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$25 trees from Minneapolis City Tree Program

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By robb, March 17, 2015 10:34 am

It’s time for the City of Minneapolis’ annual City Tree Program.  Minneapolis property owners —  including residents, businesses and nonprofits — are eligible to purchase a tree for $25.  You can choose from several varieties and sizes of trees, including fruit trees.  Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Order online beginning March 23rd for the best selection.   Go to the Tree Trust website for more info or to order a tree.

Fix-it clinic at Longfellow Park

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By robb, February 9, 2015 12:11 pm

Hennepin County’s monthly Fix-It-Clinics provide an opportunity for residents to receive free, guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot, and fix their broken household items. Items could include small household appliances, lamps, clothing, electronics, mobile devices, and more.

Volunteer fixers who have skills in electrical, mechanical or electronics repair, wood working, sewing or general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful. The clinic comes to Longfellow on Saturday, February 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Longfellow Park Recreation Center at 36th Avenue and 35th Street.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Lo at or 612-348-9195.

Asthma impacts on our communities

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By robb, July 15, 2014 3:07 pm

Minnesota Public Radio has done a compelling story on the extent and impacts of asthma in our communities.  The story highlights the prevalence of asthma in urban neighborhoods and on communities already experiencing the impacts of health disparities.

This story reinforces our findings from the Hiawatha CARE project - where people repeatedly shared their concerns about asthma, its triggers, and its impacts on the health of their children.  These concerns led to the development of strategies to address indoor air quality, second hand smoke, and vehicle emissions in our CARE Community Action Plan.

Check the article for more information about the impacts of asthma including maps from our CARE Project partners at the Minnesota Department of Health.

City tree sale starts Monday the 17th

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By robb, March 15, 2014 7:21 am

The 2014 Minneapolis City Tree Sale is beginning on Monday, March 17th.  Trees are available for Minneapolis homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits and must be planted on private property in the city.  Sixteen varieties of trees are available, and the trees cost $25.

Improving the urban tree canopy is a key strategy identified through the Hiawatha CARE Project.  The benefits of planting trees include:

  • improving air quality;
  • addressing stormwater;
  • creating habitat for animals;
  • increasing property values; and,
  • savng money on energy bills.

You can check the Tree Trust Project Website for more information on the program, including the types of trees available and an online and paper ordering form.

Radon Awareness Month

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By robb, January 21, 2014 11:01 am

Radon was one of 20 environmental/health concerns identified by community members during the Hiawatha CARE Project process.  In our conversations, we found that people had heard about radon, but many did not know much about it.

Radon has no smell or taste and is invisible.  Yet, it could be present at a dangerous level in the home.  It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers and causes the death of about 21,000 Americans each year (US EPA).

More than 1/3 of homes in Hennepin County have elevated levels of radon.  Radon concentrations vary from home to home and can be found in buildings of all ages.

January is Radon Awareness month. Go to Hennepin County’s webpage to learn more about radon and to get information on radon test kits.  Also, check out our Radon Fact Sheet or go to the EPA’s web page for additional information.

Community members talk about Strategies to improve health and environment

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By robb, September 13, 2013 11:44 am

We had many great conversations with people from the Longfellow and Phillips area about strategies to improve health and environment in our community.  We asked people to look at our list of 14 strategies, pick the two that are most important to them, and let us know why.  Here is a look at some of the things people said on a few of the strategies:

Community Outreach at Longfellow Cornfeed
Community Outreach at Longfellow Cornfeed 2

Improve access to healthy, affordable food through gardens, farmers markets and urban farms:

  • Local, healthy food is critical for our future.
  • Community gardens are a great way to build better communities and neighborhoods!!
  • There aren’t a lot of options/access for low-income people.
  • I like the idea of diggin’ in the dirt!

Make it safer and easier to walk and bike to places in the neighborhood

  • I want to feel safe walking my dog.  A better sense of community improves safety.
  • To stay safe and exercised.
  • People outside also bring the community together.

Plant more trees

  • Because we need more air from the trees and they just look cool.
  • To save animals homes.
  • Replace all the trees we lost in the storm.

Reduce chemical use in homes and businesses and cut down on improper disposal of hazardous waste

  • Educate people about chemicals in the home – i.e. cleaning products.
  • Stop or slow the use of fertilizer.
  • Chemicals in our water end up in human bodies – many homes / companies could easily reduce.

Support community-based efforts to promote physical activity and good nutrition

  • We need programs that provide thoughtful, culturally sensitive education about food and fitness for kids and families.
  • Educate in the schools on good nutrition choices and physical activity options.
  • Keep kids moving.  We need our kids to livelong healthy lives.

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