Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The planters will have to be moved during construction, but the question is where they will be put once construction is finished.
Aldi's will be landscaping between its parking lot and the sidewalk along both Ruth and Suburban. That landscaping will include the same kind of hybrid elms that the city planted on the south side of suburban. Do neighbors want the planters put on the boulevard in front of the landscaping? Or is there somewhere else along the street that you would like to see the planters replaced?? For sure, the city will put new sod along the boulevard here, but there won't be trees on the city property - just on the Aldi's property.
No matter what, the city will make sure that the irrigation system remains. But if you have a preference of where to put the planters, let the Council staff know by commenting here, emailing our office (email@example.com) or calling (651.501.6345).
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I don't know about you, but there are only so many phone books that I can actually use! Think of all the trees and energy we could save, too!
Thanks to Eureka Recycling for letting us know about this site!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
· Don’t keep presents near windows where they can be seen from the street, especially after they’ve been unwrapped.
· Never hide presents in the garage! Garage locks are usually the weakest locks you have. A second story closet or attic equipped with a good lock is usually your safest storage area.
· Break up boxes, especially for purchases like TV’s, stereos, or electronic equipment and put them in fold inside-out so items that came in boxes are not visible when recycling.
· Don’t leave cash lying around the house. Keep all money in a safe place.
· Plan your shopping so that you only take approximately the amount of money you’re going to spend.
· Don’t flash your money in public. Keep your bills flat in a wallet so that you can count them without taking them out of your wallet.
· Don’t carry a purse. Keep your wallet and keys in your coat pocket.
· Never leave your car unlocked!
· Pick up major items at the end, rather than the beginning of a shopping trip – most stores offer to hold your purchases at will-call until you are finished shopping.
· Lock all purchases in the trunk of your car, or as a last resort, under a blanket on the car floor.
· Immediately remove all purchases from your car when you return home.
· Schedule deliveries for times when you’re at home.
· If you can’t be home when deliveries are made, make arrangements to have your parcels delivered to a neighbor.
· If you or your neighbors observe any delivery person doing anything that appears to be suspicious, ask to see their identification or call the police.
When Away From Home
To view the workshop video in Spanish, visit: http://hennepinmn.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=14
To view the same workshop in English, visit:http://hennepinmn.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=12
This posting brought to you from the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The USDA uses the term food security to assess the availability and accessibility of food to people in a given area. A community is "food secure" when all of its members have access to a culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through conventional food sources. District 1 exhibits some signs of being food insecure. These include:
1. High Prices
Our two supermarkets, Cub Foods and Byerly’s, are both located along I-94 in the northern part of the district. This means that residents in outlying neighborhoods have to rely on convenience stores if they do not drive or cannot afford fuel. In July, 2008, a gallon of 1% milk cost $3.10 at Cub, $3.79 at Byerly’s, and on average $4.01 at local convenience stores. A 1-lb loaf of bread cost $1.45 at Cub, $1.67 at Byerly’s, and $2.01 at convenience stores.
2. Auto Dependency
The 63, 70, and 74 buslines run downtown from the SunRay Transit Center, but these routes are limited and buses do not run at high frequency. The 63K, which continues down McKnight Road to the apartment complexes, does not run at all in the middle of the day. 81.6 percent of renters in District 1 own vehicles, compared with only 58.5 in Hamline-Midway, a district in the center of the metro area. Car ownership and fuel prices make the cost of living higher, which means low-income families may have an even harder time paying for food.
3. Scarcity of Fresh Produce and Other Healthy Foods
District 1 does not have a farmers' market or food co-op, which means that locally produced food is nearly impossible to find. In addition, most convenience stores do not carry fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of the restaurants in the district serve fast food, which contains high levels of calories with little nutritional value.
4. Scarcity of Ethnic Foods
Since 1990, Southeast Asian, East African, and Latino populations in District 1 have doubled and tripled. According to 2000 census data, 11 percent of all district residents were born outside of the
Some proposed solutions to these concerns include:
- Installing a mini farmers' market in the parking lot of one of our local churches
- Creating new community gardens like the Totem Town garden (pictured below)
- Organizing groups of neighbors to purchase CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares
- Offering youth nutrition classes or partnering with local youth gardening programs
- Opening a food pantry or expanding the services at Merrick Community Food Shelf
Please join us on Tuesday to discuss food access in District 1 and the proposed solutions. We value your input!
Heidi Evans, District 1 Community Council Intern
Friday, November 7, 2008
As November kicks off,
Heating/AC 55%, Lights, electronics 20%, Appliances 15%, Water heating 10%.
Most electricity is generated from coal or natural gas, and the heat from burning those fuels is largely lost. 66% of the energy created for electricity is lost, and as much as 10% of that is lost in transmission of the electricity.
An easy way for you to take action and make a difference is to make little changes in your household, like using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s), installing a programmable thermostat, getting a home energy audit, and incorporating small behavior changes like shutting off lights, taking shorter showers, and turning down your furnace. If every American home replaced just one light bulbs with a government approved Energy Star qualified bulb, enough energy would be saved to light more than 3 million homes for a year, prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to emissions of more than 800,000 vehicles, and save more than $600 million in annual energy costs (energystar.gov).
A great place for information is the Minnesota Energy Challenge, which helps you evaluate your energy use and gives tips for the future. The average Minnesotan creates over 51,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution a year while paying over $6,200 a year for energy. By helping yourselves save money, you are helping to be a steward of your environment and a responsible citizen.
For tips on winter weatherization projects, ways to save money on energy costs this winter and resources for energy efficiency project monies, come to District 1’s Energy Efficiency Tips meeting on November 11th at the
For more information or to take the Minnesota Energy Challenge, visit the credited websites below.
Special thanks to Neely Crane-Smith at the Center for Energy and Environment.
District 1 Community Council Intern