Monday, May 20, 2013
A Brookings Institution study found that the number of poor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled over the past decade.
If the stressed food banks and increasing demand for social services weren’t enough proof, Twin Cities residents now have further evidence that poverty is part of the suburban landscape. A Brookings Institution study released Monday reports that the number of poor in Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled between 2000 and 2011. The 127.9 percent increase in the suburbs was well above the 47.7 percent increase in urban areas. Click on the PDF to the right of the article to see a summary of the Twin Cities data. This is a trend providers have been well aware of for some time. Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health Department is in the process of creating “social services hubs” in the suburbs specifically to create one-…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The annual Walk-n-Roll will take place in Mounds View, MN at Silver View Park on September 14, 2013.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Which have you used to cover your baby?
No matter how old your kids are – diaper changing always seems to make its way back into the rotation as friends and family bring new little ones into their lives. And, I have yet to change a baby wearing cloth diapers. Most of my friends and family have opted for the convenience of a disposable diaper. However, it appears the cloth diaper continues to be a popular choice for many. For example, a group of Twin Cities parents that joined together recently for the “Great Cloth Diaper Change” event – or the Burnsville-based business that sells cloth diapers. So, before I continue to share my parenting “wisdom” with family and friends with little ones – which do you choose for your child? Disposable or cloth? SHARE: Which is better – cloth …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Linden Hills is "skinny women pushing strollers in designer jeans."
Judgemental Maps has posted a map of Minneapolis with labels applied to neighborhoods citywide. Here is how the satirical effort has Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods pegged: City Pages' Blotter calls it a "snarky, possibly offensive look at the City of Lakes," noting that "the 'Compton of the North' crack is proving to be particularly controversial" in Judgemental Maps' comments section. See all the comments on the map here. And add your own thoughts in the comments section below. Follow Southwest Minneapolis Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily email newsletter
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Two explosions occurred the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2013 near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, MA.
During the Boston Marathon April 15, two explosions occurred near the finish line—killing three and injuring more than 100 people, according to a report from Fenway-Kenmore Patch. Among the 23,000 runners at the annual race were approximately 500 Minnesota residents, according to StarTribune.com. Here is what some of the runners shared about the incident and their experience. Click on the headline to read the full story. Roseville Runner: Boston Marathon Bombings "Surreal" Eric Kronback said he thought the two explosions were cannons. Blocks Away from Boston Marathon Explosions: Lake Elmo Woman Recounts 'A War Zone' “All of a sudden I heard two huge blasts—and everything went silent," Chris Hess-Withbroe said from her Boston hotel room …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Snow is expected to be heaviest after 3 p.m. Wednesday. The winter storm warning has been extended until 7 p.m. Thursday.
As forecasters predicted, Twin Cities residents awoke Wednesday to find a dusting of snow and ice on local roads, making for yet another messy springtime commute. Snow fell overnight on top of crusty ice, and it didn’t take long for crashes and spinouts to start. At 4:46 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation kicked off metro crash reports with a crash on Interstate 394, at Interstate 494 and Highway 12 in Minnetonka. Total snowfall was minimal and stopped before morning rush hour began in earnest, but weather will worsen Wednesday afternoon. Snow is likely after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. As much as 10 inches of snow could fall between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, making for an even-more-…
Monday, April 8, 2013
HousingLink data highlights how uneven affordable housing availability can be.
Paying for rental housing is no easy proposition in Minnesota. Last month, the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Out of Reach report ranked the state worst in the Midwest and 24th nationally. A breakdown of the report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership estimated that 54 percent of renters can’t afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. But apartments can have a hard time winning neighbors over even when they don’t specifically serve low-income renters—as recent debates have shown. In St. Louis Park, some residents criticized the proposed Eliot Park Apartments development that would build two new apartment buildings with a total of 138 units on Cedar Lake Road. Said Patch reader MMG: All of a sudden, all I am seeing in this city…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A 2013 resurfacing project on I-94 from Clearwater to St. Cloud could bring potential backup of up to 20 miles or more during peak travel times, according to MnDOT.
As the Minnesota winter slowly gives way to spring, road construction projects around the Twin Cities and Minnesota are gearing up for another season. Among the projects is a resurfacing 7.5 miles of Interstate 94 north of the Twin Cities from Clearwater to St. Cloud. The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates the project could impact a backup of traffic of “20 miles or more during peak travel periods.” With residents in Minneapolis and the rest of the metro getting ready to make travel plans for spring and summer, MnDOT is urging drivers to consider an alternate route during the Clearwater to St. Cloud I-94 reconstruction project. “Find the best route that works for you based on where you’re leaving from and when and your …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Our 2013 summer camp guide includes a handy rundown of camps near you, and a growing list of camps on our map throughout the Twin Cities area. Registration is on now.
With the choice and variety of summer camps available in 2013, boredom won't be an option. Organizations from area colleges to your local parks and recreation department offer dozens of camp choices for science, nature, sports, music and more. Whether you're looking for an all-around experience or a more focused camp, this list features a few in your town and nearby. These are the ways you can use this camp guide: Know of a camp that's not on our list or our map? Visit this page and submit the information, and we'll add it. *** Twin Town Guitars Summer Sessions Band Camp Music Where: Twin Town Guitars, 3400 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 Phone: 612-822-3334 When: Session I: June 10th-21st Session II: July 29th-August 9th …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
If you've got a creative streak and a passion for Peeps, enter Patch's Easter Peeps contest for a chance to win a great prize package.