Burglars Strike 11 times in 3 days in 4 neighborhoods July 20, 2013
Eleven burglaries have been reported in the last three days in Sector 3 of the 3rd Precinct, with 5 in Morris Park, three in Page, two in Keewaydin, and one in Diamond Lake. Both homes and garages were targeted.
Forced entries included a brick being thrown through the window of the back door in one home burglary. In others, the rear doors were kicked or doors pried. One unlocked car parked outside a garage contained an automatic door opener which may have been used to open the garage. Items also were taken from an unlocked vehicle inside another unlocked garage.
Stolen items included jewelry, seven bikes, and other items. Loss is still being determined in some incidents.
Possible suspects were seen only in only one incident: a witness walking his dog early in the morning saw some bikes lying in an alley, and a white male and a black male, both 15 to 17 years of age, running down the alley.
Here is a summary of the incidents:
Location Address Crime Date/Time Entry Loss
Page 54xx Columbus home burglary 7/18 7:35am-3:15pm back door kicked in Laptop
Diamond LK 55xx 15 Av S home burglary 7/18 2pm (occupied) door window Investigation.
Page 51xx Luverne garage burglary 7/18 10pm-71m door opener 3 bikes
Keewaydin 32xx Wenonah Pl garage burglary 7/18 6:30pm-6am pry mark on door None
Page 50xx Oakland home burglary 7/19 9am-6:20pm back door forced Jewelry
Keewaydin 49xx Nokomis home burglary 7/19 8am-5:35pm rear door forced Unknown
Morris Park 56xx 41 Av S garage burglary 7/18 8pm-8am unlocked door None
Morris Park 55xx 41 AV S garage burglary 7/20 2:15am-2:30am garage open bikes
Morris Park 55xx 37 Av S garage burglary 7/20 before 6:30am service door pried Bike, etc.
Morris Park 55xx 40 Av S garage burglary 7/20 no details yet
Morris Park 55xx 40 AV S garage burglary 7/20 no details yet
What you can do: Pull a neighborhood watch force together. Block leader training is 6:30pm Thursday, Aug. 14, at the 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Av S. Please call 612-673-2839 for information. RSVP appreciated.
Call 911 if you see or hear suspicious behavior such as:
• A person going door to door in a residential area, especially if one or more persons go to the rear of the home. (Often they are looking for “soft spots” in your security or want to find out if anyone is at home.)
• The sound of breaking glass or other loud noises late at night.
• A stranger walking through yards between houses.
• Someone forcing entrance into your neighbor’s house when it is unoccupied,
• Persons running, especially if they are carrying something of value.
• Youths out after curfew.
To request a free home security audit, call Sue Roethele at the 3rd Pct., 612-673-2839.
Go behind the scenes of City government at 2013 Minneapolis City Academy
July 8, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) How are emergency calls handled in Minneapolis? What does it take to plow city streets? How does water get to your faucet? How does a property in Minneapolis get developed? The Minneapolis City Academy program, which begins Sept. 18, is a chance for people to learn about all these things and more. Registration is limited, so to join the Academy, visit the City’s website to register, or call 612-673-3163.
The City Academy will give residents a behind the scenes look at how Minneapolis City government functions and give them a unique opportunity to meet with and ask questions of City staff and leaders. City Academy sessions will be held weekly from Sept. 18 through Oct. 16 at locations throughout Minneapolis. Each session will focus on one aspect of City government such as public safety, public works, planning and development and fire services. Sessions will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The program is open to all Minneapolis residents who are 18 years or older and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minneapolis City Academy participants will:
• Tour the City’s Strategic Operations Center
• Learn the latest in firefighting techniques
• Discover how the Minneapolis Water Utility is operated and tour the water treatment plant
• Find out how future developments are planned and constructed
• Learn about police procedures
• Find out how taxes are levied and budgets approved
• Ask questions of City government leaders
For more information visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/MinneapolisCityAcademy.
Bike With a Ranger is a family-friendly, FUN way to explore the Mississippi River on a guided bike tour with a park ranger from the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, a national park in the Twin Cities.
Rides are offered most Saturdays, June through September. Three different routes range from 8-13 miles each, and depart from Fort Snelling or Matthews Park in Minneapolis, and Harriet Island in St. Paul.
Rides are $8 for adults; kids under 10 ride free. Registration is required. Visit www.missriverfund.org/bike for trip dates, details, and to register online.
7th Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup Planned June 30th in Minneapolis
Goal: Collect Two Tons of Trash
Deephaven, Minn. (May 29, 2013) – Volunteers of all ages are invited to help clean up Minnehaha Creek at a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, June 30 in Minneapolis. The 7th annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup from 9am-noon at Lake Hiawatha Park (46th Street and 28th Avenue South) is hosted by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s “Canoes for a Cause” campaign in partnership with Metro Blooms. See attached poster for details.
The goal this year is to collect two tons of trash along Minnehaha Creek and the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. To reward volunteers for their efforts, there will be free food, prizes, music and fun!
“The Minnehaha Creek Cleanup is all about energizing people to help protect the creek and area lakes from pollution,” says Jim Calkins, president of the MCWD Board of Managers. “We hope their participation inspires them to protect clean water in other ways, as well.”
Schedule of Events:
9am Registration and free bagel breakfast
9:30am Board buses to clean-up locations along creek and chain of lakes
11-11:30am Return to Lake Hiawatha for free BBQ lunch provided by Leinenkugel’s
11:45am Prizes for kids and adults, including a Leinenkugel’s canoe
We’ll start things off with a free bagel breakfast. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, trash bags and gloves. Following the cleanup, Leinenkugel’s will provide a free BBQ lunch and, for those 21 or older with a valid ID, free Leinenkugel’s beer (limit of two per person).
“Leinenkugel’s has a long history of maintaining clean waterways throughout the country and the Midwest,” says Jake Leinenkugel, president of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. “Community cleanups like this are a great way to ensure our waterways remain safe and clean for generations to come.”
This year’s cleanup features a new partner – Metro Blooms. The Minneapolis-based private non-profit organization promotes environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices to improve our land and water resources.
“The Minnehaha Creek Cleanup is a great opportunity for people to do their part to clean up the water,” says Becky Rice, executive director of Metro Blooms. “We are thrilled to be a part of this important event.”
Kids’ activities include face painting and art activities by ArtRageous Adventures and the MCWD’s “Putt Putt for Clean Water” mini golf game. REI will provide a bike technician at the on-site bike/canoe check.
Paddlers are encouraged to bring their canoe or kayak and help clean up debris around Lake Hiawatha. The paddleboarding community – including the MN Standup Paddleboarders Association and Wayzata-based Wai Nani Surf & Paddle – will focus their efforts on Minnehaha Creek.
RSVP’s are required. Sign up at www.minnehahacreek.org/CleanUp.
The event is sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in partnership with Metro Blooms. Additional support and promotion are provided by Dick’s Sanitation, Centerline Charter Corp., REI, and KS95.
About Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost-share grant programs, permitting and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the District. For more information, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.
Leinenkugel’s, brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867, is the leading craft brewer in the upper Midwest. Offerings include Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss, Summer Shandy, Canoe Paddler, Oktoberfest, Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, and many other all year round brands. In addition we have our Big Eddy series that features an Imperial IPA, a New Rye Wine, and Uber Oktoberfest.For information on the rich history of Leinenkugel’s, visit www.leinie.com or join Leinie loyalists at www.Facebook.com/Leinenkugels. “Join Us Out Here”
About Metro Blooms
Metro Blooms, based in Minneapolis, is a private non-profit, volunteer-based educational organization which seeks to partner with other organizations, businesses, professional associations, local governments and watershed districts to promote environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices to improve the health of our land and water resources. Its mission is to promote and celebrate gardening, to beautify our communities and help heal and protect our environment. For more information, visit www.metroblooms.org
Hey all, since our April Earth Day event was snowed in at the last minute, we have rescheduled it to this Saturday May 11th. Still all the same great fun at Pearl Park but the times are just a bit earlier. Come join us from 9am to 11am.
no snow…. we promise
414 East Diamond Lake Road
Scavenger hunt for the kids, door prizes, food, fun and sun for all!
Find out more about lending, down-payment and other resources for successful homeownership! Stop by the Homeownership & Banking Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 in Studio 185 of International Market Square, 275 Market St. in Minneapolis. This is a great event for home buyers at the start of the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour during the weekend of April 27-28.
The fair is organized by the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Homeownership Center to offer a unique opportunity for residents to get their banking, lending, homeownership questions answered.
Homeownership advisors and educators, non-profit housing developers, and lenders including BMO Harris, Bremer Bank, Bank of America, Minnesota Housing, Twin City Federal, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo will provide resources at the fair. The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors has also been invited. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Cherie Shoquist from Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development at (612)673-5078 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ed Nelson of the Minnesota Homeownership Center at (651) 659-9336 Ext. 104 or email@example.com.