Trees need an inch of water every week

Trees need watering any time it doesn’t rain an inch in a week

Yard and boulevard trees need water

Now that the rain has slowed down, remember that trees – especially young trees – need watering any time it doesn’t rain an inch in a week. Minneapolis yard and boulevard trees need an inch of water every week all through the summer-fall season. Lack of water can make trees vulnerable to insects and disease and cause permanent damage to young and old trees alike. Trees up to five years old are especially susceptible. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) plants and mulches boulevard trees but relies on residents or businesses nearby to water them.
An effective way to water a tree is to turn on a slow stream of water (just so the hose is weeping) for a few hours. Watering in the evening after dinner time is most effective since it minimizes evaporation, and trees tend to take most of their water during the night. Watering one tree weekly costs only about $3 for 23 weeks – the entire summer-fall season. For people who lose track of when they last watered a tree, a good way to remember is to water trees on the same day trash is picked up.

Protect our Minneapolis quality of life

Taking care of our trees means protecting our Minneapolis quality of life. Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater. If you have space in your yard to plant a tree, consider getting one going so it can get a start on providing shade and making a better quality of life in your neighborhood. The larger the tree, the larger the benefits.

Share this video and spread the word about helping our urban forest

Healthy trees are an important part of our quality of life in Minneapolis, but they need our help. Share this short about some of the benefits of our urban forest and how we can help.

For more information:
For information on tree care and the urban forest, call the MPRB Forestry Department at 612-313-7710, email forestry or visit our trees and urban forest web page.

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Did you know that Prepare + Prosper prepares taxes from June through October? Our IRS-certified volunteers can help taxpayers who missed the tax filing deadline, need to file their renter’s refund, file prior year returns, or make amendments. Financial services at the tax site are also available.
The schedule varies throughout the summer and taxpayers need to make an appointment. Check the website or call P+P at 651-287-0187 for exact dates and times.
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Ward 6 June 2017 Newsletter

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News from Council Member Warsame
6th Ward News from Council Member Abdi Warsame
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350 S. 5th St., Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Council Member Abdi Warsame: abdi.warsame
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Leda Schuster – Policy Aide leda.schuster
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June 2017 Newsletter


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The path towards the Municipal Minimum Wage



Last August, I co-authored a staff direction to present a recommendation for a minimum wage policy to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole by second quarter of 2017 after working with stakeholders, reviewing polices from other cities and reviewing a minimum wage study. From January through April 2017, City staff and a consultant team focused on community engagement and held 16 listening sessions with about 450 people.

On May 24, 2017, city staff presented a report outlining recommendations for a municipal minimum wage. On May 26, City Council voted to direct City staff to draft an ordinance establishing a $15-an-hour minimum wage for employees in Minneapolis.

The City Council has set the following schedule to review the draft ordinance on a municipal minimum wage policy:

– The City Attorney’s Office presented the draft ordinance at a special meeting of the council’s Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 6.

– A public hearing will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22 on the draft municipal minimum wage ordinance. Submit comments by email to MinWage. Comments must be received by Thursday, June 22 to be included in the public hearing record.

The final draft ordinance will be presented to the council’s Committee of the Whole 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. The full City Council will act on the final municipal minimum wage ordinance at its regular meeting 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 30.

The City Council directed the City Attorney’s Office to draft a minimum wage ordinance with the following elements, as advised by staff:

· To be consistent with State law, the minimum wage policy would apply to anyone who works in Minneapolis for any amount of time.

· A universal minimum wage would be $15 an hour, indexed to inflation after the initial target wage is reached.

· There should be no exception for tipped workers in the hospitality industry. All workers should be subject to the minimum wage, regardless of tips, consistent with the state policy.

· A training wage may be paid to youths up to age 20 years for no more than 90 days consistent with state law.

· The policy would have a tiered phase-in period that reaches a maximum wage of $15 an hour in five years after ordinance adoption.

· The City’s Department of Civil Rights should oversee enforcement of the municipal minimum wage ordinance.

This is step forward towards a fair wage that will impact the lives of 71,000 low-wage workers, mostly people of color and women could not have been possible without the efforts of many workers who organized to pave the way for higher wages. Also, my deep gratitude goes to our small and locally owned businesses that raised their voice. This dialogue will continue as important decisions need to be made and I would encourage everyone to participate in the upcoming public sessions to help shaping the ordinance.

All the best,

Council Member Abdi Warsame
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I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center more complete update

The web page should be up to date:

We have a few more changes to announce:

The I-94 west ramp to 394 west will reopen late Wednesday, early Thursday. That will reopen the reversible HOV lanes. MnPass customers will be back in business.
The ramp from Lyndale Ave to I-394 west also opens late tonight or early Thursday.

The eastbound I-94 ramp to Broadway Avenue will close for 10 days starting June 14.
The west 94 ramp to 49th Avenue will close June 19 for 14 days. The detour is Dowling Ave to North Lyndale Ave.

Eastbound I-94 to Hennepin/Lyndale closes tonight for 14 days.

Speed limit reduction:
Westbound I-94 from Highway 55 to I-694 is under a 50 mph speed limit at all times.
Eastbound I-94 will shift to the inside lanes early Friday and will also be under a 50 mph speed limit at that time.
The State Patrol will be out enforcing the new limits.

Lowry Tunnel:

I have attached the tunnel specific fact sheet that explains ramp closures and lane configurations. The tunnel will be closed at 10 p.m. June 23 through 5 a.m. June 26.

On June 26, both directions of traffic will go through the tunnel with two lanes in each direction with a concrete barrier in the middle. This should take about 30 days. The ramps from I-94 west to Highway 55 west and I-394 will be closed during this work.
The ramp from I-35W north to I-94 west will be closed for 70 days. Truck traffic will be prohibited from the tunnel.
The fact sheet will explain more about the second and third stages of the tunnel area work.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dave Aeikens
Communications and engagement
MnDOT Metro District Public Affairs
1500 West Ramsey County Road B-2
Roseville, MN 55113
651-234-7511 Office
651-775-1261 Mobile