Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Minneapolis Fire Department says…

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is normally double the average number of fires in homes on any other day!

Stay safe by incorporating these tips and safe habits:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking – frying, broiling, or boiling.  Set a timer to remind you to check on your cooking!
  • Make your cooking area safe.  Move things that can burn away from the stove.
  • Use the back burners first, and turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
  • Stay awake and alert while cooking.  Set a timer for foods that take longer to cook, such as the turkey!
  • Prevent burns by wearing short sleeves, or by rolling them up.  Use potholders and oven mitts.
  • Keep young children away from the stove – 3 big steps is a good rule!

Using a Turkey Fryer?

  • Use extra caution, and know how to use a turkey fryer safely before using one at all!
  • Remember to use a dry, thawed turkey – a wet or frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter or even explode.
  • Don’t use too much oil – leave room for the turkey – the oil level will rise up, and spill up if there is too much.
  • Use a thermostat to control the temperature of the oil, if possible.
  • Use protective equipment such as oven mitts and potholders, as the side, lid, and handles of the fryer can get very hot.
  • Use the turkey fryer outside if possible, and make sure it’s attended by an adult at all times.
  • Never use a propane or gas fryer inside the house.
  • Watch this incredible demo video on the hazards of turkey fryers! turkey fryer safety

And remember to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, as well as inside every bedroom, and a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector within 10 feet of every bedroom.

For more information:

Opportunity for comment!

Superintendent Presents Proposed 2016 MPRB Budget

Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 4 and 18, Dec. 2 and 9

The Superintendent’s Recommended 2016 Budget for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) focuses on sound fiscal management, addresses increased park use and demands for programs and services, is responsive to changing demographics and needs of the community, and maintains the park system within available resources.

In 2016, of every dollar Minneapolis residents pay for property taxes, eight cents will go to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The Superintendent’s Recommended 2016 Budget totals $70,973,005 for the general operating fund, $1,743,242 for the special revenue fund dedicated to trees, $8,274,976 for the enterprise operating fund and $21,767,600 for capital project funding.

Prior to her recommended 2016 budget presentation to the Board, Miller presented a report on “Closing the Gap: Investing in Neighborhood Parks” that stressed the need to address the growing funding shortfall for neighborhood park capital and maintenance. 

For full details about Proposed 2016 Budget public comment opportunities, 2016 budget initiatives, and the Closing the Gap report, read the full news release on our website.

Crime Alert from MPD


Incident Location: 0010** Marshall ST NE

Date and Time:  11/2/2015 1:34:00 AM – 11/2/2015 1:50:00 AM

Primary Offenses:  Asslt W/dngrs Weapon

Public Information:

A1 was booked HCJ for ASLT2.


Arrested Parties, if any (name – age / Address AptNo City, State Zip):

William Norton – 39 / 003632 Hubbard AV N  Robbinsdale, MN 55422

 NOTE: Any persons arrested in this incident were not necessarily charged with the listed offenses. Use the link provided below for a more complete explanation of the format of these alerts if anything is unclear.

Local Art Exhibit | This From That

This from That on exhibit November 7 until December 5 at Circa Gallery (210 First Street North).

Select artwork by 25 Minnesota artists will be shown during This from That, Circa Gallery’s 25th anniversary exhibition. Nearly 600 artworks were submitted, with Christopher Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions & Public Programs at the Minnesota Museum of America Art, serving as the guest jurist. For information:

Attend NCR’s Open House this Thursday, November 5th

The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department is pleased to invite you to the NCR department Open House onThursday, November 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the NCR offices (105 Fifth Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55401). There will be a short program at 4:30p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

At the Open House, you will be able to:

  • Review the latest draft of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement
  • Connect with other neighborhood and cultural leaders
  • Share your ideas with NCR staff, other City staff members, and NCEC Commissioners
  • Visit interactive stations highlighting the work of neighborhoods, cultural communities and the City
  • Learn about additional opportunities to get involved; and
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of NCR partners!

The Neighborhood and Community Relations department strives for equitable access and the opportunity for equal input by addressing and removing barriers to civic participation and meaningful engagement. We connect the community to the City and the City to the community.. We hope you will join us.

Please RSVP your attendance to or 612-673-3737.

St. Anthony Pkwy Bridge Closure effective Nov. 2

The St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over the Northtown Yard is scheduled to close to all traffic, including bicycle and pedestrians, starting on November 2nd, 2015.  The intersection of California Street & St. Anthony Parkway as well as the Main Street & St. Anthony Parkway intersection will also remained closed and fenced off for the remainder of construction.

Closing the bridge to all traffic, including bicycles and pedestrians, will allow the contractor to safely work on preparing the truss spans for demolition.  Demolition and removal of the trusses is scheduled to begin this winter.

Safety is a top priority with this project, and everyone is encouraged to keep a safe distance from the construction site and safely monitor the project via the live web cam on the project website:

MetroTransit will continue to provide bus service during construction.  Please check their website for current route and schedule updates:

Halloween Safety Tips | Consejos de Seguridad para Halloween

Consejos de seguridad para Halloween en Español son debajo*


Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

*Consejos de Seguridad para Halloween


A todo el mundo le encanta un buen susto en Halloween, pero no cuando se trata de la seguridad de sus hijos. Hay varios comportamientos sencillos y eficaces que los padres pueden compartir con los hijos para ayudar a reducir el riesgo de lesiones.

Caminar con precaución

  • Crucen la calle en las esquinas, usando las señales de tráfico y los pasos peatonales.
  • Mire a la izquierda, derecha e izquierda de nuevo antes de cruzar y siga mirando al cruzar.
  • Pon dispositivos electrónicos hacia abajo y mantener la cabeza arriba y caminar, no correr, cruzando la calle.
  • Enseñe a los niños a hacer contacto visual con los conductores antes de cruzar delante de ellos.
  • Camine siempre por las aceras o sendas. Si no hay aceras, camine de cara al tráfico, lo más pegado a la izquierda que sea posible. Los niños deben caminar por las rutas más directas y con menos cruces.
  • Esté atento a los coches que están girando o haciendo marcha atrás. Enseñe a los niños a no salir disparados hacia la calle y a no cruzar entre los autos aparcados.

Pedir caramelos con un adulto 

  • Los niños menores de 12 años no deben andar solos por la noche sin la supervisión de un adulto. Si los niños son lo suficientemente maduros como para estar sin supervisión, deben permanecer en áreas conocidas que estén bien iluminadas y pedir caramelos en grupos.

Los disfraces deben ser tan seguros como creativos 

  • Decore los disfraces y las bolsas con cinta adhesiva o pegatinas reflectantes y, si es posible, elija colores claros. •
  • Siempre que sea posible, utilice pintura y maquillaje facial en lugar de máscaras que puedan obstruir el campo de visión de los niños. •
  • Procure que sus hijos lleven barras luminosas o linternas para ayudarles a ver y a ser visibles para los conductores. •
  • Al elegir un disfraz, asegúrese de que sea de la talla correcta para evitar tropezones y caídas.

Conduzca con extrema precaución en Halloween 

  • Reduzca la velocidad y esté especialmente alerta en las zonas residenciales. Los niños se excitan en Halloween y pueden moverse en formas impredecibles. •
  • Emplee más tiempo del habitual buscando la presencia de niños en los cruces, medianeras y bordillos. •
  • Entre y salga de los caminos de entrada y de los callejones lentamente y con cuidado. •
  • Elimine las distracciones dentro de su coche para poder concentrarse en la carretera y sus alrededores. •
  • Conduzca despacio, espere la presencia de muchos peatones y encienda pronto las luces del auto para detectar a los niños a mayor distancia. •
  • Durante las horas de 5:30-9:30 se estara celebrando el trick-or- treat, por favor tengan cuidado y esten atentos a los niños.

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