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Apply for the Great Streets Improvement Program

FRNNG 2018 Improvement Façade Grant For Businesses

FRNNG was awarded $34k in grant funds for 2018 Great Streets Improvement Facade Program. This grant is a first come, first served award.  The maximum grant award per business is $5,000.00.

The Great Streets program aims to help revitalizes and sustain neighborhood business districts.  One component of the Greet Streets program is the Facade Improvement Matching Grant, designed to help create a healthy commercial area by providing incentives to improve the appearance of building facades and stimulate private investment.

Please read the materials carefully so your idea and plan are approved.  All the information on the program and the guidelines are on the City of Minneapolis website.  The below link will take you to the information and give you the link to apply.  If we can be helpful, please feel free to reach out to our office.

To complete an application, visit:

Toddlers Needed for the Annual Neighborhood Celebration Parade

We’re excited to come together and celebrate our neighborhood as well as offer an afternoon of fun for our kids.  We’re looking for 20 toddlers/parents to ride their trikes or be pulled in there red wagon for neighborhood parade on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Lineup is at Field School 10:45am, parade starts at 11:00am and ends at McRae Park at 11:30am.   Contact the office at or call 612 721 5424 if you and your child will be able to participate in the parade.

We look forward to making this a wonderful event for you and your family!

President’s Letter, January 2018

Hello FRN,
We are at the end of 2017, another year has almost passed. We have seen so many changes occur in our world and in our Neighborhood as well. Some changes have been positive, and some have been negative. We have seen some old businesses close on Chicago Avenue, and we’ve seen some new businesses open in their place. We have a new bakery on 46th and Bloomington, too.

We’ve seen longtime business owner, Joe Minjares, who will be closing his Pepitos restaurant. Joe has been very active in our community through the years. He has been very sick of late, and we want Joe to know that we’re thinking about him.

This past November, Hale and Field School taught us in the community all about the history of our neighborhood. The young people did a lot of research about our community and educated both themselves and us, about how our neighborhoods were once segregated by design, and what it took to unify and desegregate our schools and neighborhoods.

We’ve talked about crime in our community, and how we can do something about it. FRN you have talked about forming walking groups and walking together, with the strength of unity, looking out for each other.

This November, we voted for a lot of local elected positions that have a direct impact on our community. This new year, we will have two new City Council Members: Andrea Jenkins and Jeremy Schroeder. We are looking forward to working with both of them and having them to hear our concerns for our communities and working on our behalf. They will be replacing our previous Council Members, Elizabeth Glidden, and John Quincy, who gave so much of themselves to preserve and improve our communities. To them, we give our appreciation.

FRN, we have work ahead of as we begin the New Year 2018. How do we work with our local schools to help keep our kids engaged and wanting to stay in school? What is it that we can do to assist those families who need help, in fixing their homes and properties up, when they’ve fallen into worsening disrepair? When do we start the walking groups in our neighborhoods? Who will help organize these group(s)? How do we make sure we are including all our new businesses, in our conversation about the commercial plans and hopes of our community? We need to work with McRae Park on community building, in planning activities for our young people and teenagers. We have our newsletter publication, Close to Home, and we need people to continue to write articles for the paper. We have a great production team for the newsletter, who have won several awards and recognition for being an outstanding newsletter. Let’s continue to share our enthusiasm and talents to maintain this asset.

FRN I’m up to the challenge for 2018 and I need your help to make these things happen. Please consider joining one of our committees that interest you, and making 2018 the best for FRN.

Willie Bridges

Willie Bridges, FRNNG President

If you have new neighbors, please introduce yourself and welcome them to the neighborhood. Be safe and be aware of your surroundings: always lock your car doors, garage doors, and house doors. If you have an elderly person living next door to you, check up on them periodically, to make sure that they’re OK. Practice the Golden Rule.

I wish the Best for you this coming Year 2018, FRN,

Close to Home – Jan/Feb 2018

The Field, Regina, and Northrop Neighborhood Group Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that is delivered to all addresses with our defined neighborhood.  We start 2018 with a strong issue delivered earlier in January.  We’ll be spotlighting a few stories here on our website to ensure you have the latest information at your fingertips.

Simply click on the link to download and view the latest issue.


If you have questions or would like to contribute to the creation of your neighborhood newsletter, please contact the Communications Committee Chair via email at