News & Updates
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...
updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Home Energy Squad Enhanced
A residential energy saving program designed to help residents save money and energy and stay comfortable in their homes.
Home Energy Squad Enhanced Visit - $50
A team of trusted energy consultants will come to your home, evaluate your energy saving opportunities, and install the energy-efficiency materials of your choice:
- Door weather stripping
- A water heater blanket
- Programmable thermostat
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- High efficiency shower heads
- Faucet aerators
They will also:
- Perform a blower door test to measure your home for air leaks.
- Complete an insulation inspection.
- Safety check your home's heating system and water heater.
- Help with next steps.
Help find contractors that perform high quality work and test the results.
Who is eligible?
All single family and duplex homeowners. Renters qualify for the installed visit ($30), without diagnostic tests.
The Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit qualifies you for CEE's low interest financing and utility rebates.
To schedule your visit:
SIGN UP ONLINE AT: mncee.org/hes-slp OR call (612) 335-5874
This program is a partnership of the City of St. Louis Park, CEE, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.
updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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. If your address ends with an odd number, you water on odd calendar days (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.), likewise if your address ends with an even number, you water on even calendar...
updated: Monday, March 03, 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...
updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
Waste Management has reported problems with its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet of trucks due to the extremely cold temperatures. When temperatures dip below zero, garbage and recycling collection may be delayed in St. Louis Park. Waste Management is working to increase the performance of these vehicles to prevent future collection delays...
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 www.minnehahacreek.org.
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.
updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
The St. Louis Park Operations & Recreation Department has installed a THOR GUARD lightning prediction warning system at Louisiana Oaks Park. The system will be operational from Mid-April through the end of October seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How it works:
A lightning prediction and warning system tracks storm activity and measures static electricity in the atmosphere. When conditions are present that could trigger lightning, the device emits a warning blast.
When the system detects conditions that could trigger lightning, it emits a 15 second blast warning park patrons to take cover. The warning blast sounds like an air horn. A strobe light stays lit until the system sounds an all-clear signal by emitting three short blasts.
You may hear the siren if you're in the vicinity of Louisiana Oaks Park, 3305 Louisiana Ave. S.
If you have any questions, please contact Rick Beane at (952) 928-2854 or email@example.com
updated: Monday, February 24, 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...
updated: Friday, February 21, 2014
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...
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...
updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
During cold weather, you should take the following precautions: Limit your time outdoors; when outdoors, dress in layers and keep clothes and footwear dry; check on family, friends, and neighbors who may need assistance; know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia; make sure you have an emergency weather kit...
updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The St. Louis Park Fire Department held its annual meeting on January 28 at Fire Station #1. Fire Chief Steve Koering invited department members and their families to attend, as the following staff were honored for their exemplary performance:
- Medal of Valor – Firefighter Eric Bakken
- Meritorious Service Award – Capt. Paul Rosholt, Lt. Dan Yaekel, Firefighter Tim Smith
- Chief’s Commendation – Lt. Matt Nordby, Lt. Shawn Glapa, Firefighters Mike Lindblom, Tony Hanson, Phil Robinson, Tom Buda, Andy Chapeau, Bob Hampton, Keith Heinzen, John Myhre and Nancy Schmelzle.
- Unit Citation Award – Capt. Mark Nelson, Lt. Eva Hansen, Lt. Matt Nordby, Lt. Dan Yaekel, Firefighters Jens Anderson, Bob Hampton, Jason Saba and Andy Willenbring.
- Excellence in Customer Service Award – Lt. Matt Norby and Firefighter Jason Saba
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...
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...
updated: Friday, January 24, 2014
The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Human Rights Award. The Human Rights Award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have made an outstanding contribution toward increasing understanding and cooperation between people of different backgrounds in St. Louis Park.
Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Human Rights Commission and the award will be presented at a City Council meeting in early 2014.
If you have questions regarding the award, contact staff liaison Breanna Erickson at (952) 924-2184.
You can watch video of the last Human Rights Award presentation online, from the January 18, 2011 City Council meeting.
updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
The city is committed to building a wellness culture. In the past year, the city brought stability balls and stand-up desks into the workplace, opened a new onsite fitness facility, offered onsite healthy cooking demonstrations, group coaching sessions covering weight management and stress management, and gift certificates for produce to encourage...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your block is organized and for further information. Click here for more information...
updated: Monday, January 13, 2014
Live or work near one of the parks or ponds listed below? They need your help! Volunteer this spring to take part in “Pick up the Park.” Pick up the Park is part of Beautify the Park, which is the city's ongoing effort to promote a healthy local environment through a variety of volunteer programs and initiatives. Dates/times and group...
updated: Monday, December 09, 2013
The St. Louis Park Police Department wants residents to be aware of various scams that are designed to swindle money and/or personal information. These can include lottery scams — in which people receive phony notices indicating they have won a sum of money — or other similar scam letters, which are often sent by email.
- Do your homework when hiring a contractor, auto repair shop or other service in or out of the home. Contact the Better Business Bureau for information and ask for references from the company or facility representative.
- Talk with family, friends and neighbors on who they may recommend for your specific need. Past experience shows this is a good way to locate a reputable contractor and/or repair facility.
- Retain trusted contractor and/or repair facility information for future reference.
- Be aware of door-to-door solicitors and contractors/handymen selling their services. Some may be legit; others may not. Solicitors need to obtain a license to sell door-to-door in St. Louis Park.
- If unsure about recommended work, get a second opinion from another contractor and/or repair facility — you have that right as a consumer.
- Read through contracts and have the person you are dealing with explain it thoroughly if you do not understand it before signing.
- Never give cash as a down payment or to pay for the completed work. Paying by check or credit card will give you a running record of payment. Be wary of companies who do not accept anything for payment but cash.
- Visit the MN State Attorney General’s Office website and the MN Department of Public Safety website for further information on lottery scams.
- Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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...
updated: Friday, November 22, 2013
A. When there is a large amount of snow present, snow storage in the medians, boulevards and alleys becomes sparse or non-existent in most places in the city. With boulevards generally being no more than four to five feet wide and alleys having 10 feet or less driving area, snow storage space is in short supply. The fallout from this shortage is that...
updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013
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...
updated: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
IdeasInThePark.org 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...