|  Rental Apartments, Safety

How to Improve Personal Safety in Uptown Minneapolis

Renting an apartment in Uptown Minneapolis means you are within walking distance from incredible restaurants, shopping, and all the outdoor activities at Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska, but whether you’re going out for a jog or meeting friends for brunch, it can be easy to leave yourself vulnerable to safety risks. While you certainly don’t want to be fearful to get out and live your life, it’s important to take precautions, which is why we are sharing simple things you can do to improve your personal safety whether you’re out and about or at home. 

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Don’t Get Towed!

 |  Community Events, Home Maintenance, Safety

Find out if the City of Minneapolis has Declared a Snow Emergency

Call 612-348-SNOW (Multiple Languages Available – Espanol, Hmoob, Soomaali)

Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/snow

  • Sign up for text, email or phone call alerts – Sign up under “Stay Informed”
  • Download the app for iPhones and Android devices


  • www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency
  • twitter.com/minneapolissnow


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 |  Home Organization, Horticulture/Environment, Safety

Houseplants that are Toxic to Cats and Dogs

The following is published in honor of Knightly Stutsman ~ The kindest friend who had a long, happy and healthy life, and who would want the same for your own pet.

July 27, 2004 to June 17, 2014

A number of common plants can be quite toxic and sometimes fatal to your pets.  Below is a list of some of the more common plants that can create trouble and unwanted vet bills.  This is not a complete list.   This information has been provided to y...

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Questions and Answers: What is Carbon Monoxide?

 |  Home Maintenance, Resources to Hire Professionals, Safety
Every year far too many individuals lose their lives to carbon monoxide poisoning.  This year there there have been a number of fatalities, both locally and state-wide.   Carbon monoxide detectors should be in every home.  Batteries should be replaced twice a year (with those fire alarms!) when you adjust your clocks.
The following publication is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Ice Dams ~ A Refresher

 |  Home Maintenance, Resources to Hire Professionals, Safety

Many homeowners in Minnesota are all too familiar with ice dams.   This is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents proper drainage of melting snow.  The resulting water can back up behind the dam and cause extensive damage to a home by leaking into the walls, ceilings and insulation.  This can also result in mold and mildew within the home.  Ice dams occur due to temperature fluctuations above and below the roof line over an extended period of time.  The following has been prepared by one of our Community Resources, Rayco Construction located in the Twin C...

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Call 811 Before You Dig

 |  Home Maintenance, Safety

For all of you contractors,  homeowners, and other weekend warriors out there who are anxious to start those outdoor projects ~ Be sure to call 811 before you start any excavation on your property.   This service will connect you to participating utility companies such as electric, gas, cable and phone to alert them as to any planned digging so they can mark the appropriate location of their underground lines.

A 48 – hour notice is needed to give workers time to come out to mark the property.

Ii is free, it will keep you and yours safe, and it’s the law.


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 |  Home Organization, Safety

Moving with Pets

Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are many things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at the Pet Realty Network in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move.

  1. Update your pet’s tag. Make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information. The tag should include your destination location, telephone number, and cell phone number so that ...

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Holiday Safety Tips

 |  Home Maintenance, Safety

The holidays are an exciting time of year for both children and adults.   It is also a time to be aware of general safety in your home.   The following tips are published with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2011).

Whatever your heritage and traditions, have a very happy and safe holiday season!


  1. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness.  A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and w...
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