Yesterday, Minneapolis and St. Paul issued mask mandates that go into effect tonight at 5 p.m. You know the drill. In Minneapolis, masks will be required in bars, restaurants, schools, stores, and recreational facilities.

Because the collective mask game just got upped, let's check in about the safest mask to wear.

N95s are in, cloth masks are out.
The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists created a useful chart to compare protection time for mask types and infection status.

A chart showing the time it takes COVID to travel based on mask type and whether the people are infected with COVID

This chart recently circulated on Twitter, utilizing the ACGIH data.

Minneapolis Charter Commission Chair Barry Clegg says it's his last year as chair. Clegg was unanimously elected as chair at the same meeting he put in his notice. Josh Martin, with Minneapolis Documenters, reported from last night's Charter Commission meeting.

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two small children carrying sleds, walking up a snowy hill

Liam (left) and Graham (right) walk their sleds up a hill at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Jan. 4.

a camera with a flash


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Take a 30 minute mini-course on the importance of using less salt on your sidewalks. (City of Minneapolis)

If the above mini-course persuades you, go ahead and pick up some free sand for your sidewalks. The Southwest location is 6036 Harriet Ave. S. You can pick up sand 24 hours a day. Bring Your Own Pail & Shovel. (City of Minneapolis)

AmeriCorps is looking for people to help Afghans resettle in Minnesota. There are part and full-time positions available starting in March.

The ~*virtual*~ Cedar-Isles Master Plan Open House is tonight 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees can review, discuss ideas, give feedback, and ask questions about draft park concepts.


Thursdays at Third Space is happening tonight (because it's Thursday). This week's theme is Make Your Own 2022 Vision Boards. Supplies are included! 5:30-7 p.m.