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Crime Alert Notice

updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Recently, there have been several reported incidents of stolen cell phones, wallets and other personal property at local businesses and restaurants. The incidents have involved unknown parties taking these items that are located in purses and bags that are being left unattended.

  • Never leave your purse/bag/briefcase unattended.
  • Always make sure that your purse/bag/briefcase is closed by a zipper, button or large flap.
  • Never leave your purse or bag draped over the back of the chair.
  • Look for a hook under your table to hang your purse/bag on. If there is no hook, place it under the table and hook the strap, if longer, around your leg.
  • Carry your purse/bag/briefcase with you if you leave, even if it will only be a few seconds.

Please immediately report all suspicious activity in your business:

  • Call 911 or (952) 924-2618 (non-emergency)
  • Educate your customers/employees on crime prevention strategies. If you would like a police officer to assist crime prevention training, please call our Community Outreach Officer at (952) 924-2661.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the St. Louis Park Crime Tip Line at (952) 924-2165. Please listen to the entire message before leaving your name and telephone number. Personnel from the St. Louis Park Police Department will monitor the Crime Tip Line during regular business hours.

Louisiana Oaks Park and Dakota Park Playgrounds

updated: Monday, April 07, 2014

A public meeting was held on Wednesday, March 26 for residents to choose the playground for Louisiana Oaks Park and Dakota Park.

The playground vendor Webber Recreational Design was the residents’ choice for Louisiana Oaks play structure (bottom left) and Minnesota Wisconsin Playground was the choice for Dakota Park structure (bottom right).

We want to thank the residents who came out to vote. Without your input this process would not be a success. 

Louisiana Oaks Park playgroundDakota Park playground

Police Department Reminds You to Stop for School Buses

updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

According to Lt. Chad Kraayenbrink, the St. Louis Park Police Department received 63 complaints of school bus stop-arm violations in 2013. This is approximately a 73 percent increase from 2012 when there were only 17 complaints received. Kraayenbrink noted the Police Department was able to issue a citation for the majority of the complaints in 2013...

Utility Line Protection Program Now Available To Residents

updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Also, the NLC Service Line Warranty Program offers homeowners the option to purchase low-cost warranties for cleaning, repairs, or replacement of broken or leaking water service lines of up to $4,000, or more, per occurrence. Approximate homeowner costs will likely range from $6 to $9 per line per month – specific rates are determined...

Block Captains Wanted

updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The St. Louis Park Police Department is recruiting interested citizens to become Block Captains. Are you unsure if your block is organized? Contact Community Outreach Officer Erin Nordrum at (952) 924-2661 or email her at to see if your block is organized and for further information. Click here for more information...

City Partners with Nextdoor

updated: Monday, January 27, 2014

With Nextdoor, St. Louis Park residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The city will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor...

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014

The City of St. Louis Park will be initiating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and we are now taking applications for volunteers! CERT volunteers are members of a neighborhood or workplace who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities.

The main duty of a CERT volunteer is to be trained and prepared for disaster or an overwhelming event. They will be a integral and valued part of the St. Louis Park's operational capacity following an emergency, as an extension of the fire department. 

Learn what CERT is all about from current CERT members and our St. Louis Park Fire Dept. at an Information Session! 

Monday, April 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Fire Station #1 (3750 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park, MN, 55416) 

To become a CERT volunteers are requested to meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • St. Louis Park resident
  • Have an interest in public service and safety
  • Complete 24 hours of training in May 2014 - This is mandatory to take part in the CERT program for the year of 2014.

After training, you will be an official CERT volunteer, and the time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours a quarter. This consists of quarterly trainings (mandatory) and additional community events and public service opportunities (optional). 

What does a CERT volunteer do? Volunteers are trained to:

  • Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities.
  • Apply size-up and safety principles.
  • Locate and turn off utilities.
  • Extinguish small fires.
  • Identify hazardous materials situations.
  • Triage and treat victims.
  • Set up a medical treatment area.
  • Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures.
  • Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.
  • Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response.
  • Apply response skills in a disaster simulation.

As an extension of the fire department, you are also invited to additional trainings and community events. It will truly be an engaging and exciting opportunity. We hope you apply today!

Application deadline is May 2. To apply, fill out the application and email

Give Smart in the Park

updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We know St. Louis Park residents are generous, but did you know that handing out money to panhandlers can’t meet the long-term needs of those in need of assistance? The St. Louis Park Police Department is trained in the best practices for enforcement options for panhandling and what types of behavior our officers need to watch for, but at...

Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

These grants can help with the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line, and demonstrates their commitment...

Home Remodeling Tour

updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Every year the City of St. Louis Park hosts a Home Remodeling Tour featuring six recently remodeled homes in the city. This year the tour is taking place on May 4 from noon – 4 p.m. and the city is looking for a few more homes to participate. If you have renovated or remodeled your home and are interested in telling your story we would love...

Minnehaha Creek Restoration Nearly Complete

updated: Friday, February 28, 2014

Work on restoring natural curves to the Minnehaha Creek is essentially complete.

The remeandering project, which started early winter 2012, wrapped up in February 2013. As of May, a pipe was installed that brings stormwater from Excelsior Boulevard into a new treatment pond.

In all, 4,500 feet of the creek — from Louisiana Avenue to Meadowbrook Road — has been restored with this project.

It’s a continuation of a 2009 project that restored a portion of the creek east of Louisiana and also brought the Methodist Hospital boardwalk.

Returning the creek to a more natural shape slows the water down, reduces erosion and creates habitat.

For more information, visit

St. Louis Park continues graffiti crackdown

updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013

St. Louis Park has seen dramatic decreases in the amount of graffiti in the community since it began tracking incidents in 2007. The department credits the public for its response and help reporting the graffiti as well as its custom-designed computer application that allows city departments and other agencies to track and compare data related...

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts Seeks Board Members

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and enhancing the arts in St. Louis Park. FOTA connects people and organizations around the arts, shares arts-related information and resources, and coordinates community arts programs. When it incorporated in 1995, FOTA received designation...

St. Louis Park Launches New Civic Engagement Tool

updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 is a crowdsourcing tool designed to increase civic engagement and allow meaningful participation by community members who may not otherwise be able to attend meetings or participate in other ways. The tool is designed to allow commenters to interact with each other and build on each other’s ideas. When an idea is endorsed...

Water Main Flushing Planned

updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014

During this time period, don't do laundry without first checking to see if your water is rust-colored. You can check water by running the tap. If it's rust-colored, don't run your washing machine until you've cleared the water. To clear your water, simply run your cold water tap in your laundry tub until it runs clear. Then you can go ahead and...

Tree Pruning

updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The city's rotational boulevard tree pruning season has continued as of January 6, 2014. The contractor, Northeast Tree, Inc., hired by the city, will start at 41st & Salem, working their way west to Highway 100 (and then onto the Eliot neighborhood). This work is intended to improve the health, safety and function of all of our...

Sprinkling Ordinance Conserves Water

updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Permanent restrictions
To conserve water, St. Louis Park prohibits lawn sprinkling between noon and 6 p.m. In addition, all households and businesses must follow an odd/even schedule when sprinkling lawns. (Properties that end with an odd number sprinkle on the odd-numbered days on the calendar; properties that end with an even number sprinkle on even-numbered days.)

Additional conservation measures may be required during critical water shortages. These can include limiting watering to once every five days or banning all outdoor sprinkling. Should this situation arise, a public notice will be given.

New sod or seed, and newly planted shrubs, trees and landscaping are exempt from the odd/even schedule. Flower gardens are also exempt. Even in these circumstances, sprinkling must be done before noon or after 6 p.m.

Currently, failing to follow sprinkling restrictions can result in an initial fine of $25 with subsequent violations rising by $10. (For example, the second violation is $35; the third violation is $45, etc.).

Jay Hall | Utilities Superintendent
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: (952) 924-2557 | F: (952) 924-2560 |

St. Louis Park Earns Praise From Residents

updated: Monday, March 24, 2014

Morris said that underpinning the quality of life rating is the connectedness among neighbors. Residents feel at ease with them, and more important, feel they can rely upon them if the need arose. The participation in neighborhood activities is among the highest in the metropolitan area, and the strength and cohesiveness of neighborhoods now even exceeds...

City Council to Support the Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition

The City Council has approved a resolution to support the Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition, made up of the Edina, Excelsior, Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata communities.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is the statewide organization that provides community support for military service members, guard, reserves, veterans and their families.
If interested in getting involved or being on the email list, visit the Coalition’s website at or the statewide organization’s website at

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