moments being celebrated as the future and the answer to our community’s healing.

Calling all graduates! We’re celebrating your resilience this Saturday! Fill out this form to get a special shout-out https://forms.gle/pBhSbvd9hSmbm6Dn7 and stop by on Saturday for a token of our appreciation for your hard work!


Three special COVID-19 testing sites available for critical neighborhoods; testing recommended for people who have been in large gatherings

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The State has added special COVID-19 testing sites for critical communities for people who have recently been a part of large gatherings whether or not they have symptoms. Make sure to preregister for a time slot if you can before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays, so if you don’t find anything available, keep checking back.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil or community cleanup get tested for COVID-19, which can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Residents who live in the area of these three outdoor sites who have recently been a part of large gatherings are invited to preregister for free COVID-19 testing:

  • Holy Trinity Church (pedestrians) 2730 E. 31st St.
  • Sabathani Community Center (drive up, limited pedestrians) 310 E. 38th St.
  • New Salem Baptist Church (pedestrians) 2507 Bryant Ave. N.

Preregister

Make sure to preregister for a time slot if possible before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays. People who join the waiting list will be notified when slots open up.

The registration form is in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Spanish, Somali and Hmong interpreters will be onsite. Interpreting for other languages will be available by phone.

Preregister for a time slot and find more information online here or by phone at 1-800-657-3903 if you don’t have internet access or need interpreting.

Testing for other communities

If you do not live in the neighborhood of one of these three new sites, use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Note: Once you’ve been tested for COVID-19, it’s important to self-isolate until you receive your test results to avoid infecting others in case you test positive. If your test is positive, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends staying home for at least 10 days and until you have three days fever-free without using fever reducing meds.


Hennepin County now offering Rental Assistance Funds

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Hennepin County has up to $15 million available to help low-income renters who can’t afford their housing costs this month due to COVID-19. Even though there is a temporary hold on evictions, rent is still due.

Folks may qualify for emergency assistance if they:

  • Rent anywhere in Hennepin County.
  • Had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a three-person household) before COVID-19.
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance.
  • Can’t afford housing costs this month.
  • Are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance.

There is no deadline to apply. Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for unemployment insurance.

Apply

Learn more and apply for assistance.

If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.


Learn about the City’s new renter protection rules

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You can find shareable flyers for both renters and owners in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong here.

A new City ordinance strengthening protections for renters in Minneapolis took effect June 1. The ordinance places a cap on security deposits and limits what a rental property owner can use to deny rental applications. The new rules apply even if the rental property owner doesn’t charge an application fee.

The ordinance goes into effect June 1 for owners with more than 15 rental units. The effective date for property owners with 15 rental units or fewer is Dec. 1. Rental property owners have to share their rental screening criteria with renters in writing before they apply for a unit.

Inclusive screening criteria will set limits on what information in a renter’s criminal, rental and credit history can be used to deny a rental application. Rental property owners who don’t use the inclusive screening criteria will have to individually evaluate applicants based upon their screening criteria and review all supplement evidence provided to them. If an application is denied, rental property owners have to specifically state the basis for the denial in writing.

Security deposits will be capped at one month’s rent, or one-half month’s rent if the landlord requires first and last month’s rent to be paid in advance. If they require the first and last month’s rent to be paid along with the security deposit, renters must have the option to pay the security deposit in installments over three months.

Enforcement will be through the City’s housing maintenance code. This follows previous renter protection efforts adopted recently, including relocation assistance for displaced renters and a requirement that owners of naturally occurring affordable housing rental property give the City 60 days’ notice before selling their units.

To learn more, visit minneapolismn.gov/renterprotections.

Participate in an informational Webinar about the new renter protections

The City is hosting a series of webinars to walk you through the details of the ordinance, the resources available to help implement changes, and how the City will oversee compliance.

  • June 17, 2:00 p.m. (geared towards housing service providers and renter advocates)
  • June 24, 6:30 p.m. (Spanish language)
  • June 29, 6:30 p.m. (geared towards renters)
  • June 30, 10:00 a.m. (geared towards property owners)

Use our Google Form to sign up and receive a link to the webinar.

You can also view a past webinar on renter screening.


Court orders Minneapolis Police Department to make immediate changes

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Hennepin County Court has approved the proposed court order filed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that requires the Minneapolis Police Department to implement initial structural changes, as part of the State’s ongoing civil rights investigation. The court has the power to enforce these preliminary measures and failure to comply with the order could lead to penalties.

Under the court order entered by Hennepin County District Court Judge Karen Janisch, the City of Minneapolis must implement several measures immediately, including banning the use of all neck restraints and chokeholds.

The court order also requires the Minneapolis Police Department to fully comply with the ongoing civil rights investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Any Minnesotan who witnesses or experiences violations of the terms in the order should contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights by calling 651-539-1100 or 1-800-657-3704.

The Minneapolis City Council has also approved the terms.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched an investigation into the MPD June 2 after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd. The investigation into policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years will determine if the MPD has engaged in systematic discriminatory practices toward people of color and ensure any such practices are stopped.

The order specifies that MPD and the City must implement the following measures immediately:

  • MPD must ban neck restraints or chokeholds for any reason within 10 days of the effective date of the order.
  • Regardless of tenure or rank, any member of the MPD who observes another member of the MPD use any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, has an affirmative duty to immediately report the incident while still on scene by phone or radio to their commander or their commander’s superiors.
  • Regardless of tenure or rank, any member of the MPD who observes another member of the MPD use any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must attempt to safely intervene by verbal and physical means, and if they do not do so they are subject to discipline to the same severity as if they themselves engaged in the prohibited use of force.
  • Only the police chief or the chief’s designee at the rank of deputy chief or above may authorize the use of crowd control weapons during protests and demonstrations.
  • The police chief must make timely discipline decisions as outlined in the order.
  • Civilian body-worn camera analysts and investigators with the City’s Office of Police Conduct Review have the authority to proactively audit body-worn camera footage and file or amend complaints on behalf of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department.

The order also commits the City to working with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on several fronts to build toward systemic change within MPD as part of the long-term investigation.

The City will prepare a report listing all of the State of Minnesota laws that impede public transparency of police data and/or prevent the mayor and police chief and/or impede civilian oversight from disciplining and terminating police officers who do not adhere to Minneapolis Police Department policies and standards. The report is due by July 30.

Minnesotans with information that can further the investigation into the MPD should contact the Department of Human Rights at mn.gov/mdhr or 651-539-1100.

Read the stipulation and order.


The State’s Stay Safe MN plan entered its third phase on Wednesday, June 10

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Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan, including a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues, has begun.

Occupancy rates will be limited based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people. All critical businesses are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, and the Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will publish industry guidance by June 15. Under Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan:

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50% occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms and personal fitness, yoga and martial arts studios may open at 25% capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades and museums may open at 25% capacity.
  • Personal services venues such as salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops may increase occupancy rates to 50% while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts and theaters may open at 25% capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50%.

Restaurants, salons and barbershops have been able to offer limited service since June 1. Takeout, curbside, and delivery services have been permitted throughout the pandemic in Minnesota.

City of Minneapolis guidance for businesses on opening.


Sign up online to vote early by mail this election year

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With health officials advising everyone to reduce contact to keep each other safe during the pandemic, the City of Minneapolis is recommending voting early by mail this election year. Voters can sign up now to get ballots for the August primary and November general election mailed to them. Ballots will arrive approximately six weeks before those elections, along with postage-paid envelopes for return.

All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote early by mail. Ballot applications should be made no later than 10 days before an election so the ballots can arrive in the mail with enough time for voters to return them.

Although voting early by mail is recommended, voters will still be able to cast their ballots in person at the City’s Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., or at their polling places on the day of the election.

Making voting safe during the pandemic

The City of Minneapolis is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin County to be prepared and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging voting early by mail, and Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services supports this and other CDC and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations to make sure every voter in Minneapolis can safely cast their ballots this election year.

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Watch this video about voting by mail.

Sign up to vote by mail at vote.minneapolismn.gov.


Disaster Relief Available for Property Damaged or Destroyed Due to Recent Civil Disturbance

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If your property sustained damage during recent civil unrest, you may be eligible for property tax relief.  Relief is available in the forms of tax abatements for the current 2020 tax year and for tax credits for taxes payable in 2021.

Teams of city staff have been going through the city, property by property, to document damaged structures.  The Assessor’s Office is in the process of reviewing the reported damage to determine the percent of damage for each property affected.  They will contact you by letter if your property has been identified as damaged with instructions for the next steps in the disaster relief process.

If your property was damaged and you have not heard from the Assessor’s Office by June 19, 2020, you should call 612.673.5959 or email disaster.reassessment@minneapolismn.gov.


Gas service assistance from CenterPoint Energy

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CenterPoint Energy offers payment plans and other assistance for residents and small businesses that may be struggling financially.

Payment plans

Paying your natural gas bills to the extent possible can avoid accumulating large unpaid balances. To arrange a payment plan based on your specific circumstances, call CenterPoint Energy Customer Service at 612-372-4727 or 800-245-2377.

Suspending disconnections and late payment fees

Since March, CenterPoint Energy has suspended natural gas disconnections for nonpayment and has temporarily waived late payment fees and interest on past due balances.

Other assistance

  • CenterPoint Energy has a dedicated webpage with information about various types of federal and county assistance available for customers who need help paying their natural gas bill.
  • The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) recently received additional funding that allows even more Minnesota households to get help. To find your local EAP service provider, call 800-657-3710 and follow the prompts to enter your ZIP code, or consult a list of service providers by county or tribe available at this webpage.

Enhanced safety during the pandemic

While working throughout the pandemic, CenterPoint Energy has measures to protect the safety and health of customers, employees and contractors. These measures include: physical distancing, asking permission and reading a safety protocol script before entering a customer’s home or business, using face masks and other personal protective equipment, sanitizing tools, and regularly washing hands with soap or hand sanitizer.


Route changes from Metro Transit for 38th & Chicago

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Map key: 

  • Route 5 Northbound: Red
  • Route 5 Southbound: Blue
  • Route 23 Westbound: Green
  • Route 23 Eastbound: Orange

Route 5 Northbound: Chicago to 42nd, Left on 42nd to Park, Right on Park to 36th, Right on 36th to Chicago, Left on Chicago and regular route. Passengers directed to Chicago/42nd, Park/38th, Chicago/35th.

Route 5 Southbound: Chicago to 35th, Right on 35th to Portland, Left on Portland to 42nd, Left on 42nd to Chicago, Right on Chicago and regular route. Passengers directed to Chicago 35th, Portland/38th, Chicago/42nd.

Route 23 Westbound: 38th to Bloomington, Left on Bloomington to 42nd, Right on 42nd to Park, Right on Park to 38th, Left on 38th and regular route. Passengers directed to 38th/Portland, 42nd/Chicago or 38th/Bloomington.

Route 23 Eastbound: 38th to Portland, Right on Portland to 42nd, Left on 42nd to Bloomington, Left on Bloomington to 38th, Right on 38th and regular route. Passengers directed to 38th/Portland, 42nd/Chicago or 38th/Bloomington.

Metro Transit buses and light rail services are on reduced schedules. Keep up to date on the Metro Transit website.


Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays

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Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday for Mask Drive Mondays.

Remember to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time.

The City plans to distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need, including food shelves, congregate living facilities, small corner stores and shelters.


Resources and Information for questions regarding food, clothing, financial, and medication

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With the loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents.

Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out.

  • All Minneapolis food shelves Food shelves help ensure all Minneapolis residents have steady access to food. A map to help you find a food shelf and other food resources is available on the City’s website. More resources are listed below the map.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools free meals for kids Daily free food boxes for pickup. Seven breakfasts and seven lunches including fresh produce for anyone 18 and under. All families are welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday now until further notice.
  • Free meals for kids app More resources for free meals for anyone under 18.
  • MN Food Helpline Online map of food resources Or call phone hotline at 1-888-711-1151 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • SNAP-EBT emergency food services expanded eligibility Plus online purchasing and delivery through Amazon and Walmart. Participants with questions can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 1. People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization. Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
  • Food and financial assistance The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily made it easier for people to get and use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage.
  • If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child had free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family. Apply starting noon June 8.
  • South Minneapolis food distribution efforts (Note: Some may be pop-up efforts not licensed by the City of Minneapolis.)
    • CANDO (Central Neighborhood Development Organization) Accepting drop-offs at 3715 Chicago Ave., 612-824-1333
    • Simpson Food Pantry, 2740 First Ave. S.; 612-874-7741
    • CAPI (Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders) Food Shelf, 612-721-0122
    • Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (TCDSA) are hosting food distribution of hot meals and fresh produce for all southside residents. Northern Sun, 2916 E. Lake St.
  • Minneapolis farmers markets
  • Clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication through Hennepin County Call 612-348-3000 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.Help is available in multiple languages. Residents in need of assistance are assigned a Human Services Navigator to help connect to available services and resources.
  • Pet food The People & Pets Together pet food shelf is open to residents of Minneapolis who need help feeding and caring for pets. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. No appointment necessary. 3745 Bloomington Ave. S., 612-722-9998

Follow protocols to stay safer during COVID-19 if you start going out

Mask Up

Remember to wear masks or face coverings while in indoor public places

Minneapolis Mayor Frey’s emergency regulation requiring people in Minneapolis to wear cloth face masks or coverings when they are in an indoor place of public accommodation is in effect.

Medical research has indicated that COVID-19 may have a high rate of transmission through respiratory droplets, particularly while indoors, and that wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of community spread. Research has also shown that people who don’t show signs of the virus can still spread it without knowing they have it.

Businesses will not be required to provide masks to customers or employees themselves, though employers shall be required to mandate the use of masks by their staff.

Watch and share these videos about how to use and make masks:

Non-compliance should be reported through 311.

Find more information here.


Use online forms for requests to 311

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You already know 311 as the non-emergency number for City services and information, but did you know you could use our online forms instead of calling? You can use any of these methods:


Visit us at minneapolismn.gov/ward8

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Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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