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 In the Neighborhood
  Updated 9/30/14

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

Looking for somewhere to go or something to do in Nokomis East? Check our expanded Parks & Recreation Section

Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis


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.

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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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Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring - Fossils and Rocks!

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and the Mississippi River Fund are hosting educational and entertaining events for the Twin Cities this Summer!

Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring - Fossils and Rocks
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM
October's Second Saturday is all about paleontology. You can touch and see fossils, rocks, and ore samples, and take a fossil walk to scout some Coldwater Spring's fossils, which are more than 450 million years old. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge, and everyone can try free, family-friendly geocaching, a scavenger hunt, and a make-and-take activity. No reservations needed; just show up, ready to play.

Autumn Birding & Boat Tour
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Come aboard the park's pontoon boat on the Mississippi and enjoy a guided tour featuring beautiful scenery and fabulous birding with a national park ranger. $25 / $20 MRF Members

For more information, please call 651-291-8164 or email To register for events, please click on event links or see:

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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: