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Quad Cities


Quad Cities Robbinsdale • New Hope • Golden Valley • Crystal Community Guide • 2012 Welcome...................................................Page 6 Golden Valley...........................................Page 7 Crystal......................................................Page 8 New Hope................................................Page 9 Robbinsdale.............................................Page 11 Major Employers ....................................Page 12 Three Rivers Park District ......................Page 13 Libraries .................................................Page 15 Community Events.................................Page 16 Faith Congregations.......................Pages 17, 19

Robbinsdale Schools..............................Page 20 Hopkins Schools .....................................Page 21 School Board Members..........................Page 23 Health Care ...........................................Page 24 Robbinsdale Liquors ..............................Page 25 Courage Center......................................Page 27 Food Shelves..........................................Page 29 West Metro Fire District........................Page 30 TwinWest Chamber of Commerce..........Page 31 5

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Welcome to Crystal, New Hope Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale Welcome to the northwest metro suburbs of Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale – a set of four first-ring suburbs that continuously strive to offer top-notch parks, schools and health care options, as well as safe neighborhoods and easy access to downtown Minneapolis to their more than 80,000 combined community members. The cities' roots are deep, going 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

10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Editor ...................................................Daniel Callahan Writers.........................................................Sue Webber ..............................................................Anna Woodwick ......................................................Joseph Palmersheim


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, parks, schools, 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. We hope this Guide will help you learn more about the cities, whether you have lived here for a lifetime, or just recently established residence. Photography .......................................Anna Woodwick Layout & Design .................................Keith Anderson, ..............................................................Daniel Callahan Cover Design ................................................Elli Martin Sales............................Linda Banks and Lance Barker Advertising Director.........................Jeremy Bradfield Executive Editor.....................................Peggy Bakken General Manager.....................................Jeff Coolman Our appreciation goes to the cities of Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Crystal, the Hennepin County Library System, Three Rivers Park District and many community organizations and local businesses that supported this publication.

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Golden Valley

The City

Golden Valley: 125 years in the making “Golden Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. It has suburban tranquility, urban style, community spirit.” – Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris When the Electric Luce Line Railroad was cut through the village of Golden Valley in 1912, the future came with it. Residential development came not long after and now, more than 100 years later, Golden Valley is a first-ring suburb of 20,362 people five miles west of downtown Minneapolis Golden Valley was originally incorporated Dec. 16, 1886. It was 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 on the south, Highway 169 on the west, Minneapolis on the east and New Hope on the north. Four major highways – Interstate 394, Highway 169, Highway 100 and Highway 55 – bisect the city. The northern half of Golden Valley is in the Robbinsdale School District; the southern half is in the Hopkins School District. The city has 8,600 housing units, 81 percent of which are owner-occupied. It also has 8,449 households and 5,508 families. 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. All council meetings are cablecast on

Channel 12, and also are live-streamed online. The city employs 132 full-time employees. The police department includes a police chief, two commanders, 22 sworn police officers, six community service officers and a crime analyst. The Golden Valley Fire Department was organized in 1943, beginning with sirens and phones to summon firefighters. It now has about 50 paid on-call volunteer firefighters, and about 150 seasonal employees. The city has a $16.4 million tax levy. Golden Valley has 10 community parks, 11 neighborhood parks, 14 nature areas, a Little League complex and a community center, and is the home of two golf courses: Brookview and the Golden Valley Country Club. Brookview includes a grill, par-3 course, pro shop and driving range. The city has imposed a non-smoking policy in all the parks and on the golf course. Golden Valley’s outdoor arts and music festival is held each May. Its precursor was the long-running Lilac Festival, named after the plethora of lilac bushes that once grew along Highway 100. Golden Valley had a very successful citywide Envision planning process in the mid-2000s that involved participation by 300 residents and has evolved into new programs and initiatives, including an annual lilac-planting day. Golden Valley is part of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. The city also is home to the Animal Humane Society, Courage Center and PRISM food shelf.


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The City

Crystal provides a great place to live and work “A great place to live work and play, with easy access to urban amenities while preserving the feel of small town living.” – Crystal Mayor ReNae Bowman


The city of Crystal spans 5.9 miles and has a population of 22,138 people. When it was incorporated in 1887, there were just 587 residents in the small community. The city hall was built in 1891 at 54th and West Broadway, and served the city until 1951. It was the council meeting place until 1958. It was razed in 1962. The Northside Fire Station served as the city administrative offices from 1951-59, when the city offices moved to lease quarters and then to the present city hall in 1965. In 2010, Crystal celebrated the 50th anniversary of being a charter city. The city borders New Hope and Brooklyn Park on the north, Brooklyn Center and Robbinsdale on the east, Golden Valley on the south and New Hope on the west. Highway 100 and County Road 81 are the city’s two main arterials. Crystal has 9,481 housing units, 6,102 families and 9,389 households. Its downtown area at Bass Lake Road and West Broadway has multiple strip malls with a plethora of thriving restaurants and retail businesses, including a Target store that came to Crystal in 1962. The city has a home rule charter form of government, employs 104 full-time staff members and has a $9.5 million tax levy. The seven-member city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month with work sessions scheduled as needed. All regular council meetings are cablecast on Channel 16 and live-streamed

online. The Crystal Fire Department was organized in 1950 with 43 volunteers. The city now is served by the 70-member West Metro Fire-Rescue Department, which resulted from the merger of the New Hope and Crystal fire departments in 1998. The police department has 30 sworn officers. Crystal has 23 parks, the Crystal Cove Aquatic Center outdoor swimming pool, a community center, a skateboard park, an off-leash dog park, an extensive Little League field complex, a performing arts center building in Becker Park, and a library. Crystal Airport is on the northern edge of the city, near the city's VFW Club. Most of the airport is in Crystal, though portions north of 62nd Avenue are in Brooklyn Park, and the northeast corner of the airport is in Brooklyn Center. The airport is owned by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The entire city is in the Robbinsdale School District, and Crystal is home to Forest and Neill elementary schools, an alternative high school, an early childhood center, a parochial school and a charter school. The FAIR fine arts magnet school in Crystal specializes in fine arts education for students in the West Metro Education Program cities. The city also is home to the NEAR food shelf, Lions, VFW, Crystal-New-Hope-Robbinsdale Rotary clubs and Crystal Little League organizations, and is part of the Crystal-New Hope-East Plymouth League of Women Voters. The Crystal Business Association meets monthly. Crystal's annual three-day summer festival, Crystal Frolics, is held in July.

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New Hope

The City

New Hope: Deep roots in productive soil “New Hope is a stable first ring suburb with a small town feel. Our numerous parks, golf course, ice arena, swimming pool, exceptional park and recreation programs and farmer’s market continue to enhance the small town feel. Our recognition of good citizens, businesses and well-kept yards encourages pride in our city. We all want New Hope to be a good place to work, raise our kids and have some fun in the process.” – New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken Good soil can make for deep roots, and New Hope happens to have both. New Hope is a 5.2-square-mile city of 20,824 people that borders Golden Valley on the south, 62nd Avenue on the north, Highway 169 on the west and Crystal on the east. Its downtown area is the corner of 42nd and Winnetka Avenue, which is home to three strip malls that are under study for possible redevelopment. The city has a Plan B council/manager form of government, employs 86 full-time and 16 part-time people (plus numerous seasonal staff members) and has a $9.2 million tax levy. 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. All regular council meetings are cablecast on Channel 16 and live-streamed online. The city is served by the 70-member West Metro FireRescue Department, headquartered in New Hope, which resulted from the merger of departments in New Hope and Crystal in 1998. The West Metro board meets quarterly. The police department has a chief, a captain, five

sergeants, three investigators, 16 patrol officers, three school resource officers, a crime prevention officer, a community service officer, and two canines. New Hope has 16 parks, its own nine-hole golf course, an ice arena, an outdoor swimming pool, skateboard park, two off-leash dog parks, and one of the few outdoor summer theaters in the state. The city shares community gym space at Cooper High School. It has two lakes: Northwood Lake and Meadow Lake. 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 mid-October in the Kmart parking lot across the street from city hall. It offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, foodstuff, arts and crafts, entertainment and community groups. The entire city is in the Robbinsdale School District, and New Hope is home to four schools, including Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School, Sonnesyn and Meadow Lake elementary schools, and Cooper High School. North Education Center, which will serve 13 school districts that comprise Intermediate School District 287, is under construction on the north end of the city. It will house special needs students from the member districts. New Hope also is home to the Northwest YMCA, which serves the entire northwestern suburban area. New Hope is a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.


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The City

Robbinsdale: Offering that small town feel “Robbinsdale - welcoming you home to beautiful parks, traditional main street businesses, superb medical care, terrific restaurants, great neighborhoods, and excellent customer service at independent businesses.” – Robbinsdale Mayor Mike Holtz Robbinsdale is a first-ring suburb located just minutes from Minneapolis, yet still holds true to its smalltown charm and values. 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. 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 Police and Fire Departments are housed in a building at 4101 Hubbard Ave. N. There are 22 sworn police officers. The Fire Department, which originated in 1909, has 30 volunteer on-call firefighters.

Robbinsdale has 15 parks, and a wading pool, and shares community gym space at Robbinsdale Middle School. Fawcett Publishing Co., founded in 1919 in Robbinsdale, published Captain Billy's Whiz Bang books, and gave the city's festival its name. The annual three-day summer festival, Whiz Bang Days, is held in July. The entire city is in the Robbinsdale School District; Lakeview Elementary and Robbinsdale Middle School are located within the city. Robbinsdale has 11 churches. The Robbinsdale Chamber of Commerce meets the last Tuesday of the month from September through May. Robbinsdale has a post office, a motor vehicle licensing bureau, an active senior citizens group, and a senior transportation program it shares with four other cities. Its organizations include Diggers Garden Club, Westphal American Legion, and a very active historical society and Robbin Gallery museum that operates out of an 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 Historical Society, Robbinsdale Little League and Robbinsdale Crime Prevention. The city sponsors a plethora of annual events, including Meet and Greet the second Monday in September, Pet And Wheel parade, Oktoberfest, spring egg hunt the Saturday before Easter, police and fire open house in August and the community tree lighting and sing-a-long the first Tuesday in December.


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Major Employers

Major employers surround suburban areas From General Mills with its world headquarters in Golden Valley, known for its quality food products, or North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale that provides some of Minnesota’s highest quality health care, business remains a viable ingredient to the success of the Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale communities. Whether it’s medical care, grocers and major industries, each city boasts major employers that brings quality of life to the area. General Mills is among the world’s largest food companies, marketing some of the world’s best-loved brands, including: Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Nature Valley, Fiber one and Cheerios. Other major employers of the area include Navarre Corp., Target, Cub Foods, Honeywell, Allianz Insurance and Liberty Diversified Industry. The following breakdown shows major employers by city: Crystal: • VOA Crystal Care Center • Target • Cub Foods


Golden Valley: • General Mills world headquarters • Allianz Insurance • Tennant Co. • Honeywell • Courage Center • KARE-TV Channel 11 • Liberty Carton • Pentair, Inc. New Hope: • Minnesota Masonic Homes-North Ridge Care Center • St. Therese Care Center • Navarre Corp • Paddock Labs • Liberty Diversified Industry • Coborn’s Delivers Robbinsdale: • North Memorial Medical Center • City of Robbinsdale

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Three Rivers Park District

Take a break in Three Rivers Park District The Three Rivers Park District offers a glimpse into nature and several recreation opportunities just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is one of the most unique parks. The Mississippi River defines the boundary of this 160-acre park, and there are many opportunities to see the famous river up close. The dam spans the river between Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids. From the 12-foot-wide observation walkway on top of the dam, visitors enjoy spectacular scenery, the roar of the water and rainbows in the mist. The walkway is also a major bike path over the river. A handicapped-accessible fishing and observation deck is below the dam. A visitor center features interactive media to teach guests about the river, and there are play areas for children. Visitors can follow more than two miles of trails along the bank of the river and disappear into the beauty and quiet of nature. They can walk past several "deserted" islands and explore the sites in the wetlands and woods. There are often signs of the park’s abundant wildlife. The North Mississippi Regional Park, hidden behind the Route 94 freeway wall, stretches between Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis. Those lucky enough to stumble upon this park will find spectacular views of the

Mississippi River and the surrounding woods and prairie. They will find abundant wildlife in action. In summer, the prairie flowers provide ever-changing color. An interpretive center features an exhibit about the river, and free resources to borrow, such as backpacks full of activities and information for exploring. Walking trails meander through the prairie and along the shores of the river. Bike trails traverse the park and connect with Webber Parkway and commuter routes into downtown Minneapolis. There are fishing piers, a boat launch and a play area featuring a wading pool, a playground, picnic tables, grills and shelters. The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is a paved trail that travels through Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. It connects to other trails, including the Rush Creek Regional Trail, a six-mile trail that runs from Coon Rapids Dam park to Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove. The Shingle Creek trail runs past Brooklyn Center City Hall and the Brookdale Library before crossing Highway 100. The trail is part of the North Hennepin Regional Trail Corridor, which forms a loop extending from Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The Three Rivers Park District is in the process of expanding regional trails in the area, and there are many miles of city-owned trails in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.


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Please support these Robbinsdale Chamber of Commerce members as they give back to your community! Ace Hardware All Critters Pet Sitters April & Co. Hair Salon Auto Electric Company Beezer Playhouses Bill’s Gun Shop and Range Boyle Architects Brixmor Property Group Broadway Auto Tech Broadway Awards Broadway Court Senior Apartments Broadway Pizza CenterPoint Energy Channel 12 ChiroCenter Citizens Independent Bank City of Robbinsdale Clark One Inc. Copperfield Hill Crystal Lake Family Dental Care Diamonds & Gold International Dragonfly Designs Web Edward Jones Investments El Toro Restaurant Elim Lutheran Church EMI Audio Emily Theisen Photography Erickson Insurance Agency Everafter Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Farmers Insurance – Schuenemann Farmers Insurance - Janke Friends of the Library – Rockford Rd. Gearty-Delmore Chapel Genie’s Magic Cleaners Go Health Chiropractic Green Paws Cleaning Hackenmueller Meats HealthPlus Chiropractic Heart of Robbinsdale Comm. Foundation Home Options Inc. Independent School District 281 Jani-King of Minnesota Inc. Karel Smith/Coldwell Banker Burnet Keller Williams Classic Realty NW KinderCare Learning Center

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Libraries are great community focus points Rockford Road Library in Crystal and Golden Valley Library are operated by Hennepin County Libraries, which has been nationally recognized as one of the top library systems in the United States. Library cards are free. Apply for a card at your local library or online at Rockford Road Library Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Ave. N., Crystal has become a popular community destination. In addition to books, CDs, DVDs, and downloadables, the library offers 51 computers, a Spanish language collection, a large quiet study area and two individual study rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a large meeting room and conference room available for reservation. Library programs that help to make Rockford Road a community hub include Baby and Family storytimes, the Friends of the Rockford Road Library Book Club (which meets the third Tuesday of the month), the Friends-hosted “Socrates Café” discussion group, a volunteer-led “Spanish Read-to-Me” storytime on Monday evenings and “Conversation Circles” on Saturday mornings. Computer tutors are available to assist 5-9 p.m. Monday evenings; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings; and Monday-Wednesday mornings. Patrons can receive free admission to more than a dozen area museums via a Museum Adventure Pass presented in collaboration with local museums and organizations. The Rockford Road Library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 612-543-5875, or Golden Valley Library Located at 830 Winnetka Ave. N., the Golden Valley Library is a busy community hub and offers something for every visitor whether they be a child or adult.. The library is fortunate to receive very strong community support. Dozens of adult and student volunteers assist patrons with computers, help with children’s programming and perform many circulation tasks, from shelving picture books to checking the shelves for items requested. The Friends of the Golden Library group has more than 200 members and holds two book sales each year. To serve the increasingly diverse Golden Valley community, world language collections in Spanish and Russian are available. The library staff includes immigrants from Ethiopia, Russia and India who are very helpful in reaching out to those from other cultures. An Ethiopian librarian on the staff at the Golden Valley Library, along with other African immigrants on the Hennepin County Library staff, present programs on the cultures of Golden Valley’s new immigrant neighbors for both staff and the public. The Golden Valley Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 612-543-6375, or


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Community events: year at a glance March • Golf courses open in New Hope and Golden Valley April • Run the Valley – Golden Valley • Chamber of Commerce egg hunt – Robbinsdale • Heart of Robbinsdale Gala – Robbinsdale May • Bike rodeo, sponsored by the Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope police departments • Golden Valley Days Art and Music festival • Vehicle Fair in Robbinsdale • Walk for the Animals in Golden Valley, sponsored by the Animal Humane Society June • Outdoor swimming pools open in Crystal and New Hope • Farmers Markets open in New Hope and Golden Valley • Police and fire open house in Golden Valley • Safety camp in Golden Valley


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 run in New Hope • Crystal Frolics in Crystal • Pet and Wheel Parade in Robbinsdale • New Hope City Day August • Safety camp in New Hope • Police and fire open house in Robbinsdale • National Night Out in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope and Robbinsdale September • Hometown Meet and Greet in Robbinsdale • Crystal Kids Garage Sale • Lilac planting party in Golden Valley October • Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation Oktoberfest in Robbinsdale • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in New Hope November • Taste of Golden Valley December • Tree lighting and sing-a-long in Robbinsdale • Winterfest in Crystal

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Area faith congregations plentiful here Crystal Churches Brunswick United Methodist Church 6122 42nd Ave. N., Crystal 763-533-1661

Golden Valley Churches Calvary Lutheran Church 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley 763-545-5659

Cambodian Church of the Nazarene 6421 45th Ave. N., Crystal 763-537-7878

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

Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints 2801 Douglas Drive, Crystal 763-544-4300

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

Cornerstone Church 3420 Nevada Ave. N., Crystal 763-535-8765

Golden Valley Lutheran Church 5501 Glenwood Ave., Golden Valley 763-544-2810

Praise Christian Center 4100 Douglas Drive, Crystal 763-533-3929

Good Shepherd Catholic Church 145 Jersey Ave. S., Golden Valley 763-544-0416

St. James Lutheran Church 6700 46th Place N., Crystal 763-537-3653

Jehovah's Witnesses 1950 Douglas Drive, Golden Valley 763-545-3485

St. Raphael's Catholic Church 7301 Bass Lake Road, Crystal 763-537-8401

King of Grace Lutheran Church 6000 Duluth St., Golden Valley 763-546-3131



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Congregations, continued FROM PAGE 17 Oak Grove Church 5920 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley 763-544-1141

New Hope Church of the Mennonite Brethren 4217 Boone Ave. N., New Hope 763-533-5273

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

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

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

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

Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church 7600 Harold Ave., Golden Valley 763-545-0239

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

Unity Christ Church 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

Elim Lutheran Church 3978 West Broadway, Robbinsdale 763-537-8481 Faith Evangelical Free Church 4505 Halifax Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-537-2554 Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church 5530 42nd Ave. N., Robbinsdale 763-537-4523

New Hope Churches Evergreen Community Church 3351 Independence Ave. N., New Hope 952-895-1773

Northbrook Seventh-Day Adventist Church 4630 France Ave. N., Robbinsdale 1-800-720-6295

Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 3900 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope 763-545-1647

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

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

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

Robbinsdale United Church of Christ 4200 Lake Road, Robbinsdale 763-537-6965

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


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Robbinsdale Schools

Robbinsdale Area Schools’ recognized statewide


Robbinsdale District 281 Schools serve all or portions of Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Plymouth, which includes approximately 100,000 residents and 47,000 households. The district has over 11,000 students K-12 students, representing a slight increase in student enrollment for the last two years. They are housed in two high schools for grades 9-12, one alternative high school and an alternative high school program, two middle schools for grades 6-8 and 10 elementary buildings for grades K5. There are six additional learning and service centers. The district, the eighth largest in Minnesota, has a $139.6 million general fund budget and employs approximately 1,900 people. It has a seven-member school board, elected at large, which meets on the first and third Monday nights of each month. Regular meetings are cablecast live on Channel 16 and streamed online. The district offers a Spanish Immersion program at the elementary and middle school levels, International Baccalaureate at elementary, middle school and high school, and Advanced Placement offerings at both the middle and high school level. Each elementary school offers an all-day kindergarten option and gifted and talented programs. Programs for special education are available at all grade levels. The Robbinsdale School District has been recognized statewide and also nationally for art/music/drama/speech programs that begin in the elementary schools and continue through grade 12. District 281 was the first school district in the nation to receive the Medallion Award from the Children's

Theatre Foundation for outstanding K-12 theatre, and the district regularly wins a wide array of state and national awards in band, orchestra and choir. Performing arts education includes band and choir, and orchestra that begin in fourth grade. District music students perform annually at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis and at other venues. The district has spent the last several years cultivating a strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) component in the district. More than half of the elementary schools in the district have over half of their staff fully trained in STEM Region 11 Math and Science Teacher Academy and implemented what they have learned through that training in their classrooms. Teachers are teaching each other as well. Armstrong High School currently has PLTW, and Cooper will begin the pre-engineering program beginning fall of 2012. The district approved the opening of the School of Engineering and Arts, an elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics magnet school at Olson Elementary School. The school will open in fall 2012 and will focus on engineering and media arts. A full complement of 24 athletic extra-curricular girls and boys’ sports is offered in the two high schools, in addition to 37 non-athletic extracurricular activities including DECA, chess club, Speech and Debate, yearbook, economics competitions and Lego League. The district has a strong community education program that serves residents from birth through senior citizen years, including an early childhood family center, family resource and welcome center, senior service, adult academic programs and enrichment classes.

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Hopkins Schools

Hopkins Schools: A foundation for achievement Unlike many Twin Cities-area districts whose boundaries end at the city line, Hopkins Public Schools encapsulates seven west metro communities. It 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. Hopkins School District’s K-12 population includes more than 7,100 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, Hopkins’ Chinese immersion program, opened at Eisenhower Elementary in 2007. It currently offers grades 1-5 and next year, it will be K-6. In 2014-15, Chinese immersion will continue at the secondary level at West Junior High. The Hopkins School District has been honored with numerous national recognitions and its students and staff receive many awards as well. U.S. News & World Report named Hopkins High School a Silver Medalist School due to its high performance on state assessment tests and its college readiness scores. Hopkins High School was ranked the

14th best high school in Minnesota and received a nationwide ranking of 628 out of more than 22,000 public high schools. Hopkins High School was also named a Silver Medalist School in 2010 and has been named to Newsweek's "Top 100" list several times, most recently in 2010. Gatewood Elementary has been named a Reward School under the new Minnesota accountability system – Multiple Measurements Ratings – to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind legislation. Being named a Reward School means Gatewood is among the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the MMR. The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association recognized Tanglen Elementary School Principal Gail Lewis-Miller with the 2012 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. The Hopkins High School student newspaper, “The Royal Page,” has been recognized as among Minnesota's top student newspapers and has again earned an All-State Gold ranking from the Journalism Educators of Minnesota. 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. In 2004, the high school added a 900-seat performing arts center, which houses student and professional theater productions and concerts. It also added a state-ofthe-art dining room and food services facility that year.


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School Board Members

Meet your school board members Hopkins District 270 Susan Wootten, Chair Betsy Anderson Wendy Donovan Warren Goodroad Irma McIntosh Coleman Steve Adams Kris Newcomer

Robbinsdale District 281 ••Barb Van Heel, Chair ••Helen Bassett Mark Bomchill Patsy Green Linda Johnson ••Sherry Tyrrell Tom Walsh ••Denotes terms that expire Dec. 31, 2012.


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North Memorial serves medical needs North Memorial, with more than 800 health care providers in its system, continues to grow and be a mainstay in meeting the needs of residents in the northwest metro area. Residents of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park as well as 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. In 1939, Dr. Samuel Samuelson built Victory Hospital on property he already owned in Robbinsdale. In 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, non-profit hospital. Three years later, North Memorial received accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. 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 725 employees.


North Memorial also includes 13 primary care clinics located in the northwest suburbs, as well as a state-of-theart outpatient center that includes cancer, imaging, radiology, and educational services. In 2009, North Memorial opened Maple Grove Hospital in partnership with Fairview Health Services. North Memorial includes: • North Memorial Medical Center, a Level I trauma Center and certified primary stroke center • North Memorial Ambulance, a CAAS accredited service that currently provides the majority of ambulance and emergency care for the northwest corridor of the Twin Cities metro, portions of greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin • North Memorial Air Care, with flight crews based in the Twin Cities, Brainerd, Princeton and Redwood Falls, Minn. • North Memorial Clinic, with 13 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area • North Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute, which provides a full continuum of cardiac and vascular care to patients throughout Minnesota • Humphrey Cancer Center, one of the region’s most comprehensive and specialized cancer programs • The Joint Center, an orthopedic program specializing in total joint care • Other services include home care and hospice, imaging centers, occupational health, rehabilitation, sleep health center, surgery center, endoscopy center and urgent care

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Robbinsdale Liquor

Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits supports community Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits, 4060 Lakeland Ave. N., has people supporting the Robbinsdale community every time they pick up a bottle of wine or their favorite six-pack of beer. The city’s only municipally owned and operated liquor store is now located in a larger, one-level site near the U.S. Post Office in Robin Center on County Road 81 in Robbinsdale. Robbinsdale is one of 210 Minnesota cities that limits off-premises alcohol sales to municipal liquor stores. Profits from Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits are transferred to the City Park Improvement Fund for updated park facilities. Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits offers a variety of regional, domestic and imported beer, wine and liquor. The city has operated a municipal liquor store since the late 1940s when voters gave the authorization. According to the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association, municipal liquor stores started after the prohibition as a means for cities to control the distribution of alcohol in their communities. Throughout the years, it has evolved as a way to generate income for the community. For the past few years, the liquor store has transferred $75,000 per year to fund park improvements. “We are excited by the interest in our new store and the opportunity to increase funding for our parks by way of profits,” said City Manager, Marcia Glick.

Municipal liquors help Robbinsdale to control the distribution of alcohol within the community while supplementing the cost of government services. Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits opened in June 2012, replacing the city’s original municipal liquor store. Customers can now find a wider variety of merchandise in the new building. Product space available to customers is now twice as large as the old location in Robin Center. With a name like Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits, it’s only fitting that the new location offers a larger variety of wine in a carpeted area to provide space for wine sampling. In addition to the carpeting and a special type of concrete, the Robbinsdale Historical Society assisted in giving the store a look reminiscent of the town’s earlier years. Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits is also a contributor to community events throughout the year, the largest one being Whiz Bang Days. During the weekend-long event, the store helps coordinate the wine sampling event at Sacred Heart. Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Robbinsdale Wine & Spirits 4060 Lakeland Ave. N. 763-537-9012


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You’re invited to the new

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5700 Bottineau Blvd.

5700 Bottineau Blvd.

Two award-winning healthcare providers have come together to better serve you. • Northwest Family Physicians/Crystal Urgent Care – Minnesota’s leading family practice, ranked #1 by the renowned national consumer ratings magazine for quality patient care and value. • Imaging Center of Crystal – Minneapolis Radiology’s physicians have been recognized by US News & World Report and several publications including the Top Doctors issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.

CRYSTAL MEDICAL CENTER 5700 Bottineau Blvd., Crystal, MN 55429


Crystal Urgent Care 5700 Bottineau Blvd. Crystal, MN 55429


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Courage Center

Courage Center plays important role Since its incorporation in 1928, the Courage Center in Golden Valley has strived to exceed the needs of the many people the organization helps. Courage Center founder Wilko Schoenbohm had a vision that the center would exist to fill the gaps in the needs of the community. When it was originally founded, the Golden Valley center concentrated on getting children with polio out of their homes and into the community. Since then, it has evolved, said Courage Center Senior Communications Specialist, Sue Warner. “It’s meeting the unmet needs of people with disabilities in the community,” she said. “We are giving people more independence and quality of life.” The center specializes in rehabilitation services for people with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, chronic pain, autism or disabilities experienced since birth. Along with inpatient programs, the Courage Center offers physical, mental, occupational and vocational therapies as well as assistive technology and independent living services. Warner often finds that patients have been so touched by the Courage Center, that they will come back to use their state of the art fitness center, or swim in the pool. “People interact throughout their lifetime and come and go,” she said. “We also have an advocacy program to advocate for people with disabilities and educate the legislature.”

Courage Center isn’t just a rehabilitation program; they fit in time for fun as well with a wide range of sports and recreation programs. The center has multiple camps throughout Minnesota, which offer resident camping in the summer. For kids and adults with disabilities, they offer adventure-type camps at Courage Center North, near Lake Itasca. The Golden Valley location is also one of the few rehabilitation programs in the country to be in collaboration with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Grant Program through the Reeve Foundation. “We are excited about the new program,” Warner said. “It’s helping people with spinal cord injuries and getting people who have paralysis with spinal or neurological conditions up and exercising.” With the new program, they are finding that with intensive fitness, patients are rebuilding some of the brain pathways and the results are increased functions and circulation. Through new opportunities and as a way to better serve their patients, the Courage Center has been making their mark to help ensure what they believe in – that one day, all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities, not disabilities. “It’s in our mission that we help people with disabilities to realize their full potential,” Warner said. “That’s what it really is.”


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Community Events

Summertime Fun

Crystal Frolics July

Golden Valley Day s May


New Hope Duk Du k Days July

ng Days Robbinsdale Whiz Ba July

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Food Shelves

Help available for area residents PRISM (People Responding In Social Ministry) is a community-funded social service agency that provides families in need with food, financial assistance, transportation and other services in times of financial hardships. The 40-year-old agency serves more than 4,500 families annually through a food shelf, clothing closet, financial assistance, financial literacy classes, dial-a-ride transportation, school supplies, auto repair for lowincome families, vehicle purchase and/or repair loans, and donated vehicles for working families. Its members include churches in Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, and the following churches in Plymouth: Beautiful Savior Lutheran, Mt. Olivet Lutheran, Pilgrim United Methodist, and St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. Clients are referred to PRISM through Hennepin County workers, United Way’s 211, crisis help lines, churches, employers, other agencies, landlords, and individuals who have received help through its programs. On a monthly basis, PRISM helps feed 600 families and 1,500 individuals that use the food shelf. Thanks to a relationship with Second Harvest Heartland, PRISM is able to use $1 to purchase $5 worth of groceries. PRISM accepts appointments for the food shelf, clothing closet and auto shop 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The auto shop is closed on Mondays. • PRISM Food shelf 730 Florida Ave. S., Golden Valley 763-529-1350

NEAR Food shelf NEAR, North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response is a nonprofit volunteer organization that responds to the emergency need of people in the community. Through a cooperative effort of eleven 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. NEAR serves anyone with a true need who lives in the area served. Caseworkers, pastors or other organizations sometimes make referrals. NEAR receives money and food from the participating churches as well as from Caringbridge, businesses, nursing homes, hospitals, civic organizations and individuals. They also accept non-perishable food items and cash donations. All donations are tax deductible. 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 2:30-4:15 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 2:30-6 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 Avenue, Crystal 763-533-2836


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Public Safety

West Metro Fire District

West Metro Fire serves the communities Fourteen years ago the cities of Crystal and New Hope came together to form the West Metro-Fire Rescue District. The organization provides quality fire and safety services and security to the people, businesses and the environment within the two cities it covers. West Metro serves approximately 12 square miles and has three stations to supply the needs of the district. They provide emergency response to fire situations, specialized rescue and emergency medical support. The district also provides fire prevention services through constant inspections and public fire safety education across New Hope and Crystal. Among the three stations, there are approximately 70 paid on-call firefighters that provide emergency response services. According to the district’s 2011 incident activity summary, West Metro responded to 1,638 total incidents last year. During 2011 there were 464 EMS calls, 328 false alarms, 212 hazardous condition calls, 196 gas leaks, 179 fire calls, 170 service calls, 87 good intent calls and two weather calls. The Fire Rescue District is governed by a board of directors and includes staff from both cities as well as community members. The district prepares an annual budget for approval by the board of directors and the New Hope and Crystal city councils that covers the cost of career staff, paid-on-call staff, fire


fighting apparatus, equipment insurance and the operation and maintenance of the three fire stations. Costs are then included in the overall cities tax bill. The fire chief, administrative captain, fire inspectors, executive assistant and office assistant are career positions. District chiefs and captains are paid on-call positions and report to the administrative captain or the fire chief. The administrative captain is designated to serve as acting chief when the chief is away or unable to perform his/her duties. Line officers are appointed through an internal promotional process. These officers are responsible for all aspects of line firefighting duties, incident command station and equipment maintenance and training. • Station 1 5354 Douglas Drive North, Crystal 763-230-7000 • Station 2 4101 Douglas Drive North, Crystal 763-230-7000 • Station 3 4251 Xylon Avenue North, New Hope 763-230-7000

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TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

TwinWest: Setting high business standards More than 900 TwinWest members work to set business standards in the communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. TwinWest members represent businesses and industries from national and internationally renowned corporations to home-based companies and businesses. Its mission is simple: to advocate for business. It is the voice of business in government and provides members opportunities to grow their businesses and improve their communities. Value Statements Member: We care about our stakeholders. How we develop and implement programs, policies and services result in an engaged membership, a sense of exclusivity and a fun social environment. Advocacy: We impact the business climate. We involve and inform members and influence public policy. We provide opportunities for members to advocate one another. Entrepreneurship: We operate with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are proactive, innovative, creative and forward thinking. Growth and development: We foster personal and professional growth and business and economic development. Community: We enrich our communities through our philanthropic activities and partnerships with schools and local governments. TwinWest’s more than 900 members represent a variety of businesses and industries,

ranging from national and internationally renowned corporations and industrially driven manufacturers to home-based businesses and companies involved in the service and professional sectors. TwinWest is easily the most active chamber of commerce in the region, due in large part to a group of dedicated volunteers whose civic leadership serves our committees, our board of directors, our foundation and our man events and programs. TwinWest staff: • Judy Johnson, director of government affairs 763-450-2226 • Chris Kirwan, director of member and community engagement 763-450-2223 • Jacqui Sauter, regional sales director 763-450-2228 • Kristen George, administrative assistant 763-450-2220 • Victoria Marley, signature events representative 763-450-2227 • Anne Haberman, communications and operations director 763-450-2224


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