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Looking out for business large and small The quad communities are served by three business organizations — Robbinsdale Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Business Association and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. The Robbinsdale Chamber of Commerce seeks to provide opportunities to improve the Robbinsdale business climate through networking community involvement, business promotion, business education, improved communications, and as a partner with the city in community revitalization efforts, according to its mission statement. The chamber supports and sponsors a variety of events throughout the year, including monthly member luncheons and social events, community forums, business awards events and other activities. Public events include the annual spring “EggStravaganza,” Whiz Bang Days parade and royalty sponsor, a Main Street meet and greet event in September, an annual tree lighting and singalong ceremony, plus a holiday food and toy drive. For more information on the Robbinsdale Chamber, visit robbinsdalechamber.com. The Crystal Business Association serves the Crystal business community, providing a structured forum for business people to connect with each other. The association offers regular meetings to allow for networking, as well as opportunities for professional growth and development. The association is active in community events such as Crystal Frolics and the Kids, Cops and Firefighters Fair 4

in July. For more information, visit crystalbusinessassociation. com. The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce is a business organization comprised of more than 700 representatives from area businesses and industries in New Hope, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Hopkins, Medicine Lake, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. Throughout the year, TwinWest holds a variety of events to help educate and recognize its members, as well as promote their needs. TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast events are held the second Friday of each month September to June. These legislative and political forums unite speakers and state legislators with more than 150 business leaders from across the Twin Cities. Topics covered this past year included the economy, taxes, workforce and transportation. The chamber participates in “Business Day at the Capitol,” where chamber officials and members gather at the State Capitol to visit with lawmakers face-to-face, learn about timely issues affecting business and advance its priorities. The chamber holds its Small Business Awards Luncheon each spring to honor the efforts of local entrepreneurs. At the event, the TwinWest Foundation also recognizes its high school scholarship recipients. For more information, visit twinwest.com.


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Northwest Metro provides ample opportunities The first-ring suburbs of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and New Hope are ever changing, developing as population increases and needs grow. Together, the communities boast successful businesses both big and small, standout school districts and engaged residents and organizations. The quad communities are comprised of 80,000 community members combined, expected to increase several thousand in the next 20 years and offers safe neighborhoods and easy access to downtown Minneapolis. Their history dates back to the late 1800s when settlers staked claims and carved out farms. Residential settlement continued to increase during the early 1900s and burgeoned after World War II. Three of the cities are wholly contained within Robbinsdale Area Schools district. Though Golden Valley originally had its own school district, it merged with Hopkins in the 1980s. Now, students in the southern portion of Golden Valley are enrolled in the Hopkins School District, while students living in the northern portion attend Robbinsdale Area Schools. This Community Guide will offer information about each city’s development, public safety departments, schools, food shelves, churches, major employers, shopping opportunities, festivals and other events. You will find additional information about the libraries and regional parks that attract large numbers of people to the area. Whether a new face in the community or a distinguished lifelong resident, we hope this guide teaches you something new about your community.

10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 post.mnsun.com Editor ................................................................Matthew Hankey Writers. ..................................................Joe Bowen, Gina Purcell Photography.........................................Joe Bowen, Gina Purcell Layout & Design ...................... Matthew Hankey, Keith Anderson Cover Design ...................................................... Keith Anderson Sales .................Linda Banks, Nicole Jorgenson, Tena Wesnman Advertising Director ........................................... Cheri O’Bannon Executive Editor .................................................. Peggy Bakken Director of News .................................................. Keith Anderson General Manager ......................................................Mark Weber Special thanks to interns Simeon Lancaster and Brian Mozey for providing additional photography.

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Crystal offers a variety of resources Crystal is a fully-developed first-tier suburban community of 5.9 square miles with 23,000 residents and hundreds of businesses. Downtown Minneapolis and suburban employment areas are minutes away. Crystal has a home rule charter with a council-manager form of government. The seven-member city council meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Work sessions are generally the second Thursday of the month and before and after council meetings. The downtown area around Bass Lake Road and West Broadway boasts a wide selection of restaurants, retail outlets and other businesses. Crystal’s largest employers are the Centennial Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Target and Cub Foods. Health care is available at the nearby North Memorial Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and certified primary stroke center. There are several regional health care and dental facilities that serve the community’s health needs. Crystal has more than 240 acres of parkland with amenities for all seasons, including sports fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, skating rinks and a skate park. Crystal takes great pride in the Crystal Community Center that is home to a variety of preschool, youth, teen, adult and senior programs, and is a great place to host meetings, weddings or large events. Behind the community center is the Crystal Cove Aquatic Center, which guarantees summer fun for the whole family. The city also brings people together with popular com-

munity events such as Crystal Frolics, Family Fun Night, the Crystal Airport Open House, Lions Corn Feed and Antique Car Run and Winterfest. For an evening of fun, visit Becker Park to take in a softball game or a live concert at the Performing Arts Center. Crystal is served by Robbinsdale Area School District 281, boasting a student body of 12,500 K-12 students and many preschool and adult learners. The district runs a Spanish language magnet school; an interdisciplinary fine arts resource school serving grades 4-8; an alternative high school; the International Baccalaureate Program; the Advanced Placement Program; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. The district is known for its award-winning programs in drama, music and fine arts. Crystal is also home to two private elementary schools, a K-8 public charter school and Herzing University. The community houses Rockford Road Library, which is part of the Hennepin County Library System. Its recent redesign includes an updated computer lab, open spaces for children to learn and play and an improved, open aesthetic. Crystal residents are active and engaged in the civic life of the community. The Crystal Business Association meets monthly. The city also is home to the NEAR food shelf, Lions, VFW, Crystal-New-Hope-Robbinsdale Rotary clubs and Crystal Little League organizations. The Crystal-New Hope-East Plymouth League of Women Voters actively promotes citizen involvement in the electoral process. 7


      

      

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Golden Valley forges into the future A year after welcoming a new city manager, Golden Valley continues planning for its future. Several projects are currently underway throughout the city. This year, the city council approved an $18.2 million new community center. The more than 37,000 square-foot facility will include a grill and dining room, children’s play area, senior gathering space and classrooms, terrace, patio, catering kitchen and banquet room. Golden Valley began welcoming citizens to new residential developments in 1912, and it will likely welcome many more in the coming decades. Located a convenient five miles west of downtown Minneapolis, Golden Valley is a popular location for anyone who prefers to remain away from the heart of the city. It was originally incorporated Dec. 16, 1886, and settled as an agricultural community of only a few hundred residents, full of farms, mills and dairies. The village became a city in 1972. Covering 10.5 square miles, the city is bounded by Interstate 394 to the south, Highway 169 to the west, Minneapolis to the east and New Hope and Crystal to the north. In 2010, more than 20,300 people had made Golden Valley their home. According to the Metropolitan Council, the city should expect a population increase of 4,000 by 2040, equating to nearly 1,500 more households. In addition, the city is expected to gain roughly 8,300 employees by 2040. Golden Valley operates under the council/manager form of government; all five city council members (including the mayor) are elected at large. The council meets

on the first and third Tuesdays each month and has a council/manager work session on the second Tuesday. The city employs 124 full-time equivalent employees, 50 paid on-call firefighters and about 100 seasonal employees. Its downtown area at Highway 55 and Winnetka Avenue encompasses the Civic Center complex including a post office, library, banks, restaurants, retail and housing that combines townhomes with subsidized units. Golden Valley has nine community parks, 10 neighborhood parks, 11 nature areas, a Little League complex and a community center, and is the home of two golf courses: Brookview (public) and the Golden Valley Country Club (private). Brookview includes a grill, a regulation ninehole course, a par-3 course, pro shop, driving range and most recently lawn bowling. Golden Valley’s outdoor arts and music festival in September replaces  the long-running Lilac Festival, named after the plethora of lilac bushes that once grew along Highway 100. Other notable city events include Run the Valley race and walk, the public safety open house, the Ice Cream Social and the Golden Valley Golf Classic. The city also has a yearly photo contest for residents, and a farmers’ market is open each Sunday from late June to October under the water tower adjacent to the Civic Center complex. It is part of the Robbinsdale and Hopkins school districts and houses two elementary schools, School of Engineering and Arts, a learning center, two parochial schools, a private school and Perpich Center for Arts Education. 9


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Exciting developments in New Hope New Hope anxiously awaits several developments in progress. Construction to a 183-unit luxury apartment complex on Bass Lake Road, adjacent to New Hope Village Golf Course, is expected to begin this fall. The facility will feature an outdoor pool, hot tub, exercise room, community rooms, office, outdoor fire pit and social areas, built-in barbecue grills and outdoor seating. The city earned recognition for efforts including new interior and exterior lighting at City Hall, ice arena improvements, imposing a water sprinkling ban, home energy loan programs, replacing street lights with LED bulbs, more bike racks, more rain gardens, providing mobility options, switching to paperless meeting agendas, park adoptions and continuing the farmers market. The city has come a long way since it was founded. The area was originally founded in the early 1900s as a farming community in Crystal Lake Township. After the city of Crystal took up all of the former Crystal Lake Township after incorporation in 1936, farmers in the western part of the city broke off and formed New Hope Township. New Hope was reincorporated as a borough in 1953. Today, New Hope is a 5.2-square-mile city of 20,764 people that borders Golden Valley at Medicine Lake Road to the south, Brooklyn Park at 62nd Avenue to the north, Plymouth at Highway 169 to the west and Crystal along a meandering border to the east. The city has a Plan B council/manager form of government and employs 88 full-time and seven part-time peo10

ple. The five-member city council, elected at large, meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, with work sessions scheduled on off-Monday nights. New Hope has 22 parks, its own nine-hole golf course, an ice arena, an outdoor swimming pool, skateboard park, a disc golf course, three off-leash dog parks, a community gym and an outdoor summer theatre. It has two lakes: Northwood Lake and Meadow Lake. It also has an annual photo contest for residents to enter. Its annual three-day summer festival, Duk Duk Daze, is held in July at Northwood Park, 38th and Boone avenues. The New Hope Community Farmers Market was founded in 2009 to provide locally grown and produced foods and merchandise in an open-air market each Saturday from mid-June to early October. The entire city is in the Robbinsdale School District, and New Hope is home to four schools, including Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School at Sunny Hollow, Sonnesyn and Meadow Lake elementary schools, as well as Cooper High School. North Education Center, which serves 13 school districts that comprise Intermediate School District 287, is located in the north end of the city. It houses special needs students from the member districts. New Hope also is home to the Northwest YMCA, which serves the entire northwestern suburban area. The city has more than 400 businesses and is a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses participate in the New Hope Business Networking Group and the New Hope, Crystal Business Council.


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Robbinsdale offers dining, retail Downtown Robbinsdale continues to flourish with businesses like Pig Ate My Pizza, Wicked Wort, Hackenmueller’s, Nonna Rosa’s and Travail. Residents take pride in their city’s small-town feel, which belies a prime, urban location that’s roughly equal distances between Minneapolis proper and outer-ring suburbs like Plymouth and Wayzata. Downtown Robbinsdale could thrive with the addition of a planned light rail station and commercial area between 41st and 42nd Avenues North. Birdtowners will have to wait until the early 2020s for that, however. The city’s municipal liquor store, which has been in operation since the 1940s, gives residents a chance to give back to their city – profits from the store are used in the preservation and improvement of the city’s parks. Robbinsdale’s downtown area now features a Little Free Library complete with board games and children’s books of which residents can take use. Two art galleries near 42nd Avenue North – the Robbin Gallery and Gallery 5004 – form the “Birdtown Avenue of Art” during the city’s annual Whiz Bang Days community festival, which is held each July. The city is proud of its long-established Robbinsdale City Band, the oldest continuously active marching band in the U.S. The city is one of the first communities identified as a suburb of Minneapolis and was named for Andrew B. Robbins, an entrepreneur who purchased 90 acres of land after he passed through the village by train in 1887 and became enchanted with the city’s scenic beauty and its

proximity to Minneapolis. The Village of Robbinsdale was organized on April 19, 1893. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, people traveled to Robbinsdale to go duck hunting on Crystal Lake. The city celebrated its centennial in 1993. Now, Robbinsdale is a 2.9-square mile suburb with a population of more than 14,000 people. It is bordered by Minneapolis, Crystal, Golden Valley and Brooklyn Center. The city has 6,032 occupied housing units and 3,375 family units. The city has a home rule charter form of government, employs 70 full-time people and has a $5.62 million tax levy. The five-member council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with work sessions scheduled as needed. Regular council meetings are cablecast on Channel 16 and live-streamed online. The Robbinsdale Police and Fire Departments are housed in a building at 4101 Hubbard Ave. N. There are 24 sworn police officers. The fire department, which originated in 1909, has 30 paid on-call firefighters. Robbinsdale’s organizations include Diggers Garden Club, Westphal American Legion and a very active historical society that operates a museum collocated with Robbin Gallery in a historical building on 42nd Ave. N. that is recognized on the National Register of Historic places. Other city groups include Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation, Robbinsdale Little League and Robbinsdale Crime Prevention Association. 11


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Amenities provide recreation options Amenities in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale attract residents and visitors alike. Most amenities have been located within the area for decades. Brookview Community Center is a century old. To bring the facility up to code would cost more than $6 million. Not wanting to put a Bandaid on a bullet wound, the city opted to replace the facility. Proposals ranged from replacing the existing building using the same footprint for $9 million to creating a new, much larger facility that would cost $38 million. The council decided to pursue an $18.2 million proposal. The new center will include a dining area, terrace, locker rooms, offices, pro shop, children’s play area, classrooms, senior space and more. A groundbreaking ceremony occurred in October and staff anticipates a grand opening in October 2017. Last year, the current facility introduced some new activities including snow shoeing and fat tire biking in the winter and fling golf in the summer. Brookview Golf also added golf bikes that allow a player to place his or her clubs in a special carrier and pedal from one hole to the other for more exercise. Brookview Golf Course’s lawn bowling continues to offer summer and fall leagues. Similar to bocce ball, the game is easy to learn and fun for the whole family. New Hope Ice Arena now offers skate rentals. The city also features a scenic golf course where Mayor Kathi Hemken plays regularly. Crystal houses the Crystal Cove that neighbors the community center and offers a splash pad and several thrilling water slides. When Minnesota’s notorious humidity proves too much to handle at home but you mustn’t stay indoors during the only few warm months a year, the pool provides an enjoyable cool down for

parents and kids alike. For active residents, Robbinsdale has both a community gym and fitness center for team sports or weight lifting. No matter the weather outdoors, you can burn some calories while having fun at this facility year-round. Robbinsdale’s “main street” shops and restaurants also provide residents with activities throughout the year. Golden Valley • Brookview Golf Course, 200 Brookview Pkwy. • Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Pkwy. • Brookview Lawn Bowling, 200 Brookview Pkwy. • Davis Community Center, 5430 Glenwood Ave. Crystal • Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N. • Crystal Cove Aquatic Center, 4848 Douglas Drive N. • Crystal Skate Park, 4800 Douglas Drive N. New Hope • Milton C. Honsey Outdoor Pool, 4301 Xylon Ave. N. • Community gyms at Cooper High School, 8230 47th Ave. N. • New Hope Ice Arena, 4949 Louisiana Ave. N. • Charleston’s Overspeed Hockey Training, 4949 Louisiana Ave. N. • New Hope Outdoor Theatre, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. • New Hope Sk8 Pad, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. • New Hope Village Golf Course, 8130 Bass Lake Road Robbinsdale • Community gyms and fitness center at Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Ave. N. 13


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Year-round fun for the entire family January • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Sweet Potato Comfort Pies April • Run the Valley in Golden Valley • New Hope Women of Today 5K • Chamber of Commerce Eggstravaganza in Robbinsdale • Heart of Robbinsdale – Denim, Dazzle, Connect – in Robbinsdale May • Bike rodeo, sponsored by the Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope police departments • Vehicle Fair in Robbinsdale, New Hope • Walk for Animals in Golden Valley, sponsored by the Animal Humane Society • Step To It Challenge – participation from Crystal, New Hope, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale residents June • Outdoor swimming pools open in Crystal and New Hope • Farmers Markets open in New Hope and Golden Valley • Views of the Valley Photo Contest deadline in Golden Valley • Public Safety Open House in 14

Golden Valley • Fire Relief Association Street Dance in Golden Valley • Firefighter Recruitment Expo in Golden Valley • Junior Police Academy in Golden Valley • New Hope City Day • Police Bike-Along in Golden Valley • West Metro Fire-Rescue District open house and auxiliary breakfast • Pride Festival in Golden Valley • Concerts in the park June through August in Golden Valley and Crystal July • Whiz Bang Days in Robbinsdale • Duk Duk Daze in New Hope • Golden Valley Golf Classic • Golden Valley Ice Cream Social • Off Broadway Musical Theatre opens a three-weekend outdoor performance in New Hope • Crystal Frolics in Crystal • Pet and Wheel Parade in Robbinsdale August • Safety camp in New Hope • Police, fire open house in Robbinsdale • National Night Out in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Rob-

binsdale • In Focus photo contest deadline in New Hope September • Hometown Meet and Greet in Robbinsdale • Crystal and New Hope Kids Garage Sale • New Hope Citizens Police Academy • Lilac Planting Party in Golden Valley • Valley Volunteer Day in Golden Valley • Golden Valley Days Art and Music festival • Day of Service and Remembrance in Golden Valley October • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in New Hope December • Tree lighting and sing-a-long in Robbinsdale • Winterfest in Crystal • Toys for Tots Drive in Golden Valley • Crystal and New Hope Sparkles holiday lights contest


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Quad communities offer outdoor play There are 72 parks in the cities of New Hope, Golden Valley, Crystal and Robbinsdale. Each city includes parks of varying sizes. In some cities, the parks are divided by size: community parks being larger and neighborhood parks being smaller. In the summer months, children can be found swarming the playground while adults utilize the larger parks for scenic walks. When the snow falls, some of these parks provide excellent sledding hills or house outdoor ice rinks – a popular feature for the State of Hockey. Each year, a handful of those parks receive new equipment or other renovations. Below is a list of featured parks within the four communities. Robbinsdale • Graeser Park, W. Broadway and Highway 100 • Hollingsworth, 4237 Shoreline Drive • South Halifax Park, 3101 Halifax Ave. N. • Kelly Park, 4100 Xenia Ave. N. • Parkview Park, 2765 Parkview Blvd. • Sanborn Park, 42nd and Chowen • Spanjers Park, 4511 Lake Drive Golden Valley • Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Parkway N. • Gearty Park, 3101 Regent Ave. N.

• Lakeview Park, 1521 Hillsboro Ave. N. • Medley Park, 2331 Ensign Ave. N. • Seeman Park, 1101 Florida Ave. N. • Schaper Park, 631 Ottawa Ave. N. • Wildwood Park, 7401 Duluth St. • Yosemite Park, 351 Yosemite Ave. N. Crystal • Bassett Creek Park, • Becker Park, 6225 56th Ave. N. • Lee Park, 4510 35th Ave. N. • Welcome Park, 4630 Welcome Ave. N. • Lions Valley Place Park, 6822 32nd Ave. N. • Cavanagh Park, 5100 Corvallis Ave. N. • Iron Horse Park, 5155 Kentucky Ave. N. • Welcome Park, 4630 Welcome Ave. N. New Hope • Civic Center Park, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. • Dorothy Mary Park, 60 1/2 and Wisconsin avenues • Fred Sims Park, 45th and Nevada avenues • Lions Park, 38th and Oregon avenues • Liberty Park, 60th and Gettysburg avenues • Meadow Lake Park, 5920 Meadow Lake Road W. • Northwood Park, 38th and Boone avenues • Sunnyside Park, 47th and Quebec avenues • Victory Park, 55th and International Parkway

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Sochacki Park improvements on hold Golden Valley and Robbinsdale may be home to the newest Three Rivers Park District park, but upgrades to the green space is on hold due to the proposed Blue Line Extension. The transitway is proposed to run alongside Sochacki Park and potentially be used as a staging area for the project. Construction on the light rail is expected to begin as early as next year. During staging, light rail staff has pledged to keep most areas of the park open and ensure there is a north, south passageway for pedestrians and bicyclists. Following the project, staff will fix anything that was disrupted during construction and bring about some park improvements in exchange for the use of the space. Sochacki Park became part of the Three Rivers Park District in 2015 when the district, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley entered an agreement to combine Sochacki Park, Mary Hills and Rice Lake nature areas to create a 67-acre park. The park retained the name Sochacki Park, dedicated to Walter Sochacki, former mayor of Robbinsdale and physical education teacher at Noble Elementary. Removing that dedication would have been upsetting for many within the communities. 16

The green oasis could include paved trails, a natural bicycle motocross area and dog park among other amenities. Three Rivers also heard resident interest in improving the water quality in the ponds located within the park. Although the water will likely never be swimmable, it may be improved enough to allow for recreational uses such as kayaking. Renovations throughout the park area will allow for educational and recreational classes. Prior to discussing a staging area with Blue Line Extension staff, the three entities created a three-year capital improvement plan. In 2015, staff paved the remainder of the trails, began inhouse design for trail connection to Theodore Wirth Park and completed small-scale natural resource projects. In 2016, staff planned to design and receive public input on the dog park, design engineering of Wirth trail connections, create a preliminary design for a water quality project and improve non-paved trails. In 2017, staff hoped to begin water quality improvements, construct the Wirth trail connection, create the dog park, assess future year capital needs and make a new three-year plan. It is uncertain when improvements will occur if the park is used for staging the light rail project.


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Continued learning at area libraries For years, the Hennepin County Library system has served to “nourish minds, transform lives and build community together” by “ensuring that every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.” To achieve this sometimes requires change. Both Hennepin County Library branches in the Quad Communities received brand new banks of public computers, more places for kids to read, and open, more modern floor plans and decor within the past few years. The Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Ave. N., Crystal, underwent a $750,000 renovation that was completed in fall 2013. The project included new computers, shortened book shelves, new furniture and carpet, study rooms and childrens rooms, as well as many mechanical and electrical upgrades. Likewise, the Golden Valley library, 830 Winnetka Ave. N., received its own $1.4 million facelift. Improvements there included two new public meeting rooms, an expanded children’s area and a new periodical area.

Like the Rockford Road location, the new design has fewer interior walls in order to make the space feel more open and inviting, and has more computer tables and power outlets. Programs at both libraries include baby and family storytimes, a book club, author meet-and-greets and more. The libraries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Crystal and Golden Valley are proud to offer two of Hennepin County’s 41 libraries. The Hennepin County Library system is nationally renowned as being one of the top library systems in the United States. It serves 1.2 million residents over 611 square miles. Library cards are free. Apply for a card at your local library or online at hclib.org. Rockford Road branch info: 612-543-5875 Golden Valley branch info: 612-543-6375

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West Metro Fire twice as strong The saying goes, “Two is better than one,” and so is the case for West Metro Fire-Rescue District, a joint fire department comprised of New Hope and Crystal firefighters. The district is a Joint Powers Entity created in 1998 that serves both cities and reduces residents’ tax burdens as a result. Following a reorganization in 2013, the department employs roughly 60 paid on-call firefighters and seven full-time. The department will be welcoming a new group of recruits in the fall of this year. West Metro’s response area is approximately 11 square miles and is comprised of fully-developed suburbs of the city of Minneapolis. The resident population is 42,490 and includes three major nursing homes and several large apartment complexes that are primarily occupied by senior citizens 65 years and older. The district protects 15 schools and day care facilities for children age 14 and younger. The weekday population is between 60,000 and 80,000 due to a large number of industrial facilities in the district. There is a Joint Power Agreements for Automatic Aid program with four neighboring cities, along with mutual aid agreements with 37 cities in a five-county area that includes the city of Minneapolis. West Metro’s jurisdiction protects critical infrastructure of the state, including limited access highways, three rail

lines with about 30 trains daily, a major underground petroleum pipeline, and Crystal Airport, which has more than 127,000 yearly flight operations. It also has an underground water reservoir that is a vital component of a Tri-City Water Commission. West Metro provides mutual aid to communities with Level 1 Trauma Centers, regional locks and dams on the Mississippi River, interstate highways serving the greater Minneapolis area, major shopping venues including the Mall of America, and the corporate headquarters of General Mills, Honeywell and other nationally known corporations. It also maintains and is responsible for deploying one of the eight Life Safety Units for Region Eight of the state of Minnesota. These Life Safety Units are called into service for rehab and are fully equipped to provide a flexible, multiple capability response to a variety of incidents. West Metro has three fire stations, more than 60 paid on-call firefighters and an administrative/operational staff that includes a full-time fire chief, deputy chief, two deputy fire marshals, a fire specialist and an executive assistant. West Metro provides an all-hazards response to the cities it protects, including fire prevention with code enforcement, fire investigation, fire suppression, emergency medical care, vehicle extrication, water and ice rescue, hazardous materials response and mitigation, airport crash-fire-rescue and emergency management. 19


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Robbinsdale schools grow with community Robbinsdale Area Schools is already one of the largest in the region, and school district leaders plan to expand its services, programming and facilities even further. The district already serves some 12,000 students from seven West Metro cities and offers a variety of general educational, specialized and accelerated programs across its two high schools, three middle schools, 10 elementary schools and five learning and service centers. Now, as enrollment rises, the district is set to open a fourth middle school and expand its 4-8 grade fine arts magnet into a full-fledged K-8 program. Sandburg Learning Center will be reopened as Sandburg Middle School, and the FAIR Crystal magnet will add kingergarten programming this year, first grade the year after that, and so on until it serves all eight grades. The school district will also open a new learning center in Crystal to house its Welcome Center, Family Literacy, and Robbinsdale Transition Center programs, as well as some adult academic and special education classrooms. Robbinsdale Area Schools also offers an alternative high school, Spanish immersion programming and adult education classes. Students can enroll in International 20

Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement classes when they get to Cooper or Armstrong high schools, and district staff announced a plan to offer the district’s most challenging, rigorous curriculum to all middle school students. The district also offers a plethora of girls and boys sports and extracurricular activities, many of which – from debate and football to DECA and basketball – are recognized amongst the best in the state. Offerings at the elementary and middle levels include Lego League, Destination ImagiNation, National History Day, Spelling Bee and more. The district employs roughly 1,900 people. It has a seven-seat school board, members of which are elected at large in staggered terms. The school board meets on the first and third Monday night of every month. This year, three school board seats will be up for grabs in November’s general election. Education Service Center 4148 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope 763-504-8000 rdale.org


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Hopkins Schools: Everyday excellence Hopkins Public Schools is an award-winning district with an educational reach that serves students from seven west metro communities. The school district serves the entire city of Hopkins, the majority of Minnetonka, about half of Golden Valley and portions of Eden Prairie, Edina, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. More than 46 different language groups are represented in the district’s diverse student population. Hopkins School District’s K-12 population includes about  7,400 students. Its secondary facilities – Hopkins High School, Hopkins North Junior High and Hopkins West Junior High – are all located in Minnetonka. The district’s primary-level facilities include Alice Smith and Eisenhower elementary schools in Hopkins, Gatewood, Glen Lake and L.H. Tanglen elementary schools in Minnetonka and Meadowbrook elementary in Golden Valley. The district is also home to the Harley Hopkins Family Center in Hopkins, which offers early childhood programs. XinXing Academy, a Chinese immersion program, opened at Eisenhower Elementary in 2007. It currently offers Chinese immersion in grades 1-6 and has expanded to junior high with the XinXing@West program. The Hopkins School District has been honored with numerous national recognitions, and its students and staff have received many awards as well.  Hopkins was one of two districts in the state to receive a District Award of Distinction in 2014, recognizing that its board members completed more than 100 training hours.

Glen Lake Elementary was designated a STEM Magnified school in 2013. Glen Lake, like all Hopkins district elementary schools, already has STEM facets in their core curriculum. The magnified school designation means its students will have additional STEM opportunities and experiences. In 2013, Hopkins Public Schools added Spanish instruction in all six Hopkins elementary schools with the implementation of the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools model. Spanish Level II is the anticipated level of language proficiency for elementary students entering the junior-high program. North Junior High and West Junior High are International Baccalaureate World Schools. Providing a framework for learning that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers, the IB program allows all students to participate in a rigorous program and curriculum. The Hopkins High School student newspaper, “The Royal Page,” has been recognized as among Minnesota’s top student newspapers. Hopkins High School is home to the Lindbergh Center, a community facility that features five basketball courts, an indoor running track, walking path and fitness and weight training facilities that are open to the public. Hopkins Public Schools 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins 952-988-4000 hopkinsschools.org 21


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Lending a hand to those who serve Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley pride themselves on being Beyond the Yellow Ribbon communities. The organization hosts three fundraisers each year, a bowling tournament, golf tournament and Ride for Freedom bike run. Funds raised for the event benefitted the organization. On June 15, 2014, the “quad communities” became Beyond the Yellow Ribbon communities. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon began in 2008 as a way to provide easy access to resources for all military service members and their families. The idea sprouted from the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a national effort to provide resources through federal partnerships to service members and their families before, during and after a deployment. Unique to Minnesota, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon has several requirements that must be met before a city can be proclaimed a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community. It is a process that takes nine months to a year. The 16-step process includes leadership meetings, a kickoff event, an action plan and proclamation. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon provides supportive resources and programs regarding deployment prepara22

tion, family reintegration, family assistance, youth and wounded warriors. Each community program is designed to focus its efforts on area veterans. If a military family wants information about nearby school districts for their children, they can reach out to their community’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. If they require medical assistance: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. If they need financial help: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The quad communities’ Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee can provide contact information regarding anything needed by a service member or a family member. The committee consists of President Marshall Tanick, Vice President Curt Skoog, Treasurer George Lieberman, Legal Advisor Don Fernstrom and a Board of Directors. The Board includes Golden Valley resident Lynn Gitelis, Crystal City Councilmember Julie Deshler, New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris and Robbinsdale City Councilmember George Selman. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities points of contact include Julie Deshler at 612-306-5808. For more information visit facebook.com/qcbtyr or btyr-qc.org.


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Courage Kenny offers rehab services For more than 85 years, Courage Center has been one of the most well-known rehabilitation organizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In 2013, the Courage Center merged with Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute to create Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Insititute, part of Allina Health. The facility prides itself on the same great care only under a different name. Courage Kenny helps more than 85,000 individuals each year in more than 375,000 annual client visits. The company employs roughly 1,500 people and has 2,000 volunteers. The organization’s overall goal is to maximize the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Courage Kenny strives to offer health and wellness. Several other Courage Kenny branches are located throughout Minnesota, including sports and physical therapy centers, spine centers, outpatient service centers, kids’ centers, inpatient rehabilitation centers and transitional rehabilitation centers. Locations include Golden Valley, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Edina, Fridley, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield and many more. About Sister Kenny Elizabeth Kenny, born in Australia, was an army nurse known as “Sister Kenny” who treated the ill for 31 years in the bushlands of Australia. In 1911, she encountered her first case of polio. Unknowledgeable of conventional treatments – immobilizing the affected muscles with splints, Kenny did what she thought was best. She applied moist hot packs to help loosen muscles, relieve pain and enable the limbs to move and stretch again. The theory of her treatment was

“re-education,” when one attempts to retrain the muscles how to function. In 1940, she moved to the United States and eventually travelled to Minneapolis where she opened the Sister Kenny Institute in 1942. Her innovative ideas for muscle rehabilitation became the foundation of physical therapy. Over the years, the institute has become known for its progressive and ground-breaking vision. About Courage Center The Courage Center was founded in 1928 as the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults. The facility worked to meet the changing needs of those living with disabilities. The center emphasized advocacy, recreation and rehabilitation. Then Executive Director Wilko Schoenbohm opened rehab and training centers as well as a camp for people with disabilities in the 1950s and ‘60s. The Golden Valley location was dedicated by Julie Nixon Eisenhower in 1973 ,and other locations began popping up around the state. In 2001, Courage Center partnered with Sister Kenny to create AXIS Healthcare, a new model of health care for people with disabilities. In 2013, the two merged as one. Courage Foundation and Sister Kenny Foundation also merged to create Courage Kenny Foundation. The Foundation raises funds to support patients and clients of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Since the merger, the need for funding has increased to accommodate the increase in clients and geographic area served by Allina Health. Information: allinahealth.org/couragekenny 23


  

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Employers plentiful in quad cities Businesses of all sizes are flourishing in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and New Hope. This year, General Mills, an $18.8 billion Fortune 500 company headquartered in Golden Valley, celebrated its 150th anniversary. The iconic company employs 30,000 people and is one of the largest food producers in the world. General Mills is the creator of Betty Crocker, the James Ryan Flight Recorder and the puffing gun. Throughout its history, the company has purchased more than 100 brands in 130 countries including Yoplait, Haagen-Dazs, Annie’s, Old El Paso, Progresso, Fiber One and Nature Valley. In Robbinsdale’s downtown, resident favorites such as Travail, Pig Ate My Pizza and Nonna Rosa’s are thriving. Hy-Vee is turning heads both in New Hope and Robbinsdale. The New Hope location, offering a grocery store, full-service bar and restaurant, pharmacy, fuel station and more, opened a year ago and continues to draw crowds of customers. In Robbinsdale, the proposal for another Hy-Vee is causing controversy because it would require tearing down The Historic Terrace Theatre. Other area employers include the Crystal Care Center, a veterans contracted transitional care facility, Pentair, a global water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection company in Golden Valley, Whether it’s medical care, grocers or major industries, each city boasts employers that bring people, jobs and business to the area.

Crystal: • VOA Crystal Care Center • Target • Cub Foods • Almsted’s Golden Valley: • General Mills world headquarters • Allianz Life Insurance • Tennant Co.  • Honeywell • Courage Center • KARE-TV Channel 11 • Liberty Carton • Pentair, Inc.  • Optum   New Hope: • St. Therese Care Center • Navarre Corp • Paddock Labs • Liberty Diversified Industry • Coborn’s Delivers • Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador • Hy-Vee   Robbinsdale: • North Memorial Medical Center • City of Robbinsdale • Good Samaritan Specialty Care • Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits • Travail 25


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Finding faith in the quad cities Crystal Churches Brunswick United Methodist Church 6122 42nd Ave. N., Crystal 763-533-1661 Cambodian Church of the Nazarene 6421 45th Ave. N., Crystal 763-537-7878 Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints 2801 Douglas Drive N., Crystal 763-544-0038 Cornerstone Church 3420 Nevada Ave. N., Crystal 763-535-8765 St. James Lutheran Church 6700 46th Place N., Crystal 763-537-3653 St. Raphael’s Catholic Church 7301 Bass Lake Road, Crystal 763-537-8401 Golden Valley Churches Calvary Lutheran Church 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley 763-545-5659 26

Christian Life Center 8025 Medicine Lake Road, Golden Valley 763-208-4673

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church 2323 Zenith Ave. N., Golden Valley 763-588-9466

Evangelical Covenant Church 4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley 763-417-0294

Speak The Word Church International 515 Jersey Ave. S., Golden Valley 763-542-1900

Golden Valley Lutheran Church 5501 Glenwood Ave., Golden Valley 763-544-2810 Good Shepherd Catholic Church 145 Jersey Ave. S., Golden Valley 763-544-0416 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1950 Douglas Drive, Golden Valley 763-545-3485 King of Grace Lutheran Church 6000 Duluth Street, Golden Valley 763-546-3131 Oak Grove Church 5920 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley 763-544-1141

Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church 7600 Harold Ave., Golden Valley 763-545-0239 Unity Minneapolis 4000 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley 763-521-4793 Valley Community Presbyterian Church 3100 N. Lilac Drive, Golden Valley 763-588-0831 Valley of Peace Lutheran Church 4735 Bassett Creek Drive, Golden Valley 763-588-4611 New Hope Churches Evergreen Community Church 3351 Independence Ave. N., New Hope 952-895-1773


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Plenty of inspiring options available Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 3900 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope 763-545-1647

St. Joseph’s Parish Community 8701 36th Ave. N., New Hope 763-544-3352

Olivet United Methodist Church 3620 43rd Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-537-8351

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 4240 Gettysburg Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-0600

Calvary Solid Rock 8731 Bass Lake Road, New Hope 763-913-7022

Peace Lutheran Church 4512 France Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-533-0570

Hope Chapel of the Christian & Missionary Alliance 3351 Independence Ave. N., New Hope 763-546-4352

Robbinsdale Churches Church of the Sacred Heart 4087 West Broadway, Robbinsdale 763-537-4561

Redeemer Lutheran Church 4201 Regent Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-533-2564

House of Hope Lutheran Church 4800 Boone Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-3341

Elim Lutheran Church 3978 West Broadway, Robbinsdale 763-537-8481

New Hope Church 4225 Gettysburg Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-2449

Faith Evangelical Free Church 4505 Halifax Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-537-2554

New Hope Church of the Mennonite Brethren 4217 Boone Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-2994

Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church 5530 42nd Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-537-4523

Northwest Church of Christ 8624 50th Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-3336

Robbinsdale United Church of Christ 4200 Lake Road, Robbinsdale 763-537-6965 Bethel World Outreach Church 3900 Hubbard Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-535-0255 McKeown Temple Church of the Pentecost 3856 Toledo Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-533-9999

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Blue Line development progresses The northwest metro may soon welcome a light rail transitway extending the existing Blue Line that runs from Mall of America in Bloomington to Target Field in Minneapolis. The Blue Line Extension would begin at Target Field in Minneapolis and head through North Minneapolis into Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, and Crystal along State Highway 55 and the BNSF railway corridor. When the line enters Brooklyn Park, the tracks would run along Highway 81 and then on to West Broadway. The project, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, is now nearing the end of the two-year development phase. The development phase included station-area planning, municipal consent and the environmental impact statement. In February, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County and each city along the line provided municipal consent. Once the final scope and budget are determined this fall, project staff can apply for financing and enter the engineering phase. Staff anticipates engineering to begin in 2017 with construction running from 2018 to 2020. 28

The line is expected to be operational in 2021. Stations planned within the area will be located at Golden Valley Road, Plymouth Avenue in Golden Valley, near Robbinsdale’s downtown area along West Broadway, and at the intersection of County Road 81 and Bass Lake Road in Crystal. The areas surrounding each proposed station could have park-and-ride facilities, areas for commercial or residential development and more. Residents are routinely invited to open, town hallstyle meetings in each city to learn about the latest developments on the project and offer their own opinions and advice. Planners have collected that feedback and used it to help shape the vision for the areas around each station, which are expected to see increased foot traffic and ready access to other parts of the Metro Area. The Quad Communities’ Blue Line Extension Community Outreach Coordinator is David Davies, who can be reached at 612-373-5336 or david.davies@metrotransit.org. For more information about the project, visit bluelineext.org.


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North Memorial continues to expand For nearly 60 years, Robbinsdale’s North Memorial Medical Center, an award-winning Level 1 Trauma Center, has served residents in the west metro. The hospital is consistently recognized nationally for proving excellent, high-quality care. In 1939, Dr. Samuel Samuelson built Victory Hospital on property he already owned in Robbinsdale. In a time when the only hospitals were located downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul (to be closer to physicians’ offices), building a facility in the suburbs was a bold step. Dr. Samuelson could envision the health care needs of a growing community, and the first suburban hospital in Minnesota was admitting patients. In 1954, Victory became North Memorial Hospital when it was reorganized as a private, nonprofit hospital. Over the next 50 years, several expansion projects would take North Memorial from a 30-bed facility to a 518-bed facility. The first totally integrated hospital-based medical transportation system in the state of Minnesota began at North Memorial and now includes eight helicopters, 120 ambulances and a system that includes more than 5,000 employees.  North Memorial Health Care is an integrated system that includes North Memorial Medical Center, Maple

Grove Hospital, 15 primary care clinics offering same-day and walk-in appointments, six urgent care clinics, four express clinics located within Hy-Vee grocery stores, two Urgency Centers and a broad range of expert specialty care providers. North Memorial’s 5,000 employees and 900 physicians deliver patient-centered care for all aspects of life from maternity to senior care by providing primary and specialty care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions. With more than 900 health care providers in its system, North Memorial continues to grow and be a mainstay in meeting the needs of residents in the northwest metro area.  Residents of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale have taken pride and comfort in knowing that there is an independent, healthy and strong hospital for all their medical needs in the heart of these communities.  North Memorial Medical Center 3300 Oakdale Ave. N. Robbinsdale, MN, 55422, 763-520-5200 northmemorial.com 29


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Inaugural Pride Festival in Golden Valley This year, a group of Golden Valley residents aimed at celebrating community, family and friends pulled together to host the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival in June. Golden Valley resident Peter Knaeble, a regular attendee at the Twin Cities Pride Festival, thought it would be fun to host a similar event in the suburbs. He believed the event would show that Golden Valley is not only welcoming, but embracing. Inspired to get the ball rolling, Knaeble took to social media. He shared his idea on the city’s Facebook page hoping to find out if any of the site’s followers were interested in helping. Ultimately, a seven-member committee was formed, and the planning began. Four faith congregations came together to show support for the community by hosting an interfaith church service. Immediately following the service, festival activities began. Golden Valley Pride Festival, hosted at Brookview Park, featured the musical talents of Outloud, a 12-man subgroup of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Freedome Jazz! Big Band, a LGBT and allied concert, jazz marching band, and The Sons, a cover band. A bounce house and the Golden Valley Puppet Wagon provided entertainment for young attendees. Food trucks were on site to provide delicious snacks.

Keynote speakers included Tom Knabel, of the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest civil rights organization, and Phil Duran, of OutFront, an organization leading Minnesota toward LGBT equality. Both spoke about timely LGBTQ issues. A variety of organizations were represented at the event such as Golden Valley Community Foundation, Golden Valley Historical Society, Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, Living in the Valley Events, Sandburg Learning Center, Twin Cities Pride, North East Roller Derby Youth, Annex Teen Clinic, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Outing Dementia, Rainbow Health Initiative, Sunrise Senior Living and General Mills’ Betty’s Family Inclusion Council, to name a few. More than 2,500 people attended the inaugural event. The event occurred during Pride Month, two weeks prior to the large Twin Cities festival and the morning of the mass shooting at Pulse night club, an LGBTQ hot spot in Orlando, Florida. “What has happened in Orlando this morning, that horrific tragedy, all the more reason, all the more important for us to stand united in memory and support of our fallen brothers and sisters,” said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris at the June 12 event. Golden Valley Pride Festival is expected to become an annual event, likely hosted each June. For more info, visit goldenvalleypride.com. 31


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Organizations aim to end hunger The quad communities are home to some of the area’s most well-known social service agencies. PRISM PRISM, People Responding In Social Ministry, is a Golden Valley-based community-funded social service agency that provides families in need with food, financial assistance, transportation and other services in times of financial hardships. PRISM serves more than 5,000 families annually from Golden Valley, Eastern Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale through a food shelf, financial assistance, financial literacy classes, school supplies in August and presents during the holiday season. On a monthly basis, PRISM helps feed 550 families and 1,500 individuals that use the food shelf. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. In 2018, PRISM will be relocating to 5905 Golden Valley Road, where Jewish Family and Children’s Services will also be relocating. Thanks to a relationships with Second Harvest Heartland and Emergency Food Network, PRISM is able to purchase $4 worth of food for every $1 donated. • PRISM programs 730 Florida Ave. S., Golden Valley 763-529-1350 32

NEAR Food shelf NEAR, North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response, is a Crystal-based nonprofit volunteer organization that responds to the emergency need of people in the community. Through a cooperative effort of 11 area churches, volunteers provide an emergency food shelf and limited financial assistance to residents of northern Robbinsdale, Crystal and New Hope who live between 42nd and 62nd avenues North. Like PRISM, NEAR is also a member of the Second Harvest Food Bank, The Emergency Foodshelf Network and Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Individuals or families in need may call 763-533-2836 between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment. Food pickups are scheduled 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1:30-6 p.m. Thursdays. NEAR will supply a two to three day supply of food once every 30 days if necessary. • NEAR Food shelf 5209 West Broadway Ave., Crystal 763-533-2836

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Second Harvest Heartland While it isn’t a food shelf per se, Second Harvest Heartland’s stated mission is to end hunger through community partnerships, regardless. It is part of a network of partner food shelves, hungerrelief programs, corporate sponsors and donors, and volunteers. Second Harvest collects food and donations from across the country and delivers it to other food shelves across the west metro. Based in St. Paul, Second Harvest is the product of a 2001 merger between Second Harvest Greater Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul, two of Minnesota’s largest food banks. The organization distributed more than two million pounds of groceries in its first month of operation and 51 million pounds of food annually. • Second Harvest Heartland West 6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 1700, Golden Valley 651-484-1064

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The Food Group Formerly the Emegency Foodshelf Network, the Food Group collects and distributes food throughout the west metro in a similar fashion to that of Second Harvest. It works with local food shelves, like PRISM and NEAR, supplying them with food as necessary. However, unlike Second Harvest, the Food Group has two “direct service” options for west metro residents. Its Fare for All program operates facilities that are similar to a grocery store, where name-brand products are available at discounted, wholesale prices. The group also operates a Mobile Food Shelf program, where a truck will travel to apartments across the metro area, delivering food to the residents. Fare for All’s grocery stores are scattered across the metro area including a location at its New Hope warehouse. • Food Group Warehouse 8501 54th Ave. N., New Hope. 763-450-3880 33


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Get involved, give back in quad cities Citizens of New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley play a vital role in creating and maintaining a welcoming and vibrant community through their involvement in various organizations. Rotary International’s motto is “service above self.” Club members aim to improve the lives of those within their community by working together to solve challenges. Rotaries donate thousands of dollars each year to student scholarships and humanitarian projects as well as volunteer their time to help in any way they can. Lions Club members donate time and money in an effort to encourage peace and promote international understanding. Lions clubs are known to host several fundraising events in their communities such as pancake breakfasts, corn feeds or city festivals. For those looking to improve communication skills, Toastmasters may be the group for you. Toastmasters is an international organization with local branches around the world that promotes communication and leadership development. Members learn how to give speeches, listen and answer, plan and lead in a supportive atmosphere. If public speaking does not spark your interest, try getting your hands dirty with members from one of the community’s garden clubs. Members have monthly educational meetings and complete gardening projects throughout the city. A handful of groups in the quad communities are geared solely to women. The Golden Valley Federated Women’s Club, part of an international organziation, also aims at bettering the quality of life in the community through volunteer service. New Hope Women of Today is a community service organization that provides its members with 34

volunteer, social and personal enrichment opportunties. League of Women Voters is also a well-known organization that works to improve the government and engage all citizens. Each year, local chapters host candidate forums for government races in the area. The quad communities also offer a variety of other groups worth joining. Golden Valley • Golden Valley Rotary Club • Golden Valley Federated Women’s Club • Golden Valley League of Women Voters • Golden Valley Garden Club • Golden Toastmasters Crystal • Crystal Lions Club • Crystal, New Hope, East Plymouth League of Women Voters • Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary Club • Sunrisers Toastmasters Robbinsdale • Robbinsdale Lions Club • Diggers Garden Club New Hope • New Hope Women of Today • New Hope Lions • New Hope Back Acres Garden Club • AC Early Risers Toastmasters Club


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