Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    The City of Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) is seeking input on the future of heritage preservation in our community.

    Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    Please help in this effort by sharing your opinions regarding heritage preservation. We are seeking a broad range of input, so please share this survey link with others you feel may be interested.
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    2015 Spring Citizen Forester Training


    Photo: On Saturday, September 20, 2014, 52 folks spent their morning learning all about and planting trees in our Citizen Forester class.

    When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: 8644.231
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education, climbing and planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities. Discover techniques that will give you
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    2015 Spring Tree Grant Application Now Available


    Photo: On September 27, 2014, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Washington neighborhood plant 25 trees including Ginkgo, Elm (disease resistant), Crab-apple, Red Bud, Buckeye, and Swamp White Oaks as a part of the Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,150 volunteers to plant 5,764 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.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    Twenty-five trees will
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – December 2014


    Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their fifth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Washington, Northrop, Homestead, and a few neighborhoods not yet registered as associations were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss the current and projected Olmsted County housing needs and how this will impact Rochester neighborhoods. Presenters were from the Rochester Area Foundation referring to a study and graphs prepared by Greater
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    Give to the Max Day 2014


    Get Ready for Give to the Max Day 2014!

    You can join thousands of Minnesotans on November 13, as millions of dollars are raised for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center on November 13 and be part of Minnesota’s annual day of giving! We’ll use the funds raised to continue assisting Rochester neighborhoods with tools and resources to keep their organizations strong and healthy.

    Give with ease. All donations on GiveMN are made with a credit or debit card. No checks to write or stamps to lick. Your information is secure and
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    2014-15 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    For the eighth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays:

    Why it is important to not litter
    How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

    There were 176 entries from 11 schools (16 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.

    2014-2015 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    Grand Prize Winner
    Gibbs Elementary
    Arikka Cowl

    Rochester Math and Science Academy
    Abdisalam Yusuf

    Elton Hills Elementary
    Alix Gary

    Gage Elementary
    Bella Martinez

    Pinewood Elementary
    David
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – October 2014


    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their fourth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Indian Heights, Washington, and Elton Hills neighborhoods were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was the DMC & City Comprehensive Plan Engagement Toolkit. This opportunity to give feedback into these planning processes was led by Jeff Ellerbusch, from the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department.

    Mission
    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.

    The group will meet
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – August 2014

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their third official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Northrop, Historic SW, Homestead, Slatterly, Indian Heights, Washington, and Homestead Trails neighborhoods were in attendance.

    The topic of this meeting was Zoning and a presentation was given by Mitzi Baker, Director of the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department.

    Mission
    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.

    The group will meet at the Rochester Area Foundation every two months, Tuesday,
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    OAKtoberfest 2014


    RThanks to the 100+ folks who attended OAKtoberfest, RNeighbors’ third annual fundraiser at the Ramada, on Friday, October 3. This celebration highlighted the community building work that RNeighbors does throughout the year. The evening was filled with amazing German cuisine and brews, creative auction items and recognition of some outstanding neighbors.

    Check out the event program for the assortment of raffle items that focused on trees or beer. Emcee Tracy McCray kept the evening moving along smoothly, making sure to highlight all of the pieces of the program. The Neighbor Awards were an important highlight of the festivities.

    We’re grateful to all
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    Celebrate with RNeighbors – OAKtoberfest 2014

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    6-9 pm

    $30 Ticket advance, $35 at the door

    Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada

    1517 16th St SW Rochester, MN

    You are invited to be a part of this special night celebrating the vibrant neighborhoods in Rochester.

    Purchase event tickets online here.
    Tickets can also be purchased by calling (529-4150) or emailing RNeighbors.
    Download an event poster to share with your friends here.

    A plethora of German food will be served (see menu below). Each attendee will have their choice of one free tap Oktoberfest Beer, German Wine or mixed drink. Cash bar will be available. Several Neighbor Awards will be given,
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