A Litter Bit Better 2014

    Pick it up on APRIL 19-26, 2014!

    During the week of April 19-26, 2014, volunteers from Rochester neighborhoods, businesses, groups, and individuals will once again, be joining together to pick up the litter in our community. Last year, over 3,189 volunteers in 228 groups picked up litter at 245 collection sites that covered 5,185 acres of land in Rochester. These efforts resulted in 24,364 pounds of litter being removed from the environment in 2013’s A Litter Bit Better! event. Check out more stats from last year on our website.

    You can help by volunteering to pick up Rochester. Register on our website or
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    Earth Month Proclamation 2014


    Mayor Brede will kick off Earth Month at his Environmental Awareness Month Proclamation (pic from 2012 Proclamation posted),  April 1, 10 am at Rotunda of the Government Center. This Proclamation celebrates the many positive environmental events occurring in Rochester this spring including the city-wide litter pick up campaign “Let’s Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better”,  12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, the 2014 Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Award Winners, and more Earth-friendly events!

    2014 Environmental Awareness Month Proclamation


    Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 25, 2014; and


    Earth Day and Arbor Day inspire many organizations to host environmental events to help raise
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    2014 Arbor Day Celebration

    What: 12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration – sponsored by Rochester Public Utilities, Maier Tree & Lawn, and Rochester Park & Recreation.

    When: Friday, April 25th from 11 am-1 pm

    Where: Three Links-Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to RCTC’s Field House located at 851 30th Ave SE in Rochester.

    Festivities: Free trees to give away, live music, free lunch (hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, cookie, and soda), tree experts on hand, Smokey Bear, balloonists, magician, games, scavenger hunt, poster contest ceremony, and much more!

    Participants: RPU, Maier Forest and Tree, Rochester Park & Recreation,
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    Olmsted County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Open House

    On Thursday, April 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    1421 3rd Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904


    Olmsted County will be holding an Open House of the Emergency Operation Center for the general public.

    Come see:

    Command Center for Emergency Operations
    Weather Equipment for Storm Tracking
    Meet Emergency Operation Center staff

    For more information view the flyer here.

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    2014 Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Awards

    Sponsored by the RNeighborWoods program, the Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Award was created to recognize amazing citizens, for outstanding contributions to Rochester’s urban forest. This year there are four categories for these awards including adult, youth, business, and organization.

    2014 Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Award Winners

    Adult: Dawn Littleton
    Youth: Mia Masterpole
    Business: Panera Bread
    Organization: Minnesota Conservation Corp

    These awards will be presented by Mayor Brede at the Environmental Awareness Month Proclamation, Tuesday, April 1, 10 am in the Rotunda of the Government Center.

    Think of how many trees are in Rochester neighborhoods’ boulevards, indirectly and directly because of the time and talents of these award winners. RNeighborWoods was
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    2014 Spring Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On a lovely fall Saturday afternoon, September 21, 2013, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Historic SW neighborhood plant 50 trees Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 4,651 volunteers to plant 5,420 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering a grant for a winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    Twenty-five trees
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    Destination Medical Center Update:

    2014 is a year of planning for DMC (and Rochester as a whole) and urban planners, architects, engineers and analysts will be drafting the 20-year DMC Development Plan. This plan will truly reflect what the community wants the Rochester experience to be for patients, visitors and residents. The plan will be grounded on input from all corners of the community, and there will be many ways to share your ideas and views. Here is a quick update of what has been going on with estimated timelines:

    DMC organizations come together

    As directed in the DMC state statute, two groups required to plan
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    Neighborhood Forum

    On January 28, 2014, representatives from the Cimarron, Washington, Friends of Indian Heights Park, Kutzky Park, Northrop, Folwell, Sunnyside, Eastside, and Historic Homestead neighborhoods came together tonight to share challenges, successes, and plans for the future of Rochester neighborhoods. RNeighbors partnered in this effort with the Rochester Area Foundation and Mayor Brede.


    Notes from the meeting can be found here.

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    Friends of Indian Heights – A Magical Experience: Building strong relationships

    Wednesday, January 15
    5:30-6:30 pm
    Rochester Public Library Meeting Room B, 2nd Floor

    Friends of Indian Heights Neighborhood sponsors presentation at Rochester Public Library-

    We hear from many solo visitors to Indian Heights Park that they feel better after walking around the park and seeing the plants and wildlife.  Below is a another way that people feel better for having spent time in the Park:

    This Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 6:30pm you are invited to hear Barbara Timm and Claudia Swanton present their findings of working with Silver Creek Corner Residents in a community service project at Indian Heights Park.  Silver Creek Corner
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    Neighborhood Leader Focus Group

    WHEN:  Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm

    WHERE:  Rochester Area Foundation, 400 S. Broadway

    WHAT: RNeighbors is partnering with the Rochester Area Foundation and Mayor Brede in this opportunity for YOU to share your ideas of what resources your neighborhood association wants in 2014 in order to thrive during future growth of Rochester. Due to space constraints only two leaders per neighborhood may attend. Please RSVP by Monday, January 27 to Rene via email.


    Ardell Brede, Mayor; Ann Fahy-Gust, Rochester Area Foundation; René Lafflam, Exec Dir. RNeighbors; Bob Nowicki, RNeighbors Board member


    Board 101 (Effective meetings, Bylaws, Robert’s
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