Ever wonder what to do with the tangled mess of lights that marks the start of many Minnesotans holiday season? Ring in the holidays by getting rid of old, broken, inefficient light strands and upgrading to new, efficient LED holiday lights!
CERTs is partnering again with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) for the 2013-2014 holiday season on Recycle Your Holidays™. RAM recycles every part of the light strings—the metal wires, the plastic casing, and even the lights themselves. We’re providing a map of drop-off locations that are accepting holiday lights, and it’s also possible for you to sign up as
Ice comes and goes with fluctuating temperatures at this time of year. As a result, the thickness of ice forming on local rivers and storm water management ponds is unpredictable and will not reliably support weight. Water current is also a factor that can undermine ice formation and create unsafe ice conditions, so citizens should always remain cautious near ice.
There are over 350 public and private storm water management ponds scattered throughout Rochester. They vary in size, depth and flow. Because of their unique purpose, location, and construction, they are not intended to be used for recreational purposes.
The Minnesota Department
Why it is important to not litter
How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!
There were 269 entries from 10 schools (20 classrooms) across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner.
2013-2014 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners
Grand Prize Winner
Jefferson Elementary School
Once again neighbors rolled up their sleeves this fall and planted trees, celebrating the great green community-building national NeighborWoods month. Thanks to over 220 volunteers, this fall 275 trees have found homes in Rochester neighborhood boulevards.
September 28, was a gorgeous fall day and over 175 Rochester neighbors came out to plant 200 boulevard trees in the Kutzky Park neighborhood. We started a little after 8:30 am, all of the trees were in the ground by 11 am. A neighborly thank you to all who came out to lend a hand, pull on a bright pink tie-dyed t-shirt, and plant trees on 4.4 miles of this neighborhood’s boulevards.
Some feedback from Kutzky
Minnesota Tree Care Advocate
Would you like to become licensed to do certain types of pruning as a volunteer with the city of Rochester?
A class will be held November 16th from 9a.m. to 6p.m. at Rochester Community and Technical College. The training will be provided by staff from the Forest Resources Department at the University of Minnesota. This training will provide you with information on not only how to make a proper pruning cut, but also how to identify specific trees and how to manage questions from other citizens.
The training costs $20 total if you provide your own pruning shear and
At what other event can you spend time with neighbors, eat sausage, learn about stellar neighbors working on cool initiatives, get your picture taken as a German yodeler, compete for a beer boot, enjoy the tunes of Six Mile Grove, and all for the great cause of Rochester neighborhoods?
It’s RNeighbors second annual OAKtoberfest! On October 4, 150 people attended our fest that was sponsored by City Auto Glass. Check out the event program for the assortment of raffle items that focused on trees or beer.
Fall decorations, creative German dishes, beverages, and the tunes (including polkas) of Six Mile Grove were unique and added
As part of the RNeighbors Oaktoberfest fundraiser, RNeighbors will be recognizing the listed Rochester neighbors whose efforts in our community strive to meet the mission of RNeighbors, “to create sustainable neighborhood networks that promote a vibrant, healthy, and livable community.” Congratulations to the 2013 OAKtoberfest Neighbor Award winners!
Green Initiative Award
Neighbor or group who spearheaded and developed green initiatives within your neighborhood, as a means to make Rochester a more environmentally sustainable place to live.
Steve Huesman is a social studies teacher at Mayo HS. Steve has been an amazing volunteer in the RNeighborWoods program since before spring 2010. He’s a Citizen Forester
Fall has arrived and the leaves are starting to drop. If they fall or are raked onto the street, they will get washed into storm sewers and carried into our lakes and streams. As they decompose, phosphorus is released (the nutrient that turns our lakes and rivers green with algae) and oxygen is removed from the water.
What residents can do to help “Keep It Clean” this Fall:
· Keep leaves out of the street, storm drains, and public lands.
· Mulch leaves in your yard or make a backyard compost site for them.
· Take leaves to the Olmsted County compost site, free of charge, at
At RNeighbors, we know that trees make good neighbors. That is why we partner with the City of Rochester, the Park and Rec Department, Herring Ecologistics, and Rochester Public Utilities to offer the RNeighborWoods Tree grant for a winning neighborhood to receive free boulevard trees in the spring and fall.
Once again neighbors rolled up their sleeves this fall and planted trees, celebrating the great green community-building national NeighborWoods month. Thanks to over 45 neighbors, 75 trees have found homes in the Historic SW neighborhood boulevards. This neighborhood
Friday, September 20, 2013
Hello Neighborhood Leaders,
We hope this letter is finding you in good health and enjoying the start of the autumn season.
RNeighbors has come a long way from 1996 when a Mayor’s Advisory Council on Neighborhoods was assembled to determine how to provide resources to neighbors. Unlike some cities that have a department of neighborhoods, RNeighbors was created as a nonprofit to promote neighborhood volunteerism, contributing to socially connected and active neighborhoods.
As Rochester grows, RNeighbors’ future is to continue to provide resources that promote neighborhood networks while nurturing a safe, healthy and livable community. As the RNeighbors Board of