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  Updated 10/17/14

New itemThe latest 11th and 12th Ward City Council Updates/Newsletters

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Welcome Home!  The Neighborhood section is where you will find topical information on living and working in the Nokomis East neighborhood--and even a little about our good neighbors in the surrounding areas.

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

As we head into the holiday season, we want to encourage you to increase your awareness to help prevent and reduce crime. Even small changes can have a dramatic impact. Attached are flyers with easy and useful tips. And remember, please call 911 to report suspicious activity and crime. For questions, contact:

Business Holiday Tips
Holiday Tips

Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
(612) 673-5407

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Fall Street Sweeping Begins Tuesday, Oct 21

No parking sign

Fall is here, and that means crews are preparing to sweep streets across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways. Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 20, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

  • No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.
  • Interactive WebStreet Lookup Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool is available at Page. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s “Did you know...” series of short videos that can be viewed at and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
    • English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
    • Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
    • Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
    • Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

Clean streets mean a healthier environment
Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable. Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

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Ruination logo

Ruination: City of Dust

It is the year 2314. The city of Minneapolis is abandoned and covered in dust. Teams of explorers brave the harsh conditions to dig the ruins, searching for answers.

Which deadly problem ruined the city? This is the mystery you must solve. Bring your bicycle (helmet too), a charged cell phone and your curiosity.

Ruination: City of Dust is a multiplayer game using the landscape as a game board. Contemporary environmental science informs the sci-fi narrative, while elements of art intertwine with physical and mental challenges.

Using bicycles as transportation, players will travel to specific points around Lake Nokomis, Hiawatha and Minnehaha Creek to discover clues and compete for answers. A reward awaits at the Central Hub where the mystery is revealed.

This event is designed to be challenging for adults, but is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

October 18 & 19, Lake Nokomis and along Minnehaha Creek

Approximate playing time is 2-­3 hours. Players register for a specific start time.
Register to Play: www.ruination/mn/register
Cost: $15 per team of up to 6

For more information, visit or email Ady Olson,

Designed as a platform for fun, social civic engagement, this location-­based game aims to inspire civic imagination to think creatively about watershed-­wide issues and stewardship. This project is produced and presented by Northern, in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, game designer WriterGuy Ken Eklund and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Support from a Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant.

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Gateway Gardens Update
Has been moved to its own Nokomis East page.

Gateway Gardens Facebook Page And don't forget: Nokomis East Gateway Gardens is on Facebook

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City offers Graffiti Solutions webpage
Creative responses to graffiti include murals, landscaping and more.

Stop Graffiti Now!The City of Minneapolis has a webpage to allow neighbors to share creative tips for preventing graffiti. "Every day I see more and more creativity from neighbors who are using art and landscaping to prevent graffiti," 9th Ward Council Member Gary Schiff said. I hope this website becomes a tool for neighbors to submit their own photos and share ideas across the city.

The webpage shows examples such as landscaping, murals and types of fencing that deter graffiti. Residents are encouraged to send in photos of their own efforts, and share helpful tips. Graffiti often collects on large flat blank surfaces, such as buildings, garages and flat fences. Landscaping, like ivy or other clinging plants helps to reduce the likelihood of graffiti on a surface. Some fences are less likely to be spray painted such as fences with board gaps, alternating boards or lattices.

Report Graffiti online.

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Radon detection kits available from County

Hennepin County is offering radon detection kits to enable you to test for the presence of this invisible, odorless and dangerous gas in your home.

Radon, a naturally occurring gaseous form of ionizing radiation, has been ranked by the Surgeon General as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists Hennepin County as a high-potential radon region, where one in every three homes is likely to have elevated radon levels.

Kits are $9, or two for $17.

These tests can be purchased at home building centers or in person at:
1011 First Street So., Suite 215, Hopkins, MN 55343
or by mailing the form (link below) to the same address, along with a personal check made out to Hennepin County Treasurer.

Online order form, Or call (612) 543-5225.

(Updated 5/02/13)

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United States Geological Survey

Minnehaha Creek monitoring. The USGS now provides real-time monitoring of the creek's level and flow, as measured under the Highway 55 bridge. Website (12/06/05)

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Rides for Seniors

Nokomis Healthy SeniorsAre you a senior citizen in need of a ride to medical or dental appointment? If you live east of 35W and south of 42nd St., the Nokomis Health Seniors program has volunteer drivers who are ready and eager to help seniors get to and from the necessary appointments they may have.

To schedule a ride, or for more information about Nokomis Healthy Seniors, call the help line at (612)729-5499. Office hours are 8am to 4pm. Voice mail is available after hours. (6/07/05)


Twin Cities Free MarketDo you have forgotten kid toys collecting dust in the attic? Have exercise equipment in the basement that could be someone else’s treasure? Thinking about fixing up the garage to watch those Vikings? Try the Twin Cities Free Market! Residents can log into a website where they can post their old stuff online and browse the free items other residents have posted. There are 300-400 new items listed every week. Some recent items include a gas grill, landscape rocks, a pet carrier and a cast-iron sink.

Participating in the Twin Cities Free Market keeps reusable goods out of the trash, and helps people avoid buying new, which is great for the environment and the pocketbook. In Hennepin County alone, it's estimated that 32 million pounds of usable clothing and household goods are thrown away each year - that's enough to fill shopping carts lined up from Minneapolis to Milwaukee.

In 2003, The Free Market had more than 8,000 listings and facilitated more than 4,000 exchanges, amounting to more than 500 tons of materials. The Twin Cities Free Market is funded in part by Hennepin County.

Want to give it a try? Just visit: