Friday, May 3, 2013
Aquatic Invasive Species inspectors will be on duty from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Lake Harriet's public boat launch opened for the season Tuesday. The boat launch was damaged by ice over the winter and was closed until repairs the were finished early this week. The launches at Lake Calhoun and Lake Nokomis opened Sunday. In addition, all three lakes are staffed with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspectors from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Following a resolution passed by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners, all watercraft or water-related equipment entering the water at the public boat launches on the lakes are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species. Things to Know About AIS Inspections Boaters encouraged to launch watercraft before 9 p.m. To improve compliance with the AIS …
Monday, April 29, 2013
'Sunning in my bikini. And there's still ice on lake Calhoun. #impatient' (Monday is the latest date either lake has still had ice, according to state records.)
It looks like Southwest Minneapolis' two big lakes set records on Monday. April 28, 1965 was the latest date for ice-out on both Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet—until 2013, that is. See the story in words and pictures on social media in the Storify above or at Storify.com: That didn't stop one sign of spring, as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board tweeted Monday: Lake Harriet public boat launch is repaired and will open at 2 pm today. Calhoun and Nokomis opened Sunday. #gofish
Friday, April 26, 2013
Despite possibly the latest ice-out record for some Minnesota lakes, public boat launches at two lakes will open Sunday.
Editor's Note: The following is a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board press release. After a nearly two-week cold weather delay, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will open its public boat launches at Lake Nokomis and Lake Calhoun on Sunday, April 28. The Lake Harriet public boat launch was damaged by ice over the winter and will remain closed until repairs are completed. Following a resolution passed by the MPRB Board of Commissioners, all watercraft or water-related equipment entering the water at the public boat launches on Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species. AIS inspectors will be on duty daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with boaters encouraged to launch …
If Lake Calhoun waits until Monday, its ice will set a new record, according to the Southwest Journal.
The Southwest Journal reported Thursday that according to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board records (which are best for Lake Calhoun), a new ice-out record is in sight: Lake Calhoun is flirting with a record this spring. The latest ice out day since the Minneapolis Park Board began collecting data 63 years ago is April 28. That occurred in 1965. ... We’re four days from breaking the 1965 record. Temperatures this weekend are expected in the 70s. Read the full article at swjournal.com. (Lake Harriet's latest ice-out day is the same as Calhoun's, according to a 2002 MPRB report.) Michael Hancher's daily log at Lake Harriet took note of other things Wednesday: Scillas and a few other plants just pushing through the leaf litter along the …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
That's one way to deal with winter.
One local windsurfer aparently just couln't wait for summer. In this video posted on YouTube and highlighted by meteorologist and West Calhoun resident Aaron Shaffer, a windsurfer takes off across the lake's frozen surface. Turning and stopping, it seems are a little tricky, and he eventually falls on his behind.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
A roundup of crimes and incidents reported to the Minneapolis Police Department Oct. 17 and 18.
A plainclothes police officer can claim credit for snagging one of the many car burglars plaguing Southwest Minneapolis. On Thursday morning, the officer was parked near the corner of West 32nd Street and East Calhoun Parkway in an unmarked car watching for people breaking into cars. Around 9:15 a.m., according to a report filed with the Minneapolis Police Department, a car pulled into view and stopped next to a parked car. The driver got out, smashed the second car’s window, snatched a backpack through the broken portal, hopped back into his car, and sped away. The officer’s report led to the Richfield resident’s arrest at a traffic stop shortly thereafter. Oct. 18 A resident of the 5700 block of Pleasant Avenue South reported two of …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Sunday, bicyclists will be touring the city.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Watch out where you plan to drive on Sunday. Major road closures are expected across the city as the annual Minneapolis Bike Tour winds its way around the Grand Rounds. All parkways in Minneapolis will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City of Minneapolis said in a statement emailed to reporters and city residents. In Southwest Minneapolis, that means the roads around both Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet will be off-limits to cars, along with William Berry Parkway, which connects the two. Minnehaha Parkway will also be closed from its start on the southern end of Lake Harriet all the way through its endpoint at Minnehaha Park. At most points where the bicycle route crosses streets, ushers and crossing guards will be posted to help …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Milton Rucker Jr. and Tania Thompson were also suspects in Lake Calhoun-area theft.
A possible case of "wrong car, wrong time" wrapped up in front of a federal judge Thursday when Milton Rucker Jr. was sentenced to 17 years in prison for breaking into an FBI agent's car, trying to fraudulently use his credit cards, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Star-Tribune. As Southwest Minneapolis Patch reported a year ago, Rucker and a woman, Tania Thompson, were arrested at an apartment on Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park after FBI agents traced a car Thompson allegedly used when buying gas with the FBI agent's credit card at a Holiday station and when trying to use it at a Target store in the metro area. The same car was connected to a car burglary near Lake Calhoun's Thomas Beach and a …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Students competed in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races Sunday.
Students from Richfield's Sheridan Hills Elementary School shoved off from Southwest Minneapolis' Thomas Beach on Sunday in two craft of unlikely construction. The S.S. Yum Yum II and the Babe The Blue Ox were made entirely of empty paper milk cartons. And they didn't just stay afloat. They raced across the lake under paddle-power in the annual Minneapolis Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races, and came home with an award from race judges. Babe's team of sailors took home the creativity award, as students armed paddles with ax heads and dressed like Paul Bunyan. Unfortunately, S.S. Yum Yum II ran into a little trouble. The boat's predecessor, S.S. Yum Yum, won the Lieutenant's Race last year and the team was looking to keep the title. "Yum …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thomas Beach was host to the Aquatennial's Beach Bash on Sunday
There wasn't much of a beach left at Lake Calhoun's Thomas Beach Sunday afternoon, as sand-castle builders and milk carton boat racers took over for the 2012 Aquatennial's Star-Tribune Beach Bash. Were you at the Beach Bash? Share your photos here!