March 2010 Archives

Order an inexpensive tree to enjoy in your yard

tree.jpgMore than 1,000 trees are being made available to Minneapolis residents for planting this spring. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city's tree canopy. The trees cost $25 each, residents can order one tree per household, and all trees are available first-come, first-served. Last month, the emerald ash borer was found in Minneapolis and could potentially contribute to the decline of all of the City's more than 200,000 ash trees.  Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees.
Varieties of trees available are Fat Albert spruce, pagoda dogwood, Kentucky coffee tree, blue beech, Merrill magnolia, regal prince oak, Canada select chokecherry, Redmond linden and burgundy belle maple.
Orders for trees can be placed at You can also order a tree by calling (651) 644-5800.  In previous years, the trees have sold quickly, so place your order early.
Folks who order trees will need to pick them up on one of three days at the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N.
Saturday, May 8
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 9
8 a.m. to noon
Monday, May 10
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch into your vehicle.

The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment. For more information on how to order a tree, contact Tree Trust at 651-644-5800.

Waite Park Community Garden Sign-Up is right around the corner!

WPCG.jpgNew gardener sign-up will happen on Saturday, April 10th at 9:00 am at the Waite Park Community Center, (1810 34th Ave. NE). Prompt attendance is recommended, as preference will be given to Waite Park residents, then residents of Minneapolis, then surrounding suburbs. Potential new gardeners should bring proof of residence, a check or cash for $35 to cover plot fees, and expect to stay until about 11:00 am, in order to review garden policies and procedures.

Please contact Sandy Aslaksen at [612] 788-4395, or visit the Waite Park Community Garden website, if you have any questions. We hope to see you on April 10!

New Residential Energy Program Coming to Waite Park!

emeter.jpgLearn how to reduce your energy use and save money!  The Waite Park Community Council is proud to introduce Community Energy Services, a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.

Community Energy Services Provides:

  • FREE educational workshops to teach homeowners how to lower their energy use and save money;
  • Low-cost materials which may include: low flow showerheads, setback thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs, gasket seals, door sweeps, faucet aerators, pipe wrap and more to help participants save now;
  • Customized home energy visits from qualified professionals who will identify additional ways for residents to save in their homes, including a blower door test. Up to $400 in services and materials for a co-pay of only $30;
  • Personalized energy use inventory for the last 12 months and feedback for  the next 12 months;
  • Information on financing, incentives and rebates.
Workshops are currently being scheduled, look for dates to come! For more information contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Waite Park Annual Town Meeting

Please join the Waite Park Community Council for the Annual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE).  We will be adopting the 2010 budget and electing a president, vice president, and seven board members.  

The meeting will focus on housing.  Holly Holt, a Waite Park resident and a realtor with Keller Williams, will discuss the neighborhood real estate market and the number of homes in foreclosure.  Cheryl Hoban, a loan officer with Residential Mortgage Group, will speak about available credit and mortgage programs.  The council plans to allocate funds for a low-interest revolving loan program, and Denise Eloundou, of Northeast Housing Resource Center, will explain the program.  

Two of our local representatives will also be present at this meeting: Kevin Reich, Ward 1 City Councilman, and Doron Clark, Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission Representative.

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